Robert Plant Jokes That He’s Now The Man In ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ Album Art
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In the new episode of Robert Plant‘s podcast titled “Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp,” he talked about his experience of off-grid living at Bron-Yr-Aur Cottage and jokingly said that it had transformed him into the man seen on the album cover of Led Zeppelin IV.
The singer shared that he spent his childhood holidays at the remote house in Wales and went back there with guitarist Jimmy Page in 1970. As they were staying in the secluded place, the duo learned more from each other. The songwriting sessions that took place on their stay, resulted the released songs in the band’s album Led Zeppelin III.
Plant shared in the latest episode of his Digging Deep podcast:
“I was tuned into that anyway. It was fine; it was really good. It was a beautiful place and all those things were part of the bargain. … You’re there for a reason and you’re just in it, so all that actually adds to it – the idea of going outside and bringing in kindling.
“In fact, the old guy with the sticks on his back on Zeppelin IV. … I’m now that guy! I pick up kindling everywhere I go and wrap it around with a piece of baling twine and shunt it on my back just in case anyone’s driving by, and they go, ‘There’s that guy from the Led Zeppelin IV album cover!’”
Plant explained that the band’s career up until the Bron-Yr-Aur visit was at their highest point that “if it [had] all ended at the end of 1970, it would have been the most amazing trip. It was the only time … we used an outdoor toilet together – separately, individually – and all that stuff. We finally got time to breathe and probably to discuss stuff and write notes about things and all that.”
He also recalled the “optimism and adventure of finding so many different streams of creativity.” Plant also added at that point the artistry of the band was “more than any of the four of us could have imagined.”
Plant also noted:
“Zeppelin II was created on the road and was magnificent, but the beginning of the third album was a perspective change. Ironically it was slated by everybody – we’d turned into ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep,’ sort of Brotherhood of Man or something like that!”
Listen to the full podcast below.