Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters has announced its first North American tour dates. This dynamic and powerful new incarnation of Plant’s musical vision has been touring the world, most recently in Australia and New Zealand. The Brisbane Times said “What’s going on is further proof that Plant is far more imaginative, playful and adventurous than any cliche, a man who’s absorbed all the music he’s loved and played and sought out the musicians to explore that,” while Adelaide Now hailed, “The Sensational Space Shifters are everything their name suggests.”
The dates begin June 20 at the Dallas, TX, Palladium and end July 27 in Brooklyn, NY’s Prospect Park. The band will be playing five festival dates, including Britt in Jacksonville, OR, High Sierra in Quincy, CA, Jambase in George, WA, Portland Blues in Portland, OR, and Forecastle in Louisville, KY.
One of a generation of British kids, drawn without rhyme or reason, to sounds from a far away world. A world of field holler, despair, Levee camp and chain- gang moans; of Saturday night fish-fry and Juke Joint foot stomp. A million miles lay between the brooding pulse of Mississippi Delta life and the sanitized shelter of the timid English boy, circa 1962.
Fifty years on — drawing from a lifetime of adventures, tracking the dark, beautiful resonator, Plant follows his heart and lifts his voice higher and joyous ever away. A voice of experience and learning from the sounds of Southside Chicago Electric Blues; of Griot mantras from West Africa; from Louisiana Dance Halls; Greenwich Village Folk hangover; Haight Ashbury indulgences; Moroccan medina breakbeat; the early English radical techno materials, Texas two-step and Bristol Dubstep.
Before his recent projects in Nashville with Alison Krauss and Band of Joy, Plant worked alongside the very interesting force, “Strange Sensation”, recording the critically acclaimed, multi-Grammy nominated albums – Dreamland and Mighty Rearranger. From this platform, Sensational Space Shifters has developed. Now together these confederates and conspirators dig deeper and more intensely, always twisting and turning, bringing the past into a brilliant technicolour present.
The band is:
Justin Adams – guitar, bendir, vocals
John Baggott – keyboards
Juldeh Camara – ritti (one stringed African violin), kologo (African Banjo), talking drum, vocals
Billy Fuller – bass guitar, vocals
Dave Smith – drums and percussion
Liam “Skin” Tyson – guitar, vocals
Justin Adams- a childhood in the Middle East and teenage years with a soundtrack of UK punk set the tone for Adams ‘ musical adventures. He has produced Grammy winning Desert poets Tinariwen and Algerian Rai rebel Rachid Taha, as well as playing guitar and writing with Jah Wobble, Sinead O’ Connor , Natasha Atlas and many more. Three award winning albums with Juldeh Camara for Peter Gabriel’s Real World label have been the latest in a series of collaborations with Master Musicians from North and West Africa.
John Baggott- one of the originators of the Bristol Trip hop sound, Baggott cut his teeth as a teenage piano prodigy playing with visiting US legends like Jimmy Witherspoon and Charlie Feathers. He contributed to seminal work by Portishead, combining musicality with cutting edge sonic texturing and sampling, which led him to become a member of the Massive Attack team. He has also composed film and tv music for Emmy award winning documentaries and most recently worked with songstress Anna Calvi on a new album.
Juldeh Camara- Juldeh was taught the Ritti ( one- string African Violin) by his blind Griot father , who was reputedly taught himself by the forest spirits of Gambia who took his eyesight in return for the gift . A traditional Fulani village musician , Juldeh’s exceptional talent and charisma took him first to Banjul , Gambia’s capital and then around the world with Ifang Bondi . Hearing Adams’ Desert inflected Blues he decided the two should collaborate , which led to the groundbreaking Juju records, and in turn to his work with Plant ,where the connections between the Blues and Mother Africa turn full circle.
