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Led Zeppelin, backstage with manager Peter Grant at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, England, in August 1979. Led Zeppelin had not performed live for two years since the death of Robert Plant’s son during the band’s 1977 North American tour, and they had not performed in the United Kingdom for four years. Their manager, Peter Grant, decided that the band should perform at Knebworth instead of embarking on a lengthy tour. The band’s fee for performing was reportedly the largest ever paid to one single act at that time.

Robert Plant during a recording session for “Led Zeppelin II”, at Atlantic Studios in NYC, 1969.

“He listens to playbacks of his voice during the final mixes for Led Zeppelin II. He concentrated closely on his vocal tone, range, and inflection–he hadn’t yet developed the unique wail for which he would later be known. Though he knows that fans most esteem Led Zeppelin’s first two albums, Plant still feels that he didn’t start singing well until the third album.”