A fire which destroyed a mansion formerly owned by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and occultist Aleister Crowley was not started intentionally, investigators say.
The blaze broke out at Boleskine House on the eastern bank of Loch Ness at around 1.40pm on December 23.
Around 60% of the B-listed mansion was destroyed in the fire, which took hours to bring under control.
Investigators are confident the fire was not suspicious but have been unable to establish its cause.
Crowley, who became infamous for his books on the occult, lived at Boleskine House between 1899 and 1913.
Former Led Zeppelin guitarist and Crowley memorabilia-collector Jimmy Page bought Boleskine House in 1970 but spent less than six weeks there before selling the mansion in 1992.
It has since been used as a private residence and a guest house and was put up for sale in 2009 for £176,000.
From: STV News
The night Led Zeppelin played a free gig at the Boat Club is part of Nottingham rock and pop history.
It was more than 40 years ago but now a film maker is hoping to find Nottinghamshire people who remember that show.
As part of a major BBC project called People's History of Pop, producer Rob Whitehouse is making a short film for the East Midlands magazine programme Inside Out focusing on fans' memories in the East Midlands.
And he is particularly interested in hearing from anyone who was at the Led Zeppelin gig.
He said: "It would be wonderful if I could find someone who took photographs, even better if anyone had some film or a sound recording of that night.
"Unfortunately, there were no mobile phones back then but you never know."
Rob will be filming an interview with Boat Club president Keith Atkinson, who first booked Led Zeppelin to appear on Trentside in 1969 before they achieved worldwide fame - for the princely fee of £80.
The free Led Zeppelin gig of 1971 is still regarded by many as Nottingham's finest rock hour.
Led Zeppelin became the biggest stadium band in the world, breaking attendance records in America held by the Beatles.
Yet, in March 1971, they returned to the Boat Club for an extraordinary gig.
Keith, speaking about a night he will never forget, said: "They played for free that time. They wanted to put something back to the venues that had set them on the road to success."
He said the queue of fans hoping to get a ticket snaked back across Trent Bridge, adding: "Ironically, although we were raking in the cash at the time, we hardly made anything that night because it was so rammed that people couldn't get to the bar because no-one could move."
There were other high-profile visitors to Trentside, including Rod Stewart, Elton John, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, Motorhead – led by the legendary Lemmy who died this month – and Ozzie Osborne with Black Sabbath.
Rob is hoping to hear from anyone who was at these gigs, especially if they have memorabilia from the time.
His film is part of a nationwide project in which the BBC is crowd sourcing photographs and audio/video of fans' cherished music memorabilia – ticket stubs, diary entries, teen band recordings, wrist bands, rare footage and more – to tell the story of British rock and pop music from the 1950s to the noughties.
A BBC spokesman said: "Whether you were into skiffle, punk, hip hop or anything in between, we want to see your stuff and hear your stories.
"What was the first record you bought? Do you still have the ticket stub to your all-time favourite gig? Were you in a teen band and do you still have the recordings?
"If you've been inspired by British sounds and you still have the memorabilia in your attic, under your bed or in the recesses of your computer, dig it out and go to www.phop.co.uk to take part.
"All you need to do is join up by creating a profile with our partners, History Pin, and follow the links to share your stuff. If you have an object, just take a photo of it and upload that. If you have audio or video, you can embed that too.
"Everything sent in to People's History of Pop will be part of an incredible online archive and will culminate with a television series for BBC Four, featuring the best of what's been uploaded to the site."
Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/BBC-search-fans-attended-Led-Zeppelin-s-historic/story-28522398-detail/story.html
Attorneys for group blasted for requesting "irrelevant" documentation in copyright dispute
As any Led Zeppelin fan knows, the group has long been associated with one legendarily impure fishing expedition. And now they're being accused of engaging in a pure one.
In the latest turn in the "Stairway to Heaven" copyright saga, the group was accused of undertaking a "pure fishing expedition" in legal papers filed Tuesday.
In the filing, attorneys for plaintiff Michael Skidmore - trustee for the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust which, according to the papers, owns Wolfe's copyrights - blast Team Zeppelin for questioning the validity of the trust.
"There is no evidence to cast even the slightest bit of shade on the validity of the Trust, nor have Defendants argued that there is any real reason to doubt the validity of the Trust," the papers read. "This is a pure fishing expedition."
Skidmore brought the suit, claiming that Zeppelin's rock classic "Stairway to Heaven" infringes on the song "Taurus" by the group Spirit, of which Wolfe (nom de rock: Randy California) was an original member. Wolfe died in 1997.
