NPR.com has Robert Plant's tenth studio album lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar streaming, in its entirely, at http://www.npr.org/2014/09/01/343144827/first-listen-robert-plant-lullaby-and-the-ceaseless-roar.
Robert Plant's 2014 album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, his label debut for Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records, was produced by Plant and features 11 recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam "Skin" Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals.
lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar is Plant's first record since 2010's Band of Joy, which followed 2007's six-time Grammy Award winning collaboration with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand. Justin Adams and John Baggott of The Sensational Space Shifters appeared on Plant's 2002 release Dreamland, while all but Camara and Smith appeared on 2005's Mighty Rearranger. The 2014 line-up toured the world before recording lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Real World Studios in Bath, UK. The track "Rainbow" was recorded in Contino Rooms in London. Tchad Blake mixed all but three tracks on the album.
"It's really a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep," Plant says. "The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood. I am very lucky to work with The Sensational Space Shifters. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music...I have been around awhile and I ask myself, do I have anything to say? Is there a song still inside me? In my heart? I see life and what s happening to me. Along the trail there are expectations, disappointments, happiness, questions and strong relationships," Plant explains, "... and now I'm able to express my feelings through melody, power and trance; together in a kaleidescope of sound, colour, and friendship."
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Texas Monthly has an excellent article in which Plant discusses his departure from Austin, TX, Patty Griffin, as well as a little quip about his dislike for Whole Foods (he's more of a Fiesta type of man).
Read the entire article at Texas Monthly.
On September 9th, Robert Plant returns with his latest solo album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar. In support, the former Led Zeppelin frontman is taking his new band, the Sensational Space Shifters, out on a North American tour. Following previously announced appearances at Glastonbury and Japan’s Summer Sonic, Plant and co. will embark on a seven-show jaunt in late September/early October. From there, they will return to the UK for a series of engagements in mid-November.
As a preview, Plant has shared a live video of the album’s lead single, “Rainbow”. Watch it below (via Rolling Stone), followed by Plant’s full tour schedule.
Robert Plant 2014 Tour Dates:
08/09 – Glastonbury, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
08/16 – Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic
08/17 – Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic
09/08 – London, UK @ London Roundhouse
09/25 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theater
09/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
09/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
09/30 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
10/02 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
10/04 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
10/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
11/09 – Newport, UK @ Newport Centre
11/10 – Bournemouth, UK @ O2 Academy
11/12 – London, UK @ London Roundhouse
11/14 – Hull, UK @ Hull City Hall
11/15 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
11/17 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy
11/18 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy
11/20 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
11/21 – Wolverhampton, UK @ Civic Hall
11/23 – Belfast, UK @ Ulster Hall
11/24 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia
11/26 – Blackpool, UK @ Blackpool Tower
11/27 – Llandudno, UK @ Llandudno Venue Cymru Arena
From: Consequence Of Sound
Page will also make a second guest appearance, this time on November 5, 2014 at the Union Square Barnes & Noble, on East 17th Street, in New York City.
Page's author event will begin at 7:00PM. For more info, go to the event's page.
Jimmy Page's pictorial autobiography is being re-released in hardback format on October 14, 2014. To pre-order Jimmy Page, go to Amazon's website.
Prepare to hear one of the most overplayed songs in rock history in a new way.
In October, Rhino Records will release an album containing a never-before-issued version of “Stairway To Heaven.”
It’s part of the huge reissue project for Led Zeppelin, which began in June with the release of alternate takes on the storied band’s first three albums.
They’ll be followed on Oct. 27 with alterna-views of the untitled, fourth Led Zeppelin album (commonly referred to as “Led Zeppelin 4”) and “Houses of the Holy.”
As with the band’s first trio of reissues, the new ones will pair a remastered version of the official disc with a set of alternate takes on every track.
The fourth Led Zep disc - the third best-selling album in U.S. history - will not only contain the unheard “Stairway” but also specially reimagined runs at the acoustic songs “Going To California” and “The Battle of Evermore,” with more guitar and mandolin.
The alterna version of 1973’s “Houses of The Holy” will feature rough mixes of “The Ocean” and “Dancing Days,” as well as an interpretation of “The Rain Song” sans John Paul Jones’ piano.