Billy Fuller – Fuller has been exceptionally creative in the past few years, as a founder member of post rock trio Beak , together with Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, he has made two albums and played at the ultra- cool All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival amongst many others. He has contributed to albums by Massive Attack , the soundtrack for the Banksy movie “Exit via the Gift Shop”, guested with Portishead, and toured with Adams and Camara in JuJu. A rock solid bassist he is a vinyl junkie with consummate taste.
Dave Smith – originally trained as a jazz drummer and orchestral percussionist, a chance encounter with West African music led Smith to study sabar drumming in Gambia over a ten year period. He is the hub of a scene of Jazz and electronic improvisers based around the Vortex club in London, where he leads groups such as Fofoulah and Ruhabi , incorporating polyrhythmic African drive into their music. Headhunted by Adams and Camara , he brought a Ginger Baker like energy to their music which now moves to another level in the context of the Sensational Space Shifters.
Liam “Skin” Tyson- a surreal Scouser ( Liverpudlian ) who now lives in the Misty Mountains of North Wales, his combination of Pastoral acoustic open tuned guitars and electric 21st century psychedelia make him a perfect foil for Plant’s balladry and fire. He made a massive impact with Brit Pop group Cast in the 90s who had a succession of chart hits, mentored by figures like producer John Leckie. He built a studio in his Barn where he recorded his Men from Mars project and from where he nurtures local bands in between surfing and touring.
Plant revels in the excitement generated by the collision of these remarkably powerful forces. Though his contribution to Pop Culture began with his work with Led Zeppelin, his path since has been uncompromising: keep it fresh, spin the bottle, dig deep, embrace the past – visit it – celebrate it – but don’t build a home in it.
The confirmed tour dates are below:
June 20: Dallas, TX – Palladium
June 21: Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
June 23: Austin, TX – Moody Theater
June 26: Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Auditorium
June 28: Santa Barbara, CA – County Bowl
June 29: Berkeley, CA – Berkeley Greek
July 2: Jacksonville, OR – Britt Festival
July 4: Quincy, CA – High Sierra Festival
July 6: George, WA – Jambase Festival
July 7: Portland, OR – Portland Blues Festival
July 10: Morrison, CO – Red Rocks
July 12: Chicago, IL – Grant Park
July 13: Memphis, TN – Live In The Garden
July 14: Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
July 17: New Orleans, LA – Mahalia Jackson Theater
July 19: Atlanta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre
July 20: Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheatre
July 22: Vienna, VA – Wolftrap
July 24: Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
July 25: Boston, MA – B of A Pavilion
July 27: Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park
Among the revelations in the AMA:
-- A Led Zeppelin reunion is unlikely. " Does your gut tell you if Zeppelin will ever reunite and tour or play another show ever again?" one person asked. "Honestly, my gut tells me they won't," Q Prime replied.
-- Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is busy finding never-before-heard recordings for an upcoming Led Zeppelin box sets and has made "no progress" on his forthcoming solo album. Each album's cover art will be the original cover art. Artist Shepard Fairy, who created the artwork for Led Zeppelin's recent Celebration Day release, "is not involved." Some of the box sets "will come out later this year" but "time is a fungible thing" with Led Zeppelin.
-- The addition of Led Zeppelin's catalog to on-demand subscription services is "up for discussion." Earlier this year Q Prime was said to have been shopping exclusive rights to Led Zeppelin's catalog to various on-demand services. Sources told Billboard they expect the band's music to available for streaming early this year but apparently no deal has been reached months later.
English graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, whose eye-popping album art for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin encapsulated the spirit of 1970s psychedelia, died Thursday. He was 69. In a statement, Thorgerson's family said that his death "was peaceful and he was surrounded by family and friends." The statement gave few further details but said that the artist, who suffered a stroke in 2003, had been ill for some time.
KISS bassist Gene Simmons has shared a photo and story of running into Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page in New York City.
As part of Brighton Fringe (starting on 4th May 2013) the Airfix Lounge celebrates Andie Airfix's art and design work with an exhibition and 11 ticketed Talks inspired by the huge success of Airfix's blog ‘B*B G€LD*F STOLE MY SUNGLASSES' www.andieairfix.wordpress.com.
