"John Bonham is the greatest rock drummer of all time. Bonham played directly from the herat. His drumming was by no means perfect, but when he hit a groove it was so deep it was like a heartbeat. He had this manic sense of cacophany, but he also had the ultimate feel. he could swing, he could get on top, or he could pull back.
"Led Zeppelin, and John Bonham's drumming especially, opnened up my ears. I didn't truly discover Led Zeppelin until I was 16. I was into hardcore punk rock; reckless, powerful drumming, a beat that sounded like a shotgun firing in a cement cellar. But when CDs first came out in the 80s the first one I listened to was Houses Of The Holy. It changed everything. I played that CD thousands of times. I listened so hard I could hear the kick drum pedal squeaking!
"I learned to play by ear. I wasn't trained and I can't read music. What I play comes straight from the soul - and that's what I hear in John Bonham's drumming. I've watched Bonzo on the Led Zeppelin DVD and it looks like the film has been speeded up because he's playing so fast. I don't know anyone who thinks there's a better rock drummer than John Bonham: it's undeniable!"
1. Achillies Last Stand
"This song has some fireworks, and it's a good example of Bonham's reckless side. You can tell he's taking chances as the tape rolls. There's an amazing kick-drum pattern that propels the track. And there's one fill right after the first verse that just doesn't sound humanly possible."
Physical Graffiti, 1975
"Bonham knew when to step up and shine. I love the way he lays the snare in there. It's a straight backbeat throughout the song until he pulls off a signature kick-drum triplet. he's signing the cheque right there: 'Love, John Bonham'."
3. When The Levee Breaks
Led Zeppelin IV, 1971
"That is a straight groove. It's incredible to have a rock drummer that powerful, that crazy, that bad-ass, but with a groove so smooth. It's so purely human, so fuckin' smooth, man! It's pure chocolate fuckin' sex. I could loop that track in my iPod for hours. This is the best groove of all time - better than any James Brown track.""
4. Immigrant Song
How The West Was Won, 2003
"This live version just comes right out of the gate. You know that people's jaws would have dropped. Bonham is really pushing it. He's either drunk as hell or he's just having the time of his life."
5. Poor Tom
"It makes me want to throw on a pair of cowboy boots and do a jig on a sawdust floor. It's got a nice country swing. Bonham could play pounding rock but he was just as good playing weird Meters honky-tonk shit."
6. Trampled Underfoot
Physical Graffiti, 1975
"For a big white man from England, he was pretty funky. It's a fast-forward funk beat with another machine-gun roll - so quick across the drums. His sense of funk and feel were so natural. Bonham and John Paul Jones, they had funk up their ass!"
7. No Quarter
Houses Of The Holy, 1973
"Bonham's sense of dynamic is such an esential part of Zeppelin's songwriting. He's like one big volume knob - he takes it up and down, and that is something that few drummers understand. Every producer and drummer in the world has tried to recapture the John Bonham sound, but it's impossible. Drums are an acoustic instrument and how they sound depends on how you touch them."
8. Since I've Been Loving You
Led Zeppelin III, 1970
"The swing in that song - it's just so sad and beautiful. The drumming, it breaks my heart. It's such pasionate, feel playing. The way he plays on Since I've Been loving You, it sounds like John Bonham's got the blues."
9. The Wanton Song
Physical Graffiti, 1975
"There are not many riffs better than that. It sounds like all three guys - Bonzo, Jimmy and John Paul - are trying to be John Bonham in the way they play this song. It's a wicked beat - something to fight or shake your ass to."
10. Moby Dick
Led Zeppelin II, 1969
"What can I say? Fucking Moby Dick, man! You'll never find another drummer willing to play a solo with his bare hands. I've tried and it hurts. You'd have to drink a bottle of vodka just to think about doing that. Drum solos are usually just wank, crap, but the one in Moby Dick is the greatest drum solo of all time."
