May 20, 1988 |
Nine days after reuniting with Led Zeppelin to close Atlantic Records' 40th anniversary concert, singer Robert Plant brings his own group to the Spectrum on Monday. The band might not be Zep, but it gives a reasonable approximation, particularly with the material on Plant's latest record, Now and Zen, which plays off the styles of his past more than his previous solo work. Expect Plant also to throw in a few Zep oldies, but not "Stairway to Heaven. " Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble open the show.
July 9, 1990 |
Like a modern-day politician, Robert Plant gives good sound bite. On a recent solo album, the singer blatantly sampled snippets from Led Zeppelin classics, attaching them to a single of his own. In his show Saturday night at the Spectrum, Plant was a bit more subliminal. At one point during an acoustic guitar version of "Liars Dance," from his latest album, Manic Nirvana (Atlantic), he stopped on the words lady who's sure and repeated them, alluding to the same phrase in "Stairway to Heaven" and expecting everyone in the rowdy, sellout crowd to catch on. Other times, during impromptu skats in songs, he would repeat a single word, such as "lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely," again capitalizing on the specter of his former band.
October 20, 1988 |
"Chuck Berry can only reappear so many times. " That's the prognosis of Robert Plant, the former Led Zeppelin vocalist, for rock and roll's advance into middle age. Plant was talking about a phenomenon he represents: veteran rockers successfully returning to work. There's no job retraining involved, and only a minimum of risk: After a series of lukewarm solo albums, some critically praised, Plant gathered his forces. The result, this year's Now and Zen, was a punchy, rocking album on which Plant reasserted his vocal muscle - without merely reprising the tricks of his legendary band.
July 22, 2011 |
Alison Krauss' crystalline voice, simultaneously airy and weighty, lends even the saddest songs - and her new Paper Airplane is full of sad songs - a sense of affirmation and pristine beauty. It's Krauss' first album in seven years with her longtime bluegrass band Union Station, and it was one of her most challenging to create, although it doesn't sound that way. Krauss spent several of those interim years working with Robert Plant and T Bone Burnett on the Grammy-winning Raising Sand.
June 21, 2005 |
The fans who sported Led Zeppelin paraphernalia and filled the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City on Sunday might vehemently disagree with this observation (especially after paying upward of $95 and not hearing "Kashmir"): This mystical hard-rock mojo that Robert Plant has working with Strange Sensation, his backing band of four years, is as thrilling as anything he has done during his 37-year career. The union began as a covers-heavy vehicle in which Plant paid tribute to the Summer of Love muse of his youth - artists such as Love, Tim Hardin and Moby Grape.
June 1, 1993 |
THE FATE OF NATIONS Robert Plant (Atlantic) Bless his curly-haloed head, Robert Plant can still turn a simple rock 'n' roll diversion into a pronouncement of world-shattering import. He's doing it time and again on this sixth solo album since his exit from Led Zeppelin, a set reaching stores today and likely to be one of the biggest sellers of the hot weather season. From the exotically heavy Metal-Eastern thud of "Calling To You," (driven with fiery fiddle by British enfant terrible Nigel Kennedy)
June 19, 2015 |
SOLID GOLD. Once again, legendary "Sound of Philadelphia" architects Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff have raised the bar: They've been elected to co-chair the board of directors of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, located in the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The duo - responsible for 15 gold singles and 22 gold albums - were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995, and also received the Johnny Mercer Award for best songwriting team. "As we have experienced, every hit record ever produced always started with us as great songwriters first," wrote Gamble.
November 29, 1993 |
Robert Plant's banshee wail may be a bit ragged around the edges, but when he hits the road, he still packs his leather lungs. On Saturday, Plant roared, literally, through the second of two weekend shows at the Tower Theater. Cocksure as ever, he didn't bother with the mellow side of his music so evident on his current Fate of Nations album. He did a few from it, including a lengthy, raging "Calling to You," an infectious "I Believe" and the brooding "29 Palms. " Otherwise, Plant used his powerful voice to good effect on oldies such as "In the Mood" and a strutting "Tall Cool One," which opened the two- hour show.
February 8, 2009 |
With a collapsing economy adding to the woes of a music industry that's been contracting for a decade, the winners at tonight's Grammy Awards will be everybody who gets the chance to go on stage to hawk their wares on prime-time television. That's a long list, and it includes Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, U2, B.B. King, Katy Perry, Rihanna and the Jonas Brothers. On top of that, of course, 110 winners will go home with golden gramophones.
September 14, 2010 |
Bilal and the Beatles, Robert Plant and the Killer of Las Vegas share the talent spotlight with new CDs and DVD packages this week. PHILLY'S OWN: It's easy to imagine the "suits" at major recording labels wondering outloud "What are we gonna do with this?" when auditioning the long-in-coming new album from Bilal, "Airtight's Revenge" (Plug Research, A). Taking neo-soul to a higher plateau, with layer upon layer of natural and synth keyboards playing off his limber, dynamic vocal lines, hip-hop percussion, jazz/rock/Eastern guitar jams and spacey, backward-tape loops, Bilal's carnival of funky sounds and light is unlike anything else out there.