Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant On His Fear Of Having Vocal Troubles
During the latest episode of his Digging Deep podcast, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant revealed that one of his iconic onstage poses was due to his fear of missing notes while singing.
Being regarded among the greatest vocalists in rock history, Robert Plant overcame many complex songs owing to his outrageous vocals. He influenced the entire music industry with his incredible work and laid the foundations for future vocalists. The singer always ensured that his performance was the best, either on stage or in the studio.
Led Zeppelin’s frontman contributed hugely to the band’s enormous success and hit records with exceptional vocal and songwriting skills. Plant’s natural charisma and iconic stage moves also distinguished him from the other vocalists. Some of his moves became his trademark and added to his stage persona to become one of the greatest in the rock scene.
During the latest podcast episode, when the host talked about the different vocal techniques, he asked Robert Plant about his classic onstage poses in which he leaned back while singing. Plant revealed that he did it because he was afraid of missing the notes during the live performances. He was moving away from the microphone to ensure that he wouldn’t miss anything. The singer gave the example of Led Zeppelin’s classic, ‘Immigrant Song,’ and said that if he had to sing it every day, he would probably make many mistakes.
The host speaking on Plant’s unique vocal technique:
“On the vocal thing, I was listening to a voice specialist talking a lot about how singers use their voices and that difference between the high pitched voice and huge voice. I looked at the pictures. Sometimes when you sing, you lean back. Your body arches. This woman was saying, ‘Oh, that opens the chest up, brilliant singing technique.'”
Robert Plant continued:
“I often did it like that because I didn’t really know whether I could hit the right peckin’ note! I’ll go as far away from the microphone just in case it’s not very good! Because you don’t know sometimes. It is quite interesting the way that if you do add an overdrive to performance, then you get bigger.
Imagine being Enrico Caruso, Pavarotti, or something like that; you are in it or on it. If I had to sing ‘Immigrant Song’ every day, I would probably look like the Laughing Policeman. I’d be so big and probably fail so many times to get those notes up there in that call to arms. I’d be like Fatty Arbuckle, probably. It just depends on how you go about what you do.”
You can listen to the full podcast below.