Obtuse Observer

March 24, 2011

More on Robert Plant’s Band That Doesn’t Suck

Filed under: Band of Joy,Duluth,Low,Minnesota,Robert Plant — Tags: , , , , — Obtuse Observer @ 1:25 pm

Last September I lamented with turbulently mixed emotion that Robert Plant’s new record Band of Joy didn’t suck.  The gravity of the project had pulled Plant away from, an apparently reconciled, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones who were eager to tour following their O2 show honoring Atlantic founder Ahmet Ertegun.  What, one wonders, short of the second coming could rival a reunion of the Zeppelin, with Bonzo’s son on drums, playing Led Zeppelin as Led Zeppelin rather than as some North African Led Zeppelin  worldbeat cover band or as an amazing one-off with the Black Crowes?  Well nothing.  One even suspects that the Good Lord might be persuaded to wait.

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Now, having listened to this record for several months and after much therapy I have reconciled a simple point.  Led Zeppelin was a band from the 1970s.  Although quite probably the greatest rock band to ever exist (if you put them in a locked room with the Stones and Beatles the Zeppelin would emerge with jewelry made from the bones of their victims and Jagger on a leash hopping around like some little Vietnamese heroin dealing warlord general who had been usurped and opium-enslaved by his more vicious successor with a sadistic sense of humor) they are now men in their sixties.  One does not expect shark stories to emerge from this crew and good grief who would want them too?

So we arrived at a moment of clarity.  I’m not as interested in getting blasted and going deaf at a Led Zeppelin show as I am in seeing Robert Plant play some of his new and amazing music.  There, I have said it publically.  My sponsor will be proud.  Or I will kill him.

So I thought I’d share with you the song from the record that, currently, I can’t get out of my head.  Silver Rider is a song from the band Low out of Duluth, MN.  Some covers are able to stay in the same orbit of the original without offending while pleasing.  This is one of them.

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September 8, 2010

Robert Plant has a new band… and it doesn’t suck


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After the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin (and Bonzo’s son on drums) reunited to play a tribute show at London’s O2 in December of 2007 for Ahmet Ertegun my optimism for a tour of Led Zeppelin as Led Zeppelin was high.     

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Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones seemed to have patched up their feud, whatever it was – surely he parked the car well, and they announced that they wanted to tour.        


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But Robert wouldn’t play ball.  Now, I’ve seen Plant before in a small room (Gypsy Tea Room, Dallas, TX) and was impressed that he still had it.  Boots from O2 seemed to back it up and the record he released with Alison Krauss deserved the Grammy it won.    

But Robert, for the love of all things holy…. why would you so disappoint me and refuse to tour?  I would give up Packer Superbowl Tickets to see you and the Zep play and I would be willing to sell one of my neighbor’s children for those Packer tickets!     


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So, John Paul Jones joined up with a bunch of neophyte upstarts in order to lend their project Them Crooked Vultures some name recognition (yes, that was sarcasm).     


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Mr. Page, he’s probably off reading some of Mr. Crowley’s old books hoping to find the spell that’ll get Robert focused on projects of much more significance.    

And now… now I hear Plant has a new band.  Or a new old band.  Or whatever one wants to call his new Band of Joy.  I so much wanted to check it out and discover that they sucked.  Disappointed again.  All that is left is for me is to find Mr. Page and offer my assistance in bring Mr. Plant into the fold.  For this I should think a very wonderful show in my back yard would be a reasonable payment.  So, those of you who wish to be on the guest list, I accept cash and kind donations.    

Here’s their cover of Angel Dance by Los Lobos  





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