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2013 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES - ROBERT PLANT PRESENTS THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS

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Whole lotta food -- but no booze -- for Robert Plant

By John ByrneTribune reporter

7:44 a.m. CDT, July 26, 2013

Legendary rock music partyer Robert Plant belted out "Black Dog" from the stage at Taste of Chicago this month, but his deal with the city indicates a backstage scene more in line with a restaurant's blue plate special than the rambunctious excesses of his Led Zeppelin youth.

The singer's contract rider requested an assortment of hot sandwiches, no-fat yogurt, a tray of fresh vegetables with dip and tuna fish salad — "light on the mayo please."

Plant received $125,000 for his July 12 set at the Petrillo Music Shell, making him the top earner among the acts at the five-day Taste.

The bacchanalian potential for the group, officially known as Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters, was curtailed by the city's refusal to provide alcohol to Taste acts. So Plant's usual request of six bottles of wine and 42 bottles of beer for the band and the crew went unfilled. At least by the city.

Robin Thicke collected $75,000 for a Thursday R&B set in which he elicited some thrusting dance moves from Mayor Rahm Emanuel that became an Internet sensation. The city declined to provide Thicke with the "well-iced" Heineken he usually has in his dressing room along with a bottle of Jack Daniel's, a bottle of vodka and two bottles of chardonnay.

And singer Jill Scott dropped her usual requirement that her dressing room have black "pipe and drapes thru out the entire room." Scott was paid $100,000, according to her contract.

In all, the city paid out $562,500 to 10 performers during Taste. Two kiddie acts, Chloe and Halle and IM5, were not paid for their Saturday morning performances.

This year's Taste music budget was lower than the $655,000 the city paid in 2012 to a lineup that included Jennifer Hudson and Death Cab for Cutie. Nobody among the 2013 performers got as much as the $175,000 Hudson pulled down or the $150,000 Death Cab received.

But officials with the city Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events said the $25 tickets for the reserved seats at Petrillo sold better this year than the lackluster returns in 2012, with four of the five headlining acts selling out.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-robert-plant-tops-list-of-taste-of-chicago-earners-20130725,0,241634.story

wow,very interesting food choices!!!

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wow,very interesting food choices!!!

:huh:

Sandwiches, veggies and dip, yogurt...pretty standard-issue choices, if you ask me.

Robert should substitute olive oil for the mayo in his tuna salad.

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This is the second time I have heard tuna fish from Robert. He must really like it.

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Feeling really bummed today,tired and sick of work but most of all realizing the man and the band I have loved and adored for 40 years,is never going to be in my sights,Robert,a quick phone call would help! Need to watch a DVD tonight and drink some beer,but which one,in the process of making one from all the summer songs,but I have a lot of them,I really like Knebworth but have watched that a lot

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Feeling really bummed today,tired and sick of work but most of all realizing the man and the band I have loved and adored for 40 years,is never going to be in my sights,Robert,a quick phone call would help! Need to watch a DVD tonight and drink some beer,but which one,in the process of making one from all the summer songs,but I have a lot of them,I really like Knebworth but have watched that a lot

Do you live in an igloo? A polygamist cult?

Because that's the only way I can figure you haven't had a chance to see Robert Plant by now. For over the last 40 years, Robert Plant has criss-crossed the United States many, many times. Hell, I just criss-crossed over 8,000 miles to-and-fro to see him in concert.

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Do you live in an igloo? A polygamist cult?

Because that's the only way I can figure you haven't had a chance to see Robert Plant by now. For over the last 40 years, Robert Plant has criss-crossed the United States many, many times. Hell, I just criss-crossed over 8,000 miles to-and-fro to see him in concert.

Oh my god... xD

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Do you live in an igloo? A polygamist cult?

Because that's the only way I can figure you haven't had a chance to see Robert Plant by now. For over the last 40 years, Robert Plant has criss-crossed the United States many, many times. Hell, I just criss-crossed over 8,000 miles to-and-fro to see him in concert.

I do maybe live in a igloo!!! I am after all in North dakota! Strider,why did you have to fly 8,000 miles,where do you live! Well I tried,I thought about a long weekend at one of the concerts,the tickets were going fast and I looked and not even good enough seats for me to pay money for plane ticket,hotel etc etc..plus I own a daycare and have to make arrangements and have 2 kids and 2 pets to account for,so , believe me I tried

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Don't feel bad. I really understand, CLW, where u are coming from. Had my wife not appreciated Americana I probably would'nt have seen the 2 shows i did. Some of us just can't logistically or financially make it to many shows at all. That doesn't make u less of a fan. I think u may still have a crack at seeing Robert yet cuz i think he has a couple more interesting tours left in him, if not more. A polygamist cult, Strider? Well I guess that would have meant a lot more tix to buy and -if hotel arrangements were included what a headache....

