But it carries on, it flickers through, it has its moments.” For a rock superstar, Plant is very easy company, full of energy, laughter, enthusiasm and informal friendliness.
He wanders into a pub close to his Primrose Hill residence without airs or graces, in slacks, T-shirt and hooded all-weather jacket.
Loving and playful with girlfriend Griffin, Plant’s obvious affection for her shone through on their moving version of the Zeppelin classic “Going to California.” Pulkingham was a standout throughout the night on both acoustic and electric guitar, and there were several highlights for the Zeppelin fans in attendance, including folk-rock incarnations of “Black Country Woman,” “Tangerine” and “What Is and What Should Never Be.” The Austin crowd was duly ecstatic by the time the group concluded with “Angel Dance” from Plant’s 2010 album (on which Griffin also appeared).
Kicking things up a notch, they returned to encore with a driving version of Zeppelin’s “Black Dog.” When it was finally time to leave the stage, Plant reminded their dear friend Fracasso that he was not yet off the hook for the kind favor, exclaiming, “Michael, you better make us one hell of a meal!
PHOTOS: 55th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees: The Black Keys, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West On Saturday, Griffin opened the show supported by Austin musicians Dony Wynn (on drums), bassist Glenn Fukanaga and guitarist David Pulkingham.