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NEW YORK - There's no "jiggery-pokery" on the new Led Zeppelin album reissues, Jimmy Page insists.
That is, no melding of different takes, no clever studio tricks by which he cobbled together complete alternate versions of staple songs from his juggernaut classic-rock band's 1968-82 oeuvre.
Just pure, and in some cases purely different, sister takes.
"They're all the real deal, man,"
Page, now 70, told a few dozen members of the press at a Soho hotel.
And if eight samples Page played for journalists on Tuesday are any indication, the new material will frickin' rock. Real surprising, huh?
Read the rest of the article at: Toronto Sun
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The antics of Led Zeppelin in the '70s are the stuff of rock legend. And most of those legends are too NSFW to be printed by this outlet.
However, photographic proof has surfaced that pushes one of the legends into the arena of truth. Privately owned British auction house Bonhams have put up a lot of photos of the band from March of 1973 that document their reception in Stockholm at the Chat Noir club, the city's leading sex club.
On its website
, Bonhams elaborate on the events of the evening, saying, "[d]uring the proceedings, which included a naked couple performing on a small stage, the band was presented with a number of gold album sales awards." The event was suggested by the band's manager, Peter Grant, and hosted by Metronome Records, who represented their label Atlantic Records in Sweden.
For interested bidders, the lot contains 56 black & white negatives shot by Bengt H. Malmqvist, corresponding prints and two contact sheets that detail the wild evening. Bonhams says that the majority of the images up for auction are never-before-seen.
The pictures of the event can be found on the Bonhams website
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Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page told RollingStone.com that he will be playing guitar "daily for the foreseeable future" with a view towards "getting to a point where I could play some gigs." He added: "What those gigs are going to be, I don't know yet. I have ideas of what I want to do, but they're pretty complex. I would love to play live again. I love playing live. It's wonderful."
Page, who put out "Outrider", his one and only solo album, in 1988, revealed to RollingStone.com that he's "got lots of material I've written on acoustic guitar. Lots and lots. And right now I need to get myself up to speed, and that won't take too long. But I don't know what musicians I'd play with. I do have material and a passion for it. I need to work towards it, and now I can without all the other side issues going on."
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Jimmy Page will be the commencement speaker on May 10 at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. The Associated Press reported that Page will address graduating seniors art the Agganis Arena, with the college also presenting honorary doctorates to Motown songwriter Valerie Simpson - best known for her string of classics written with her late husband Nick Ashford, including "Let's Go Get Stoned", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "You're All I Need To Get By", "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", "Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)" and "Solid (As A Rock)".
Page, who's now 70, has been playing guitar since he was 12. The Pulse Of Radio asked him what originally attracted him to the instrument. "It was just that whole thing of the transmission of ideas through the tactile quality of playing an instrument, y'know, your steel, strings and wood, translating through the electric pickup through the amp, and that's really what it is for me," he said. "It's that, some magical quality, really. Some sort of alchemy, if you like."
Coming on June 3 will be deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin's first three albums: "Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III". The launch of the reissue program, which is being led by Jimmy Page, includes the band opening "its vaults to share dozens of unheard studio and live recordings, with each album featuring a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album."
The albums are being issued in six different versions - the Super Deluxe Box; Deluxe Edition; Deluxe Edition Vinyl; Single CD; Original Album Vinyl; and Digital Download.
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Jimmy Page has confirmed that Led Zeppelin were working on new material without Robert Plant after their reunion concert in 2007 - and Plant has stated he thought the band would have been a good idea.
Page told Rolling Stone that he and John Paul Jones played their one-off comeback show at London's O2 in December 2007 "having been led to believe there would have been more shows". Insisting he doesn't know why Plant changed his mind, Page added that he, Jones and late drummer John Bonham's son Jason worked with replacement singers including Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy.
"They had a singer," Plant said. "I don't know what happened. It sounded like a great idea to me." Page confirmed that bassist John Paul Jones joining Them Crooked Vultures with Josh Homme and Dave Grohl effectively killed the reformation. He said: "That was a pretty definitive statement."
Asked if there would be any future Led Zeppelin shows, both Plant and Page said it would be unlikely. Plant said: "You're going back to the same old shit. A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that's shitty about about big-time stadium rock. We were surrounded by a circus of people that would have had our souls on the fire. I'm not part of a jukebox." Page added: "People ask me nearly every day about a possible reunion. The answer is no. It's been almost seven years since the O2. There's always a possibility that they can exhume me and put me onstage in a coffin and play a tape."
