Al­ways one Zep ahead

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would not be al­lowed again in the age of #MeToo. Does he look back and re­gret some of his lewd lyrics? ‘No, they’re fine,’ he says. ‘I was just 20, I was a guy be­ing driven by the ex­cite­ment of the moment. Any­way, it’s not as saucy as Prince.’

Prince paid his own trib­ute to Led Zep­pelin, play­ing Whole Lotta Love in his live set, and he wasn’t the only high-pro­file wor­ship­per at the al­tar of Zep. In 2015 the three sur­viv­ing mem­bers of the band were of­fered £500 mil­lion to re­form and tour. But Plant has no in­ter­est in gig­ging on for­ever with the same ma­te­rial, like the Rolling Stones. ‘The big boys,’ says Plant with just a touch of dis­re­spect. ‘I don’t think I’ve met them more than about four times in my life. But they con­tinue to blaze on. I heard Mick did a sin­gle about Brexit not long ago. Fair play, but per­haps he should have writ­ten a white pa­per.’

Jag­ger has just turned 75 but oth­ers didn’t make it. Drugs and drink took a toll on many of Plant’s con­tem­po­raries. In 1980 Led Zep­pelin’s drum­mer John Bon­ham died in his sleep af­ter a drink­ing binge. Fire

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