Magnificent is one of several words that readily come to mind in describing the performance at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto last night (Sept. 15) by Robert Plant and the Sensational Shape Shifters.

Plant and his band were in dynamic shape as they rolled through an impressive set of  nine re-worked Zep pillar-pieces and a handful of S. S. S. tracks (from the current album Lullaby and …the Ceaseless Roar)including a new tune entitled Crawling King Snake.

The show was highlighted by stellar musicianship and some awesome solo stretches.

In an amiable conversation after the show, Robert told me that following four more shows, the Space Shifters would be taking a chill out on the performing agenda for the rest of the year.

The former lead singer of Led Zeppelin has three separate musical adventures on the go at present – the Sensational Space Shifters, a renewed duet relationship with Alison Krauss and a body of work recorded under the name of The Band of Joy.

The S. S. S. Have been performing together for three years as part of the 35 year post-Zeppelin career which Robert has maintained with class and distinction.

Following is the set list for the September 15 Toronto concert.

Trampled Under Foot

Turn It Up

Black Dog


Black Country Woman


The Rain Song

No Place to Go / Dazed and Confused

The Lemon Song

Little Maggie

Crawling King Snake

Whole Lotta Love / Who Do You Love


Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down / In My Time Of Dying

Rock and Roll