However, Plant didn't entirely rule out the possibility of future shows. He said: "Everything will develop as it develops. All doors are open. All phone lines are open. I don't hear from anybody. Talk is cheap, but I just think everything has to be new. Then you can incorporate history." Comparing the chances to those of The Eagles, who reformed in 1994 after a 14-year split, Plant said: "Do you know why The Eagles said they'd reunite when hell freezes over, but they did it anyway and keep touring? It's not because they were paid a fortune. It's not about the money. It's because they're bored. I'm not bored."
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GENESIS PUBLICATIONS ANNOUNCES THE OCTOBER 2014 RELEASE OF JIMMY PAGE'S OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHIC AUTOBIOGRAPHY TITLED SIMPLY JIMMY PAGE
CURATED AND CAPTIONED BY JIMMY PAGE, THIS IS THE FIRST EVER BOOK BY A MEMBER OF LED ZEPPELIN
Jimmy Page is one of music's greatest guitarists, innovators and legends. JIMMY PAGE is his official autobiography, a photographic essay he personally created to tell his story for the first time. Jimmy's own words, combined with his handpicked selection of over 600 photographs, make this book the definitive visual and historical record of a remarkable life. JIMMY PAGE will be available in all major bookstores from October 2014.
I've been asked on a number of occasions to do a written book and I thought of the other side of the coin. I thought it would be unique to have an autobiography in photographs, charting my whole musical journey. - JIMMY PAGE
The chronicle of a life in music, by one of the world's most iconic guitar players, JIMMY PAGE is testament to the author's vision - a work he describes as a photographic autobiography. Jimmy has chosen every one of the 650 photographs, written the accompanying text, arranged the content into its narrative order and overseen the design of his book.
It was important to include every milestone along the way, so people who were fans of the music have got a real testament of the times. - JIMMY PAGE
In the form of captions, the intensely private Jimmy has narrated the story of his legendary career for the first time.
Delving into his personal archives, Jimmy has revealed unseen photographs, memorabilia and every one of his passports, saved throughout his life. Jimmy's passport stamps were used to verify all tour dates, making JIMMY PAGE an authoritative historical account.
The tour schedules, passport stamps, working visas and memorabilia really make up a complete picture, which just keeps unfolding as you turn each page of the book. - JIMMY PAGE
In addition to Jimmy's own photos, and those chosen from various sources including fans and magazines, his book showcases a collection of iconic portraits and rare images by over 70 of the greatest names in rock photography, including: Ross Halfin, Kate Simon, Gered Mankowitz, Dominique Tarlé, Pennie Smith and Jim Marshall. Jimmy chose one of his favourite portrait shots for the book cover: a 1977 passport photo, shot by Neal Preston on board Led Zeppelin's private tour plane.
There are many rare finds throughout, such as Led Zeppelin playing an impromptu gig in a nightclub in Jersey, or double-exposure shots of Jimmy and Brian Jones by Ian Stewart.
I wanted to make it as thorough as possible, so that meant trawling through all the thousands of files that photographers had taken, and pulling from my personal collection as well. There's a photo of me playing the guitar by the fire at Bron-Yr-Aur cottage. It's the most complete document that there's ever going to be because of the amount of time that I've put into every aspect. - JIMMY PAGE
Over two years in the making, this 512-page volume documents Page's musical journey, from 13-year-old choirboy to Sixties session musician, through The Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin and beyond.
You see this young man growing, from when I'm a choirboy - and took my guitar along to see if I could tune it up from the organ - right through to almost yesterday. - JIMMY PAGE
Today, Led Zeppelin remain arguably one of the biggest rock bands of all time, with the demand for tickets to their recent 2007 reunion breaking world records and the hugely anticipated re-issues of their entire catalogue coming on Rhino Records later this year.
Jimmy Page continues to make history. He has performed at events including ARMS, Live Aid and the Beijing Olympics closing ceremony; collaborated with artists including The Black Crowes, Leona Lewis, Shirley Bassey and the Foo Fighters; and received awards including an OBE, a Kennedy Center Honor and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On 10th May 2014 he will receive an honorary doctorate from the prestigious university of Berklee, joining previous honourees The Eagles, B.B. King, Steve Winwood, Dizzy Gillespie, George Martin and David Bowie.
