Bonus Post: Robert Freakin’ Plant!


So I usually focus my blogs on technical stuff, but I thought I would post this anyway…


Saturday my wife and I were out cruising on the Harley when we decided to stop off at one of our favorite restaurants in the Belltown area of Seattle, The Noodle Ranch.  The hostess seated us and we were commenting that it wasn’t very crowded for a Saturday night, as I scanned around the room.  Off to my right, I noticed a table of guys.  There were about 10-12 of them eating fairly quietly.  I suddenly noticed that one of the guys was Robert Plant!  Robert FREAKIN’ Plant!  Then I remembered that he was in town to do a show at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery the next night, so it really was him. 


Now, I’m not all that easily starstruck, but Robert FREAKIN’ Plant, holy crap!  My wife now says: “Who?”.  I said, ROBERT FREAKIN’ PLANT!  She says, “Who’s that?”.  Okay, I guess I really didn’t expect her to know who he was by name, so I said: “Y’know, lead singer of LED FREAKIN’ ZEPPELIN!  To my surprise, she says: “What are some of their songs?”.  Okay, now I’m speachless.  She should know better than that.  So I said: “Uh, ‘Stairway to Heaven'”.  She says, “Oh, I like that song”.  Then she asked me if I was going to go over and talk to him.  I said: “Hell No!, I don’t want to come off as some kind of pathetic, starstruck loser”.


We finished our dinner and the entourage was still in place talking quietly.  No one had gone over to them at all, but several people obviously knew that was him, while others seemed oblivious.  So we walked out the door and my wife said that she needed to go to the bathroom and that she would be right back.  Well, I knew what she was up to.  She was going to try to nab an autograph.  So she goes up to him and asked him if he would be offended if she asked for an autograph.  Luckily he said: “Not at all”.  She asked him if he would sign a napkin or something and he said he would sign anything she wanted him to.  Okay, but I would have let Robert Plant sign anything on her as well.  She asked him to sign her sweatshirt (which was really one of my Harley sweatshirts that she borrowed) and also a small piece of paper.  He did, happily.  She actually said: “I love Stairway to Heaven”.  Oh no she didn’t.  Yep, she did.  He said: “Don’t say it that way, it’s such a sad song”.  Then she said that he said something about it being better with 3 aspirin and a glass of water, but I didn’t really get that.


So anyway, we have Robert Plant autographs and I thought I would share one here:


Long live “The Hammer of the Gods”!


Comments (7)

  1. mike haller says:

    I laughed when I read your comments. I felt the same way when I ran into Robert Plant in a hotel lobby in NYC for his Honeydripper gig on SNL. I got his and Brian Setzers autograph. First time in my life I could not speak.

  2. Marco says:

    yo u want to hear a sick story too?

    My mom was in montreal when she saw robet plant!! but she was too shy to speak to him. to her surprise ROBERT FREAKIN PLANT asked her out to diner. (it was after john bonham died so he was going solo and his drummer back in 1985) thats before i was born! (im 13)they took pictures and everything im soo jelous!!!

  3. Michael Boyert says:

    I know the feeling, my wife and I were in the Santa Fe diner on Oct 4 2005, ( He had a gig that night in Albaqurqui ) and in walks Robert Plant, all by himself. he takes a seat right across the room at the counter.

    I kept telling my wife ‘No way Robert Plant comes in here by himself without an entrouge or bodyguards" and she kept saying ‘it’s him, it’s him"

    Anyway, we wait outside , he comes out, puts on his shades and starts walking through the crowd with me in hot pursuit, I stop and say " your Robert Plant" (I know I know..) and he takes off his shades, puts out his hand and says "yes I am mate" He chatted with my wife and I for about 5 minutes and posed for a picture, he was starting to get mobbbed, he said ‘I be on my way mate, have a good one " and he was off,

    He is really a very gracious gentleman and a very nice guy. my encounter with him only increased my repect for him.

  4. judybrown1 says:

    I’d love to see Robert Plant in a diner.

  5. judybrown1 says:

    I think I’d like to see Robert Plant in a diner.

  6. judybrown1 says:

    I have to see Robert Plant in a diner.

  7. Patti Howard says:

    R U KIDDING?!  I would LOVE to see Robert Plant ANYWHERE!!!  Sigh….