Robert Plant will hit the road in support of his upcoming album, Carry Fire.
The former Led Zeppelin member will play 12 dates across North America, starting February 2018 in North Carolina. He’ll be backed by the Sensational Space Shifters, the same group that played with him on Carry Fire.
“We’ve got a kind of communal drift, which has stayed with us no matter what other projects we do,” the singer recently told Rolling Stone. “It’s like a brotherhood, really.”
More dates will be announced later this year. Carry Fire is due October 13.
Watch Plant perform “Bluebirds Over the Mountain” with special guest Chrissie Hynde from the upcoming project below.
On this day in 1948, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham was born.
We lost Bonham at the young age of 32. The band was supposed to kick off a North American tour in October 1980, but on September 24, 1980, Bonham died from asphyxiation from vomit.
Today, we honour Bonham and four other drummers we lost, but their legacies will live on forever:
Led Zeppelin’s drummer died at the young age of 32, but what a legacy he left behind: from the echoing behemoth percussion of “When The Levee Breaks” to the intricate kick-and-snare play on “Good Times Bad Times”, and of course, the incredible solos like the one on “Moby Dick”, Bonham was the complete package. His legacy and influence as one of the most important drummers ever will stand the test of time.
Appearing on over 66 albums, Cozy Powell was an in-demand session drummer, performing with Rainbow, Robert Plant, Brian May, Black Sabbath and more. His combination of classical training and raw energy made him a drum powerhouse.
Powell died in a car crash in April 1998 at 50 years old, but not before leaving an incredible body of work and collaborations behind.
Robert Plant is performing Led Zeppelin material again.
The band’s lead singer made an appearance Tuesday night at the Royal Albert Hall in London for a gala concert. He joined violinist Nigel Kennedy on stage to sing Zepp’s classic “Kashmir” and cover “Hey Joe.”
Today marks 45 years since Led Zeppelin‘s untitled album known as “IV” was released.
Why did one of the biggest rock bands of the time decide to commit what many could consider “marketing suicide” by not placing a title on their album?
Simple: guitarist Jimmy Page dismissed the misguided criticisms hurled at the band’s previous album, III, and decided that the next Led Zeppelin album would feature four hand-drawn symbols on the art instead.
Clockwise from top-left: Page, Jones, Plant, and Bonham’s symbols
“We decided that on the fourth album, we would deliberately play down the group name, and there wouldn’t be any information whatsoever on the outer jacket”, Page explained. “Names, titles and things like that do not mean a thing.”
Looking back on the bold choice in 2010 while talking to The Times, Page added:
“It wasn’t easy. The record company were sort of insisting that the name go on it. There were eyes looking towards heaven if you like. It was hinted it was professional suicide to go out with an album with no title. The reality of it was that we’d had so many dour reviews to our albums along the way. At the time each came out it was difficult sometimes for the reviewers to come to terms with what was on there, without an immediate point of reference to the previous album. But the ethic of the band was very much summing up where we were collectively at that point in time. An untitled album struck me as the best answer to all the critics — because we knew the way that the music was being received both by sales and attendance at concerts.”