Robert Plant

English singer-songwriter, musician Robert Plant

Robert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. He has also had a successful solo career. Plant's 2007 album Raising Sand, which he co-wrote with Alison Krauss, won the 2009 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
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Encore Week: Celebrating 2017's Studio Sessions
NPR - 2 months
Listen back to some of the best World Cafe interviews and performances of the past year, including Robert Plant, John Mayer, Hurray For The Riff Raff and many more. (Image credit: Courtesy of Artists)
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Robert Plant On World Cafe
NPR - 4 months
In our interview with Led Zeppelin's lead singer, we talk about the many musical chapters in his life, including his latest album, Carry Fire. (Image credit: Mads Perch/Courtesy of the artist)
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Robert Plant's new 'Carry Fire' keeps his focus fully forward
LATimes - 4 months
Robert Plant insists he hasn’t devoted his life to music for the money or the awards. So it’s with a detached sense of humor that the celebrated singer and songwriter remembers being overlooked by the Recording Academy’s Grammy Awards for his critically acclaimed 2014 album, “Lullaby and…the Ceaseless...
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First Listen: Robert Plant, 'Carry Fire'
NPR - 5 months
The Led Zeppelin frontman's 11th solo effort is a finely woven blend of folk, Celtic, blues and world music.
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The Playlist: U2 Dances Into Darkness and 11 More New Songs
NYTimes - 6 months
Hear the week's 12 most important new songs from Bully, Robert Plant, N.O.R.E. and Pharrell Williams, and more.
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Playlist: The Playlist: U2 Dances Into Darkness and 11 More New Songs
NYTimes - 6 months
Hear the week's 12 most important new songs from Bully, Robert Plant, N.O.R.E. and Pharrell Williams, and more.
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New Mix: Julien Baker, Robert Plant, Daughter, METZ, More
NPR - 6 months
Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton return after a summer break with essential new tracks, including joyful pop from The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, warped sounds from Liars and more. (Image credit: Courtesy of the artists)
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Robert Plant Announces New Album, 'Carry Fire'
NPR - 6 months
The former Led Zeppelin singer's 11th solo album arrives Oct. 13. Listen to its first single, "The May Queen," now. (Image credit: Ed Miles)
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Jonathan Adler's Stunning New Hotel Project Has A Powerful Mission
Huffington Post - 11 months
Jonathan Adler wants to prove that interior design can do good as well as look good.  Melding his established talents with his passion for philanthropy, the 50-year-old designer has given a hotel suite in one of Los Angeles’s storied boutique hotels a super-glam makeover for an amazing cause. The (RED)-inspired suite at the Andaz West Hollywood, which began welcoming guests March 9, is aimed at giving its occupants “the most glamorous, luxurious vacation they could ever imagine,” he said.  But, as Adler told The Huffington Post, the new suite represents more than just rest and relaxation. Thirty percent of the room rate, which ranges from $519 to $849 a night, will be donated to (RED), the HIV/AIDS advocacy organization founded by U2’s Bono and Bobby Shriver.  While Adler supports a number of humanitarian causes, including cancer research and animal rescue efforts, he believes the fight against HIV/AIDS remains critical. “I came of age during the AIDS crisis,” he told Huf...
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Dear Beyhive: Stop Whining. Beyonce Still Hasn't Earned Her Album Of The Year Grammy
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Please, For The Love Of Snacks, Don't Curl Your Hair With Cheetos
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Cheetos are delicious. Cheetos are polarizing.  Cheetos are, contrary to the tutorial you are about to see, not hair tools. Cheetos, we repeat, are not hair tools.  Unless you’re YouTuber Bunny Meyer a.k.a. Grav3yardgirl, who proved that in addition to being greasy, cheesy and delicious, they can help achieve a pretty epic curl, too.   With puffy Cheetos, an entire pack of bobby pins and 45 minutes (plus another over 30 under a blow dry bonnet), Meyer set out to see if she could actually use Cheetos as hair curlers without looking, dare we say, cheesy. And yes, we must admit we were surprised by the results (”I look like Robert Plant”! Meyer said gleefully at one point).  But if the thought of perfectly coiled locks has you running out to the supermarket, consider the downsides: Cheetos dust, greasy hands, the fact that you’ll likely want to take a shower as soon as you’re finished. So what sounds l...
