Robert Plant Explains The Reason Why Old Bands Look ‘Decrepit’


Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant opened up about his musical partnership with Alison Krauss during a recent interview with MOJO. Apparently, they partner up whenever they feel like it rather than turning their collaboration into something obligatory. Furthermore, Plant said the musicians who stick with their bands for years and are afraid of getting out of their comfort zone look decrepit.

As some of you might recall, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss previously had released a studio album named ‘Raising Sand‘ on October 23, 2007. The album was so successful that it won an award as the Album of the Year at the 2008 Americana Music Honors & Awards, a Grammy Award, and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

Realizing that their collaboration achieved success and fans loved seeing the two together, the highly admired duo announced their second record named ‘Raise the Roof‘ a couple of weeks ago. The upcoming album is going to be released on November 19, and their first single, a cover of Lucinda Williams’ song ‘Can’t Let Go,’ is already out.

During a recent interview, Robert Plant opened up about the highly-anticipated collaboration and stated that he and Alison Krauss are very much alike spiritually and musically. The two didn’t decide to make another album just because they have to. They just casually came up with an idea to collaborate again as they felt like it.

The Led Zeppelin singer also stated that those musicians who stay with their band for decades look scared to leave their safe zone, which looks sad. Unlike those musicians, both Plant and Krauss are open to exploring new collaborations and working with new musicians since they have nothing to lose.

According to MOJO, Plant said:

“The good thing about Alison and I is that we’re a couple of kindred spirits. Most musicians form a band, then they stay in the band until it’s over 20 years, 30 years, 50 years, whatever it is and it starts to look sadly decrepit. It’s like people hanging onto a life raft, or staying in a comfortable place.

With us, there’s nothing written in blood. We were ready to do something new, and we knew how good it was before, so we can just join up again and see where we go. We’ve got nothing to lose.”

You can listen to ‘Can’t Let Go’ below.