As you may have noticed I have not been touring this year as hoped. Events and builders have conspired against it for the past months but I hope to get back on course in 2003. I have meanwhile been honing various musical skills and working on some new instruments. I have also been singing quite a bit more and will soon unleash a value added JPJ!
Work also continues on the forthcoming Led Zeppelin DVD, it all looks and sounds very exciting and should be coming out soon. I am still reminded what an incredible band it was, (excuse the modesty;-) I think that sightings of us meeting for this project have given rise to many rumours of reunions etc., but rumours they are.
In the meantime I hope that you all have pleasant and peaceful holiday and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
When it comes to classic rockers, teens' musical tastes span many decades, as seen by the 37 percent of teens who are listening to rock legends Led Zeppelin and the 32 percent that listen to the Beatles. Moving ahead to the 1980s, one quarter of teens surveyed predict that Boston is the 80s band most likely to make a comeback. Boy George was second on the list with 22 percent expecting his triumphant return to the stage.
Rumors of a Led Zeppelin reunion tour in 2003 are rampant, but drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late Zep pounder John Bonham, says he has not been contacted by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, or John Paul Jones. "No. Not even approached," he said in Toronto recently, while on tour with Indiana rock band Healing Sixties. "I spoke to Jimmy briefly before I came on tour. I was telling him what I was doing. I'm playing in England with some other friends of mine called the London Quireboys and he was just inquiring what I was up to and wishing me luck in what I was doing. So there was no word from there and I haven't spoken with Robert in quite a long time." Jason Bonham first joined the remaining members of Led Zeppelin onstage at a 40th anniversary concert for Atlantic Records in 1988, then at the 1995 induction of the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also drummed on Page's Outrider Tour in 1988. His last group, the Jason Bonham Band, included a Zep Set. Asked if he would abandon his Healing Sixties plans for a Zep tour, Bonham responds, "Would I? If they asked me, of course. Anyone would look to play with them." Meanwhile, a Led Zeppelin DVD is being readied for release next year in 5.1 surround sound. --Karen Bliss
Robert Plant, the world famous ex-singer of supergroup Led Zeppelin, is the patron of the record label, MAS Records, and has been integral to the development of this innovative project. BBC Hereford and Worcester's Web Producer Dan Johnson asked the legendary rocker what it was all about.
An Internet report claiming Led Zeppelin might reunite next year appears to be a whole lotta bunk. Launch.com reported this week that a reunion "could well be in the offing" for 2003, according to "sources inside band management." But based on what representatives of the three surviving Zeppelinites have since told The Sun, fans shouldn't hold their breath.
The U.S. Copyright Office has rejected a request by members of Led Zeppelin to renew the copyright for its 1973 Atlantic album Houses of the Holy, listing the band as owners, Billboard Bulletin reports. Instead, the Office gave the renewal to Atlantic, which has held the copyright since the recording's release and has shipped 11 million copies, according to the RIAA.
Is Led Zeppelin going to give a "whole lotta love" to its fans again next year? Sources in the band's management tell LAUNCH that a reunion of singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, and bassist John Paul Jones could well be in the offing for 2003.
Thanks to a German website, the same info went round and round yesterday about a Nov 18th release of a triple DVD featuring Zep at Albert Hall 70, Earls Court 75 and Knebworth 79. There is no official news about the DVD yet. It will happen - and probably this year. Comments from band members have indicated that the shows mentioned above will be featured. However, recent Plant interviews have suggested that other sources (70,71) are also in the frame too. To be continued...
Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has signed on for a cameo on the new album by British modern rockers Primal Scream. Plant plays harmonica on the track The Lord Is My Shotgun, which Primal Scream singer Bobby Gillespie describes as a psychedelic blues song. Gillespie tells Britain's New Musical Express that Plant lives near the band's studio and the two men bumped into each other on the street, and that Plant readily agreed to play on the track. Primal Scream's as-yet-untitled album is due out later this summer and will also feature a guest appearance by fashion model Kate Moss. Plant, meanwhile, is preparing for the July 16 release of his new album, Head First, which he'll support by opening for The Who beginning July 26 at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts. -- Gary Graff, Detroit
Launch Media is reporting that country legend Dolly Parton will include a cover of the Led Zeppelin classic Stairway to Heaven on her forthcoming album, Halos And Horns.
The project is being billed as Dolly's bluegrass album and Dolly is also serving as producer for the record, which is expected to be in stores in July. The album will also feature a cover of the hit song If by the 70's soft-rock group Bread.
Claiming that their longtime record company has shafted them when it comes to royalties on songs like Whole Lotta Love and Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin has just filed this copyright infringement lawsuit against Atlantic Records. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and the heirs of late drummer John Bonham contend that Atlantic's licenses on 42 separate compositions have expired, but that the label has refused to pay increased royalty fees (which are now nearly four times the amount specified in copyright agreements entered into nearly 30 years ago). The songs in question make up the bulk of cuts on the group's first five albums, including its self-titled 1969 debut. While the lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York, does not specify damages, there can be little doubt that the dispute involves millions of dollars.
