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Robert Plant returned to Austin City Limits for the first time in 14 years for an hour-long episode that mixed reimagined renditions of his old band Led Zeppelin classics with material from his Sensational Space Shifters Band. “I didn’t remember it then, and I don’t remember it now,” the Led Zeppelin singer says the Moody Theatre performance, Plant said of the Sensational Space Shifters, “This is where the path has taken me. This is where we’ve gone. I am virtually and totally reliant on the magic that we’ve created. It’s a really, really great place to go. I’ve been in a lot of different incarnations of using my voice in the last 10 years, and this is a great place to be.”

The concert, recorded back in March at Austin’s Moody Theatre but not broadcasted until Saturday night on the long-running music series, kicked off with “The Lemon Song” and also featured spirited takes of Zeppelin’s “Black Dog,” “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” and a mash-up of “Whole Lotta Love” with the Willie Dixon-penned blues cut “I Just Want to Make Love to You.”

The October 22nd episode of Austin City Limits will be split between Florence + the Machine and Andra Day, followed a week later by Iggy Pop’s hour-long episode.

Robert Plant’s Austin City Limits Setlist:

“Lemon Song”
“Rainbow”
“Black Dog”
“Turn It Up”
“In the Mood”
“Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”
“Little Maggie”
“I Just Want to Make Love to You/Whole Lotta Love”

Robert Plant Live at Austin City Limits 2016

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Sensational Space Shifters guitarist Justin Adams (temporarily) steals the show from Robert Plant during their performance of ‘Fixin’ to Die’ at the 2015 Mountain Jam Festival.

He’ll be forever associated with Jimmy Page. But Robert Plant‘s memorable onstage collaboration with Justin Adams at Mountain Jam 2015 proves all over again what a great bandmate the former Led Zeppelin frontman still is.

Watch as Plant, appearing with Adams on “Funny in My Mind (I Believe I’m Fixin’ to Die),” surrenders the spotlight for the guitarist’s rockabilly-infused solo . It’s clear how much fun Plant is having as he joins the crowd in marveling over Justin Adams’ out-sized swagger. Watch the above clip to see just Adams’ solo portion of the song.

Their musical relationship was forged over multiple solo projects, beginning with 2002′s Dreamland and continuing through subsequent Robert Plant efforts like 2005′s Mighty ReArranger and 2014′s lullaby andthe Ceaseless Roar. Adams and Plant shared co-writing credit on “Funny in My Mind,” Dreamland ’s opening track and a rewrite of Delta bluesman Bukka White’s ”Fixin’ to Die Blues.”

Plant also mixed tracks from lullaby, choice covers and a menu of re-imagined Led Zeppelin classics including “Black Dog,” “What Is and What Should Never Be” and “Dazed and Confused” during his Mountain Jam show. Fans who missed out on this stop.

 

Robert Plant continues to show no interest in playing any more Led Zeppelin reunion shows. He would rather just continue to crank out meditative rock songs like “Rainbow” which is the lead single from his new solo album “Lullaby and The Ceaseless Roar,  But he didn’t exactly put a ton of work into the “Rainbow” video. The clip is a dreamlike CGI montage of stars and equations and Science Stuff, with Plant’s voice only occasionally flickering on a passing screen. The album is out now on Nonesuch Records. Also,  Plant recently told a fan that he’d be interested in working with Jack White , Plant was quoted as saying  “I love Jack White’s buccaneer spirit, and the way he dodges through the musical horizons. I’d be happy to make a single with him.” Also featured is a live version taken from the Hydrogen Music Festival In Padova

 

On 28 September, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters closed out the Nonesuch Records 50th Anniversary showcase at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Now, for a limited time, fans can re-live the entire thrilling performance over at NPR.

NPR said of the show, “Robert Plant was just brilliant in Brooklyn on Sept. 28th. Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters played a stunning set of music that did what Robert Plant does best: mixing up American blues, British rock, North African rhythms and even some electronica with that voice, still filled with passion after all these years.”

this was broadcast on a live stream on the internet that’s why I think it stutters and video doesn’t match but the audio quality is great…..