The former Led Zeppelin screamer will be backed by his new band, the Sensational Space Shifters.
The two New Zealand shows will take place at Wellington’s TSB Bank Arena on Tuesday 9th April, and Auckland’s Vector Arena on Thursday 11th April.
The Sensational Space Shifters are his latest project, a loose band “inspired by the roots music of Mississippi, Appalachia, Gambia, Bristol and the foothills of Wolverhampton and drawing on influences collected in a lifetime of meander and journeying.” Along-side Robert is his semi-regular guitarist Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara from Gambia, Justin’s ritti-playing partner in their duo Juju.
Apparently Plant will deign to sing some songs from “his early days in Led Zeppelin to his more recent adventures in the heart land of the US, in dizzy collisions of rhythm and power. His current companions have created a performance that digs deep into the roots of the blues, turning ancient, dark music that inspired so much of British and American rock on its head, mixing crazy trans-rhythms and psychedelics to create a powerful and unique adventure.” But do you suppose he’ll hit the high nights?
We suppose that might come down to whether he finds someone to squeeze his lemon.
Robert Plant – vocals, harmonica
Juldeh Camara – ritti (one-stringed African Violin), kologo (African Banjo), talking drum, vocals.
Justin Adams – guitar, bendir, vocals
John Baggott – keyboards
Liam “Skin” Tyson – guitar, vocals
Dave Smith – drums and percussion
Billy Fuller – bass guitar, vocals
TICKETS GO ON SALE: Monday 10th December, 9AM
Tuesday 9th April TSB Bank Arena, Wellington
www.ticketek.co.nz or 0800 842 538
Thursday 11th April Vector Arena, Auckland
www.ticketmaster.co.nz or 0800 111 999 / (09) 970 9700