NEW ZEALAND, Auckland
Rock legend Robert Plant will perform at Vector Arena in 2013 along with his band the Sensational Space Shifters.Robert Plant’s early career, including, of course, his time in the legendary Led Zeppelin, is by now well-known. Since the band’s separation in 1980, Plant has travelled the world drawing from unique and exciting musicians from around the globe. He has put his wide-ranging musical fascination to good use on solo albums, projects with Jimmy Page, and in recordings with bands like The Honeydrippers, Priory of Brion, and Strange Sensation.Plant continued to expand his horizons with 2007′s collaboration with Alison Krauss on Raising Sand. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the album’s unlikely but magnificent blend earned innumerable critical raves as well as six Grammy® Awards. In 2010 he released an album with the Band of Joy co-produced by his band mate Buddy Miller and with fellow musicians Darrell Scott , Byron House , Marco Giovino which also received 2 Grammy® Award nominations.
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.” Alongside Robert are his semi-regular guitarist Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara from Gambia, who is Adams’ ritti-playing partner in their duo Juju.
Exciting audiences around the world, he presents songs from his early days in Led Zeppelin to his more recent adventures in the heartland 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. He mixes crazy trans-rhythms and psychedelia to create a powerful and unique adventure.
BAND LINE UP:
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
Support artist just announced:
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
These living legends of gospel music will be returning to NZ shores with their glorious meld of gospel, blues and rock n roll. It’s harder to find a more joyful sound than their unforgettable shows filled with laughter and packed with emotion that they have finessed over seven decades of touring.
The Blind Boys were formed in the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind over 70 years ago and they haven’t stopped since. Their road has not been easy, but their regard in the industry is unrivalled. Winners of 5 Grammy Awards and honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 are just some of their career highlights. The Blind Boys have shared the stage and collaborated with the finest musicians and songwriters including Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Mavis Staples, Tom Petty, John Fogerty, Peter Gabriel – to name just a few. Now add to that – Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters!
This is an extraordinary opportunity to witness a once in a life-time musical experience, a show that ultimately digs deep into the roots of the blues, turns rock on its head, mixes powerful rhythms and gorgeous gospel melodies – all delivered by some of the musical worlds most legendary, talented and unique performers.