Plant, Krauss announce European tour dates


LONDON -- It's official: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will tour together next year.

Plant, fresh off a hugely successful reunion concert with Led Zeppelin, and bluegrass star Krauss announced the European leg of their tour Thursday. It had been known that a tour was in the works, but both had been mum on details.

Their new album, "Raising Sand," was released in October, just about the time Plant, 59, and former Led Zeppelin bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones confirmed they would play a one-time only show at a benefit concert for the late Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun.

The Led Zeppelin show, which took place Monday at the sold-out O2 Arena in London, drew rave reviews and sparked renewed rumors that the band -- with the late John Bonham's son Jason on drums -- would tour.

But first, at least, Plant will hit the road with the 36-year-old Krauss in support of their album, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard chart in the United States and has been widely praised.

The duo will start the tour May 5 in Birmingham, England, and then move on to Manchester and Cardiff, Wales, before going to Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.

The European leg will conclude in London at the Wembley Arena on May 22.

No other dates have been announced, but Plant and Krauss have said they will also tour in the U.S.