Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters have announced their 2015 tour. Kicking off Sunday, May 24, at the Sasquatch! Festival in George, WA, the dates include his return to Bonnaroo the weekend of June 12, and finish off on June 17 in Philadelphia, PA, at the Mann Center. The complete itinerary is below. Tickets will go on sale starting Friday, March 20 at 10am ET via robertplant.com. Each ticket to the non-festival shows will include a CD of the band's latest album, lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar. The Pixies will be opening five of these shows; JD McPherson four of them, as noted below in the itinerary. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets for the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, CA, performances from Wednesday, March 18 at 10am PT through Thursday, March 19 at 10pm PT. For more information, please visit citiprivatepass.com.
The tour is in support of Robert Plant's lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, which was released September 2014 on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records. The record 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."
Nonesuch/Warner Bros. releases a Record Store Day exclusive EP by Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters on Saturday April 18. Entitled More Roar, the record features three tracks on black 10" vinyl recorded live during the group's World Tour 2014: Side A will be "Turn It Up" / "Arbaden" and side B will be "Poor Howard" and "Whole Lotta Love (Medley)." The EP will be limited to 10,000 copies.
The Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters 2015 tour dates are below:
24 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
25 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater
27 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot #
28 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl #
30 - Napa, CA - BottleRock Festival
31 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl #
2 - Los, Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre #
5 - Hunter, NY - Mountain Jam Festival
7 - Toronto, ONT - Molson Amphitheatre %
9 - Rochester Hills, MI - Meadowbrook Music Festival %
10 - Chicago, IL - FirstMerit Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island %
12 - Memphis, TN - Mud Island Amphitheatre
12 - 14 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
15 - Raleigh, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheater %
17 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center %
# JD McPherson support
% Pixies support
For more information, visit: robertplant.com