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Plant: New album is the end now for me



Robert Plant has hinted his new solo album might be his final farewell.

The former Led Zeppelin rocker is set to release his latest record Lullaby and ... the Ceaseless Roar on September 8, and he has hinted he might be coming to the end of his career, with the new release feeling like "some sort of finality".

He told The Independent newspaper: "Maybe this new album is the end now for me ... [The end] of this musical wanderlust and the wonderful carousel that I've been on.

"It's like a kaleidoscope; you hold it up to the light, rotate it, and the pieces fall beautifully in different ways, but this record feels different.

"It's a consummation of all those bits from Son House to Roni Size to the Gambia and it seems to have some sort of finality."

The legendary musician also admitted he still has fun teasing fans, particularly as he has changed a lot from his younger days.

He said: "I was at WOMAD the other day. I walked past this guy sitting in a fold-out chair reading a music magazine, and it had a photo of us as nubile.

"I said, 'Who's that then?' and he looked up at me. I had sunglasses on and my hair was up in a top-knot. He said, 'That's Led Zeppelin'. I said, 'Ah OK - and who's that guy?' He said, 'That's Robert Plant'. I said, 'What does he look like now?'

"The guy shrugged his shoulders, so I lifted my sunglasses and said, 'Look!' It was a lovely moment and we were chortling away like two Laughing Policemen. The tears were rolling down our fat old cheeks."

From: Breaking News

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Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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