St. Augustine, Fla. (January 11, 2016) – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is proud to announce that legendary rock icon Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters with special guests The Sonics will perform at the Amphitheatre on Sunday, March 6, 2016. Tickets for Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters with special guests The Sonics will go on sale this Friday, January 15 at 10 a.m.
With over 40 years of success as a solo singer/songwriter, former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant continues to be a force in modern music. On his most recent album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, Plant—whom Rolling Stone readers had already voted as the top rock vocalist of all time in a 2011 poll—essays what are among the finest vocal performances of his solo career, balancing power and pathos—intimate and emotional at times (the keyboard-and-voice ballad “A Stolen Kiss,” recorded starkly in a chapel), atmospheric and incantatory at others (the dramatically unfolding “Embrace Another Fall,” a trip across the Welsh border).
The Sensational Space Shifters created a serious buzz on the concert and festival circuit (and, thanks to a legion of fans, all over YouTube). They built a rapport and a sound on stage that allowed them to freely experiment together when they finally reconvened in the studio. Working at Helium Studio in Wiltshire and Peter Gabriel’s Real World complex in Bath with Plant himself as producer, they quickly and intuitively found a fierce groove. Recalls Plant, “There were moments when the songs quite openly and inevitably told us what they would be. They were not only recorded but written on the spot.”
Originally from Tacoma, Washington, The Sonics are claimed worldwide to be the first punk band, or garage, or hard rock, or alternative, setting the stage for all that would follow. Their first full-length, Here Are the Sonics, was recorded in Seattle, Washington late 1964 and released early 1965 to widespread raves. A second album, Boom, followed in February 1966. During the recording, the Sonics ripped the soundproofing off the walls at the country and western-oriented Wiley/Griffith studio in Tacoma to “get a live-er sound.” Though the band fell apart between 1966 and 1968, their aggressive, hard-edged sound lived on to become a major influence on punk, garage, and hard rock music worldwide. Notably, they’ve been named as inspirations to Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, the Fall, as well as scores of other major artists. Since reuniting in 2007, the band has been sporadically active—eventually leading to the 2015 release of their first new album in 40 years, This is the Sonics.
Tickets for Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters with special guests The Sonics will go on sale this Friday, January 15 at 10 a.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Box Offices. Save on fees by purchasing tickets at the Box Office, walk around the venue to scout your potential seat and have first pick when tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Tickets will also be available at ticketmaster.com, all authorized TicketMaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.
SHOW: Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters with special guests The Sonics VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre DATE: Sunday, March 6, 2016 TIME: Doors 5:30pm / Show 7:00pm ADMISSION: $79.50 – General Admission Standing Pit