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Robert Plant plays ‘Immigrant Song’ for the first time in 20 years
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To end his set at Iceland's Secret Solstice Festival last month, Robert Plant performed part of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song,” making it the first time in over two decades the former Led Zeppelin singer’s played the tune live, according to fansite Led Zeppelin News.
By that estimation, Plant hasn't done the classic cut in concert since he last belted it out alongside Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page at a 1996 show in Japan, as Rolling Stone pointed out. Handily, a few prescient concertgoers captured the rare June 23 rundown from Plant and his current band the Sensational Spaceshifters, which seamlessly followed a rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On.” It may be the closest fans can currently get to a Led Zeppelin reunion tour, a proposition Plant shot down as recently as last year.
"Plant's performance of the song to close his festival set in Iceland was fitting as the song was inspired by Led Zeppelin’s visit to Reykjavík, Iceland in 1970," Led Zeppelin News noted of the infrequent live number.
Regardless of whether Plant again reunites with Page or his other Led Zeppelin bandmates (as they last did in 2007), "Immigrant Song" remains a moneymaker for the classic rock group. In January, the tune landed at No. 3 on a list of top-earning Led Zep crushers. Roughly calculated, it’s earned $1,306,140.94 for the band.
The studio version of "Immigrant Song" was released in 1970, and it was included on Zep's third album, Led Zeppelin III. Secret Solstice is the same festival that was sued by Slayer earlier this year after the metal band reportedly weren't paid the full fee for their performance.
- by Associated Press