Robert Plant Gives Up Rocking

Legendary Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant says he has moved on from rock and wants to focus on a different type of music.

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Robert Plant has given up rock music. The Led Zeppelin musician - who has refused requests to reform the group for a full tour -said his musical tastes have completely changed. Speaking about going to see his former Led Zeppelin bandmate John Paul Jones' new rock group Them Crooked Vultures he said: "I feel so far away from heavy rock now. It's quite odd how mine and John's paths seem to have crossed over - we've sort of gone into each other's world's a bit." The 62-year-old musician also admitted that he could no longer handle the decibel level of a rock concert saying his ears "bled for two days" after the show. Now Robert - who won several Grammy awards for "Raising Sand" his collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss in 2009 - hopes to focus on a different type of music and lifestyle. He said: "For me, it's no longer to do with vanity, ego and visible success. It's just about getting down into the earth of music. I spent three or four years never playing a Zeppelin song from 1981 onwards, because I didn't want to lean on Zeppelin. I've gone from being in that huge band to picking up the pieces of my own gift." Thanks for the report to Contactmusic.com.

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    clint.7823
    sorry but i feel plant holds that band at hostage page a year ago was sitting on go for a tour but .....of course plant held out look this isnt the stones were they tour every 5-6 years this is special(musicly)but unfortantly we the public get dont get to see it cause of rights copy rights and percentages of shit sales and memorbilia they cant agree on
    wilberwildcat3
    just one more tiny zep tour and ill be happy with this decision. who cares if he cant sing like he used to. do what metallica and lots of other bands did. tune everything down a half step or whole step
    username_punk
    robert plant is awesome. glad to see so many people supporting his decisions and not getting pissed they can't see zeppelin. that's one guy id like to sit down with and just listen to whatever he has to say about his journey through life.
    zeppdc
    Robert Plant is ta best get lost idc if he has finished with rock music he still rocks hehehehehhehehhehe
    boris6491
    Great that he's doing what he wants to do. I think Robert Plant, of all people has earned it.
    shwilly
    Henkdemachtige wrote: TsarBomba wrote: shwilly wrote: Ah well ...How 'bout another nice Unledded tour then??? No? No Zeppelin at all?? I mean c'mon, I'm sure there's SOME things that he misses from those days, whether it's the groupies, the "album lands at #1 on charts"-parties, the liquour or even the occasional mudsharks... I mean, don't get me wrong: I have nothing but respect for this guy and I do realise that people change... still, the day I wake up only to find out I can't stand screeching guitar solos anymore will definetly be a cold one It's not like the guy is a different person. He's grounded, and that's something I can't say about a lot of front men. Hell, his attitude is really the only kind I can get. I don't know how you can possibly go through life without your tastes changing and developing one way or the other. I mean, I'm only 21, and I still listen to plenty of death metal as well as metal I listened to as a teen, but I also listen to jazz, hip-hop, blues, whatever turns me on. Listening to one type of music exclusively is like eating the same thing ever day. I don't know how a normal person could do that, let alone a chef. And it works the same for musicians. Im a chef at a restaurant and im able to eat spare-ribs every fking day, but then again i cant listen to one type of music either so.. -1 +1
    -1 +1 ?? The F, I never said I'm a metalhead, CERTAINLY not exclusively Still, I rather enjoy listening to a lot of heavy music, whether it'd be Vai, Pantera, QOTSA or Tool (or even Rush or Guthrie Govan for that matter), so all I'm saying is how much it would SUCK if I lost my taste for "loud" music altogether because I would probably miss out on a lot of good stuff And let's be honest, Them Crooked Vultures isn't about "making fast, heavy music" at all: they're a nice bluesy jam band and I REALLY don't enjoy the prospect of having to give up that genre too, because let's be honest, realizing that you're getting too old for bands like Zeppelin, Cream and Hendrix has just GOT to be one of the most depressing scenarios any (exrock enthusiast can experience... Maybe I should start wearing earplugs
    dgme92
    Mikeal1917 wrote: I absolute hate this person. He has made complete shit music since Led Zeppelin, just as Jimmy Page has (minus his work with the Black Crowes, who sound like Zeppelin to begin with). Only Jonesy has had a succesful career outside of Zeppelin. So to you Robert Plant, please, just shut the **** up and retire already, because the amount of people that give a crap about Band of Joy, or you and some bluegrass crap couldn't fill up a mobile home. I can't stand these musicians with a chip on their shoulder about how they have to follow their "musical" path. Give me a break. A musician doesn't write music for themselves, they write it for the enjoyment of others.
