Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters announce tour

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters have announced their 2014 tour. Kicking off in Port Chester, NY, at the Capitol Theater on September 25th, the dates finish in Los Angeles on October 7th at the Hollywood Palladium.

All Citi card members can purchase their tickets to the tour beginning August 12th via Each pre-sale will include a copy of Robert Plant’s new record. The general public presale begins August 15th. The complete list of tour dates is below.

Plant will also be performing two shows at Brooklyn’s BAM as part of the highly anticipated Nonesuch 50th anniversary concerts, for which Citi ran a special pre-sale offer earlier this summer.

The tour is in support of Robert Plant’s new album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, which will be released September 9th on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Plant, the album is his label debut and features 11 new recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters.

In June, NPR premiered “Rainbow,” the first track from the new album. A live version premiered on Rolling Stone with the tour announcement.

Plant’s band’s name couldn’t be more apt, given their ability to move rock and folk melodies into exotic new places with a seeming improvisatory ease. A glimpse at their individual resumes underscores Plant’s own adventurousness in his choice of collaborators.

Guitarist Justin Adams had been instrumental in the world music crossover discs of such groundbreaking artists as Jah Wobble and Natacha Atlas, and he produced the world-renowned Tuareg group Tinariwen. Both keyboardist-programmer John Baggott and bassist Billy Fuller had been key players in fashioning the deep, dub-influenced Bristol Sound alongside Massive Attack and Portishead (and Fuller has been collaborating with Portishead’s Geoff Barrow in a trio called Beak). Young Gambian multi-instrumentalist Camara, who learned his craft from his venerable griot father, regularly collaborates with Adams in a hybrid project called Juju. Drummer Dave Smith is part of the London-based Loop Collective and specializes in jazz and electronic music. Finally, guitarist Liam “Skin” Tyson hails from the chart-topping Brit-pop band Cast.

The New York Daily News wrote a glowing review of Plant and the Space Shifters performance in Brooklyn in 2013, hailing, “The singer fronted his fifth band in the last decade. In some ways, it ranked as his most fearless. Never has the singer brought a fresher/stranger/more abstract touch to songs this well-known.”


Tour Dates:

Sep 25 Capitol Theater Port Chester, NY
Sep 27 BAM Howard Gilman Opera House Brooklyn, NY
Sep 28 BAM Howard Gilman Opera House Brooklyn, NY
Sep 30 Massey Hall Toronto, ON
Oct 2 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
Oct 4 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
Oct 7 Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, CA

Author: Buddy Iahn

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