Artists Den Entertainment and Universal Music Group will release Robert Plant & the Band of Joy: Live from the Artists Den on 5.1 BluRay and DVD in the US on July 10th. On July 9th, these products will be released internationally under exclusive license through Universal Music Group International. This epic show was filmed as a rare, intimate performance at the historic War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Selections from the show aired nationwide on public television’s Live from the Artists Den, the hit music series featuring acclaimed artists performing in extraordinary settings. Now released in full for the first time, the DVD features bonus interview clips and concert footage not included in the television broadcast, including six Led Zeppelin classics, three of which have never been shown before.
The DVD will also be presented as a featured story and product release for public television’s National Pledge starting July 26th, The series is a production of Artists Den Entertainment in association with WNET New York Public Media, and is distributed by American Public Television.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robert Plant has over 40 years invested in his legendary career in music – and he’s still going strong. In 1967, he formed a group called the Band of Joy with drummer John Bonham, before the two joined with guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones the following year to form the world renowned Led Zeppelin. After his 2007 Raising Sand collaboration with Alison Krauss garnered him six Grammy® Awards (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year), Plant created a new Band of Joy, which features Nashville native Buddy Miller and Artists Den alumna Patty Griffin. Their widely acclaimed album, Band of Joy, was nominated for Best Americana Album and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance at the 2011 Grammy® Awards.
The show was filmed at the magnificent War Memorial Auditorium, a landmark building established in 1925 as a tribute to the thousands of Tennesseans who gave their lives during World War I. A rare snowy day in Nashville set the stage for an even rarer event at the one-of-a-kind venue – a career-spanning concert by icon Plant & the Band of Joy, featuring Led Zeppelin favorites, traditional songs, hits from Plant’s solo catalogue, and new material.
Robert Plant explains the excitement of the evening in his own words in the liner notes included with the DVD:
“Some years back I was propelled by chance, with little planning or expectation into an American way…with a lean and pull into a new direction…voices and harmony, restraint and explosion, tight and loose, great joy in great company….in a blizzard in Nashville. My thanks to one and all for aiding and abetting this exciting bend in the road.”
Robert Plant & the Band of Joy: Live from the Artists Den is the sixth concert DVD release from the Artists Den.
Couldn’t make it to Bonnaroo this year? (We didn’t either…) Tune in to VEVO online or on your iPhone to check out a pretty damn good lineup streaming from Manchester, TN and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival! If you’ve been to Roo in the past, you’ve seen the big screens on the What Stage. You’ll be seeing the same thing if you tune in to VEVO during Bonnaroo weekend.
I can’t help but to feel guilty about having a front row seat on VEVO while eating Ben & Jerry’s Bonnaroo Buzz Ice Cream in the air condition while laying clean on my couch and drinking top shelf vodka. MTT is usually up in the front pit area, sweat and dirt covered, with beverage in hand, and mic/cameras in tow. Next year… NEXT YEAR.
Here’s the schedule for the remainder of the weekend:
Saturday June 11
11:30am – 1:00pm ET Del Mcoury & Preservation Hall Jazz Band
1:00pm – 2:30pm ET Primus
2:30pm – 4:00pm ET Ray LaMontagne
4:00pm – 5:30pm ET Alison Krauss & Union Station
5:30pm – 5:50pm ET Kylesa
5:50pm – 7:00pm ET Wiz Khalifa
7:00pm – 8:00pm ET Big Boi
8:00pm – 9:30pm ET Mumford & Sons
9:30pm – 11:00pm ET The Arcade Fire
Sunday June 12
12:30pm – 1:30pm ET Smith Westerns
1:30pm – 2:30pm ET Mavis Staples
2:30pm – 3:00pm ET Neon Trees
3:00pm – 3:30pm ET Bootsy Collins
3:30pm – 4:15pm ET Chiddy Bang
4:15pm – 5:00pm ET Galactic
5:00pm – 6:15pm ET Cold War Kids
6:15pm – 6:45pm ET Warren Haynes Band
6:45pm – 8:15pm ET The Strokes
8:15pm – 8:45pm ET Explosions in the Sky
8:45pm – 11:15pm ET Widespread Panic