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Robert Plant Is Ready to Write New Material Again

Robert Plant plans to start writing original material with Band of Joy. The crew goes way back. Like, way, way back: Plant first formed the Band of Joy in the late sixties, before he found mega-fame co-founding Led Zeppelin. Of late, the band has been spending its twilight recording and performing covers. But now Plant says its time for them to start making their own music again! His reference points are classic if a little dated: "It's all very well celebrating other people's songwriting. I know there are other artists who have had an entire career [playing covers] - whether it be Elvis or Sinatra, or a lot of the country artists who never write. But we've got to be heading that way soon." If he feels ready to record new material again, and he's 62 and still totally kicking, then we're excited. [Guardian UK via RS]