Robert Plant recently obtained a permanent restraining order against obsessed fan Alysson Billings. According to a report for gossip site TMZ, the court order says that Billings must stay at least 300 yards away from Plant for three years.
According to Plant and TMZ, the two have never met or had a relationship, but somehow she kept sending him hotel keys and other gifts anyway. Once he became involved with a new girlfriend, she reportedly sent him creepy messages like: “[Y]ou are about to fall for that dirty old crotch. And I’m not joking, I cannot, will not, shall not live this way anymore.”
Well, isn’t that special?
In more cheerful news, this summer the one-time Led Zeppelin frontman is touring with Lil’ Band O’Gold in Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Plant has always been heavily influenced by New Orleans area music, so I guess I should cut him some slack. He’ll be at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans on July 17, but you should visit Offbeat for the full schedule.
The trouble is, I don’t know how many people want to head out to hear Plant wail old Fats Domino tunes. But maybe LBOG knows something I don’t, since they’re planning a Fats Domino tribute album which will include two 2007 Robert Plant tracks.
I shouldn’t make light of the terrible menace of stalking, but Robert Plant could probably use all the fans he can get. Twitter has its own opinion of the erstwhile Led Zeppelin singer’s gift:
My vocal style I haven’t tried to copy from anyone. It just developed until it became the girlish whine it is today. -Robert Plant
— Quotes Of Rock (@QuotesOfRock) May 26, 2013
if you play every every led zeppelin song simultaneously and reverse it, robert plant slowly sings “hiiiiiiiiiii haaaaaattttteeeeerrrss”
— zach katz (@funnyz) May 25, 2013
Will there ever be another Led Zeppelin reunion? I got tired of the over-the-top reunion rumors long before Bill Clinton admitted that he’d tried to get the embattled band back together.
Robert Plant, as always, is the sticking point. Without Plant, a real reunion tour can’t go on. And he usually says that he won’t.
But now we’re hearing that he might be able to free up some time in 2014:
— David Anders (@QuestionAnders) May 7, 2013
Love him or sick of him, you’ve got to admit that Robert Plant is a true immortal who never dies.
Did any of us ever think we’d live to see a 64-year-old Robert Plant?