Robert Plant

Could it be the voice of Led Zeppelin is on even better form than ever? The sellout University of East Anglia crowd seemed to think so, as Robert Plant thrilled them with a stunning set.

Could it be the voice of Led Zeppelin is on even better form than ever?

The sellout University of East Anglia crowd seemed to think so, as Robert Plant thrilled them with a stunning set.

The heaving audience witnessed one of the great rock singers at the top of his game as he toured through what he called “a news broadcast from the last 45 years”.

Unlike some contemporaries, Plant has lost little if any of his force or range, and the years have added a mature mellowness. The famous, tender banshee's wail was intact on Misty Mountain Hop, and Morning Dew from new album Dreamland.

But a beautiful acoustic rock version of Bob Dylan's Girl from the North Country, along with Zeppelin classic Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, had by turns awesome power and intimacy. And if blistering covers of vintage tracks by psychedelic rockers Love left the crowd nonplussed, faithful renditions of Led Zeppelin III's Celebration Day and, of course, Whole Lotta Love did the trick.

As the latter's opening riff kicked in, it's hard to think there was anywhere more exciting to be than the UEA last night.

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