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Led Zeppelin star to produce new Datsuns album

The Datsuns have confirmed Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones will produce their second album.

The band have been writing new material after finishing their massive world tour this summer. The band will now start recording the follow up to their 2002 eponymous debut with the star in the coming months.

From: NME.COM

Plant / Festival in the Desert in VH1

VH1 Classic has interviewed Robert Plant and are screening a one-hour 'Robert Plant Special' in the USA on November 1st and 4th to coincide with the release of his solo career Best Of double album (entitled From '66 to Timbuktu). During the interview Robert talks of his experiences at The Festival in the Desert 2003, and to illustrate this, the special will feature footage of Robert shot at the festival. This footage is also part of a forthcoming Festival in the Desert DVD documentary which is scheduled to be released in the USA by World Village in 2004. Plant's live-in-the-Sahara rendition of Win My Train Fare Back Home (If I Ever Get Lucky) is featured on the new CD, Festival in the Desert (World Village).
From: ROCKPAPERSCISSORS.BIZ

66 to Timbuktu: Nov. 4

Due Nov. 4, the 35-track set traces Plant's career, starting with his first solo single in 1966 through a live performance this year in Timbuktu. The first disc features material from his solo albums, but it's the second disc that will grab fans' attention: It is full of rarities, bonus tracks, his work with pre-Zeppelin groups Listen and the Band Of Joy and side projects like Philadelphia Baby, recorded under the Crawling King Snakes moniker, a one-off that included Dave Edmunds and Phil Collins.

From: BILLBOARD.COM

HTWWW DVD-Audio: 10/20

Warner Music Vision is proud to announce the 20th October 2003 multi-channel DVD-Audio release of Led Zeppelin's spectacular live album How The West Was Won. Already a phenomenal success as a CD release, How The West Was Won provided fans of the band with a highly anticipated compilation of hit tracks from two live shows originally recorded back in 1972.

From: NOBLEPR.CO.UK

Festival in the Desert CD: 10/14

Highlights from the 2003 Le Festival au Désert, held in the Sahara last January are featured on an upcoming CD. "It was an extraordinary experience... I felt, this was the music I'd been looking for all my life. All you've got to do is listen to the CD… and you're there", says Plant. The cd hits stores on October 14 and a dvd release is planned for early 2004.
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From: ROCKPAPERSCISSORS.BIZ

Ledtallica

Metallica poses as Led Zeppelin for a new photo shoot appearing in the 70th anniversary issue of Esquire magazine, which hits newsstands next week. A post on Metallica's website explains that the idea behind the shoot, which took place at the Hit Factory in New York on July 8th, was "to have current artists portray certain music icons." Metallica's tour manager, who worked with Zeppelin in the past, made sure that the wigs and clothing for the shoot were accurate.

Metallica reportedly played Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love over and over again during the photo shoot. The pictures can now be seen at the band's official website, Metallica.com.

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From: ESQUIRE.COM

Poll Names Page Number 9 Top Guitarist

Late rock musicians Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman lead the list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

Hendrix, who invariably tops such polls, received a glowing tribute from Who guitarist Pete Townshend , who wrote that he "made the electric guitar beautiful."

Townshend recalled that one of Hendrix's shows was "so profoundly powerful" that he found himself holding hands with fellow devotee and guitarist Eric Clapton.

Allman was hailed by the magazine for transforming "the poetry of jamming" with the Allman Brothers Band, the Atlanta rock group he founded with younger brother Gregg in 1969.

B.B. King, who turns 78 next month, came in at No. 3. "His string-bending and vibrato made his famous guitar, Lucille, weep like a woman," the magazine said.

Clapton landed at No. 4, followed by Delta bluesman Robert Johnson. Rounding out the top 10 were Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ry Cooder, Jimmy Page and Keith Richards.

The survey is featured in the next issue, which hits streets on Friday.

The No. 100 spot went to Kim Thayil of defunct Seattle rock band Soundgarden. Townshend himself was No. 50. Two women made the list: Joni Mitchell at No. 72 and Joan Jett at No. 87.

Stax session guitarist Steve Cropper, who was judged the No. 2 guitarist in a Mojo magazine survey in 1996, was good enough for only No. 36 in Rolling Stone's estimation. Two spots behind him was Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green, who had been No. 3 on the Mojo list.

From: ABS-CBSNEWS.COM

Plant To Release Sixty Six To Timbuktu

Following the recent interest in Led Zeppelin - due to the mega-sales of their newly released DVD and 3-CD live set How The West Was Won - lead singer Robert Plant is currently putting together a 2-CD compilation album entitled Sixty Six to Timbuktu. According to inside sources, this set is scheduled to include not only his own solo hits, but pre-Zeppelin solo tracks from 1966/67 along with various collaborations he's done before and after Zeppelin as well. Plant is currently on tour in Scandinavia and set to embark on Lithuania and Ukraine in the middle of August.

From: CONCERTLIVEWIRE.COM

Plant To Headline Ashton Court Festival

Bristol Community Festival can now reveal the names of the headlining bands for this summers event: Rock Legend ROBERT PLANT, American soul sensation MCKAY & Mercury Music prize nominees THE ELECTRIC SOFT PARADE. For more info check the official web site: www.ashtoncourtfestival.com. Thanks Mark Budd

Plant To Headline Canterbury Fayre

Robert Plant headlines the 4th annual Canterbury Fayre festival on Saturday 23rd August 2003. Also featured is Roy Harper, Incredible String Band, Love with Arthur Lee, Bob Weir's Ratdog and Deborah Bonham and many other acts over 3 stages between 22nd and 24th August. For bookings and more info check the official web site: www.canterburyfayre.com

DVD To Ship Quadruple Platinum

"The enormous pre-release response from retailers and fans alike to the announcement of these Zeppelin releases dramatically demonstrates the enduring power, timeless influence, and undiminished popularity of this truly phenomenal band," said Atlantic Group Co-Chairman/CEO Val Azzoli. "To have been associated with Zeppelin for their entire career has been an honor and a privilege for everyone at Atlantic Records over the past 35 years. Their contribution to the world of contemporary music and to the legacy of Atlantic is immeasurable. And now at last to be able to release these brilliant and legendary recordings of Led Zeppelin in their true element -- on stage -- is a truly historic moment."