Longtime U2 tour manager Dennis Sheehan died Tuesday night in West Hollywood. The band confirmed his death via its website. He was on tour with the group in Los Angeles, where U2 was about to kick off a five-night residency. Variety reports Sheehan suffered a heart attack. He was 68.
"We've lost a family member, we're still taking it in," Bono said in a statement. "He wasn't just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band. He is irreplaceable."
"Our heartfelt sympathy is with his wonderful family," Arthur Fogel, Live Nation's President of Global Touring, said, calling Sheehan a "dear friend to us all."
Sheehan has served as U2's tour manager for more than three decades. Over the course of his career, he also worked with Led Zeppelin, assisting on their 1975 and 1977 tours (as Robert Plant's personal assistant), as well as Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Siouxsie and the Banshees and members of the Sex Pistols, according to Projection, Lights and Staging News.
Former Old Grey Whistle Test presenter releases never-before-heard interviews with music legends, exclusive to audioBoom
audioBoom's partnership with Bob Harris continues to grow - with the radio legend set to release previously unheard interviews with some of the biggest names in music. 'Whispering Bob's Legends Vault' will be available exclusively on audioBoom's online platform, iOS and Android apps.
Whispering Bob is renowned for interviewing legendary musicians before they hit the big time. Now, for the first time ever, these previously unreleased 'legends interviews' will be made public. 'Whispering Bob's Legends Vault' will consist of six unheard interviews to be released biweekly across a period of 12 weeks. Beginning on Friday 29th May, a long-listen will be released every other Friday, with the first an interview with Led Zeppelin frontman, Robert Plant.
audioBoom users have already been reaping the rewards of the audioBoom & Bob Harris partnership. His channel (WhisperingBobTV), which features his live 'Under The Apple Tree' sessions and more, has had over 43,000 listens on the platform. Now with 'Whispering Bob's Legends Vault' audioBoom users will be able to listen to the man himself chat with artists whose music has stood the test of time.
Bob Harris says: "I am so happy to be working with audioBoom to uncover some of the gems from my extensive archive of classic interviews for the 'Whispering Bob's Legends Vault' channel."
Robert Proctor, CEO of audioBoom says: "Working with Bob Harris is a real pleasure, he's one of the few legends of radio and it's brilliant to have him exclusively on audioBoom. I'm personally very excited to listen to the never-heard-before interviews and I'm certain our users will feel the same. The ever-growing exclusive content we now have on audioBoom is extremely exciting and further evidence that we are the best spoken-word platform in the world."
About Bob Harris
Bob Harris has been working with the BBC for over 40 years, rubbing shoulders with some of the true greats of music along the way. As the host of the Old Grey Whistle Testhe made a habit of launching some of the world's biggest artists and this has been recognised with the Americana Music Association of America Trailblazer Award, a UK Heritage Award, and a Mojo Medal, as well as his OBE for services to broadcasting.
Led Zeppelin have officially denied that classic track Stairway To Heaven was copied from Spirit song Taurus, in legal papers filed last week.
Bassist Mark Andes and the estate of late Spirit guitarist Randy California raised an action last year, alleging that the introduction to Zep's 1971 masterwork was taken from 1968 track Taurus.
Documents claimed Jimmy Page had been exposed to the music when the bands toured together during Zep's first US trip. But the guitarist last year dismissed the suggestion as "ridiculous".
Now papers filed in a California court flatly refute the accusation of copyright breach, and say the band don't have enough knowledge of the case to answer it. They do admit to playing a medley that included a Spirit track during live shows in 1968 and 1969.
One section reads: "Answering paragraph 11 of the First Amended Complaint, including the First Amended Complaint's footnote 1, Defendants admit that Led Zeppelin has been called one of the greatest bands in history and its members were and are exceptionally talented, but otherwise deny each and every allegation contained in paragraph 11 of the First Amended Complaint."
Led Zep failed in an attempt to have the suit dismissed in 2014, but succeeded in having the legal action moved from Pennsylvania to California.
