Cat Posted February 23, 2008 Share Posted February 23, 2008 Author: Dave Hoekstra You can't wrap a Christmas package better than this. Robert Plant closed out his 1988 tour on a high note Thursday at the Rosemont Horizon, steering a sometimes impressionable but fluid band that continues to develop a real sense of balance. Joan Jett opened the show with her new band, and her 45-minute set revealed that Kenny Laguna, her manager-producer, finally has found someone who can play Rambo drums against Ricky Byrd's wily guitar. As Plant showed this summer at Poplar Creek, he is drifting away from the guitar-drenched material associated with Led Zeppelin in favor of a more equalized approach that absorbs the sleazy bass lines of 25-year-old Charlie Jones and a rather regal approach to keyboards from Phil Johnstone. The lead guitar from 25-year-old Doug Boyle may not be as expressive as Jimmy Page's, but it's more adaptable, sliding between jazzy improvisations and metal phrasing. This liberating sound worked best Thursday on tunes such as "Dance on My Own," which was backed by what could best be described as an explorative Salsazepplin beat. Plant also traded in the Zeppelin covers from this summer's outdoor leg of the tour for intimate material more suitable for concert hall material. "Goin' to California" worked particularly well, with Boyle and Jones laying back acoustic guitars and Johnstone contributing on mandolin. Jett had a tough assignment, opening in a house full of loyal Zeppelin- Plant fans, but the sincerity of her sound cannot be denied. In previous incarnations, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts was pretty much Joan Jett, guitarist Ricky Byrd and two players to be named later. With the addition of former Utopia bassist Kasim Sulton and Billy Idol drummer Thommy Price, Jett finally is working from an embodied foundation. That's the reason for the overdue commercial success of material such as "I Hate The icing on the cake on a cold night was the heartfelt response to WXRT's fourth annual "Concert for the Kids." Concertgoers donated toys for Children's Memorial Hospital. Dare I say the halls were decked with a whole lotta love? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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