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1975 Robert Plant Interview


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Bravo Magazine, Germany (1975)

If anyone can translate this from German to English it would be much appreciated!
Also seeking to confirm the date of this issue of the magazine (Month & Year)

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Would love to, but itīs so hard to read, even when I enlarge it. Maybe re-scanning in better resolution would help.
Anyway, I think this article is actually from ī77 since Karacīs death is already mentioned.

Also strange, Robert mentions Jimmy Page listening to live recordings to put out a Live-Lp. Which certainly means TSRTS. So this lines could be from ī75.
The mentioning of Jimmy playing a guitar synth would mean ī78.

Well, what can u expect from a teen-magazine. Iīm surpised they covered Led Zeppelin in the late 70ies.

Edited by Jiri, 10 January 2008 - 05:38 AM.


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Would love to, but itīs so hard to read, even when I enlarge it. Maybe re-scanning in better resolution would help.
Anyway, I think this article is actually from ī77 since Karacīs death is already mentioned.

Also strange, Robert mentions Jimmy Page listening to live recordings to put out a Live-Lp. Which certainly means TSRTS. So this lines could be from ī75.
The mentioning of Jimmy playing a guitar synth would mean ī78.

Well, what can u expect from a teen-magazine. Iīm surpised they covered Led Zeppelin in the late 70ies.


Many thanks for that. The death is mentioned? So much for this being from 1975. I thought I'd read somewhere that Bravo would often reprint UK press stories as if they were their own, but again, being unable to read German I really can't say. I wish we
had LedWolf here.

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There you go. And since Iīm no professional translator, sorry for my mistakes...



Led Zeppelin! The groupīs about to split because of Robert Plant.

Blow of fate let him become a hermit!

Itīs hard to find the farm in Wales. Miles from anywhere, hidden behind trees, near a small country road lives Robert Plant with his wife Maureen and his daugther Carmen. The celebrated rock star has become a hermit. His wistful look has nothing to do with the once so lighthearted and happy man with the rock angel face, whose voice made people go crazy around the world. Itīs been months since he appeared in public. His favourite spot is a rock from which you can see the sea. When itīs too cold he stays at home, listens to blues records and writes poems. He also thinks about his father who once said: whatīs the use of success and fortune when it tears family apart?

"Itīs true. It canīt get worse. First there was this severe car accident on Rhodes in the summer of ī75. I broke my ankles. Led Zeppelin had to stop touring for more than one year. My wife who had been in the car with me had to stay in hospital for weeks."

Once he was able to walk again, tours got scheduled. Then another blow of fate! While he was touring the US Robertīs son Karac died of a mysterious bowel infection.

"By then I was thinking about leaving the group. But Jimmy Page kept me from doing it. He said: without me, the bandīs nothing. He wanted me to take a break until I feel ready for playing again. I realized that we are more than business partners. We are real friends. WE have enough money to live a life without troubles but nobody knows how long our fans can wait. They might forget us if we donīt play anymore. I donīt want this to happen to the band. Our friends kept calling us every day. They helped us through this."

Robert doesnīt know yet when LZ will hit the stage again.
"I fear leaving my family behind. Something might happen again when Iīm not around. Luckily the rest of the group understands that."

In the meantime, Jimmy Page is taking care of the band his own way.
"He built a studio in his house and is now listening on and on to some of our live shows. He picks out the best and mixes them for releasing a live album. Heīs writing songs with John Paul Jones. And besides that, heīs fooling around with sound FX. He has got a synthesizer now which can be connected to his guitar. If heīs done with that we will go to a studio to record a new LP."

Robert continues:
"I know I canīt hide from my problems in the long run. But right now Iīm not able to play live. Maybe itīll change in a few months time. I need more time to find psychic balance again."


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Robert Plant in front of his farm house in Wales. He lives there like a hermit.

Gardening or bike rides - thatīs how Robert is distracting himself

Robert and his son Karac whose death changed his life completely

Edited by Jiri, 10 January 2008 - 06:29 AM.


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Many thanks for that. The death is mentioned? So much for this being from 1975. I thought I'd read somewhere that Bravo would often reprint UK press stories as if they were their own, but again, being unable to read German I really can't say. I wish we
had LedWolf here.



Can't help you with the interview Steve but those photo's are 75 except for the large one.that's 77. Artical has to be from at least then.

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Interesting, yes many thanks for posting that. :thanku: ;)

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Interesting, yes many thanks for posting that. :thanku: ;)


Looks like Jiri got his response before I did :D ooops

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There you go. And since Iīm no professional translator, sorry for my mistakes...


I'd like to publicly commend Jiri for this contribution to the website. Jiri, if my archive
can ever be of any assistance to you please don't hestitate to ask.

In the early stages of grief, one is still trying to come to terms with the loss. Even so,
I found his comments concerning Jimmy to be the most interesting. There's not a trace of bitterness or blame to be found here.

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"I realized that we are more than business partners.We are real friends"...Yeah,very interesting because this interview is obviously after the funeral.I suspect that in earlier years,for instance when they were spending time together in Bron-Yr-Aur,Robert would certainly have considered them to be more than just business partners,but by this time,post-funeral, it took some sympathy and support from Jimmy to reassure Robert on this point.
A touchingly open-hearted interview.





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