Gig review: Robert Plant

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The more I listen to Robert Plant’s new album, the more I love it.

For a guy with nothing left to prove, he still has so much to say on a wonderful musical journey that is fascinating and absorbing - and live, well, he delivered a magnificent gig at the O2 Academy in Glasgow on Saturday.

Surrounded by a stunning band, the Sensational Space Shifters, he treated us to his new album mixed with some absolute gems from the Zep catalogue.

Joyful African rhythms abounded along with some belting guitar work - a fusion that was simply perfect.

It was a joy to watch him having such fun too - little wonder he opted for this rather than an eyewatering mega-buck Led Zep reunion. This is where his musical heart lies.

Highlights? Take your pick from the stunning ‘A Stolen Kiss’ or the outstanding ‘Turn It Up’ ... or the Zep tracks which he wove into a peerless set; What Is And What Should Never Be and Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You, and of course ‘Rock And Roll’ which he introduced as ‘‘a little folk song’’ and dedicated to ‘‘anyone who doesn’t get the joke’’ ... and, slowly, out of a folksy start, it burst into full, raw life.

Add in ‘‘Whole Lotta Love’’ and this gig surely satisfied the Zep diehards as much as it did the fan base he has cultivated and nurtured with his solo work.

A genuine thrill to watch him play live.