The great Robert Plant, still heavily in demand as ever all over the world, has proven that age, rock stardom and all kinds of substances have not withered his heart, with the former Led Zeppelin singer appearing at a tiny venue in rural Wales to play a show in tribute to his former producer, Pat Moran.
Plant played to 200 people at Monmouth Village Hall on July 11 with tickets priced at £3 (AUD 4.50). The gig was organised as a fundraiser for Moran, who passed away in January at the age of 63 from a rare form of dementia.
Attendee Darren Martin told the BBC, “It was amazing – he’s a rock god and he was playing in a village hall.
“It was a real honour to be there and he chatted with the audience afterwards.”
The show was organised by Brian Moran, Pat’s brother, who said, “It was very kind of Mr. Plant to join in – Pat would have been very proud. Mr. Plant was even kind enough to sign a t-shirt, which will be auctioned on eBay.”
Pat Moran produced Plant’s second solo album, The Principle Of Moments, which was released in 1983. Moran also worked on Iggy Pop‘s Soldier, Big Country‘s No Place Like Home and Hawkwind‘s Choose Your Masques. He also worked on albums by Queen and Rush.
Moran’s career slowed in the nineties, and he started showing signs of Pick’s disease in 1998, an early-onset degenerative disorder. Moran had needed full-time care since 2005.
Plant played Led Zeppelin classics as well as songs from his solo album.