Robert Plant said in a new interview that it’s a “disappointment” that many people “missed the point” of Led Zeppelin.
Plant gave an interview to WFUV to promote his new solo album “Carry Fire.” During the interview, host Paul Cavalconte mentioned that Led Zeppelin’s reputation is for hard rock, but the band actually had many songs that didn’t fit that template.
“It’s always been a disappointment,” Plant said. “Whenever, these days, the three of us meet up, it’s often a time where we go ‘yeah, maybe everybody missed the point.’ They got some kind of point, but they didn’t get all the point.”
Plant gave two examples of Led Zeppelin tracks that didn’t fit the reputation of hard rock: “Friends” and “Four Sticks.”
“Funnily enough there’s a good bootleg out of Page and I playing in Bombay with a small orchestra doing ‘Friends’ and ‘Four Sticks’ and something else,” Plant said. “It’s pretty good — very funny. It was all going well until I got the brandy out and then the session collapsed.”
Recordings of Led Zeppelin performing “Friends” and “Four Sticks” were eventually released on the remastered version of “Coda” in 2015.