I was very fortunate to enjoy great friendships in Austin, which I sadly miss.
I found their hospitality and charm in Austin second to none. My work with American musicians has faltered and come to a natural, suitable finale. ” And I was thinking, That’s bad news for those who had hoped that the frontman for one of the most significant acts in rock and roll history might return to the 550-capacity Continental Club for another benefit show with one-time paramour Patty Griffin—but Plant’s departure wasn’t, he tells “Patty and I tried a sort of zig-zag across the Atlantic,” says Plant, “but she didn’t share my penchant for cider and she used to marvel at the Black Country character I became after four pints of Thatchers.
We firmly believe that you can soften a person’s willingness to listen by injecting irony, and yes sometimes humor, into the conversation.
Robert Plant doesn't so much walk into a room as bound in and fill it with both a physical presence and a palpable charisma.
He was unfaithful to all three wives - his first wife was much older, he says by way of apology. When she revealed the cheese detail in the column, Mumsnet went mad. The smart money has always been on Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin (Welsh sheep farm), The Who's Roger Daltrey (fish farm in north Dorset) or Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr (hotel in Sicily, married to "older wife" Chrissie Hynde for five years in the mid-Eighties). Like most confessional writers, Jones is unreliable.
But now he insists he is a mature grown-up, ready to commit to a woman of his own age (ie Jones). Could RS be Blur bass guitarist-turned-gentleman farmer Alex James? Over the years she's embroidered stories about friends and family.
Now living back in the UK after spending several years residing in Austin, Texas, Plant is, appropriately enough for a Wolves fan, as much of a musical wanderer as he is a geographical one.
A big man - he could easily have been a centre-half in another life - Plant is all laughs and smiles as he arrives in his local watering hole when based in North London away from his home in Ludlow.
Affable and friendly, he pauses to say hello to the staff before finally settling down to make himself comfortable.
“I walked past this guy sitting in a fold-out chair reading a music magazine, and it had a photo of us as nubiles. He said, ‘That’s Led Zeppelin.’ I said, ‘Ah, okay – and who’s that guy?
I had sunglasses on and my hair was up in a top-knot.