Robert Plant has long insisted that he has no interest in reuniting with Led Zeppelin, and in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, he again addressed the issue when it was suggested that fans of his old band would love to hear him sing with the group once more.
“Going back to the font to get some kind of massive applause — it doesn’t really satisfy my need to be stimulated,” explained Robert, who currently is touring the U.S. as a duo with acclaimed folk/bluegrass artist Alison Krauss in support of their 2021 album Raise the Roof.
When the interview asked if his reluctance to revisit his past glories “make you feel like an outlier among your classic-rock peers,” Robert responded, “I know there are people from my generation who don’t want to stay home and so they go out and play. If they’re enjoying it and doing what they need to do to pass the days, then that’s their business, really.”
Meanwhile, Plant celebrated his 74th birthday this past Saturday, August 20, and to mark the occasion, he got a surprise visit from his son Logan and Logan’s two children while performing with Krauss that night in Stateline, Nevada.
As seen in fan-shot video posted on YouTube, Logan and his kids wheeled out a birthday cake and some golden balloons as Robert chatted to the audience between songs during the show.
“This is my family,” Robert told the crowd. “They’ve come all the way from England to give me…a chocolate microphone.” He then blew out the candles, before Logan led the audience in a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday to You.”
Plant and Krauss’ tour continues Tuesday in Napa, California, and is scheduled to wrap up on September 12 in New York City.
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