Robert Plant No Longer Needs A Studio Or A Band, He Says So

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Robert Plant shared his current creative hurdles, particularly his difficulty crafting lyrics that resonate with his thoughts on today’s world.

The Led Zeppelin singer is in the process of creating new music, experimenting with his Tascam digital recorder and guitar pedals, as he discussed:

“I’ve got a Tascam digital recorder, and I sing, and I put the vocals through a guitar pedal, and then I record them… and it sounds great. Why bother to go to the studio?”

Crafting Music In Modern Times

Despite enjoying the process and the quality of music he can produce on his own, Plant expressed a significant challenge: the search for the right words:

“But I can’t find words. This is a very difficult time to try and wax lyrical out there. The camaraderie, the things that you share up there, and the frailties that you know you’re carrying with you quietly, the exposure of yourself to yourself, is something that I would hate to say goodbye to. I can’t just sit back.”

Robert Plant’s use of a digital recorder and guitar pedals at home suggests he no longer needs a studio or band to create music.

Reflecting On ‘Stairway To Heaven’

In the same interview, the rocker also reflected on his 2023 performance of ‘Stairway To Heaven,’ a song that has personal connections to his past with Led Zeppelin. After a significant donation to the Cancer Awareness Trust, Plant played the classic track, possibly for the last time. He described the experience as ‘cathartic,’ noting:

“It was cathartic. People go, ‘Oh, that’s good. He never was going to do that.’ But I didn’t really do it! I just blurted it out. ‘Cause it’s such an important song to me for where I was at the time and where I was with Jimmy and with John and Bonzo. So, on that night, it was what it was. It was a trial by fire, but I felt better at the end than at the beginning.”

Since releasing his last solo album, ‘Carry Fire,’ in 2017, Plant has not slowed down. He reunited with Alison Krauss for their 2021 covers album, ‘Raise the Roof,’ and is preparing for a summer tour with the singer.