Both new sets will be available in multiple formats - as the original single CD, in a deluxe edition which includes the alternative tracks, in vinyl form, or as part of elaborate box sets, including snazzy booklets and artwork.
Fans who want to cherry-pick just the previously unheard songs can do so through iTunes.
The first three Zep reissues each made the top 10 upon their release in June. The rest of the band’s catalogue will see alternate releases over the coming year.
From: NY Daily News
CALIFORNIA BREED members Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watt have chosen Joey Castillo (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL) to play drums for the band for all upcoming dates when it became clear that Jason Bonham's professional commitments would prevent him from being able to tour with the group.
CALIFORNIA BREED will support ALTER BRIDGE in the U.S. before heading to Europe and will close out the run supporting Slash featuring MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS on their five U.K. arena dates.
Says Hughes: "We're just excited to play live, to tour, to be in front of and with our fans.
"We're very proud of our debut record and we can't wait to share it, live and loud, with you."
CALIFORNIA BREED's self-titled debut album sold around 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"California Breed" was recorded at producer Dave Cobb's Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits from Hughes, Watt and Bonham. "It's proper rock," Hughes told Classic Rock magazine, "but at the same time it's very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page." "This kid is amazing," said Bonham. "The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. And he plays in the studio like he's on stage!"
"What we've got here is a kid who isn't a hammer-on, virtuoso," said Glenn, "but a whole new entity. This kid grew up listening to Mick Ronson on Bowie's records, as well as Jimmy Page in LED ZEPPELIN. He has a completely different take. And it's fresh and bold and so exciting. It just gets into your blood."
Read more at Blabbermouth.net
Robert Plant has teamed up with Genero to hold a contest for a fan to create the official video Rainbow, the lead single from his forthcoming new album, lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar.
The creative direction is being left completely open, so entrants are advised to listen to the song, be inspired, and create something that reflects their vision for the tune.
The official selection and finalist group will be chosen by Plant and Genero.
The selected video will receive $3,000 and have their video used as the official music clip for Rainbow.
Deadline for submissions is September 8, 2014, 23:59 GMT time.
Full contest details are available at Genero.
Due September 5 in Europe and September 9 in North America, “lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar” was recorded at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Bath, UK.
The album features 9 new songs and two covers: The Stanley Brothers’ “Little Maggie” and the Lead Belly tune, “Poor Howard.”
Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters just wrapped up a series of shows across Europe; they’ll play Glastonbury Abbey on August 9 before heading to Japan for two shows next month.
Led Zeppelin have no shortage of outrageous tour stories, and were known for partying as hard as any band. These photos might be PG-rated compared to what you really want to see, but they are still a fascinating look at the band at their peak.
Read the entire story and see all the photos at the WZLX website.
Robert Plant has revealed that he suggested reuniting Led Zeppelin as an acoustic project. With Plant and Jimmy Page squabbling over their band's potential comeback, Plant claims that Page rejected a recent proposal to record new, unplugged music.
"A couple of years ago, I said, 'If you've got anything acoustic, let me know. I'll give it a whirl,'" Plant recently told Uncut, (via NME ). "It was hands across the water. [But Jimmy] just walked away."
Plant's proposal to make unplugged music is reflective of the kind of music he has been making in recent years: Raising Sand, with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss and his jammier work with Band of Joy and the Sensational Space Shifters. Page, as Led Zeppelin's lead guitarist, has shown much less interest in turning off the amplifiers.
Still, even if Page, Plant and John Paul Jones could reconcile, Plant has little faith that the band are capable of writing a modern classic. "We couldn't do anything proper," he said. "The weight of expectation is too great." And although there's discussion of a new tour, Page and Plant seem to be talking at cross-purposes: "I don't know what [Jimmy's] trying to do," Page said. "I feel slightly disappointed and baffled."
In almost two decades, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin have performed together only once: at London's O2 in December 2007.
From: The Guardian
Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy Led Zeppelin reissues for October 28 release – DETAILS ANNOUNCED
The details of the next two releases in the Led Zeppelin reissue series have now been announced.
