Primrose Hill Community Library was packed to capacity as around 90 shopkeepers and residents attended the meeting to discuss the future of shops in Regent's Park Road, last Thursday.
Ways to maintain the vibrancy of the shopping parade in a tough economic climate was top of the agenda, after recent rent increases are understood to have left many shops struggling to stay open.
As businesses have started to leave, shop units are being left vacant and the community feels something should be done.
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant's suggestion that a men's clothing shop would be a valuable addition, was one of many contributions to the debate.
Phil Cowan, 46, owner of Primrose Hill Interiors, Regent's Park Road, said: "Primrose Hill is not immune to the recession. If we want to keep our shops open, we need to reinvent our business association and broaden its remit."
A survey revealed people were keen to turn one of the empty shops into a community-run store – perhaps a butchers or greengrocers. It was also suggested that "pop-up shops" should take residence in the empty units to brighten the area. None of the landlords of the empty properties attended.
Another meeting will be held next month.
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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- They are little voices, but they are belting out some big songs.
The fourth graders at Huntersville Elementary School are learning to rock out, rehearsing for their upcoming concert.
"It feels pretty good. You get to picture yourself being like a rock star," said Jackson Kmieciak.
Music teacher Mike Salvatore says inspiration struck when he saw a perfect teaching opportunity.
"When a fifth grader asked me--I have a picture of John Lennon and Yoko over there--they asked me who's that and nobody in the class knew. I was like, this is wrong. I need to do something about this," Salvatore said.
He wrote all of the arrangements himself.
"I was questioning-did my dad know this or something?" asked Peter Alperi.
"Led Zeppelin could arguably be called the biggest rock band of the 70's," Salvatore said. "I was a little anxious to see how they were going to receive the music. It’s obviously much different than today’s music."
"My dad thought it was pretty awesome because he grew up listening to (them) so he thought it would be pretty cool for me to have the experience," Kmieciak said.
Fourth grader Acadia Dubiel said, "I didn't really know them much but now I love their songs."
Some say Boleskines Lodge Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947; was a British occultist, writer and mystic's former home and Jimmy Pages from Led Zepllin is very haunted by ghosts demons, angles and Crowley himself. Boleskine House was the estate of Aleister Crowley from 1899 to 1913. It is located on the South-Eastern shore of Loch Ness in Scotland. It was built in the late 18th century by Archibald Fraser.
Crowley eventually sold the manor in order to fund the publication of The Equinox, Vol. III. However, he later alleged that the funds were stolen by the Grand Treasurer General of the Order, George MacNie Cowie. (The extensive mortgaging of the house by that time may in fact have left little funds to steal.)
From the early 1970s to well into the 1980s, Boleskine was owned by famed Led Zeppelin guitarist and Aleister Crowley enthusiast, Jimmy Page. Sections of Page's fantasy sequence in the Led Zeppelin concert film, The Song Remains the Same were filmed at night on the mountain side directly behind Boleskine House.
Boleskines Lodge Cemetery facing North, with view of Loch Ness is said to harbour man a restless soul.
From: Haunted America Tours
The event, which has been held in Los Angeles on the anniversary of Bonham's birthday in the past, shifted venues this year to take place as part of the NAMM Convention weekend in Anaheim, allowing for more participants to join in. The 2013 Bonzo Bash was held at the Observatory in Anaheim Thursday night (Jan. 24) with a star-studded lineup rocking out for those in attendance.
For instance, Adrenaline Mob's Mike Portnoy came out to rock the crowd with the assistance of former Megadeth bassist James Lomenzo on Zeppelin's 'How Many More Times.' Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain pounded away on a cover of 'Immigrant Song' and Slayer's Dave Lombardo provided a more swinging drum sound on Zeppelin's 'Down by the Seaside.' Fan-shot video of all three 'Bonzo Bash' performances can be seen below.
The evening also featured such top drummers as Steven Adler, Anthrax's Charlie Benante, Testament's Gene Hoglan, Korn's Ray Luzier, Buckcherry's Xavier Muriel, Jane's Addiction's Stephen Perkins, Poison's Rikki Rockett and more. In addition, fellow musicians like the previously mentioned Lomenzo, Tesla's Frank Hannon, Great White's Jack Russell, Black Country Communion's Derek Sherinian, Mr. Big's Billy Sheehan, Warrant's Robert Mason, Whitesnake's Doug Aldrich and S.U.N.'s Sass Jordan also joined in the jam.
The first cover is by Beth Hart, solo artist and recent collaborator with Joe Bonamassa, has had Whole Lotta Love in her live repertoire for a long time. This version was recorded on May 7, 2004 at Amsterdam's Paradiso Theater.
The second cover is led by Linda Perry, former singer of 4 Non Blondes, who performed the track Misty Mountain Hop on the 1995 tribute Encomium, as well as a great list of musicians, including Slash.
