Being well prepared for what the Band of Joy plays and more importantly how they play it, I was really looking forward to seeing the show. Robert Plant has really aged quite gracefully for a rock star. It was so refreshing seeing someone from the 70's re-work old classics and also play new music with such enthusiasm and joy. He is playing what he wants, with whom he wants, exactly the way he wants. It was great being along for the ride Sunday night.
The band really plays well together and you can't ever go wrong having Buddy Miller as your guitar player. Buddy, Darrell Scott, and Patty Griffin all had solo spots with Robert Plant happy to sing back up or play some harmonica. In particular Darrell Scott was a revelation having not been familiar with his work...an omission I am currently rectifying.
I for one can live without a Zep reunion, as much as I love them. I could never be the same. The O2 shows will have to do and there are plenty of shows out there. You really need to check out the Band of Joy if they make it back here. It was a truly great evening of music.
Here are a few clips of the Band of Joy. Quality is so-so but you get the idea. There is also a ROIO form London last fall that is easy to track down and it has excellent sound. Search it out, it's worth the effort.