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Don't feel bad. I really understand, CLW, where u are coming from. Had my wife not appreciated Americana I probably would'nt have seen the 2 shows i did. Some of us just can't logistically or financially make it to many shows at all. That doesn't make u less of a fan. I think u may still have a crack at seeing Robert yet cuz i think he has a couple more interesting tours left in him, if not more. A polygamist cult, Strider? Well I guess that would have meant a lot more tix to buy and -if hotel arrangements were included what a headache....

LMBO!!!! And anyway , you are right,he seems to be getting out there a lot more the last year so maybe he has a second wind going and will do more concerts!!

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I do maybe live in a igloo!!! I am after all in North dakota! Strider,why did you have to fly 8,000 miles,where do you live! Well I tried,I thought about a long weekend at one of the concerts,the tickets were going fast and I looked and not even good enough seats for me to pay money for plane ticket,hotel etc etc..plus I own a daycare and have to make arrangements and have 2 kids and 2 pets to account for,so , believe me I tried

Ouch. North Dakota? You really are isolated. I thought you lived in Arizona or Louisiana.

FYI: No shows are truly sold out...there are always tix available the day of the show for face value at the box office. Sometimes less than face value. At Robert's Connecticut show last month, people were practically giving them away.

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Ouch. North Dakota? You really are isolated. I thought you lived in Arizona or Louisiana.

FYI: No shows are truly sold out...there are always tix available the day of the show for face value at the box office. Sometimes less than face value. At Robert's Connecticut show last month, people were practically giving them away.

ya,but if I was going to spend that much money to get to one of them I wanted front row,have you eversaid where you live? Yep,Fargo ND,let me know if you are ever around here..haha!!

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Ouch. North Dakota? You really are isolated. I thought you lived in Arizona or Louisiana.

FYI: No shows are truly sold out...there are always tix available the day of the show for face value at the box office. Sometimes less than face value. At Robert's Connecticut show last month, people were practically giving them away.

I live in CT and I'm embarrassed to say that folk here did not come out in numbers to see Robert and the SSS...However I blame

the Mohegan Sun Casino for lack of promotion and their usual "Come and gamble here...and oh by the way - some guy named

Robert Plant is going to be here also..."

Robert and Jimmy have done many, many, very successful shows here in CT since playing the Yale Bowl in 1970

with Led Zeppelin. But the Mohegan Sun Casino sucks up artists into their gambling "mecca" and folk get stuck in the carpeted

slot machine arena instead of the concert itself.

I wish he played in Hartford or Waterbury or New Haven where the true music fans come out big time for great artists like Robert.

I Apologize for my State for their lack of support for Robert and the SSS and !'m stunned, shocked, and surprised by their malaise.

Come back Robert! But please by all means - do not play the Mohegan Sun Casino!!!

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Hi Nirvana and fellow New Englander,

I have now attended three concerts at the casino. As with most things, pluses and minuses. The other shows I saw there were Heart/JBZLE (nearly sold out) and Black Sabbath (sold out). I hate having to walk through the areas that allow smoking to get to the arena and as with other large venues, the sound is not as good as a venue that is fashioned for sound quality and not catering to other events, e.g. sporting events. Since the casino is in a remote area, some of the dark windy roads can make for a dodgy ride in the dark.

What I do like is the free indoor parking, lots of pre and post show entertainment/food options, affordable ticket prices. As I attended one of the shows solo, I also like that there are people, security, lighted areas at all times. I don't gamble, but I'm sure that is a draw for some people too.

I understand that some much smaller venues that Robert played at were not sold out either. Something else I noticed was the other shows I mentioned above were heavily advertised on local radio, but Robert's show wasn't. That could have to do with sponsorship and such. I am not well versed in Public Relations/Advertising.

Cheers.

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Live review: Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters, Colston Hall, Bristol
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Pierre Perrone / The Independent / August 30, 2013

For a Led Zeppelin reunion refusenik, Robert Plant does perform an awful lot of material by the group who defined seventies rock in all its magnificence and occasional self-indulgence. More than 50 per cent of the set at his first UK concert in over a year came from the Zep oeuvre. Crucially though, he cherry-picked from the mellower tranche of their repertoire – he sounded particularly fine on the epochal “Going To California” – and eschewed the bluster of 2007’s Celebration Day at the O2. The opener “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” was a case in point, as he caressed the folk song Zep learned from Joan Baez and longingly elongated the last “Home” in its lyric. Plant was indeed happy to be back on British soil, greeting the locals with “hey, Brizzle!” and riffing on “I was never a black guy” before taking “Spoonful”, the Charley Patton by way of Willie Dixon and Howlin’ Wolf blues standard, from the Mississippi Delta back to West Africa with the inspired addition of Juldeh Camara on riti, the one-string fiddle of Senegal and The Gambia. The Gambian griot is Plant’s ace in the hole, a wonderful vocal and instrumental foil on “The Enchanter”, “Black Dog” and “Four Sticks”, and the musician whose presence adds another dimension to the so appropriately-named Sensational Space Shifters. Indeed, they still play the cheekily autobiographical “Tin Pan Valley” and the eerie “Another Tribe” – its “I want to reach out there across the great divide” motif so apposite on the night of the Syria vote in Parliament – from 2005’s Mighty Rearranger album, made by their previous incarnation as Strange Sensation. With two locally-based musicians in the band, the guitarist Justin Adams, sublime on slide and myriad other instruments, and keyboard wizard John Baggott, whose loops reinvented the ominous “Friends” from Led Zeppelin III, the mood was often convivial but never complacent. Following the closing salvo of “What Is And What Should Never Be” and the inevitable “Whole Lotta Love”, even the more sedate sections of the balcony rose as one.

