Saturday, 25 July 2015

Robert Plant [2015.06.14] Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Robert Plant
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Manchester, Tennessee, USA
Sunday June 14th, 2015

Soundboard / Webcast
Encoded: 320 Kbps MP3

Track List:
01. The Wanton Song [Led Zeppelin song]
02. Turn It Up
03. Black Dog [Led Zeppelin song]
04. Rainbow
05. Going To California [Led Zeppelin song]
06. No Place To Go / Dazed And Confused
07. The Lemon Song [Led Zeppelin song]
08. Little Maggie
09. Fixin' To Die [Bukka White cover]
10. Crossroads / I Just Wanna Make Love to You / You Need Love / Whole
     Lotta Love / Who Do You Love / Whole Lotta Love
11. (banter)
12. Rock And Roll [Led Zeppelin song]

At 66, Robert Plant’s mic stand choreography is better than yours. Seeing him perform, and I mean perform, “The Wanton Song” out of the gate in 2015 is a treat not afforded every greatest-singer-alive-or-dead and him slamming the stand down like a gauntlet with a shriek at the end put a boldface punctuation mark on it. What you wouldn’t guess is that the rockabilly Afrobeat (yes, sticking with that description) of his solo “Turn It Up” was just as strong following it. Then Tennessee was treated to “Black Dog” as a half-time hip-hop beat; the crowd went with it, even sang the “Dreams of you all in my head” part.

Plant’s “Oooooooh” still cracks with youth, or at least fish oil supplements, not to mention he’s funny as shit, like when he introduced Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killin’ Floor” as “a song that was taken from the archives of the elves on the side of the misty mountains” (the guy still loves his hobbits!). He loves playing with his extraordinary voice, too, moaning various calls for the crowd to respond to as “Going to California” jangled to a close, ad-libbing comments like “Shondells! That’s the Shondells!” and “Come on, Sesame Street!” It couldn’t all be Zeppelin (“This is a song called ‘Little Maggie’; She hates it”) but Plant’s set moved shockingly and titanically even when it wasn’t. Which is not to say that a planet-splitting “Whole Lotta Love”/ “Who Do You Love” medley couldn’t make Bo Diddley rise from the dead. Best old-dog/new-tricks moment: a West African ritti (kind of like a one-string violin) solo made “Dazed and Confused” sound like the Pogues.

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