Robert Plant credits Phil Collins with helping launch his solo career.
In an interview with Vulture.com, Plant said, "After John [Bonham] passed away and there was no Led Zeppelin, there had to be a way to go. I floundered around a lot until I was 32 because I was in some kind of wild and absurd adventure...”
He added, "Phil Collins especially was a driving force and had positive energy with the first record, [1982's] Pictures at Eleven. It wasn’t a difficult job to get together with other people, it was just whether or not we could cook it properly. With Phil, it wasn’t so much advice as encouragement and consideration. He was taking no prisoners…”
Collins played on five tracks on that album. Plant also said, "Then [Collins] came on tour with me and basically said, 'Robert, the guy [John Bonham] that sat behind you for all those years was my hero.' That was it. He said, 'Anything I can do to help you to get back into fighting shape again, I’m here.'”
Robert Plant once commented on why Led Zeppelin won’t reunite. He said "The responsibility of doing that four nights a week for the rest of time is a different thing [than a one-off show] 'cause we're pretty good at what we do. But the tail should never wag the dog. If we're capable of doing something in our own time that will be what will happen. We know what we've got."
Plant is currently working on a new album with his Band of Joy, titled Volume 2. He’s also working on an expanded edition of his 1984 album, The Honeydrippers: Volume One.
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