Led Zeppelin's camp contends that the Wolfe trust is only valid if it is a qualified charitable foundation or other qualified entity, and claims that Skidmore's legal team hasn't provided evidence to that effect. Zeppelin's lawyers are asking Skidmore's team to provide proof, such as "all Internal Revenue Service notices or correspondence qualifying the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust as a charitable foundation or other qualified entity."
The plaintiff's side contends that it has already provided all the proof that's necessary, and that the Zeppelin team's request for further documentation is "overly broad, vague, irrelevant, not calculated to lead to the discovery of relevant evidence, and unduly burdensome."
They also say that nobody has ever questioned the validity of the trust, and "because Defendants are not the beneficiaries of the Trust they have no legal authority or standing to challenge the validity of the Trust."
According to the filing, Skidmore claims that the trust's receipts "are used to donate musical instruments for schoolchildren in Ventura County."
From: The Wrap
(from September 1976 Playboy)
PLAYBOY: Do you remember the first time you got stoned?
BOWIE: On grass? I'd done a lot of pills ever since I was a kid. Thirteen or fourteen. But the first time I got stoned on grass was with John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin many, many years ago, when he was still a bass player on Herman's Hermits records. We'd been talking to Ramblin' Jack Elliott somewhere and Jonesy said to me, "Come over and I'll turn you on to grass." I thought about it and said, "Sure, I'll give it a whirl." We went over to his flat–he had a huge room, with nothing in it except this huge vast Hammond organ, right next door to the police department.
I had done cocaine before but never grass. I don't know why it should have happened in that order, probably because I knew a couple of merchant seamen who used to bring it back from the docks. I had been doing it with them. And they loathed grass. So I watched in wonder while Jonesy rolled these three fat joints. And we got stoned on all of them. I became incredibly high and it turned into an in-fucking-credible hunger. I ate two loaves of bread. Then the telephone rang. Jonesy said, "Go and answer that for me, will you?" So I went downstairs to answer the phone and kept on walking right out into the street. I never went back. I just got intensely fascinated with the cracks in the pavement.
"I'm always eager to return to the hospitality of the Southern states," Robert said in a statement. "Towns and cities that hold fond memories for me personally, places that gave birth to so much of the music I love."
He continues, "Our recent travels have taken this wild whirlwind of a band though many incredible and inspiring places. Having just begun work on our new album, we thought we'd take time out to raise a little sand and welcome springtime with one more adventure, another celebration of life and song."
The tour kicks on March 4th at the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, see the full dates below.
03/04-06 – Okeechobee, FL – Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
03/06 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
03/07 – Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre
03/09 – Jackson, MS – Thalia Mara Hall
03/10 – Baton Rouge, LA – River Center Theatre
03/11 – Shreveport, LA – Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
03/13 – Cain's Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
03/15 – The Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
03/17 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
03/18 – Midland, TX – Wagner Noel Center Performing Arts Center
03/20 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at Moody Theater
Tickets for these dates can be found here - http://www.robertplant.com/#road/2010
Of course, I kid. Stern isn't as hard-hitting as he was back in the day. He's actually a big ol' softie now, but Stamos and Stern dug into some hefty subjects. Stamos revealed his deep spiral of alcohol abuse and how he returned to happiness. He speaks of never becoming a father, and that subject was a sad one too. Then things got rowdy (as always) when the Beach Boys came up, and the subject turned to the time Jimmy Page dared to scream at John Stamos:
With Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page joining the Beach Boys during John's early Washington Monument show, Jeff Foskett was in charge of teaching Jimmy what key each Beach Boys song was in. John was brought along to the rehearsals in a hotel room. "We're in this hotel and we go up to the penthouse suite and there's cases everywhere … and I thought it was guitars everywhere. He had like whips and devil sh*t," John remembered. The defining moment came when Jeff was off with a roadie and in his absence, Jimmy turned to John to ask about the keys to a few songs. As a result, John got the brunt of Jimmy's displeasure with the answers. "‘I can't f*cking solo in E flat!' [Jimmy] was yelling at me and I was twenty years old or something."
Martin Barre has recalled the moment that speaking to Jimmy Page could have led to him losing a guitar solo on classic Jethro Tull track Aqualung. He risked bandleader Ian Anderson taking away the opportunity, and filling the space on tape with flute work instead.
