The Rolling Stones may be the greatest rock and roll band, but Led Zeppelin embodies the mythos of rock and Robert Plant is the archetype of the rock god. So when Robert Plant booked a show in lil ol’ Asheville with Alison Krauss, I had to grab a ticket, even though I had seen Plant multiple times before. The two had recently collaborated on an album, “Raising Sand.” Then I discovered that T Bone Burnett was also part of their band, and I was really psyched. I knew this was going to be a special show.
I went with my wife and we had decent seats about halfway back on the side. The Civic Center is far from acoustically perfect, but it really didn’t matter, they still sounded incredible.
Plant and Krauss each sang some songs separately and many together. I was really impressed by how well they harmonized. Many rock singers suffer from voice damage in later years, but Plant still sounded great. He performed three Zeppelin tunes: Black Dog, Black Country Woman, and Battle of Evermore. I can honestly say that the performance of “The Battle of Evermore” was one of my most memorable moments of live music performances ever. I managed to find a YouTube recording of the performance. The quality of the video is not the greatest, but it at least gives a sense of how magical the performance was.
The Battle of Evermore – Asheville Civic Center
Overall, it was a wonderful date night with my wife. I’m fortunate to be married to someone who loves live music as much as I do.
For those of you who are interested, here is the complete setlist from the concert.
- Rich Woman
- Leave My Woman Alone
- Black Dog
- Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us
- Through the Morning, Through the Night
- It’s Goodbye and So Long to You
- Fortune Teller
- Black Country Woman
- In the Mood
- Bon Temps Rouler
- Shut it Tight
- Trampled Rose
- Green Pastures
- Down to the River to Pray
- Killing the Blues
- The Battle of Evermore
- Please Read the Letter
- Gone Gone Gone
- Don’t Knock
- (I’m a) One Woman Man
- Your Long Journey