Robert Plant is set to release a new solo album later this year.
The Led Zeppelin man has signed to Nonesuch – home of The Black Keys and Conor Oberst – to put out the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Band of Joy’. The album will feature backing from the Sensational Space Shifters and its release will be supported by a tour, which will be announced shortly, say Nonesuch.
Speaking about working with the label, Plant has commented: “I’m pleased to find such a reputable home for our renegade departures. The support and encouragement we have received has been strong and refreshing – Turn It Up!”
Meanwhile, Plant recently ruled out the chance of Led Zeppelin performing live any time soon, saying there is “zero” chance of another reunion show. In an interview with the BBC about the forthcoming reissue of the band’s first three albums, guitarist Jimmy Page said he was sure fans would be keen for another reunion show, like the one the band did at London’s O2 seven years ago.
“I’m sure people would love to hear it,” Page said. “I’m not the one to be asking, I don’t sing.” When asked about the possibility of a show, however, singer Robert Plant said the chance of it happening was “zero”.
The three reissues, which will be released on June 2, will feature dozens of previously unheard recordings. Page has spent the last two-and-a-half years working on the reissues. “I don’t want to die and have somebody else do it,” he said. “I’m authoritative about what was done in the first place.” Page says it was “reassuring” to revisit the band’s early recordings. “It’s undeniable that we’re good,” he adds. “The band was the real deal.”