Robert Plant Announces New Album, Premieres “The May Queen”

By Jackson Maxwell                                          Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

The last we heard from Robert Plant was 2014’s excellent Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar, a record the former Led Zeppelin frontman recorded with his backing group, The Sensational Shape Shifters.

Now, Plant has announced his return with The Sensational Space Shifters, detailing a new album—his 11th—called Carry Fire. With the announcement also comes the premiere of “The May Queen,” our first glimpse of the new album. You can check it out below.

“It’s about intention. I respect and relish my past works, but each time I feel the incentive to create new work, I must mix old with new,” Plant said about Carry Fire. “Consequently, the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat—the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation.”

Carry Fire is set for an October 13 release via Nonesuch/Warner. You can preorder (preordering the album includes the opportunity to gain priority access to pre-sales for tickets to Plant’s upcoming U.K. tour) here. You also can look at Plant’s upcoming tour dates below the video.

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Robert Plant—UK Tour

Nov 16: Plymouth Pavilions
Nov 17: Bristol Colston Hall
Nov 20: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Nov 22: Llandudno Venue Cymru
Nov 24: Newcastle City Hall
Nov 25: Liverpool Oympia
Nov 27: Glasgow SEC Armadillo
Nov 28: Perth Concert Hall
Nov 30: Manchester O2 Apollo
Dec 02: Belfast Ulster Hall
Dec 06: Sheffield City Hall
Dec 08: London Royal Albert Hall
Dec 11: Portsmouth Guildhall
Dec 12: Birmingham Symphony Hall

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