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New York (Beacon Theatre)

26 June 2005 2,496 views No Comment



This from Jay Goldstein
First night in NYC (6/26) was great but a little stiff. Robert might have been coming off a viral infection which caused him to cancel the Mohegan Sun gig. Cant give you the set-list verbatim but the highlights were Levee, Heartbreaker and Might Rearranger. Surprised us with Tangerine. Only song from Dreamland was Mountain Dew, which was a little subdued. New album highlights were Freedom Fries and Tin Pan Valley. Band was very tight. Great show even though Robert was a little stiff and quiet. Minimal Plantations.


This from Paul Miller
A hot night outside and inside! Sunday June 26th was a beautiful sunny day and ended on a great note-Robert Plant at the Beacon! This was my first time at the Beacon Theater in NYC. The Beacon is a cozy little venue, practically no bad seats in the house. We were 5 rows back stage left. Soundtrack of Our Lives opened tonite, the crowd really enjoyed them. They had a very 60’ish sound to them, somewhat Zeppelinesque sounding, moans and all. 9pm saw the entranceof Robert and the Strange Sensations to the sound of Shine It All Around Reprise from last track on the new CD-the crowd immediately stood up and cheered.

They opened the set with a disguised Heartbreaker, followed by Shine It All Around. Highlights included Gallow’s Pole, Tangerine, Black Dog, Mighty ReArranger, Tin Pan Valley, Freedom Fries, Morning Dew, and Whole Lotta Love (encore). That’s the Way and When the Levee Breaks were outstanding! Unfortunately I don’t remember the names of a few other songs Robert performed this evening. The Sensation are a tight group, Robert’s vocals were right on. A little disappointing that he didn’t perform Babe I’m Gonna Leave You or No Quarter tonite, as he has done at other venues but Robert still delivered. He looked quite fit and happy, sporting a new goatee. Some Plantisms tonite, most notably “suck it” during Whole Lotta Love.

Most songs have been re-arranged (hence the new title) to a more spiritual sound, so don’t expect the heavy Zeppelin influences on this tour. The newer songs are somewhat heavier live than on the CD, and seemed to jump out at you more. None the less it’s a good change, the crowd danced throughout the night, enjoying it. A few of the Sensations were also waltzing around the stage. I’d recommend anyone to see this show, Zep fan or not. Robert entertains and still delivers a great show, as does his band. It’s quite interesting to see him perform in a smaller venue than I’m used to seeing him in; the atmosphere is much more intimate and enjoyable than say the Garden or Meadowlands. Overall a great show and a great time!

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