Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Apollo, Manchester

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There are not many true rock and roll legends left in the world but Wednesday night saw one of the greatest grace the stage at Manchester Apollo.

Robert Plant once lead singer of Led Zeppelin, often cited as the greatest band in the world, played a two hour set to a packed theatre which considering ticlet prices were as much as £75 is no mean feat.

Touring his latest album Carry Fire, Plant is one of those rare breed of performers who have continued to develop and produce ground breaking material after leaving an already successful band.

Tonight’s set list is a testament to Plants career with songs from four of his solo albums plus no fewer than nine covers, four of which four were Led Zeppelin songs,something which no doubt pleased many of the audience.

First up was New World from the Carry Fire album with Plant joined on stage by support act Seth Lakeman on fiddle, Sethman would feature on quite a few songs this evening playing alongside The Sensational Space Shifters. The first non solo track of the evening was Thats The Way a gentle acoustic Led Zeppelin song beautifully performed by Plant and guitarist Skin Tyson then it was a country style song with All The Kings Horses.

Plant has never been afraid to explore his influences and a cover of Richard and Linda Thompson’s House of Cards followed by the traditional Gallows Pole(often played by Zeppelin) showed how far those influences stretch. The blues and rock and roll is what Plant has always done best and a storming Funny In My Mind (I Believe I’m Fixin To Die) brings out the best of the band and gets the audience rocking.

The set finishes with another Led Zeppelin cover Misty Mountain Hop before the band reappear for a three song encore finishing up with the classic Whole Lotta Love with Plants voice sounding as good as when he first sang it.,

The whole evening, from Seth Lakeman’s support set, the excellent Sensational Space Shifters and a Robert Plant still at the top of his game,was a joy to watch and one of those occasions where you left feeling you’d got your money’s worth!

That my first ever gig was The Who at Belle Vue which shows how long I've been going to gigs. However despite always being interested in photography it's only in the last few years I've been fortunate enough to shoot gigs.

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