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Robert Plant Band of Joy Tour 2011

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Figure of speech Mr. Jones. I had looked it up before we left, but it is a bit of a trek and so we left too early to see the announcement. So, I saw no such cancellation until it was running on the ticker thing above the ramp into the parking lot. At the time I didn't drive. I felt badly about persuading my Uncle Richard to drive me all the way there to find there was no show. The folks at the window told me not enough tickets were sold. Mohegan is really no great shakes anyway. I was concerned about how Mr Plant would sound in the place. I like the cabaret theatre at Foxwoods. I have only seen one show there so it is hard to judge the acoustics relative to different kinds of music. It seems extraordinarily steeply pitched. It kind of fills the space with the sound. Don't you think it would kind of get thrown back at the performers. I get aggravated at casino shows because I get the sense 25% or more of my ticket price went toward a comped ticket for someone who hasn't a clue about the artist or has come to heckle.

Word is the snow will hold off for tomorrow night. 31/2 hours to make a dime shoveling the shit today to almost make up for the wasted ticket. I have to charge more an hour. Thank heavens the neighbors took pity on me for our house. It eased the load. Well, I have to get back to work. I think tomorrow will be a good day.

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Legendary rocker to bring hits, old and new, to MGM

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Robert Plant will perform Friday at MGM Grand at Foxwoods.

By SHARMA HOWARD

Norwich Bulletin

Posted Jan 26, 2011

Robert Plant was the distinct voice that helped fuel Led Zeppelin to its mega-rockstar success in the '70s. For 12 years, Plant was the frontman for Led Zeppelin, until drummer John Bonham died in 1980 and they disbanded. After a failed reunion in 1986, Led Zeppelin did get together once — at London's 02 Arena in 2007.

Plant, who has enjoyed a solo career since 1981, will appear Friday at MGM Grand at Foxwoods with his "Band of Joy," the name of his first band, along with special guests North Mississippi Allstars.

Plant has retained his hard rock image, but has contoured it with some softer influences, returning to his R&B roots, blues and a bit of country in his solo career.

His collaboration with Alison Krauss in 2007 for the album "Raising Sand" won five Grammys in 2009. On that album, his collaboration with former Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page for the song "Please Read the Letter" won Album of the Year and Record of the Year.

Live show

According to reviews, Plant is known to mix in some of his Zeppelin material with the "Raising Sand" album during sold-out gigs, as well as his 2010 album, "Band of Joy." While his prolific booty of material can lead a concert towards any era, Plant is known to favor his latest creations.

Favorites from "Band of Joy" include "You Can't Buy My Love," with Patty Griffin, and "Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down."

Plant is an artist who stays true to himself, keen to create new sounds for "Band of Joy."

"I wanted to bring my personality to other people's songs and kick the door open a little bit … or edge it open with my hips. I mean … basically I sing the way I sing and to attack those songs in that particular way, I can only do them Plant-like, so I was thinking about 'Zeppelin III,' I was thinking about the mixture of acoustic and powerful electric," Plant said of his latest work.

http://www.norwichbulletin.com/homepage/x1791707057/Legendary-rocker-to-bring-hits-old-and-new-to-MGM

Thanks for posting these articles...I know his recent works aren't your cup of tea, and I really appreciate the effort.

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Well, I am very much looking forward to the show tomorrow night. I'm not a fan of casinos period, but I couldn't get Blues tickets. Who cares anyway? I'm not smart enough to analyze venues, I just like the experience of live entertainment, you know? It's Plant, for chrissake!

Be happy and enjoy yourselves!!

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Here's my first vid of the show. Security was tight, but loose.

They opened with nobody's fault but mine. gotta love it!

Thank-you for posting this. Wow. I felt like I was right there in the front row cheering with the audience. Excellent photography, especially those close-ups :).

Please post some more vids. :thumbsup:.......missy

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Thank-you for posting this. Wow. I felt like I was right there in the front row cheering with the audience. Excellent photography, especially those close-ups :).

Please post some more vids. :thumbsup:.......missy

will do carry me down to the sea tonight overnight. It takes almost two hours per song to upload in HD.

I have some on my cellphone, i-phone IV. It should be interesting to see the difference in quality of the two.

Rock On!

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...and more here from the Prefix Magazine website. These were taken by Tim Bugbee of Tinnitus Photography who shares a lot of his photos with us over on the Drive-By Truckers messageboard Three Dimes Down. As you'll soon see, Tim does magnificent work.

