Saturday, November 20, 2010


I love giving presents.

You know what I love more than giving presents? Giving someone a present that I get to enjoy just as much as they do.

Um, not that kind of present.

I just got him concert tickets to Robert Plant & The Band of Joy as a Merry Christmas/Happy Birthday present. They play here in February a couple of days before his birthday.

As most of you know, we're both huge Led Zeppelin fans. I've seen Robert play twice, and Chuck's also seen him twice. Each time he plays, he's with a different group of musicians, and the collaborations always seem to really work.

A lot of Zep fans lament the fact that he's the one that puts the kibosh on a reunion tour. I don't. While it would be cool and everything, I understand why he doesn't want to do it. Can you imagine playing the same songs with the same group of people night after night for 40 years? I'd get tired as hell.

And the collaborations Robert participates in have been genius so far.

Chuck and I saw him perform with Allison Krauss in 2008. We had to travel out to Charlotte to get some of my immigration obligations taken care of, and on the way back we popped into Asheville to see the concert. We had 2nd row tickets at the Asheville Civic Center. One of the best shows I've ever attended. Those two are awesome together. T-Bone Burnett was playing with them, he's had his hand in producing many award winning albums in the last couple of years. Buddy Miller was on guitar as well. That dude rocks. Here's a pic from the show.

Anyway, I had the pleasure of listening to Robert Plant & The Band of Joy's new album on our in-store play list at work. it's great. 'Band of Joy' as a name goes back to Robert's early days before Zep. He and John Bonham were in a band with the same name. Robert liked it I guess, and is using it for this latest collaboration of musicians. Buddy Miller is playing with him again this time around. Which is all kinds of AWESOME.

This is my favourite off the new album. It's a cover of Los Lobos' 'Angel Dance'.

Anyway, I'm very excited. Best present I could have bought us, I mean him :)


Pam's English Garden said...

Dear Kyna, I just gave my husband, for his birthday, a DVD that I am anxious to see. I think a gift you can share together is a great gift!

I too love Robert Plant who was born in England's West Midlands like me. Of course, I am older than he is, but Stairway to Heaven is my all time favourite. I think Led Zeplin split up because of the death of John Bonham and I wonder if that is why Robert Plant doesn't want a reunion ... although he has performed with John's son Jason.

I was thrilled that the Queen gave Robert Plant the CBE last year. He earned it.

By the way, my drummer-playing young grandson thinks I'm a real cool Nana because I know so much about one of his favorite groups.

Wishing your hubby a happy birthday. Pam x

Kyna said...

Yeah, I know that he's said a Led Zep reunion without John Bonham just isn't Led Zeppelin. I had quite a few friends who were lucky enough to be at the O2 show a couple of years ago. I really wish I could have seen it. But like I said, I really dig everything he's doing these days that I don't mind too much.

So you're a Black Country Woman, are you? ;)

And you are a cool Nana! You're really older than him? I wouldn't have guessed, you're so hip :D

Byddi - We didn't come here for the grass... said...

I'm totally with you on that one. I just gave my hubby a Brookstone electric massager for his sore back for our wedding anniversary...of course I'll let him use it on me too!

Also love the hair - that's a fabulous picture of you in the previous post - Gorgeous!

The Garden Ms. S said...

Great present. You will both have a blast and some new memories together. :)

Now, if I could just forget everything I saw after I clicked on the first video in your post...hehe.

The Idiot Gardener said...

I went to the concert at Knebworth in 79, and after that they split. To me, that was final. I have avoided anything any of them have done since then. I might be missing out, but I just can't see it being anything but disappointing.

Hope you enjoy it!

Bub said...

Is that J.T. in the first video?!

Shared presents are a fantastic way of getting exctly what you want - smart move. However, I wouldn't mind betting Chuck's got a box tucked away just for you!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Kyna girl anything phrase/title what ever .. with "joy" in it ? has to be GOOD ! .. nahhhh ! has to be excellent EH! .. I have been working the kinks out of the name change on my blog and trying to pick up my blog roll people .. for some reason I lost the blank thing when I revamped .. so in case you were looking for me ? .. I am CanadianGardenJoy now : )
Happy second Turkey Day girl .. I hope you have your 'turkey eating pants " on again !!! hehehe
Joy : )