Page & Plant Announce U.S. Tour

Ex-Led Zeppelin duo scheduling spring and summer shows to support new album.

With one month to go before their new album, Walking Into Clarksdale,

hits American stores, former Led Zeppelin creative forces Jimmy Page

and Robert Plant have revealed a slate of U.S. tour dates.

The spring and summer outing will take Page & Plant through the South,

Midwest and East Coast, beginning on May 19 at Pensacola, Fla.'s Civic Center and wrapping up 26 shows later on July 16 in New York's Madison Square Garden. Thus far, a two-night stand in Boston is the only stop

with more than a single performance.

Absent from the itinerary are any dates on the West Coast. Those shows are tentatively planned for the fall, according to a source close to the group.

Page & Plant will be on the road for the first time since their 1995 tour in

support of their reunion album, No Quarter. They are expected to compete successfully with acts such as Metallica and Pearl Jam for hard-rock fans' summer-tour dollars.

"I would expect Page & Plant to do quite well," said Gary Bongiovanni,

editor of the concert-industry trade magazine Pollstar. "Certainly

if you look at the popularity that somebody like Ozzy Osbourne has

maintained, you gotta believe that there's still an audience for hard-rock

music. Page & Plant are certainly not overexposed. They haven't been

touring every year. There should be significant demand for them."

The 12-song Walking Into Clarksdale -- recorded and mixed by Steve

Albini (Nirvana, Breeders) -- lands in stores April 21.

The first single, "Most High," finds Page & Plant again working

with the exotic, international flavors featured on No Quarter. But the

new album largely eschews worldbeat sounds in favor of a return to the hard rock that guitarist Page and singer Plant pioneered with Led Zeppelin

throughout the 1970s.

This time out, Page & Plant will not be accompanied by a live orchestra as

they were on the No Quarter tour, said a representative from

the band's British management company, Trinifold. With or without stringed

accompaniment, Bongiovanni expects the upcoming tour to draw fans across

the age spectrum.

"An orchestra would tend to be more appealing to an older audience, and Led

Zeppelin fans have gotten older, obviously, just like the members of the

band," he said. "But I think they're an act that has quite a bit of

credibility with younger hard-rock fans as well."

Singer/songwriter and violinist Lili Haydn will open for Page &

Plant through June 15. A supporting artist for other dates has yet to be

confirmed.

Page & Plant Tour Dates:

May 19; Pensacola, Fla., Civic Center

May 20; Tampa, Fla., Ice Palace

May 22; Miami, Fla., Civic Center

May 23; Jacksonville, Fla., Coliseum

May 26; Charlotte, N.C., Coliseum

May 29; Atlanta, Ga., Lakewood Amphitheater

June 1; Birmingham, Ala., Civic Center

June 2; Nashville, Tenn., Coliseum

June 4; Oklahoma City, Okla., Myriad

June 6; Kansas City, Mo., Kemper Arena

June 7; St. Louis, Mo., Keil Center

June 9; Indianapolis, Ind., Market Square

June 10; Milwaukee, Wis., Bradley Center

June 12; Minneapolis, Minn., Target Center

June 13; Fargo, N.D., Fargodome

June 15; Chicago, Ill., United Center

June 26; Detroit, Mich., Palace

June 29; Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena

July 1; Pittsburgh, Pa., Civic Arena

July 3; Cleveland, Ohio, Gund Arena

July 4; Toronto, Ont., Molson Amphitheater

July 7; Washington, D.C., MCI Center

July 8; Virginia Beach, Va., Virginia Beach Amphitheater

July 10; Philadelphia, Pa., Corestates Arena

July 13; Boston, Mass., FleetCenter

July 14; Boston, Mass., FleetCenter

July 16; New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden