Singer Robert Plant has revealed that he’s not a fan of some of his early vocals with Led Zeppelin.

Plant who recently released his latest studio album Carry Fire, tells the Guardian, “I realized that tough, manly approach to singing I’d begun on You Better Run wasn’t really what it was all about at all. Songs like Babe I’m Gonna Leave You… I find my vocals on there horrific now. I really should have shut the f–k up.”

Plant also reports that he was “basically tutored” by Alison Krauss on their landmark 2007 album Raising Sand stating, “She’s a very precise singer who’s done more duets than you can shake a stick at, and I was thinking, ‘Help, I’m a rock singer, no matter what I do.’ But, of course, I’m not – I’m just a guy that sings songs.”

Plant will head out on tour in support of Carry Fire later this month, with dates planned across the UK and North America. Find a full list below.

Robert Plant 2017/2018 tour dates

Nov 16: Plymouth Pavilions, UK
Nov 17: Bristol Colston Hall, UK
Nov 20: Wolverhampton Civic Hall, UK
Nov 22: Llandudno Venue Cymru, UK
Nov 24: Newcastle City Hall, UK
Nov 25: Liverpool Oympia, UK
Nov 27: Glasgow SEC Armadillo, UK
Nov 28: Perth Concert Hall, UK
Nov 30: Manchester O2 Apollo, UK

Dec 2: Belfast Ulster Hall, UK
Dec 6: Sheffield City Hall, UK
Dec 8: London Royal Albert Hall, UK
Dec 11: Portsmouth Guildhall, UK
Dec 12: Birmingham Symphony Hall, UK

Feb 9: Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, NC
Feb 11: Charlotte Ovens Auditorium, NC
Feb 12: Norfolk Chrysler Hall, VA
Feb 14: New York Beacon Theatre, NY
Feb 16: Boston Orpheum Theatre, MA
Feb 17: Toronto Massey Hall, ON
Feb 20: Chicago Riviera Theatre, IL
Feb 22: Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre, MN
Feb 24: Denver Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre, CO
Feb 26: Phoenix Symphony Hall, AZ
Feb 28: Oakland Fox Theater, CA

Mar 2: Los Angeles Orpheum Theatre, CA

Read the entire article at the Guardian.

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  • Keith G on

    It’s pretty amazing to me that a LEGEND like Robert Plant can still critique his own singing in this manner. I, of course, disagree with him about his singing on “Babe I’m Going To Leave You”, because I friggin’ LOVE that song! I pretty much think anything the man sings is AWESOME! His album with Alison Krauss is pretty amazing, as well! Not in anyway hard rock/ heavy metal, but still amazing for what it is. But for him to be humble enough to look at his work and say, “that sucks”, tells me a lot about the guy.

    • robert davenport on

      keith I couldn’t agree more , as you get older you grow as a person and an artist , he looked back on his early work from his perspective now and heard things he would sing differently , to me everything he sang with zep is timeless and he set the bar impossibly high for rock singers that came after- I personally love what he did with Alison krauss , she’s been making amazing music for years , they just clicked together – Robert plant is the best rock singer frontman that ever was-

  • RTunes68 on

    The greatest rock singer of all time. No debates. Period. Full stop.

    • Bill F. on

      Except for Freddie Mercury, sure.

  • Doug R. on

    That statement makes no sense. First of all, who is Alison Krauss? Plant, stop listening to and worrying about what these new “artists” say and think. Nobody cares!! I don’t think myself or any other Led Zeppelin fan would want any Zep song sung or arranged any different at all! Almost 50 years later, now you’re going to worry about how and when you sang?? Ugh, those songs couldn’t have turned out any better no matter what anybody says, ANYBODY!!!! Good Times Bad Times, I couldn’t imagine life without Led Zeppelin, RAMBLE ON!!

  • Greg in H2Otown on

    Doug R. It’s an ‘older and wiser’ Robert Plant, remember. And with any brilliant artist, they’re going to ‘critic’ themselves, especially their ‘younger years’. As legend as ‘The Lemon Song’ is, Robs not going to appreciate Zep that much more than his ‘Band of Joy’.

    • Doug R. on

      It just bugs me, Greg, when a legend like Robert Plant refers to his early vocals as “horrific.” Wherever that came from, or whoever, couldn’t be more wrong. I get getting older, looking back, but to say you should’ve shut the f–k up, and your vocals were horrific, I can’t imagine even 1 Zep fan agreeing with that assessment. Comments like that just leave me “Dazed And Confused!”

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