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Joyful night for a rock veteran; Reviews.

Byline: ANDY COLEMAN

Robert Plant & Band Of Joy SYMPHONY HALL I'M not sure which was most surprising - the stage invader, the washboard solo or seeing Robert Plant doing backing vocals on a couple of country numbers.

But bearing in mind the band's name, how could this show be anything other than a joyful occasion? The Led Zeppelin frontman certainly seemed happy enough as he led Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Darrell Scott, Byron House and Marco Giovino through a set of gospel, blues, country and American roots music.

He took the role of backing vocalist and harmonica player to allow multi instrumentalist Darrell to take centre stage on Satisfied Mind, vocalist Patty to front Move On Up In Glory and veteran guitarist Buddy Miller to perform Somewhere Trouble Don't Go.

And there was a wicked grin as he played washboard on Central Two-O-Nine, from the Band Of Joy album, placing his foot, rock star-style, on his amp and flourishing the board like a guitar.

The carefully-chosen Led Zeppelin covers were adapted to suit the vibe. Misty Mountain Hop was given a country workout even though, according to Plant, it ''may have been conceived in Cannon Hill Park or the hills of Clent.'' Tangerine and Houses Of The Holy featured a steel guitar, while Gallows Pole proved to be a mournful but atmospheric set closer. VERDICT:ANDY COLEMAN
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Article Type:Sound recording review
Date:Oct 29, 2010
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