Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Robert Plant Talks Down About Led Zeppelin Reissues
It would seem that former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant is not as enthused about the recent reissues of the band's material that include unheard versions of tracks as many other people are. This probably is not that big of a shock to many people, but the man finally spoke up and confirmed his feelings on the subject in a recent interview with Billboard.
When asked if the newly heard material had given him a new perspective on Led Zeppelin's history, Plant said:
“No, not really. Because it’s so long ago. What you’re hearing there is mostly work-in-progress stuff. Things on their way to completion, and maybe there’s some little quirk or something that led to an either/or moment. But it’s nothing relevant, really. Not to me, at least.”
According to the interview it's not that Plant isn't digging the music that he helped create any more, but it's just he enjoys playing it in new arrangements for his live audiences in order to keep everything fresh and alive.
“I think it’s a way to enjoy the music. We do ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and these other ones, and our approach is driven mostly by trance and psychedelia and the musicians’ relationships to African music. In each case, one of the guys in the band will take dominance, and that kind of determines where it goes.”
Now I personally have never heard any of these new arrangements, but if they sound anything like what the music from lullaby... and the Ceaseless Roar (Plant's new solo album) they probably sound pretty trippy and way different from the original versions that everyone has come to know and love over the years. I can imagine the reception to such arrangements would be mixed, especially considering that most people who go to see Robert Plant are primarily there to hear him perform Led Zeppelin songs.