Robert Plant spoke about the death of his son Karac in a since-deleted clip from his upcoming March 13 interview with Dan Rather on AXS TV.
Karac died aged five of a stomach virus on July 26, 1977 while Plant was on tour with Led Zeppelin in the US.
Plant said that the song “All My Love,” which he wrote about Karac after his death, “was just paying tribute to the joy that he gave us as a family and, in a crazy way, still does occasionally.”
“His mother and I often… the memory gets … changes, the contrast and the focus changes as time goes on. It’s a long time ago that we lost him. 40 years ago.”
“And we were blessed with another boy who came along about two years later and the two images are blurred. The definition between Karac and Logan is … it’s a tough one to chip through the two things but he was a little nature boy, you know? He was a mountain man.”
Rather asked Plant how he got through the death of his son. “Well it wasn’t easy,” Plant said, “especially in the light of the fact that there’s the whole hysteria that surrounded the mid to late seventies. It was anything but conducive to normal family life.”
“But we pulled tight together and both my wife and I, we had strong families so … and good support, I mean, John Bonham from Zeppelin and his wife Pat, they were magnificent with us and helped us a lot. And we lived pretty close together, a long way from London. So we were kind of local people.”
“I wrote another song about him called ‘I Believe’ which was on an album in 1992 and every now and again he turns up in songs for no other reason than I miss him a lot.”
Rather than asked what advice Plant would give to someone who was experiencing grief.
“Well, as you say, it’s such an individual phenomena or just piece of real bad luck and I don’t know how many people have been in the public eye to such a garish degree.”
“I know other guys who do what I do who have lost kids and because we’re kind of public property, in a way, our conditions and our luck and our bad luck and our whole circumstances are there for public discussion. That’s how it works, you know? So when it’s tough, it’s really tough.”
“I would just say there’s no advice, just love everything around you as much as you can.”
Plant also said that ‘Kashmir’ is one of his favourite Led Zeppelin songs
“Well, it was a great achievement,” Plant said when asked if “Kasmir” is his favourite Led Zeppelin song, “to take such a monstrously dramatic musical piece and find a lyric that was ambiguous enough and a delivery which would not over-pumped.”
“It almost was like the antithesis of the music was this kind of lyric and this vocal delivery that was just about enough to get in there, you know.”
Rather asked Plant if “Kashmir” is indeed his personal all-time favourite Led Zeppelin song.
“Well, I mean there was such a variety of songs that I guess I would have to go along,” Plant said. “Today I would have to say yes.”
“Tomorrow maybe something else?” Rather asked.
“Yeah, exactly,” Plant replied.
The full episode of “The Big Interview with Dan Rather” will air on AXS TV at 9pm ET on March 13. The episode is the first of the show’s sixth season.
The show had been scheduled to be aired on February 27, but AXS TV announced on January 18 that it had been delayed to March 13.
The press release for the rescheduled show includes a brief summary of the topics that Plant discusses:
“During the intimate discussion, Plant opens up about his childhood in post-WWII Britain and the tragic loss of his five-year-old son; shares his thoughts on Led Zeppelin standards ‘Kashmir’ and ‘Stairway To Heaven’; and explains how he has adapted his trademark vocals throughout the years.”
Another clip from the upcoming episode is included in the start of AXS TV’s 2018 teaser video on YouTube. “If one looked up sex, drugs, and rock and roll … probably a picture of Led Zeppelin,” Rather says in the video. “That’s very kind of you,” Plant replies.
Here are three more clips of the upcoming episode:
Plant posed for promotional photos to advertise the upcoming show:
Here’s the trailer for the new season of the show:
Here’s the schedule for the upcoming sixth series of “The Big Interview with Dan Rather”:
March 13 – Robert Plant
March 20 – Robby Krieger and John Densmore from The Doors
March 27 – Eddie Money
April 3 – Shania Twain
April 10 – Billy Ray Cyrus
April 17 – STYX
April 24 – John Mellencamp
May 1 – The Oak Ridge Boys