Staff and diners at Port Douglas’ On The Inlet seafood restaurant were flabbergasted at last night. And it wasn’t the usual admiration of the scrumptious barramundi or seafood towers – it was over rock legend Robert Plant dropping in for dinner.
The lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band, Led Zeppelin, Plant was photographed with staff while dining with three other guests, was reported to have ordered a curry and was quoted as being “a really nice man”.
He was later seen at the Central Hotel having a sip with locals, much to their delight, and was reported to have left Port Douglas today (Friday) to get back for rehearsals.
Plant was in the region ahead of the upcoming 24th annual Byron Bay Bluesfest over the Easter long weekend, where he will make his event debut as lead singer of new band, Sensational Space Shifters, alongside fellow acts Santana, Paul Simon, Steve Miller Band, Counting Crows, Chris Isaak, Status Quo, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Armatrading and Ben Harper to name a few.
Plant is regarded as one of the most significant singers in the history of rock music, with heavy metal magazine Hit Parader named Plant the "Greatest Metal Vocalist of All Time" in 2006;
Plant was voted "the greatest voice in rock" in a poll conducted by Planet Rock in 2009 and in 2011 Rolling Stone editors ranked him number 15 on their list of the 100 greatest singers of all time.