Robert Plant Says His Vault of Unreleased Music Will Open When He Dies
"I've told the kids when I kick the bucket, open it to the public free of charge"
Published May 26, 2021Lately, some legacy artists have treated archival recordings to elaborate rollouts and reissues, but Robert Plant plans to take a more straightforward path, sharing that he will make his trove of unreleased treasures "free of charge" after he passes away.
On a recent episode of his Digging Deep podcast, the Led Zeppelin frontman shared with co-host Matt Everitt that some of his pandemic isolation time was spent archiving unreleased material he had amassed throughout his career, dating from pre-Zeppelin outfits from 1966 through the present day.
"All the adventures that I've ever had with music and tours, album releases, projects that didn't actually get finished or whatever it is — I just put them, itemized them all, and put everything into some semblance of order," Plant explained.
"I've told the kids when I kick the bucket, open it to the public free of charge — just to see how many silly things there were down the line from 1966 to now. It's a journey."
Plant, 72, also shared that his deep digging also led to the discovery of old letters, one of which was sent by his mother who asked him to consider climbing the corporate ladder instead of the "Stairway to Heaven."
He shared, "[I] found a letter from my mum that said: 'Look, you've been a very naughty boy, why don't you come back, because Sue wants to know where you've gone. And also, the accountancy job is still open in Stourport-on-Severn. Why don't you just come back home and we'll just pretend all this stuff didn't happen?'"
You can listen to the latest episode of Digging Deep below. Plant's pod also shares its name with a 7-inch vinyl box set released in 2019, which featured A-sides and rare B-sides from across his solo catalogue.
Plant's most recent solo outing remains 2017's Carry Fire.