Robert Plant & The Band of Joy

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 new, 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.

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The Nashville War Memorial, established in 1925 as a tribute to Tennessee veterans, is a historic landmark within the state capitol complex that also houses a military history museum. “Victory” is the name of the statue that stands in the center of the courtyard holding a Nike in his open left palm, symbolizing victory in World War I. From 1939 to 1943, War Memorial Auditorium served as the fourth home of the Grand Ole Opry, before it moved to its current home at the Ryman Auditorium.

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