Friday, January 18, 2008

Plant, Krauss to play U.S. dates

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have just announced the dates of their earliest-scheduled concerts to take place this spring.

As of now, four shows in the Southern United States this April will open a brief bout of touring in support of their October 2007 release, Raising Sand.

The first date is April 20, with a performance scheduled at the Palace Theatre in Louisville, Ky. Two shows in Tennessee are to follow: April 22 at the Knoxville Civic Center at April 23 at the Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga. The final U.S. date announced is April 26 at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Ala.

Tickets to three of the above shows will be available through Ticketmaster; the exception is the Chattanooga show, for which tickets are available online through

A previously announced month-long tour of the United Kingdom and mainland Europe is to follow in May.

In a Jan. 18 news release, Rounder Records said other North American concert dates to take place in June and July have yet to be confirmed.


  1. He Steve, How ya doing?
    Did you read the JPJ interview in Rolling Stone where he said Robert didn’t practice that much with the band and when he did, he didn’t really sing that much?

    Now do you see what I was talking about?

  2. Nuvo, come on now. Robert didn't want to blow his voice. Didn't you hear how he performed on "Since I've Been Loving You" for the best example? He was really into it and went for some notes it's possible he hasn't even attempted to hit in years. Why would he blow it at practice? I think Robert wanted to make sure the Led Zeppelin concert was extra-special for fans, and I think the four gentlemen who played accomplished just that. You'd have to read the New Yorker to find anybody else talking about it being a lackluster performance from any one of the guys!

    In other news, I'm doing fine. I'll be at two of the Plant-Krauss shows in Tennessee, which is a long haul from D.C. But my traveling companion is driving all the way from the Philadelphia area and swinging by the nation's capital to pick me up on the way to Knoxville and Chattanooga. Plant said it wasn't his intention to convert Led Zeppelin fans into bluegrass fans, but he and I will be there.

    I've been listening to a lot more folk roots/Americana stuff lately, and I've neglected to write here about attending my third Uncle Earl concert earlier this month in Annapolis, Md. I also want to mention a banjo-playing Zep fan in Florida who last week sent me a pair of CDs he's on: Matthew Sabatella's Ballad of America, Volumes 1 (Over a Wide and Fruitful Land) and 2 (America Singing). Good music. Glad to be tuned in to this kind of stuff.

  3. It's cool.
    I was just trying to get a rise out of you.

    It's good you like more than just one style of music. That's what makes us Zep fans in the 1st place.

    Don't you think Edwards could have waited until after super Tuesday before he decided to pull out?

    He could have held on for another 6 days.


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