If anyone has been there, done that and got the t-shirt it's 'legendary graphic designer' (thank you Popbitch) Andie Airfix. In fact he designed the t-shirt, the album sleeve, the singles, the posters, the tour programme - everything!
Highly entertaining, often hilarious and possibly libellous, the AIRFIX LOUNGE is an inspiration to both designers and music fans alike.
The free exhibition (May 6th - 25th) will feature iconic Airfix designs, unpublished work, original art, roughs, typography & logo designs and will evolve and expand over the three weeks as we delve deeper and deeper into the Airfix Archives.
Also available – LIMITED EDITION PRINTS signed by Andie Airfix (including 2 NEW Metallica editions), vintage Airfix t-shirts and original gift items for Rock'n'Rollers.
Andie Airfix will be talking about working with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. He has designed the covers for Page/Plant's Unledded, Led Zeppelin's BBC Sessions, Early Days, Latter Days and 2003's DVD. plus Robert Plant's Dreamleand and Sixty Six to Timbuktu.
MUSIC DESIGN 2 - 'Latter Days. Expanding Horizons' (May 8/15/22/25) BOOK TICKETS HERE
Double catastrophe at opening night of ROLLING STONES tour • Invaluable lessons from PAUL McCARTNEY • Photography • The ZEPPELIN challenge • Airfix tackles World Tours – AC/DC, GUNS'N'ROSES, PAGE & PLANT • Computers • A Royal Commission • MORE • Q&A's
Ann Wilson promises fans an incredibly special event. "Nancy and I and the rest of Heart are thrilled to be playing with Jason and his band this summer. Awesome rock n roll music every night...miracles apt to happen any old time." Nancy adds, "It's not a tribute as we have the blessings of the gods themselves."
Jason adds, "What a great night it was for us at the Kennedy Center awards, and now to be able to do it again on the road with Ann and Nancy is such an honor for me. I am really looking forward to taking my Led Zep Experience show out this summer with Heart and to join them in a Zep-a-thon closing the show as well. Just fantastic!"
Tickets for the tour will go on sale beginning on March 23. View the tour dates here
Robert Plant: A Life is written by former Q and Kerrang! editor Paul Rees, and is based on in-depth interviews with those closest to to the Led Zeppelin frontman as well as access to the singer himself.
Natalie Jerome, publishing director at Harper Non-Fiction UK, and Denise Oswald, senior editor for It Books/HarperCollins US, bought the rights from Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander and Matthew Elblonk at DeFiore and Company. The book will be released in the UK in October 2013, and appear in the US in January 2014.
It will follow Plant's career from early folk gigs in the 1960s in the Black Country, to his globe-spanning success with rock pioneers Led Zeppelin, as well as his recent Grammy-winning career working alongside bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.
Jerome said: "Robert Plant's stature as one of the greatest frontmen of all time is without question and as fans of his music from Led Zep to present, we have long wanted to publish his story. This book is as close to Plant telling his own story in his own words as we've seen or heard to date.
"Paul's close professional relationship with Robert is going to make for a revealing read and we can't wait to bring one of the greatest untold rock n' roll stories to the world."
From: The Bookseller
The musicians fell out after Hughes expressed his frustration that Bonamassa wouldn't go on the road to support the record with live shows - one of a series of outbursts that led to the cancellation of a one-off concert in the UK planned for January.
Now the blues guitarist tells PremierGuitar: "As far as I'm concerned my involvement is pretty much done.
"Originally I did it for the same reasons I did the stuff with Beth Hart and Rock Candy Funk Party: it was an excessive to play a different kind of music that I don't get to play normally.
"So I did it and did a nine-week tour in 2011 that really, by the end of it, wasn't fun for me. It wasn't because I didn't like the cats in the band, but it was just too much - too much involved in getting people from place to place and getting the band onstage.
