Lead singer and lyricist of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, has admitted that he sometimes "missed the mark" with the material he wrote for Led Zeppelin, noting he was moving in a different direction from other writers of the era.
"My peer group were writing substantial pieces of social commentary, and I was willowing along the Welsh borders thinking about Gollum. I liked what I did, but now I look at it and go, ‘Wooh, that was a bit iffy.’ But I do like 'Stairway to Heaven'. I can look at it objectively. I can’t always get my head around it, but it does do something substantial,"
He also revealed that the band's one-off 2007 reunion, which the band staged to mark the achievements of late Atlantic Records boss Ahmet Ertegun, was partly inspired by Pink Floyd's final gathering in 2005.
"I liked what Floyd did at Live 8 [in 2005]. [A] quick one-off and let’s leave it at that. They did it for a good cause. It was the same when Zeppelin did the charity show for Ahmet. We had a prolonged affinity with Ahmet, so if there was ever a reason for [a reunion] to happen, that was it. But the idea of doing it next summer and summer after that and so on is enough to break me out in hives," he said.