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Watch Robert Plant & Alison Krauss bring ‘Searching for My Love’ to Jimmy Fallon

The unlikely collaborators released their second album last month

By Joe Goggins

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss in a press photo, 2021
The duo have finally followed up 2007's 'Raising Sand'. (Photo: Press)

Robert Plant and Allison Krauss brought a taste of their latest collaborative album to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Friday (December 17).

The duo performed ‘Searching for My Love’ on the talk show, from their second joint full-length effort, ‘Raise the Roof’. They’d already made a late-night stop at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last month, to play ‘Can’t Let Go’ and ‘Trouble with My Love’ from the same record. They played the tender duet on Fallon as a six-piece – you can watch the performance below.

‘Raise the Roof’ marks a new chapter in the unlikely crossover between the frontman of Led Zeppelin and the much-garlanded bluegrass singer. It follows on from their hugely successful 2007 album ‘Raising Sand’, which has gone platinum in both the UK and the US. Plant and Krauss will take the new record on the road in 2022, including a support slot to Eagles at Hyde Park in London on June 26.

Led Zeppelin have not played together since the Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert at London’s O2 Arena in December 2007. Last month, whilst on the promo trail for ‘Raise the Roof’, Plant playfully suggested a massive team-up between two fellow rock titans. Asked in an interview with Rolling Stone US about the latest feud between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Plant said that Paul McCartney “should just play bass with the Stones.”

“I don’t think there’s any fighting,” he said of the war of words, sparked by McCartney calling the Stones “a blues cover band.” “They’ve known each other since 1963. They love each other desperately.”

Meanwhile, Plant has also reflected on a recent legal challenge over his old band’s classic track ‘Stairway to Heaven’, which claimed that it infringed upon the copyright of the American band Spirit, and specifically their 1968 song ‘Taurus’. The latest of three attempts to sue Zeppelin by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California, foundered after the US Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

It means that Skidmore has now exhausted all legal options in the US, bringing an end to a campaign that had been ongoing since 2014. Speaking to Clive Anderson on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends, Plant said: “What can you do? I just had to sit there, I was instructed to sit directly opposite the jury, don’t look at them but just don’t look at anybody, just sit there for eight hours. As much as I am musical, I cannot comment on anything musical. I just sing.”