Before his death in 1997, Randy California described the situation as a "sore point" and added: "I'd say it was a rip-off. The guys made millions of bucks on it and never said, 'Thank you' – never said, 'Can we pay you some money?'"
The Print Bank Charitable Trust, sponsored by Rockarchive.com, invites you to an Auction & Party this Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 12-3.00pm in The Elgar Room @ Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, England to benefit Shelter, Shooting Star Chase, PETA and Teenage Cancer Trust.
The event is hosted by BBC presenters Tom Robinson and Thomas Plant. The auction lots feature photographs of rock icons, signed by the musicians and the photographers, including a photograph of Jimmy Page (seen at left) at Earls Court in 1975, taken by Jill Furmanovsky.
Jimmy Page's ongoing feud with neighbour Robbie Williams looks to have been reignited, with the latter filing another planning permission request for his property.
Page was previously thought to have won his battle with the former Take That singer after Williams initially withdrew proposals to develop his mansion. Williams has been planning to make changes to the garden and the layout of his house, as well as replacing the roof of its glass studio. But Page objected to the renovations, and hired architects, structural engineers and town planners to put together reports arguing why they should not go ahead.
After Williams initially dropped his application, the Daily Mail now reports that the singer has filed new, scaled-down plans. Williams is reportedly aiming to lower floors and create bigger rooms at his property, with his application stating his intention of creating a "contemporary family living that will ensure the long term occupation and appropriate use of the place into the future".
Page recently wrote to Kensington and Chelsea Council, claiming that similar renovations carried out on other properties in the area had resulted in a level of vibration that had caused concern. "The work now proposed is much nearer than other major excavations carried out so far and the consequences for the building fabric and decorative finishes... may well be catastrophic if this project is allowed to proceed," he wrote.
The pair live in west London, where Page has resided since 1972. Williams bought the £17.5 million mansion next door to the Led Zeppelin guitarist, previously owned by late director Michael Winner, in 2013.
A lawsuit claiming that Stairway to Heaven was filched from an obscure song by the band Spirit has survived its first legal challenge.
The Philadelphia judge in the copyright infringement case against Led Zeppelin ruled yesterday that the suit shouldn't be dismissed and instead ordered it transferred to federal court in Los Angeles.
To many ears, the opening notes of Stairway to Heaven sound a lot like Taurus, an instrumental piece released on Spirit's debut album in 1968, according to the complaint (decide for yourself here). At the end of that year and throughout 1969, Spirit and Led Zeppelin shared the bill at several concerts.
Lawyers for surviving Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones, along with Warner Music Group, had asked U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez either to toss out the case or to move it to California, citing the presence of several relevant witnesses and legal documents there. Spirit signed its first record contract in California, and its late guitarist's trust was formed in the state. The lawyer for the trust of Spirit guitarist Randy California, which brought the suit a year ago, said it should stay in Pennsylvania, in part because the three musicians had played the classic-rock song at the 1985 Live Aid famine-relief concert in Philadelphia.
The new venue, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division, might help the defense, which according to the ruling plans to challenge the creation of the trust. On the other hand, it's the same court where a jury ruled in March that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke should pay $7.4 million for infringing on Marvin Gaye's 1977 Got to Give It Up with their 2013 hit, Blurred Lines.
The fight has potentially high stakes. By 2008, when Conde Nast Portfolio magazine published an estimate that included royalties and record sales for Stairway to Heaven, the 1971 hit had earned at least $562 million. If the suit succeeds, a three-year statute of limitations would limit the award to the most recent earnings. The song was rereleased last year as part of the band's reissue of its first albums.
Sanchez said he declined to dismiss the suit "in the interest of justice," because the improper venue could be fixed by sending the case to California. In his order, he said the Led Zeppelin members weren't subject to jurisdiction in Pennsylvania, in part because they don't live there and hadn't appeared to specifically target the district for selling their music. Because of the statute of limitations, the Live Aid concert wasn't relevant, he wrote.
