ROBERT PLANT FACTS:
Genre: Hard rock, heavy metal, blues-rock, folk rock, country
Hometown: West Bromwich, England
Awards: 2 Grammy Awards. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Albums: 2005: Mighty ReArranger, 2007: Raising Sand; 2010: Band of Joy
Hits: "Other Arms"; "Little By Little"; "Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes on You)"
Robert Plant rose to stardom as the charismatic front man of Led Zeppelin in the late 1960s, and his iconic voice turned songs like "Stairway to Heaven" to "Dazed and Confused," into timeless classics and helped the band become one of the most legendary groups in the history of rock and roll. Although it's been 30 years since Led Zeppelin broke up, Plant is still a successful solo artist and has begun touring with Band of Joy - a group he was a part of from 1965 to 1968 - this summer. Their tour kicked off July 13 and will traverse the United States until July 31, when it closes in Miami, Florida.
After Led Zeppelin broke up following the death of drummer John Bonham, Plant continued to produce popular music as a solo artist. He released Pictures at Eleven in 1982, and quickly followed it up with The Principle of Moments in 1983. Though Plant saw considerable success throughout the '80s his popularity waned in the '90s until he and former Led Zepplin guitarist Jimmy Page began touring together in 1995. The tour was incredibly successful, but when the former band mates recorded an album together in 1998, it did not see much acclaim.
The next decade saw Plant release a pair of albums, in 2002 and 2005 respectively, with his newly formed band Strange Sensation. Both records were widely praised by critics and earned a collective four Grammy nominations. Despite the wide critical success of Strange Sensation, Plant eclipsed it just a few years later when he paired with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss to record one of the most popular albums of the decade. The album, Raising Sand, was released in 2007 and earned the duo Album of the Year honors at the 2009 Grammys. "Please Read the Letter," from the same album, originally recorded by Plant and Page in 1998, also brought Plant and Krauss a Grammy for Record of the Year.
There are few people in the same class as Robert Plant. His voice is truly one of the most recognizable in music, putting him in a class with Mick Jagger and Roger Daltry. Even though he is pushing 62, he still brings energy and excitement to his performances. While the summer tour ends in just under a week, Plant and Band of Joy are touring Europe starting in October, and plan to add more dates stateside.