"Everybody seemed to be very tense, and it made my crew very tense, and it's not the way I like to tour. I run a family. I have 21 people who go on the road with me all the time, and if you asked them who was the cause of the least of their problems, they would say me."
But Bonamassa remains proud of his work with the band, also featuring Jason Bonham, Derek Sherinian and producer Kevin Shirley.
"The first two records were a blast," he says. "The band is fantastic when the Ritalin kicks in, the ADD goes away, and everyone's focused. It's a devastatingly good rock band of the early-1970s type, and Glenn is a fantastic singer - just one of the best ever.
"It just wasn't fun for me any more. All the stuff that Glenn says in the media, essentially pinning it on me, that I was the reason for the band's lack of touring and the band's lack of future. It became rapidly not fun at all. It would be dishonest of me to get onstage and pretend like I'm having fun to please the band."
He's previously given his blessing for BCC to continue without him, a move that both Hughes and Bonham have hinted at in the past. "I'm just not the guitar player for that band," he says. "Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any out-of-work guitar players in LA that they can get. There are so many guys that can fill that role and I would be the first guy to queue up and buy a ticket.
"I'm happily not involved any more - but I'm happy with the legacy that I left with that band and happy with the records we made. It was a great three years for me."
From: Classic Rock Magazine
There were six tapestries depicting the Quest for the Holy Grail, which were commissioned from Morris & Co. They were was designed by both William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones in 1890 for the Australian mining engineer William Knox D'Arcy for the dining-room of his house, Stanmore Hall in Middlesex, England.
This is the actual tapestry in black and white as they orginally hung in Stanmore Hall.
This is titled The Vision of The Holy Grail
Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848-1900 will be on exhibit through May 19, 2013 in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Main Floor.
Thanks to RS Milford
His next project, producer Buddy Miller confirms, will be all original.Robert Plant has been in a reminiscent mood lately, releasing old Led Zeppelin material and offering two consecutive albums dominated by cover tunes.
When the album will arrive, however, remains up in the air. Miller says it's "just about done," save for a few small edits. The rest, he admits, is up to Zep's erstwhile frontman.Robert Plant has been in a reminiscent mood lately, releasing old Led Zeppelin material and offering two consecutive albums dominated by cover tunes.
Plant helped oversee the release last year of Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day, focusing on the band's most recent reunion. His most recent studio efforts include 2010's Band of Joy, and 2007's Raising Sand with Alison Krauss.
He is also set to appear on three tracks from the forthcoming album by Patty Griffin, his band mate in Band of Joy.
But what about something from Plant himself?
Miller, in a talk with Radio.com, says the two got together with drummer Marco Giovino (who works with both Jim Lauderdale, and with Miller), and composed some new tracks in loose, improvisational session.
"So the three of us set up in my room," Miller remembers, "and I thought, 'Y'know, if we're gonna write, let me stick up some mics, and record it.' I'm glad I did: it actually sounded really good. It's exciting: I'd say it rocks harder than what we did before. We recorded most of it without a bass; I played baritone guitar, or six-string bass. It's stripped down and tribal and rocking."
While he waits, Miller also completed a new duo recording with Lauderdale, titled Buddy and Jim. Not that there's any friction over the elongated time table.
"He's Robert Plant, man," Miller enthuses. "He can do whatever he wants to do!"
From: Something Else!
The honorees will be divided into five groups: innovative artists, influential artists, icons, unsung heroes and music industry heavies, and the inductees will be selected from a worldwide pool - not just Brits.
Music Walk Of Fame founder Lee Bennett approached The Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce, which runs the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, to propose the partnership. He promises that each round of inductions will be accompanied by performances, tributes to posthumous artists and reunions of since-disbanded groups.
A committee of global industry figures and local community members are working on shortlist of nominations for the first 30 plaques.
The list will go to a decisive public vote on the Music Walk Of Fame web site in May.
