zeplz71 Posted December 5, 2017 Share Posted December 5, 2017 Led Zeppelin rocker Robert Plant worth £100 MILLION gets £300 OAP winter fuel payment FORMER Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant was left Dazed and Confused when he received his £300 winter fuel payment from the Government. by Ciaran McGrath, Tue, Dec 5, 2017 https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/888438/Led-Zeppelin-Robert-Plant-Baroness-Bakewell-Winter-fuel-payment Plant is estimated to be worth £100million and the 69-year-old rocker was so baffled by the handout - paid to pensioners to help them cope with winter fuel bills - that he even stopped Baroness Bakewell in the street to ask her about his Whole Lotta Cash, the peer told the House of Lords. Baroness Bakewell, formerly know as TV presenter and journalist Joan Bakewell, explained: "He said, 'Joan, I've been sent £300 by the Government. Why?" Arguing that the payment (actually likely to have been £200 rather than £300, give that the higher amount is only available to those over the age of 80) should be means-tested, the 84-year-old added that she herself had tried to send the money back when she first received it to no avail. She added: "The Government spends £140 billion on old people." "Six per cent of that goes on social care. "This is bad economics and bad social care. Will the Government please sort it out.” It's all a far cry for the heady days of Plant's youth as vocalist for the all-conquering Zeppelin, together with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. Formed out of the wreckage of guitarist Page's previous band The Yardbirds in 1969, West-Bromwich-born Plant only got the job after Page's first choice, vocalist Terry Reid, turned it down, at which point Plant then recruited friend Bonham to play the drums. Seizing his chance, Plant helped write many of the band's more famous songs, including Stairway to Heaven and Black Dog, as the band racked up in excess of 200 million in worldwide record sales and smashed numerous concert records, with Plant's high-pitched vocals a key reason for their success. However, it all ended in tragedy in 1980 when Bonham was found dead in a bed at Page's house, having choked to death on his own vomit following a drinking session earlier in the day, and Led Zeppelin disbanded shortly afterwards. Since then, the founding members have reunited on a handful of occasions most notably in 2007 at the 02 Arena for a one-off show in memory of music executive Ahmet Ertegun, with Bonham's son Jason playing the drums. Plant, who was awarded a CBE for services in music in 2009, lives in Worcestershire, and is estimated to worth more than £100 million. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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