Classical star Alfie Boe has claimed lady luck was smiling down on him when he was offered the chance to duet with Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant.
Boe has explained that the duet came as the result of an unexpected run-in between the two vocalists at a bar in Soho, central London.
The pair have teamed up on a version of Tim Buckley’s Song to the Siren on Boe’s latest album Alfie, which has been a worldwide success.
Not a bad result for a impromptu chat down the local pub.
In an interview with Noise11.com, Boe explained that he took his time to pluck up the courage to approach the rock star, but is now glad he overcame his hesitation.
“I went up to him and told him I was a big fan of his work. What I thought would be a five-minute conversation turned into an hour talking about his days in Led Zep and his days with the other guys with Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones,” he told the news provider.
A friendship based on a mutual love for football blossomed from the encounter and from there Boe felt compelled to approach Plant over the duet.
“We got onto the real reason that I phoned and that was for him to duet with me on Song To The Siren because it’s on one of his albums. He said ‘send me a demo’,” he added.
The tenor started hist latest nationwide tour yesterday, June 26.
Last night he sang for the crowds at the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea and will play a host of other venues, including London’s Royal Albert Hall, over the coming weeks.
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