Led Zeppelin’s legendary frontman Robert Plant uploaded his recent Digging Deep podcast on YouTube and revealed the reason why he rejected Genesis frontman, Phil Collins, many years ago.
According to Plant, he rejected Phil because Cozy Powell was the drummer on the song.
Here is what he said (Transcribed by Alternative Nation).
” I needed a drummer that could kick ass and because Phil Collins had a solo career that had just taken off, I think it was face value. We were put together by this guy Phil [Carson] over at Atlantic Records who was kind of the Senior Vice President outside of America for Armate. Phil said:
“I built more or less everything that I do so much on the influence on John Bonham, and I would like to play on your record.”
To which I replied:
“Well, you can’t play on this track, because Cozy Powell’s playing on it.”
Robert Plant continued and revealed how he felt like playing with Jason Bonham while he is on the stage with the iconic drummer, Phil Collins.
Here is what he said:
“Cozy we knew pretty well from those days and Cozy was a good guy. Precocious, confident and like John [Bonham] you could hear him yelling when he was playing, the sheer joy of actually pulling something off that probably shouldn’t have been possible, as far as a drum fill went. So, Cozy played on this track and on a track called “Slow Dancer” and then Phil [Collins] played on the rest of the album.
Phil Collins would go on to play on the next album too. So this is great because it’s a piece that is pretty dramatic, beautiful playing by everyone. In a way, to me, it felt like even though, obviously, we couldn’t get John [Bonham] back, and it wasn’t the case of replacing him or getting another Bonham. Instead, it was just basically taking the idiom into somewhere pretty powerful, beautiful with Robbie Blunt’s playing and the way it cascades as a piece of music – it’s just great.”
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