Robert Plant Brings Strange Sensations To States

Band featuring ex-Cure guitarist Porl Thompson schedules seven shows for May and June.

Rock fans who have been jonesing for some Led Zeppelin since guitarist Jimmy Page's back problems forced him and the Black Crowes off the road last summer (see "Page, Crowes Nix North American, European Tour Plans") can get their fix this spring.

Legendary Zeppelin singer Robert Plant will bring his new outfit, the Strange Sensations, to the Northeast and Midwest for a handful of performances in May and June. The band includes bassist Charlie Jones (Plant's son-in-law and longtime sideman) and ex-Cure guitarist Porl Thompson.

While the Page-Crowes shows favored arenas and outdoor amphitheaters, the Strange Sensations will opt for smaller spaces. Plant and the gang will play rooms with capacities of 2,000 to 4,000 during their seven North American appearances, beginning May 25 at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston.

The shows will mix Zeppelin material and Plant originals, according to the tour's promoter.

No word yet on whether the Sensations will go into the studio, so those in search of new Plant recordings will have to settle for "When You're Falling," a track on Afro-Celt Sound System's Volume 3: Further in Time, due on Peter Gabriel's Real World label in early June.

Robert Plant and His Strange Sensations tour dates, according to the tour's promoter:

  • 5/25 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre

  • 5/27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

  • 5/28 - Washington, DC @ Constitution Hall

  • 6/1 - New York, NY @ Roseland

  • 6/3 - Toronto, Ontario @ Massey Hall

  • 6/4 - Detroit, MI @ State Theater

  • 6/6 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater