Rock legend Robert Plant has announced a 13-date UK tour bringing him to Newcastle in the autumn.
The former Led Zeppelin frontman will hit the road in South Wales on November 9 and play Newcastle’s O2 Academy on on Tuesday, November 18.
Plant, touring with his blues-orientated Sensational Space Shifters band, will be promoting new album `lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar’ which is to be released on September 8.
Plant and his band, which includes multi-instrumentalists Justin Adams, John Baggott, Juldeh Camara, Billy Fuller, Dave Smith and Liam ‘Skin’ Tyson, recently played a successful set at Glastonbury.
The quirkily titled ‘lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar’ is Plant’s first record since Band of Joy in 2010.
It was recorded at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Real World Studios in Bath in the aftermath of a world tour. One of the album’s 11 tracks, Rainbow, was recorded in London at the Contino Rooms.
“It’s really a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, trance meets Zep,” says Plant, now 65.
“The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood.
“I am very lucky to work with The Sensational Shape Shifters. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music.
“I have been around a while and I ask myself: do I have anything to say? Is there a song still inside me, in my heart?
“I see life and what’s happening to me. Along the trail there are expectations, disappointments, happiness, questions and strong relationships and now I’m able to express my feelings through melody, power and trance together in a kaleidoscope of sound, colour and friendship.”
On tour the band will be supported by The Last Internationale, a band founded by New Yorkers Delila Paz and Edgey Pires and joined by drummer Brad Wilk.
Having supported Neil Young and Kings of Leon, the trio’s debut album, We Will Reign, is to be released this year.
Tickets for the Newcastle gig are available from gigsandtour.com or tel. 0844 811 0051