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Gary Carnes

Showco Head of Lighting

His friend and colleague from the previous 1977 U.S. tour, Showco lighting technician Gary Carnes recalls: "Knebworth was always the kind of show where you'd think, it can't get any bigger than this. But when Ted was killed so suddenly, our moods went from being jubilant to depressing.

"We were handed a big problem and had to re-assemble the lighting crew and programme a new design in a very short period of time."

Carnes, who also worked at Syncrolite for several years and is now at Texas-based Entertainment Technologies Group, Inc., adds: "Kirby Wyatt became the driving force for this new team, consisting of Tom Littrell operating the console, with Larry Sizemore and I cueing the 15 [Gladiator & Super Trouper] spotlights.

"After many days and late nights spent fine-tuning the effects in rehearsals at Bray Film Studios, we all felt we had a production that would work — one we could be proud of."

http://www.tpimagazine.com/Chronicle/317177/knebworth_79_and_all_that.html

"I am sure we all felt a little invincible on this tour," explains Gary Carnes, head of the lighting crew. "By being associated with Led Zeppelin, it seemed impossible not to have a false sense of power. I am sure the band felt that way and I know everyone on the road crew had a feeling of being invulnerable."

Gary Carnes, Showco's lighting chief, had a bird's eye view of every show. Sitting on stage about ten feet in front of the guitarist, he heard conversations, sotto voce, between Page and Plant.

"I could hear what they were saying. Quite often Robert would announce a song and Jimmy would go, 'Robert, how does that song go?' And Robert would sort of turn around and hum it to him. And Jimmy would go, 'Oh yeah, oh yeah, I got it, I got it.' Or Robert would announce a song and Jimmy would go into the wrong song. And the times when Jimmy couldn't remember how a song went, it was just very, very rare but it did happen."

"I will never forget the final words I heard Robert Plant say," sums up lighting director, Gary Carnes. "It would be my final show with them, my 59th show with them. I was on stage and this was the second show at Knebworth. The band had just finished playing 'Stairway To Heaven.' Robert stood there just looking out over a sea of screaming fans with cigarette lighters. There were about 350,000 people in the audience. It was a magical, mystical moment. He then walked to the edge of the downstage portion of the stage with the microphone. And again, just stood there looking. And then he said, 'It is very, very hard to say ..... Goodnight.' It was an enchanting thing to witness. I will never forget that moment."

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/interviews/rock_chronicles/rock_chronicles_1970s_jimmy_page.html

Billy Francis

Road Manager (1980)

"Billy Francis from Rod Stewart's organization" enlisted to oversee the 1980 European tour with Phil Carlo.

Billy Francis was Sting's right-hand man last I knew.

Zacron

Zacron w/ rotating book, 1965
Zacron & Jimmy Page, Pangbourne, 1970
Zacron, 2000
Zacron, Classic Rock Mag, Dec. 05, 2007

Visual Creations (Led Zeppelin III)

Designing for the world's number one rock group focussed my analytical processes. Here was an opportunity to create, not 'sound packaging' but audio and visual art in a combined arena. When ears stopped eyes began. I had been working on a book entitled 'One Line and a Box'."

"Readers could ask questions about their interaction with the environment using an evolution of symbols as a key, and sequences of interactive images and colours to aid self-analysis. Images appeared through apertures, in rotating discs, some employed intersecting spirals, the kinetic effects were sensational!"

"I felt an immense responsibility to Led Zeppelin; it had to work for them. Having publicly questioned the relevance of traditional art formats, ironically I now had to use a pre-prescribed proscenium arch graphic shape - the square. Jimmy spoke of a vegetable chart that rotated; as I had worked on rotating images and kinetic boxes our joint vision had a meeting point."

"Some images synchronised with the faces of group members, while other apparently random elements were designed to work in combination with the experience as a whole. The cover, Led Zeppelin III, approaches graphic film-making in that it presents a visual event that cheats time allowing the observer to make changes in real time.

The cover of Led Zeppelin III, imbued with many cryptic messages, still provokes questions over 30 years after its conception."

Zacron
(from the May 2003 issue of Birmingham's 'City Living' magazine, reproduced by permission. To subscribe to 'City Living' call 00 44 (0)121 212 4141.)

