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The Blind Boys of Alabama to Join Robert Plant

Press Release: Blackout Music Management

The Blind Boys of Alabama to Join

Robert Plant & Sensational Space Shifters


Following last year's announcement that rock legend Robert Plant will be performing two New Zealand shows with his band the Sensational Space Shifters, Chugg Entertainment are thrilled to announce that The Blind Boys of Alabama will be joining the line-up for both the Wellington and Auckland shows.

The living legends of gospel music will be returning to NZ shores with their glorious meld of gospel, blues and rock n roll. It's harder to find a more joyful sound than their unforgettable shows filled with laughter and packed with emotion that they have finessed over seven decades of touring.

The Blind Boys were formed in the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind over 70 years ago and they haven't stopped since. Their road has not been easy, but their regard in the industry is unrivalled. Being winners of 5 Grammy Awards and honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 are just some of their career highlights. The Blind Boys have shared the stage and collaborated with the finest musicians and songwriters including Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Mavis Staples, Tom Petty, John Fogerty, Peter Gabriel - to name just a few. Now add to that - Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters!

Now fans have the extraordinary opportunity to witness a once in a life-time musical experience, a show that ultimately digs deep into the roots of the blues, turns rock on its head, mixes powerful rhythms and gorgeous gospel melodies - all delivered by some of the musical worlds most legendary, talented and unique performers.

"Seeing the Blind Boys of Alabama in concert is part living history, part concert, all uplifting experience...the best moments come when the group joins forces for stirring harmonies... Inspired and relevant...borders on the miraculous" -The Washington Post

"The fusion of the Blind Boys' Deep South Gospel with New Orleans funk, R&B and jazz creates a superweapon of roots-music uplift...will raise goose bumps even on the tatted-up arms of resolutely futurist hipsters"

Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone

ROBERT PLANT & SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS

with very special guests

THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Tuesday 9th April - TSB Bank Arena, Wellington

www.ticketek.co.nz or 0800 842 538

Thursday 11th April - Vector Arena, Auckland

www.ticketmaster.co.nz or 0800 111 999 / (09) 970 9700

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