Former LED ZEPPELIN Frontman Donating Proceeds From EP To Charity

August 13, 2005

Paul Giblin of the East Valley Tribune is reporting that former LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant is donating proceeds from sales of a four-song CD to the group TurtleWill, which aids tribal people in remote regions of Ethiopia, Mali and Niger.

Plant has made donations to TurtleWill before, but nothing as high profile as his latest gesture.

"I'm very, very pleased to contribute in some form or another," Plant told the East Valley Tribune.

"It's all about, I think, increasing awareness, breaking away from the usual sort of news reel approach to human disasters, if you like; illuminating and exposing these conditions from a different angle."

The singer's angle has been through sales of a CD by his new band, ROBERT PLANT AND THE STRANGE SENSATION. The "Live in Paris" set features performances of "Shine It All Around", "Freedom Fries", "Tin Pan Valley" and "When the Levee Breaks".

Plant and his band recorded the songs June 9, and made the short CD available — either by disc or computer download — for $5 on his web site.

Plant, who was reached in the United Kingdom, said he doesn't know how much money the CD has generated. He's been on a worldwide tour and has had a bit of a communication breakdown with his business people, who are taking care of those sorts of details.

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