    OK, maybe the commercially viable pop "artists" of today make music for other people's enjoyment. But do you really think for one minute, that the greats like Springsteen, Neil Young, Dylan, all those people, created music they showed such passion for just for the general public and their amusement? They don't. They do it because they love doing it.
    clint.7823
    ok look would we really know who plant was if it not for page and zeppelin since leppelin he has struggled to find his idenity 80's 90'2 and today they need him he needs them bottom line him and page dont get along so there is a constant pissing match
    Ashland112
    Comeback Kiddd wrote: Vinushka wrote: He's sounding very much like an old man now. "Music nowadays is too loud, these seats are too hard, get off my lawn!" He will be in the next Gran Tarino
    +1
    mnewland1
    He knows his limits, gotta give him that. If dismissing his legendary work that he did with Zep so he can make sub-par music makes him happy in life, then more power to him.
    jimmypagejunior
    Dissapointing, no doubt, but a very reespectable opinion from one of the greatest frontmen of all time
    BurntGerbil
    I was half expecting to see a lot of disapproving comments on here. It may be a complete 180 from Zep, but I've been digging what I've heard from the new album (was listening to Angel Dance when I saw the headline). Leave it to a 62 year old British rock god to get me into Americana-inspired music!
    travislausch
    DirkLance wrote: I, personally, think it's a kick-ass group, but Plant didn't seem to say anything redeeming about when he saw them.
    Maybe he legitimately didn't have anything redeeming to say? If I went to a show of an artist I wasn't too fond of, would I HAVE to say something redeeming? And furthermore, does Plant HAVE to like TCV? I don't like the new band my last bassist joined, even though he's my closest friend and all... his music's just not for me. Does that mean I'm disrespectful? I honestly think it'd be more disrespectful for me to just go along with it and lie through my teeth about my feelings for his new music and hide my real opinion. I'm sad that Robert Plant won't be rocking anymore, but I respect his decision. Tastes change, skills change, and it takes a lot of balls to actually accept that and move on from it, because there can be a lot of pressure on an artist as well-known and respected as Plant to keep going with the status quo if it'll make his record label money.
    anecsey
    A lot of musicians take the same path when they had a huge or succesful career, and after that his solo proyects and afters successs band are completely different than the prior old times. I think its a disease, and people who had the atention of the media and the people got tired of being in the line. The pressure and the fear of being a "cliche" hit their heads. Nowadays its simple to say "Hey man, dont be a Gran Torino Clint Eastwood...get the **** up!!" But no one knows what happened in his mind, his soul, his relationships with his band mates, the management and the other people who work with the band. I mean, I dont like listen to him saying "Them Crooked Vultures its so loud that they re crap". That is a lack of respect for an amazing band. The career of John Paul Jones deserves more respect, and dont forget that hes with another fellow musicians who so incredibly as he are: Dave Grohl (best drummer of the 90s without a question) and Josh Homme (creator of Stoner Rock with Kyuss).
    TomusAM
    You know, it's good that some people are open about this stuff, and he doesn't lie and play what he doesn't feel for money.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Good! I like this. Besides, he's like in his 60s or something. He should be able to do what he wants. No one should pressure him or expect him to do anything but HIS thing.
    LiquidMotion
    you must have never listened to any of their records. musicians obviously write for others enjoyment or popular music wouldnt exist. but it has to start as a feeling you have and want to express. id say 97% of musicians do it casue they ****ing love playing music its their calling. go listen to over the hills and far away and tell me your not moved. and for you to insult the mighty james patrick page you will suffer in the afterlife. he is good friends with the devil.[/quote] rotflmao, nicely put.
    b_flo
    You gotta respect the guy. It seems like it's more of a physical thing...with his ears bleeding, and limitations on his vocal range....those are 'downers' for these high-profile rockstars. How about doing a reunion tour, but unplugged?
    KataklysmDeth
    Jyrgen wrote: GuitarSymphony wrote: Next Headline is going to say: Robert Plant goes Indie! John Paul goes Metal! ROFL would love to see that
    I thought john paul was dead..maybe im wrong.
    JohnnyV
    EpiExplorer wrote: Its good because he didn't die before he quit...
    lol! Led Zeppelin will always be at the top of my playlist. *Hey hey mama...
    HGF
    you can never give up rocking, sooner or later he'll realizer of course it'll never be the same, but...
    !-twisty-!