The Wings at the Speed of Sound reissue track list reveals there's a "John Bonham Version" of Beware My Love. The Bonham-less version included on Speed of Sound is a moody, hard-charging album highlight and an underappreciated gem in McCartney's catalog, so to hear the late drum legend working on this particular song is pretty damn enticing.
Keep in mind this isn't the only John Bonham/Paul McCartney crossover. The Zeppelin drummer played on two tracks from Wings' final album, 1979's Back to the Egg. Come Sept. 23, we'll finally be able to hear what this unreleased third Bonham collaboration sounds like.
For the rest of the article, including tracklistings, go to: Billboard
To pre-order Jimmy Page, go to Amazon's website.
The first ever book by a member of Led Zeppelin.
Jimmy Page is one of music’s greatest guitarists, innovators and legends—Rolling Stone called him “one of rock's most important and influential guitar players, writers, and producers” and ranked him number nine on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time—and he’ll be talking about his life and career as the groundbreaking guitarist for one of rock’s most iconic bands. His new book Jimmy Page is his official autobiography, a photographic essay he personally created to tell his story for the very first time. In his own words, combined with his handpicked selection of over 600 photographs, the book is the definitive visual and historical record of a remarkable life and showcases a collection of iconic portraits and rare images by over 70 of the greatest names in rock photography. He also delves into his personal archives, revealing unseen photographs and memorabilia. Today, Led Zeppelin remain arguably one of the biggest rock bands of all time and Page’s musical journey, from 13-year-old choirboy to Sixties session musician, through The Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin and beyond makes Jimmy Page an authoritative historical account. Join us for a rare interview and his first NY appearance.
For more information, although the event has already sold out, go to http://www.92y.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=107224
The show, at St Stephen's Church, will feature the late drummer's sister singer/songwriter Deborah Bonham, who will be playing a special acoustic set.
It has been set up by members of the John Bonham Memorial Fund, whose aim is to raise an initial £50,000 for the design and installation of a fitting permanent memorial in Redditch town centre, the birthplace of the legendary drummer.
The preferred location for the memorial is on the Church Green, behind St Stephen's church, next to the Bandstand and Bartleet Fountain, on land owned by Redditch Borough Council.
Any additional monies raised will be used to cover future maintenance costs.
The show is on Saturday, August 2 at St Stephen's Church.
Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door with all proceeds going toward the statue of the great drummer.
To book or for more information, visit goldengiving.com/wall/john-bonham-memorial-fund.
From: Redditch & Alcester Advertiser
"This is like test-driving a new car," says the man whose pre-Van Halen fame is inextricably linked to his autobiographical 1984 single, I Can't Drive 55. "With a new band, before you start it up, you're really not sure where it's going. But it's exciting."
From the first thunderous notes of Led Zeppelin's Good Times Bad Times, it's apparent that this latest Hagar-and-pals machine is firing on all cylinders. That's good news for fans planning to hit Sammy Hagar: A Journey Through the History of Rock, the group's upcoming run of summer shows, which kicks off Thursday at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wis., and wraps up Aug. 16 in Stateline, Nev.
When the band puts the final cymbal crash on Good Times, Hagar, 66, can't contain himself. "That was powerful, guys," he says to three compadres assembled at his private Northern California studio for the group's first rehearsal, which USA TODAY was invited to attend. "This is going to work. Man, I love singing Zep tunes."
It doesn't hurt that pulling drum duty is Jason Bonham, son of iconic Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, while the bass lines are anchored by founding Van Halen member Michael Anthony. The note-perfect guitar riffs are supplied by Vic Johnson, longtime member of Hagar's house band, The Wabos.
For the next few hours, the foursome rips through a classic-rock mix of Zeppelin (Ramble On, When the Levee Breaks), Hagar-era Van Halen (Why Can't This Be Love, Best of Both Worlds), Chickenfoot (Big Foot) and Wabos (Mas Tequila).
There's a lot of good-natured banter back and forth, much of it focused on who will take which solos when and how Bonham should telegraph the wrap-up for each tune with a drum flourish.
Read the entire story at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2014/07/14/sammy-hagar-summer-band-rehearsal-led-zeppelin-rules/12570987/
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