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I'll be heading off to Ireland on Tuesday for the show in Cork on Wednesday 25th. :bubble:

Wished I was going...Have a great time ledded! If he adds dates for my area I will go:-) :yesnod:

Hi kenticus, respect your thoughts:-) For me I just love Roberts voice. No it's not the same voice that he had back in the days when I saw them and I for one am glad he realizes this and has the confidence and joy for the music to keep going and doing his way. With Robert changes are expected so who knows what he will be doing in 2015! He never ceases to surprise me after all these decades :peace:

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Question for posters who have attended Robert Plant concerts within the past few years: Does he always have that big picture of himself circa 1975 as his backdrop on stage? I spotted it in photos of the concerts he performed with Patti Griffin a couple of years ago.

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^^It was there for the SSS when I saw him...for Band of Joy it was different :-)

Robert Plant -"Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You", 19.06.2014, Odense,Denmark

Robert Plant What is and what should never be Odense,Denmark

Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin, Live Odense, Rainbow

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I'd like to give a few impressions on yesterdays concert in Cologne:

It was an amazing performance! First time I've seen him and couldn't be more satisfied. He mixed Zeppelin with his own songs perfectly and added a few snippets (highlight was Hoochie Coochie Man leading into Whole lotta love).

The band was awesome mixing elements of Rock, Blues, Elektonic and (what some call) world music.

A thing I' ve never experienced before was how he managed somehow to be ironic and at the same time serious about his Zeppelin past.

I don't know how to express this, but THE moment of the concert for me was how he announced What is and what should never be: "Remasterd II....(making a snoring noise :zzz: )".

And then he performed it absolutely powerful!

What more can I say :D

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^^ Thanks for sharing audioservant. Very happy that you got to see him live. Times have changed and I realize it is different, but I had to smile as I remember seeing them live the first time so many decades ago and how now when I have been able to see JPJ and Robert lately I am still in awe musically. Then Jimmy... I tried to get tickets for the Paris event, willing to spend a fortune on airline tickets the last minute, get hotel reservations, take time off from work and I didn't care because it was Jimmy.

The Plantations have always been great:-)

For you :peace:

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Robert Plant at The Marquee | Review



Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters at Live at the Marquee, Cork, 25 June 2014

If Led Zeppelin at their best were never the most original of bands – in that they drew a little too heavily from their blues influences, enough so to blur the line between lines between inspiration and flat out stealing – then what does that make Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters?

A cover of a cover?

It’s something of a paradox, but there is a certain purity to the way Plant and his latest band interpret a selection of Zeppelin’s back catalogue. By alternating between stripped back Americana roots music and psychedelic eastern rhythms, there is something genuinely fresh about the sound – not original exactly, but exciting nonetheless.

If a support act can be judged as a statement of the headliners intent, there were scarcely a better choice for Plant that the joyfully animated and eccentric North Mississippi Allstars. The blues/southern rock band employed an impromptu jam band vibe, the three piece trading off instruments from song to song (and occasionally mid-song) and employing the likes of an electric washboard (with its own wah-pedal) and a cigar-box guitar for a full boogie.

Any question as to whether the Sensational Space Shifters were just another of Plant’s many side projects – akin to his collaboration with Alison Kraus or the Band of Joy – gets dispelled before he even appears on stage. Adorning the backing banner is the image of a fresh faced golden god of rock surrounded by a psychedelic sixties flourish of colour. The Sensational Space Shifters represent a more deliberate step back towards Zeppelin since the last time Plant suggested he might not be totally opposed to an actual reunion after all.

Sure enough the opening number is the instantly familiar Babe I’m Gonna Leave You. The impressively hirsute guitarist Skin Tyson leading the way solo on acoustic guitar, before the whole the whole band crashes a verse or two later, with Plant roaring “Baaaaaabe” like he’s already on the encore and has nothing left to hold back for.

Zeppelin numbers keep flowing, but never just as expected. Black Dog sees Plant joined by Gambian musician Juldeh Camara on ritti – a single stringed fiddle from west Africa – who leads the song into uncharted territory. The Sensational Space Shifers keep up the jam band vibe set up by their support. Far from going through the motions, Plant dances around the stage like he’s having the time of his life, chanting along to Camara’s singing in his native language like a man possessed.

At times it’s bombastic, at others its delicate. A stripped back (and sublime) version of Going to California on mandolin and acoustic guitar sees Plant showcase his emotional finesse, while onRock and Roll he gets to launch full force into his trademark soaring yells. Time has been even kinder to his vocal chords than it has been to those blonde locks. There are plenty of frontman half his age (or much less) who can’t conjure up this level of animation.

He strikes a delicate balance between the Bob Dylan school of unrecognisable reworked versions of classics, and basically every other legacy act of the ‘60s and ‘70s who are content to play the familiar songs as the audience want to hear them – hitting that sweet spot between familiar and surprising.

Even the smattering of new tracks – from a forthcoming album to be released in September – only push this experimentation even further. Little Maggie starts off on a straightforward bluegrass banjo riff before diving into a trance-infused rock-out, complete with the keyboardist using a moog to blend blues and electronic in a swell of synths.

Whole Lotta Love may have been inevitable, but Plant tries to sneak it in by launching into the first verse out of free form jam, without waiting for his band to hit that famous riff.

His encore is even more unexpected. It starts with Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down, an interpretation of an old gospel song and concludes on What is and What Should Never Be, a Zeppelin song that’s from their most recognisable. The show loses momentum somewhat, but the finale is basically a free-for all anyway, with the actual song structures nothing more than a start point for the noise making, so it scarcely matters.

In a way, all of the night’s music is just a variation on a trick that Plant and Jimmy Page had figured out back in the late ‘60s: if you’re going to imitate, at least inject enough spirit into it that it looks like your own. All these years later Plant is still injecting so much spirit into his music it’s hard not be swept away by the mystique of it all.


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Robert Plant rocks Glastonbury: Review

By Anna_Garside | Posted: June 29, 2014


Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters at Glastonbury Festival

DIEHARD fans braved the deluge to wait in the muddy mosh pit for Robert Plant to appear on the Pyramid stage on Saturday afternoon.

It didn’t take long for the field to fill out with a crowd to see one of rock’s greatest legends – and voices. It was soon a sea of people.

The former Led Zeppelin singer kicked off with Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You, from the band’s 1969 debut album, Led Zeppelin, with a voice as good as ever.

It was definitely worth getting soaking wet for. Robert Plant still rocks and it was great to hear Led Zeppelin classic tracks like Going to California and What is and What Should Never Be floating out across the Pyramid stage field.

His solo career has taken him in different musical directions. Plant has collaborated with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss and many other talented musicians in recent years. The set was much more than old Led Zeppelin favourites – a fantastic world music/Led Zep blend, with a good mix of the old and the new.

Performingicon1.png with his band the Sensational Space Shifters, Plant gave Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog a new twist with the help of West African musician Juldeh Camara.

It was great to see the crowd leap into the air as one when the mighty Robert Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters erupted into Whole Lotta Love.

They didn’t let them go without an encore and went wild for Rock and Roll. Hardly surprising, after all we were in the presence of greatness.

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters play Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza on August 9.

Anna Garside

Read more: http://www.centralsomersetgazette.co.uk/Robert-Plant-rocks-Glastonbury-Review/story-21305429-detail/story.html#ixzz362GPByAd

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