Robert Plant has signalled his unwillingness to reform Led Zeppelin, telling Spain’s El País newspaper that “I’m no longer a sailor, now I’m a captain,” when asked whether he’s still ruling out returning to the band.
Plant and Alison Krauss were interviewed by the newspaper about their new album, “Raise The Roof”. In the interview, which was published on January 15 in Spanish and behind a paywall, Plant was asked whether he’s still holding out on reforming Led Zeppelin, despite rumours of large amounts of money being offered for reunion tours.
“‘I’m no longer a sailor, now I’m a captain!’ Plant bellows with a pirate laugh,” the newspaper reported [translated from Spanish via Google Translate], “and in good Spanish, as if to make it very clear.”
Clearly, Plant values being in control of his own solo career instead of following the direction set by Led Zeppelin as a group.
Elsewhere in the interview, Plant warned that the music industry in the UK is like a “horror story.”
“All this music is in danger,” Krauss told the newspaper. “The venues, the labels, the festivals… There was a bigger scene a long time ago. When we started with Union Station, there was that scene. Now we see that the thing has been diminishing … another problem must be added: the first generation of creators is gone. They are no longer. That is also bad. The music goes with them.”
Plant added: “I don’t know this circuit like her. I’ve been to a handful of festivals, but if you look at my country, we’re talking about a horror story.”
Krauss also told the newspaper that her and Plant “could do more than one album” because of the amount of songs they both liked.
“We had a lot of options on the table. Those songs with which we had empathy prevailed,” Plant said, “Heart. Each song chosen had to convey passion, emotion, power, a certain drama. We had to stop at some point because we liked so many of them.”