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John Hall Does It All
Huffington Post - over 1 year
John Hall co-wrote two of the most widely played songs on Top 40 radio during the 1970's that are still in constant rotation today. The hits "Still The One" and "Dance With Me." You may or may not connect the dots between the man, and the group he co-founded Orleans, but he is much more than this success story which alone would be a dream come true like winning the lottery for most musicians. Mr. Hall is by definition a modern day renaissance man. In addition to rockstar he is a social activist, former two time US Congressman, father, grandfather, and now author with the release of his self penned memoir "Still The One." I met John whilst living in Woodstock in the mid 1980's. Along with Malley Heinlein, Pete O'Brien and other local musicians we formed the house band at "The Joyous Lake," the main music club at the time. The band Stormy Monday named after the iconic blues hit by T-Bone Walker played mostly soul, Motown, and blues covers. Local musicians would jump up to jam o...
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For one rock fan, the Led Zeppelin copyright trial is the best show in town
LATimes - over 1 year
Even in a room with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, you can’t miss him. At, or near, the front of the line every day for the past week at the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles is the man who calls himself Blue Boy. That’s for the mustache and goatee dyed a royal shade of blue, a little deeper...
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2015
    During a concert at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on 19 September 2015, Plant hinted at plans for a new album with the Sensational Space Shifters, stating, “We’ll go make another record and then we’ll come see you guys even more."
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    To celebrate Record Store Day 2015 (Saturday 18 April), Plant released a special 10-inch live EP titled More Roar, which collects three performances from his recent world tour to support his last solo album.
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  • 2014
    On 23 August 2014, The Independent, a UK publication, indicated Plant had broken up with Patty Griffin: "“Patty and I tried a sort of zig-zag across the Atlantic,” Plant told the publication, “but she didn’t share my penchant for cider and she used to marvel at the Black Country character I became after four pints of Thatchers.
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    On 30 July 2014, NME revealed that Plant was "slightly disappointed and baffled" by Page in ongoing Led Zeppelin dispute during which Page declared he was "fed up" with Plant delaying Led Zeppelin reunion plans.
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    Page then told The New York Times that he was "fed up" with Plant's refusal to play, stating: "I was told last year that Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think?
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    In a spring 2014 interview with the BBC about the then forthcoming reissue of Led Zeppelin's first three albums, Page said he was sure fans would be keen on another reunion show, but Plant later replied that "the chances of it happening were zero".
    On 7 August 2014, Plant announced an autumn 2014 7-date North American tour from 25 September (in Port Chester, NY) to 7 October 2014 (in Los Angeles, CA).
    On 28 June 2014, Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters played at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival.
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    On 23 June 2014, Robert Plant announced the 8 September 2014 release of Lullaby and...
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  • 2012
    Actually, according to a July 2012 Ultimate Classic Rock article, Plant and Griffin had been dating for over a year, spending half of their time together in Austin, Texas.
    It was first reported that Robert Plant's new band, the Sensational Space Shifters, would be debuting at 2012's WOMAD festival in Wiltshire, England.
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  • 2011
    On 30 September 2011, Plant and Band of Joy played in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, as part of the 11th Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival.
    The album was nominated for Best Americana Album in the 2011 Grammy Awards, and Plant's performance of "Silver Rider" on the album (a cover from the Low album The Great Destroyer) was nominated for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.
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  • 2010
    In July 2010, Robert Plant embarked on a twelve-date summer tour in the United States with a new group called Band of Joy (reprising the name of his very first band in the 1960s).
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On 14 August 2009, football club Wolverhampton Wanderers announced that Plant was to become the club's third Vice-President.
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    On 8 February 2009, Plant and Krauss won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Country Collaboration with Vocals, and Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.
  • 2008
    He appeared as a surprise guest during Fairport Convention's set at the 2008 Cropredy Festival, performing Led Zeppelin's "The Battle of Evermore" with Kristina Donahue as a tribute to Sandy Denny.
    Also in 2008, Plant performed with bluegrass musicians at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.
    Plant and Krauss began an extended tour of the US and Europe in April 2008, playing music from Raising Sand and other American roots music as well as reworked Led Zeppelin tunes.
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    The song "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)" from Raising Sand won a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2008.
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  • 2007
    From 2007–2008, Plant recorded and performed with bluegrass star Alison Krauss.
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    In 2007, Plant contributed two tracks to the Fats Domino tribute album Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino, "It Keeps Rainin'" with the Lil' Band o' Gold and "Valley of Tears" with the Soweto Gospel Choir.
    A song from this album, "Please Read the Letter", was re-recorded by Plant with Alison Krauss, winning the 2007 Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
  • 2006
    A DVD titled Soundstage: Robert Plant and Strange Sensation, featuring his Soundstage performance (filmed at the Soundstage studios in Chicago on 16 September 2005), was released in October 2006.
