By Amanda Wicks
Beginning in mid-October, Robert Plant will be joining the special 11-city tour Lampedusa, which aims at raising awareness about the worldwide refugee crisis.
Plant will join the tour on October 12th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and remain until Lampedusa wraps up in Washington, D.C. In addition to Plant, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, The Milk Carton Kids and more will be performing.
“When I watch the news and see people from these places being displaced by hatred and ignorance, I know that these people are just like you and me,” Plant said in a statement. “All they want is to live in peace and have their children grow up loved, fed and educated. That seems a million miles away for many people at the moment. They are living in refugee camps, in conditions that are far below sustenance levels. When I heard that some of my friends were rallying to do a series of concerts to help raise funds and awareness, to help address the basic needs of food, shelter and medical care, I wanted to help, in whatever way I could.”
But if his presence on the tour is supposed to be some kind of political statement, Plant cautions not to read into things. “One thing that I want to make clear: as with all the other members of this tour, I will be performing two or three songs a night and no more,” he added. “I’m not making a political statement. The organization that is receiving these funds is a religious one, however this is a totally secular mission. This appeal is trying to help on the ground wherever it can. I hope that my voice, along with my friends, helps bend the arc of the universe a little more toward the loving and helps with the work of getting the basic essentials of life to those who are without.”
It’s not the first refugee-based aid he’s contributed to, though. Plant, Keith Richards, Questlove and more will all appear in a special video featuring the song “We Are Not Afraid” by Nigerian singer Majek Fashek. All proceeds from that video will benefit the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
Check out the full list of dates for Lampedusa below.
10/6 Boulder, Colorado @ Boulder Theater
10/8 Kansas City, Missouri @ Helzberg Hall
10/9 Lincoln, Nebraska @ Rococo Theater
10/11 St. Louis, Missouri @ Sheldon Concert Hall
10/12 Milwaukee, Wisconsin @Pabst Theater *Robert Plant
10/13 Chicago, Illinois @ Vic Theater *Robert Plant
10/14 Toronto, Ontario @Massey Hall *Robert Plant
10/16 Boston, Massachusetts @ Berklee Performance Center *Robert Plant
10/18 New York City, New York @ Town Hall *Robert Plant
10/19 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ Merriam Theater *Robert Plant
10/21 Washington, DC @ Lisner Auditorium *Robert Plant