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Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters UK Tour:

Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters have announced a UK and Ireland tour for later in the year. The band will play 13 dates  including Newport, Bournemouth, London, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, Dublin and Blackpool.

The dates are as follows:

Newport Centre (November 9)

Bournemouth O2 Academy (10)

London Roundhouse (12)

Hull City Hall (14)

Glasgow O2 Academy (15)

Leeds O2 Academy (17)

Newcastle O2 Academy (18)

Cambridge Corn Exchange (20)

Wolverhampton City Hall (21)

Belfast Ulster Hall (21)

Dublin Olympia (24)

Blackpool Tower (26)

Llandudno Venue Cymru Arena (27)

Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 27, at 9am. All tickets are priced at £40 (except London which are £55/£40 and Cambridge, Leeds, Hull, Newcastle and Blackpool are £45/£40).


Tickets go on sale Friday 27 at 9am.  Gain access to tour tickets 48 hours before the general sale when you pre-order the new album with tickets  starting Wednesday, June 25 at Robert’s official website

More details at :


Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters new Album:

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Robert Plant has announced details of a new album with his band The Sensational Space Shifters.

‘Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar’ will be released on September 8. Produced by Robert Plant, it features 11 new recordings, nine of which are songs written by Plant with the rest of the band. The first single from the album, ‘Rainbow’ is due for digital download very soon.

This  is Plant’s first record since 2010’s ‘Band Of Joy’, which followed 2007’s collaboration with Alison Krauss, ‘Raising Sand’. The all-new lineup of the band features Justin Adams, John Baggot, Juldeh Camara, Billy Fuller, Dave Smith along with Cast guitarist Liam ‘Skin’ Tyson.

“It’s really a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep,” Plant says. “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…I have been around awhile and I ask myself, do I have anything to say? Is there a song still inside me? In my heart? I see life and what’s happening to me. Along the trail there are expectations, disappointments, happiness, questions and strong relationships…and now I’m able to express my feelings through melody, power and trance; together in a kaleidescope of sound, colour and friendship.”

Photo by Ed Miles

lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar track listing:

1. Little Maggie

(Trad. arr. by Plant/Adams/Baggott/Fuller/Smith/Tyson)

2. Rainbow


3. Pocketful of Golden


4. Embrace Another Fall


5. Turn It Up


6. A Stolen Kiss


7. Somebody There


8. Poor Howard *

9. House of Love


10. Up on the Hollow Hill (Understanding Arthur)


11. Arbaden (Maggie’s Babby)


*All songs published by Sons of Einion Ltd and administered by WB Music Corp (ASCAP) except “Poor Howard” [Plant/Adams/Baggott/Camara/Fuller/Tyson], which is  derived from “Po’ Howard” [Ledbetter (“Lead Belly”), A. Lomax and J. Lomax Sr.] and is published by Global Jukebox Publishing (BMI) and Folkways Music Publishers.

You can pre order the album at this link:

This is the official album trailer:

 This is the official you tube clip for the track Little Maggie:  


This is the official you tube clip for the track Rainbow:

Thanks to  Freidrich Schwabel.



In summary:

So begins another new phase – this UK and album activity is going to propel Robert Plant right back in the forefront and the prospect is very bright ahead. The new album looks very much to be in the organic and pure vein of Fate of Nations. Glancing back to look forward…

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters play the main stage at Glastonbury this Saturday at 5.30pm -we will be hooked to the TV coverage of the performance here which airs at 8pm on BBC 4.

Here’s some feedback about the track Rainbow via TBL contributor Stephen Humphries:

”I have listened to it about 10 times this morning. You’ve heard the live version, of course, but the studio version has that crisp production and nuance and the vocal is so beautiful and affecting. It’s “Song to the Siren” meets “Shining in the Light.” Despite being very straightforward, I cannot gulp down enough listens to this song.will. Its simple beauty will floor you…one of those vocal performances that is so open and heartfelt and unaffected that it just pierces you.”

I am in total agreement – it’s incessant affecting groove get’s right under the skin – totally compelling and I know I’m going to be crooning the chorus all day long… as for Little Maggie – another little gem – love the way Juldeh’s ritti playing merges with the subtle banjo pickling over another exemplary Robert Plant vocal – all breathy and upfront the way I like it. A cool groove for summer playlists everywhere…

The silence is over…bring on the ceaseless roar…

Dave Lewis – June 24th 2014.


Until next time…have a great week…

Keep listening, keep reading…

Dave Lewis/Gary Foy – June 24th , 2014.

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  • Mikael said:

    So good to finaly have an album full of new fresh songs. Just heard Rainbow on spotify and it sounds great.

  • Paul said:

    Hi Dave, A lot happier now, Got tickets for Roundhouse,Cambridge, and the now traditional trip to Robert’s homeland.

    Reading your brilliant Dreamland piece, Brought all the memories flooding back, The frantic phone calls to The Astoria The mad rush down there in my lunch break to get tickets, Although I did manage to talk the guy into letting me have the Dreamland poster off the wall, and its been framed and on mine ever since. As you so often say “Not just a Band more a way of life”

  • Dave Lewis (author) said:

    Paul – yes tickets were not easy to access – not sure why

    Andrew R thanks for nice comments!

  • Paul said:

    Dave, Not happy! Payed over the odd’s for new cd on pre-order via Robert’s web site to then get the chance to pre-sale tkts, Guess what seems you can get pre-sale tkts for everywhere except Roundhouse ! anyone else had this problem ?

  • Swin said:

    Got tickets for Wolverhampton civic , then a week later will be seeing California Breed in manchester.Just need Jimmy to tour now before Xmas, come on Mr Page !!!

  • Byron Lewis said:

    The pilgrimage continues, Newport next and then Glasgow.
    It’s always good to have something to look forward to.
    Thanks for the links, Dave.

  • Andrew r said:

    Dave as you know i am more than a little jaundiced by Plants current
    direction/musical bedfellows,but in all fairness these two tracks are his best for years.So will be breaking my embargo on all things SSS.Once again a success
    for the TBL web site in promoting all things Zep and Zep related.Good on you mate!

  • Richard Grubb said:

    This is very welcome!

    Tickets are available from Ticketmaster today (Weds) without preordering the album. This is good news for me as I jumped the gun a bit and preordered the album from Warner Bros site before the presale announcement was made about booking via Robert’s site. It all worked out in the end…

    Good luck everyone – get ready to do it all again, but with added new album goodness!

    Loving the new songs – Little Maggie is an instant joy, and Rainbow just works itself into your head after a few listens. Bodes very well for September!



  • Richard said:

    The first two tasters from the forthcoming Plant album are stunning. I think it sounds like a fresh departure and once again is challenging, familiar and extraordinary in equal measure. I suspect this may be a contender for album of the year across all media outlets and magazines if these two songs are anything to go by.

    AND….a tour. Not just a tour but one that comes to Scotland (first time in many many years)!!!!! I will be straight on the phone when tickets go on sale on Friday as these venues are fairly modest in size.

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