Thursday, July 25, 2013

Concert Review: Sensational Space Shifters Breathe New Life Into Led Zeppelin Songs At Mohegan Sun

Former Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant turned down millions of dollars to tour with his former band mates in order to create and perform the songs and music that he feels the most passionate about. So with no elaborate stage set-up and very minimal lighting effects, Robert Plant introduced his latest band, the Sensational Space Shifters to the overzealous crowd at Mohegan Sun Wednesday night.
The night began with a quick forty-minute, seven-song set from African jam band, Bombino. Their music could be described as Middle-Eastern rock with a hint of Reggae and very little singing, none in English. This set the stage for Plant's mind-expanding journey through sound as his six-piece band took to the stage after a quick set change.

The opening acoustic guitar introduction by Liam "Skin" Tyson started the set off with a huge lift-off as Plant revisited the classic Led Zeppelin cover "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You." The thirteen song set played heavy on Zeppelin hits including four songs from Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album. Plant asked the audience if they were "in the mood" as he proceeded to perform his only solo hit of the night, "In The Mood."

Plant paid tribute to couple blues men performing a roughed up version of Howlin' Wolf's "Spoonful" and finding the groove with the southern-fueled "Funny In My Mind (I Believe I'm Fixin' To Die)." His set was scattered with Led Zeppelin songs, whether they were reworked classics, like the unrecognizable "Black Dog" or the outstanding, true-to-the-original "Going To California." Plant and his band experimented with the space rock of "The Enchanter," before continuing with back-to-back Zeppelin songs "Four Sticks" and "Friends." The main set closed with a bluesy version of "When The Levee Breaks" which featured some hot guitar licks from Justin Adams and a slow-building "Whole Lotta Love" that included lyrics from the blues hit, "Who Do You Love."

The encore kicked off with one of Plant's more recent singles, "Shine It All Around," then continued, bringing everyone to their feet with the Led Zeppelin powerhouse "Rock And Roll." As Robert Plant continues on with his career after 45 years, he has nothing left to prove, but so much more music to give to his fans.

Setlist: Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, In The Mood, Tin Pan Valley, Spoonful, Black Dog, Another Tribe, Going To California, The Enchanter, Four Sticks, Friends, Funny In My Mind (I Believe I'm Fixin' To Die), When The Levee Breaks, Whole Lotta Love
Encore: Shine It All Around, Rock And Roll

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