“It was an amazing evening. The preparations for it were fraught and intense, but the last rehearsal was really, really good, for all that it represented and all that we were trying to capture. But I’ve gone so far somewhere else that I almost can’t relate to it ... It’s a bit of a pain in the ass to be honest. Who cares? I know people care, but think about it from my angle – soon, I’m going to need help crossing the street.”In the meantime, Plant has been doing a number of other projects, including attempting to record the follow up to the Grammy winning, best album of 2009 Raising Sand, written with Alison Krauss. When talking about the sessions, he explained, “The sound wasn’t there. Alison is the best. She’s one of my favorite people. We’ll come back to it.” He also noted why he quit writing songs lately,
“The last time I lifted a pen was when Tony Blair became a Roman Catholic. We were supposedly going into the Gulf, determined to sort the world out in the name of tyranny. Then, once he had to leave the throne, he became a Roman Catholic and became a peace envoy in the Middle East. That’s when I knew the world was completely upside down.”Finally, the legend explained his thoughts on his old contemporaries and their newer aspirations.
“There’s nothing worse than a bunch of jaded old farts, and that’s a fact. People who have written their story – they’ve gotten to the point where nothing moves. I don’t deal in that, and I don’t deal with anybody who deals in that.”Plant is currently on tour with his Band of Joy, supporting their album of the same name which came out last year. Check the tour dates out below: January: 18 Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 19 Pittsburgh, PA - Peterson Events Center (University of Pittsburgh) 21 Ann Arbor, MI - Hill Auditorium 22 Toronto, ONT - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts 23 Toronto, ONT - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts 25 Boston, MA House of Blues 26 Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre 28 Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand Theater at MGM Grand at Foxwoods 29 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre 30 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre February: 1 Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall 2 Raleigh, NC Raleigh - Memorial Auditorium 4 North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center 5 Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre 7 Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium 8 Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium 9 Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium June - 2011 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Colorado (TBA)