Steve's new album is going to be released on April 29th. It's called Hubcap Music - as some of the guitars that feature on the record are made out of old hubcaps. The album features Dan on drums as usual, plus friends John Paul Jones, Jack White and Luther Dickensen. Here's a sneak preview of one of the new tracks.
Music and fashion have always merged seamlessly with no shortage of pop-starry collaborations. Pop's greatest chameleons from David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust–era glam to the Sex Pistols' edgy no-frills anti-fashion continue to rule the catwalks and styling generations. British music legend Jimmy Page follows Iggy Pop, Slash, Paul Weller and Jane's Addiction Perry Farrell as the latest rock god to front American menswear designer John Varvatos' spring campaign.
White-haired and elegant, the Led Zeppelin guitarist is pictured posing moodily alongside the 28-year-old surging Texan blues star Gary Clark Jr in a series of gorgeously stark black-and-white ads called The Master & The Young Guitar Slinger. "Jimmy Page has been a music and fashion hero of mine since 1970," enthuses Varvatos, a self-professed music junkie who recently opened a lifestyle boutique on the site of the former New York punk-rock Mecca CBGB's and built up his $80-million clothing and accessories empire by playing into the greatest of all male obsessions: the rock 'n' roll fantasy. "The first time I heard Led Zeppelin, I think I was 14 or 15, it changed my life. He has been a major influence and I'm honored to call Jimmy a friend. Gary Clark Jr. is the real deal – amazing guitar player and songwriter. And having them together in our campaign is a dream come true."
Shot by photographer and documentary filmmaker, Danny Clinch at south London's shabbily grand Rivoli Ballroom – itself the setting for many music greats down the years, including Paul McCartney, Tina Turner and Kings of Leon – the portraits are accompanied by a short black-and-white film, which is already clocking up impressive Youtube hits. The video shows Clark Jr, recently described as ‘the next Hendrix' by the New York Times, singing and strumming on the guitar in the empty ballroom interspersed with shots of Page, looking mysterious and wistful in black, cruising the London streets in the back of a black cab.
Few consider Page a style icon regular, but whenever designers dabble in 1970s retro, they inevitably name-check Zeppelin, the band who with their fancy clasp of crushed-velvet flares, sheer Regency shirts and silk scarves helped define the decade's flamboyant peacock style.
New York indie rapper and international scenester Theophilus London – known for mixing hip-hop with high-fashion and raking up countless big-name collaborations of his own – thinks the new campaign with Page positively rocks. "Varvatos' brand of grungy urban tailoring has a real attitude and youthful vibe. The slim-cut suits, vintage T-shirts, scuffed biker jackets, mohair sweaters and 1970s-era Mick Jagger flowing shirts have a timeless cool that never goes out of fashion. And Jimmy Page, the star of the all-time greatest rock band, demonstrates the easy elegance of this aesthetic."
"Jimmy Page virtually created the classic trashy rock-star look," says Pogues star Shane MacGowan who knew Page in his Led Zeppelin heyday. "At the time, he had brilliant fashion sense, the band looked like Cream who always had the best clothes. Jimmy usually wore black leather trousers and black tops slashed to the waist. Then they started getting into cloaks with runes on them – that looked pretty stupid. Obviously I preferred the black leather."
As Pamela Des Barres, the super-groupie who slept and partied with everyone from Mick Jagger to Jim Morrison, amusingly recalls in her sex-drugs-and-rock'n'roll tell-all I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, Jimmy Page "was always in the mirror, shirtless and in skin-tight leather, primping his splendid image, and putting perfect waves in his long black hair with a little crimping machine. He used Pantene products, and whenever I smelled them, for years afterwards, I remember being buried in his hair."
