Plant: I Nearly Quit Zeppelin in 1977
Robert Plant has revealed that he came close to quitting Led Zeppelin in 1977.
Talking to the BBC, the great singer revealed that the death of his son five-year-old Karac left his ready to leave the band and take up teaching.
“All of us had been thinking about what would happen next because the illusion had run its course. I’d already lost my boy and then you think, ‘I really have to decide what to do’. I applied to become a teacher in the Rudolf Steiner education system. I was accepted to go to teacher training college in 1978. I was really quite keen to just walk”.
It was John Bonham who changed Plant’s mind, persuading him to stay on. Which made his death in 1980 a particularly poignant moment for the frontman.
“John had been incredibly supportive to me so to lose him, that was the end of any naivety. It was very evident that my last connection was severed. As far as strong affairs of the heart and a confederacy it was gone.”
Plant’s performance at The Electric Proms on October 29 is now available for streaming here.