Robert Plant tours the UK…
I have been a fan of Led Zeppelin for many years and have long envied the generation before mine which got to see them perform live. Later this year I shall be going some way to making up for that having bought tickets to see their lead singer, Robert Plant with his latest incarnation; The Sensational Space Shifters in concert in Cambridge.
Last night I watched their performance at this year’s Glastonbury and was struck by the quality of the band. Whilst he was never going to be average it is to his credit that in his late sixties he still sounds so good and continues to write very good new material. The band are brilliant, nothing flash, just very accomplished musicians playing a variety of instruments from across the globe and that’s what struck me. He reminded me of me!
Granted I am not a long haired rock god worth a hundred million but rather his musical tastes mirror my culinary ones. Plant passed up the chance of billion dollar reunion tours to travel and work with musicians from Morocco to The Gambia and back again and created some wonderfully diverse music as a result. Having played, by his own admission the minor role in Zeppelin to the musicianship of Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones he has established his credentials as a musician of merit, clearly more important to him than an extra million.
In my own much more minor way I too have resisted the temptation to chase awards in favour of more artistic freedom and a love of travel and all that goes with it. I am looking forward to seeing one of music’s all time greats but more importantly a man who has remained principled throughout.
Has to be said that he still does the best version of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ though!