After teasing fans for months, Robert Plant has finally unveiled details of his new album and an accompanying UK tour.
The Led Zeppelin legend will release ‘Carry Fire’, his eleventh solo album and second with his backing band The Sensational Shape Shifters, on Friday 13th October 2017 via Nonesuch / Warner Bros. Records.
The follow-up to 2014’s critically-lauded ‘Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar’ was produced by Robert himself at Top Cat studio in Box, Wiltshire with additional recordings at Real World and Rockfield studios.
Following its release, Robert will head out on a sizeable tour of the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with The Sensational Shape Shifters, which now features new recruit Seth Lakeman who performed on three ‘Carry Fire’ tracks.
The tour dates are as follows:
Plymouth Pavilions – Thu 16th
Bristol Colston Hall – Fri 17th
Wolverhampton Civic Hall – Mon 20th
Llandudno Venue Cymru – Wed 22nd
Newcastle City Hall – Fri 24th
Liverpool Olympia – Sat 25th
Glasgow SEC Armadillo – Mon 27th
Perth Concert Hall – Tue 28th
Manchester O2 Apollo – Thu 30th
Belfast Ulster Hall – Sat 2nd
Sheffield City Hall – Wed 6th
London Royal Albert Hall – Fri 8th
Portsmouth Guildhall – Mon 11th
Birmingham Symphony Hall – Tue 12th
Tickets go on sale from Planet Rock Tickets at 9am on Friday 25th August.
Together with Seth Lakeman, ‘Carry Fire’ features a duet with Chrissie Hynde on ‘Bluebirds Over The Mountain’ (previously recorded by Richie Valens and The Beach Boys) plus Albanian cellist Redi Hasa on three songs.
According to the press blurb, the album sees Robert Plant and his band “evolve into something even more creative and powerful” and musically it melds “unusual rhythms with naturalism and smouldering power.”
Robert comments: “It’s about intention, I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the trawl and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new.
“Consequently, the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation.”
Anyone who pre-orders ‘Carry Fire’ from digital retailers will receive an instant download of the opening song ‘The May Queen’.
The full album track-list is as follows:
1. The May Queen
2. New World…
3. Season’s Song
4. Dance With You Tonight
5. Carving Up The World Again… a wall and not a fence
6. A Way With Words
7. Carry Fire
8. Bones Of Saints
9. Keep It Hid
10. Bluebirds Over The Mountain
11. Heaven Sent