The Lemon Tree - Robert Plant fanzine
For the uninitiated, Robert Plant started his singing career at the tender age of 16, and appeared and formed several Midland R&B and Blues bands, the most famous of which were Listen and the Band of Joy. In 1968 he was ‘discovered’ by Yardbirds’ guitarist Jimmy Page and became singer and writer in the band that was to become Led Zeppelin – one of the most successful, innovative and inspirational bands of all time.
After the demise of the band in 1980, due to the death of drummer and Robert Plant’s best friend John Bonham, there followed a long period of reflection for Robert.
Happily for his fans, he re-emerged in 1982, having metamorphosed into a solo artist, and commenced a new career which through the following thirty years has proved interesting, exciting, sometimes frustrating, often exhilarating but never dull for his fans. He has constantly reinvented himself, by exploring new influences and angles. He has surrounded himself with some of the top musicians of the moment. He strives for, and achieves, perfection in every aspect of his craft, both in the studio and in live performances. The element of surprise is never far from the surface. And Robert Plant manages to be a very nice person too.
The Lemon Tree is an unofficial Robert Plant fanzine that was established in May 1994 by the current editor and Robert Plant fan, Liz Hames. The fanzine is non profit-making, written for fans by fans.
Originally a paper fanzine, The Lemon Tree ran, with a worldwide circulation of about 600, until the last published issue in March 2001. These editions included features on subjects as diverse as Robert’s support for the British soccer club Wolverhampton Wanderers; appearances at festivals such as Fairport Convention’s Cropredy; a guide to Led Zeppelin’s ‘Four Symbols’; Led Zeppelin conventions and The Priory of Brion adventure.
In 2010, The Lemon Tree fanzine was resurrected and has since been published on Facebook. The Facebook page now has over 1000 readers and contributors reflecting on recent developments such as the ‘Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters’ tour, including The Electric Picnic in Stradbelly, Co. Laois, Ireland and Robert’s recent ‘tweets’ on Twitter, whilst also paying homage to the past, such as tributes to the late John Bonham and tickets, set lists and photos of Robert Plant and his previous bands.
Our main aims remain true to the intentions of the original publication: to provide a accurate and timely information for Robert Plant’s fans; create a forum for fans to share experiences, reviews and information; and provide support and feedback for Robert Plant and his current and past colleagues.
Over the next few months, we aim to publish The Lemon Tree as both as a paper and an online fanzine available through this website. We look forward to your contribution.
If you would like to contribute in any way to the production of the fanzine by, for example, writing a review, sending some photos or even by drawing a cover picture, please contact the editor.