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It should come as no surprise to hear that even today; Led Zeppelin remain one of the most successful rock bands in history. Their music is as timeless as ever and even though they are not together anymore making music, they continue to sell albums like crazy and rake in huge revenue.
Not only that, but each member is individually successful as well. Robert Plant’s success in particular is due in no small part to a crucial piece of advice that he once got from Paul Rodgers early into his career.
During a recent interview on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show, Rodgers revealed the one piece of advice that he gave to Plant that ultimately helped shape him throughout his career. Here is what he had to say…
“I met Robert up in Birmingham when I was with Free, and we played with Alexis Korner and Robert got up to jam with Alexis and he was — this was before Led Zeppelin — he was full-on, you know? I mean the hair, the look, everything was there. All he needed was the band, Led Zeppelin.”
“He came back to our hotel for a cup of tea, and he said, ‘Oh, I met this guitar player down in London called Jimmy Page. Have you heard of him?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, a lot of people are talking about him. He’s a great session musician down in London.’ He said, ‘Yeah, they’ve offered me a job. They want to put a band together. They’ve offered me 30 quid a week or a percentage. What do you think?’ And I said, ‘Well, you know what I would do? I’d take the percentage.’“
“Years later … Peter Grant is my manager, and I’m sitting in his great mansion in Sussex and I tell him this story,” Rodgers recalled. “And there’s this silence … after that. And he looks at me and he goes, ‘Oh, that was you, was it?'”
Not only is this great advice that Plant himself took, but it seems like great business advice that most young musicians should definitely take.
So, if you think about it, Robert Plant’s overall financial success is due in large part to Paul Rodgers!