After skipping the Twin Cities on his recent tours, Robert Plant has finally set another date at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on Feb. 22 with his ongoing solo group of late, the Sensational Shape Shifters.
Tickets to the show – one of only a dozen on the relatively road-shy Led Zeppelin frontman’s U.S. itinerary so far next year – will be sold under the Ticketmaster Verified program to combat scalpers. Fans should register now to try to get a seat via robertplant.tmverifiedfan.com. Pre-sale offers start Thursday at 2 p.m., and the general on-sale is Friday at 11 a.m. Prices are $79, $89 and $100. It will be Plant’s first show in town since 2011, when he also played the Orpheum.
Concurrent with the tour news, Plant posted a new song from his upcoming album “Carry Fire,” which comes out Oct. 13. The tune, “Bluebirds Over the Mountain” (posted below), is an old rockabilly nugget that the Beach Boys also covered. Plant’s version features Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders on backup vocals.
While he usually focuses on his latest material while touring for a new album, Plant always drops in enough Zeppelin tunes to whet fans’ whistles, though often with reinvented arrangements. Recent set lists have included “What Is and What Should Never Be,” “Rock and Roll,” “The Rain Song,” “Whole Lotta Love” and "Black Dog" (the latter posted below from "Austin City Limits").