Dance In the Dark and Light

Yesterday was amazing! I took the train into Boston to see Robert Plant with Alison Krauss & T- Bone Burnett. I met my friend Paul at South Station. After a longer than expected trudge through the twists and turns of re-routed pedestrian paths and bridges we were rescued by a kind soul named Brian Walsh.
He happened to be driving by the venue to see if he could score tickets to see Donna Summer.
Believe it or not, he actually asked us not to beat him up after we learned about his box office mission. Even though I wore a hole through the sole of my sneaker (Due to my crutchwalking, I drag my left foot pretty badly). Brian saved Paul and I lot more hoofing. He also showed us where to catch the Silver Line of the MBTA so we would not end up walking in circles looking for the way back to South Station.
Paul and I made it to the show in enough time to buy small portions of overpriced food and a couple of beers in plactic bottles Our seats were 6th row, floor at the Bank of America Pavillion. I was asked by another fan to call the opener. I thought “Gone Gone Gone,” but I was wrong. “Rich Woman” was the opener.
The show was nothing short of incredible.
Paul and I have collected Led Zeppelin recordings for years. We have researched and listened to hours of audio, video, artifacts and articles between us. Last night marked Paul’s first ever chance to see a member of Zeppelin in the flesh. It was a special night marked by many highlights. Reworked Zep favorites included: “Black Bog”, “Back Country Woman”, “The Battle of Evermore” & “When The Levee Breaks.”
This pair of performers seem to be quite an odd paring at first thought.
However, the two come together like chocolate and potato chips; salty and sweet can’t be beat. Both are Krauss and Plant are icons in their respective genres. The album and supporting tour for, Raising Sand includes beautifully arranged songs that highlight the power and subtlety of music. They were joined onstage by T-Burnett and a solid supporting cast of musicians. Their songs hold many of moving moments. The sound was as blend of O Brother Where Art Thou meets Zeppelin with a dash of the Everly Brothers sprinkled in for good measure. Plant summed it up early on by saying: "This is no accident…and this, is no accident…as Krauss sang a haunting redition of Tom Wait’s, “Trampled Rose.”
A run through the classic, “Who Do You Love” was included in the set as a tribute to the recently deceased Bo Diddley. The concert was a history lesson of American music. A celebration of past, present and future.

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