Zacron is a multi-media artist, poet, writer and broadcaster; founder member of the Psychedelic Surrealist Movement in the Sixties and founder of 'the New Visionaries School' 1978.

The artist, who was born in Sutton, Surrey in 1943, studied at Studio 35 in Surbiton from 1957-1960 with Eric Clapton and members of the Yardbirds at Kingston College of Art. Zacron studied painting, drawing, design and etching; during this period he met Jimmy Page who later purchased important works. At the Royal Academy Schools between 1964 and 1967 He innovated graphic techniques that laid the foundation for the Led Zeppelin III Rock album cover in 1970.

Work locations included West End theatres, rock concerts, fairgrounds and ice rinks. Commissions included portraits, topographic studies of architecture and murals. Zacron lectured at a leading college of art from 1967-1970. Head-hunted by Led Zeppelin in 1970, he produced an innovatory cover for the group, polled amongst the world's top four in 2005.

In 1970 Zacron was called 'the King of Collage', Graphreaks (who worked for Atlantic Records amongst others) had said that the artist produced the best collage art since Kurt Schwitters.

Extensive fine art, graphics, photography, and copy-writing was carried out during this period for the music industry. The Media Centre was founded in 1979 to advise artists and art material manufacturers.

Illustrated art journalism for Graphic's World, Graphics, Creative Review and Artist's and Illustrator's Magazine transformed the studio into an art-media laboratory.

The word 'Zacronize' is used in publications to describe a process of total exploration. The artist toured art colleges throughout the country, depicting art as human ecology. Elaborate multi-projection techniques, audio innovations accompanied live performance.

Today, Zacron is widely regarded an ambassador for the arts, campaining for freedom in art education, supporting vital international charities and broadcasting with the BBC. In recent years extensive photography and drawing in Rome, Venice, Sardinia, Paris, London and Prague has enriched an archive, forming a basis for digital printmaking.

Today Lantern Studios houses, studios, workshops, gallery, an arts library, collection of art from around the world, an image and object d'art archive. Lantern Studios is involved with state-of-the-art print-making workshops that work for the Royal Collection, making print editions for artists that set the highest standards in the country for Archival Printmaking.

Zacron died in January 2012 from bowel cancer but his passing was not revealed until August of the same year.

http://www.zacron.com/zacron-information.asp

Vic Maille

Engineer (Coda)

Unity Maclean

Swan Song UK Publicist

She was born in Windsor, England, and grew up in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Her mother's family owned two estates and an apartment. Her father was a nationally known cricket player "who loved the press." She, her sister, and two brothers delighted in his television interviews because Dad had a secret signal. "He would pull on his ear or scratch his nose, and that was the `Hello, kids'," she says.

The family moved to London's rarefied St. John's Wood section when MacLean was 14. She soon discovered a less sedate neighborhood. "I met a girl at the bus stop, and she said she was going down to Kings Road for some coffee. All these bohemian people were around there, and they seemed to have such exciting lifestyles. We made one cup of coffee last four hours."

To her parents' dismay, the Hurst Lodge girls' school in Sunningdale (which Duchess Sarah Ferguson also attended) and a six-month stay in Australia failed to douse her fascination with counterculture. By age 17, there was "a break in family relations, and I was out on the street, living with a girlfriend."

She spent several years working as a real estate agent before turning a temporary position into a career. Bruce MacLean knew CBS's Dave Margereson (best known as manager of the band Supertramp) and in 1971 heard he was looking for a fill-in secretary. Unity was hired, impressed Margereson, and stayed at CBS until 1975. Early on, she forged a casual friendship with a regular visitor to the office -- Bob Marley, protege of singer Johnny Nash. In 1972, Nash's version of Marley's "Stir it Up" became an international hit.

The Who's Keith Moon attended her 1972 wedding. Moon's affection for alcohol and hurling large objects from windows made him a high-risk guest, but he was "a perfect gentleman," MacLean says. "Keith came in and said, `Oh, you don't seem to have a lot to drink here.' He got us bottles and bottles of champagne."

Eventually, MacLean secured an interview with Peter Grant, Zeppelin's manager. She worked for Swan Song in London from 1975-80 as a publicist for Led Zeppelin.

MacLean and her husband, Bruce, came to the United States in 1982 to be near his ailing mother in Hingham. She currently lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts and owns a British Imports shop in Plymouth.

