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July 12 in Chicago: Robert Plant vs. Bob Dylan

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Two classic rockers announced tours today, which will duke it out on the same summer evening in Chicago.

First, Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant is hitting the road again, this time with his new band the Sensational Space Shifters.

The new lineup reaches past Plant's splendid Band of Joy back to a different twist on the Strange Sensation band of the mid-2000s: guitarists Justin Adams and Liam "Skin" Tyson, keyboardist John Baggott, multi-instrumentalist Juldeh Camara, bassist Billy Fuller and drummer Dave Smith. Last year's shows included revamped Zeppelin classics, as well as tunes from Plant's 2005 album "The Mighty Re-Arranger."

The tour announcement issued this morning has no ticket information but lists a July 12 stop in Chicago, with the venue listed only as "Grant Park." That, of course, puts him smack in the middle of Taste of Chicago -- where he popped into the bandshell in 2010 for a cameo with Los Lobos -- but city officials wouldn't confirm that synergy Monday.

Taste of Chicago previously has announced just one of this year's music headliners: the band fun. on July 10.

Meanwhile, a killer rock lineup also announced today is the Americanarama "festival of music" featuring Bob Dylan & His Band, plus these guests: Wilco, My Morning Jacket and the Richard Thompson Electric Trio.

That thunderous revue rolls into Bridgeview's Toyota Park also on July 12. Tickets are $65, on sale at 10 a.m. April 27 through ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.


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