Last night, Robert Plant stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman for a chat about the good old days, and a performance with his latest band, the Band of Joy. Conversation topics included reminiscing over a meeting between Led Zeppelin, and one Elvis Presley. The band also performed “House of Cards” from their latest self titled effort, check out the video below.
I’m not the biggest Letterman fan, but his “You come to work for me, I’ll buy you a real guitar” comment was pretty funny.
Last night the “Golden God” and the latest version of his Band of Joy stopped by the Jimmy Fallon show to play their latest single, “Angel Dance”. I really liked this song when I first heard it, but after watching them rock it live I am an even bigger fan. Plant’s voice was strong and full of energy, and the band sounded great – especially Darrell Scott’s ridiculous mandolin playing. It’s no Led Zeppelin reunion, but we’ll take it for the time being. Check out the performance below.
Robert Plant is back in the studio, and has just finished recording a full length CD with his old band. Sorry Zeppelin fans, the “old band” I am speaking of is the Band of Joy, the experimental blues outfit he played in with John Bonham before his days in Led Zeppelin. The new Band of Joy isn’t a proper reunion however, but instead a pretty much completely different (but impressive) lineup featuring singer Patty Griffin, guitarist Buddy Miller, drummer Marco Giovino and bassist Byron House, and multi instrumentalist Darrell Scott.
The new album is set to release on September 14th, but the band has released the first single from the album “Angel Dance”, a cover of a pretty cool Los Lobos tune. The new album will have plenty of original material, but will also contain a few other covers including Townes Van Zandt’s “Harms Swift Way”.
Rolling Stone has just debuted the first single “Angel Dance” in a free stream on their website, which you can check out here. Enjoy.
“This is a number off an album that comes out in about three weeks time.” – Robert Plant says at the beginning of this recording. The album he is referring to is Led Zeppelin, the definitive heavy metal blues band’s first ever album release.
This “new” recording dates back to December 30, 1968, when Led Zeppelin was opening for Vanilla Fudge at Gonzaga University, and is the earliest known live recording of the band. The band was such an afterthought, at the time that the advertisements for the show billed them “Len Zefflin”. Luckily for us not everyone in the crowd underestimated the band. A couple of Yardbirds fans knew what they were getting into, and came to the show armed with tape recorders.
The resulting sound quality is surprisingly clear for a bootleg made in the 1960′s, and is certainly worth a listen. While this recording has been available to hardcore Led Zep fans in various bootleg versions, this YouTube video marks the first time it has been made available to the masses. Check out the video below to listen to “Dazed and Confused”, or click on the rapidshare links below that to download the whole performance.
Download Links: (not quite as good of sound quality as video)