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You know, people can’t fall in love with me just because I’m good at what I do.
– Robert Plant
Lately, I’m spending more and more time working with non-rock musicians and leaving the mainstream – almost dissolving into another world, musically.
The kind of vocal exaggeration that I developed was based on what key songs were in.
I can’t moan about any of it. I had a great time in the goldfish bowl.
I know that bands that haven’t put out a record for 10 years are playing to 20,000 people a night. But that’s not the achievement.
I’ve still got a twinkle in me.
The events between 1968 and 1980 were the kind of cornerstone for everything I’ve been able to do, they gave me the springboard.
Theatres are built because they were the boards for entertainment.
I realized what Led Zeppelin was about around the end of our first U.S. tour. We started off not even on the bill in Denver, and by the time we got to New York we were second to Iron Butterfly, and they didn’t want to go on!
You have to ask these questions: who pays the piper, and what is valuable in this life?
I hate wasting time.
How can you consider flower power outdated? The essence of my lyrics is the desire for peace and harmony. That’s all anyone has ever wanted. How could it become outdated?
The trouble is now, with rock’n’roll and stuff, it gets so big that it loses what once upon a time was a magnificent thing, where it was special and quite elusive and occasionally a little sinister and it had its own world nobody could get in.
There’s no point stepping up to the golden platform if you’re going to repeat yourself.
I think Led Zeppelin must have worn some of the most peculiar clothing that men had ever been seen to wear without cracking a smile.
Entertainment isn’t just based on the very structured syndrome of European popular music, and it’s great that there are so many thousands of people who are of the same opinion.
All over the world, the idea of creating an melange of international musics, it’s a very healthy thing.
When you’re 20 years old and you’re making points with volume and dynamism, it’s a fantastic thing to do.
I don’t know how much more expressive you can get than being a rock and roll singer.
I have to try and change the landscape, whatever it is.
A daily blog would just about finish me off completely.
Since I was a kid, I’ve had an absolute obsession with particular kinds of American music. Mississippi Delta blues of the Thirties, Chicago blues of the Fifties, West Coast music of the mid-Sixties – but I’d never really touched on dark Americana.
Led Zeppelin has been there through three generations of teenage angst. And there’s a generation of kids now who won’t know it, post-Linkin Park.
I’ve stopped apologizing to myself for having this great period of success and financial acceptance.
My vocal style I haven’t tried to copy from anyone. It just developed until it became the girlish whine it is today.
So many white kids, English kids – we had no culture.
You can’t give up something you really believe in for financial reasons. If you die by the roadside – so be it. But at least you know you’ve tried. Ten minutes in the music scene was the equal of one hundred years outside of it.
I don’t want to scream ‘Immigrant Song’ every night for the rest of my life, and I’m not sure I could.
I can find my way from 500 A.D. through to 1066 pretty well as an amateur historian.
You feel quite distant by playing at huge stadiums year after year, where you only can see a great darkness in front of you.