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Robert Plant Revives Pre-Led Zeppelin Group, ‘Band of Joy’, working on new album and tour
robert plant on tourDo you miss classic Led Zeppelin? While a reunion’s just not gonna happen; I don’t care what you say, a Led Zeppelin without John Bonham is not Led Zeppelin, former Zep frontman Robert Plant is currently on tour with his new band, Band of Joy, and bringing the heat again as if it were 1973.

According to Bloomberg, the new group and tour, named for Robert Plant and John Bonham’s pre-Zeppelin band of the mid-1960s, has found the geriatric wailer stepping onstage with his shirt unbuttoned, curly hair flowing, and bashing away at such Zep tracks as “Houses of the Holy” and “Misty Mountain Top” (“This next song is about outdoor pursuits in public places”). It’s about as close to the real thing as a Zeppelin fan is going to get, by the sound.

In addition to such classic material, Plant and Co. have been bringing out a trove of unusual covers, from sad bastard tracks by Low to tunes by Richard Thompson. It might not be the reunion Led Zep fans have been living and dying for, but it doesn’t sound half-bad, either. Also, be sure to check out Band of Joy’s new disc when it drops on September 14th. Robert Plant tour dates

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Robert Plant Revives Led Zeppelin Ghost as Tour Starts
Robert Plant is back. The Led Zeppelin star is reviving the ghost of his old group and paying homage to Americana in one of 2010’s must-see shows.

Plant, 62, still comes on with hair flowing and unbuttoned black shirt. It’s back to the 1970s when he rips through “Rock and Roll” and back to the 1890s with some of the traditional gospel and blues numbers.
Last night Plant started the European leg of his world tour in London. Backed by the Band of Joy, he plays songs from his new CD plus ‘‘Houses of the Holy” and other Zeppelin classics.

robert plant live in concertWe may never get a Led Zep revival tour, with the millions of dollars that might bring. Instead, Plant sells out venues such as the 2,350-capacity HMV Forum. There is real excitement at seeing one of rock’s great front men at close quarters.
At first, Americana rules. Marco Giovino’s measured drumming, Darrel Scott’s pedal and acoustic guitars, Patty Griffin’s country harmonies hold the squalls of guitarist Buddy Miller in check for covers of Low’s “Monkey” and Richard Thompson’s “House of Cards,” each crackling with immediacy.

Plant twirls the microphone stand, and deploys his primal snakeskin howl with restraint, at times almost with delicacy. Even so, he has enough raw power in his voice to burn up a fleet of Ferraris and Bugattis.
Griffin sings ‘‘Please Read the Letter,” moving Alison Krauss’s bluegrass tones north to Tennessee. Then, following one of many teasing introductions (“This next song is about outdoor pursuits in public places”), Plant leads the band into Zeppelin’s ‘‘Misty Mountain Hop,” the trademark riff gaining depth from its new Appalachian trappings.

Devil Talk
“Rich Woman” is rawer than on disc and a medley including “Wade in the Water” is electrifying. Plant gleefully attacks a washboard for the Lightnin’ Hopkins number “Give Me Central 209” and is eerily conversant with the devil during the gospel “Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down.” For a roaring version of “Gallows Pole,” Miller holds up a Nashville mirror to Jimmy Page’s original guitar storm.
In 2007, Plant released ‘‘Raising Sand,” an album of mellow songs with Krauss. Originally a low-key release, it went on to sell more than a million copies in the U.S. and win five Grammy awards. Rather than do a sequel, Plant assembled this current Nashville-centric line-up.
Led Zeppelin was infamously named in the expectation that its music would be received like a lead balloon. Band Of Joy -- also the name of a group Plant sang with during the 1960s -- could not be more apt a moniker. A must see.
Rating: ****.

The Robert Plant Band of Joy Tour has resumed in Europe after U.S. dates in July. In October, the band plays in Sweden, Norway, Scotland and the U.K. In November, the tour moves to Ireland. Information: www.robertplant.com/tour/
The Band of Joy album will be released on Rounder Records. It will be available in the U.S. on Sept. 14 priced at $9.99, and in the U.K. on Sept. 13 priced at 8.90 pounds. Download prices vary across services.

robert plant biographyRobert Plant Biography
In 1968, a na´ve young singer from the Black Country hills in England named Robert Plant was discovered wailing the blues by veteran session guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones. When Plant recommended his friend John Bonham as the drummer, one of the most successful bands in rock history was born as Led Zeppelin. But the group that started with such force also ended in flames after 12 years, as Bonham's death from alcohol poisoning in 1980 split the band after nine albums. The remaining members went their separate ways, but Bonham's death hit Plant particularly hard. Starting his solo career in 1982 with his Zeppelin-like Pictures at Eleven album, Plant would use a slew of great drummers over the next few years, including Phil Collins, Cozy Powell, Barriemore Barlow, and Richie Hayward. Collins appeared on the 1983 follow-up, The Principle of Moments, and Plant achieved a lighter touch somewhere between Genesis and Zeppelin's quieter side with tracks like "In the Mood" and "Big Log." But the singer would feed his Elvis Presley infatuation on 1984's The Honeydrippers, Vol. 1, teaming with Page and other guests on influential roots rock material. ... read more

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