So....which do you think is the better version?
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We're celebrating 25 years of making music with Soundbeam in 2013 and in order to mark the occasion we're inviting our global family of over 4,000 users to submit video examples of their Soundbeam work, to YouTube, with cash prizes for the best entries.I know one person that isn't doing much of late that has experience in transforming movement into sound.
Photo by Derek de Jager
Led Zeppelin's John 'Bonzo' Bonham was a simple soul. Not for him the mysteries of the tarot pack or Aleister Crowley's Magick, Book 4. When at home at his Worcestershire farm, a few pints of beer and his close family nearby were enough to keep the band's powerhouse drummer more than happy. He also liked cars and bikes. So much so that, in the band's 1976 film The Song Remains the Same, while Plant, Page and Jones choose mystical adventures for their 'fantasy' sequences, Bonham is seen content to be at home on his Harley, playing snooker and running an AA Fueler dragster to 260mph at Santa Pod. The background music to this pastoral scene is Bonham's 'own' Zeppelin number, Moby Dick.
Photo by Derek de Jager
In 1974, Bonham had been the prime mover in the band's famous Zeppelin image appearing on British driver Kaye Griffiths' McLaren M8E/D (chassis 80-08). The car had already been running in the usually undersupported Interserie series in 1971-72, when it was owned by the Belgian VDS team. Griffiths bought it in November 1972 - minus the fearsome twin-turbocharged Chevrolet engine - and, for the following two years, entered it in several Interserie and British Formula Libre events. The car appeared in 'Led Zeppelin' livery for the May 1974 Martini International Trophy Supersports event at Silverstone, a round of the Interserie. An occasional chart-topper in Formula Libre, Griffiths spun out of contention in the big race at Silverstone.
Photo by Derek de Jager
The car's dark blue with white stars and grey 'airship' paint scheme looked stunning – seemingly straight from the airbrushes of the Hipgnosis design agency. (It was, in fact, designed by Richard Evans Design & Art Direction, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire – not far from the drummer's home.) In recent years, the 'Led Zeppelin McLaren' has been seen in historic motor racing, in the hands of its current owners, the Moritz family in the USA.
From: Classic Driver
Led Zeppelin took the stage at London's O2 Arena on December 10, 2007 to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. What followed was a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band's signature blues-infused rock 'n' roll that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin. Although 20 million people applied for tickets, the band's first headline show in 27 years was seen only by the 18,000 ticket holders who were fortunate enough to have secured seats through the worldwide lottery.
Noisecreep got its hands on a lithograph of the Celebration Day cover signed by its artist, the one and only Shepard Fairey, and we're giving it away to one of you!
All you have to do to enter is head to this post on Noisecreep's Facebook page and tell us what your favorite Led Zeppelin song is. You have to "Like" us on Facebook to be eligible. We'll pick a random suggestion and announce the winner on our Facebook page on Monday, Jan. 21.
We'll give two other winners a copy of the CD/DVD... enter now!
Celebration Day is available in multiple video and audio formats on Amazon.
The students from the School of Rock Led Zeppelin Tribute Show
P.S. Just in case you would like to attend, we have put you on our guest list for both nights
From: Austin Chronicle
The Blind Boys of Alabama to Join
Robert Plant & Sensational Space Shifters
Following last year's announcement that rock legend Robert Plant will be performing two New Zealand shows with his band the Sensational Space Shifters, Chugg Entertainment are thrilled to announce that The Blind Boys of Alabama will be joining the line-up for both the Wellington and Auckland shows.
The living legends of gospel music will be returning to NZ shores with their glorious meld of gospel, blues and rock n roll. It's harder to find a more joyful sound than their unforgettable shows filled with laughter and packed with emotion that they have finessed over seven decades of touring.
The Blind Boys were formed in the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind over 70 years ago and they haven't stopped since. Their road has not been easy, but their regard in the industry is unrivalled. Being winners of 5 Grammy Awards and honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 are just some of their career highlights. The Blind Boys have shared the stage and collaborated with the finest musicians and songwriters including Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Mavis Staples, Tom Petty, John Fogerty, Peter Gabriel - to name just a few. Now add to that - Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters!
Now fans have the extraordinary opportunity to witness a once in a life-time musical experience, a show that ultimately digs deep into the roots of the blues, turns rock on its head, mixes powerful rhythms and gorgeous gospel melodies - all delivered by some of the musical worlds most legendary, talented and unique performers.
