One has to hand it to Robert Plant for eventually finding his way through the dreadful ’80s and now re-establishing himself as an elder statesman without ever becoming a caricature of his former self, not trying to be perpetually hip (a la Bowie) and now no longer feeling he has to escape the burden of Led Zep. He is clearly so excited about surrounding himself with fantastic musicians from country, delta blues, folk, classic 50s rock and more besides. He doing far more successfully what Bowie could have done and what Rod Stewart tried to do (with modest success – I don’t mean commercially of course). Hats off to Plant for being a great supporter of New Orleans and especially to his (and Zep’s) appreciation of Fats. Here’s a perfect example of a blistering rock song given new life.
Plant’s contribution to a Fats Tribute album
A bootleg of Zep doing Fats’ version of Blueberry Hill