Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has resurrected his pre-Zeppelin band Band Of Joy for a new album and tour. The group, featuring a diverse group of musicians - Patty Griffin, vocals; Darrell Scott, multi instrumentalist/vocals; Byron House, bass/vocals; Marco Giovino, drums and percussion/vocals; including co-producer Buddy Miller, guitar/vocals - will embark on a 12-city North American tour in July, to be followed by further dates in the fall.
The album is set for release late summer/early fall on Rounder.
Kicking off in Memphis on July 13 (see full tour schedule below) the tour will feature Plant and the Band Of Joy - the same musicians who also appear and play on the album.
Says Plant: "It's been a blast working on these new songs...and I'm enjoying such creativity and vitality. It's been a remarkable change of direction for all of us and as a group we all seem to have developed a new groove."
In recent weeks Plant has been in the studio working on the planned release, which will be his first since "Raising Sand", the multi-platinum, six-time-Grammy-winning collaboration with fellow Rounder artist Alison Krauss. Krauss has most recently been recording with her longtime band Union Station, and will be touring with them this summer. The pair do not expect to announce a new album or tour in the coming year, though when asked about the collaboration, Plant says, "Oh yes, Alison and I get together quite often...and sometimes we dance."
Robert Plant and the Band Of Joy tour dates:
July 13 - Memphis, TN - The Orpheum Theater
July 15 - Little Rock, AR - Robinson Center Music Hall
July 16 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater
July 18 - Albuquerque, NM - Sandia Casino Amphitheater
July 20 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theater
July 21 - Tucson, AZ - Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
July 23 - Dallas, TX - Meyerson Symphony Hall
July 24 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 26 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
July 28 - Mobile, AL - The Saenger Theatre
July 30 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
July 31 - Miami, FL - Bayfront Park Amphitheater