Robert Plant to play Thomas Wolfe in January

Ticketing info: Tickets will go on sale Friday, November 19th at 10:00 A.M. Ticket prices will be $76, $61, and $46. Visit ticketmaster.com or the Civic Center Box Office to purchase tickets.

This just in: The news from Rounder Records that Robert Plant will kick off his North American tour in Asheville:

“Rounder Records is excited to announce that Robert Plant has confirmed a 15-date North American tour. Beginning January 18th in Asheville, NC, this will be the first tour on these shores since the triumphant release of his latest album, Band of Joy, which Rolling Stone magazine in its four-star review called ‘sweet, elegant folk that still swings like Satan’s barn door.’ The touring band will once again be the same that made the record: Patty Griffin, vocals; Darrell Scott, multi instrumentalist/vocals; Byron House, bass/vocals; Marco Giovino, drums and percussion/vocals, and co-producer Buddy Miller, guitar/vocals. North Mississippi Allstars will be supporting on all the dates. The full itinerary is listed below.

The response to Band of Joy has been glowing. Time called the new album ‘smoldering,’ while Entertainment Weekly noted that Plant ‘sounds vocally re-energized.’ Spin described the songs as ‘moonshine-soaked country blues with a gospel undercurrent,’ and American Songwriter claimed that the record ‘reveals another side of Plant’s persona, and touches on all the places he’s been while simultaneously pointing to an appealing, restless future.’ The Washington Post hailed, ‘Plant has nuance and subtlety to match his power and range,’ while The New York Times raved that the performances on Band of Joy are ‘consistently surprising.’ At radio, the album’s single ‘Angel Dance’ has been growing at Triple A steadily since its release. It’s been Top 10 since August, Top 5 since September, and No. 1 for the last two weeks and counting.

The tour dates are below:

January

18   Asheville, N.C.  Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

19   Pittsburgh, PA   Peterson Events Center (University of Pittsburgh)

21   Ann Arbor, MI   Hill Auditorium

22   Toronto, ONT   Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

25   Boston, MA   House of Blues

26   Upper Darby, PA   Tower Theatre

28   Mashantucket, CT   MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino

29   New York, NY   Beacon Theatre

February

1   Washington, DC   DAR Constitution Hall

2   Raleigh, NC   Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

4   North Charleston, SC   North Charleston Performing Arts Center

5   Atlanta, GA   Fox Theatre

7   Charlotte, NC   Ovens Auditorium

8 and 9   Nashville, TN   War Memorial Auditorium.”

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