Robert Plant Is Not A Fan Of The Led Zeppelin Version Of ‘Black Dog’

Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant gave an interview to Vanity Fair in which he revealed that he doesn’t like ‘Black Dog’s original version that much.

‘Black Dog’ is the opening track on Led Zeppelin’s fourth album known as ‘Led Zeppelin IV.’ It was released as a single and topped the charts in numerous countries. Considered one of the most instantly recognizable Zeppelin tracks, ‘Black Dog’ is also a fan-favorite during live performances.

Back in 2008, after the release of the album’ Raising Sand,’ Robert Plant and the country musician Alison Krauss sang ‘Black Dog’ together during their tour. The duo also sang the song during their appearance at CMT’s Crossroads. Along with the other reworked Led Zeppelin songs, this rendition of ‘Black Dog’ was well-received by the fans.

In an interview by Vanity Fair, the host Lisa Robinson told Robert Plant that his and Krauss’ version of ‘Black Dog’ is the best version of the song. To Zeppelin fans’ surprise, Plant agreed and revealed he is not a fan of the original Zeppelin version of ‘Black Dog.’

Explaining why he thinks that way, Plant said he was in his twenties when he sang the song. He then stated that he doesn’t know the person singing the song when he listens to it now, implying that his sense of music and singing capabilities have changed over time.

In the Vanity Fair interview, the host Lisa Robinson said that:

“I think the slowed-down, sensual version of Zeppelin’s ‘Black Dog’ that you and Alison did live on the Raising Sand tour is the best version of that song.”

Robert Plant then answered:

“I agree. And everything has its time if you’re lucky. I was 21, 22, 23 years old when we sang those songs. You’ve got to give us a margin for some untoward enthusiasm. Ultimately, it becomes what it becomes. I listen to that old stuff now, and the energy is magnificent, but I don’t really know the guy who’s singing. I’ve heard a lot about him, but I don’t know what the hell his game was.

You can listen to Plant and Krauss’ rendition of ‘Black Dog’ below.