    Mikeal1917 wrote: I absolute hate this person. He has made complete shit music since Led Zeppelin, just as Jimmy Page has (minus his work with the Black Crowes, who sound like Zeppelin to begin with). Only Jonesy has had a succesful career outside of Zeppelin. So to you Robert Plant, please, just shut the **** up and retire already, because the amount of people that give a crap about Band of Joy, or you and some bluegrass crap couldn't fill up a mobile home. I can't stand these musicians with a chip on their shoulder about how they have to follow their "musical" path. Give me a break. A musician doesn't write music for themselves, they write it for the enjoyment of others.
    Trollolo D: However i have to say im happy with what Mr plant is doing, theres not a point in being a famous musician if you cant have fun doing your job.
    danielflasher95
    buhu, i feel sorry for plant, really, i wish i could have heard him sing like in the old days, but now he's gotten old....time does exist, unfortunately for us, good to see he is still as great musician as always, but i really feel like he misses the old times....*sigh*
    John1138
    I like what Robert is doing. Tastes change over time. I am getting more into acoustic styles these days and I have been playing hard rock and metal for 25 years. It gets old and easy. Fun to break some new ground!
    Partyboy2k05
    I totally agree with his decision. And it's not like he totally flipped genres, there's quite a few bluegrass kind of songs with zep. He know's who he is now and he's embracing it, kudos to him. I like an artist that grows, would I like to see the old band live, hell yeah! But I think it's a diservice to the fans to do something that the band isn't into. Ever played a sport and hated it because your parents wanted you to? It's like that. I admire someone that can still have a career beyond what anyone would call their "legacy". Of course it's his legacy, but isn't going to lie down in a grave just because they don't want to tarnish it. Music know's no bounds.
    JoeyNOTShaw
    Resurrected22 wrote: who cares. zep sucked! highly over rated band.
    you should drink some bleach.
    gbgg9409
    Sad news, but it's good to hear he's in it purely for the music. A good man he is.
    lespaul4eveR
    i dont care how old this man gets or what he does, he is amazing no matter what. hes the only singer i think i can say sounds just as good as they did in their prime 40 years later, sure he cant do all the crazy epic stuff he used to do but his voice is still great.
    Domine6377
    Mikeal1917 wrote: I absolute hate this person. He has made complete shit music since Led Zeppelin, just as Jimmy Page has (minus his work with the Black Crowes, who sound like Zeppelin to begin with). Only Jonesy has had a succesful career outside of Zeppelin. So to you Robert Plant, please, just shut the **** up and retire already, because the amount of people that give a crap about Band of Joy, or you and some bluegrass crap couldn't fill up a mobile home. I can't stand these musicians with a chip on their shoulder about how they have to follow their "musical" path. Give me a break. A musician doesn't write music for themselves, they write it for the enjoyment of others.
    you must have never listened to any of their records. musicians obviously write for others enjoyment or popular music wouldnt exist. but it has to start as a feeling you have and want to express. id say 97% of musicians do it casue they ****ing love playing music its their calling. go listen to over the hills and far away and tell me your not moved. and for you to insult the mighty james patrick page you will suffer in the afterlife. he is good friends with the devil.
    Daneeka
    I noticed the other day that "When The Levee Breaks" drumming is proper dubstep.
    TsarBomba
    shwilly wrote: Ah well ...How 'bout another nice Unledded tour then??? No? No Zeppelin at all?? I mean c'mon, I'm sure there's SOME things that he misses from those days, whether it's the groupies, the "album lands at #1 on charts"-parties, the liquour or even the occasional mudsharks... I mean, don't get me wrong: I have nothing but respect for this guy and I do realise that people change... still, the day I wake up only to find out I can't stand screeching guitar solos anymore will definetly be a cold one
    It's not like the guy is a different person. He's grounded, and that's something I can't say about a lot of front men. Hell, his attitude is really the only kind I can get. I don't know how you can possibly go through life without your tastes changing and developing one way or the other. I mean, I'm only 21, and I still listen to plenty of death metal as well as metal I listened to as a teen, but I also listen to jazz, hip-hop, blues, whatever turns me on. Listening to one type of music exclusively is like eating the same thing ever day. I don't know how a normal person could do that, let alone a chef. And it works the same for musicians.
    Comeback Kiddd
    Vinushka wrote: He's sounding very much like an old man now. "Music nowadays is too loud, these seats are too hard, get off my lawn!"
    He will be in the next Gran Tarino
    mmnohmygod
    Vinushka wrote: He's sounding very much like an old man now. "Music nowadays is too loud, these seats are too hard, get off my lawn!"
    he's 62