Today (January 3) is John Paul Jones’ 70th birthday. He has been a professional musician for over 50 years, with 12 of those most famously in Led Zeppelin. If all that you listen to is his Zeppelin, you are sorely missing out on a musical maestro. Each song that he has performed on, every song that he has arranged for, every song that he has produced is pure genius. There is no way to narrow down a lifetime of virtuosity into a short, however, I present here my personal selection of tracks, in no particular order, that John Paul Jones has been a part of that shines brightly.
A Foggy Day In Vietnam
Most every young studio musician dreams of that one day when they can record their own music. 18 year old Jones recorded this nearly instrumental number in 1964 for Pye Records. Jones played some excellent honky tonk upright piano on this track. It is very reminiscent of songs later in his career, like Hot Dog and Darlene & his 1977 piano solos during No Quarter.
This song starts out with a killer riff, heavy 4-string bass and layers guitar over that. Then it changes into a signature John Paul Jones walking bass run in the pre-chorus. The second half of the pre-chorus has some funky clavinet work. All that plus Jones contributing some backup vocals and mini improv bass solos when performed live.
Jones has never been afraid to stray from traditional rock and roll. This has never been held more true than with the album The Sporting Life with avant-garde singer Diamanda Galás. To most ears, her vocals sound unintelligible, however, Skótoseme (Greek for “kill me”) has some tasty bass work on a Manson 8-string bass, wired in stereo and drums by Pete Thomas, Elvis Costello’s drummer, who later played on Jones’ first solo album in 1999, Zooma.
The Lemon Song
The Lemon Song features exemplary bass runs that many budding bass guitarists have often tried to imitate (including yours truly). Recorded virtually live in Mirror Studios in 1969, Jones is definitely pulling from his roots to pull this song off.
Dazed And Confused
The second that you hear the haunting, descending bass line, you can instantly tell that it’s John Paul Jones in Dazed And Confused from Led Zeppelin. In the first few albums, you can tell that Jones and Jimmy Page were experimenting with different studio tricks and the tone of the bass is a bit muted, lacking some natural echo that you hear in most other tracks. It adds to the overall psychedelic loneliness that creeps over you.
When this song was played live and it stretched to over 30 minutes in length, not once could you tell that Jones was straining to keep up with the guitar or drums. He was perfectly locked within the groove.
Stairway To Heaven
Some may look at Stairway To Heaven and think that it’s a Page track. How untrue? Jones was all over the place on this song. In addition to Fender Rhodes keyboard action that fills in against the beautiful Page guitar work and unreal bass guitar runs, there is no other song that better rocks out on a quartet of bass recorders, all played by Jones. You simply cannot get any more badass than that.
Tidal (Guitar Wars version)
Riding high from the underground success of two solo albums and supporting tours, Jones accepted the invitation to appear at Guitar Wars 2003 in Tokyo, Japan. The JPJ Orchestra was in full force with Nuno Bettencourt on guitar, Jones on 10-string Manson bass, Roger King on keyboards, Mike Szuter who came in later on the track on bass guitar & Paul Mastelotto on drums.
Jones was definitely feeling his oats, switching on some effects and taking on a freaking impressive outro bass guitar solo.
The Song Remains The Same (live version)
While Jimmy Page is busy weaving his guitar magic, John Paul Jones, with assistance from the drums, lays down a heavy foundation. Not satisfied with playing root notes to maintain the beat, Jones is all over the fretboard, finding a way to play some solo-sounding rhythm work.
No Quarter (live version)
John Paul Jones was so much more than a bass guitarist and this track exemplifies this. Originally, in 1970, No Quarter had a faster tempo and patched together several different contrasting parts. When it was time to record No Quarter in the studio in early 1972, it was slowed down and the whole song was dropped a semi-tone in pitch to add to the mysteriousness of the song.
This song was premiered on the second leg of the 1973 Summer US tour up until Led Zeppelin’s last date in 1980. It showcased John Paul Jones’ abilities on the keyboards, with lengthy piano solos added in the middle of the song.
Ice Fishing At Night
Some electronica starts this song off and then a simple piano passage begins. If you thought that John Paul Jones was only an instrumentalist, you were wrong. Jones adds in a very tender set of lyrics that has the aural mysticism of a classic oil painting. The piano continues into a solo passage that has a second piano part overdubbed. This is truly a non-traditional John Paul Jones-sounding masterpiece.
But no one expected the former Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin and Firm guitarist to actually perform.
Then, as the night (and the Firm's "Radioactive") was coming to a close, Page quickly took the stage and was handed a lovely Gibson Les Paul burst. Before anyone could react, the band launched into Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll."
Sharing the stage with Page were his former Firm band mate, Paul Rodgers (whose voice somehow sounds the same as ever) and Alice in Chains singer William Duvall. Also present were Soundgarden's Kim Thayil and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen. The house band featured former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and ex–Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin.
