Robert Plant is turning 66, and with most of his life spent in music and the public eye, there are definitely a number of things we often associate with him. From articles of clothing to certain ocean creatures, here are five things that remind us of the legendary Led Zeppelin frontman:
Low Rise Jeans – They were as much part of the band as Plant himself. Tight from the hips to the knees and flared at the bottom. Although he no longer rocks the tight rocker slacks in his 60s he wore in his younger days, he can still rock what he’s got.
Crossover Artists– Plant’s a rock and roll icon, but that doesn’t mean he can’t try new things. After Zeppelin broke up in 1980, Plant ventured onto a path of folk and blues. Bluegrass also became a too-familiar genre for Plant, with he and Alison Krauss winning the 2009 Grammy for Album of the Year for Raising Sand.
Long, flowy, curly locks – Many rock musicians during the 60s and 70s had large masses of hair, but it’s how long Plant has been able to maintain these amazing flowing locks that is truly astonishing. He has aged, but it seems that his hair has not. Sure, it may get in the way on stage, but according to Plant when it comes to his hair he said in a GQ interview, “I just have been very lucky. My mother was a gypsy and she had a lot of dark blood in her and her hair was very, very thick, she couldn’t even get brush through it….Every time I go to cut it off, hairdressers refuse to do it.” Here’s to many more years of letting those locks flow.
Cameron Crowe – It was 1975, and a writer for Rolling Stone Magazine made headlines. Crowe interviewed Robert Plant and Jimmy Page for a cover story called “The Durable Zeppelin” but it was not an easy task. Zeppelin had a strong hatred towards the magazine because of their review of the band’s first album in 1969 saying, “the group offers little that its twin, the Jeff Beck Group, didn’t say as well or better three months ago.” That’s harsh. The group slowly came around and the rest was history. Crowe and Zeppelin would share the cover and be forever linked.
Sharks –“The Shark Incident” is still really a mystery to this day, as multiple people have spoken of different variations of the incident on the night of July 28, 1969. The band along with their manager, Richard Cole, and members of the rock band Vanilla Fudge reportedly had some fun with a groupie, which involved either a mud shark, a shark, a dog shark or an aholehole fish (whatever that is). It depends on who you ask.