"I used to go and see him in 1971 when Zeppelin were the biggest band in the world," remembers MacGowan, back in the day, when music fans came to gigs and they moshed, smoked, got smashed on the head with beer bottles. "They used to do an incredibly long and very loud set. Jimmy had this thing, where he would stop in the middle of Dazed and Confused and for half an hour he would bugger around on the guitar with a cello bow, really loud. It was very clever, that was the thing people talked about, it made an amazing noise. He's a great guitar player; rock had finally become a classical art form. Victoria and I met him recently at a restaurant in Chelsea after our hotel set on fire. We were evacuated and had to go have breakfast. Jimmy spotted me, came over and said hello and we had a long chat about all kinds of stuff, drugs, black magic. I reminded him that I used to steal his food in a lesbian club called Louise's that we both went to in Soho in the 70s. I thought he looked great and he hasn't gotten fat or anything."
MacGowan, a legendary hell-raiser in his own right, says Page embodied all the excess of the 1970s. "They used to chop up hotel rooms with samurai swords and get mud sharks to have sex with groupies in LA; Frank Zappa did a whole album about that," he says of Led Zeppelin's dissolute lifestyle, which set the virtually unattainable standards of mindless depravity for the bands that followed them. "Jimmy bought Aleister Crowley's castle, the one where he raised the devil, for millions and that is when the bad luck started for him. Various kids died and then John Bonham died. The thing was Jimmy got into black magic in America and Crowley was the grand wizard. Crowley always needed money because he was a junkie, but he didn't tell Jimmy that he had raised up the devil in this castle and then ran away because he was scared shitless and left the devil there halfway between heaven and hell. Crowley got pangs of conscience and said: ‘I don't think I can sell you the castle, because the devil's in there, in a really bad mood' and then Jimmy Page doubled his offer. He was so into the occult he had the mark of the Beast on his trousers." It just goes to show that the devil doesn't just have all the best tunes – he has all the best clothes too.
L'Uomo Vogue, February 2013 (n. 438)
Photo by Danny Clinch
Jason Bonham, son of the band's legendary late sticksman John wrote on his Facebook page (via Stereogum): "I just watched Robert's interview, where he says he's free in 2014!!!!!! Not sure how to read it? What do you think? JB"
Last week, Plant said he was waiting on his bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones in order to kick off the reunion, blaming their silence on the fact that they are Capricorns. "They don't say a word," he said. "They're quite contained in their own worlds and they leave it to me. I'm not the bad guy... You need to see the Capricorns – I've got nothing to do in 2014."
Led Zeppelin's last proper show was at London's O2 Arena in December 2007, where they were joined by Jason Bonham on drums. However, a full tour following the one-off gig was nixed by Plant.
Led Zeppelin are currently in talks to stream their back catalogue online. The band are looking at giving at various music services including Spotify, Rdio and Rhapsody the right to put their music online. A deal would be a rare digital leap forward for Zeppelin, who waited until 2007 before they made their albums available through iTunes.
Meanwhile, Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is working on remastering a number of the band's albums. Page, who oversaw the DVD release of Celebration Day, the concert film of Led Zeppelin's O2 Arena gig, revealed that he is working on extra material for each album the band recorded and that they will see the light of day in a series of boxset releases, starting this year.
So when rumors of a Led Zeppelin tour get tossed around - as they were this week - the weight of the situation is not to be taken lightly. Take the mad-dash for Rolling Stones tickets last year - when they played a mere five shows for the first time in five years - and multiply that by the largest number your brain can comprehend, then just stop thinking because multiplying levels of human excitement makes no sense whatsoever. A lot of people would be very, very, very happy if Led Zeppelin reunited and toured.
But let's be clear, we don't think it's going to happen. How much finger-pointing will this take before this matter gets put to bed? Page explained the Zep reunion situation late last year in his Rolling Stone cover story: "Some of us thought we would be continuing [after the O2 show], that there were going to be more concerts in the not-too-distant-future... He [Robert Plant] was busy."
Plant fired back this week with a segment on Australia's 60 Minutes, blaming Zeppelin's lack of reunion on astrological signs, of all things. "[Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones] are Capricorns," he said. "They don't say a word. They're quite contained in their own worlds and they leave it to me. I'm not the bad guy… You need to see the Capricorns - I've got nothing to do in 2014."
