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For several months, unconfirmed media reports have circulated suggesting that Robert Plant may have gotten married to his Band of Joy collaborator Patty Griffin. Now, in a new interview with The Independent, the founding Led Zeppelin frontman hints that he may have indeed tied the knot with the Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter.

In midst of discussing his new group, The Sensational Space Shifters, with the newspaper, he admits, "I eloped and ran off to Texas. So now I spend half my time there and half [in England]."

Whether or not Plant and Griffin are married, the two are continuing to make beautiful music together in The Sensational Space Shifters, whose lineup also includes several members of the 63-year-old rocker’s former band The Strange Sensation, as well as other musicians. The collective’s music incorporates many of the influences Plant has delved into over the years, including Americana, African and Middle Eastern sounds, psychedelia and, of course, hard rock. Plant tells The Independent that he really enjoys the sonic flexibility of the Shape Shifters, which recently began playing their first gigs.

"People come together to do what they want to do, and what they can," he explains. "The sound [guitarist] Justin [Adams] and [Gambian multi-instrumentalist] Juldeh [Camara] make melds into one beautiful thing. The space-shifting is a natural movement. It’s wild."

He adds, "We could switch to bendirs [North African frame drums] and go off into some Arabic folk song in the middle of ‘Whole Lotta Love.’ I take chances and I risk, but I don’t study…With this spacey, trippy s**t, I get in the middle of it and go."

While he’s just beginning his journey with the new outfit, he also has plans to release a second record with The Band of Joy in 2013. He describes the upcoming record as "far, far out with psychedelic pedal steel and all sorts of stuff."

As for The Sensational Space Shifters, their next appearance will take place July 29 at the WOMAD Festival in Malmesbury, England. The band also has two U.S. dates lined up, on August 11 and 12 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and Birmingham, Alabama, respectively.

From: WFJA
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Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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