A job in music can be both fulfilling and challenging. Success requires a lot of effort and commitment in any profession, but it is especially true in the music business. To pursue a career in music, one must often make significant financial and personal sacrifices, and there are frequently few resources accessible to assist aspiring musicians in getting started.
It is tough to assume anything from the get-go. And Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant had to go through something in the past that most new music artists have to go through. Each piece of music is inspired by specific real-life events, which gives them more depth and force. It appears that the song “Ten Years Gone” by Led Zeppelin from their 1975 record “Physical Graffiti” also had a significant backstory.
In 1975 after the release of their album, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page joined an interview where he talked about an ultimatum he received from his lover at the time. It was a vital thing that changed the course of the band. It was an interview with Rolling Stone to discuss their new record.
According to the singer, things were hard before Led Zeppelin. And that was the time the woman who he was with asked him to make a choice between her and his career. Plant finally remarked that he should keep going rather than stop, even though he had no idea he would eventually join a band that would become enormously successful. The singer wrote the song “Ten Years Gone” with his ex-girlfriend in mind even ten years after their breakup.
In the interview, he said, “Let me tell you a little story behind the song ‘Ten Years Gone’ on our new album. I was working my a** off before joining Zeppelin. A lady I really dearly loved said, ‘Right. It’s me or your fans.’ Not that I had fans, but I said, ‘I can’t stop; I’ve got to keep going.’ She’s quite content these days, I imagine. She’s got a washing machine that works by itself and a little sports car. We wouldn’t have anything to say anymore. I could probably relate to her, but she couldn’t relate to me. I’d be smiling too much. Ten years gone, I’m afraid.”
That must have been a very difficult choice for him. If he would have chosen his loved one, then, we would have never seen Led Zeppelin. It’s safe to say that the singer’s decision to reject her ultimatum from his then-girlfriend saved Led Zeppelin in some way. Robert Plant should be commended for making the difficult decision that allowed us to enjoy one of the greatest bands in music history.