Posted in music | pictures on July 29, 2013

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park 7/27/2013
Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Never has the singer brought a fresher/stranger/more abstract touch to songs this well-known. The Space Shifters allowed Plant to do so by bringing a trio of fresh influences to the table - British trip-hop electronics (via band members borrowed from Portishead and Massive Attack), American funk, and West African string music.

That last bit came courtesy of Gambian musician Juldeh Camara, who played the ritti, a one-stringed violin, and the kologo, an African banjo. Both instruments provided a fresh corollary to the fiddles and banjos Plant explored in his Americana projects with Krauss and Band of Joy (which included alterna-country mainstays Patti Griffin and Buddy Miller).

In "Black Dog," Camara's spiraling ritti traded places with hard rock guitars, adding a fierce and hypnotic new texture to the song's classic stop-start riff. Camara's work in "Friends" gave this already forbidding piece a sinister new hue. To egg him on, Plant added his own talking drums. In a sense, the sound recalled the worldly expansion Plant brought to familiar songs in his mid-'90s, semi-Zep reunion with Jimmy Page that featured a host of Arabian musicians. - [NY Daily News]

Robert Plant brought his electronic and world influenced band, The Sensational Space Shifters (featuring members of Massive Attack and Portishead/BEAK>), to NYC over the weekend (7/27) for a Celebrate Brooklyn! benefit show in Prospect Park. Opening was Phosphorescent, who also played Newport Folk Festival over the weekend. Pictures from the Prospect Park show are in this post.

More pics -- plus Plant's setlist -- are below.

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Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Phosphorescent

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

SETLIST: Robert Plant @ Prospect Park, 7/27/2013
Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
In the Mood
Tin Pan Valley
Spoonful
Black Dog
Another Tribe
Going to California
The Enchanter
I'm Free Now
Four Sticks
Come Into My Life
Friends
Funny in My Mind (Fixin' to Die)
What Is and What Should Never Be
Hoochie Coochie Man
Whole Lotta Love

Encore:
Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down
Rock and Roll

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Comments (44)

Max Horwich stopped by my vinyl shop with his posse. Dude was sooooo indie. He had this dope headband and some tight li'l jorts, and I just KNEW: he went to Wesleyan. I also heard that his band is fucking terrible and loves to suck guys' cocks during shows.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 11:39 AM

Awesome night. Weather was perfect. Plant was great. Really felt like a Led Zep reunion warm up. We can only hope.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 11:41 AM

Max Horwich in the cut, that's a scary sight!

Posted by Li'l Reese | July 29, 2013 11:45 AM

Plant looks like Otzi the Iceman, the 6000 yr old mummy from the Swiss Alps.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 11:47 AM

look out jim james, your hair has a rival

Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2013 11:49 AM

So much fun. Exceeded expectations. High point might have been What Is and What Should Never Be, but it was all good.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 11:54 AM

Robert Plant's hair > hair pie > 6 feet of compost > Pearl Jam > Max Horwich

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 11:55 AM

Agree with 11:41. Just absolutely no reason NOT to reunite Zeppelin now. All of his excuses (busy with Allison Krauss, etc.) don't hold any credibility now.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 11:57 AM

Uh, maybe he doesn't want to reunite Zeppelin? Move on.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 12:13 PM

There are two reasons not to reunite Led Zep

JOHN BONHAM

MOBY DICK DICK DICK DICK DICK

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 12:18 PM

Led Zep ended exactly when it was supposed to. Even if John Bonham lived, I fear that their albums would've sucked after that. Let's face it... In Through the Out Door was not a good album, and Presence was just 'ok'.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 12:23 PM

What the people are saying is that to say you are too busy to reunite Led Zep because you're on the road with a Led Zep cover band is a silly excuse.

That being said that Prospect Park show was awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 12:24 PM

And Jason Bonham is a hack, riding his daddy's coattails.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 12:25 PM

I really hope they don't reunite. I like keeping their integrity intact. Nothing else (Who, Stones, etc) is sacred at this point.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 12:29 PM

They are not reuniting now because JPJ is writing an opera in Sweden. Plant came around, but JPJ is tied up until 2015.

