Robert Plant Strange Sensation 21st October Newcastle City Hall 2002

Robert Plant Strange Sensation 21st October Newcastle City Hall 2002
planttix02A couple of years after his Priory and Brion outing came to Whitley Bay, Plant was back at Newcastle City Hall with his new band Strange Sensation. The band this time consisted of Plant (vocals), Justin Adams (guitars, gimbri, darbuka), John Baggott (keyboards), Clive Deamer (drums, percussion), Charlie Jones (bass) and ‘Skin” (guitar). Robert had just released his 7th album “Dreamland”, which featured him and Strange Sensation performing covers of blues and rock songs, several of which had been played during the Priory of Brion tour. The album was well received by fans and critics alike and was nominated for two Grammys in 2002 for The Best Rock Album and The Best Male Rock Performance. The programme sums up Plant’s influences: “Plant’s attraction to and affection for the music of Morocco, the Atlas region and beyond, as well as his lifelong leaning towards the psychedelic indo-rock of West Coast USA led to his new collision of styles and colours. The music draws together talent from a broad spectrum of renowned and respected UK musicians, now working together with Plant as the band ‘Strange Sensation.'” Reviews of the time were extremely positive: Hugh Davies wrote (in the Daily Telegraph) of his performance at Glastonbury 2002: “Of the 60 bands performing over the weekend, plant emerged as the most charismatic act”, and Steve Jelbert (the Independent) reviewed a concert at London Astoria: “Best of all is the sincerity of the performance….these are songs he obviously loves and he’s not selling them but sharing them….a refreshing display from a man with nothing to prove.” RobertPlantDreamlandThe set at Newcastle was an excellent mix of reworked Zeppelin classics, covers of 60s psych, rock and blues and a smattering of Plant’s recent solo tracks. By the point, almost 20 years into his solo career, Plant was clearly enjoying himself; he had come to terms with his Zeppelin legacy, and wasn’t afraid of reworking those songs that mean so much to us all; he could play some of the songs which influenced him when he was starting out, and he had a respectable catalogue of recent solo material to draw from. Another great concert. Support came from the ever-crazy, and irrepressible, God of Hell Fire, Arthur Brown; another hero of mine whose performance and amazingly strong voice never fails to impress. Setlist: Hey Joe; Four Sticks; Down to the Sea; Morning Dew; Going to California; Hey Hey What Can I Do; Girl from the North County; In the Mood; Celebration Day; Funny In My Mind (I Believe I’m Fixin’ To Die); A House is not a Motel; Tall Cool One; Babe I’m Gonna Leave You. Encore 1: Darkness Darkness; Whole lotta love. Encore 2 : Song To The Siren

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