‘I’m moved by time, and the weight of time’: Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant on what drives him

As Led Zeppelin recedes further into his rear-view mirror, Robert Plant continues to stay busy — collaborating with Allison Krauss, the Band of Joy and currently with the Spectacular Space Shifters. Still, he’s keenly aware of how much time has passed.

After all, it’s been more than three decades since Plant began his solo career with Pictures at Eleven, following the shocking death of drummer John Bonham — and the quick dissolution of Led Zeppelin.

This year marks the 45th year since the founding of that legendary band, and it’s already been more than five since Plant last reunited with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones.

As Plant moves into elder-rock statesman, the accolades have begun to roll in. Readers placed him at the top of Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the best lead singers ever in 2011, five years after he received similar honors from Hit Parader magazine.

Such things, unfortunately, often come at the end of one’s career. But Plant, of course, isn’t close to slowing down — something that plays out in the fizzy combination of blues rock and world music from the Sensational Space Shifters, which also includes West African Juldeh Camara.

“I’m aware of mortality,” Plant tells Russ Spencer in the attached video. “I’m moved by time, and the weight of time. I’m moved by that, as a child would be, still. And that really is part of the saving grace of my madness, I think. I mean, every dog has his day — and luckily I have been in so many amazingly, surprisingly combustible places in my life and times, musically but also in the places I’ve been and the people I’ve met along the way. It’s been an amazing journey.”

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