Robert Plant returned to Austin City Limits for the first time in 14 years for an hour-long episode that mixed reimagined renditions of Led Zeppelin classics with material from his Sensational Space Shifters.
The concert, recorded back in March at Austin's Moody Theatre but broadcasted Saturday night on the long-running music series, kicked off with "The Lemon Song" and also featured spirited takes of Zeppelin's "Black Dog," "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" and a mash-up of "Whole Lotta Love" with the Willie Dixon-penned blues cut "I Just Want to Make Love to You."
In an interview with ACL's Terry Lickona accompanying the Moody Theatre performance, Plant said of the Sensational Space Shifters, "This is where the path has taken me. This is where we've gone. I am virtually and totally reliant on the magic that we've created. It's a really, really great place to go. I've been in a lot of different incarnations of using my voice in the last 10 years, and this is a great place to be."
The October 22nd episode of Austin City Limits will be split between Florence + the Machine and Andra Day, followed a week later by Iggy Pop's hour-long episode.
Robert Plant's Austin City Limits Setlist
"Turn It Up"
"In the Mood"
"Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You"
"I Just Want to Make Love to You/Whole Lotta Love"