Robert Plant Sings “Immigrant Song” for First Time Since 1996

Robert Plant. Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/REX/Shutterstock (10147971ab)

The audience that attended Robert Plant’s set on Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival last weekend was in for a rare treat. Towards the end of the show, Plant decided to perform Led Zeppelin’s classic “Immigrant Song” for the first time in 23 years.

Plant last performed the track, which was the lead single for 1970’s Led Zeppelin III, in February 1996 when he was on tour with Jimmy Page. After that, he decided not to include it on the setlist for his solo shows.

Led Zeppelin also failed to include it for the one-off reunion show they performed at O2 Arena on December 2007 in honor of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

You can watch Robert Plant Sing “Immigrant Song” live in Iceland in a fan-made video below.

Plant’s inclusion of “Immigrant Song” for his Secret Solstice set seems fitting when you are aware that Led Zeppelin wrote the song during their trip to Iceland back in 1970. 

“We went to Iceland, and it made you think of Vikings and big ships. And bang, there it was – “Immigrant Song!” – Plant revealed on one occasion.

The track ended up becoming one of the band’s rare hit singles, reaching No.16 at the US Billboard Hot 100.