The only caveat might be the lack of new material but Plant has been more prolific than all his contemporaries and probably has something up his sleeve. He even encored with the ballad “Big Log”, his best-known solo hit, pointedly stressing “there is no turning back” before welcoming back Camara for a gallop through Zep’s “Rock And Roll”. “Not a hobbit in sight. Not one,” as Plant had joked earlier.

Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Monday 2nd of September), at Manchester Apollo 29th of October and at London’s Royal Albert Hall, part of Bluesfest 2013, on 31st of October.

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Link to review with full color photo:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/live-review-robert-plant-presents-sensational-space-shifters-colston-hall-bristol-8791828.html


Edited by SteveAJones

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Live review: Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters, Colston Hall, Bristol
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Pierre Perrone / The Independent / August 30, 2013

For a Led Zeppelin reunion refusenik, Robert Plant does perform an awful lot of material by the group who defined seventies rock in all its magnificence and occasional self-indulgence. More than 50 per cent of the set at his first UK concert in over a year came from the Zep oeuvre. Crucially though, he cherry-picked from the mellower tranche of their repertoire – he sounded particularly fine on the epochal “Going To California” – and eschewed the bluster of 2007’s Celebration Day at the O2. The opener “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” was a case in point, as he caressed the folk song Zep learned from Joan Baez and longingly elongated the last “Home” in its lyric. Plant was indeed happy to be back on British soil, greeting the locals with “hey, Brizzle!” and riffing on “I was never a black guy” before taking “Spoonful”, the Charley Patton by way of Willie Dixon and Howlin’ Wolf blues standard, from the Mississippi Delta back to West Africa with the inspired addition of Juldeh Camara on riti, the one-string fiddle of Senegal and The Gambia. The Gambian griot is Plant’s ace in the hole, a wonderful vocal and instrumental foil on “The Enchanter”, “Black Dog” and “Four Sticks”, and the musician whose presence adds another dimension to the so appropriately-named Sensational Space Shifters. Indeed, they still play the cheekily autobiographical “Tin Pan Valley” and the eerie “Another Tribe” – its “I want to reach out there across the great divide” motif so apposite on the night of the Syria vote in Parliament – from 2005’s Mighty Rearranger album, made by their previous incarnation as Strange Sensation. With two locally-based musicians in the band, the guitarist Justin Adams, sublime on slide and myriad other instruments, and keyboard wizard John Baggott, whose loops reinvented the ominous “Friends” from Led Zeppelin III, the mood was often convivial but never complacent. Following the closing salvo of “What Is And What Should Never Be” and the inevitable “Whole Lotta Love”, even the more sedate sections of the balcony rose as one.

The only caveat might be the lack of new material but Plant has been more prolific than all his contemporaries and probably has something up his sleeve. He even encored with the ballad “Big Log”, his best-known solo hit, pointedly stressing “there is no turning back” before welcoming back Camara for a gallop through Zep’s “Rock And Roll”. “Not a hobbit in sight. Not one,” as Plant had joked earlier.

Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Monday 2nd of September), at Manchester Apollo 29th of October and at London’s Royal Albert Hall, part of Bluesfest 2013, on 31st of October.

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Link to review with full color photo:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/live-review-robert-plant-presents-sensational-space-shifters-colston-hall-bristol-8791828.html

http://s94.photobucket.com/user/ledded1/media/159_zpsd4054f71.mp4.html. I'm looking forward to Mondays Wolverhampton show. Bristol was great.

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If Robert Plant doesn't want to tour under the moniker Zeppelin, because John isn't with us anymore, then why couldn't they tour under another moniker and release an album like Black Sabbath did when they regrouped with Dio under the moniker Heaven and Hell?

I got to see Page and Plant back in 97 or 98 can't remember the year now, I'd like to see them again this time with John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham.

Screw that Allison Krauss BS!

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Percy in exactly two months at the Royal Albert Hall...can't wait!

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Lucky you Drop Down!!! Give us a good review, all the deets and some pictures would be nice as well. :munchies:

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