Plant gets Fired up
Winter tour to promote eleventh album Carry Fire.
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.