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'Real Time' Chat - Robert Plant, Jun. 05, 2002

from guardian.co.uk

danst - 10:29am May 29, 2002 BST (5.) | Reply
I read somewhere that you are a West Brom fan. What are your thoughts for their next season back in the Premiership? Did you know that the BBC are using 'Kashmir' to plug their World Cup coverage?

RobertPlant - 02:58pm Jun 5, 2002 BST (5.1)
Is this guy really taking the mickey? I suffer, I weep, I stand alone, at least here in London, a defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers fan. And what do i think about Kashmir on the TV? I think it sounds great. I just hope the football matches it.

jezabelle - 11:12am May 30, 2002 BST (19.) | Reply
Hello Robert, I would like to know when you will be visiting Australia again. I hope very much that you do and soon. I saw you in Sydney in 1996. By the way I still think you're wonderful! God Bless, Much Love, Jezabelle

RobertPlant - 03:02pm Jun 5, 2002 BST (19.1)
Some of my best memories of outdoor concerts and outdoor extremes have been expreienced in Australia. It's interesting how much it has changed since I woke up on the first Led Zep tour at 2am with a policeman going through my suitcase. I think he thought i must have lost my toothbrush. But seriously, that conservative atmosphere and paranoia that greeted Led Zep seems to have dissolved into a brave new world and hi to all my friends in Byron Bay!

merlebuck - 06:31pm May 30, 2002 BST (38.)
Is "Song To The Siren" going to be a single release? I would strongly encourage you to do so- I first heard this song by Cocteau Twins, and when my sister and I saw you do it live, we were shocked and very pleasantly surprised! (We are huge CT fans!) Your version of the song is so gentle and touching- it would make for a fantastic single/video/whatever....can't wait for the new album!

Roberts Reply: - Song to the Siren is one of the most beautiful and eloquent lyrics I have experienced. As far as its opportunities as a single, unfortunately all music that is to be heard on the radio is governed by programme planners and programme planners are governed by time. It's considered too long to be heard on the wireless. However I think it's so beautiful it would be such an honour to be able to present Tim Buckley's epic in a new age.

merlebuck - 06:32pm May 30, 2002 BST (39.)
Have you ever met Bob Dylan? Ever thought about doing a tour with him- I think you two would make for a great touring pair.

RobertPlant - 03:10pm Jun 5, 2002 BST (39.1) New:
I played with Dylan in La Carrouna in Northern Spain about 6 years ago. I had heard how interesting he could be in avoiding communication with all around him. I walked past his dressing room and saw him wrestling to put on his left black sock. It seemed like a good time to say Hi. Our conversation was really interesting. It lasted about an hour, was very comfortable, mainly because neither of us spoke of the other, only of the great influences who coloured and directed our work. I'd love to bump into him again. As far as touring , I think it would be neat. However he works far more than I can, and some of those venues! PS He did mention at the time the number of bullrings there were in Spain that would take a stage!!

SZSwartz - 03:45am May 31, 2002 BST (41.)
Hey hey First - I caught your gig in Boston, MA last year - fantastic show. In terms of song selection, the new album seems to take a step backward while simultaneously taking a step forweward. What do you think? In other words, were there any present-day influences that affected your song selections? Thanks for everything -Zak "Rhubarb" Swartz, from CT, USA

RobertPlant - 03:13pm Jun 5, 2002 BST (41.1)
New: The new album is a long awaited adventure for me. I didn't even know i could do this and probably wouldn't have atttempted it without the amazing Swirl of Strange Sensation. It is backwards, forwards, sideways and Primal Scream-ways. It's amazing how much freedom can be afforded and expanded upon within the framework of these beautiful songs. I feel really lucky to have the opportunity to do this without it becoming an oldies show.

A question about his favorite compositions:

RobertPlant - 03:22pm Jun 5, 2002 BST (46.1)
New: Favourite songs? It's really difficult. It depends upon the mood and it depends on the crowd. Going to California came back into the set last week. Musically it's quite different. I was really surprised with the response. I find it quite cheesy when an audience sings along - it reminds me of all the crap i had to watch on TV on variety shows when I was a kid. HOWEVER, now I am Cosmic Cabaret I was moved to find different generations all singing along to the lyric The Children of the Sun Begin to Awake.

In my solo stuff, I have great emotional moments of some minor triumph. So now to sing Down to the Sea, which I wrote with Charlie Jones and Come into My Life, at last, is quite a blast.

The Led Zep stuff has pretty much been covered over the years. I'm looking for ways of incorporating interesting new approaches to some of the songs.

How has the music business changed during your career:

RobertPlant - 03:29pm Jun 5, 2002 BST (66.1) New:
THE MUSIC BUSINESS it screams with insecurity. It has been devoured by whiskey companies, online giants and multinational moguls who combine the booty of music, movies and literature to grease the ever bigger palm. The lower minions working down the ladder below the faceless moguls throw money cautiously at whatever artists seem to be the most appropriate to fit the bill. So one slice of mediocrity inspires another.

RobertPlant - 03:32pm Jun 5, 2002 BST (158.) New:
Thanks for stopping by. I must say I would never have imagined I would spend my time staring at a screen with 2 beautiful girls typing at a million miles an hour. But it seems to connect and there have been so many interesting questions.

I'd like to do this again. And perhaps next time she won't move her hands so quickly......Sorry I couldn't resist it.
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