“There are only three or four frontmen left, from our time, who actually just kick the mic stand up and do it, and that’s me, Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger,” he says, thoughtfully rather than with arrogance.
“But the only important thing is, can you contemporise your gift?
Robert Plant stands in the bright sunshine, eyes scanning a sunlit pedestrian square in Birmingham, while people pass on by, oblivious to the presence of one of rock and roll’s great frontmen.
“I’ve been around so long I can be easily ignored,” he notes, with twinkly amusement.
Inspired at a young age by Elvis Presley, Plant left school to begin his musical career.
He performed with a number of groups before he was discovered by Jimmy Page, who was in search of a lead singer for a new band he was forming, called the New Yardbirds. Plant launched his solo career in 1982, reuniting with the band for occasional benefits.
According to Maddox, Page became infatuated with her and had a roadie bring Maddox up to his suite at the L. THE TRUTH: Maddox was, amazingly, just 14 when she met Page, though Page did what he could to keep the relationship hidden.Kitaen and Coverdale didn’t stay married for long, because this was the 1980s, and that’s just how things worked.Kitaen soon married professional baseball player Chuck Finley, but that marriage fell apart in 2002 when Kitaen was arrested for spousal abuse — she allegedly pummeled her husband with her high-heel shoes.“Even people who know who I am think I’m dead.” Plant doesn’t even look that different from the glory days of Led Zeppelin.The ringlets cascading around his weathered face are tinged with grey, and a cavalier goatee beard sprouts from his chin, but his whole bearing retains something proud and fearless.