Robert Plant and his SENSATIONAL SHAPE SHIFTERS recently added 16 new stops to their summer itinerary, which now makes 21 gigs spread over five weeks in late June and July. Plant and the band — who have recently been playing a LED ZEPPELIN-heavy setlist, kick things off on June 20 in Dallas, Texas and eventually wind the trek down in Brooklyn, New York on July 27.
On March 23 in Australia, Plant and the SHIFTERS‘ 14-song opening night setlist featured nine ZEPPELIN classics, with Plant tackling “Heartbreaker”, “Friends”, “Black Dog”, “Going To California”, “Four Sticks”, “Ramble On”, “Bron Y Aur Stomp”, “Whole Lotta Love” and “Rock And Roll”.
An exclusive clip that shows footage from Robert Plant and SENSATIONAL SHAPE SHIFTERS‘ Australian and South American shows, as well as audio of Plant and company performing the song “Tin Pan Valley” from Plant‘s 2005 solo album, “Mighty ReArranger”, can be seen below.
Robert Plant told The Pulse Of Radio that in his solo career, the music he tends to cover traces a different historical path than ZEPPELIN‘s tried and true blues reinterpretations. “LED ZEPPELIN played quite a lot of tunes which we took from the Chicago genre, and this is me taking tunes from perhaps an area which I probably wasn’t able to touch on quite so much, previously,” he said. “In ’68, ’69, we were looking directly back into one particular, physical area of music, whereas this is a kind of a reflection — or I’m seeing the reflection — of so much, so many of my early inspirational sources.”