'JIMMY PAGE conveys in photographs what a typical written autobiography never could. The passion and energy of his life and career are crystal clear throughout.' - Steve Gorman, The Black Crowes
Originally conceived as a limited edition of only 2,500 copies worldwide, the first printing of JIMMY PAGE by Jimmy Page sold out within weeks of release. In the spring of 2010, it became the fastest-selling book in Genesis Publications' 40-year history. Now Jimmy Page and Genesis Publications announce a more accessible and affordable printing of the book, to be released this October 2014.
The perfect purchase for Led Zeppelin fans, guitar players and music lovers of any age, JIMMY PAGE is widely available in bookstores from October 2014.
I always like to do something different - if you're inspired by an idea, really make something of that inspiration. That goes for music, as well as anything else - even putting a book together! To have a photographic autobiography is a totally different way of looking at things, but it does the job very well and I think it will bring a lot of pleasure to people. - JIMMY PAGE
ABOUT GENESIS PUBLICATIONS
'As someone who's always been interested in having a library themselves, I appreciate fine bookbinding and their whole ethic of what they do.' - Jimmy Page
Founded in 1974, Genesis Publications is a family-owned independent publishing house true to the arts of printing and bookbinding. Genesis creates signed limited edition books and prints for collectors in over 50 countries. Recent authors include musicians such as Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and David Bowie; visual artists such as Shepard Fairey, Storm Thorgerson and Sir Peter Blake; and contributing writers such as Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
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Jimmy Page is standing in almost the exact spot at London's Olympic Studios where, 45 years ago, he laid down the guitar track for Whole Lotta Love. An assistant taps a button on a control panel, and the song's familiar opening riff blares at punishing volume. But it doesn't sound quite right. Robert Plant's vocals are tentative, and the guitar solo during the instrumental breakdown is missing. Instead of crushing everything in its path, this version sounds like it could swerve off in any number of directions. “Tantalizing," Page says. "Isn't it?"
The deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin IV, Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffiti, Presence and In Through The Out Door have already been assembled, but Page is reluctant to get into details about them. "I want to surprise people," he says. "That's always been my game plan." Led Zeppelin IV will likely come out later this year. Will it feature unheard recordings from the Stairway To Heaven sessions? Page just smiles and offers one word: "Absolutely."
Read the entire article at: Rolling Stone
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Arguably the greatest ever question asked in a rock interview was posed by the American writer Chuck Klosterman to Robert Plant, asking about Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love.
"On Whole Lotta Love you say you're going to give some girl 'every inch' of your love," Klosterman said. "But you're British. Why don't you use the metric system?"
Plant, to his credit, took the question in good part. "That would change the whole tone of the thing!" he replied. "I suppose today it would have to be, 'I'll give you several centimetres of bliss.' But people of my generation know nothing about the metric system. I'm fortunate to say I still use inches - or at least that's what my girlfriend says, and she's 29."
Whole Lotta Love showcased Zeppelin at their most priapic, coupled with one of rock's most memorable riffs. Even people who never bought a Zeppelin album knew it, thanks to a version being the Top of the Pops theme tune for many years.
Of course, Whole Lotta Love became a controversial song - it transpired the lyrics were largely pinched from You Need Love, written by Wille Dixon and recorded by Muddy Waters in 1962, and possibly taken from a 1966 version by the Small Faces (which was credited to Marriott/Lane, ironically), which has similar phrasing to Plant's in Whole Lotta Love. Dixon sued Zeppelin in 1985, with the case being settled out of court. Still, as Plant would later say, "Page's riff was Page's riff. It was there before anything else. I just thought, 'Well, what am I going to sing?' That was it, a nick. Now happily paid for."
Here, then, is an early version of Whole Lotta Love - minus its vocal chorus, without the slide guitar at the chorus break, and with a much less extravagant percussion section. It's a fascinating insight into Zeppelin, and you'll be able to hear more works in progress from one of rock's greatest bands when Led Zeppelin's first three albums are reissued with companion discs on Atlantic/Swansong on 2 June.
From: The Guardian
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Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones will once again appear at Bonnaroo - this time as a guest with Seasick Steve. The two have a long history together as Jones played on Seasick Steve's 2011 album You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks and also joined him on stage at the Isle of Wight and Rock Werchter Festivals that year.
