Live review: Robert Plant @ Forest Live, Cannock Chase: 11th July

Posted on: Monday, Jul 13, 2015

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Live gig review for ROBERT PLANT & THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS @ Forest Live, Cannock Chase, Rugeley, Staffs – 11/07/15

Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters took the forest by storm at the amazing outside venue in the middle of Cannock Chase as part of the Forest Live Programme. Robert Plant – on near enough home turf – gave a fantastic performance to an enthusiastic large crowd with some reworked classic Zeppelin with a twist, a touch of blues and rock, interspersed with African folk with numbers from the current album ‘Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar’.

A very young rock band from Wales were supporting – ten and eleven year old primary school children. They gave a brilliant performance and received a standing ovation.

The Sensational Space Shifters are Liam ‘Skin’ Tyson on guitar and banjo, 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.

They gave a great rendition of Zeppelin’s ‘Wanton Song’ , a crowd pleaser of ‘Black Dog’ with Robert strutting his stuff and the haunting ‘Rainbow’ from the current album. An interesting take of Willie Dixon’s ‘Spoonful’, then to cheers from the audience, the Zeppelin ‘How Many More Years’ and ‘Dazed And Confused’ with a flavour of African rhythms.

More from the current album with ‘Little Maggie’ with Liam on banjo and Justin on mandolin, bordering on African folk. Back to more reworked Zeppelin with ‘I Should Have Quit You Baby’ , a Space Shifters special, ‘Crawling King Snake’ and a compilation of ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You/ A Whole Lotta Love /Mona’.

The final track of the evening was the brilliant ‘Rock And Roll’ with the added bonus of some ‘young’ players on tambourine. What a way to end such a fantastic concert. It’s great to see Mr Plant has still ‘got it’ and how the band just gel together with ease. A superb performance from a superb band.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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