Robert Plant – Band Of Joy Album & European Tour

Robert Plant releases his ninth solo album, Band Of Joy
Robert Plant releases his ninth solo album, Band Of Joy

This month Robert Plant releases his ninth solo album, Band Of Joy.  The title taken from the name of a group he was in with John Bonham before both joined John Paul Jones & Jimmy Pages to tour the USA as the New Yardbirds, subsequently renaming the band Led Zeppelin. The rest is history!

Led Zeppelin became the biggest rock, loudest, heaviest heavy rock group in the world and Robert Plant had a voice to match.  The band continued their phenomenal global success until the untimely death of John Bonham in 1980.  Since then Robert Plant has refused to tour as Led Zeppelin and only played a handful of one-off gigs for charity and friends.  Instead he has continued to broaden his music horizons releasing both solo albums and collaborating with artists from many music genres.

In 1994 he recorded and toured the critically-acclaimed No Quarter with Jimmy Page.  The album was mainly acoustic and influenced by folk rather than blues rock, and included a great version of Led Zeppelin’s Gallows Pole.

In 2007 Robert Plant collaborated with bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss to release the Grammy Award-winning Raising Sands, bizarrely voted Best Album of 2009.

On his official Robert Plant website, he explains why he named the latest album after one of his first groups:

“In the Band of Joy, when I was seventeen, I was playing everybody else’s stuff and moving it around, and it’s kind of…time to reinvoke that attitude and sentiment.”

Band Of Joy is similar in parts to the acoustic-led No Quarter and sees Robert Plant return to his musical roots.  Accompanied by guitars both acoustic and electric, as well as mandolin and banjo, the Band Of Joy themselves produce a perfect traditional, organic folk music; and the steel-guitar on tracks like Harm Swift Way & Falling In Love Again give the album an authentic country ingredient.

But the album twists and turns from folk and country-inspired blues to the dark & moody Monkey, with its controlled feedback and distorted electric guitar, reminiscent of Bauhaus and guitarist Daniel Ash; and then there’s Silver Rider with its verses like a calm ocean before a distorted guitar comes crashing like stormy waves on jagged rocks.

Praise must be given to Robert Plant as he still looks to widen his musical output rather than succumb to reforming Led Zeppelin and playing for easy money.

Robert PlantBand Of Joy Track listing:
1.    Angel Dance
2.    House of Cards
3.    Central Two-0-Nine
4.    Silver Rider
5.    You Can’t Buy My Love
6.    Falling In Love Again
7.    The Only Sound That Matters
8.    Monkey
9.    Cindy, I’ll Marry You Someday
10.    Harm’s Swift Way
11.    Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down
12.    Even This Shall Pass Away

Robert Plant European Tour 2010

In October Robert Plant and his Band Of Joy embark on an eleven date tour of Europe.
Robert Plant European Tour dates include UK concerts in Edinburgh, Gateshead, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester & Belfast.

14th October
Annext, Stockholm, Sweden

16th October
Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway

18th October
Edinburgh, Usher Hall

20th October
Gateshead, The Sage

21st October
Liverpool, The Olympia

24th October
Paris– Palais De Sports, France

26th October
St David’s Hall, Cardiff

27th October
Symphony Hall, Birmingham

31st October
Palace Theatre, Manchester

1st November
Olympia, Dublin, Ireland

2nd November
Waterfront Hall, Belfast

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LA Supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures, UK Tour Dates

Billed as the LA Supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures feature a trio of true rock superstars drawn from the pedigree of Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters and Queens Of The Stoneage.

With Dave Grohl on drums of course, John Paul Jones on bass and the guitar and vocals from Josh Homme it is easy to see why Them Crooked Vultures are attracting so much attention.

The Supergroup first performed live in early August at the Metro Chicago in USA and spent the last half of the month performing at major European festivals including Lowlands, Pukkelpop and Melkweg.