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    An expansive box set of his solo work, Nine Lives, was released in November 2006, which expanded all of his albums with various b-sides, demos, and live cuts.
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    On 23 June 2006, Plant was the headliner (backed by Ian Hunter's band) at the Benefit For Arthur Lee concert at New York's Beacon Theatre, a show which raised money for Lee's medical expenses from his bout with leukaemia.
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  • 2005
    As a former member of Led Zeppelin, along with Page and John Paul Jones, Plant received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 and the Polar Music Prize in 2006.
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  • 2003
    Both have received some of the most favourable reviews of Plant's solo career and four Grammy nominations, two in 2003 and two in 2006.
  • 2002
    In 2002, with his then newly formed band Strange Sensation, Plant released a widely acclaimed collection of mostly blues and folk remakes, Dreamland.
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  • 2001
    In 2001, Plant appeared on Afro Celt Sound System's album Volume 3: Further in Time.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    In 1999, Plant contributed to the tribute album for Moby Grape co-founder Skip Spence, who was terminally ill.
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    Starting in mid-1999, Plant performed until the end of 2000 at several small venues with his folk-rock band, named Priory of Brion.
  • 1998
    Page and Plant recorded their only post-Zeppelin album of original material on the 1998 album Walking into Clarksdale, an effort that was unsuccessful commercially, leading Plant to return to his solo career.
  • 1994
    Page and Plant became a full-fledged performing act from 1994 through 1998, releasing the Unledded album in 1994 and following with an enormously successful tour in 1995, including a return to the Glastonbury limelight.
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  • 1992
    Plant's live collaborations with other legendary musicians continued when he took to the stage with Queen at Wembley Stadium, for 1992's "The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert" for AIDS Awareness; where he sang Queen's "Innuendo" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", and Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" and "Thank You".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Also, on 15 May 1988 Plant appeared with Page as a member of Led Zeppelin, at the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert (where he also performed in his own right as a solo artist).
    The pair again worked together in the studio on the 1988 Page solo effort Outrider, and in the same year Page contributed to Plant's album Now and Zen.
  • 1986
    In 1986 Plant performed at the Birmingham Heart Beat Charity Concert with other famous Midlands musicians.
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  • 1983
    Whilst Plant avoided performing Led Zeppelin songs through much of this period (although he would occasionally improvise his unique Zeppelin screams into his set), his tours in 1983 (with Phil Collins on drums) and in 1985 were very successful, often performing to sold-out arena-sized venues.
  • 1982
    Plant's solo career began with the album Pictures at Eleven in 1982, followed by 1983's The Principle of Moments.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Although Led Zeppelin split in 1980, Plant occasionally collaborated with Jimmy Page on various projects through this period, including forming a short-lived all-star group with Page and Jeff Beck in 1984, called the Honeydrippers.
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    After Led Zeppelin dissolved in December 1980 (following the death of drummer John Bonham), Plant briefly considered abandoning music to pursue a career as a teacher in the Rudolf Steiner education system; going so far as to be accepted for teacher-training.
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  • 1977
    In July 1977 his son Karac died at age five of a stomach infection while Plant was engaged on Led Zeppelin's concert tour of the United States.
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  • 1975
    In 1975, Plant and his wife Maureen (now divorced) were seriously injured in a car crash in Rhodes, Greece.
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  • 1970
    Most of the lyrics of the song were written spontaneously by Plant in 1970 at Headley Grange.
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  • 1969
    Plant did not begin writing song lyrics with Led Zeppelin until the making of Led Zeppelin II, in 1969.
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    The band's eponymous debut album hit the charts in 1969 and is widely credited as a catalyst for the heavy metal genre.
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  • OTHER
  • 1968
    Plant married Maureen Wilson on 9 November 1968. The couple had three children: daughter Carmen Jane (1968), (who later married Charlie Jones, Plant's bass player for solo tours); and sons Karac Pendragon (1972–1977), and Logan Romero (1979). The couple divorced in August 1983.
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    In 1968, guitarist Jimmy Page was in search of a lead singer for his new band and met Plant after being turned down by his first choice, Terry Reid, who referred him to a show at a teacher training college in Birmingham (where Plant was singing in a band named Obs-Tweedle).
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  • 1967
    Plant's early blues influences included Johnson, Bukka White, Skip James, Jerry Miller, and Sleepy John Estes. Plant had various jobs while pursuing his music career, one of which was working for the major British construction company Wimpey in Birmingham in 1967 laying tarmac on roads.
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  • 1948
    Born on August 20, 1948.
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