The Salary Robert Plant Was Offered To Join Led Zeppelin
Robert Plant is a talented singer and songwriter who is mainly known as the lead singer and songwriter of the iconic rock band Led Zeppelin since the beginning of their career. He worked with Zeppelin until the drummer John Bonham’s death, which resulted in Led Zeppelin’s disbandment.
Plant enjoyed remarkable success with Led Zeppelin between the late 1960s and the end of the 1970s. With his charming look, long blonde curly hair, and bare-chested appearance, Plant contributed to the development of the charismatic rock and roll god archetype. Although Led Zeppelin disbanded in 1980, he continued collaborating with Jimmy Page on various projects.
Their collaboration started in 1968, when the guitarist Jimmy Page was looking for a lead singer for his new band, the Yardbirds. At that time, he met Robert Plant, and the musician sang Jefferson Airplane’s ‘Somebody To Love.’ Following that, Page decided to end his search, and Plant joined Led Zeppelin. However, it turns out that he was offered a salary before becoming a member of Zeppelin. Let’s learn the details.
Robert Plant Was Offered Around £520 Per Week Or A Percentage To Join Led Zeppelin
Back when Page decided to form a band, his primary choice for the lead singer was Terry Reid. However, Reid declined the offer and suggested Robert Plant instead. Plant then accepted the position, and he also recommended John Bonham as the drummer. John Paul Jones later joined them as the bass guitarist, and the band New Yardbirds, which later became known as Led Zeppelin, was formed in 1968.
According to Free and Bad Company lead singer Paul Rodgers, Robert Plant approached him before joining Led Zeppelin to ask for his opinion. Rodgers told Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show in 2018 that he met Plant in Birmingham when he was playing with Free and Alexis Korner. As the musician said, Plant had all it would take to become a Led Zeppelin member at that time with his looks and talents.
Following that, Rodgers recalled that Plant came to their hotel to drink a cup of tea before joining Led Zeppelin. During their conversation, Plant talked with Rodgers about meeting Jimmy Page and asked the musician if he had heard of him. Moreover, Plant revealed they offered him a job to play in a band and offered him 30 quid a week (which equals £520 per week in 2018) or a percentage. According to Rodgers, he told Plant that he would take that deal.
Paul Rodgers told Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show in 2018 the following about his encounter with Robert Plant:
“I met Robert up in Birmingham when I was with Free, and we played with Alexis Korner. And Robert got up to jam with Alexis and he was – this was before Led Zeppelin – he was full-on, you know? I mean the hair, the look, everything was there. All he needed was the band, Led Zeppelin.
He came back to our hotel for a cup of tea, and he said, ‘Oh, I met this guitar player down in London called Jimmy Page. Have you heard of him?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, a lot of people are talking about him. He’s a great session musician down in London.’
He said, ‘Yeah, they’ve offered me a job. They want to put a band together. They’ve offered me 30 quid a week or a percentage. What do you think?’ And I said, ‘Well, you know what I would do? I’d take the percentage.‘”
So, with his career advice, Paul Rodgers helped Robert Plant to make the most significant decision of his musical career, joining Led Zeppelin. After all those years playing with the band, Robert Plant now has a net worth of $200 million.