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Robert Plant, Manchester Apollo
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Whoever Robert Plant has got as is sound engineer must be one of the best, as you would expect from the former Led Zeppelin frontman: you could hear every instrument on stage and the sound was note perfect.

With his band, The Sensational Space Shifters and a new album, Carry Fire recently released it was a gig of tracks from the past and the present.

New World, a track off the new album opens things up. Rather than hire a load of American musicians, the Sensational Space Shifters are all great British musicians.

It was not long before a Led Zeppelin track was aired, That's The Way sounded brilliant whilst The May Queen benefitted from tonight's support act, Seth Lakeman appearing on stage to play fiddle on the song.

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He still has the voice as witnessed on the Bukka White cover of Fixin To Die and the Richard and Linda Thompson cover of House of Cards.

On the new album Chrissie Hynde joins him on the duet of Bluebirds Over The Mountain. Alas we didn't get that tonight but the track still worked well.

The encore also included perfect versions of two Led Zeppelin songs: What Is and What Should Never Be and Whole Lotta Love.

It had been a creative and powerful gig, for many it was their first time to see this legendary rock singer, one of the best that the UK has produced - no one should have been disappointed.

Robert Plant, Manchester Apollo, 5th December 2017, 19:44 PM