Magick is the science and art of bringing about actual changes in reality in accordance with the practitioner’s desire and will.
Mage Music: The Blog is a compilation of selected posts from jimmypagemusic.blogspot.com from May 7, 2012 through November 22, 2014 from author Life Strand. The blog was begun with the intention of discussing and analyzing the music of the extraordinary guitarist, Jimmy Page. It evolved into a broader look at the creative nature of Magick and the connection of Magick with music and other forms of art. This book is the text of blog.
Wow. Reading this book has been quite a journey. Taking what I know about Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and life in general, which seems to be an average amount for someone in my age bracket, and opening the door to something I can’t say that I had avoided in the past, but just never knew the correct path to take to begin the quest.
I will say that during the course of turning the pages that the dim bulb in my head certainly became quite bright. I cannot now claim to be an expert on the subject, I do not host vast volumes of knowledge, however, there is a certain level of enlightenment that I now possess. Using more familiar subjects and concepts allowed the unknown to become unknown.
This is just an amazing and thought-provoking piece of literature. Whether you’re a novice, an expert or anywhere in between, you will learn something. I did.
What do famous rock bands look like if you take portrait photos of each of their members and average them into a single face? The folks over at West Coast Shaving recently decided to find out.
The company gathered together headshots of the members of 30 of the most legendary rock bands throughout music history, then blended the photos together to show what the entire group would look like as a single person.
The audience at Jack White's headlining Lollapalooza Argentina set were in for a seriously special treat. The former White Stripes frontman was joined onstage by Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant to perform the classic "Led Zeppelin II" track "The Lemon Song."
White has long been a fan of the song and performed it when he headlined Bonnaroo last year and has covered it during his Lazaretto tour.
But on Saturday night, real magic happened when Plant, who is also on this year's Lollapalooza Argentina lineup, came onstage to perform the Zeppelin classic with White on guitar. According to Rolling Stone and Setlist.fm, this was the first time Plant has performed "The Lemon Song" live since he and Jimmy Page played it in Norway in 1995.
Plant recently expressed his desire to work with White, saying in a Facebook Q&A last year that he'd be "happy to make a single with him." Plant already chose the song he wanted to record with the "Lazaretto" musician: the 1958 single "Love Me," originally recorded by The Phantom.
Hopefully, they get into the studio soon, but till then we can look forward to another possible onstage collaboration when the two headline Lollapalooza Brazil next weekend.
To celebrate Record Store Day 2015, legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant will release a special 10-inch EP, titled More Roar, which collects three performances from his recent world tour to support Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar, Plant's new solo set with backing band Sensational Space Shifters.
The release will be limited to 10,000 copies and include live versions of "Turn It Up" and "Arbaden" on side A, with a medley of "Poor Howard" and "Whole Lotta Love" on side B.
More Roar will be available at participating outlets on April 18. Visit the official Record Store Day link web site for more information.
"Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar" has earned the former LED Zeppelin frontman a Top 10 hit on The Billboard 200 album chart - and rose as high as No. 2 in the UK.
Although his still gargantuan Zeppelin fans base regularly chomps up all his new released and supports him on the road, he told USA Today he yearns for a different kind of thing. "There were Deadheads, and it was a good place to be," he said. "[Grateful Dead] didn't compromise. They weren't Technicolor rock gods. They had such a huge following because they were coming from a place that, even though it was from an altered state, it was definitely real... That is what I want."
Of his new music, which blends blues, rock, jazz, experimental and world music, he said: "It is appropriate for my time in life. If it were world music, we would be the least-successful world musicians because we desecrate. I like to think it is different - something completely without a name people would call it."
He spoke about his earliest influences - which have informed his new music from Zeppelin up through today. "My preoccupation as a very young early teenager was a music form that I might have missed," he said. "If I had missed it, I would never have sung. If I hadn't heard the Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson, Little Richard music, I wouldn't have been drawn to music. Most of the music we [in England] were surrounded by was slush, without any commitment. I was born again and saved and reincarnated by American music."
