Robert Plant puts on a show to remember at the sold-out Riviera Theatre in Chicago.
It’s not everyday a rock n roll legend comes to town, but when they do you make sure you are there. Tonight, the sold-out Riviera Theatre was crammed full of fans as Robert Plant and his band the Sensational Space Shifters take to the stage.
The show kicks off with “New World” from his latest album, Carry Fire. The first part of the show predominantly focuses on his solo work, including “The May Queen,” also from his latest album, along with “Turn It Up” and “Rainbow” from Lullaby and… the Ceaseless Roar. However, the moment he did venture down the much-awaited path of days gone by, a deathly silence fell over the audience as they took in the moment as his voice rang out across the room for “That’s The Way” and “Babe, I’m Going To Leave You.”
The audience is clearly made up of a combination of Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin fans. Since he turned down the opportunity to reunite the band, the fans are clearly grasping onto any opportunity they can to catch a glimpse of the rock n roller perform. They will by no means be disappointed as regardless, they still get to marvel at the superb musicianship on display tonight. Both old and new material is lapped up by the crowd as everyone is packed in and straining to get a glimpse of the stage.
Whilst he may sing in a slightly lower key than when some of these songs were first written, the voice is clearly still very much there and recognizable. At 69 years of age, he still has a voice that many half his age would envy.
A standout song of the evening was his Celtic-influenced Americana number, “Please Read The Letter,” which was originally a duet with Alison Krauss. The song’s crescendo kicked the evening up a notch. The night is brought to a climactic close with a mash-up of “Bring It On Home,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “Santianna.”
An icon such as Plant could easily fill a venue much larger than the Riviera. However, the benefit of seeing him play a venue of this size is that you get to see someone of such stature in an intimate surrounding. For those who were lucky enough to secure themselves a ticket, they were treated to a night of fantastic music.
With the entire US tour already showing as being sold-out, it is clear this legend still knows how to draw the crowds in. The tour finishes off in LA on March 2nd. Here’s hoping it’s not too long before he is back, giving those who were not lucky enough to secure a ticket, the chance to see the icon.
Event Date: 20-FEB-2018