Iconic Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant sat down with James Corden on Thursday night (March 1) to reveal that despite his status as one of rock’s great lead singers, he still doesn’t fare well at karaoke, calling it a “dastardly trick.”
Plant says during a trip to China twenty years ago, he was out-performed at a karaoke bar, and it is not something he’s forgotten. He tells Corden he carefully deliberated between Aerosmith and ABBA, before arriving on Elvis as a final performance decision. But it may have been the wrong choice: Plant went on to hilariously explain that another “bloke” had also settled on Elvis, and his rendition was much preferred by the Chinese audience, despite the fact that he was Taiwanese.
After sharing his disdain for karaoke, Plant performed “New World,” a cut from his eleventh solo studio album Carry Fire, which dropped in October 2017. And while he may not prefer to perform in Chinese bars anymore, Plant’s performance on the late night show proved he still has his legendary pipes. He’s backing the latest project with a continued tour throughout the U.K., North America, and Europe.
Watch the interview and performance clips below.