Live review: Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters – The Tower Ballroom, Blackpool: 26th November

Posted on: Monday, Dec 1, 2014

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Review for ROBERT PLANT & THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS @ The Tower Ballroom, Blackpool – 26/11/14 http://www.robertplant.com/

What an amazing and totally ostentatious venue, at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, playing host to one of the most iconic figures ever, in the history of rock – ‘Robert Plant, with the Sensational Space Shifters’ – who are on their extensive tour.

Supporting this evening were a band from New York -‘The Last International’, playing a mix of blues rock.

There was a bit of a wait before Mr Plant and the band took to the stage, but what a plethora of musical genres they brought to the table. With the old ‘Rock God’ still performing in his own distinctive style he gave us some new numbers from the brilliant album ‘Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar’, some classic Zeppelin with a twist, a touch of blues and a bit of rock, interspersed with African folk.

The Sensational Space Shifters – who are Liam ‘Skin’ Tyson on guitar, Justin Adams on guitar and mandolin, John Baggot on keys, Billy Fuller on bass and Dave Smith on drums, with Gambian band member Juldeh Camara on ritti, a one-stringed fiddle – gave the music a fresh sound and are all ‘class’ musicians in their own right.

Some great takes including ‘Spoonful’, the haunting ‘Rainbow’, a combined ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You/A Whole Lotta Love /Mona’, with a mega encore, finishing off with ‘Rock And Roll’. The whole evening was superb and was totally appreciated by the animated audience. It’s great to see Robert Plant has still ‘got it’ and is moving forward on the music front, while others of his age remain on the same old musical ladder. I hope Robert enjoyed it as much as the rest of us, there was certainly a definite ‘buzz’ throughout!

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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