Robert Plant will bring his new band, the Sensational Space Shifters, to the USA for a summer tour beginning June 20 in Dallas.
The Space Shifters played their first show together last May in Gloucester, England, and recently toured Australia and New Zealand. Shows there relied heavily on material from Plant's days fronting Led Zeppelin, with a Brisbane Times critic writing, "What's going on is further proof that Plant is far more imaginative, playful and adventurous than any cliche, a man who's absorbed all the music he's loved and played and sought out the musicians to explore that."
A tour trailer posted Monday to YouTube shows a band with a harder rock sound than Plant's recent roots-oriented project, 2007's Grammy-winning Raising Sand, a collaboration with Allison Krauss, and 2010's Band of Joy, which features Nashville musicians including Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller. The current band includes guitarist Justin Adams and keyboardist John Baggott, who both played in the Strange Sensation band that recorded 2002's Dreamland and 2005's Mighty Rearranger albums with Plant. The rest of the band consists of multi-instrumentalist Juldeh Camara, bassist Billy Fuller, drummer Dave Smith and guitarist Liam "Skin" Tyson.
The tour includes five festival dates, Oregon's Britt and Portland Blues festivals, California's High Sierra Festival, Washington's Jambase Festival and Kentucky's Forecastle Festival.
Confirmed tour dates:
June 20: Palladium, Dallas
June 21: Bayou Music Center, Houston
June 23: Moody Theater, Austin
June 26: Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
June 28: County Bowl, Santa Barbara, Calif.
June 29: Berkeley Greek, Berkeley, Calif.
July 2: Britt Festival, Jacksonville, Ore.
July 4: High Sierra Festival, Quincy, Calif.
July 6: Jambase Festival, George, Wash.
July 7: Portland Blues Festival, Portland, Ore.
July 10: Red Rocks, Morrison, Colo.
July 12: Grant Park, Chicago
July 13: Live In the Garden, Memphis
July 14: Forecastle Festival, Louisville
July 17: Mahalia Jackson Theater, New Orleans
July 19: Verizon Amphitheatre, Atlanta
July 20: Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary, N.C.
July 22: Wolftrap, Vienna, Va.
July 24: Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Conn.
July 25: B of A Pavilion, Boston
July 27: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will support Plant on the Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Berkeley dates.