Originally appared on thisisbristol.co.uk
by Keith Clark
Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation - Fiddlers ClubA WARM-UP for an extended eastern European tour, this was the only gig that the iconic former Led Zeppelin frontman and his all-star band were doing in England. And, of course, it was always going to be one of the best gigs of the year.
But probably no one in the hot crowd expected it to be quite as exceptional as it actually was.
An excellent support act, Aura, from the Midlands, opened the show well before Plant, Robert Fuller, Clive Deamer, John Baggott, Justin Adams and Skin Tyson took to the stage to a huge roar.
Instead of opting to start with a barnstorming crowd-pleaser, Plant opened with Tim Buckley’s quiet, slow Song To The Siren, showing that vocally he has lost none of the power or passion, before going into the quite heavy Shine It All Around.
And the rest of the set was just as eclectic, from the atmospheric version of 29 Palms to the Zeppelin-like Tin Pan Valley.
Plant was in a relaxed mood, cracking jokes and telling stories. Playfully they closed the hippy-ish Misty Mountain by turning it into Let’s Jump The Broomstick.
Plant’s love of exploring eastern sounds and his natural psychedelic-rock leanings transformed a number of older songs, including the early Led Zeppelin number Friends.
A new version of Nirvana allowed Adams and former Cast axeman Tyson to go into twin-guitar attack mode, while Slow Dancer from Plant’s first solo album of more than two decades ago was given an Indian makeover.
Even the Zep classic Black Dog was re-invented.
He closed the gig with a stripped down version of Gallows Pole and the roar from the crowd was rewarded by an encore “medley” before he finished this stunning gig with a blistering Whole Lotta Love.
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