Most recently, Jones appeared on Seasick Steve's Hubcap Music along with Jack White and Luther Dickinson, among others. The two have shared the stage several times since the release of that album in 2013.
Jones last played Bonnaroo in 2007, participating in the Superjam alongside Questlove. The legendary multi-instrumentalist also sat in with a variety of acts that year including Gilian Welch and Uncle Earl.
In addition to the Jones announcement, Bonnaroo also confirmed artist additions of Arc Iris, Black Pistol Fire, Bully, Jennifer Sullivan and Royal Teeth.
Former Led Zeppelin frontman plays one-off set Saturday (April 26)
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British rock star Robert Plant and his latest band, the Sensational Space Shifters, moved from heavy rock to spacey audio exploration Saturday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
The show featured a generous number of the classic rock songs that Plant recorded when he was Led Zeppelin's frontman, plus songs by Chicago blues star Howlin' Wolf and the Mississippi Delta's Bukka White and, presumably, music from a forthcoming album by Plant and the Space Shifters.
Plant reached all the way back to "Led Zeppelin I" for his first song at the Samsung Galaxy Stage. The thunder and butterfly contrast in "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" was a sign of things to come. Guitarist Liam "Skin" Tyson plucked acoustic guitar arpeggios in the song's soft bits between abrupt bursts of guitar and percussion.
From the opening song on, the 65-year-old Plant was in strong, distinctive voice, occasionally wielding his mic stand like the rock star he is.
"Hey! Hey!" he said after the band's opening number. "Let's go!"
Plant and the Space Shifters proceeded to transform Howlin' Wolf's already atmospheric "Spoonful" into heavy, moody blues. A West African influence entered the song when Juddeh Camara, a Space Shifter from Gambia, soloed with his one-string African violin.
Camara moved to an instrument that's obviously an ancestor of the American banjo for a reinvention of Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" that morphed into a trance-rock jam.
Another blues classic, "Seventh Son," segued into a long tease by Plant and the band for a full-blown version of Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love."
The Space Shifters are a band that combines West Africa and the Middle East with the American South and the Delta blues that inspired Plant and his peers when they were kids back in England.
Plant and his Led Zeppelin cohorts, as well as a generation of their English musician peers - including Eric Clapton, who performs at Jazz Fest on Sunday - transformed American music from the South into their own louder, faster, wilder expression. And Plant hasn't stopped. He informed his audience that his Jazz Fest show is a one-off gig, for which he traveled 5,674 miles. And he won't have much time to enjoy New Orleans, a city he loves, because he's leaving Sunday.
He also changed the lyrics to a Zeppelin classic, "Going to California," singing, "I'm going to Louisiana with an ache in my heart."
Plant couldn't resist recalling riverboat parties he experienced back in the day, featuring music by such local music stars as Earl King, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Snooks Eaglin.
Odds are he'll be back again to rock some more.
From: The New Orleans Advocate
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
Going To California
Tin Pan Valley
In The Mood
Funny In My Mind (I Believe I'm Fixin' To Die)
What Is And What Should Never Be
Whole Lotta Love
Rock And Roll
Going To California
In The Mood
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To promote the release of the first album's reissues, Warner Music will do a massive press conference at the L'Olympia Music Hall in Paris, as a reference to the 1969 show being released soon. Originally scheduled for May 27, with plans to get all three original members, the event has been finally re-scheduled for May 21st and will feature only Jimmy Page. An interview will be conducted, and there will be a listening session of the re-issues.
The event is a private event for journalists only, however, media will have a competition to get tickets for the event.
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The Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page clearly likes to be in control. The British rock group, which is reissuing its first three albums on June 3, has just released two previously unheard recordings that Mr. Page, 70, found while going through the band’s archives.
"I don’t want to die and have somebody else do it," he told the BBC
The two tracks are "Keys to the Highway," recorded in 1970, and an early version of "Whole Lotta Love," a big hit for the band in 1969
. The earlier recording is significantly different, without some of the lyrics, chorus and instrumentation of the 1969 song. The tracks will be released officially along with the first three albums on June 3, and excerpts from them will be available before then only on the BBC website.
