Having just played a triumphant and powerful Bonnaroo performance this past weekend, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space are far from ready to stop touring in support of what many critics are calling his greatest solo album, lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch/Warner Bros). Records. Today, the band is announcing new fall dates, including two shows at Lockn' Music Festival, as well as rescheduled ones to make up for last week's postponed shows in Toronto, Detroit and Chicago. Tickets already purchased will be honored at the rescheduled shows. The complete list of dates is below. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, June 19 at 10am EDT via robertplant.com.
lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar was named one of the top 50 albums of the year by NPR, which said, "At 66, the singer is still a majestic rock presence, at peace with the legacy of his hard-rock-defining band Led Zeppelin, while remaining relentlessly creative in his solo work. But on his 10th solo album, Plant does pause by those waters to consider the aesthetic, emotional and spiritual currents that have shaped his illustrious life. He finds himself, characteristically, not saddened but renewed... Not one of these songs sounds precisely like its source; that's the genius of this album. It lovingly layers elements in ways that mirror memory, creating new constructs from floating shards of the musical past."
Plant described lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar as, "a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep." He continues, "The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood. I am very lucky to work with The Sensational Space Shifters. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music..." The Sensational Space Shifters are Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam "Skin" Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals.
The album received some of the best reviews of Plant's solo career, with the Wall Street Journal saying, "Robert Plant knows where rock's past begins and he's pulling it into the future," and the New York Times stating that "On lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar, Mr. Plant often sings in an otherworldly voice: sustained, androgynous, balanced between serenity and ache." Pitchfork noted that "Lullaby sees Plant stepping up with his first batch of original songs in nearly a decade, answering his band's derring-do with some of the most bravely confessional writing of his career," while Noisey raved, "Plant's aged gracefully, growing into a sound that's more finessed and even, at times, elegant. These aren't the recordings of some old dude lost in a music studio messing around with the funny-shaped knobs on a mixer. Plant's still got it, using his experience and vision to blend sounds of the world with blues to form music that's weirdly cohesive and progressive, all supporting his distinguished and defined voice."
The Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters Fall 2015 tour dates are below:
10 - Rochester Hills, MI - Meadowbrook Music Festival
12 - 13 - Arrington, VA - Lockn' Music Festival
15 - Toronto, ONT - Molson Amphitheatre
18 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
20 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
23 - Chicago, IL - FirstMerit Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island