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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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