Back in the 1970s, British rock legends Led Zeppelin tried, twice, to play a gig in Singapore.
They were foiled by the local authorities both times, denied entry by immigration officers, supposedly because of their long hair and rock music’s association with the more unsavoury elements of pop culture.
The band are now defunct but Led Zep fans can finally see their fiery frontman, Robert Plant when he headlines the first night of the Timbre Rock & Roots music festival on March 21 and 22.
Asked about the long-hair incident and the 64-year-old shaggy-maned singer replies in a telephone interview with Life!: “Oh, I can remember a few things. I can tell you I definitely remember having long hair and somehow I still do,” he says dryly.
“So I think they must have had a change of heart. But we tried to get into Singapore twice and we couldn’t get beyond the immigration desk, they just turned us back. So yeah it was a different place then I guess.”