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After years of playing covers, Robert Plant is to begin writing original songs with the Band of Joy. Following the group's recent album, which included songs by Richard Thompson, Low and Townes Van Zandt, Band of Joy "have to write" their own tunes, Plant said in a new interview.

"It's all very well celebrating other people's songwriting," the singer told the Pulse of Radio (via Blabbermouth), "and I know there are other artists who have had an entire career [playing covers] – whether it be Elvis or Sinatra, or a lot of the country artists who never write. But we've got to be heading that way soon."

Plant first formed the Band of Joy in the late-60s, before co-founding Led Zeppelin. Although members of the group released records in 1978 and 1983, Plant had already quit by that point; his first release under the Band of Joy name was last year. Hailed as a clean break from both Led Zeppelin and Plant's collaboration with Alison Krauss, the LP consisted solely of covers, including traditionals. Plant's most recent original material appeared on 2005's Mighty Rearranger album

Despite Plant's writing plans, the Band of Joy's recent tour dates have featured new covers of songs including Led Zeppelin's Ramble On and Tangerine, and Lightnin' Hopkins's Central Two-o-Nine. The group's current lineup includes Patty Griffin, Byron House, Marco Giovino and co-producer Buddy Miller.
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September xx, 1975 - Jimmy meets up with Robert in Malibu, where he is staying on a tax exile
September 12, 1976 - Page and Bonham return to Switzerland and record a drum piece title Bonzo’s Montreux
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September 15, 1978 - Zep road manager Richard Cole and Bad Company’s Simon Kirke get married in a double ceremony
September 17, 1979 - Promoter Fred Bannister forced into liquidation over Knebworth Sales with Led Zeppelin
September 18, 1980 - Jimmy reviews a new stage set up and technical details for the Eighties Part One tour at Swan Song offices
September 25, 1980 - John Bonham is found dead in Jimmy Page’s Windsor mansion by sound technician Benji Le Fevre
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