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Robert Plant and Band of Joy at Hard Rock Live in April

Robert Plant and the Band of Joy will bring a repertoire of new and familiar Americana favorites to Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets went on sale Saturday, January 29 at noon.

Robert Plant made his first commercial recordings in 1966. In 1967, he had also formed a group called the Band of Joy, with drummer John Bonham. Soon, Bonham, Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, and bassist John Paul Jones assembled to become The New Yardbirds which ultimately became Led Zeppelin.

The Led Zeppelin era ended in 1980 when John Bonham died. Since that time, Plant has put his wide-ranging musical fascination to good use on solo albums, with Jimmy Page, and in critically acclaimed recordings with bands like The Honeydrippers, Priory of Brion, Strange Sensation and Afro Celt Sound System. His performances have reflected his embrace of West Coast psychedelic rock, roots blues, African music, and traditional folk. His latest effort is the rebirth of the Band of Joy.

In resurrecting Band of Joy, Plant explains, “In the Band of Joy, when I was seventeen, I was playing everybody else’s stuff and moving it around, and it’s kind of…time to reinvoke that attitude and sentiment.”

A timeless plunge into authentic Americana, the album was co-produced by Plant and Nashville legend and guitarist Buddy Miller. “Buddy’s integral to this album, you can hear his taste all over the instrumentation,” enthuses Plant. “Buddy’s zone is beautiful, with a lot of reflections going back into mid-Fifties rockabilly, the singing fishermen and all the great country stuff, along with the soul and R&B from Memphis.”

As well as Miller, the Band of Joy is made up of multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, who provides the mandolin, guitar, accordion, pedal, lap steel and banjo lines, country singer-songwriter Patty Griffin who adds the main vocal foils to Plant’s lead parts, while Byron House plays bass and percussion comes from Marco Giovino.

Plant’s most eclectic work so far, in a career that has constantly embraced the unexpected, it’s an album which takes in continents of influence and oceans of emotional depth. Band of Joy features intriguing new interpretations of songs from a wide range of sources. Opening with a throbbing rendition of Los Lobos’ “Angel Dance,” the album encompasses the glittering drone-rock of Low’s “Silver Rider” and “Monkey,” the Fifties-style country-gospel harmonies which transform The Kelly Brothers’ 1960s soul classic “I’m Falling In Love Again’,” the desolate banjo-driven interpretation of “Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down,” the transplanted English/Appalachian folk ballad “Cindy I’ll Marry You Some Day” and jangling blues imagery of “Central Two-O-Nine.”

Robert Plant’s prior effort with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand, won five Grammys at the 51st annual Grammy Awards including top honors for Album of the Year and Record of the Year (”Please Read The Letter”) as well as Best Contemporary Americana/Folk Album, Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals (”Rich Woman”), and Best Country Collaboration With Vocals (”Killing The Blues”). He also won a CMA award for Musical Event of the Year, as well as Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year honors at the Americana Music Awards and a nomination for the Mercury Prize’s Short List.

Tickets cost $89, $74, $59 and $44*; all seats are available at the Hard Rock Live Box Office, open Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and on Sunday & Monday – only open on event days at noon. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply.

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Feb 7 2011. Filed under Broward County, Events, Local news, Music, Seminole Casinos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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