Tony Wilson

Engineer (White Summer/Black Mountain Side)

Tony Wilson was born on Oct 8, 1947 in Trinidad. He is a long-time producer, who worked on many BBC Radio 1 / Peel Sessions recordings.

Tom Hulett

Concerts West Founder

Hulett co-founded the national concert promotion company, Concerts West, in 1967.

He was instrumental in establishing the national concert promotion business, beginning with tours by Jimi Hendrix and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

In the 1970s, Concerts West, headed by Hulett, promoted more than 500 events a year and worked with artists such as Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones, among others.

Hulett also supervised the promotion of several closed-circuit TV championship fights, including two Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier bouts. He also promoted several touring off-Broadway productions including "The Odd Couple."

Hulett established Tom Hulett and Associates, a management company, in the 1980s. He guided the careers of various artists, among them the Beach Boys, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Moody Blues, Three Dog Night and Frank Zappa.

Hulett died on July 30, 1993 in Los Angeles of cancer.

Tim Palmer

Tim Palmer & Robert Plant, 1988
Tim Palmer & Ozzy, 2001

Producer, Engineer (Shaken N Stirred)

Tim Palmer is a British music producer, audio engineer and songwriter of rock and alternative music. Palmer worked as an assistant engineer at Utopia Studios in London, England in the early 1980s. During his time at Utopia, he worked with musicians such as Mark Knopfler and Dead or Alive.

Later in the 1980s Palmer became a producer for acts such as Robert Plant, The Mighty Lemon Drops, The Mission, Gene Loves Jezebel, and the House of Love, giving them a more pop sound and more radio airplay than the respective bands had previously had. In 1989, Palmer produced Tin Machine's debut LP.

In the 1990s, Palmer turned his attention to mixing and remixing working with bands such as Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam, James, Catherine Wheel, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, The Cure, and Concrete Blonde in this period.

Palmer also relocated to Los Angeles, CA, to build his own mixing facility. Palmer mixed several tracks on U2's 2000 album, All That You Can't Leave Behind.

Palmer also produced the albums Dark Light and Venus Doom by HIM as well as Switchfoot's Oh! Gravity.

Palmer also mixed Porcupine Tree's successful album In Absentia in 2002.

Palmer also mixed Julien-K's debut album - "Death To Analog", which released on March 10, 2009.

As of June, 2009, Palmer is working with the Goo Goo Dolls on their 9th studio album.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Palmer

Tim Marten

Tim Marten
Tim Marten, 1986

Guitar Technician (1980-1990)

Tim Marten started repairing instruments professionally in 1977 when he joined the small but busy workshop in the basement of 27 Denmark St. known as Andy's.

The workshop was well known for the high quality of it repairs and was patronized by all the major bands and musicians of the time.

In 1980, Tim was asked to join the crew of Led Zeppelin as guitar tech for Jimmy Page, in whose employment he remained for ten years, touring and recording extensively in Europe and America. He has also toured with many other major acts such as Roger Waters, Ray Davies, Steve Harley, to name a few.

In 1990, Tim started his own workshop with many famous clients and in the year 2000 was invited back to head the repairs dept at the now greatly expanded Andy's back in Denmark St.

After the sad demise of the shop in 2007, Tim And Mikhail Popov joined forces to form the current business.

http://www.timmartenrepairs.co.uk/about-us/

On Sunday, Jimmy Page's ex-guitar tech Tim Marten took the microphone and divulged some interesting tidbits from his tenure with Jimmy and the Zeppelin organization. Marten was working as a repairman at Andys Guitar Workshop in London when he got a call from Swan Song offering him a job on the 1980 Zeppelin Tour Over Europe. According to Tim, "I sat in this small basement [repairing instruments] for about two-and-a-half years and when they called looking for somebody to go on the road I immediately said yes." He stayed on with Jimmy after Zeppelin's demise through the A.R.M.S. tour, Live Aid and the Firm's first tours, finally moving on again in 1987.

Marten talked about the Coda album and what a rush job it had been, accusing Atlantic of being singularly insensitive after the death of Bonzo in pushing Jimmy to fulfill Zeppelin's contractual obligation to provide one more album. He specifically remembered being sent away to find Walter's Walk, which Jimmy knew was in the can somewhere, apparently as an instrumental at that time. While Marten didn't comment on this, there is speculation in other circles that the vocals for that 1972 track were actually overdubbed onto the instrumental in 1981, specifically for the Coda release. A close listen to the track supports this theory - does that sound like Plant's voice circa 1972?