The he-said/he-said doesn't instill much confidence in the odds, but let's think in hypotheticals for a second. How much could a Led Zeppelin reunion tour gross? The potential is pretty much endless - 20 million people applied for 16,000 tickets priced at £125 each in September 2007, with proceeds reportedly going to charity (the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund). According to 2007 exchange rates, that's about $250 per ticket before inflation - a standard, possibly even fair price for a show of that magnitude. Assuming nothing has changed regarding the demand (the concert's live album, Celebration Day, has sold 366,715 copies after a couple months - trust us, there's still demand), there's a potential to make $5 billion - IF and only if Zeppelin played shows for each and every one of those 20 million people, who would all pay the flat ticket price of $250. But like we said, that would take hundreds, possibly thousands of concerts, so that's not happening.
So let's be slightly realistic instead, despite the fact that this entire pursuit is not. Let's say Page, Plant and Jones (with Jason Bonham on drums) launch a 10-date tour in major arenas around the world. It could easily be more, a lot more - when Page and Plant toured in 1995 and 1996 as a duo, they played nearly 125 shows on four continents. But let's consider the fact that the guys are older and it was tough enough to get them in the room to play one show in honor of their beloved Atlantic Records boss, Ahmet Ertegun. We'll just go with 10 shows. Let's assume Zeppelin's ticket prices are generally comparable with those of the Rolling Stones, who charged anywhere from $145 to $1500 (for VIP) for tickets to their 2012 shows, according to Reuters. Zeppelin could easily fill the same size venues at the Stones, so logic and history suggests they would. The Stones' 144-concert A Bigger Bang Tour, the second-highest-grossing tour of all-time, grossed $558,255,524, according to Billboard. With inflation considered, that sum is equivalent to $625,719,239 in 2013. Divide that by 144 (the number of shows): $4,345,272 gross per show, on average, with inflation considered. Multiply that by ten shows: $43,452,720. With that few number of shows, Zeppelin likely wouldn't crack even the top 100 highest-grossing concert tours. Would they play 100-some shows like U2 (who would the highest-grossing-tour honor) and the Stones? Ha!
Of course, this isn't a reflection of how much the members of Zeppelin would stand to make. Zeppelin's booking agent would more than likely negotiate a flat fee of millions for each performance. For example, inside sources told Billboard that the Rolling Stones would earn $25 million from four arena concerts - two in London, Newark, NJ - in late 2012. That's a little more than $6 million for each show, and a little over $1.5 for each core member per show. Not bad for a night spent jamming with your mates.
Long before tickets would go on sale, each member would know how much they would walk away with. Hell, they'd probably have a ballpark idea of how much they'd make before their agent even approached concert promoters (or one big promoter, like Live Nation). So if Led Zeppelin wants $7 million for each performance, Led Zeppelin would get $7 million for each performance. It's a simple matter of supply, demand and the biggest rock band on the planet.
Listeners of the award winning radio station Planet Rock have named Led Zeppelin as the most influential rock band of all time.
Planet Rock asked listeners to vote for the artist or band that they thought were the most influential in the world of rock. With thousands of votes cast over the first three weeks of February, Led Zeppelin topped the poll, taking a massive one fifth of all the votes. In second place was Queen, with Black Sabbath taking up third position.
Planet Rock will be paying homage to these groundbreaking influential heroes on Saturday 23rd February at 7pm with Darren Redick.
Here’s the top ten:
1. Led Zeppelin
3. Black Sabbath
4. Pink Floyd
5. Deep Purple
6. Jimi Hendrix
7. The Rolling Stones
8. The Who
10. David Bowie
Former Webheath resident Andrew Hatcher has restarted his campaign to have a statue made in honour of the legendary skinsman, after Redditch Borough Council asked for residents' views on how the Church Green area could be used.
