Robert Plant may be planning another tour with his band Saving Grace, even though he’s currently embarking on a world tour with Alison Krauss.
Oli Jefferson, the drummer in Saving Grace, is unavailable to perform at most shows on an upcoming tour with the band Blue Nation “due to commitments with Saving Grace,” Blue Nation posted on Facebook on June 29.
That suggests Plant is reviving Saving Grace for another tour or potentially planning further studio sessions in order to continue recording their debut album.
The information about Jefferson’s upcoming commitments with Saving Grace comes via The Lemon Tree Fanzine, a Plant-focused Facebook page and fanzine website that requested the information from Blue Nation and then shared it widely.
According to Blue Nation, here is the band’s tour schedule, with the dates Jefferson won’t be playing at indicated below:
- July 1
- July 3
- July 8
- July 16 – Jefferson unavailable
- July 31
- August 12
- September 9 – Jefferson unavailable
- September 16 – Jefferson unavailable
- September 22 – Jefferson unavailable
- September 24
- October 1 – Jefferson unavailable
- October 20 – Jefferson unavailable
- November 10 – Jefferson unavailable
- December 4 – Jefferson unavailable
What could Jefferson’s unavailability mean for a potential Saving Grace tour schedule? Well, Plant is playing with Krauss on July 16 and September 9 but those may be planned rehearsal dates for other members of Saving Grace.
The Plant and Krauss world tour is scheduled to end on September 12 in New York, so Plant is free to kick off another Saving Grace tour in the second half of September.
If another tour does go ahead, it would be the second Saving Grace tour in 2022 after the band toured the UK in April and May.
Further planned tour dates for Plant could make 2022 one of his busiest touring years in recent memory. He is currently scheduled to perform 56 shows over the year. He last performed more than 60 shows in a year in 2018 when he played 64 shows.
Saving Grace has been recording an album
Saving Grace is clearly an important project for Plant, with the band’s debut album on the way. Plant said on stage earlier this year that the band had been recording in Steve Winwood’s studio in England.
LedZepNews revealed last year that a British business owned by Plant secured trademarks for “Saving Grace” across Europe and the US in order to block anyone else from using that band name to release music or merchandise.
Plant has never taken out trademarks for his solo projects before, making this an unusual step that could indicate longterm interest in the Saving Grace project.
On January 23, 2020, lawyers representing a London company named Trolcharm Limited filed applications in Europe and the US to trademark “Saving Grace”.
Plant owns more than 75% of Trolcharm Limited, according to Companies House filings in the UK. His three surviving children are directors of the business along with Plant.
The business owns the copyright to much of Plant’s solo career and is frequently credited in the liner notes of his albums, including “Raise The Roof.”
The trademark applications, which were all eventually approved, include the following fields:
- Audio and video recordings including digital downloads and CDs
- Live music footage
- Posters, stickers and magazines
- Bags, wallets, umbrellas and luggage
- Clothing including footwear and headgear
Taking out trademarks for his musical projects is a rarity for Plant. He hasn’t applied to trademark the names of his previous solo bands Strange Sensation, the Band of Joy or the Sensational Space Shifters.
Plant hasn’t trademarked his own name, either, unlike Jimmy Page who does own trademarks to protect his personal brand including his name, his autograph and the word “ZOSO.”
The Saving Grace filings are the only trademark applications ever filed by Trolcharm Limited or any other business used by Plant to run his solo career.
The presence of trademark filings don’t always mean that the trademark holder will actually launch the product or service they have the trademarks for.