Robert Plant visits Welly record store
Even rock stars have their tourist moments - and Robert Plant couldn't resist stopping to take a photo of the cardboard cutouts in the window of Wellington record store Slow Boat Records this afternoon.
The English musician and former Led Zeppelin frontman stopped in at the Cuba St record store ahead of his show tonight with his band the Sensational Space Shifters.
Plant happily chatted with staff members and other customers and spent about half an hour trawling through the 50s and 60s section of the store, before settling on an album by British singer Holly Golightly.
On his way out, Plant - who is regularly listed as one of the world's great rock singers - took a moment to grab a quick snap on his phone of the cardboard guitar-playing woman in the window.
He then told The Dominion Post he was running late for stage set up and was quickly on his way.
Slow Boat owner Dennis O'Brien said Plant and his band were on the same flight as him from Sydney on Monday evening.
"There were quite a few youngish musicians with him. Like classic English jazz players. They were all laughing and cracking jokes all the time. They all just seemed like ordinary sort of people."
Kris Taylor, who also works at Slow Boat, said musicians often stopped in to the store while in Wellington for shows.
"They come and spend heaps of time here. I think musicians just enjoy being around music."
British soul artist Michael Kiwanuka and Johnny Marr of the Smiths had recently checked out the selection.
O'Brien said Plant must have posed for photos and chatted with fans "hundreds and thousands of times".
"But if he can do it one more time for Joe Blow, I think that shows a certain generosity of spirit."
The Dominion Post