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Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters today announced their 2014 tour. Kicking off in Port Chester, NY, at the Capitol Theater on September 25, the dates finish in Los Angeles on October 7 at the Hollywood Palladium. All Citi card members can purchase their tickets to the tour beginning August 12 via www.citiprivatepass.com/#. Each presale will include a copy of Robert Plant’s new record. The general public presale begins August 15. 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 presale 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 9 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.
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 NY 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.”
In his nearly 50-year career, former Led Zeppelin vocalist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Plant has indeed gone to far distant lands, not as forlorn lover but as intrepid musical explorer. To write and produce lullaby and … The Ceaseless Roar, though, he returned to his native England, enriched by all he has seen, heard, and investigated. For the last few years, Plant has lived and recorded in America, working with musicians in Nashville, residing for a spell in Austin, and making time to drive along the byways of Mississippi, fueled by the sound of the delta blues that has inspired him since he was teenager. He had previously traversed North and West Africa, following the trail of the blues back to the desert, where he famously joined nomadic Tuareg musicians and others at the renowned Festival of the Desert in Essakene, Mali. But now his creative wanderings have led him back to his native England and a rediscovery-and a reappraisal-of himself as an artist and songwriter.
Citi offers Citi credit and debit cardmembers access to over 10,000 events annually through Citi Private Pass, the bank’s entertainment access program. In 2013, Citi offered cardmembers more than 5,000 music events, ranging from preferred tickets and early access to top concert tours to curated special events with Grammy-award winners and VIP experiences including pre-show performances and Q&A.
The Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters 2014 tour dates are below:
25 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theater
27 – Brooklyn, NY – BAM
28 – Brooklyn, NY – BAM
30 – Toronto, ONT – Massey Hall
2 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
4 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
7 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
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