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Bristol Colston Hall

7 December 2005 2,335 views No Comment

Freedom Fries,7&7 Is, Black Dog, Let The Four Winds Blow, Going To California, Another Tribe, Four Sticks, Hey Joe, What Is And What Should Never Be, Tin Pan Valley, Junco Partner – When The Levee Breaks ,Jailer Bring Me Water – Gallows Pole.
Encores: The Enchanter, Whole Lotta Love

This from Jonathan Taylor
I thought this couldn’t possibly be any better than Warwick earlier in the year; mind you, I’d thought that Warwick couldn’t be any better than the Ashton Court Festival set…wrong on both counts.
The great thing about the Sensation is that they constantly surprise and amaze me; not only can you never predict the set-list, you can’t predict what’s going to happen within songs that you think you’re familiar and comfortable with; arrangements change, whole sections of songs are altered, the music constantly evolves. Last night in Bristol “7&7 Is” featured some wonderful complex bass runs by Billy Fuller while Skin and Justin Adams wove patterns over them; the beautiful tradition-saturated reworking of “Levee” premiered earlier in the year is now prefaced by an extract from “Junco Partner”; and “Hey Joe” is now even more labyrinthine and haunting than ever before…to think I didn’t like this reworking when I first encountered it!
Plant was in fine form; possibly more mobile onstage than I’ve seen him in years, clearly into the whole concept of the Sensation. Clive Deamer drove the whole set along, giving “Let The Four Winds Blow” a superb adrenalised pulsebeat ; John Baggot was guilty of the first bum note (in “four Sticks”) I’ve ever heard this band play, but the fact that you notice small details like that emphasise just what a great player he is, and what an asset he’s been to Plant; my partner, Ali, described Justin Adams’ stage movements as “looking like he’s riding an invisible camel”…he’s a real focal point now, looking as comfortable alongside Plant as anybody since Page, and what a musician; Skin is a bona-fide guitar virtuoso; and the biggest compliment I can pay Billy Fuller is that he will never be Charlie Jones…but Charlie Jones will never be Billy Fuller.
“What is…” got a muscular work-out, but perhaps suffered from the fact that they haven’t done too much to it…! The night’s best ‘Plantation’ came with reference to performing the Zeppelin songs: “Stay away from the ones that don’t work…so much for the lemon, then!” The “Mighty Rearranger” material sounded strong, confident, and destined to stand alongside Plant’s best work.
All in all, a hugely enjoyable night. Onwards and upwards, Robert…or maybe onwards and left-of-centre.

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