Plant-Krauss: Something Else


On they sweep with threshing oar. (By Ricky Carioti)

As much as I'd like to see a Led Zeppelin reunion tour, I'm not sure they'd be capable of hitting a higher mark than Robert Plant and Alison Krauss did on Friday night at Merriweather.

It was a terrific show that was full of superlative moments - and surprises. The reworked version of "Black Dog," in particular, was a revelation. Plant and Krauss were both in fine voice - especially Krauss - and they were backed by a fantastic band that was theoretically led by T Bone Burnett, though the stars, to me, were multi-instrumentalists Buddy Miller and Stuart Duncan. (That Krauss woman can play a little bit, too.)

My dead-tree review is here.

Were you at Merriweather? (If so, were you that annoying guy in the front row, stage right, who kept dancing to a beat that nobody else was hearing?) Did you like the show as much as I did? Did you skip it because you're inherently opposed to the idea of Robert Plant singing gospel? Other crabs, nits, observations and apercus? And seriously: How in the world could Led Zep circa 2008 possibly outshine this most unlikely collaboration?

By J. Freedom du Lac |  June 16, 2008; 9:11 AM ET Concerts
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Plant & Krauss were just magic to watch ...and yes, kept thinking how royally piss'd I'd have been to have great seats near the stage only to be stuck behind the Lone Loopy Dancing Guy in the front row.

Posted by: Thanks for Not doing 'Stairway' | June 16, 2008 9:56 AM

I think the annoying guy in the front row, stage right, who kept dancing to a stage left at Dylan's Merriweather show last September. I can vouch as to how hard it was to watch. You should have taken pictures and posted them. Public shaming might be the only way to stop this. Though, which is worse silent Summer of Love-style writhing or audible discussions about Flomax side effects (runny nose, dizziness, decrease in semen) ?

Posted by: Self Congratulatory Hipster | June 16, 2008 11:00 AM

I don't, I might trade any of those for someone trying to sing along with Miss Krauss, but not in key or in tempo, then talking loudly through the songs she didn't know.

I was in the loge stage left and could avoid looking at the dancing bozo. Though that kind of behavior seems par for the course for the really pricey seats, some of those folks seem to feel entitled to act however they please (and the alcohol doesn't help).

Also, "Black Country Woman" was the highlight for me. Clearly Plant can play the wizened blues singer all he wants, but can drag that unearthly howl out at any time. I'll still hold out hope for a stateside Zep performance at some point.

Posted by: Hemisphire | June 16, 2008 11:33 AM

Twas there out in the lawn. TRhank goodness for being able to move around. I saw the idiot who was dancing on the screens a few times and poking above the stage. I can't imagine being stuck next to him.

Great show. The reworking of the Led songs was quite interesting, and I'm just happy to have been able to hear a few Led songs sung by the guy who first sang them. Mrs. Kraus also sounds quite awesome. I never realized how powerful her voice could be. Kudos to Mr. Burnett for putting this together.

Posted by: EricS | June 16, 2008 6:16 PM

I was at a Michael Buble show at Wolf Trap several years back, and there was a guy in the lawn seating who was on his feet belting out the songs along with Buble. A little while later, the same guy somehow managed to sneak up on stage and was ready to kick some crooner butt, but luckily a stagehand collared him about ten feet before he reached Buble. 100% true story...it was a little unnerving, and Buble managed to cool his way through it all, but only just.

Posted by: 23112 | June 16, 2008 10:06 PM

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