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Robert Plant at Tower Theater, thawing fans thrillingly

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By Dan DeLuca

Inquirer Music Critic

Jan. 28, 2011

The former governor of Pennsylvania may have been correct when he characterized America as "a nation of wusses." But if that's so, Led Zeppelin fans are surely the exception to the rule.

On Wednesday night, the Philadelphia region was transformed into a fearsome landscape that looked for all the world like the frozen "land of the ice and snow" that Robert Plant once ululated about in "Immigrant Song." But that was not one of the Led Zep tunes the 62-year-old, gray-goateed golden god sang that night to a packed house of hardy souls at the Tower Theater, during an often-breathtaking 100-minute set with his six-piece knockout ensemble Band of Joy.

For the record, Plant and Band of Joy - which shines a spotlight on the luminous talents of guitarist-bandleader Buddy Miller, multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, and singer Patty Griffin - did reworked versions of five Zep songs: "Tangerine," "Houses of the Holy," "Gallows Pole," "Ramble On," and, yes, "Rock and Roll."

Plant is the still-restless soul who walked away from the biggest uncashed check in the business in 2007 when he chose to make music with country fiddler Alison Krauss rather than follow a one-off Led Zep reunion in London with a full-fledged tour.

For him, the songs by his thunderous classic-rock band are not exactly beside the point, but rather just one piece in a large musical whole that encompasses British Isle folk and American country, blues, gospel, and rock-and-roll.

Plant correctly believes that he can best explore that range of roots music with the group of Nashville cats who make up Band of Joy, gathered together by producer Miller on the 2010 album of that name that is the rougher, louder equal of 2007's Grammy-grabbing Krauss collaboration, Raising Sand.

At the Tower, that was borne out repeatedly, sometimes on songs where the charismatic front man took the lead, and sometimes when he let others step to the fore. "Monkey," a cover from the American indie band Low, was a murky, mesmerizing duet with Griffin. Scott moved front and center for "A Satisfied Mind," a country standard delivered with robust, churchy harmony singing that turned the Tower into a sanctified space. Equally impressive was the Plant-led "Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down" and "Move Up," which Griffin delivered with an earthy soul that stood in contrast to the crystalline elegance that characterizes Krauss' pairings with Plant.

In what by all rights could be a comfortable senescence, the spirit clearly still moves within Plant. "Ah, music, why do you do this to us?" he asked, unbidden, then jokingly answered, "I guess it's better than chocolate." At one point, Plant was moved to shimmy his hips and shout out to South Street and Bobby Rydell. And for further proof that the aging rock deity actually knew where he was, he made reference to another Philadelphia institution, free-jazz explorer Sun Ra, after a revised rendering of "In the Mood," from Plant's 1983 solo album The Principle of Moments.

http://www.philly.co...hrillingly.html

Edited by SteveAJones

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For Plant, hootenanny at House of Blues

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(John David Mercer/Press Register via Associated Press)

For Robert Plant, shown here performing at the Saenger Theatre in Mobile, Ala., in July, exploring

American music has been a rewarding chance to stretch.

By James Reed Globe Staff / January 27, 2011

The irony of seeing him backed by banjo, mandolin, pedal steel, and maracas was not at all lost on Robert Plant.

"Lord, have mercy. I love this hootenanny!'' he said Tuesday night at a sold-out House of Blues, undoubtedly one of the smaller venues he has played around here in several years.Hootenanny might be the very last word anyone would associate with the rock god who once fronted Led Zeppelin. But a communal spirit was exactly what he channeled with Band of Joy, his latest venture.

Ever since 2007's "Raising Sand,'' his Grammy-winning collaboration with Alison Krauss, Plant has become something unexpected: one of Americana's more arresting torchbearers. Band of Joy, a name he resurrected from a group that was a precursor to Led Zeppelin, is the natural extension of his work with Krauss. It is also a more freewheeling project that lets Plant delve deep into country blues, contemporary rock songs, and tambourine-shaking gospel. He remarked early on Tuesday night that because he is British, exploring American music has been a rewarding chance for him to stretch.

It helps that he has chosen exemplary musicians culled from Americana's upper ranks. Buddy Miller was a monster on guitar, at once punishing and pushing songs well past their country leanings. But then Darrell Scott — on everything from pedal steel to mandolin to banjo — firmly planted them in American soil again. Patty Griffin struck a seductive chemistry with Plant, always just a few feet away from him, but her back-up vocals wrapped around his like a vine. She had the unenviable task of singing Krauss's parts on "Rich Woman'' and "Please Read the Letter,'' but her performance was truly her own.

