as ROBERT PLANT
Born on the 2nd day of November in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Richie began a career in the U.S. Marine Corps right out of high school. He served twenty-one years of active duty service. The Marine Corps gave him a worldly education and it was his fellow Marines who turned him on to the music of Led Zeppelin…hence, his love for “The Mighty Zepp” has been ever steadfast. Richie has British Army, Royal Air Force, and Royal Marine buddies that he served alongside while in the Marine Corps. In 2005, a few of his British Army mates gave him his first opportunity to journey to the Black Country, home of John Bonham and Robert Plant. He visited Bonzo’s final resting place in the beautiful village of Rushock. He spent time in Kidderminster, where Bonham and Plant grew up together, and West Bromwich, where Robert Plant was born. While in Wolverhampton, Rich toured Molineux Stadium, home of Plant’s favorite football team, the Wolverhampton Wanderers, and he witnessed a wonderful performance by the West Midlands' very own Led Zeppelin tribute band, “Fred Zeppelin”.
In 2008, Richie returned to the UK to spend Christmas and New Year's with some of his English friends and traveled about. He quickly bounced from London to the Salisbury Plain…up the motorway to West Bromwich and eventually out into beautiful South Snowdonia, Wales for a brisk walk up a narrow hillside path to see the 18th century cottage Bron-Yr-Aur. A few of Richie’s English friends also accompanied him on a visit to Raglan Castle in South East Wales, where Robert Plant’s chivalric sequence in “The Song Remains the Same” was filmed.
His travels to England, while very brief, have given him many cherished memories and he is feverishly eager for his next opportunity, When that happens…it’s off to Headley Grange.
[some pics from the trip]
Best thing about Swan Song: "Meeting up with friends and celebrating the music of your favorite band is about as good as it gets!"
Top 5 Zeppelin songs: Immigrant Song, In The Light, Kashmir, Going To California, Heartbreaker.*
Favorite Zeppelin Album: “The first 10 of them.“
“Led Zeppelin gave us songs that provide a perfect accompaniment to every possible emotion that we can feel throughout a day…throughout a lifetime.”
Richie uses: Shure Microphones, Hohner Blues Harps, Ludwig Tambourine.