Although the world seems to look back when discussing Robert Plant, he explains that the only was for him to continue on as an artist is to look ahead. "The thing is, that you have to go and strike out again and you have to create a currency that's based on the real reality of now," he said. "Each 'now' is a 'now.' It's not a 'gone,' it's not a 'will be,' it's not a 'was,' or a 'shall,' it's a 'now' and an 'am.' and that's really, what I think, it's all about."
Jimmy Page hopes he's dealt with the problem of poor-quality Led Zeppelin MP3s - and that he's also made his latest remasters future-proof. The latest in his series of re-releases is classic album Physical Graffiti, launched last month complete with a companion disc featuring additional material from the studio sessions from four decades ago.
And he says that, of all the current formats, MP3 is the one that he finds "most annoying." Page tells Kerrang Radio: "I wasn't listening - but I'd be confronted with Led Zeppelin music on MP3. It almost sounded like it had been remixed, and not very well at that."
He regrets that his efforts to achieve "transience and depth" in the original productions seemed to have been lost. "They were mixed in stereo with a depth-of-field to them, with everything in focus," he says. "To have it squashed down is not how it was intended to be.
"It's the jiggery-pokery that goes on. But if you review the situation of how things are listened to, and approach vinyl, CDs and digital separately, it's not one size fits all. I wouldn't do that - not at this point in time." Read more and watch the full interview here.
The new film includes concert footage by the iconic group from throughout their career. Included are performances from London’s Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, their historic dates at New York’s Madison Square Garden in July 1973, their triumphant five-night run at London’s Earl’s Court in May 1975, and their record-breaking shows at England’s Knebworth Festival in August 1979.
Songs include such classics as Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll, Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven and many more.
Kymberli Frueh-Owens, Fathoms VP of Programming, said "Forty years ago, Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti debuted. To this day, the band remains one of the most beloved and respected rock acts worldwide. Theater locations sold out during our Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day event a couple of years ago and we are pleased to bring another fantastic concert event from the band’s unparalleled career to their many fans in select cinemas nationwide."
Robert Plant seems determined not to get back with Led Zeppelin ever again, and but he's left the door open on a reunion with his other massively successful collaborator, Alison Krauss.
Although he nixed a planned follow-up to the duo's follow-up to the six time GRAMMY wining 2007 album, Raising Sand, he and Krauss will perform together at a tribute to folk blues icon Lead Belly (aka Huddie Ledbetter).
The tribute, being produced by the Kennedy Center and the GRAMMY Museum, also will feature headliners Buddy Miller (who played in Plant and Krauss's backing band on the Raising Sand tour), Lucinda Williams, Dan Zanes, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Billy Hector, Valerie June, Shannon McNally and Josh White Jr. Tickets range from $20-$89 and are on sale through the arts center's box office.
The Smithsonian Folkways Collection just released a documentary and box set celebrating Lead Belly's life and influence.
Plant has a number of Krauss-less gigs coming up in the coming months, including dates at the Bottlerock Festival in Napa Valley, Mountain Jam in New York and Bonnaroo.
Rock legend Jimmy Page appears to have won his planning battle with Robbie Williams after the pop star sensationally withdrew all proposals to develop his mansion.
Williams, 41, bought the late Michael Winner's home in Holland Park in 2013 for £17.5 million.
He submitted two sets of plans for the property, known as Woodland House, which included relatively minor improvements along with a massive subterranean extension.
But the plans went down like a Led Zeppelin with his next door neighbour, Jimmy Page, who has lived in Grade I listed Tower House since 1972.
Page kicked off a planning row by writing a strongly worded objection letter about the proposals.
It escalated last month when Page hired two architectural experts to back his opinion that Tower House is so historically important it should be protected from any nearby development.
