Robert Plant: Former Honeydrippers Front Man, Current Texan Is 64 Today

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Today is Robert Plant's 64th birthday, and hopefully the adopted Texan -- he lives near Austin with maybe-sorta-"wife" Patty Griffin -- is spending it the way a good Texan should, covered in barbecue sauce, listening to Lightnin' Hopkins on his turntable and wearing nothing but a pair of cowboy boots while he gets birthday texts from Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham. Or something like that.

Since Plant moved to Austin, there have been stories aplenty about the Led Zeppelin howler making time in and around the Capitol City, seemingly passing through crowds anonymously. To be fair, with his scraggly beard and graying mop of hair, he now looks like your average grizzled, aged Austin musician.

While at SXSW this March, rock critic Matt Pinfield told me stories of Plant walking down Sixth Street with minimal hassle, even during the busiest music week in town. He orders pizza from South Congress joint Home Slice under the name "Peter Griffin," a nod to his domesticity and apparent love of Family Guy, and is seen at the Continental Club a few doors down here and there.

"He's been coming out to our shows at the Broken Spoke and it's nothing less than awesome to see the Golden God two-step by the front of the stage," says Texas rock 'n roller Jesse Dayton.

The concept of one of rock's most revered gods walking the streets of Texas brings out my Zep fanboy. I can't imagine what I would do if I saw him. Calmly wave, smile and cheerfully say to the Zep golden god, "Hello, Mr. Plant!".

Sorta like I did when I saw Billy Gibbons in the lobby of my Austin hotel in May? "Hey Billy!" is all I could say when I saw Mr. Gibbons, as he perused a TGI Friday's menu.

Or would it go like this:

"Ohmygodohmygod you're Robert Plant. I listened to Physical Graffiti for a month straight in ninth grade," but in a sweaty blurt that would bring shame onto the next three generations of my family. Who really knows.

Or worse, would my mind blank and would I say, "I really like the Honeydrippers stuff," and totally ignore his band after Band of Joy and before his solo career altogether, confusing and scaring him, in the process making me feel like an even bigger piece of shit? Shades of Chris Farley interviewing Paul McCartney.

"Remember when you were in Led Zeppelin, and Jimmy Page would go "reeeeeer" with the bow on the guitar, and Bonzo would be all "bam bam bam" and you would go "Weeeeeeeel" with your mouth? That was awesome."

So in short, I should never meet Mr. Plant, and if I see him I should run like he's covered in the plague, for his sake and mine.

Fun fact: On the 2007 reissue of 1983's The Principle of Moments -- Plant's second solo album -- there are a handful of live cuts recorded in Houston at The Summit during his September 20, 1983 gig; here is the set list from that tour.



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mgismondesr
mgismondesr

Mr. azgunner,  your last statement you made on Robert Plants behalf was correct this is America and we both are permitted to voice our different opinions.  But your immaturity was shinning through the rest of your statement when you personally attacked me.  I'm happy for Robert being laid back and enjoying his well deserved retirement and going to enjoy the music he likes.  Hopefully some day I will get to meet him and thank him for his contribution to the music industry.

Mad2dEnd
Mad2dEnd

@JulianLennon And to you my friend.

mgismondesr
mgismondesr

It's amazing how Robert Plant continues doing Zep music with other groups but his own.  When he played at "The Electric Factory" in Philadelphia with his new group "The New Sensations" my son and I walked out of the concert because they were that bad.  Why doesn't he go back with his original group that we all know and love, he wants the crowds and fame that's where it is not with these groups he comes up with.  Robert Plant is nothing without Zep!

lawbarker40
lawbarker40

The "Immigrant" song has a whole new meaning. 

cherry32boat
cherry32boat

@JulianLennon Hope your ok too and can I really come over to your place?For real?

cherry32boat
cherry32boat

@JulianLennon Hi I've been smiling thinking of your smile the little cute corner one and have been happy.

webmistresss
webmistresss

Saw him enjoying a private show at Maggie Mae's last month with Patty. He looks great for 64! 

beatleape
beatleape

Really fun article!  This is exactly how I have always pictured myself reacting to a run-in with Paul McCartney :)

lindajavagirl1
lindajavagirl1

Great piece, THANKS! Happy Birthday, Robert! Hope to see you & Patty, "in town" one of these days! What a phenomenal combo.!

Houston Press Rocks Off
Houston Press Rocks Off

I met him at TQLA a few years back and talked about the new album and other stuff, and I was calm and collected somehow. I guess it was the tequila.

ponderos
ponderos

You said "Hi, Mr. Plant!" to Billy Gibbons?

myjrny
myjrny

I did get to meet Plant and Patty walking down main street during the Telluride Bluegrass Festival last summer. I tried to be quiet & respectful as to not draw attention to us, but holy hell it was hard to keep breathing. 

madcapglobal
madcapglobal

@JulianLennon Have a wonderful day too, Julian..

PAKHFan
PAKHFan

And the same to you kind sir! :) @JulianLennon

juddweller
juddweller

@JulianLennon from 1 Julian to another ..your cool

Creg Lovett
Creg Lovett

I sat next to Billy Gibbons at T-Bone Toms and watched the 2nd half of a Lakers playoff game in 2001, and was too stunned to speak. By chance I've seen him a few times since then and still haven't been able to speak. So you might do *that*...

LowriGrace
LowriGrace

@JulianLennon I love you Julian so much

lktoler
lktoler

@JulianLennon Life is good in Austin! Thinking of you and your family with the upcoming parole hearing.

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acangelcats4
acangelcats4

@HoustonPress Er wasn't he the Led Zep frontman also??

Jesse Dayton
Jesse Dayton

he's been coming out to our shows at the Spoke and it's nothing less than awesome to see the Golden God 2-step by the front of the stage.

azgunner68
azgunner68

 @mgismondesr

 obviously you have no clue what your talking about, Plant doesn't 'want nor need' the crowds and attention,why do you think he goes to blue grass festivals and lives in Austin, not NY or LA .  he is doing exacltly what he wants to do at his pace on his time. not record excutives and touring schedules time. no clue? he is right where he wants to be, and Led Zeppelin was a group of great members, when Bonham died it was done, Robert Plant will always be the lead man of the group again you have no clue, how is he nothing if he is still Robert Plant? being able to be who he is and being able to walk down the street without being ' Mobbed' be people is a great pleasure he enjoys I'm sure. You are a typical sheeple type,  wishing for and talking down about something because you didn't get what YOU wanted at the concert, sad pathetic life you live, talking without thinking about what life is about, more than crowds and fame but I digress, ignorance is bliss , this is america and you're aloud to think and say what you like, as am I

claymonster
claymonster

@acangelcats4 @HoustonPress that would be "the band between... " never mind. There's google & stuff.

acangelcats4
acangelcats4

@claymonster @HoustonPress OK - just thought LZ would be more widely recognised but can't be right about everything!

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