"Austin City Limits" has announced a new round of tapings, including iconic LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant, who returns to the show's stage for the first time in more than a decade on March 21. The show will be broadcast at a later date as part of the PBS series "Austin City Limits".
Plant travels to "Austin City Limits" as part of his "Southern Journey," visiting the "places that gave birth to so much of the music I love," with a select run of live dates with his band THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS dubbed the "Blues… Roots and Hollers" tour. He celebrates the American South as a continuation of the eclectic soulful journey he began since leaving LED ZEPPELIN decades ago.
Plant's Nonesuch Records debut album, "Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar", features elven new recordings, nine of which are original songs he wrote with the band. "It’s really a celebratory record," says Plant, "powerful, gritty, African, trance meets ZEP." Q calls it "his best solo album yet … a beautifully moving, soul-stirring, bravely genre-blurring album."
Plant spoke to Relix magazine about his current music and how it connects to his early days in LED ZEPPELIN, explaining, "I want people to know I'm pulling points of reference from other times and other places — incongruous and out of step and kilter — into another world. I've done it with ZEPPELIN lyrics, as well — 'if the sun refused to shine' and 'the road remains the same' and all the shit. There's so many bits like that, because I like the idea of spinning the bottle. And if one or two people pick up on it, that's the justice — that's about right."