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Robert Plant Announces New Album, Premieres "The May Queen"

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The last we heard from Robert Plant was 2014's excellent Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar, a record the former Led Zeppelin frontman recorded with his backing group, the Sensational Shape Shifters.

Now, Plant has announced his return with the Sensational Space Shifters, detailing a new album—his 11th—called Carry Fire. With the announcement also comes the premiere of "The May Queen," our first glimpse of the new album. You can check it out below.

“It’s about intention. I respect and relish my past works, but each time I feel the incentive to create new work, I must mix old with new," Plant said about Carry Fire. “Consequently, the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat—the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation.”

Carry Fire is set for an October 13 release via Nonesuch/Warner. You can preorder (preordering the album includes the opportunity to gain priority access to pre-sales for tickets to Plant's upcoming U.K. tour) here. You also can look at Plant's upcoming tour dates below the video.

Robert Plant — UK Tour

  • Nov 16: Plymouth Pavilions
  • Nov 17: Bristol Colston Hall
  • Nov 20: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
  • Nov 22: Llandudno Venue Cymru
  • Nov 24: Newcastle City Hall
  • Nov 25: Liverpool Oympia
  • Nov 27: Glasgow SEC Armadillo
  • Nov 28: Perth Concert Hall
  • Nov 30: Manchester O2 Apollo
  • Dec 02: Belfast Ulster Hall
  • Dec 06: Sheffield City Hall
  • Dec 08: London Royal Albert Hall
  • Dec 11: Portsmouth Guildhall
  • Dec 12: Birmingham Symphony Hall

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.