While beginning his tour with the Sensational Shape Shifters to promote his recent record, Carry Fire, Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant stopped by BBC’s studios for a short session.
Though the hour-long session itself featured an incredible performance that blended his solo work with Zeppelin classics, one song from his proved to be especially notable.
Plant surprised viewers by busting out “In The Light,” a track from Zeppelin’s seminal Physical Graffiti, for the first time in 15 years.
The song, written largely by John Paul Jones with contributions from Plant and Page, was never actually performed live by the band, though Plant and Page would resurrect it for occasional performances throughout the 90s, and Plant would again perform it in 2001 and 2002 with the Strange Sensations.
Yet the Sensational Space Shifters truly nail it, a violin accomplishing a similar vibe to the original, which used a bow on an acoustic guitar. Plant’s vocals sound simply incredible, the band matching his energy and never faltering for a second on the debut.
Did you know there was such a thing as the UK Americana Awards? I guess it (sort of) makes sense. On Feb 1st, Mr. Plant received their lifetime achivement award. He performed with the Shape Shifters at the ceremony, but also dropped a little Zep with Mumford & Sons. The powerful Led Zeppelin III track "Gallow's Pole" was an ideal choice.
The full BBC session...
... and a link to more videos from the UK Americana Awards, including Plant and all performers honoring Tom Petty.