Robert Plant headlined the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi, over the weekend. It was something of a spiritual homecoming for Plant – his 1998 album with Jimmy Page was titled Walking Into Clarksdale – and he took the opportunity to tell the festival audience how much the Delta blues meant to him.
Meanwhile actor Kelsey Grammer says no less a musicologist than Led Zeppelin’s Golden God himself persuaded him to use Plant’s version of the 1940s song “Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down” as the theme to his new TV series Boss.
Grammer says he sat down with Plant after recently seeing a performance by his Band of Joy in New York City and asked for his recommendation for a theme song for the series. “He said, ‘You know, ‘Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down’ is a great song.’” I said, ‘Yeah, that is a great song.’ Actually, I fought for it. I think it’s remarkable as a piece to open the show, and I think it does foretell a little bit. It also misleads a little bit. It leaves a mystery open, and I like the way it feels. It’s a great performance.”