Led Zeppelin's rock guitar legend, Jimmy Page jammed with Epsom College pupils in a concert for the street children of Brazil raising £6500 for Jimmy's charity "Task Brazil".
Brought up in Epsom, Jimmy returned to his roots to spend the afternoon with aspiring young musicians in a guitar workshop before rehearsing with one of the school bands. The evening kicked off with a question and answer session about his revered career before a personalized box set of Led Zeppelin's work was auctioned for £1000. After a few performances from younger members of Epsom College, Jimmy took to the stage to the delight of the audience.
As trustees of the Task Brazil charity, Mr and Mrs Page have a vision to ensure the health and future of Rio's homeless youngsters. Three Epsom College pupils have already been to "Casa Jimmy" in Rio to work with the children and more hope to follow in the summer. Jimmy's enthusiasm has inspired pupils to aim for this year's target of £30,000 to buy a farm outside Rio to help children rehabilitate from the traumas they've suffered on the streets.
Father Paul Thompson, Senior Chaplain at Epsom College said: "Jimmy commented that he was impressed with the level of music and the professionalism of the young musicians at Epsom College. He very much enjoyed playing alongside the pupils and staff at the school on this unique evening. He is a lovely, generous and kind-hearted man who has a great passion not only for his music but also for his charity Task Brazil. This all came across to the audience who were bowled over by his performance."
Much thanks to Beth Day of Epsom College, UK and Billy McCue. Yes, these pics were first posted to Billy's Zep Phreaks House!
A rather unique appearance for Jimmy Page and Robert Plant last night at the Teenage Cancer Trust charity concert in London. The historic Royal Albert Hall played host to the former Zeppelin frontmen, but in separate performances (as anticipated). Plant and his Strange Sensation, who are currently putting final touches on a studio album, played a tight set including A House Is Not A Hotel, their spacey rendition of Hey Joe and Four Sticks. Near the end of the night, Jimmy Page ventured onstage and tore through an instrumental rendition of Dazed And Confused, jamming with the Paul Weller band. Reportedly, "loads" of proceeds were raised for the charity in a great night for all.
Cadillac, the American car line most associated with money and luxury, is taking a ride with Led Zeppelin, the classic rock band known for hard-driving music. Television commercials will feature the song Rock and Roll by the British group, General Motors Corp. said Tuesday as it outlined a new marketing campaign -- with the theme "Break Through" -- for the Cadillac CTS, XLR, Escalade and Escalade EXT. It's the first time Led Zeppelin has sold its music for use in a commercial, GM said. The ad campaign "helps the luxury vehicle buyer understand that Cadillac is back with a bold new product lineup," stated Mark LaNeve, general manager of GM's Cadillac division. "We wanted the 'Break Through' campaign to communicate a unified Cadillac message," added Kim Kosak, Cadillac's director of advertising and promotions. "The music lends a consistent message and tone throughout and also adds an emotional element to all the spots." Other marketing moves include wrapping the First Bank Center building in New Orleans with a giant image of the CTS. The wrap, which went up Jan. 18, is 30.5 metres high and 23 metres wide and conveys the message "CTS Cajun Style." It will be seen by crowds visiting New Orleans for the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras and the National Automobile Dealers Association convention.
John Paul Jones and his band will be appearing at The Lyric Theatre at Lowry, Manchester on Sunday 27 January. The gig is called "Guitars against Landmines" and is a benefit for MAG (Mines Advisory Group). Other people include Roy Harper, Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings, Steve Harley and Kiki Dee. Meanwhile, The Thunderthief album is now officially set for release in the US on Feb 5 and the UK and Europe on Feb 18.
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History
April 24, 1969 - 2nd US Tour begins (1st as headliners) at the Fillmore West
April xx, 1970 - Robert comments about the violence in the audience near the end of the fifth tour
April 04, 1970 - Jimmy Page performs White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the Julie Felix BBC show
April 16, 1970 - Whole Lotta Love was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK, Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a "no-singles" approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK and he halted the release.
April xx, 1971 - Untitled is rumored to be released this month
April xx, 1972 - Recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy at Stargroves and Olympic studios
April xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin rehearse their new stage show in preparation for their huge 1973 US Tour
April xx, 1974 - Swan Song concentrates its efforts on signing new acts
April xx, 1975 - Jimmy does some mixing at Electric Lady studios for TSRTS soundtrack
April 19, 1975 - 51,000 tickets sell in two hours for three nights at Earls Court, two added dates see another 34,000 tickets sold
April xx, 1976 - The band decide they will release their film to theaters
April 30, 1977 - Led Zeppelin breaks the record for the largest attendance for a single-act show in the Pontiac Silverdome with 76,229 in attendance
April xx, 1978 - The band hold a meeting, this time with Robert, to discuss Zeppelin’s future
April 03, 1979 - Page, Bonham and Plant jam with Bad Company again in Birmingham
April 27, 1980 - The band rehearses at Rainbow Theater for an upcoming European tour
April 26, 1988 - James Patrick Page III’s birthday. He is named after his father is the only son of Jimmy and Patricia Ecker. Jimmy spoke of his son saying: "He is wonderful. He has made a big difference to my life."
April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.