Robert Plant Previews Upcoming Band of Joy Album
Last night, Robert Plant dropped in at a dimly lit bar in the East Village near the end of a listening session for his newest album, Band of Joy, and for a few brief moments, admitted he didn't know what to talk about. "Should I tell you about the Butter Queen and the Plaster Casters in Chicago?" he said, referencing some of the most famous groupies in rock history. "That's not quite as relevant now as back then — and penicillin is easily available now."
Holding a microphone in front of a small crowd at New York's Back Room, the Led Zeppelin frontman quickly changed the subject to the new disc, due September 14th on Rounder Records. Band of Joy follows the intimate, moody vibe of his Grammy-winning collaboration with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand, but the songs are more powerful, like the blazing spiritual classic "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down" and a hard-driving take on "Harm's Swift Way," a rare Townes Van Zandt track.
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(I love Robert Plant's last comment in this interview: "I'm touring without a record. In this day and age, the Eagles can't even do that." Is he cool or what!! :)
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