The band was nimble enough to tackle several songs from last year's "Band of Joy,'' plus a few from Plant's solo catalog ("Tall Cool One,'' "Down to the Sea''). A surprising number of Zeppelin songs made it into the set list, too. Cast in a rootsier context, "Ramble On'' and "Gallows Pole'' became sing-along odes to salvation. "Tangerine,'' which was already rustic in its original rendition, simply shimmered.

Plant was obviously the main attraction, but it is not hyperbole to say that the band, which at one point he called "omnipotent,'' mined an exceptional performance from him. He was having fun. He was also gracious enough to let Griffin, Miller, and Scott have their own moments in the spotlight, hanging back to sing harmonies and even vamp on harmonica. Led by Scott, the country standard "A Satisfied Mind'' resonated as if we were at, well, a hootenanny.

http://www.boston.com/ae/music/articles/2011/01/27/for_plant_hootenanny_at_house_of_blues/

Edited by SteveAJones

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Rock Legend's Joy Remains the Same

By Jim Fusilli

The Wall Street Journal January 27, 2011

Amid the second leg of a lengthy tour, Robert Plant said his latest group, Band of Joy, continues to exceed expectations.

"It's morphed into part Led Zeppelin III, part Grateful Dead, part Jefferson Airplane, part Bascom Lamar Lunsford. It's mountain music trips out," Mr. Plant said by phone late last week. On Saturday and Sunday, the rock legend will bring the Band of Joy to the Beacon Theatre.

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Robert Plant, performing in October.

The set list for the show comprises a bit of reimagined Zeppelin, a smidgen of songs from the 2007 Plant-Alison Krauss collaboration "Raising Sand," some material from Mr. Plant's solo careerwhich is now twice as long as his stint in Zeppelinand a dose of "Band of Joy" (Rounder), which includes traditional American rock, country and blues, as well as songs by Los Lobos and Richard Thompson. The concerts are an eclectic mix pulled together by the charm and force of Mr. Plant's personality, the wonder of his voice and his spirited band, featuring Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin on guitar, Darrell Scott on stringed instruments, Byron House on bass and Marco Giovino on drums.

The music has been evolving since Mr. Plant, who is 62, and the Band of Joy began their tour in Memphis last July, about two months before the album's world-wide release. Back then, the group seemed locked in from the show's opening moments when it moved easily from "Down to the Sea," culled from a 1993 Plant solo disc, to "Angel Dance" from the new album. Later, it reworked "Gallows Pole," a traditional folk blues that appeared on "Led Zeppelin III," as well as six other Zeppelin songs. Mr. Plant pushed and prodded the band to stretch out and have fun.

"I think we were masking a whole lot of nerves," he said. "It was great, though. It started becoming a bit more mysterious on the second and third nights."

Mr. Plant said he and the band continue to explore their potential during the sound checks when they sit in a circle and toy with arrangements. "There's a fantastic collective will to take the stuff to a beautiful place," he said. "When you think that these guys have their own deal going, it's encouraging and uplifting." Messrs. Miller and Scott and Ms. Griffin, each o whom have fruitful solo careers, get a spotlight solo vocal during each set.

The sound check's experimental spirit translates well to the concert stage. "Nobody overcooks it," Mr. Plant said. "It's almost a kind of unspoken agreement that you only do enough. I don't know if it's called 'taste' or 'feel.' We're all great foils for each other."

Assembling the Band of Joy gave Mr. Plant a chance to connect with the kind of rural American music that influenced him as a young man and helped shape Led Zeppelin's varied sound. "I didn't want to have to go back to the U.K. and scratch out something that fell between trip-hop and space-out. I'd already experienced natural music with Alison [Krauss] and other friendsRalph Stanley, of course. I love that natural feel and flow where you can gambol over space and time. Popular music is all and everything."

A part-time resident of Memphis, Tenn., Mr. Plant says the musical landscape these days is richer in the U.S. than in England. "In Britain, the stuff that gets the most exposure is what you'd expect. In America, there's a cultural diversity; when you move from region to region, the music changes. There's a workshop feel in America. I was hoping to become a member of that workshop."When the Band of Joy is at its most expansive, it's likely to be Mr. Miller who's behind the mischief. "He's Duane Eddy on acid," Mr. Plant said of the guitarist. In Memphis, Mr. Miller treated the stately Plant-Jimmy Page composition "Please Read the Letter" like garage rock; later, he added a different texture to "Rich Woman," which also appeared on "Raising Sand," as if he was challenging the signature sound he helped give that award-winning album.

