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Store Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark

19 April 2005 2,281 views No Comment

Another Tribe, Heartbreaker, Shine It All Around, Black Dog, Freedom Fries,That’s The Way, Tin Pan Valley, Takamba, Gallows Pole, Mighty Rearranger, When The Levee Breaks
Encores: Babe I’m gonna Leave You, The Enchanter, Whole Lotta Love

This from Nils Westerholt
POWERPLANT – One could not miss the headline this morning in one of the danish newspapers. And right – Plant was as powerful and strong as he’s ever been last night at the concert in Vega, Copenhagen. Pure raw power and electric energy came out through the whole set featuring seven songs from the new upcoming album and seven songs from the 1969-71 Zep-era. All Zep songs mighty rearranged and tied up in The Strange Sensation’s 2005-style.
A great gig and at the same time a very tight playing and relaxed band. Justin Adams dancing around himself several times on one leg playing guitar and Plant using the mic as yo-yo, nearly hitting Skin during one of his “acts”.
Robert seemed in very good mood and referred several times to the new album as “soon on sale at a gas station near you”.
It is the most convincing live presentation of a not yet released album I have seen/heard in my whole life. The songs seemed so strong and powerful, and it seems that the band already has given the songs their own organic life onstage. Impressing. Also very impressing how the old Zep songs have been rearranged (once again) in a way that made them fit percect into the
mix of brand new songs. Several of them have changed radically even since the last Sensations tour and now contain a full-blown almost north african Justin Adams-like beat. And that is what most of it is about. The style IS different this time,
compared to the 2001 and 2003 Sensations tours, quite different indeed.
Imagine the sound, style and technique of the 2001 Justin Adams Desert Road-album combined with really hardcore rock, then you will know what the band is about in 2005.
Surprisingly the set list contained no solo-stuff or Dreamland-songs at all. But I didn’t miss it for a second. The songs chosen for this particular show seemed to fit perfectly together, and basically that’s what a rock concert is – or should be about. And besides – although Dreamland still is a fine album the songs need to rest for a while after a massive live-playing over the last years, for some of them starting way back in 99 with PoB.
The audience was a mix of young and old, several middle-aged houseswives among with their half-moon headed husbands. And quite a few father-and-son couples. And this night it seemed as generations was united by the up-to-date power of both old and new songs.

Highlights: Although the show went very well right from the start, I felt a permanent peak starting a little more than halfway through the show when Robert introduced a song “about bad times when even your sister can’t help you even if she tries” and the band turned into a rearranged Gallows Pole!
Followed by a brilliant Mighty Re. featuring Robert on a powerful harmonica-solo. Then came another rearranged classic; Levee, whilst Robert succesfully made the audience “mourn” as backing to his brilliant singing.
The Enchanter turned out to be an interesting and complex showpiece featuring John Baggott on Moog-sounding keyboard (remember that sound?)
The final encore started with a heavy, slow double electric guitar intro by Skin and Justin. Plant sat in on vocal turning the jammy thing into Crossroads/Hey Mama before Skin fired up the ultimate riffs of Whole Lotta Love. And from there it went all the way through, including Plant doing the “woman…you need…looooOOOOUUUVE” howl. And then, after 1h45 it was all over. See you next time, no doubt about that!

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