Get intimate with Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant at Turner Hall concert
Robert Plant has been to Milwaukee numerous times since Led Zeppelin made its Brew City debut at State Fair Park on July 25, 1969 at the Mid-West Rock Festival, but when he comes back this spring, he'll play the most intimate venue he's ever graced here.
Plant performs with his new cooperative band, Saving Grace, at Turner Hall Ballroom at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13. The date is part of the band's debut American tour.
The group – which also includes Suzi Dian (vocals), Oli Jefferson (percussion), Tony Kelsey (mandolin, baritone and acoustic guitars) and Matt Worley (banjo, acoustic and baritone guitars) – debuted last year, touring with English folk legends Fairport Convention, bringing Plant back to the roots of folk-infused records like Led Zeppelin's "III" and "IV" (the latter featured Fairport's the late Sandy Denny on vocals).
The new group's performances were rooted, it said, in, "music inspired by the dreamscape of the Welsh Marches." Blending spirituals, acoustic blues, British and American folk, Saving Grace included covers by the likes of Carole King, Charlie Rich, Patty Griffin, Doc Watson, Donovan, Moby Grape and Low in its setlists.
Sorry, fans, I didn't spy any Led Zeppelin tunes on the setlists I checked. While Saving Grace did play "In My Time of Dying" during at least a couple shows, it was the Blind Willie Johnson song, not the eponymous tune from "Physical Graffiti."
Still, this may be as close as you'll ever get to one of the living legends of classic rock.
Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, March 6 at 10 a.m.
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