Robert Plant describes Led Zeppelin as 'trio with a wedding singer'

Podcast 03/07/2019

Robert Plant called Led Zeppelin "a trio with a wedding singer" while expressing his admiration for his ex-bandmates' work on their classic song, 'Achilles' Last Stand'.

The frontman recalled writing the lyrics after his unfortunate car accident that confined him and his then-wife, Maureen, to wheelchairs.

"If you think about Led Zeppelin being a trio, really, with a kind of wedding singer stuck up the front," Plant said in his recent episode of 'Digging Deep' podcast. "My enthusiasm was a good contribution, but, in truth, those guys were amazing. … Even though Presence isn't the most comfortable listen… the interplay and the melding of the musicality of those three guys on that track is insane."

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Plant recalled lying on a hotel bed with a "bad leg and bad arm" and how he put his desire to escape from his pain into lyrics. "'Achilles' Last Stand' was an uncomfortable time… but in that, it was a disparate time," Plant said. "I started writing about freedom and escape; the [desire] throughout the song is to be gone to a place which is a reward … and it was basically about the Atlas Mountains and going back to Morocco."

Plant recalled that the aftermath of the crash was a "hell of a time" as it was the pinnacle of his life where "you need to have everything operating".

" My wife and I, we had two kids. As a family, we were completely torn asunder for a period of months. It was very difficult thing to get anywhere near back together again."