Another topic Tim Marten discussed was the rumored XYZ band - a collaboration of ex-Yes & Zeppelin members Page, Alan White and Chris Squire - which according to Marten was definitely in the planning stages in 1981, but was abandoned after the press got a hold of the information and let the word out.

http://www.oldbuckeye.com/prox/p14.html

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/interviews/rock_chronicles/rock_chronicles_1980s_tim_marten.html

Terry Manning

Terry Manning, 1971
 
 

Engineer (Led Zeppelin III)

Terry Manning began in the music industry in the early sixties in El Paso, Texas. He fronted several local bands, notably The Wild Ones, and on occasion also played rhythm guitar with his friend Bobby Fuller's band. Bobby had a big following in El Paso at the time, and one of his local hits was "I Fought The Law," released on his own label, Eastwood Records. This, and other of his songs, was recorded in his home garage studio (on Album Avenue!) It was apparent that there was no extended future in music in El Paso, so by 1963, Terry (and Bobby) had decided to move on. (Bobby chose the West Coast, and landed in LA where "I Fought The Law" was re-cut, and became a worldwide smash. He unfortunately met an untimely death not long after, under mysterious circumstances.) Terry chose Memphis, where a lot of music he liked was being made. Songs like "The Dog" and "Walkin' The Dog" by Rufus Thomas, and "Last Night" by The Mar-Keys had caught his fancy.....

Terry, barely a teenager, walked boldly into Stax Records and announced that he was there to engineer, produce, write...whatever they needed! Crazily enough, they put him to work. Terry began as an assistant engineer, performing duties all the way from sweeping up the floor, to making tape copies, to running the whole show when someone who was supposed to be there didn't show up.

Manning, in addition to production, engineering and other duties, was still performing with Memphis groups, The Goat Dancers and Lawson and Four More. This latter group had a medium sized regional hit, and became an opening act on The Dick Clark Caravan of Stars Tour in the Mid-South. On this tour, Manning had the opportunity to meet one of his favourite contemporary groups, The Yardbirds. When they came back to tour the US again, Manning renewed the contact, and became close friends with Jimmy Page, then bass/rhythm guitar player for The Yardbirds. During the tour, Jeff Beck abruptly quit over artistic differences, and Page assumed lead guitar duties. Manning was privileged to add guitar instruction from Page to that he had already received from Teenie Hodges (Al Green) and Steve Cropper (Booker T, & The MG's).

Manning and Page toyed with the idea of forming a new and different sounding group, along with other musicians they both knew; Terry didn't want to leave the musical situation he was in at that time, so he opted out. However, when Page changed the name of his next group from "The New Yardbirds" to "Led Zeppelin," he had kept in contact with Terry, and when there was a need for engineering, Jimmy called Terry in to engineer for "Led Zeppelin III." This album, which Manning carried all the way to the final mastering stage (where he wrote the famous Crowley inscriptions into the lead-out groove by hand), became the number one album in the world.

In 1988, Manning purchased a building in Memphis and installed his own studio for his own productions, STUDIO SIX. Several artists were produced there by Manning during it's four years of existence, including Thorogood, Diesel, Rick Vito of Fleetwood Mac, Rhino Bucket, and others. Then, in 1992, Chris Blackwell sought out Terry Manning to revitalize his famous Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas. Compass Point had fallen into disrepair, and rather than close such a landmark studio, Blackwell wanted to bring it back to life. Terry and his wife Sherrie moved to The Bahamas in late 1992, and began the revitalization.

In addition to the US and The Bahamas, Terry has recorded in England, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, Brasíl, Canada, Scotland, and France. In 1992, he started his own label, Lucky Seven Records, distributed by Rounder Records/Universal, and has released several very popular titles, including The Memphis Horns, Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat, Rock City, Van Duren, Cargoe, and others. Manning's other interests include athletics, aviation, astronomy, and history. He was captain of the soccer team at Memphis State University (now University of Memphis), where he also played basketball on the (junior) varsity team. He has completed several marathons, including The New York Marathon twice. He was ranked as high as 19th nationally in racquetball, and was a racquetball instructor for several years. In high school, Manning was all-city quarterback on the football team, and also ran track. He is an instrument-rated pilot with a deep love of flying. Manning has received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both History and Political Science, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He has three children, Lucas, Michael and Kari, and a step-son, Cory.

http://www.terrymanning.com/

Stuart Epps

Engineer (The Firm, Coda)

Stuart Epps' musical career began in 1967 as a 15-year old office junior at Dick James Music. He quickly moved up the industry ladder to become Chief Engineer at DJM Studios, then later toured the USA with Elton John as personal assistant.

