Robert Plant Celebrates Turning 69 with New Single from Upcoming Album
As a lifelong Led Zeppelin fan and someone who worships at the altar of Robert Plant, I’m pleased to announce he’s finally made it to the most appropriate age for a sex god of his stature: 69.
Unlike many of his peers who have slowed their roll over the years, he’s also decided to keep moving with the times and has put together a new album due for release on October 13th, “Carry Fire.” The album will once again feature his backup band du jour, The Sensational Space Shifters, and the lead track “The May Queen” dropped earlier this week.
The track is peak country-tinged Plant, and while not heavy by any means, it does harken back to some of the more acoustic Zeppelin tracks like those on III. Die-hard and casual fans alike can find something to appreciate here, including the titular reference to the unstoppable classic “Stairway to Heaven.”
I had the immense pleasure of meeting Plant last year after catching a couple of his shows, and he gave me a cheeky “well, I don’t sing about wizards and dragons much anymore, so I don’t know how interesting you’ll find the new material.” He couldn’t be more wrong–not only do I find the new song incredibly beautiful, the set lists he concocts with the Space shifters are a perfect mixture of originals, standards, and classic Zeppelin crowd-pleasers. If his performances of late and “The May Queen” are to be trusted, the album will be a beautiful conglomeration of his voice and musical experiences over his half century-long career.
Pre-order “Carry Fire” here.
And in honor of this birthday of the Golden God himself, here are a few pictures of him looking like he’s on his way to 69 your wife.