“I think the more I sing, the better my voice gets,” says Plant, who recorded with his new band, the Sensational Space Shifters, after road-testing the material — Zeppelin-esque rock, occasionally drawing on Celtic and African influences — for the past couple years.Most of the other artists who have been at this for 40-plus years seem to have run out of gas.I’m coming to the greater New York area soon, actually.The Capitol Theater [in Port Chester, on September 25], and then the Brooklyn Academy of Music [on September 27 and 28].Now living back in the UK after spending several years residing in Austin, Texas, Plant is, appropriately enough for a Wolves fan, as much of a musical wanderer as he is a geographical one.
The remaining members went their separate ways, but Bonham's death hit Plant particularly hard.
You can see why Plant can't be doing with the much-demanded Led Zeppelin reunion. I think about how the Brill Building affected me as a kid and how songwriting teams like Lieber & Stoller, and Pomus & Shuman, and Goffin & King kept the teenagers of the English speaking world happy for years, but for my time and the time I've been making music it's all been about cause and effect.
Rather than re-tread old ground, Plant is forging ever forward while still retaining the exploratory vision that made his former alma mater such a unique proposition. So Led Zeppelin III, probably for me, was about picking up different clues.
"That fan could be forgiven for assuming the real Krauss to inhabit the same character she embodies so fully on her many records—the lonesome, pensive Tennessee woman with the lithe, preternaturally fragile voice and a timeless air of mystery that pervades the folk and bluegrass songs she and her band, Union Station, perform.
Krauss does, in fact, wear the very costume she's described (accompanied by a demure downward glance) on the cover of Paper Airplane, her first new record with Union Station in seven years.