The busy month continued with the band appearing for one night at Brixton Academy as support for the Artic Monkeys before playing at Reading and Leeds and ended the month appearing at the Rock en Siene Festival in Paris, where they performed under the name Les Petit Pois.

Them Crooked Vultures will be arriving in the UK in December as part of their Deserve The Future tour that starts in North America in October. They will play in Plymouth, Portsmouth, Blackpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh and will conclude the tour with two night’s at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

Despite the band having made no records, tickets for the UK leg sold out in just 12 minutes of going on sale. It is still possible to get Them Crooked Vultures tickets online, but they are going to be hot property without doubt.

Clips showing the band performing have appeared around the internet but they disappear quite rapidly too, with rumours that the group themselves are policing the net for any infringements.

This is a clip that has managed to stay up, it isn’t the best camera work but it gives a good idea of what to expect. This was shot at Lowlands 2009 Festival by a fan, the song is Gunman.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uetQ-_hSc2Q

The hard rock/metal supergroup Them Crooked Vultures will be performing at the following venues in December:

10   Plymouth Pavilions

11    Portsmouth Guildhall

13    Blackpool Empress Ballroom

14    Birmingham O2 Academy

15    Edinburgh Corn Exchange

17    London  Hammersmith Apollo

18    London  Hammersmith Apollo

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Foo Fighters Wembley Shows Get Special Cinema Screening

Foo Fighters en un concierto, 2007.A film recording of the Foo Fighters Wembley concert’s from June 6th and 7th, are set to be shown at 50 Vue cinemas around the UK.

The special cinema screening will be welcomed by the many Foo Fighters fans who missed the original gigs at Wembley Stadium, the high point of the band’s career according to frontman Dave Grohl this week.

Foo Fighters were famously joined on stage by members of Led Zeppelin for the final night, June 7th. Rumours were rife all the previous week that Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones would join Grohl and his band on stage for their last night at the stadium.

In a rousing finale the ‘supergroup’ performed classics Rock And Roll and Ramblin’ On, with Grohl switching to drums and Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins on lead vocals.

Grohl had primed the audience early in the show, saying “We’re gonna do something that we have never done at a Foo Fighters show and its gonna blow your shit out the door! Tonight this is gonna be the show that we’re gonna be talking about for the next 20 years!”

As Page and Jones left the stage an emotional Dave Grohl announced:

“Welcome to the greatest fucking day of my life!”

For further details of this unique cinematic experience and to check the location of the cinemas involved visit the MyVue site.

The Foo Fighters set list:

‘The Pretender’
‘Times Like These’
‘No Way Back’
‘Cheer Up Boys, Your Make Up Is Running’
‘Learn To Fly’
‘This Is A Call’
‘Long Road To Ruin’
‘Breakout’
‘Stacked Actors’
‘Skin And Bones’
‘Big Me’
‘Marigold’
‘My Hero’
‘Cold Day In The Sun’
‘Let It Die’
‘Everlong’
‘Monkey Wrench’
‘All My Life’
‘Rock And Roll’
‘Ramble On’
‘Best Of You’

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Led Zeppelin fans launch petition

It seems a website has started an online peteition to get ancient rockers Led Zeppelin on a World Tour.

According to the NME report, the website has already attracted over 8,000 signatures, on the basis that it wasn’t fair that UK fans got to see the band at the 02 arena, and they should now, as a consequence, tour the globe.

The organisors of the petition claim to that the band are “excited over the interest”  that the petition has received so far.

Check out the site here

Led Zeppelin say no concerts until September

Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page has said in Tokyo today that despite recent rumours of a tour, the band will not be playing together until at least September. Page explained that singer Robert Plant has touring commitments with Allison Kraus, which are currently the frontmans priority.

Page also spoke about the effort that was put into the O2 concert, saying that the planning, rehearsals and staging of the event, took as much work as some put into a world tour. He described the event, labelled as the music event of the decade as “exhilarating, fantastic, every week was a week to look forward to. We did the show and it was great.”