Jimmy Page's home
Another neighbour objected while one critic of the plans sent an objection letter to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea - from MELBOURNE.
On Thursday, the architects behind the planned project, Harper Downie, withdrew the plans. The firm today declined to comment.
It represents a big kick in the teeth for Williams, who bought 46-room Woodland House in 2013 for £17.5 million.
The property is one of the borough's best known homes thanks, in part, to its late former owner, the film director and food critic Michael Winner.
Jimmy Page pictured at the BRIT Awards
Williams first wanted to carry out a number of interior alterations to turn the Victorian mansion into a contemporary family pad.
He then submitted fresh plans for a two-storey, underground extension, measuring around 3,600sq/ft.
This is almost four times the size of the average new build in England and Wales and would have made up 11 per cent of the total accommodation.
In a letter to Kensington and Chelsea Council, submitted last month, Page expressed serious concern about how work could cause damage to the "irreplaceable interior" of his home.
Robbie's pad is on the right
He said: "Similar schemes have been carried out on other properties in the area locally and each time the level of vibration cause during the works has caused concern about the effect on decorative finished in The Tower House.
"The work now proposed to Woodland House is much nearer than other major excavations carried out so far and the consequences for the building fabric and decorative finished of The Tower House may well be catastrophic if this project is allowed to proceed."
Page's concerns were supported by a report carried out by historical building consultants Andrew Townsend Architects.
Mr Townsend, who has been practising as an architect for nearly 30 years, described The Tower House as "one of the most important houses built in this country in the nineteenth century".
Backing down: Robbie Williams
He said there would be "serious and very real concern" that major vibrations will be transferred to the building fabric of The Tower House during the proposed works.
This would create "the potential for damage to the fabric of the house and especially to the decorative finishes in the rooms on the east side of the house", he added.
The view has been supported by surveyors from civil engineering firm Clive Hudson Associates.
It is not the first time Williams, who is married to Ayda Field, has had a high profile property setback.
In 2009, the former Take That star paid £8.1 million for Compton Bassett House, which is regarded as one of Wiltshire's grandest privately owned properties.
However, four-years later it was back on the market and failed to sell despite a £5.5 million price-tag.
In case you missed it, Led Zeppelin premiered their 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of 'Physical Graffiti' on Yahoo Live yesterday! Check out the premiere live stream and Q&A with Jimmy Page on Yahoo right now to witness it yourself!
Jimmy Page will premiere the complete companion audio to the upcoming deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti on Yahoo Live this Thursday, in advance of its release date next week. Afterwards, the guitarist and producer will answer questions from a live audience in attendance at London's Olympic Studios, where the group recorded some of the album.
Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page will be honoured with a special one-off award, the Rock'N'Roll Soul Award, at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas.
Page will be at the ceremony, which takes place at London's O2 Academy Brixton on Wednesday (February 18), to collect the award in person. Tickets are available now.
The Rock'N'Roll Soul Award recognises the unique genius of Jimmy Page and celebrates one of rock's most important and influential guitar players, writers and producers. Truly in a field of his own, Jimmy Page has given so much to the world of rock'n'roll, with his influence continuing to reverberate amongst today’s artists.
NME editor Mike Williams says: "This special, one-off award has been created to reflect one of the most important and iconic figures to have ever picked up an instrument. There is nobody in popular culture quite like Jimmy Page, and we are honoured to be giving him the Rock'N'Roll Soul Award at this year's ceremony."
In addition to the announcement that Jimmy Page will receive the Rock'N'Roll Soul Award, it was also recently confirmed that Suede are to be the recipients of this year's Godlike Genius Award.
Suede will perform live on the night, as well as Charli XCX, Run The Jewels, The Vaccines and Royal Blood.
Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens will return to host the show for the second year. Last year's big winners included Arctic Monkeys, Paul McCartney and Damon Albarn.
The line-up for the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas has already been confirmed. Palma Violets, Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and Slaves will tour the UK, kicking off on February 19 and tickets are available now.