The legendary singer played six songs from his recent album, also called ‘Band Of Joy’, at the Camden Roundhouse, along a version of Led Zeppelin‘s classic ‘Rock & Roll’.
Band Of Joy is also the name of a band he was once in with deceased Zeppelin drummer John Bonham before they formed the legendary group with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones.
Soon after taking to the stage, Plant paid tribute to Richard Thompson, solo artist and guitarist with ’60s folk rockers Fairport Convention, launching into a cover of the songwriter’s 1978 track ‘House Of Cards’, which also features on Plant‘s new LP.
“It is great to be in this building,” he told the crowd. “I think I have been here before but then I think I’ve been to a lot of places before. I remember early performances from the Fairport Convention here. He is not with us tonight but his song is. This is off our new album.”
Although much of his set concentrated on country and blues, the singer also took time out to perform a series of Zeppelin tracks, including ‘Tangerine’, ‘Gallows Pole’ and a blues-infused version of ‘Rock And Roll’, which brought huge cheers from the crowd.
At one point the singer also took a back seat while members of his band took turns on vocal duties for three tracks – ‘Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go’, ‘A Satisfied Mind’ and ‘Move Up’ – before he honoured late country singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt with his cover of ‘Harm’s Swift Way’.
“All these adventures, there are so many new things to find and so many songs and peaks to discover,” he told the audience. “Townes Van Zandt is one of the highest peaks you could ever reach. This is one of the last songs he ever wrote.”
The singer then wrapped up his show by bringing The London Oriana Choir on for ‘Twelve Gates To The City’ and ‘And We Bid You Goodnight’. “I have finally got my way after many thousands of years,” he said of the latter. “I always said why not finish with this song and we never did.”
Robert Plant played:
‘Down To The Sea’
‘House Of Cards’
‘Please Read The Letter’
‘Misty Mountain Hop’
‘Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go’
‘A Satisfied Mind’
‘Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down’
‘Houses Of the Holy’
‘You Can’t Buy My Love’
‘Tall Cool One’
‘Harm’s Swift Way’
‘Rock And Roll’
‘Twelve Gates To The City’
‘And We Bid You Goodnight’