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Author: Dan Kening Daily Herald Music Critic

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the Tragically Hip - 8 p.m. today at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $29.50-$39.50. (312) 559-1212. The Page and Plant "No Quarter" tour returns after a triumphant show at the Rosemont Horizon in April. That show found Page, a guitar idol I'd virtually written off as long past his expiration date, surprising everyone with some vintage-sounding guitar heroics on songs like "Since I've Been Loving You" and "Black Dog" that showed he's rediscovered his muse. Plant's vocals and studly stage persona complemented that of his longtime Led Zeppelin partner as the two fronted a (mainly) young band whose energy seemed to inspire the two geezers. The inclusion of Egyptian musicians and a large local orchestra was fairly superfluous, though hearing all those strings on "Kashmir" was pretty inspiring. Opening is Canada's the Tragically Hip, whose enigmatic frontman Gordon Downie is a sort of a lower budget version of R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe.

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