Robert Plant Announces North American Tour Dates for 2011

New York, NY – Rounder Records is excited to announce that Robert Plant has confirmed a 15-date North American tour. Beginning January 18th in Asheville, NC, this will be the first tour on these shores since the triumphant release of his latest album, Band of Joy, which Rolling Stone magazine in its four-star review called “sweet, elegant folk that still swings like Satan’s barn door.” The touring band will once again be the same that made the record: Patty Griffin, vocals; Darrell Scott, multi instrumentalist/vocals; Byron House, bass/vocals; Marco Giovino, drums and percussion/vocals, and co-producer Buddy Miller, guitar/vocals. North Mississippi Allstars will be supporting on all the dates. The full itinerary is listed below.

The response to Band of Joy has been glowing. Time called the new album “smoldering,” while Entertainment Weekly noted that Plant “sounds vocally re-energized.” Spin described the songs as “moonshine-soaked country blues with a gospel undercurrent,” and American Songwriter claimed that the record “reveals another side of Plant’s persona, and touches on all the places he’s been while simultaneously pointing to an appealing, restless future.” The Washington Post hailed, “Plant has nuance and subtlety to match his power and range,” while the New York Times raved that the performances on Band of Joy are “consistently surprising.” At radio, the album’s single “Angel Dance” has been growing at Triple A steadily since its release. It’s been Top 10 since August, Top 5 since September, and #1 for the last two weeks and counting.

The tour dates are below:
18   Asheville, NC   Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
19   Pittsburgh, PA   Peterson Events Center (University of Pittsburgh)
21   Ann Arbor, MI   Hill Auditorium
22   Toronto, ONT   Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
25   Boston, MA   House of Blues
26   Upper Darby, PA   Tower Theatre
28   Mashantucket, CT   MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
29   New York, NY   Beacon Theatre
1   Washington, DC   DAR Constitution Hall
2   Raleigh, NC   Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
4   North Charleston, SC   North Charleston Performing Arts Center
5   Atlanta, GA   Fox Theatre
7   Charlotte, NC   Ovens Auditorium
8 and 9   Nashville, TN   War Memorial Auditorium