One of the world’s biggest rockstars, Robert Plant, returned to his roots last night to give a stunning performance at an eagerly-awaited homecoming gig.
The former Led Zeppelin frontman, who was born in West Bromwich, is often spotted in the Black Country, normally cheering on his beloved Wolves.
But the 65-year-old decided to treat his Midland fans with his first gig at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in eight years.
His appearance at the venue was one of just a handful of UK tour dates which will be performed by the star this year – and saw more than 3,000 people pack into the city centre hall.
Heading up his latest band, Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters, he gave a thrilling performance at the sell-out gig, playing an array of Led Zeppelin hits including Whole Lotta Love and Heartbreaker.
Despite reaching pension age Plant has maintained his legendary rock God stage presence and clearly still loves to perform.
Gary Jones from Wolverhampton, went to see the show with his wife Sarah.
Mr Jones, who has seen Plant perform live around five times, described the show as ‘probably the best’ concert he’d seen of Plant’s yet.
“It was really, really good,” said the 51-year-old. “It was very Led Zeppelin – more so than I thought it would be – but I haven’t got a problem with that. It was an excellent show.
“Robert Plant really can still sing – we just need him singing at Wolves matches now. It’s probably the best show of his I’ve seen yet.”
Andy Powell, of Cheslyn Hay, echoed his views, saying he felt the star simply had got ‘better with age’.
“His voice has just got better with age,” said 50-year-old Mr Powell. “When you compare Plant to other musicians from that era it’s incredible how great he still sounds. The gig was very Led Zeppelin orientated, but the crowds loved it. It was really impressive.”
Laura Campbell went to the gig with her father Ian who first went to see Led Zeppelin at the Odeon Cinema for £1 in 1972. She says she ‘absolutely loved’ Plant’s performance of the band’s many hits.
“It was really good,” said 24-year-old Miss Campbell, of Solihull. “My favourite songs from the show included Friends and Whole Lotta Love, but the whole concert was really cool.”
As well as performing some of his Led Zeppelin hits Plant also showed off some newer sounds from his latest band Sensational Space Shifters.
The six-piece band boasts talented musicians including guitarist Justin Adams, and bass player Billy Fuller of trip hop legends Massive Attack.