Robert Plant & The Sensation Space Shifters are back on the road with a new show. Plant and the band kicked off the tour on Friday night (February 9th) in Raleigh, North Carolina and according to Jamebase.com, played a set tapping into Plant’s latest album, Carry Fire and 2014’s Lullaby and. . . The Ceaseless Roar, along with several folk and bluegrass standards — as well as his 1998 collaboration with Jimmy Page — “Please Read The Letter,” which also found a home on his Grammy Award-winning Raising Sand album with Alison Krauss.
Highlights for fans were the several tips of the hat to his Led Zeppelin years with performances of “That’s The Way,” “Gallows Pole,” “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You,” “Misty Mountain Hop,” and the show-closing “Whole Lotta Love.” Plant’s ’80s career was represented by just one song, the concert’s second to last song — “In The Mood.”
Despite promoters essentially offering Led Zeppelin a blank check for a series of concerts, 10 years after the band’s one-off reunion and the incredible success of his 2007 Raising Sand collaboration with Alison Krauss — Plant remains committed to his current musical direction: “I hate to say it, but it felt young. It felt like I didn’t know what was going to happen next, and it didn’t really matter — and that was the great thing. I know the songs that I like and the songs that I always attach myself to have been of a certain genre, if they’re not self-penned. And I was in very good company with people who had a very familiar lean in the same direction.”