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    Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters Kick Off Tour
    Frank Melfi

    Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters kick off their spring and summer tour at the Sasquatch! Festival in George, WA, this Sunday. The North American dates include a return to Bonnaroo and finish off at the Mann Center in Philadelphia on June 17. Tickets to the non-festival shows in North America include a CD of the band’s latest album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar. The Pixies will open five of the shows, and JD McPherson five, as noted below. The UK and European leg of the tour begins July 10 and runs into August. See below for all of the currently announced dates; for additional details, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    The tour is in support of Robert Plant’s lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, which was released September 2014 on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records. The record was named one of the top 50 albums of the year by NPR, which said, “At 66, the singer is still a majestic rock presence, at peace with the legacy of his hard-rock-defining band Led Zeppelin, while remaining relentlessly creative in his solo work. But on his 10th solo album, Plant does pause by those waters to consider the aesthetic, emotional and spiritual currents that have shaped his illustrious life. He finds himself, characteristically, not saddened but renewed… Not one of these songs sounds precisely like its source; that's the genius of this album. It lovingly layers elements in ways that mirror memory, creating new constructs from floating shards of the musical past.”

    Plant described lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar as, “a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep.” He continues, “The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood. I am very lucky to work with the Sensational Space Shifters. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music…” The Sensational Space Shifters are Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam “Skin” Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals.

    The album received some of the best reviews of Plant’s solo career, with the Wall Street Journal saying, "Robert Plant knows where rock's past begins and he's pulling it into the future,” and the New York Times stating that “On lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, Mr. Plant often sings in an otherworldly voice: sustained, androgynous, balanced between serenity and ache.” Pitchfork noted that “Lullaby sees Plant stepping up with his first batch of original songs in nearly a decade, answering his band’s derring-do with some of the most bravely confessional writing of his career,” while Noisey raved, “Plant’s aged gracefully, growing into a sound that’s more finessed and even, at times, elegant. These aren’t the recordings of some old dude lost in a music studio messing around with the funny-shaped knobs on a mixer. Plant’s still got it, using his experience and vision to blend sounds of the world with blues to form music that’s weirdly cohesive and progressive, all supporting his distinguished and defined voice.”

    Nonesuch/Warner Bros. released a Record Store Day EP by Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters in April. Entitled More Roar, the record features three tracks on black 10” vinyl recorded live during the group’s World Tour 2014: Side A will be “Turn It Up” / “Arbaden” and side B will be “Poor Howard” and “Whole Lotta Love (Medley).” A limited number is available in the Nonesuch Store now.

    ROBERT PLANT AND THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS ON TOUR

    North American Spring Tour

    May 24 Sasquatch! Festival George, WA
    May 25 Les Schwab Amphitheater* Bend, OR
    May 27 The Depot* Salt Lake City, UT
    May 28 Brooklyn Bowl* Las Vegas, NV
    May 30 BottleRock Festival Napa, CA
    May 31 Santa Barbara Bowl* Santa Barbara, CA
    Jun 2 Greek Theatre* Los Angeles, CA
    Jun 5 Mountain Jam Hunter, NY
    Jun 7 Molson Amphitehatre** Toronto, ON
    Jun 9 Meadowbrook Music Festival** Rochester Hills, MI
    Jun 10 FirstMerit Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island** Chicago, IL
    Jun 12 Mud Island Amphitheatre Memphis, TN
    Jun 14 Bonnaroo Festival Manchester, TN
    Jun 15 Koka Booth Amphitheater** Raleigh, NC
    Jun 17 Mann Center** Philadelphia, PA
      * w/JD McPherson
    ** w/The Pixies
     

    Summer Tour

    Jul 10 Forest Live Gloucestershire, UK
    Jul 11 Forest Live Staffordshire, UK
    Jul 14 Tivoli Gröna Lund Stockholm, SWEDEN
    Jul 16 Moldejazz Festival Molde, NORWAY
    Jul 18 Pori Jazz Festival Pori, FINLAND
    Jul 19 Positivus Festival Salacgriva, LATVIA
    Jul 21 Charlotta Valley Amphitheatre Charlotta Valley, POLAND
    Jul 23 Halo Rondo Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC
    Jul 25 Paléo Festival Nyon, SWITZERLAND
    Jul 27 Théâtre Romains de Fourvière Lyon, FRANCE
    Jul 29 Jahrhunderthalle Kuppelsaal Frankfurt am Main, GERMANY
    Jul 31 Notodden Blues Festival Notodden, NORWAY
    Aug 8 Fête du Bruit Landerneau, FRANCE
    Aug 9 Lokerse Festival Lokeren, BELGIUM
    Aug 11 Zenith Munich, GERMANY
    Aug 12 Foire aux Vins d'Alsace Colmar, FRANCE
         
    Sep 10–13 Lockn' Music Festival Arrington, VA
         
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Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters kick off their spring and summer tour, featuring music from the album lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, at the Sasquatch! Festival in George, WA, this Sunday. The North American dates include a return to Bonnaroo and finish off at the Mann Center in Philadelphia on June 17. The Pixies will open five of the shows, and JD McPherson five. The UK and European leg of the tour begins July 10 and runs into August.

