Robert Plant has distanced himself from the upcoming authorised documentary film about Led Zeppelin, telling Vanity Fair in a new interview that he was only “minorly” involved in its production.
When asked by interviewer Lisa Robinson whether he was involved in “Becoming Led Zeppelin,” Plant replied “minorly.”
“I’m fully aware of all this, but it’s really hard to get romantic about it—despite the fact that it changed my life and allowed me to mature and to move through the sphere. I’m not very good at reminiscing,” he continued.
In a separate interview with Variety, Plant also said that it’s “very odd … to see a group of people try to bring some perspective to it now,” adding “I’m not sure it’s not just too vast to be solarized and polarized like that.”
How involved was Robert Plant in the film?
Plant may now be claiming he’s only “minorly” involved in the film, but he sat for new filmed interviews alongside Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones for the film in 2018, as revealed in the official announcement of the film in 2019.
Allison McGourty, the film’s producer and screenwriter, touched on Plant’s reaction to the film’s production during a press conference in September: “Robert said to us early on as well, he said ‘I don’t know how you’re going to be able to tell this story because Peter Grant didn’t allow people to film the concerts and we didn’t do any media interviews so what are you going to do? How are you going to tell this?’”
Plant also discussed the film in a recent interview with Mojo Magazine for the cover story of its December 2021 issue.
“I don’t remember a thing,” Plant joked, “and had to get my copy of ‘Hammer Of The Gods’ out and read up on it.”
Plant is the only surviving member of Led Zeppelin not to have promoted the film before its release. Page travelled to Venice for its world premiere and participated in a press conference to promote it. And Jones shared a teaser of the film on his official website.
It’s not clear when ‘Becoming Led Zeppelin’ will be released
“Becoming Led Zeppelin” had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival on September 3 but since then there has been no announcement of the film’s release, leading to speculation that the film may have been withdrawn for editing or may not have been acquired at the Venice or Telluride film festivals where it was screened.