Watch Robert Plant’s First Post-Pandemic Show With New Band
MILAN, ITALY - July 20: English musician, singer, and songwriter Robert Plant performs live with the Sensational Space Shiftersat Assago Summer Arena for the Street Music Art Festival on July 20, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Live music continues to pick up with more and more musicians getting back on the road. Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has just performed his first concert post-pandemic with his new band, Saving Grace. It’s the first time he took the stage with the aforementioned group since 2019. The show took place on Monday night in Worthington, England. Plant was joined onstage by singer Suzy Dian, mandolinist and guitar player Tony Kelsey, banjo and guitar player Matt Worley, and percussionist Oli Jefferson.
Their setlist featured traditional folk songs and covers including their take on Levon Helm’s “Move Along Train,” the Derek Trucks Band’s “Chevrolet” and Donovan’s “Season of the Witch.”
Saving Grace was slated to tour the U.S. in March 2020, but like everyone else in the touring industry, their plans were derailed by the pandemic. So they are now currently finishing all the remaining dates of their UK leg that were postponed due to the current global health crisis. The trek is set to run through August.
“In the days when I first starting performing around the Black Country, it was very evident that each area was its’ own community/little town,” Plant told Dudley News, “and each community had its own venue: Dudley Town Hall, Stourbridge Town Hall, Regis Hall, Brierley Hill Civic, Old Hill Plaza, Tipton Baths, Queen Mary Ballroom.”
“I played them all, mostly as a kid opening for the likes of the Hollies, Jean Vincent, Screaming Lord Such, the Fourmost … and others,” he added. “So, with our band, Saving Grace, it’s for me a bit of a reminiscence to play the various communities from where we all hail.”