"Seeing the Blind Boys of Alabama in concert is part living history, part concert, all uplifting experience...the best moments come when the group joins forces for stirring harmonies... Inspired and relevant...borders on the miraculous" -The Washington Post
"The fusion of the Blind Boys' Deep South Gospel with New Orleans funk, R&B and jazz creates a superweapon of roots-music uplift...will raise goose bumps even on the tatted-up arms of resolutely futurist hipsters"
Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone
ROBERT PLANT & SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS
with very special guests
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
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In 2007, Led Zeppelin reunited for a single concert in London. One million people tried to get tickets. Only 20,000 succeeded. Demand for a tour has been constant ever since, but members of Led Zeppelin have continually declined.
Considering tens and hundreds of millions of dollars could be generated by even a small tour...
And considering how much awareness for worthy causes could be achieved...
We, the undersigned, petition the members of Led Zeppelin to tour in 2013. Donate the proceeds to charity.
Help and heal the world.
It is, quite possibly, the least you could do.
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In Washington, Heart were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of late Zeppelin drummer John; Jason played with Zeppelin at the band's 2007 reunion show in London, released recently as Celebration Day
"I am so happy you all liked our performance of Stairway to Heaven at The Kennedy Center Honors event," posted vocalist Ann Wilson. "It was our honor to be asked to do it before an audience like that. My main goal though was to please Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones...especially Plant, since all these many years he has taught me so much about singing from the soul and has given me such pleasure in his lyrics. What a high that night was. Never to be forgotten!"
Zeppelin were on hand along with fellow 2012 recipients David Letterman, bluesman Buddy Guy, actor and director Dustin Hoffman, and ballerina Natalia Makarova.
Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, has died after spending several weeks in a coma following a skiing accident. He was 76.
According to CNN, Nobs had taken a nasty spill while cross-country skiing in the mountains overlooking Montreux on December 24.
Although he managed to get up and return home on his own, reports say Claude later fainted and had to be flown by helicopter to a hospital in Lausanne, where he underwent surgery and slipped into a coma.
Nobs passed away on Thursday, January 10.
Nicknamed "Funky Claude" by the band Deep Purple, Nobs kicked off the first Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967 while working at the Swiss resort's tourism office, attracting some of the world's biggest stars, including including Miles Davis (who got on particularly well with Nobs), Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, Weather Report, John McLaughlin, Santana and Van Morrison, among hundreds of others.
The Guardian notes that despite undergoing heart surgery some six years ago, Nobs stayed on as festival director, a position he shared during the 1990s with American producer Quincy Jones, who returns each year from Los Angeles to introduce new talent.
Following news of Nobs' death, Jones took to Twitter to pay tribute.
"There are no words to express the deep sorrow and hollowness in my heart that comes with news of Claude Nobs," he tweeted.
From: The Inquisitr
At a 28 February 1970 performance in Copenhagen, the band was billed as "The Nobs", a playful pun on the name of their European promoter, Claude Nobs, as the result of a threat of legal action from aristocrat Frau Eva von Zeppelin, descendent of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin creator of the Zeppelin aircraft, over use of the 'Zeppelin' name.
The band is in negotiations with a number of subscription services for the right to stream Whole Lotta Love, Stairway to Heaven and the rest of the band's classic catalog. If it does reach a deal, the band - one of the biggest-selling acts in history - could help legitimize the subscription market, which has been slow to build a large customer base.
"We're excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Led Zeppelin to activate streaming rights for their catalog," a spokesman for the Warner Music Group, the band's longtime record label, said in a statement. "We're supportive of the band's discussions with W.M.G.'s streaming service partners to create a window of exclusivity to maximize the impact of this launch."
Among the companies in potential competition for the exclusive rights are Spotify, Rhapsody and Rdio, along with Deezer, which began in France and is interested in the American market. Depending on which service gets the deal, the band's presence could tip the competitive scales between them, putting a leader like Spotify far ahead or giving a needed boost to a smaller company like Rdio.
Because their catalogs are largely the same, the major subscription services compete on features like playlists and social integration, and also for exclusive content. Last year, the Red Hot Chili Peppers made an exclusive deal with Spotify, but many of the others now have the band's music as well. Metallica announced an exclusive deal with Spotify last month. These deals often come with marketing commitments as well as royalty advances, which for a band of Led Zeppelin's stature could be substantial.
Led Zeppelin has sold more than 111 million albums in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, and, with listening to its heavy guitars and whomping drums still a teenage rite, its catalog has held on to strong sales. Last year, the band sold about 840,000 albums in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The band was relatively slow to adapt to digital music, holding out until 2007 to sell its music on iTunes. But while few major holdouts remain in the download market - one of the last, AC/DC, finally came to iTunes late last year - streaming services remain frightening territory to some of the music industry's biggest names.
The Beatles, the Eagles, Pink Floyd and AC/DC are among the older stars mostly absent from streaming services. Many younger acts, like Taylor Swift and Adele, have withheld their latest music from streaming - at least for a time - to protect more lucrative download and CD sales.
From: New York Times
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 Mystic 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.
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