Epps was involved from the start when Elton's producer, the late Gus Dudgeon, built The Mill Studios on the banks of the Thames, near Maidenhead. It was not long before Dudgeon asked Epps to become Chief Engineer, Studio Manager and Producer.

Some of Epps' most noteworthy clients have included Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Chris Rea, George Harrison, Mick Fleetwood, Barry White, George Michael, Mark Owen, Cliff Richard, Twisted Sister, Brian Adams, Oasis, Kiki Dee, Robbie Williams, Bill Wyman and of course Elton John.

In recent years he has continued to work with big name artists to great acclaim, as well as helping a host of promising new and up-and-coming artists to sound their best, both on demo recordings and in full studio productions.

Demos are generally recorded at his home studio in Cookham, Berks, which is easily accessible from London by road or rail. Larger projects are booked into a variety of studios around the UK and abroad, depending on the clients' needs and budget.

With decades of experienced garnered from working with the very best musicians at the top of the industry, coupled with a real love for music, Stuart has an intuitive knack for knowing just what will make each track sound most authentic, a deep understanding of musicians and their needs and a clearheaded, dedicated approach to getting the job done.

http://www.freewebs.com/stuartepps/

Steve Weiss

Steve Weiss, 1976
Bill Graham, Robert Plant
and Steve Weiss, 1977

US Attorney

Steve Weiss was the longtime attorney for Bad Company, Led Zeppelin and Swan Song Records. He was with Peter Grant to meet with Clive Davis (president of Columbia Records) to tell them they had signed Led Zeppelin to Atlantic Records.

Weiss died in June 2008 in Florida.

Steve Albini

Engineer (Walking Into Clarksdale)

Steven Frank Albini was born on July 22, 1962. He is an American audio engineer, singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, and music journalist. He was a member of Big Black, Rapeman, and Flour, and is currently a member of Shellac. He is the founder, owner, and engineer of Electrical Audio, a recording studio complex located in Chicago.

As of 2008, Albini is most active as a record producer. He dislikes the term and prefers to receive no credit on album sleeves or notes, or to be credited as a recording engineer if the record company insists on any credit at all.

A key influence on Albini was producer John Loder, who came to prominence in the late '70s with a reputation for recording albums quickly and inexpensively, but nonetheless with distinctive qualities and a sensitivity towards a band's sound and aesthetic.

Unlike any other engineer/record producer with his experience and prominence, Albini does not receive royalties for anything he records or mixes; rather he charges a flat daily fee when recording at his own facility, described by Michael Azerrad, as among the most affordable for a world-class recording studio.

Albini estimates that he has engineered the recording of 1,500 to 2,000 albums, mostly by rather obscure musicians. More prominent artists that Albini has worked with include Nirvana, Fred Schneider, The Stooges, Mogwai, Pixies, Don Caballero, PJ Harvey, Manic Street Preachers, The Wedding Present, Bush, Joanna Newsom, Nina Nastasia, Jawbreaker, The Membranes, Superchunk, Low, Dirty Three, Cheap Trick, Slint, Neurosis, Umphrey's McGee, Zao and Leftover Crack. He has also shown interest in recording modern hardcore bands such as California's Trash Talk and Amsterdam's Vitamin X.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_albini

Stacy Parrish

Engineer (Raising Sand)

Stacy Parrish (born Stacy Parrish Whitehead, October 18, 1968 in St. Charles, Missouri and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is an American songwriter, musician, engineer, and producer.

Parrish solely played in bands from 1985 to 1998 and toured throughout the United States and recorded albums.

In 1998, Shaunna Hall (4 Non Blondes) contacted Parrish to engineer an album for a San Francisco band called The Flying Other Bros. Parrish moved to San Francisco to make that record and is still there. He has also established roots in Los Angeles where he has a studio in North Hollywood that serves as his West Coast home base.

