To be fair, Robert Plant has always tried to take his music in other new directions. When Zep called it a day after John Bonham's death, Robert decided that chapter in his life was over, been there, done that.
It's well documented that he's always been into Americana and World Music. He's formed various bands in which to put his ideas out.... Band Of Joy, Priory Of Brion, The Honeydrippers, Strange Sensation, Sensational Space Shifters.
His collaborations with Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin.
For a long time he was reluctant to play Zep songs from his past, but now he often performs them in his setlist, but given a new lease of life, played differently. If you go to see Robert live today, don't expect to hear Zeppelin.
As far has Zep reunions go he has always expressed disinterest. He had to be talked into doing the 02 gig in 2007.
I've always held Plant in high esteem. For me, he's the "local boy done good", we were both born in the same town. So, in reference to the OP's title of this thread, I'm inclined to agree.
As a footnote, I saw Plant on his last UK tour, before the pandemic, and he was fantastic. His music still as fresh and curre
I can see both sides. Some of these old rockers are hard to watch, I often wonder why they're still at it. For many of them it can't be the money. That said, they must love doing it, more power to 'em. I keep waiting for one of them to actually die on stage. Nothing more rock and roll than that.
Some guys are just rehashing the same stuff and cashing in. Others can’t live without creating, it’s an obsession and these are the “true” artists IMO. Neil Young, Jeff Beck… Beck has gotten better with age 100%.
Kind of like the pot calling the kettle black isn’t it? And I don’t believe it’s all for money. These are professional musicians and this is what they’ve done all their lives.
I don't think you should have to stop doing what you love because you got old. If people want to see it, that's fine.
I saw Phil Mogg sing with UFO two years ago, I guess he would have been 70 years old. He wasn't moving around the stage much, didn't look healthy but boy could he still sing.