It can’t be easy to be Robert Plant. No matter what he does, fans wish he was doing something else, namely going on tour with a reunited Led Zeppelin.
Despite the cries to put the band back together, Plant continues to follow his own muse.
In 2007, he turned toward American roots music, releasing “Raising Sand” with Alison Krauss. For a follow-up, he joined with Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin to create “Band of Joy.”
Before he plays in NYC, here are five things you may not know about Plant.
1. The Name Remains the Same: Band of Joy was also the name of Plant’s first band, the one he shared with drummer John Bonham before they joined Led Zeppelin.
2. The Runner-Up: Plant was Jimmy Page’s second choice to be the frontman for Led Zeppelin. He only got the job after singer Terry Reid turned it down.
3. Turning Down the Dollars: A newspaper reported that Plant turned down $200 million in 2007 to reunite Led Zeppelin. In an interview the following year, he said he didn’t want to “tour like a bunch of bored old men following the Rolling Stones around.”
4. Goooooooooal!: A lifelong soccer fan, Plant is a vice president of Britain’s Wolverhampton Wanderers.
5. Better Late Than Never: Plant won the 2009 Grammy for Album of the Year with “Raising Sand.” Led Zeppelin never won a Grammy during its career.
If you go
Robert Plant is at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. 2124 Broadway, 212-496-7070. $55 - $95