Robert Plant 5/31/22

Robert Plant took time out on his recent Digging Deep podcast to look back on his and Jimmy Page‘s only full studio album apart from Led Zeppelin — 1998’s Walking Into Clarksdale. The album, which came on the heels of 1994’s massively successful No Quarter: Jimmy Page And Robert Plant – Unledded album and MTV special, also followed the duo touring a Zeppelin-heavy show across the globe.

After playing the Walking Into Clarksdale track, “Please Read The Letter,” Robert Plant spoke frankly about what the 1998 album means in the greater scheme of things: [“It was a real experiment, because are all these things part of a career? Or are they just, when you get to a certain point, you just exorcise your whims — and that’s the previous record, (No Quarter: Jimmy Page And Robert Plant) UnleddedNo Quarter was exactly that and it was better for it. And Walking Into Clarksdale was really an attempt to say, ‘Okay, let’s make a studio record now.’ I can’t say that it suited me that much at all. But — for what it is; and this is not a compromise, I think it’s really crucial because it allowed Jimmy Page and myself to just get rid of the mantle and the cloak of Zeppelin.”] SOUNDCUE (:35 OC: . . . cloak of Zeppelin)

  • Robert Plant & Alison Krauss North American tour dates (subject to change):
    June 1 – Canandaigua, NY – CMAC
    June 3 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    June 4 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
    June 6 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
    June 7 – Chicago, IL – Jay Pritzker Pavilion
    June 9 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
    June 11 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
    June 12 – Philadelphia, PA – TD Pavilion at The Mann
    June 14 – Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheatre
    June 16 – Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
    June 17 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
    August 15 – San Diego, CA – The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park
    August 17 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
    August 18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
    August 20 – Stateline, NV – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
    August 21 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley
    August 23 – Napa, CA – Oxbow RiverStage
    August 25 – Bend, OR – Hayden Homes Amphitheater
    August 27 – Troutdale, OR – Edgefield Amphitheater
    August 28 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park
    August 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Sandy Amp
    September 1 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    September 3 – Grand Prairie, TX – Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie
    September 4 – Austin, TX – Moody Amphitheater

TL; DR

  • On his Digging Deep podcast, Robert Plant said of his and Jimmy Page‘s joint 1998 album, Walking Into Clarksdale: “It’s really crucial because it allowed Jimmy Page and myself to just get rid off the mantle and the cloak of (Led) Zeppelin.

FAST FACTS

  • Jimmy Page & Robert Plant‘s Walking Into Clarksdale was released on April 21st, 1998 and peaked at Number Eight on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The set got as high as Number Three in Britain.
  • In the States, the album’s lead single, “Most High,” topped the charts on the Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and snagged the 1999 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.
  • In 2007 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss covered “Please Read the Letter” on their Grammy-winning album Raising Sand.