Robert Plant announces 2018 solo tour dates; debuts “Bluebirds over the Mountain” video

Credit: Mads PerchRobert Plant will be burning up the road next year in North America with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, in support of his new solo album, Carry Fire, which will be released October 13. The Led Zeppelin singer’s stateside tour currently is scheduled to kick off February 9 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is mapped put through a March 2 concert in Los Angeles, with more dates expected to be added soon.

Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, September 29. Presale tickets will be available through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program starting Thursday, September 29, at noon ET. Fans must register online by Wednesday at noon ET to take part in the presale.

For each ticket purchased online, the buyer will receive either a digital or CD copy of “Carry Fire.”

In other news, an official video for the Carry Fire track “Bluebirds over the Mountain” has debuted at Plant’s official YouTube channel. The song, which features guest vocals by The PretendersChrissie Hynde, is a cover of a 1958 Ersel Hickey tune that also was previously recorded by Ritchie Valens and The Beach Boys. The animated clip depicts a fantastical journey by a young man and a young woman flying giant birds through different landscapes and time periods. The new track combines traditional folk and rock instrumentation with modern electronic sounds.

Fans who pre-order Carry Fire online will receive an instant free download of “Bluebirds over the Mountain” and two other songs — “The May Queen” and “Bones of Saints” — as well as an exclusive, limited-edition print of the album art. Those three tunes also can be purchased individually now at digital music sellers and are available via streaming services.

Here are Plant’s confirmed North American dates:

2/9 — Raleigh, NC, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2/11 — Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
2/12 — Norfolk, VA, Chrysler Hall
2/14 — New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
2/16 — Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
2/17 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall
2/20 — Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
2/22 — Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
2/24 — Denver, CO, Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
2/26 — Phoenix, AZ, Symphony Hall
2/28 — Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
3/2 — Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre

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