Robert Plant Revives Pre-Led Zeppelin Group, ‘Band of Joy’By Travis Woods
Miss classic Led Zeppelin? While a reunion’s just not gonna happen – I don’t care what you say, a Led Zeppelin without John Bonham is not Led Zeppelin—former Zep frontman Robert Plant is currently touring with his new band, Band of Joy, and bringing the heat as if it were 1973 all over again.
According to Bloomberg, the new group and tour, named for Plant and Bonham’s pre-Zeppelin band of the mid-1960s, has found the geriatric wailer stepping onstage with his shirt unbuttoned, curly hair flowing, and bashing away at such Zep tracks as “Houses of the Holy” and “Misty Mountain Top” (“This next song is about outdoor pursuits in public places”). It’s about as close to the real thing as a Zeppelin fan is going to get, by the sound.
In addition to such classic material, Plant and Co. have been bringing out a trove of unusual covers, from sad bastard tracks by Low to tunes by Richard Thompson. It might not be the reunion Led Zep fans have been living and dying for, but it doesn’t sound half-bad, either. Also, be sure to check out Band of Joy’s new disc when it drops on September 14th.
What do you think of Robert Plant’s new tour/ band/ record?