Robert Plant recalled how he referred to himself as “a golden god” during a flamboyant occasion for Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, describing the phrase as “even additional nonsense” than what was likely on about him.
The moment is captured in an iconic photograph, which exhibits Plant standing on a balcony at the Continental Hyatt Dwelling Lodge in L.A., grinning with arms stretched huge as a significant billboard on the avenue beneath encourages the band’s album Physical Graffiti.
The singer was questioned why he’d mentioned “I am a golden god!” at that minute in 1975 in a new interview with Rolling Stone. “Whatever was said from minute to moment was just sheer comedian enjoyment most of the time in people early Led Zeppelin days,” he replied.
“I assume it was in the center of some preposterous instant, maybe even Bonzo’s birthday party someplace up in Beverly Hills, in which any person experienced produced John a three-tier birthday cake. … John was displaying it round the space, and he showed it to someone, I think it was George Harrison, who karate-chopped the cake. Bonzo resolved that there was a little something that essential to be carried out about that, and there was all kinds of scuttling, and it was just an additional one particular of those boyish prank-variety of situations likely on.”
He ongoing: “And it just seemed that the only thing that was missing was somebody to in fact round the entire point up with even far more nonsense. So I just opened my arms and just proclaimed that. And then I feel a piece of cake sadly lodged someplace on the conclude of my nose or anything.”
Bonham died in September 1980, foremost to Led Zeppelin’s breakup quickly afterwards but Plant said his outdated close friend nonetheless had “enormous” impression on his day by day daily life. “I’m even now living in the region exactly where we had been each from, so he’s present and with me very a ton,” he discussed. “A whole lot of people today knew him, like they know me. We have not gone really significantly, aside from a pair of unhappy adventures. So he’s nonetheless pretty existing listed here.”
Praising the drummer’s feeling of feel along with his character, he extra: “So yeah, it’s 40 many years, and he’s even now greatly lost from us, significantly and absent. But I’m on the lookout up into the cloudy sky of the nighttime listed here. I’m positive he’s standing outside a pub somewhere, metaphorically, cracking a joke.”