#aninformedzepfanisourbestcustomer

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 12:30 PM

jimi paige remake death wish 2 live

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 12:43 PM

lol jimi paige lol yeah but that dude jethro tull plays better drums man lol lol lol

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 12:45 PM

I can't wait till you guys reunite with your old co-workers and flip some burgers again.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 12:57 PM

The dudes from Phosphorescent look wiped out post-Newport.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 1:11 PM

Are Plant shows really fun? Can he still sing well?

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 1:12 PM

this seems like torture

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 1:21 PM

+1 12:29.

More than (just about) any other band, Zep had the integrity to stop.

@12:23 it was Presence that blew. ITTOD was a good record (except for Carouselambra), suffering only b/c of comparisons to their catalog.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 1:53 PM

This show was amazing. Crowd was really cool too.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 1:57 PM

I was there. In all honesty he wasn't that good. I mean it's cool that he's touring I guess.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 1:58 PM

Yeah, why is that guy just standing there dumbfounded and out of focus? Are we supposed to know who that is?

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 2:09 PM

that's a typical bv poster, he may even be reading this these comments right now...

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 2:32 PM

This might be worse than a Cold Cave/Boyd Rice show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 2:44 PM

1141 What show were you at? It never crossed my mind. Led Zep will not and should not re-unite. Plant has moved on and so should you. He's too old to sing that type of music. 1224 A Led Zep cover band? Not really. I quite enjoyed the show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 2:46 PM

He obviously hasn't really move on if his set is comprised of mostly Led Zep songs, re-worked or not.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 2:58 PM

12:57 FTW. I literally spit out my drink.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 3:12 PM

2:58, he's moved on, but Led Zep's fans have not. He knows where his bread is buttered. If he stops throwing Zeppelin songs into his set, people will stop going to see him.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 3:13 PM

@1:29 because Brooklyn Vegan = best comments with worlds worse concert photography.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 3:19 PM

2:32 understands not that he is describing himself, like a logical Mobius strip

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 3:27 PM

Great show - witnessed from 8th row.
This proves there is NO point to LZ reunion. It would not be better, only sadder. Here he gets to reinterpret, skip the high parts and let the audience fill em in. For LZ, everyone would be disappointed at that. He's comfortable with the fact that his golden tresses are now silver (that would be grey for us mere mortals)

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 4:15 PM

It was a good show.. Sir Robert def ain't hitting those banshee notes anymore but he worked well w what he still has which is a ton of soul, considerable stage presence after all these years, and a great group of musicians who did an outstanding job reinterpreting the Zep tracks. Yah, it'll never ne the same as '74 but Plant was def having fun cranking out the timeless music that's touched so many people and everyone seemed to really dig it. I feel damn lucky I was there.

Posted by Krinkle Kutt | July 29, 2013 5:58 PM

258 Well he did write those songs. Why not mix them in with newer material? As for Led Zep, they had their day and it was a long time ago. Page & Plant toured throughout the 90's and were great. They had their reunion in 07. It's over. I have no desire to watch a 64 old Robert strutting around the stage attempting to hit notes that he probably cannot. I think what he's been doing for the last bunch of years is great especially the album and tour with Alison Krauss. Plant has matured which is more than I can say for a lot of rockers from his generation and a lot of his fans.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 6:15 PM

These pics are so bad it looks like Plant is constipated and is trying to take dump standing up.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 6:36 PM

Anyone see that Miley Cyrus look alike in the front row, center section? I think Plant really seemed to like her a lot.

Posted by Amy | July 29, 2013 7:05 PM

That pic was posted because the hipster nerd is wearing a fucking cape..

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 8:00 PM

@1:29pm & 3:19pm - HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA I needed a good laugh tonight

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2013 11:52 PM

Bloated????wait til u get his age...numb ass! I promise u..u will not do a FRACTION of what he did Sat. Nite

Posted by Diane | July 30, 2013 1:32 AM

His hip thrusting was amazing

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2013 2:31 AM

I know everyone's probably annoying with seeing 'GTA brought me here!!!' but GTA did bring me here, and I'm so thankful for that because this is probably one of the best songs I have heard. It's so relaxing and peaceful, I'd love to sit in the back of my Dad's car listening to this when it's raining, or when I'm on the beach.

Posted by Piper | February 26, 2014 8:10 AM

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