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Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters kick off their spring and summer tour at the Sasquatch! Festival in George, WA, this Sunday. The North American dates include a return to Bonnaroo and finish off at the Mann Center in Philadelphia on June 17. Tickets to the non-festival shows in North America include a CD of the band’s latest album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar. The Pixies will open five of the shows, and JD McPherson five, as noted below. The UK and European leg of the tour begins July 10 and runs into August. See below for all of the currently announced dates; for additional details, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

The tour is in support of Robert Plant’s lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, which was released September 2014 on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records. The record was named one of the top 50 albums of the year by NPR, which said, “At 66, the singer is still a majestic rock presence, at peace with the legacy of his hard-rock-defining band Led Zeppelin, while remaining relentlessly creative in his solo work. But on his 10th solo album, Plant does pause by those waters to consider the aesthetic, emotional and spiritual currents that have shaped his illustrious life. He finds himself, characteristically, not saddened but renewed… Not one of these songs sounds precisely like its source; that's the genius of this album. It lovingly layers elements in ways that mirror memory, creating new constructs from floating shards of the musical past.”

Plant described lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar as, “a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep.” He continues, “The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood. I am very lucky to work with the Sensational Space Shifters. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music…” The Sensational Space Shifters are Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam “Skin” Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals.

The album received some of the best reviews of Plant’s solo career, with the Wall Street Journal saying, "Robert Plant knows where rock's past begins and he's pulling it into the future,” and the New York Times stating that “On lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, Mr. Plant often sings in an otherworldly voice: sustained, androgynous, balanced between serenity and ache.” Pitchfork noted that “Lullaby sees Plant stepping up with his first batch of original songs in nearly a decade, answering his band’s derring-do with some of the most bravely confessional writing of his career,” while Noisey raved, “Plant’s aged gracefully, growing into a sound that’s more finessed and even, at times, elegant. These aren’t the recordings of some old dude lost in a music studio messing around with the funny-shaped knobs on a mixer. Plant’s still got it, using his experience and vision to blend sounds of the world with blues to form music that’s weirdly cohesive and progressive, all supporting his distinguished and defined voice.”

Nonesuch/Warner Bros. released a Record Store Day EP by Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters in April. Entitled More Roar, the record features three tracks on black 10” vinyl recorded live during the group’s World Tour 2014: Side A will be “Turn It Up” / “Arbaden” and side B will be “Poor Howard” and “Whole Lotta Love (Medley).” A limited number is available in the Nonesuch Store now.

ROBERT PLANT AND THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS ON TOUR

North American Spring Tour

May 24 Sasquatch! Festival George, WA
May 25 Les Schwab Amphitheater* Bend, OR
May 27 The Depot* Salt Lake City, UT
May 28 Brooklyn Bowl* Las Vegas, NV
May 30 BottleRock Festival Napa, CA
May 31 Santa Barbara Bowl* Santa Barbara, CA
Jun 2 Greek Theatre* Los Angeles, CA
Jun 5 Mountain Jam Hunter, NY
Jun 7 Molson Amphitehatre** Toronto, ON
Jun 9 Meadowbrook Music Festival** Rochester Hills, MI
Jun 10 FirstMerit Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island** Chicago, IL
Jun 12 Mud Island Amphitheatre Memphis, TN
Jun 14 Bonnaroo Festival Manchester, TN
Jun 15 Koka Booth Amphitheater** Raleigh, NC
Jun 17 Mann Center** Philadelphia, PA
  * w/JD McPherson
** w/The Pixies
 

Summer Tour

Jul 10 Forest Live Gloucestershire, UK
Jul 11 Forest Live Staffordshire, UK
Jul 14 Tivoli Gröna Lund Stockholm, SWEDEN
Jul 16 Moldejazz Festival Molde, NORWAY
Jul 18 Pori Jazz Festival Pori, FINLAND
Jul 19 Positivus Festival Salacgriva, LATVIA
Jul 21 Charlotta Valley Amphitheatre Charlotta Valley, POLAND
Jul 23 Halo Rondo Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC
Jul 25 Paléo Festival Nyon, SWITZERLAND
Jul 27 Théâtre Romains de Fourvière Lyon, FRANCE
Jul 29 Jahrhunderthalle Kuppelsaal Frankfurt am Main, GERMANY
Jul 31 Notodden Blues Festival Notodden, NORWAY
Aug 8 Fête du Bruit Landerneau, FRANCE
Aug 9 Lokerse Festival Lokeren, BELGIUM
Aug 11 Zenith Munich, GERMANY
Aug 12 Foire aux Vins d'Alsace Colmar, FRANCE
     
Sep 10–13 Lockn' Music Festival Arrington, VA
     
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