When making his debut solo album, Pictures At Eleven
, Plant was egalitarian in his approach as frontman of an act not named Led Zeppelin (which split in 1980). To many in the studio, he even seemed somewhat unsure of himself, and he almost scrapped the entire project when faced with pressure to do something more like Zeppelin. If it hadn't been for the counsel of Phil Collins, he may abandoned it.
Plant's attitude was different for The Principle Of Moments
. He asserted himself as the creative legend in the room and ruffled some feathers in the process. In Robert Plant: A Life
, producer Benjamin "Benji" Lefevre is quoted saying, "He can be incredibly intense and very, very controlling. He winds people up the wrong way. He knows what he wants but he doesn't know how to put it across to others people terribly wells sometimes."
Plant later explained that he doesn't like taking the boss position but also isn't averse to it when he needs to get things done his way. He also said that he was more accustomed to being combative with fellow rock icon Jimmy Page, who could give as well as he could take, and that it was hard to transition to dealing with musicians who didn't have Page's status and thick skin.
During Plant's time with Zeppelin, journalists and fans often wrote him off as the pretty face with the killer voice, assigning the real creative chops to Jimmy Page. Plant wasn't happy with this and wanted the world to know he could do more than sing. With Pictures At Eleven
, he made sure his point was made.