ROBERT PLANT On 'Raising Sand' And LED ZEPPELIN

September 29, 2010

A.V. Club recently conducted an interview with LED ZEPPELIN legend Robert Plant. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

A.V. Club: It seems like this could very well be the start of a new phase for you. Did you think going into "Raising Sand" that it was going to be half as successful as it is?

Plant: There's a huge, huge group of people my age from my village back on the Welsh border who are bereft of music that makes sense to them. And there are less and less avenues of access. And so if something is strong and it can creep into the public eye, or the public ear, whisper in the ear, it re-invokes hope in people my age because there's so little access to stuff.

A.V. Club: Going back to LED ZEPPELIN, are you guys thinking of playing again?

Plant: I think we're probably thinking about talking.

A.V. Club: The 2007 show was pretty well received.

Plant: Well, you know, reception wasn't our greatest concern, ever.

A.V. Club: How did you receive it?

Plant: I was driven to distraction with fear and reminiscences and huge reflections of my mortality and, like, can I do it? Is it best I leave it as it was? Is it some kind of pulsing fun machine? But we had to do it. We had to say goodbye to Ahmet [Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records] properly and that was a great way of putting a lot of things back in the box that were all over the floor.

A.V. Club: Does playing those songs with those people make you feel a little too mortal for your own good?

Plant: No, it's just — I've been there. It's great, but I've been there in that form. And I think everybody feels the same, really. It's not even a talking point. I don't know how many times Stephen Stills has been asked about whether or not he wants to go back to BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD. Maybe he and Neil got out in time before it actually had the same kind of effect. But you're sitting opposite me. Do I look like I should be doing that, really? I've still got a twinkle in me.

Read the entire interview from A.V. Club.

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