Mr. Miller's feel for Americana helps recast the Zeppelin songswhich seems part of Band of Joy's mission. Mr. Plant has a healthy approach to his old material. "I don't have a phobia about it. It was a different time." He sees a link between 1970's "Led Zeppelin III," the group's folkiest album, and what Band of Joy is doing now.

"The two projects," he said, "have some similarities over 40 years: the spirit of the '70s."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703293204576106150169225920.html?KEYWORDS=robert+plant

Edited by SteveAJones

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Here's two from the 1-29-11 show at the BeaconTheatre, NY, NY.

Black Dog:

Houses of the Holy:

More to follow. These two are pretty good quality.

I have some that is A+.

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aahhhh!! It was great seeing Robert last night (and his band) at the Beacon; the audience roared when the lz songs crept in. Petty feelings aside, we were all begging, "please come back and do a few more shows for us with jp, jpj and jason, pretty pleease!!" In his golden god presence, we just could not help ourselves.

He still swings the mic with a "little twinkle" in him (more than a twinkle, if you ask me); and the Band of Joy was phenomenal. Lots of guitar, bass guitar, and drum changes (practically after every song). lz set list included Black Dog, Houses of the Holy, Tangerine, Ramble On and Rock n' Roll.

So glad I made an effort to dig out of my snowbound street and trek to the Beacon, an architectural marvel. Even with Black Dog, the opening song, sounding a little strange to my zeppelin-starved ears, I was not disappointed.

Edited by Lorraine

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He still swings the mic with a "little twinkle" in him (more than a twinkle, if you ask me);

I completely agree! I LOVE watching him swing that mic. :)

Great vids from the show BigZepFan!

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Couldn't help but watch this vids, even thought I want to avoid too much exposure to the shows so when I see it it will seem fresh and exciting to me. Nothing wrong with a little tidbit though to give a teaser.

Nice work Dave. Keep up the good work. :thumbsup:

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Great job on the "Rich Woman" video Dave. That was a particularly great version of the song we saw last night. Keep 'em coming!

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I'm going to the show on Feb 5 in Atlanta and i can't wait! bp.gifI'm so excited, it looks like it'll be really good! It's also going to be my first ever Robert Plant concert!

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Here's an excellent quality video of Rich Woman.

Wow! That's one of the best quality vids I've seen!!

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Robert Plant

Former Zeppelin frontman offers up an invigorating performance at Gotham's Beacon Theatre.

By Deborah Sprague

Every few years, the chorus starts again, asking the surviving members of Led Zeppelin to reunite, and each time, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones say something to shoot down the pleas. But at this altogether invigorating Gotham gig, Plant went one better - delivering two solid hours of proof that such a reprise would be unnecessary and superfluous.

By opening with a molasses-thick, almost unrecognizably twangy version of "Black Dog," Plant acknowledged the ghosts of Zeppelin past and transmuted them into a vital, living spirit. He sprinkled aud favorites judiciously through the set, a suitably heady "Houses of the Holy" here, a steadily rumbling "Ramble On" there. But to his credit, he refrained from milking every drop of nostalgia from those tunes.

He and his band -- the third Band of Joy he's led over four decades of performing -- took equal care in deconstructing Plant's latter-day work. An extended reworking of the Grammy-winning "Please Read the Letter" found Patty Griffin not so much replicating Alison Krauss' part on the original as recasting it, imbuing the song with a rougher, more assertive edge.

Throughout the evening, Plant's cohorts were able to stake out their own space, largely because he backed up his words with actions about the band's equanimity, particularly when it came to bringing guitarist Buddy Miller to the fore, giving him space for solos that ranged from poignant to bone-rattling. He also deserves credit for ceding center stage to allow multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott a chance to showcase a remarkably clear tenor on a version of "Satisfied Mind," and Griffin a similar platform for a rousing "Move on up in Glory."

Plant has grown more comfortable in his own voice in recent years as well. Having recognized that he can't rise to the higher reaches that he inhabited so naturally some time back, he's settled in a couple of octaves lower, which adds more heft to darker songs like "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down" and "Silver Rider" (a cover from the catalog of Minnesota dream-rockers Low).

Addressing the crowd frequently, Plant steered clear of shopworn banter, taking on an evangelical tone in attesting to the power of music -- not his own, but the stuff that he's absorbed over the decades. He didn't just talk the talk, either. By highlighting the playing of his collaborators and calling attention to the work of folks unfamiliar to most of his audience, Plant acted as both preacher and teacher -- a winning combo, indeed.

Read the full article at:

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117944447?refcatid=34

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