Rock fans who have been jonesing for some Led Zeppelin since guitarist Jimmy Page's back problems forced him and the Black Crowes off the road last summer can get their fix this spring.
Legendary Zeppelin singer Robert Plant will bring his new outfit, the Strange Sensations, to the Northeast and Midwest for a handful of performances in May and June. The band includes bassist Charlie Jones (Plant's son-in-law and longtime sideman) and ex-Cure guitarist Porl Thompson.
While the Page-Crowes shows favored arenas and outdoor amphitheaters, the Strange Sensations will opt for smaller spaces. Plant and the gang will play rooms with capacities of 2,000 to 4,000 during their seven North American appearances, beginning May 25 at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston.
The shows will mix Zeppelin material and Plant originals, according to the tour's promoter.
No word yet on whether the Sensations will go into the studio, so those in search of new Plant recordings will have to settle for "When You're Falling," a track on Afro-Celt Sound System's Volume 3: Further in Time, due on Peter Gabriel's Real World label in early June.
Robert Plant and His Strange Sensations tour dates, according to the tour's promoter:
Robert Plant and Strange Sensation's second leg of "West Coast" tour dates are now on hold. He apparently will NOT be appearing at the Seattle WOMAD festival announced last week. Dates in the U.S. and Canada (running May 25 to June 6) are unaffected and will go ahead as scheduled.
Robert Plant was interviewed by Russian television this past week and said he's looking forward to an upcoming concert in St. Petersburg. Plant also commented that he currently performs for his own enjoyment. The Russian show is scheduled for the Oktyabrsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg, Russia on July, 15th. Tickets are on currently sale, priced from 10 to 170 USD (300 - 5000 russian rubles).
Jimmy Page and his wife Jimena formally launched the UK Appeal in London on Monday night for the ABC Trust. Jimmy first said a few words to introduce his wife Jimena, who is Brazilian. She said that she was not used to speaking in public, but she spoke eloquently and passionately about this cause. For those not aware, the ABC Trust is trying to help the millions of desperately poor children who have to live on the streets in Brazil's cities. When she told us that children as young as six were dragged into prostitution and drug abuse, it was an horrific moment for all present. Please visit the ABC Trust website at www.abctrust.org.uk and if you can contribute it will mean a great deal. The Brazilian Ambassador His Excellency Sergio Silva do Amaral also spoke about the terrible conditions that exist in Brazil.
The Thunderthief is scheduled to be released on Oct. 30, 2001. Nick Beggs and Terl Bryant, his backup band from his live dates appear on this album. JPJ is singing on 5 of the 10 tracks. The tracks are as follows:
The Sun Remains the Same? Good Rockin' Tonight (The Legacy of Sun Records), the tribute album featuring ex-Led Zeppelin bandmates Robert Plant and Jimmy Page and many other rock notables, now will be released Oct. 16. A companion documentary will air on PBS Nov. 28.
John Paul Jones' 2nd solo album will not be released until the beginning of the next year due to production delays.
Also, late and legendary Led Zeppelin John Bonham's younger sister Deborah (known in previous records as Debbie) will shortly release her new album, The Old Hyde, for NMC Music. The title track is an emotional ballad about her brother and the album, produced by Mo Foster, has guest appearances by Robert Plant, Mick Fleetwood, John's son Jason (who recently toured the US with Deborah) and Robbie McIntosh. Thanks to FMQB.
A new letter on John Paul Jones' official website basically saying that his new album The Thunderthief will be out some time in January 2002 and a tour after that and maybe a surprise US tour before that. Terl and Nick appear on the album as well as guest appearances by Robert Fripp and Adam Bomb (from Get Animal).
Jimmy Page lent a hand at the MTV-Europe awards at Frankfurt Festhalle last night. Dressed in black and strumming a double-necked acoustic, Jimmy accompanied Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit and Wes Scantlin from the group Puddle Of Mudd in a version of Thank You.
The song began with the two members singing the first version and refrain, at which point Mr Page was announced and was seen strolling in from the back of the stage. A little chaotic at first (monitor problems?), the threesome completed an acoustic version to much applause. Pagey looked well and was confident enough to attempt a few "twiddly bits".
Last night PBS TV in the US aired the American Masters special Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records. It included some Page/Plant clips. There is additional Page/Plant footage not shown on the special but available on their website.
Those that saw the Sun Records special reported that "the duo looked good singing There's a Hole in my Bucket (ed. note: real title is My Bucket's Got A Hole In It) - Plant was wearing shorts, sneakers, no socks and a frumpy T-shirt(!!). Plant looked like he was more prepared for yard work then in to record a song but he sounded very good. Page also looked good; marrying someone half his age has worked wonders(!!). His playing was really superb! It all sounded terrific. The song sounds good; they have a three man back-up vocal trio and overall it was terrific!!". There was also a short interview with Plant doing most of the talking.
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History
March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.