Robert Plant has announced the first North American headline dates on his upcoming world tour supporting the release of his new album Carry Fire. The tour makes a stop in Phoenix on Monday, February 26th at Symphony Hall. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, September 29th at 10:00 am at Ticketmaster.com. Plant will be accompanied by The Sensational Space Shifters throughout the tour.
Plant is collaborating with Ticketmaster to sell Presale tickets through its Verified Fan ® program. Fans can visit robertplant.tmverifiedfan.com to register for Verified Fan Presale access now until registration closes on Wednesday, September 27, at 12:00 pm Eastern Time. Those verified and selected will receive a text invitation two to four hours before the Presale begins on Thursday, September 28 at 12:00 pm Eastern.
The album, released by via Nonesuch/Warner Bros., hits music retailers and streaming services on Friday, October 13, 2017. Every ticket purchased online will be joined by either a physical or digital copy of Carry Fire when it’s released
The first single off the album, Bluebirds Over The Mountain was released on September 26. The song was initially written by rockabilly legend Ersel Hickey and later recorded by both Richie Valens and The Beach Boys, Plant’s rendition features special guest Chrissie Hynde joining Plant on vocals. The track is accompanied by a striking companion visual, streaming now at Plant’s official YouTube channel.
Carry Fire is Plant’s 11th solo album and first full-length release since 2014’s acclaimed lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar. Plant produced Carry Fire in the west of England at Top Cat Studio in Box, Wiltshire, with additional recordings at Real World Studios and Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Wales. As before, Plant is accompanied by The Sensational Space Shifters: Justin Adams on guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, E-bow quartet, percussion, snare drum, tambourine; John Baggott on keyboards, moog, loops, percussion, drums, brass arrangement, t’bal, snare drum, slide guitar, piano, electric piano, bendir; Billy Fuller on bass, keyboards and drum programming; Dave Smith on bendir, tambourine, djembe, drum kit; and Liam “Skin” Tyson on dobro, guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, twelve-string.
Plant and the Space Shifters are joined on Carry Fire by a number of special guests, including Hynde, Albanian cellist Redi Hasa, and acclaimed musician Seth Lakeman, who contributes viola and fiddle to three tracks. Lakeman will join the Sensational Space Shifters on all upcoming world tour dates.
“It’s about intention,” says Plant. “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.”