Concert in Berlin: Nothing for Led Zeppelin fans – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss at Zitadelle Spandau


Before Wednesday, there had been warnings about a heat peak in Berlin for several days. Karl Lauterbach called on older citizens in particular to be especially vigilant. Nevertheless, 73-year-old Robert Plant dared to go outside – to continue his work as a singer, which he no longer had to do. Especially not for financial reasons, because Led Zeppelin alone made him so rich that he could count his account numbers at home. But he doesn’t want to, instead he keeps recording albums and concerts because he likes it. You notice this immediately when Zitadelle Spandau takes the stage at her concert in Berlin on Wednesday evening.

27 Grammys for Alison Krauss

There are five members of the band alongside Plant and Alison Krauss, who is no longer young, who not only looks great, but also easily surpasses her stage partner Robert Plant in prices. The bluegrass queen won 27 Grammys, surpassing her only by Beyoncé. Most of the people in the audience, which are also mostly older people, probably already know this. After all, Robert Plant, for whom the overwhelming majority – also visible on many Led Zeppelin T-shirts – collaborated with Alison Krauss back in 2007. Their joint album “Raising Sand” received euphoric reviews from critics. Reviews of the album “Raise the Roof”, with which they resumed cooperation in 2021, were not so euphoric. But still okay.

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Entering with the “Rich Woman”

Currently, they present excerpts from the album at one of the few German concerts in Berlin. After the troubadour put the audience in the mood for high-level countrys martial arts stars, the stars take the stage without a bohemian star and enter with “Rich Woman”. So much is immediately clear, if the audience still wants their nostalgia at the controls of the Zeppelin to be satisfied, they won’t have an enthusiastic evening. There will be a few Zeppelin titles, but the interpretation here has as much to do with stadium rock as Spandau is with Berlin (you must know that the once-included Spandauers don’t see themselves as Berliners).

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The classic Zep “Rock’n’Roll”, which was of course received with great sympathy by around 6,000 listeners, is presented as a violin version that will crown any party in the forest. In Spandau it is also well received, because we now know that Robert – today in a checked shirt – is now on this trip. “When the Levee Breaks” from the Zeppelin IV album, which is actually a vintage 1929 blues song by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie, is a bit more boisterous.


In the meantime, I prefer the country style

But apparently that’s not what the Planty had been about for a long time. Now he prefers to shuffle the country style and clearly enjoys covering the great American pop musicians such as the Everly Brothers whom he respectfully names before singing with his co-singer on their song “Stick with Me Baby”. Plant is a neatly aged ex-rock star who seems clearly pleased that he doesn’t have to release any of his previous biggest hits. Even so, she still dominates the stage, sometimes Alison Krauss seems to be more of a side kick rather than an equal duo partner. Not that he put himself in the foreground, rather she holds back a little, for whatever reason. Not always, on “Trouble with my Love” she shows that she is also an absolutely equal frontwoman with her fantastic voice. After all, it is clear to everyone that what can belong together has come together here.

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