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Raised in Black County Hills, England, Robert Plant met guitarist Jimmy Page and keyboardist John Paul Jones in 1968. After being joined by drummer John Bonham and changing their name from Yardbirds, one of the most successful bands in rock was born: Led Zeppelin. Over the 12 years they were together, the four-piece produced nine albums laden with iconic songs such as Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir, Whole Lotta Love and Dazed and Confused, among countless others.
Plant embarked on a solo career in the ’80s at the age of 32. He released his debut album, Pictures at Eleven, in 1982 and followed that up with another album, The Principle of Moments, in 1983. Up into the early ’90s, Plant co-wrote three more solo albums with keyboardist Phil Johnstone. While occasionally collaborating with Page after the split, the pair formed an act and toured together from 1994 – 1998.
Over the past two decades, Plant has continued his solo career and formed a variety of bands. He led a folk-rock band called Priory of Brion as well as the bluesy band Strange Sensation and the Americana-style group Band of Joy. Plant also recorded and toured with bluegrass star Alison Kraus.
Plant formed his latest band, the Sensational Space Shifters, in 2012 and released a live album by the same name. In 2014, he also released Lullaby and… the Ceaseless Roar, his first studio album with them.
Ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the greatest singers of all time, not only has Plant received numerous Grammy Award nominations, but in 2009, he won the Outstanding Contribution to Music prize at the Q Awards.
Plant released Carry Fire, his 11th solo studio album and second album with the Sensational Spaces, last October and has been busy promoting it with a world tour. They sold out a 14-date UK tour at the end of last year and appeared at a couple of festivals earlier this summer.
Plant is also set to perform at BluesFest this year. He's previously taken the stage for BluesFest as part of Bill Wyman’s 80th birthday show in 2016 and this time he’ll bring his backing band, the Sensational Shifters, to perform classic Led Zeppelin material as well as tracks off his critically acclaimed solo projects.
Last updated: July, 2018