Parrish met Jack Casady in San Francisco in 2000. Casady was brought in to work on The Flying Other Brothers' album San Francisco Sounds which Parrish was producing. Cassdy asked Parrish to engineer and mix Casady's first solo album, Dream Factor. Parrish co-wrote a song on that record called 'Daddies Little Girl', which was sung by Ivan Neville. In 2001, Parrish recorded several tracks for another Flying Other Brothers Band record called 52 Week High at Abbey Road Studios in London.

In 2004, Parrish met T-Bone Burnett, who hired Parrish to record his The True False Identity tour. Soon after, Parrish was hired to mix the front of house position for Burnett. In 2004, Parrish was brought in as an engineer for the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss record Raising Sand. The song "Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)" won Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 50th Grammy Awards.

Parrish's other notable recording, mixing and engineering achievements include: Moonalice; The Story by Brandi Carlile; live mixes and recordings for The Coward Brothers with Elvis Costello and T-Bone Burnett; Neko Case live with T-Bone Burnett; John Cougar Mellencamp; and Doyle Bramhall II.

His feature film credits include: Across the Universe (recording/mixing engineer for The Beatles music); Fred Clause (recorded the Christmas music including the children's choir); and After the Flood (as music supervisor/producer).

His independent film credits include: Rebuilt (score); In Victor's Profession (score, sound design); My First Tooth (score, editor); Someone's Watching (sound design); Checkmate (editor, score, sound design); Overcoming Andrew (sound design, score); and Elotero (score, sound design).

His television and documentary credits include: Dog the Bounty Hunter season 4; Parking Wars season 2; and Music Makes a Better Person (sound recording engineer, music producer/supervisor).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stacy_parrish

Shepard Fairey

Design (Mothership)

Frank Shepard Fairey (born February 15, 1970) is a contemporary artist, graphic designer, and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene. His work became more widely known in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, specifically his Barack Obama "HOPE" poster. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston calls him one of today's best known and most influential street artists. He usually omits his first name. His work is included in the collections at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

In 2003 he founded the Studio Number One design agency with his wife Amanda Fairey. The agency produced the cover work for the Black Eyed Peas' album Monkey Business and the poster for the film Walk the Line. Fairey has also designed the covers for The Smashing Pumpkins' album Zeitgeist, Flogging Molly's CD/DVD Whiskey on a Sunday, the Led Zeppelin compilation Mothership and Anthrax's The Greater Of Two Evils.

In 2004 Fairey joined artists Robbie Conal and Mear One to create a series of "anti-war, anti-Bush" posters for a street art campaign called "Be the Revolution" for the art collective "Post Gen". "Be the Revolution" kicked off with a night of performances featuring Z-Trip, Ozomatli and David J at the Avalon in Hollywood. Fairey also co-founded Swindle Magazine along with Roger Gastman.

In 2005 he collaborated for a second time with Z-Trip on a limited edition 12-inch featuring Chuck D entitled "Shock and Awe." In 2005 Fairey also collaborated with DJ Shadow on a box set, with t-shirts, stickers, prints, and a mix CD by Shadow. In 2005 also, he was a resident artist at the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu. In 2006, Fairey contributed eight vinyl etchings to a limited-edition series of 12" singles by post-punk band Mission of Burma, and has also done work for the musical group Interpol.

The book Supply and Demand: The Art of Shepard Fairey was released in 2006. In 2008, Philosophy of Obey (Obey Giant): The Formative Years (1989 - 2008), edited by Sarah Jaye Williams, was published by Nerve Books UK, and praised by Fairey.

In June 2007, Fairey opened his one man show entitled "E Pluribus Venom", at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. The show made the arts section front page in the The New York Times.

Fairey donated original cover art to the 2008 album Body of War: Songs That Inspired an Iraq War Veteran, produced for Iraq War documentary Body of War. Proceeds from the album benefit non-profit organization Iraq Veterans Against the War.

In 2008 Fairey teamed up again with Z-Trip to do a series of shows in support of then presidential candidate Barack Obama entitled Party For Change.

In September 2008, Shepard opened his solo show titled "Duality of Humanity" at The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco. His third solo show with the gallery featured one hundred and fifty works, including the largest collection of canvases pieces in one show that he's done.

