Led Zeppelin vocalist will gets rootsy with Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller and others.
Rock god Robert Plant, who has dialed it down of late with Alison Krauss and Patty Griffin, will make his low-key return on April 12 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. He's touring with the Band of Joy, featuring Griffin, Buddy Miller and other roots-rock players. Band of Joy also happens to be the name of Plant's pre-Led Zeppelin band with John Bonham.
Plant's September release, "Band of Joy," features songs by Los Lobos, Richard Thompson, Townes Van Zandt and Duluth's Low as well as some Plant/Miller originals.
"Band of Joy" has led to two Grammy nominations for Plant -- best Americana album and best male rock vocal performance for "Silver Rider," a Low song. Plant and Krauss won the Grammy for album of the year for 2007's "Raising Sand."
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Plant pooh-poohed a Led Zeppelin reunion tour with Jason Bonham on drums, who joined Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Plant for a 2007 concert in London. "I've gone so far somewhere else that I almost can't relate to it," Plant, 62, told Rolling Stone. "Who cares? I know people care, but think about it from my angle --soon, I'm going to need help crossing the street."
Band of Joy tickets, priced from $55 to $99.50, will go on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday at the State box office and Ticketmaster outlets.