Robert Plant Concert Preview – June 24, 2011 @ Place des Arts

Brit Robert Plant was born in 1948 and from his earliest days blues music has always been an influence upon him.  Back in the day he loved music by Bukka White, Robert Johnson and Skip James.  When it became time for him to embark on a career he lasted exactly two weeks in training as a chartered accountant.  The call of music was too loud for him, so he began to do gigs in blues clubs at the ripe old age of 16.

He began his musical career moving around from blues band to blues band gaining plenty of experience in the process.  In one of those bands he met drummer John Bonham and it became a friendship and musical pairing that would last until Bonham’s premature death due to drug overdose.  Their music became a fusion of blues and psychedelic. Though he gained notoriety within the English club scene as a young man with a powerful voice there was no commercial success…yet.

In 1968 guitarist Jimmy Page was looking for a lead singer.  After his first choice dropped out of the picture he met Robert Plant.  After some work with The Yardbirds, the two along with Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones struck out on their own forming a band called Led Zeppelin.

Led Zeppelin’s debut self-titled album came out in 1969 and was credited with giving a big push to the heavy metal genre.  The band continuously recorded albums right up until 1979 when their last collective effort, “In Through the Out Door” was released.

Robert Plant began his solo career shortly after the breakup of Led Zeppelin in 1980 due to the death of John Bonham.  His charisma as the front man of a legendary rock band translated onto his solo gigs and recordings.  He released his first solo album in 1982 called “Pictures at Eleven”.  A second album, “The Principle of Moments” followed shortly after in 1983.  Plant scored big hits with songs like “Big Log” and “In the Mood”.

In 1984 Plant formed a supergroup with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck called The Honeydrippers.  They recorded one album that had the hits “Rockin’ at Midnight” and “Sea of Love” on it.

Returning to his solo career, his tours during the 80s were often sold out and on one occasion featured Phil Collins on drums.  Returning to his origins in the 90s Plant and Page got back together for tours and albums.  They did not recreate their success from the Led Zeppelin era, so Plant went back to focusing on his solo career.

Much of his material so far in the 21st century has focused on blues music.  He then got together with Alison Krauss in 2007 and they recorded an album.  The duet album, “Rising Sand”, was a huge success and contained R&B, blues, folk, and country music.  It went on to win two Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.

Additional Information:

-Website:  www.robertplant.com

-Ticket Purchase:  www.billeterie.pda.qc.ca

-Ticket Prices:  $82.82, $98.21, $109.60, $121.00

-Show Time:  7:00 p.m.

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