A lot of other musicians were along for the ride. How many can you pick out?
From: Guitar World
It’s a coup for CBS Films, which is good at the care and feeding of the music in its films — the studio guided the cool folk soundtrack (OK, they had help from uber-producer T Bone Burnett) for the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis that featured music from Bob Dylan, Marcus Mumford and the Punch Brothers and of course the film’s stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Adam Driver and Justin Timberlake. The Coopers soundtrack, from Republic Records, also features two Dylan songs, as well as Nina Simone, Sting and Fleet Foxes among others.
Love The Coopers centers on four generations of a family who come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, and a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down. Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Anthony Mackie and Marisa Tomie lead the ensemble cast helmed by Jessie Nelson.
Check out Plant and Krauss’ video released today for “The Light Of Christmas Day.”
From: Deadline Hollywood
If you've spent the last year buying the Led Zeppelin Super Deluxe Editions then your appetite for Zeppelin vinyl is probably well and truly sated... but just in case, the band's 2007 compilation Mothership is being made available again across four vinyl records.
I was at the L.A. premiere of the new Tom Hardy film "Legend" earlier tonight and the director, Brian Helgeland, revealed an interesting tidbit about a Led Zeppelin movie project in 1998. After the Q & A I had an opportunity outside the theatre to quiz him more directly on the subject.
After his success with writing the screenplay to "L.A. Confidential", Warner Brothers was keen on making a movie about Led Zeppelin and sent Brian Helgeland to catch up with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant on their 1998 tour in New York. Jimmy was interested but Robert wanted no part of it. Brian saw the July 16 Madison Square Garden and July 18 Continental Airline Arena shows, but could never get Robert to speak to him. Without Robert's cooperation, there was no way Brian could write a decent screenplay. That put the kibbosh on any Led Zeppelin film and Warner Brothers pulled the plug.
- From ledzeppelin.com forum member Strider
Read the entire, EXCELLENT article at: http://anewdomain.net/2015/09/18/late-led-zeppelin-drummer-john-bonham-35-years-gone/
Cameron Crowe had a mission to merge his two loves in life: writing and music. Pursuing his literary and musical passions, Crowe began writing for the underground music publication The Door in his early teens under the tutelage of Lester Bangs, a writer and editor portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in Crowe’s 2000 film Almost Famous, a love letter to music celebrating its 15th anniversary today. With its capacity to capture what was exciting about the music of the time without succumbing to unreflective effusiveness, his writing eventually caught the eye of Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres. On a 1973 issue of Rolling Stone, Crowe’s first byline with the publication — a story about the band Poco — was teased on the cover.
Read the rest of the article at: http://uproxx.com/movies/2015/09/cameron-crowe-led-zeppelin-almost-famous/
Last night (September 5) at The National Bowl, in Milton Keynes, England, the Foo Fighters were joined on stage by Roger Taylor, of Queen, and John Paul Jones.
More Roar, the EP from Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters first released on 10" vinyl for Record Store Day this past April, is now available digitally as well on iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store, where it is also available as a high-definition 96kHz/24bit FLAC download and on vinyl too. The EP features three tracks recorded live during the group’s 2014 world tour celebrating the release of Plant's Nonesuch / Warner Bros. Records debut album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar: "Turn It Up / Arbaden," "Poor Howard," and "Whole Lotta Love (Medley)."
Plant and the band are currently touring Europe, stopping at the Fête du Bruit in France and Lokerse Festival in Belgium this weekend. They return to North America for a number of shows in September, including stops in New York, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, and more. For details and tickets to see them live, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.
For many people, the mere thought of treading water in the middle of a pool for minutes at a time is daunting beyond belief, never mind pairing it with sophisticated choreography. Yet this feat is all in a day's work for the Spanish Synchronized Swimming Team, whose performance during the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, held in Rome, was so outstanding that it ultimately won them the competition's gold medal for "Free Routine Combination."
As if the swimming team's movements – the pinnacle of precision and grace – weren't impressive enough, it was their song choice that truly took this synchronized act to soaring new heights (or rather, awe-inspiring depths). The women swam to the stylings of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven," adding a bit of pumping pop culture relevance to their performance, a notable and captivating departure from the instrumental music that typically dominates the sport.
Between the Spanish Synchronized Swimming Team's flawless timing and ethereal song choice, it's no wonder they were deemed champions of the event. To make the moment all the more special, Reuters reports that this gold medal marked their first international win.
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