Robert Plant will be hitting the road to support his new album, Carry Fire, albeit not until nearly four months after its October 13 release.
Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters band will launch a 12-date North American theater tour on February 9 in Raleigh, N.C., finishing March 2 in Los Angeles, with tickets going on sale Friday (September 29). Plant accompanied the tour announcement with the release of a new song from the album, “Bluebirds Over The Mountain,” following the previously released tracks “The May Queen” and “Bones Of Saints.
The Shape Shifters’ Justin Adams tells us that Plant and company look forward to getting on the road and playing with the material from both the singer’s solo releases and his Led Zeppelin catalog:
“That’s the lifeblood of the band is we just tweak things all the time, and I think the thing is Robert, y’know, why is he doing it? He’s doing it because he loves it and he’s kind of set up the band so that it’s not a sort of really kind of well-rehearsed show that just comes out and does the same thing all the time. He actually wants the creative fireworks to happen on stage then and there. He wants to be surprised and he wants to surprise us and for the excitement to happen right there on stage.”
Carry Fire is Plant’s 11th solo album and the follow-up to 2014’s Lullaby…and the Ceaseless Roar.
The full North American tour itinerary includes:
February 9 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
February 11 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
February 12 – Norfolk, VA – Chrysler Hall
February 14 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
February 16 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
February 17 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
February 20 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
February 22 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
February 24 – Denver, CO – Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
February 26 – Phoenix, AZ – Symphony Hall
February 28 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
March 2 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.