Fairey was arrested on February 7, 2009, on his way to the premiere of his show at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Massachusetts, on two outstanding warrants related to graffiti. He was charged with damage to property for having painted two Boston area locations with graffiti, a Boston Police Department spokesman said. His arrest was announced to party goers by longtime friend Z-Trip who had been performing at the ICA premiere at Shepard Fairey's request.

On April 27, 2009, Fairey put three signed copies of his Obama inauguration posters up on eBay, with the proceeds of the auction going to the One Love For Chi foundation, founded by the family of Deftones bassist Chi Cheng following a car accident in November 2008 that nearly claimed Cheng's life.

Lance Armstrong will ride a Trek Madone styled by Fairey in the Giro d'Italia, which begins May 9, in Venice, Italy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepard_Fairey

Sandy McGregor

Stage Crew

Sandy accompanied Jimmy Page, Charlotte Martin, Robert, Maureen and Carmen Plant, along with other roadies Clive Coulson and Henry "The Horse" Smith to Bron-Yr-Aur. The roadies prepared the food, cleaned up and kept the house running.

Rusty Brutsché

Showco Founder / Sound Engineer

As far back as he can remember, Rusty has always been fascinated with all things mechanical. Not long after joining a rock band in high school, he began building his own audio equipment. After earning a mechanical engineering degree at Southern Methodist University, he spent two years developing laser technology at Texas Instruments. He then transformed his audio hobby into a career by founding Showco, an audio engineering and rental house, with partner Jack Maxson in 1970.

Under Rusty's leadership, Showco quickly became a complete production services company. By 1972, Showco's offerings included lighting, scenery, and trucking as well as audio rentals. While managing Showco's overall growth, Rusty maintained a very "hands on" approach to client service by personally mixing the performances of many artists, including the legendary rock group Led Zeppelin.

In 1980, Rusty's drive for invention led him to introduce the entertainment industry's first line of automated lights. Following their introduction under the Vari*Lite brand name, Rusty soon formed a new company under that name to focus on the ongoing development of automated lighting technology. The technical innovations introduced under the Vari*Lite name have since set many of the standards by which all other automated lighting technologies are measured.

During the 1990s, Rusty sold Showco in order to concentrate his attention on the rapid growth of Vari*Lite's manufacturing and rental operations. In 2002, he sold Vari*Lite's manufacturing operations in order to focus on the company's higher-growth rental operations. As client demand for equipment continued to exceed the available inventory of his rental company, Vari*Lite Production Services (VLPS), Rusty reached a decision in 2004 to merge VLPS with PRG. The resulting entity offers all of the services offered by the original Showco, but on a much larger scale and with the largest and most technically advanced lighting inventory in the world.

Ross Halfin

Ross Halfin & Jimmy Page, 2004
Ross Halfin & Kevin Shirley, 2007

Research (BBC Sessions, How The West Was Won, Early Days, Latter Days, Mothership)

Photographer Ross Halfin (born August 11th, 1957) began his career working for Sounds magazine in the 1970s, shooting various artists on the punk scene including The Clash, The Jam, The Sex Pistols, 999, The Adverts. After linking up with writers Geoff Barton and Peter Makowski, Halfin moved on to working mainly in the United States with bands like AC/DC, UFO, Rush, Journey, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath.

Halfin started Kerrang magazine in 1980 with Barton and produced images of bands from that era, including Metallica, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Motley Crue and Van Halen.

These days Ross works mainly as a freelance photographer and also shoots travel photography and the film industry. He has shot numerous album covers and published several books on bands including Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Black Crowes, Iron Maiden, Metallica and now also his first travel book - Travel 1.

Halfin spends most of the year travelling the world but is still based in England.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_halfin

Ron Nevison

Mixing (Physical Graffiti)

Multi-platinum record producer Ron Nevison, throughout his career, has operated much like a surgeon, brought in during a critical point in a band's career to bring them back to the top from the commercial brink. Whether kick-starting a stalled hit maker like Jefferson Airplane back into flight as Jefferson Starship, or breathing fresh air back into an outdated band's sound - such as was the case with Heart and Chicago, via seminal 1980s Billboard # 1 ballads like "These Dreams" and "Look Away", respectively, Nevison has rarely had a patient - metaphorically speaking - that he couldn't heal with his multi-platinum production touch. Critics first took note of Nevison's exceptional ear far ahead of many of his pop-rock peers, with one prominent example of the latter being Rolling Stone Magazine's observation in their 1973 review of "The Who's" Quadrophenia, which Nevison engineered, that the album had been "magnificently recorded."

