Robert Plant says 8-year-old female Japanese drummer's Led Zeppelin performance is "fantastic"
Written by Classic Rock 93.9 on June 20, 2018
A video showing an 8-year-old Japanese girl named Yoyoka Soma playing impressive drums along to the Led Zeppelin classic “Good Times Bad Times” recently went viral, and now one of the band’s original members has given the performance an emphatic thumbs-up. Robert Plant recently paid a visit to the Canadian radio show Q, and — as seen in a YouTube video of the appearance — the host showed the singer the video, prompting the rock legend to declare that it was “fantastic.”
Plant marveled at the ease with which the young drummer seemed to be handling the late John Bonham‘s parts, noting, “It’s like falling off a log for her.” He also quipped with a laugh, “I know where she can get a good job,” adding, “That amazing, isn’t it, really?…That’s a technically difficult thing to do.”
As for how he thinks Bonham would have reacted to the performance, Plant said, “I think he’d be amazed. I think he’d be so chuffed.”
Yoyoka’s video was among the submissions to the worldwide “Hit Like a Girl” contest, which spotlights female drummers and percussionists.
Plant’s current North American tour in support of his solo album Carry Fire continues on Thursday at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California, and winds down with a June 29 performance at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in Vancouver, Canada.
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