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- Posted on Nov 1st 2010 6:00AM by Farah Ishaq
Slotted between Sir Elton John and Neil Diamond as headliners of this year's Electric Prom's festival, Plant and the Band of Joy -- country queen singer Patty Griffin and veteran US musicians Darrell Scott, Byron House, Marco Giovino and Buddy Miller -- certainly lived up to their billing as the "rock" night. Well, country rock, as Plant continues to stun with his Delta blues, country roots and Americana influences.
As anticipated, Plant referenced his past plenty, leading the group through several adapted versions of classic Led Zeppelin tracks.
Fans were treated early on to a low-key versions of 'Tangerine' and 'Misty Mountain Hop,' before slotting in 'Houses of the Holy,' 'Gallow's Pole' and 'Rock and Roll' throughout the night.
Sticking closely to Band of Joy shows already performed on their short tour of the UK this week, the band also played through gently brooding album tracks like 'House of Cards' and 'Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down.'
Plant told the audience, "It is great to be in this building. I think I have been here before but then I think I've been to a lot of places before."
The Band of Joy tracks culminated with their cover of Townes Van Zandt's gem 'Harm's Swift Way.'
The billed London Oriana Choir were brought on for the hair-raising encore, amplifying the hymn '12 Gates to the City' and their a cappella cover of the Grateful Dead's 'And We Bid You Goodnight' to epic proportions.
Plant and the Band of Joy finish their short UK tour at Manchester Palace Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 31 and the BBC Electric Proms concert will be broadcast on BBC 2 on Saturday, Nov. 4.
Robert Plant's BBC Electric Proms setlist was:
'Down to the Sea'
'House of Cards'
'Please Read the Letter'
'Misty Mountain Hop'
'Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down'
'Central Two O Nine'
'Houses of the Holy'
'Can't Buy Me Love'
'Tall Cool One'
'Harms Swift Way'
'Rock and Roll'
'12 Gates to the City'
'I Bid You Goodnight'