Nevison's profile continued to rise through the mid-1970s as he helped to sonically shape a new generation of AOR rock via his engineering work on the first 3 Bad Company's LPs, Thin Lizzy, and perhaps most notably on Led Zeppelin's 1975 'Physical Graffiti' LP among a host of others. In addition to the aforementioned radio re-invention of Jefferson Starship via late 70s and early 80s hits like "Jane", Nevison's transition into head producer for groups like The Babys, Traffic's Dave Mason (which produced the hit single "We Just Disagree", UFO, and Eddie Money cemented his status as one of the industry's most in-demand hit record producers. Nevison's successes were measured by those of the acts he produced throughout the 1980s, carving out a niche for himself as the go-to producer for veteran rock acts needing a commercial reintroduction to a new generation of rock fans. Whether with Survivor's 'Vital Signs' LP (which produced 3 top-10 hits with "I Can't Hold Back", "High on You", and "The Search is Over",) or arguably his greatest turn-around with Heart over the course of 8 Top 10 hits between 1984 and 1987, including # 1 smash hits like "These Dreams" and "Alone". Nevison also helmed the turn-around of legendary pop-rock outfit Chicago on 1988's '19' LP, which produced three top-ten hits including "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love", "Look Away", and "You're Not Alone".

Amid this era, Nevison balanced his smash pop-rock resume with a return to his harder rock roots via hit collaborations with genre giants like Ozzy Osbourne on "The Ultimate Sin", KISS on "Crazy Nights", and the two multi-platinum Damn Yankees studio LPs. In the latter case, Nevison's collaboration with the group produced the smash hit 'High Enough' for the supergroup (which featured Ted Nugent, and principle members of Night Ranger and Styx.) The producer also logged hits during the heyday of the hair-metal genre with platinum rockers including Europe, Bad English, Firehouse, and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil. Nevison's rock production was also discovered by a new audience throughout the 1990s as Greatest Hits collections were released by legends like Led Zeppelin, The Who, Thin Lizzy, New York Dolls frontman David Johansen, and Bad Company among many others. Not surprisingly, these collections included many classic hits engineered and/or produced by Ron Nevison, who continued to maintain a mainstream pop presence with these and other rock legends throughout the 1990s, producing hit records for Meatloaf, Night Ranger, Candlebox, Lynryd Skynryd, UFO, and Grand Funk Railroad among others.

Ron Nevison's career highlights include many of the record industry's highest distinctions, including his being recognized as Billboard Magazine's Top-5 Producer of the Year 4 separate times, garnering countless Grammy-nominated and winning hit records/albums, and producing well over 100 Million Albums sold in the course of his almost 4-decade career. With the pop rock-genre he helped to invent alive as ever almost a decade into the millennium, Nevison reasons that "I think my production style, as a derivative on a new school of producers, is starting to come around because the 70s is making a comeback. And what happens in this cyclical kind of thing, in ten years, the 80s will be coming around again. 14 year old musicians are forming bands now and listening to Led Zeppelin. And its amazing that 13 year old kids right now have gone from Britney 2 years ago, to hip hop at 13, to 14 to Led Zeppelin. Talk to me in another 5 or 10 years, and I'll probably be more relevant than I am now."

http://www.ronnevison.com/biography.html

Robin Clarke

Mixing (Scream For Help)

Robin Clarke is a music editor for movies in the 1980s and 1990s. In addition to editing for John Paul Jones' Scream For Help, he also mixed for Jimmy Page's Death Wish II soundtrack.

Rob Bozas

Engineer (Now And Zen)

Rob has run Peter Gabriel's Publishing companies since 1995. His specialty is World Music & exploitation thereof in film, TV & new technology. He has placed & commissioned music in over 75 Hollywood movies including movies such as Shrek, Gladiator, Gangs of New York, & The Constant Gardener. TV credits include The O.C., 6 Feet Under, Sex & the City & many more. Adverts include VISA, Ford Trucks, IKEA, Coca Cola, & Volvo.

http://gaynoroflynn.wordpress.com/2009/01/28/the-team/

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December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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