This from He may be used to selling out huge arenas, but Robert Plant thought nothing of performing in front of 200 at a surprise gig in a community hall. The former Led Zeppelin frontman joined two bands at a charity show in Monmouth to a crowd of invited guests. The event was a tribute to his friend, Pat Moran, a former Plant co-producer, who died of a rare dementia in January.

Lifelong fan Darren Martin, 45, said: “It was amazing – he’s a rock god and he was playing in a village hall.”

Plant, 63, delighted the small crowd at the Bridges Community Centre in the Monmouthshire town with songs from his Led Zeppelin days as well as tunes from his solo career, including the hit Big Log. His appearance on Saturday July 9, and his decision to play Led Zeppelin tunes, was all the more special as Plant has refused to reform with his old band, despite playing a one-off show at the 02 Arena in 2007.

Mr Martin added: “It was a real honour to be there and he chatted with the audience afterwards.”

Mr Moran, 63, who worked as an engineer on Plant’s first solo album, and engineered and co-produced his second at the nearby Rockfield studios in Monmouthshire, died of Pick’s Disease in January and the event was a fundraiser in his memory.

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