Robert Plant is set to release a new solo album later this year and has said that the record will sound “alright at a Jamaican party”.
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’. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Plant said of the record, due out September 9: “It’s really a celebratory record, but it’s very crunchy and gritty, very West African and very Massive Attack-y. There’s a lot of bottom end, so it might sound alright at a Jamaican party, but I’m not sure it would sound alright on [US radio network] NPR.”
The album will feature backing from The Sensational Space Shifters and was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios. Speaking about working with Nonesuch, 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.”
Meanwhile, Plant recently ruled out the possibility of Led Zeppelin performing live any time soon. 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 played 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.”