Concert Dates :: Robert Plant
|1. No Quarter
2. Shine It All Around
3. Black Dog
4. Freedom Fries
5. Morning Dew
6. That's The Way
7. Tin Pan Valley
9. Mighty Rearranger
10. Gallows Pole
11. When The Levee Breaks
12. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
13. The Enchanter
14. Whole Lotta Love
|Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation
Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, Georgia
June 30th, 2005
We (my best friend, my sister and I) set off for Atlanta and passed a tragic wreck on the way. It all made us feel sick to our stomachs. We got there in the nick of time to get to the box office. The venue was really nice--open air, probably about 2000 seater. It was 3/4 of the way full and minimal Zepp shirts. This was a different crowd from Philly--mainly preppie Southerner couples out for a night out. Our seats were in the back, but we moved to about midway down, so we had a good view. I hid my camera in Kirstin's sling, which was a good trick, but of no use because we were too far away and it was too dark to get any good shots. The air was sticky hot and we were sweating terribly. Even Robert made a comment about the heat---"We were just in Sweden (I think?) with Nelson Mandela and now we're here and it's quite a difference."
I actually got to see the opening band for a bit this time--Soundtrack of Our Lives. They are from Iceland. They played a decent set. I don't really like the lead singer's voice, but they had cool clothes and decent songs and nice jumps, so it was entertaining. The lead singer discreetly mentioned that they were scheduled to play an acoustic set at Smith's Olde Bar at midnight. I'm sure Robert was there, but we decided to skip out because we were all tired after the show and had to drive 3 hours.
Robert came on stage to a relaxed crowd, after the intro music of the techno/remix version of Shine It All Around played for about 5 minutes. Everyone was on their feet instantly and stayed there until Morning Dew, then were up again. The crowd was very accepting of the new songs, unlike the Philly crowds. Here is the set list in exact order:
-No Quarter-Shine It All Around-Black Dog-Freedom Fries-Morning Dew-That's The Way-Tin Pan Valley-Heart Breaker- Mighty Rearranger-Gallow's Pole-When The Levee Breaks-(Happy Birthday to Billy Fuller, bassist)-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You-The Enchanter-Whole Lotta Love
Robert was sporting a little beard and black leather pants with a black tuxedo shirt. He was sounding in top form and his voice only cracked once. The band, too, was really on, especially Skin who was impressively coaxing all sorts of sounds out of his guitar. Justin Adams dances weird, too, and was upstaging Robert with all these silly moves. Robert himself was all over the stage too and even pulled a few "Golden God" moves, too.
He introduced "That's the Way" as a song that came from the Misty Mountains. Then he said, "Well, the Smokey Mountain" and then he smoked a little air joint with a little wink wink.
Mighty Rearranger included a mean harp solo from Robert-what a thrill to hear him blow that harmonica. Black Dog had the same old call and response with Robert singing a verse of "Ahh-Ahhs" and the audience responding. Gallow's Pole was lacking a bit tonight---it was slow and lackluster and not how I remembered it from Philly.
After a killer version of Levee (at which point we walked near the stage to get a close look at old Robert), Robert announced to the audience that it was bassist Billy Fuller's 30th birthday and that it was Billy's first time in Atlanta. Then, an entourage of attractive young girls came parading onto the stage from the backstage area, the lead girl holding a cake with a few candles. "Happy Birthday to Billy and his girls", said Robert, and then Robert led the audience in a sing-a-long birthday song. As the girls left the stage, Robert said into the mic "Thanks, girls. Don't forget the ironing". What?! Then the band played a few measures of Foghat's "Just Wanna Make Love to You" (don't know if that's the exact name of the song). Between the Plantations from Philly and Atlanta, I think it is safe to say that Robert still seems to be a walking, talking sexual innuendo. He described the release of MR as "a series of fake orgasms".
One thing is for sure--Robert got the entire crowd off during WLL. BIGTLY was a high point of the encore as I was really hoping that he would play that specially, but this version of WLL blew both nights at Philly out of the water.
We danced wildly the whole way through WLL, going nuts the entire time. Robert was relentless in his attack on the crowd--between his nearly emabarrassingly orgasmic wails which the crowd shared along with him and him air humping the mic stand, he had us all seduced. At the end, he had us sing "You neeeedd it!!" three times before he was convinced we had sang it loud enough. And then those magical words, "Shake for me girl, I want to be your backdoor man".
After the show ended, the band took there bows and the three of us girls trotted all the way back to the car, filled with glee and high off of Robert Plant's satisfying performance. We stopped to peek behind the fence to get a glance of the tour bus, but we were too tired to hang about. Some old drunk man was running along the road singing "Women, you need love!!" We sang back -- "Wayyyy dowwn inside!" It was great--the guy went crazy.
Great show!!!! You've got to catch Robert this time around if you havent already.
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