He told the Standard he first set-up a Facebook group around six years ago which attracted more than 100 members.
"I originally envisaged this tribute as a life-sized bronze statue of the man himself, with drums going hell for leather positioned in the centre of town, but the bandstand would be perfect," he said.
"Outside of Redditch all it's known for is roundabouts and disgraced former MPs, maybe springs and needles if you're old enough. Let's celebrate our hippest export, this is our chance to shine and rock.
"John Bonham was an integral part of one of biggest rock'n'roll bands of all time, and something of a legend in the world of music, and indeed wider pop culture - Redditch should celebrate its cultural heritage."
Bonham was born in the borough on May 31, 1948 and the family lived in Hunt End. At the age of 11 he attended Lodge Park County Secondary School before leaving in 1964.
John tragically lost his life on September 25, 1980 following a day of heavy drinking.
His brother Michael died suddenly in 2000 but his sister Deborah still returns to the town to visit family.
John Bonham's name has been put on the council's list of potential future street names but has yet to be used.
A council spokeswoman confirmed they had received a request for a John Bonham statue to be incorporated into the bandstand area.
"This will be taken into account when the consultation ends and officers will collate the responses and present them to the portfolio holder," she said.
From: Redditch Standard
This obviously won't work well for every song out there — on the playlist uploaded by creator Paul Lamere, "Intro" by The XX and "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele work great, while Radiohead's "Karma Police" and "Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service feel particularly awkward. (However, speeding up "Such Great Heights" with the "double time shuffle" drum beat yields some pretty hilarious results). In addition to Lamere's hand-picked list of 13 Bonhamized songs, the site also offers you a look at recent uploads so you can see what other twisted mashups the internet has given birth to.
From: The Verge
"Don't forget to check out Jimmy Page official email@example.com .I'll be back working on it next week with Matt'the wonder boy' and promise you there will be some exciting new posts and announcements..."
No word on what this could mean, but speculation has run rampant for quite some time that Jimmy has been working on a new album. Could this tidbit be the forerunner to something even bigger?
From: Finding Zoso: Discovering the Music of Jimmy Page
The rocker and his former bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones have been trying to play down talk of another get together ever since they regrouped for a one-off gig in 2007, which was released on Dvd in 2012, and now Plant has hinted that he's open to a Led Zeppelin reunion next year.
In an interview filmed for Australian news show 60 Minutes, the singer insisted he's not the reason for the band's lack of activity, despite reports suggesting otherwise. He said, "They (Page and Jones) are Capricorns. They don't say a word. They're quite contained in their own worlds and they leave it to me. I'm not the bad guy... You need to see the Capricorns."
He then added, "I've got nothing to do in 2014."
His remarks contradict comments Page made in a Rolling Stone article last year, when he suggested his former frontman "was busy" as the band tried to plan a reunion tour after its 2007 show.
From: Contact Music
Producer: Steven Burling
They were the biggest rock group on the planet - knocking off the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Everything about Led Zeppelin was bigger, their sound, their bad boy reputation and that voice of lead singer Robert Plant.
He was the self-proclaimed "Golden God" of Rock.
And 40 years on, still singing and touring, he continues to inspire awe in his devotees, musicians and fans alike.
Some of his antics have mellowed, but his voice is still sublime, and there's still a twinkle in his eye.
Robert Plant will perform a series of headline shows along with his band the Sensational Space Shifters.
Dates are as follows:
Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Tuesday, March 26
Sydney Entertainment Centre on Thursday, March 28
Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday, April 3
Launceston's Silverdome on Friday, April 5.
Tickets are on sale now via westcoastbluesnroots.com.au and Bluesfest, Byron Bay: bluesfest.com.au.
And in the Hunter Valley NSW:
Sunday, March 31
ROBERT PLANT and the Sensational Space Shifters
Special Guests: Blind Boys of Alabama and Playing For Change.
From: 60 Minutes
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