Plant gets Fired up

Win­ter tour to pro­mote eleventh al­bum Carry Fire.

Classic Rock - - The Dirt -

Robert Plant has con­firmed the re­lease of his eleventh solo al­bum and a 14-date tour of the UK and North­ern Ire­land. Carry Fire, recorded with his back­ing band the Sen­sa­tional Shape Shifters and pro­duced by Plant him­self, is due on Oc­to­ber 13 via None­such/Warner Bros. The Pre­tenders’ Chrissie Hynde makes a guest ap­pear­ance on Blue­birds Over The Moun­tain, a cover of a song pre­vi­ously recorded by both Ritchie Valens and the Beach Boys. The al­bum was recorded at Top Cat stu­dio in Box, Wilt­shire, with ad­di­tional record­ings at Real World and Rock­field Stu­dios.

Plant watch­ers will know that he first used the phrase ‘carry fire’ in his song Danc­ing In Heaven from the 2005 al­bum Mighty ReAr­ranger.

“I re­spect and rel­ish my past works, but each time I feel the in­cen­tive to cre­ate new work I must mix old with new,” he ex­plains. “Con­se­quently the whole im­pe­tus of the band has moved on its axis some­what – the new sound and dif­fer­ent space giv­ing way to ex­cit­ing and dra­matic land­scapes of mood, melody and in­stru­men­ta­tion.”

Plant and the Shape Shifters play Ply­mouth Pavil­ions Novem­ber 16,

Bris­tol Col­ston Hall 17, Wolver­hamp­ton Civic Hall 20, Llan­dudno Venue Cymru 22, New­cas­tle City Hall 24, Liver­pool Olympia 25, Glas­gow SEC Ar­madillo

27, Perth Con­cert Hall 28, Manch­ester Apollo 30, Belfast Ul­ster Hall De­cem­ber 2, Sh­effield City Hall 6, Lon­don Royal Al­bert Hall 8, Portsmouth Guild­hall 11 and Birm­ing­ham Sym­phony Hall 12.

Plant built up to the al­bum’s re­lease by shar­ing 28 sec­onds of new ma­te­rial on his web­site and on so­cial me­dia. Back in May the cryptic mes­sage “Any time now…” ap­peared on his web­site, gen­er­at­ing ru­mours that Led Zep­pelin were to re­unite for their 50th an­niver­sary. DL

Robert Plant: new al­bum in Oc­to­ber and a tour in Novem­ber.

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