Robert Plant Brings Joy to Ravinia

Robert Plant & The Band of Joy
Ravinia – Highland Park, IL

Robert Plant was back at Ravinia last night. He said he couldn’t believe he was back there, but couldn’t remember the reason why he didn’t want to come back. He proceeded to laugh it off and made several comments throughout the show about losing your memory as you get older.  Just as a note, Robert is going to be 63 years young this year.  He’s out on painting towns red with the new lineup of Band of Joy.  They released their self-titled album last year that took the number 8 spot of Rolling Stone’s list of best albums for 2010.  The new Band of Joy is composed of Robert, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Darrell Scott, Bryon House, and Marco Giovino.

The night was unexpectedly filled with Zeppelin favorites like “Black Dog,” “Black Country Woman,“ and “Ramble On” to name a few. For all those who asked me how last night’s performance was I just say, “He’s still the same Robert Plant!”  He still has the voice, the quirks, and the ability to put the audience in a trance, roughly all 18,000 of us.  I am going to go out on a limb here, even though I wasn’t around to see Zeppelin live, but the fans haven’t changed much either; they’ve just grown up.  There was still lots of dancing and that very unique smell that Zeppelin fans have grown to love, weed.

One of the highlights of the night was “Black Country Woman.”  The crowd could tell he was feeling that song as he belted it out.  It wasn’t cold outside in Highland Park, but we still had chills running down our spines. Then there was a Zeppelin favorite that sent the crowd over the edge and into the aisles at Ravinia. It was good old “What is and What Should Never Be.”

The Band of Joy is really a talented group of players. I felt as if I was sitting in on a jam or practice session with them.  The nods, the signals, and the cues were there so everyone could hit their mark. The only thing that made me, and a handful of us, scratch our heads was Patty Griffin’s constant “grinding” motion onstage.  Of course that night was a night of repetition and constants but not just from the band. There was also a member of the audience that insisted on yelling “Thank You” after every solo and song. It was cute and funny at first, but by the end of the night the rows of people ahead of him really wanted to smack him.

Don’t go in expecting Zeppelin because even the Zeppelin songs were re-arranged with more of an experimental rock feel.  You can go into the show expecting the same Robert Plant that can send chills down your spine by hitting his mark. This is a show to not miss!

Songs from the set (note: not complete)

Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down

Black Country Woman

House of Cards

Down By The Sea

What is and What Should Never Be

In the Mood

Going to California


Harm’s Swift Way

Rock N Roll

Band of Joy on Tour:

19th – Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Colorado (TBA)

21st – Winnipeg, MB, Centennial Concert Hall

23rd – Ottawa, ON, Confederation Park

24th – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – Montreal Jazz Festival

25th – Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa / Event Ctr.


July 19 – ITALY, Rome – Rock in Roma – Ippodromo Delle Capannelle
(co bill with Ben Harper)

July 20 – ITALY, Milan – Arena Civica (co bill with Ben Harper)

July 22 – FRANCE, Nimes – Festival De Nimes, Les Roman Arenes
(co bill with Ben Harper)


July 27 – RUSSIA, St Petersburg – New Arena

July 29 – RUSSIA, Moscow – Crocus Hall

July 31 – Ukraine, KIEV – National Palace Ukraine.
Venue link:

Aug 2 – POLAND, Warsaw – Torwar
Ticket link:

Aug 3 – GERMANY, Berlin – Zitadelle

Aug 5 – BELGIUM, Lokeren – Lockersee Festival

Aug 7 – Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Herefordshire – Big Chill Festival


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