- on stands and online in the digital archives now (subscription required) — Robert Plant explains to writer Stephen Rodrick why he was unwilling to keep performing with Led Zeppelin after their 2007 reunion concert."It was an amazing evening," Plant says."The preparations for it were fraught and intense, but the last rehearsal was really, really good, for all that it represented and all that we were trying to capture. We'll come back to it."- Plant recently flew to Morocco and recreated a legendary trip he went on with Jimmy Page where the duo wrote "Kashmir." "I wanted to go back and take that road," Plant says. It was fucking amazing."Robert Plant Previews Upcoming Band of Joy Album- Tony Blair's religious awakening horrified Plant to the point that he stopped writing new songs.Krauss (melodramatically): It's just reckless abandon! I didn't look as good as I do now, and I didn't share the couch with another Leo. Plant: Only last week, I was being grilled again by Alison to get into shape and get it right. CNN: And in the meantime, you've been recognized by the Grammys. We've brought our gifts, and we've shared them, and the whole surrounding musically is so beautiful, that that's our reward. The fact that it wasn't some embarrassing moment of two people trying something out, and saying goodbye, and then meeting at a party years later and saying, "Oh, Christ, there's Alison Krauss! Once upon a time, the iconic lead singer of Led Zeppelin and the golden girl of bluegrass would never have been mentioned in the same sentence. I haven't even gotten off to being bullied enough yet. And also, I didn't understand the history of where Alison's from [bluegrass], and has been since she was a child. So we've got lots in common -- but it's the presentation and the whole musicality of it that's different. But since they won five Grammy awards -- including album of the year for their surprising collaboration, "Raising Sand" -- their names have been inextricably linked: Robert Plantand Alison Krauss. CNN: Did you have this much fun working with Zeppelin? In fact, both of us can sit there talking about music, and neither of us can recognize the artists we're referring to. I mean, all the rock 'n' roll, and black Mississippi and Chicago stuff that I go raving on about, she's going, "Hmm." Krauss: I didn't grow up on that, yeah. CNN: Your collaboration has worked out so well that you're back in the studio in Nashville, working on a second album together. "There's nothing worse than a bunch of jaded old farts, and that's a fact," he says.
A powerful and wide vocal range (particularly evident in his high-pitched vocals) has given him a successful singing career spanning over 50 years.
Asked point blank about their rumored nuptials, Griffin laughed them off, saying, "We're not legally married, no" -- which should put those questions to rest once and for all, considering that Plant's publicist issued his own denial nearly a year ago. Plant, Griffin's ' American Kid' offers roots music lovers another in her ongoing series of beautifully pensive excursions into thoughtful, sparsely arranged Americana.
"I wanted it to sound like I was in the room with you," she explained.
Other than the occasional live appearance, however, nothing substantive has ever come of it – until now.
Their voices intertwine once again in the video above, even as scenes and dialogue from the film are interspersed throughout.