Saturday, June 18, 2005

Whole lotta love for Plant at Pavilion - the Edge: Whole lotta love for Plant at Pavilion

Last night at the Pavilion, the second date of a 23-show North American tour that began Wednesday in Providence, Plant and his crackerjack five-piece band, the Strange Sensation, were on fire for an hour and 45 minutes. The set list was spread evenly between classic Zeppelin tunes and selections from the splendid ``Mighty Rearranger,'' his first album of all-original material in 12 years.

At age 56, Plant's powerful voice may be an octave or two lower, but he sounded great and looked even better, though his face appears to be made of the finest Corinthian leather, deeply tanned and creased. The blond cascade of curls remains.

I was at this concert and it was a party right from the get go. A total stand up concert all the way, everyone was rocking, dancing, singing, in celebration, having a wild time. Plant delivered with full force. He sang lots of Zep songs and mixed in plenty of Mighty Rearranger throughout the set, Mighty Favorites: Mighty Rearranger where he played a mean harp! Shine it All Around, Enchanter, Takamba, Freedom Fries. Favorites from his Zep days were: When the Levee Breaks, That's the Way, Gallows Pole, Black Dog, show stopper Whole Lotta Love and a surprising Heartbreaker. His voice was in top shape, you could feel the power. At one point in the concert he had to compete with fireworks over Boston harbor, but no fireworks can compete with a star like Robert Plant! Not much mellowness to this set....Hard Rockin' all the way.

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