Gig review: Robert Plant, Glasgow

Robert Plant has the audience in the palm of his hand. Picture: Getty
Robert Plant has the audience in the palm of his hand. Picture: Getty
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You can hardly blame Robert Plant for resisting the big money to reform Led Zeppelin in favour of infusing those trusty folk and blues roots with exotic fresh flavours – whether trip-hop textures, African rhythms, middle eastern raga or rich flamenco tones – in the company of this excellent tight troupe of musicians, including special guest Gambian griot Juldeh Camara whipping up a party on one-string fiddle.

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters - O2 Academy, Glasgow

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Actually, much of this soulful set was a teasing exercise in restraint, from the sultry croon of Embrace Another Fall to the fidgety rhythm and tantalising bursts of blues rock guitar on Turn It Up via the choice of Zep covers, including What Is And What Should Never Be and Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You.

Excepting the occasional orgasmic yelp and familiar casual tilt of the mike stand, Plant kept the rock god past in check, often deferring the spotlight to his superb guitarists Skin Tyson and Justin Adams rather than letting off the vocal fireworks. That came later, spurred by the classic monumental riff of Whole Lotta Love, here folded into a medley with I Just Want To Make Love To You and Who Do You Love.

Having whipped the crowd into a middle-aged frenzy, he then begged silence for a moody encore of A Stolen Kiss and a final “little folk song that’s been drifting around” which turned out to be none other than Zep behemoth Rock and Roll.

Seen on 15.11.14