Mr. Page has remastered each of the albums - Led Zeppelin
, Led Zeppelin II
and Led Zeppelin III
, to be released by Atlantic/Swan Song - and said on the Led Zeppelin website
, that accompanying companion discs will present a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin. "It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time," he said
The band, which formed in 1968 and broke up in 1980 after the death of the drummer John Bonham, got back together for a London concert seven years ago. But Robert Plant, the band’s singer, quashed any idea that another reunion is in the offing. The chances, he told the BBC, are "zero."
From: The New York Times
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Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham's new group California Breed have released a new lyric video for debut single "Midnight Oil," which comes from their forthcoming album. According to the band, the new animated lyric video for Midnight Oil," was created by Nev Todoroic who spearheads the interactive media production company The Young Astronauts.
Apart from Hughes and Bonham, the group also features 23-year-old guitarist Andrew Watt who had the following to say about the video, "We wanted a lyric video that would make people want to watch this song in addition to just listen to it, one that would highlight the bombastic grooves of the track and convey the rhythm of the message. I turned to my friends, the Young Astronauts, whose previous videos have hundreds of millions of views, but they don't work with a lot of rock bands and I thought THAT'S the magic, right there."
Hughes adds, "It's a refreshing animated video that really captures the lyrical concert and message of the Midnight Oil single. We didn't want to make a run-of-the-mill lyric video. The animation perfectly captures the raw energy, lyrical content and the message of what Midnight Oil is really all about... rock n roll!!"
The band will be releasing their self-titled debut album on May 19th in North America and the UK and on May 16th in Europe.
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Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis has claimed that Led Zeppelin will play again one day - and when they do, they'll headline his festival. The move seems unlikely, with the band having refused reunion offers from all directions since 2007's Celebration Day
appearance - including an approach from former US president Bill Clinton.
And frontman Robert Plant appeared to have been joking when last year he hinted: "I'm not the bad guy. You need to see the Capricorns... I've got nothing to do in 2014."
Plant will appear as a solo act at this year's Glastonbury - but Eavis is determined that the singer, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham's son Jason will hit the stage together again.
He tells Ireland AM: "That will happen one day. I'm sure of it. They will do it."
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Some great new dates for Led Zeppelin Played Here: Florida, Philadelphia, Nashville, Chicago and even Northern VA with a post-screening discussion with Ian MacKaye.
Florida Film Festival - April 7 & 12
Cinedelphia Film Festival in Philadelphia - Sunday, April 20
Nashville Film Festival - April 22 & April 25
Chicago International Movies & Music Festival - Friday, May 2
College Park Arts Exchange (near UofMD, free admission) - Friday, May 9
DC Record Fair - Artisphere in Arlington, VA - Sunday, June 1
Thanks, and hope to announce more soon,
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|April 24, 1969 - 2nd US Tour begins (1st as headliners) at the Fillmore West|
|April xx, 1970 - Robert comments about the violence in the audience near the end of the fifth tour|
|April 04, 1970 - Jimmy Page performs White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the Julie Felix BBC show|
|April 16, 1970 - Whole Lotta Love was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK, Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a "no-singles" approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK and he halted the release.|
|April xx, 1971 - Untitled is rumored to be released this month|
|April xx, 1972 - Recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy at Stargroves and Olympic studios|
|April xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin rehearse their new stage show in preparation for their huge 1973 US Tour|
|April xx, 1974 - Swan Song concentrates its efforts on signing new acts|
|April xx, 1975 - Jimmy does some mixing at Electric Lady studios for TSRTS soundtrack|
|April 19, 1975 - 51,000 tickets sell in two hours for three nights at Earls Court, two added dates see another 34,000 tickets sold|
|April xx, 1976 - The band decide they will release their film to theaters|
|April 30, 1977 - Led Zeppelin breaks the record for the largest attendance for a single-act show in the Pontiac Silverdome with 76,229 in attendance|
|April xx, 1978 - The band hold a meeting, this time with Robert, to discuss Zeppelin’s future|
|April 03, 1979 - Page, Bonham and Plant jam with Bad Company again in Birmingham|
|April 27, 1980 - The band rehearses at Rainbow Theater for an upcoming European tour|
|April 26, 1988 - James Patrick Page III’s birthday. He is named after his father is the only son of Jimmy and Patricia Ecker. Jimmy spoke of his son saying: "He is wonderful. He has made a big difference to my life."|
|April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.|