NEWS ROUND UP: ROBERT PLANT HONOURED AT MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, JIMMY PAGE WEB SITE COUNTDOWN, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION ALBUM SUCCESS.
Photo by John-Kenney
Robert Plant was honoured at the Montrael Jazz Festival on Friday. On receiving the Spirit award he made reference to John Bonhamsaying – “I always remember what John Bonham told me when I was about 22,” Plant said. “He said `You’re not very good at what you do, but just go out and look good, because it will help us a lot.’”
Robert Plant and The Band Of Joy wrapped up the second leg of their US tour on Saturday night with a show at Atlantic City. This leg of the tour has seen the addition of the Zeppelin number What Is And What Should Never Be as well as continued appearances of Black County Woman and a beautifully extended Ramble On. Rare inclusions in the set lists included the Raising Sands track Your Long Journey and Charlie Rich’s Life Has Its Little Ups and Downs. Many of the shows were outdoor festival shows including a rain soaked Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado. The Band Of Joy before returning to Europe on July 19th for more festival shows that take them to Italy, France, Lithuanian, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Belgium and England.
The long awaited Jimmy Page website at http://www.jimmypage.com/ is now in countdown launch mode. Expect activity on the site very soon. Last Monday Jimmy attended the David Coverdale/Whitesnake Hammersmith show in London and was also at the Kings Of Leon Hyde Park show last week.
John Paul Jones may well be making more appearances with Seasick Steve in the coming weeks.
Black Country Communion, the supergroup consisting of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham just wrapped up a brief U.S. trek in support of their second album, “2,” which hit stores last week.
The new set currently sits atop the Top 40 Rock Album Chart in the U.K., the band’s second consecutive album to do so. Black Country Communion’s self-titled debut reached No. 1 on the U.K. chart last year.
The live set included a cross section of both BCC albums as well as The Ballad Of John Henry(Bonamassa) and Burn (Deep Purple), no Zeppelin number have been featured this time around. The band continue in to Europe for festival dates.