From the opening riffs of the Led Zeppelin cover “Black Dog”, to those lyrics from days of old “… Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time” in “Rock n Roll”, the Band of Joy brought out the joy in the standing room only crowd last night at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

Though once the voice of heavy metal, Robert Plant, now with a wisp of silver in his hair, continues to expand his repertoire of Amercana roots music, with this …  the third incarnation of Band of Joy. Really more a Hall of Fame Band of Joy: Led by famed country music producer and  songwriter Buddy Miller on lead guitar; folk music impresario Patty Griffin on vocals; Darrell Scott on pedal steel, guitar and banjo; and, backed Marco Giovina on drums and Byron House on the upright bass. This Band of Joy has allowed Mr. Plant to surround himself with a band, that is not only joyful, but also extremely talented.

Though the middle-aged crowd was there to see the former front man of Led Zeppelin, he took a step back, to offer backing vocal support for his supporting cast with Patty Griffin featured on the gospel tinged “Move Up”, Darrell Scott on the Porter Wagoner classic “A Satisfied Mind’ and Plant playing harmonica on “Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go” with Buddy Miller, performing a song written by his wife Julie Miller.

But it was the Zeppelin covers that kept the crowd on its feet and reminiscing of those days of old. From the laid back folksy versions of “Black Dog”, “Houses of the Holy” and “Tangerine” … to those sweet opening riffs of “Ramble On” to the set closing “Gallows Pole”. These were the songs of our youth … these were the songs we waited for … and in the encore when Mr. Plant sang … “It’s been a long time since I rocked and rolled” … we knew right then that we had been transported back to those “years ago in days of old, when magic filled the air”!

Robert Plant & the Band of Joy – Fox Theatre Atlanta – 2/5/2011 Setlist
Black Dog
Down to the Sea
Angel Dance
Houses of the Holy
Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down
Move Up – Patty Griffin
Cindy I’ll Marry You Someday
Life’s Little Ups & Downs
12 Gates
A Satisfied Mind – Darrell Scott
House of Cards
Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go – Buddy Miller
You Can’t Buy My Love
Ramble On
Tall Cool One
Gallows Pole

In The Mood
Rock n Roll