Robert Plant‘s voice still has the sound of sorcery. The frontman of Led Zeppelin’s voice is like nothing else. While some older acts and singers have trouble hitting the high notes or familiar sounds of long ago, Plant doesn’t. The solo artist’s voice has aged beautifully, like fine wine. He’s heading back on the road for a mini tour with a new band.
The New Band
They go by the name Saving Grace. Last time Plant toured with a band, they went by “Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters.” Plant’s new band features Suzi Dian (vocals), Oli Jefferson (percussion), and guitar players, Tony Kelsey and Matt Worley. Robert Plant and Saving Grace began touring last year, starting in the United Kingdom and playing intimate venues. Exactly how any Zeppelin and Plant fan would want to experience the singer’s performance.
What Will Plant and the Band Play?
Plant doesn’t shy away from playing Zeppelin classics when he tours. Any fans interested in that part of his career will probably hear the likes of “Stairway to Heaven” and “Black Dog,” and the list of classics goes on. On top of that, they’ll experience songs from Plant’s illustrious solo career and an array of cover songs. According to the press release for the tour, here’s what to expect:
“Songs that span Plant’s diverse tastes and influences, notably his lifelong passion for British and American folk, spirituals, and traditional blues, including a number of beloved standards and longtime favorites by Doc Watson, Donovan, Moby Grape, and Low, among others,”
We cannot wait to hear how Plant interprets these artists, especially Donovan. Plant’s voice and style is entirely unique. Hearing other classics done with his bravura should be exhilarating. From the sound of it, though, Saving Grace is a more low-key band for Plant. They’re more acoustic than electric.
Robert Plant in 2020
Plant has been consistently touring these last few years. Thankfully, the world still gets to hear his iconic voice in all its glory. It’s a privilege. Back in 2017, that was when Plant released his previous solo album, “Carry Fire.” He last put out a major box set called “Digging Deep.” It was titled after his podcast. Recently, the singer celebrated the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin. Don’t expect a reunion or anything.
Plant has never wanted to be a rocker stuck in the past. As he’s said so himself, he wants to always look to see what’s around the corner. When he does look in the past, he’s not always so fond of what he hears. Hilariously, he told The Guardian years ago he cringes when he hears his voice on early Zeppelin tracks like the classic “Babe I’m Going to Leave You”:
I realized that tough, manly approach to singing I’d begun on [the 1966 track with the band Listen] ‘You Better Run’ wasn’t really what it was all about at all. Songs like [Zeppelin’s] ‘Babe I’m Going to Leave You’ … I find my vocals on there horrific now. I really should have shut the f— up!”
Plant sounds incredible on the track, but he hears what he hears on it. The artist last performed with the remaining members of the band in 2007 at the O2 arena in London. That was it. He’s created many bands since his days of Led Zeppelin that, in his extensive body of work, the classic band is both a big and small part of his career. Plant is now joining Roger Waters, Alicia Keys, and Pearl Jam as other can’t miss acts touring this summer.
May 12: Minneapolis, Pantages Theatre
May 13: Milwaukee, Turner Hall Ballroom
May 15: Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music
May 17: Charleston, West Virginia, Mountain Stage at The Clay Center
May 19: Port Chester, New York, Capitol Theatre
May 20: New York, Town Hall
May 23: Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theatre