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Microphones
Robert Plant, ca. 1975
General Specs
Years in use: 1963-Present
Robert Plant was originally at the mercy of the venue that he performed, using microphones of different qualities. He even sang through two microphones.

A February 1971 article in the Sounds paper listed Robert Plant as using Shure Unidyne IV 548SD Microphones. He was seen using the Unidynes through the 1975 Tour.

In 1973, Plant endorsed Shure Unisphere I (precessor of the SM58) and was seen singing through it on the 1973 US Tour.

On the 1977 US Tour, Robert Plant used a Shure SM58 microphone. It was later auctioned at liveauctioneers.com .

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Microphones
Robert Plant, ca. 1975
Microphones
Shure Promotional Literature
Microphones
Shure Unidyne IV 548SD Microphone
Microphones
March 1974 Circus Magazine Advertisement
Microphones
Shure SM58 Microphone, signed and used by Robert Plant
Microphones
Robert Plant, ca. 1977
Harmonica
Robert Plant, You Shook Me, October 10, 1969, L'Olympia Music Hall, Paris, France
General Specs
Years in use: 1964-Present
Legendary harp players like Lead Belly, James Cotton, Sonny Boy Williamson and Sonny Terry drew Robert Plant to the Delta Blues and the early bands that he formed or joined, such as New Memphis Bluesbreakers, Sounds Of Blue, Delta Blues Band, Black Snake Moan and The Crawling King Snakes, were blues-based. Robert Plant even jammed with bluesman Alexis Korner in June 1968, recording a track called Operator, with Robert sharing harmonica/lead vocal duties.

Plant brought the harmonica with him when he joined Led Zeppelin and it was featured on 7 total tracks, (You Shook Me [Plant does his best Sonny Terry impression, with the hoots interspersed within the harmonica parts], Bring It On Home [with an intentional nod to the original composer, Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Plant recorded the vocals of intro section with a harp microphone through a combo amplifier], When The Levee Breaks [the harmonica was given the backwards echo treatment by Jimmy Page], Custard Pie [Plant joins in for an overdubbed layer on the last verse and outro section], Black Country Woman (featured in two solos) and Poor Tom [appeared on Coda, however recorded in May 1970].

Plant continued to play the harmonica on stage and in the studio during his solo career (Tie Dye On The Highway, Promised Land, Red Dress, Mighty ReArranger, Somewhere Trouble Don't Go).

A February 1971 article in the Sounds paper listed Robert Plant as playing M. Hohner Echo Super Vamper harmonicas.

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Harmonica
Robert Plant, You Shook Me, September 07, 1968, Egegård Skole, Box 45 Teen Club, Gladsaxe, Denmark
Harmonica
Robert Plant & Robert Plant, May 30, 1969, Backstage at Fillmore East, New York City, New York
Harmonica
Led Zeppelin, You Shook Me, October 24, 1969, Backstage at Cleveland Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio
Harmonica
Robert Plant, October 10, 1969, L'Olympia Music Hall, Paris, France
Harmonica
Led Zeppelin, Bring It On Home, January 24, 1970, University of Leeds, The Refectory, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Harmonica
Robert Plant, April 05, 1970, Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland
Harmonica
Robert Plant, Nobody's Fault But Mine, June 22, 1977, The Forum, Inglewood, California
Harmonica
Robert Plant, Nobody's Fault But Mine, July 17, 1977, The Kingdome, Seattle, Washington
Harmonica
Robert Plant, Nobody's Fault But Mine, August 04, 1979, Knebworth House Grounds, Stevenage, England
Harmonica
Robert Plant, Nobody's Fault But Mine, June 18, 1980, Köln Sporthalle, Köln, Germany
Harmonica
Robert Plant, Nobody's Fault But Mine, June 29, 1980, Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
Harmonica
Robert Plant, Buddy Miller & Marco Giovino, Somewhere Trouble Don't Go, July 26, 2010, Austin, Texas. Photo by Amicitas
Harmonica
M. Horner Echo Super Vamper Harmonica. Made in Germany
   
Tambourine
Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Stairway To Heaven, February 29, 1972, Brisbane Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia
General Specs
Years in use: 1970-Present
Robert Plant has used the tambourine like any other musician has, as a percussive layer of rhythmic accent, most notably live on stage for Stairway To Heaven.

A February 1971 article in the Sounds paper listed Robert Plant as playing Ludwig Tambourines.

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Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, September 19, 1970, Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
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Robert Plant, November 20, 1971, Wembley Empire Pool, London, England
Tambourine
Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, February 20, 1972, Kooyong Stadium, Kooyong, Melbourne, Australia
Tambourine
Robert Plant, February 20, 1972, Kooyong Stadium, Kooyong, Melbourne, Australia
Tambourine
Robert Plant, February 27, 1972, Sydney Showground, Sydney, Australia
Tambourine
Robert Plant, February 27, 1972, Sydney Showground, Sydney, Australia
Tambourine
Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven, February 29, 1972, Brisbane Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia
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Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven, February 29, 1972, Brisbane Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia
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Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven, February 29, 1972, Brisbane Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia
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Robert Plant & John Paul Jones, June 15, 1972, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
Tambourine
Robert Plant & John Paul Jones, May 28, 1973, San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California
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Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Stairway To Heaven, June 02, 1973, Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California
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Led Zeppelin, Thank You, June 03, 1973, The Forum, Inglewood, California
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Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Stairway To Heaven, January 11, 1975, Ahoy Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Stairway To Heaven, February 12, 1975, Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
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Robert Plant, Stairway To Heaven, ca. May 1975
Tambourine
Robert Plant, ca. May 1975
Tambourine
Robert Plant, ca. 1977
Tambourine
Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven, May 18, 1977, Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Arena, Birmingham, Alabama
Tambourine
Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven, June 26, 1977, The Forum, Inglewood, California
Tambourine
Robert Plant, July 23, 1977, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California
Tambourine
Robert Plant, June 18, 1980, Köln Sporthalle, Köln, Germany
Tambourine
Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven, July 03, 1980, Eisstadion am Friedrichspark, Mannheim, Germany
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Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven, July 07, 1980, Eissporthalle Jafféstraße, Berlin, Germany
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Robert Plant, July 21, 1982, Dominion Theatre, London, England
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Robert Plant & Justin Adams, March 17, 2005, Austin Music Hall, Austin, Texas
 
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November xx, 1969 - Recording for Led Zeppelin III begins at Olympic Studios in London
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November xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy is mixed and completed
November 10, 1972 - Led Zeppelin sell out 120,000 tickets in one day
November xx, 1973 - Initial recordings for Physical Graffiti commences at Headley Grange
November 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finalize the purchase of Headley Grange to be their new corporate headquarters
November xx, 1974 - The band makes plans and rehearses for the tenth North American tour
November xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin records Presence in a mere 18 days
November xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin book into Ezyhire Studios to rehearse new material for an upcoming tour
November 04, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same movie premieres in Europe
November xx, 1977 - Jimmy dispells rumors of Led Zeppelin’s break up
November 06, 1978 - Led Zeppelin purchase and ship new gear to Polar Studios to begin work on a new album
November 10, 1979 - Led Zeppelin and their entire entourage attend an ABBA concert
November 07, 1980 - The band meets with Peter Grant to announce the retirement of Led Zeppelin
November 29, 1999 - The RIAA announced that Led Zeppelin were only the third act in music history to achieve four or more Diamond albums, a Diamond album being awarded for accredited sales of more than 10 million units in the US.
November 01, 2007 - An announcement was made that Jimmy Page had fractured his finger on his left hand after a fall in his garden and the reunion show would be postponed to December 10, 2007.
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