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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss @ MSG Theater, NYC – pics

photos by Eric M. Townsend

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

The extroverted Plant and introverted Krauss met halfway on the album, and they did so onstage at the Borgata Sunday night, entering with big smiles from opposite sides as the band kicked into “Rich Woman,” the New Orleans hit from the mid-1950s.

What followed was a two-hour, country music-style revue, with the two singing in unison sometimes, but with Plant taking the lead for a few songs, then Krauss, then both stepping aside for Burnett to sing a few. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

These pictures are from the Tuesday night show at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden. The same show happens in the same venue again tonight (June 11, 2008). More tour dates HERE. More MSG pics below….

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Almost immediately, Plant showed that this collaboration could be more than a one-time thing.
Plant took over the lead vocals for a song written by the late Ray Charles, titled “Leave My Woman Alone,” which is not on “Raising Sand.” Krauss played the fiddle for the first time during the night, and Duncan switched from guitar to mandolin. Later in the night, Plant said the collaboration is a “miracle of modern science” with “wings that are getting drier and bigger by the day.” [press of Atlantic City]

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Plant and Krauss were accompanied by a roots supergroup that included their producer T Bone Burnett (whose dark magic is at the heart of this remarkable collaboration), guitarist Buddy Miller, drummer Jay Bellerose, bassist Dennis Crouch, and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Duncan. [The Boston Globe]

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

The only question remaining after the show was: If this is in fact a real band, will it continue to be a band of interpreters, or will it produce a record of originals? Either result will likely be satisfying. [The Roanoke Times]

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss setlist from…
Roanoke Civic Center VA 6/2/08

Rich Woman
Leave My Woman Alone
Blacks Dog
Sister Rosetta
Through the Morning
So Long Goodbye to You
Fortune Teller
In the Mood
Black Country Woman
Shut It Tight
Bon Temps Roule
Trampled Rose
Green Pastures
Down to the River
Killing the Blues
Who Do You Love (Bo Diddley tribute)
Battle of Evermore
Please Read the Letter
Gone Gone Gone
Don’t Knock
One Woman Man
When the Levee Breaks
Your Long Journey

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