Led Zeppelin Icon Robert Plant Doesn’t Want to Hear Questions About Retirement

by Clayton Edwards

Robert Plant stepped into the music world at a very early age. By his own recollection, he was only 19 years old when Led Zeppelin started rehearsing in the sixties. After making a huge and lasting mark on the rock genre, Zeppelin split in 1980 after John Bonham died. Then, two years later, Plant started a solo career. In the years since he struck out on his own, the former Led Zeppelin vocalist has released eleven solo albums and five collaboration albums including two with Alison Krauss.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ latest record, Raise the Roof, dropped on Friday, November 19th. While promoting the album, the 73-year-old legend sat down with The Telegraph to discuss his decades-long career. During that interview, Plant gave his opinion on questions about retirement.

First, Robert Plant gave a brief timeline of his career. “I was 19 on the first Led Zeppelin rehearsals, and I was 32 when [Zeppelin drummer John Bonham] passed away.” Then, he said that he’s been hearing about retirement since the iconic band split. “People used to say to me ‘Well, you must have done enough now?” Enough of f**king what? ‘Enough to retire!’”

That was over four decades ago. Today, Robert Plant feels blessed to have a still-thriving career. “So imagine the blessing to be 40 years further down the road, and I still don’t know enough to stop in any respect.” Then, the former “Golden God” of rock n roll explained why he has no desire to retire. “There’s always something new to learn, somewhere new to take it. I love it.”

Robert Plant Isn’t Worried About His Age

Robert Plant is still going strong at the age of 73 partly because he’s not concerned about his age. He told The Telegraph, “I think I got really old when I was 29, when we as a family lost the key man.” The “key man” he mentioned was his five-year-old son Karac. The boy died from a stomach virus in 1977.

Additionally, Robert Plant shared his secret to his longevity. “What I try and do to keep the Grim Reaper at bay is to be around people who are funny and kind.” Those people are Plant’s cure-all. However, it seems that pushing himself in new directions also helps keep him musically active.

For instance, in his collaborations with Alison Krauss, Robert Plant isn’t just stepping into a new genre, he’s also changing roles. Much of his legacy is built on the strength of his lead vocals. However, with Krauss he often finds himself singing harmony.

Overall, Plant says, “I’ve still got a foot on the pedal. I’m still going somewhere. It’s the prerogative of a madman!”

Check out “High and Lonesome” from  Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raise the Roof.