A rare snowy day in Nashville, Tennessee, set the stage for an even rarer event – an intimate concert by rock icon Robert Plant, at the War Memorial Auditorium. Performing with his Grammy-nominated group – aptly titled the Band of Joy – Plant played both Led Zeppelin classics and new songs that continue to have an impact on the music scene today.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robert Plant is over 40 years into his storied career in music – and 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 legendary band 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 has created a new Band of Joy, which features fellow luminaries Buddy Miller and 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.
Originally built to honor the 3,400 Tennesseans who died in the First World War, Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium was dedicated in 1925 and became the performance home of the Nashville Symphony (1925-1980) and the Grand Ole Opry (1939-1943). Upon completion, its architect, Edward Dougherty, was given the Gold Medal Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Institute of Architecture. Leading architects and artists of the time contributed to its style, near-perfect acoustics, and atmosphere. For over 80 years, that legacy has continued, with hundreds of artists performing there over the decades—among them David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, Procol Harem with opening act The Eagles, and Ray Charles.