The news came swiftly, decisively, and across all platforms. Robert Plant is back at it with a brand-new solo album, a tour announcement, and a new single to go with them. It’s a good Friday, indeed. Prior to today, the former Led Zeppelin frontman and lead singer already enjoyed a highly successful solo career, with ten solo albums out.
Robert Plant’s new album Carry Fire is scheduled to release Friday, October 13th.
In the early hours of Friday morning in the UK (or in the dead of night in the US), Robert Plant’s social media accounts showed a flurry of activity. His new profile photo shows a grizzled but unmistakable Robert Plant against a red backdrop, glaring intently into the distance. The words “ROBERT PLANT / CARRY FIRE” show in the top right corner.
His new Facebook cover photo, a gradient that evokes a fire lighting up the night, has the same words, but some additional ones that confirm what we’re all hoping for.
“The New Album / 13.10.17” all but seal the deal. Subsequent posts across Facebook, Twitter, and his web page confirm these details. To accompany the announcement, the first single from Carry Fire, “The May Queen,” is also available.
Watch the video for “The May Queen” below:
“The May Queen” is also available to stream on Spotify as well as Google Play Music. An obvious nod to a line from “Stairway to Heaven”, “The May Queen” is a continuation of a mellow, folk rock sound that makes up much of Robert Plant’s solo work. There’s also no doubt from the opening first lines – the 68 year-old rock star still has it.
To top off all this news, Robert Plant will also embark on an album tour from November-December. The dates and cities appeared briefly on his web page, but are no longer visible. Luckily, Songkick’s tour page has these dates and locations. For now, the tour only shows locations in the UK. Perhaps a world tour is on the way in early 2018?
Stay tuned for more news on Robert Plant and Carry Fire as further details emerge.
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