On Tuesday, May 27th, members of Led Zeppelin will attend a special premiere of LED ZEPPELIN DVD at Loew's 34th Street Theatre in New York City. The red carpet screening, hosted by Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Premiere Radio Networks, and Atlantic Records, will feature 2 hours of spectacular Led Zeppelin live concert footage - taken from the full 5-hour DVD set, digitally restored and remixed in surround sound by Jimmy Page himself. The screening will be followed by an exclusive invitation-only VIP party. On May 15th, more than 1000 people were on hand to watch the UK premiere of LED ZEPPELIN DVD at London's Leicester Square, with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones in attendance.

These landmark Led Zeppelin recordings mark the first-ever official release of rare and extraordinary Led Zeppelin performances, which span the band's entire career. Long-rumored and eagerly anticipated, the sets each contain entirely different material, with no overlap between the two releases. With over 200 million albums sold worldwide, Led Zeppelin is the biggest-selling rock group in history.

Clocking in at over five hours, LED ZEPPELIN DVD has been culled from just a handful of performances which were ever filmed during the band's extraordinary lifetime. As guitarist Jimmy Page explains, "We were never really part of the pop scene. It was never what Led Zeppelin was supposed to be about. Our thing was playing live. In that sense, Zeppelin was very much an underground band. The fact that it became as successful as it did was something that was almost out of our control. We actually shunned commercialism, which is why so little official footage of the band has ever been seen before."

Featured on the DVD are performances from: London's Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, just one year after the release of their debut album; their triumphant five-night run at London's Earls Court in May 1975; and their record-breaking shows at England's Knebworth Festival in August 1979, just one year before the death of drummer John Bonham led to the band's dissolution. Also included are songs from New York's Madison Square Garden in July 1973 which were not included in THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME concert film, the only previously released live Zeppelin footage. Other highlights of the DVD include: extremely rare television appearances, among them a performance for Danish television in March 1969; promotional clips; TV interviews; behind-the scenes material; and even a bit of fan-shot "bootleg" footage.

Visually and sonically stunning, LED ZEPPELIN DVD has been painstakingly restored, remixed, and remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, DTS, and PCM Two-Channel Stereo - under the personal supervision of Jimmy Page and director Dick Carruthers. LED ZEPPELIN DVD is being marketed by Atlantic Records in collaboration with Warner Strategic Marketing.

Recorded in California, HOW THE WEST WAS WON is a brilliant audio complement to the DVD. The material on the three CDs has been culled from two of the most legendary and incendiary live performances by Led Zeppelin, at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25th and 27th, 1972. Melded together and sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end, it captures the band at the height of their formidable powers. Among the highlights are a 25-plus minute version of Dazed And Confused and a 23-minute medley based around Whole Lotta Love. Alongside such classics as Stairway To Heaven and Rock And Roll, these shows find the band introducing songs from their forthcoming HOUSES OF THE HOLYalbum, which would not be released for another nine months.

2003 marks the 35th anniversary of the first fateful rehearsal which brought together the talents of guitarist Jimmy Page, vocalist Robert Plant, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham in the summer of 1968. In the decade between 1969 and 1979, the British quartet released eight studio albums and a live soundtrack (a posthumous set of previously unreleased studio material followed in '82). 23 years since their final concert performance (on July 7, 1980), they continue to be recognized as one of the most original, innovative, powerful, and influential groups in rock history.

While their work in the studio was brilliant, Led Zeppelin's work onstage was transforming. In concert, the band displayed a power and charisma unparalleled in modern music. Never content to simply replay their recordings, Zeppelin used the stage as a creative platform in its own right - introducing material live before it was recorded, and always expanding, improvising, and pushing into uncharted territory. Their legendary, epic live sets - often lasting more than three hours - were shamanistic experiences which traversed exceptional musical territory, sonic journeys which were truly cathartic experiences for the band and audience alike.

From: Atlantic Records

A Whole Lotta Art

"Art of Rock and Roll" Exhibit in Birmingham. The show is dedicated solely to the album artwork of Led Zeppelin and will be on display from May 27th to June 8.

From: BBC.CO.UK

Official Led Zeppelin Press Release

LED ZEPPELIN LIVE AT LAST ON DVD AND CD - LEGENDARY PERFORMANCES DUE
MAY 27TH WITH RARE AND UNRELEASED MATERIAL
Mar 07 2003

THE mother lode of Led Zeppelin live recordings has at long last arrived! Slated for a simultaneous May 27th release are LED ZEPPELIN DVD, a two-disc set, and HOW THE WEST WAS WON, a three-CD set. Long sought-after by Zeppelin devotees and collectors, this marks the first-ever official release of these rare and legendary performances, which span the group's entire career. Much-rumored and eagerly anticipated, the DVD and CD sets each contain entirely different material, so there is no overlap between the two releases. As a gesture to the band's millions of fans, both sets are specially priced - the 2-DVD set at $29.98 list, and the 3-CD set at $26.98 list. Clocking in at nearly five and a half hours, LED ZEPPELIN DVD has been culled from just a handful of performances which were ever filmed during the band's extraordinary lifetime. As guitarist Jimmy Page explains, 'We were never really part of the pop scene. It was never what Led Zeppelin was supposed to be about. Our thing was playing live. In that sense, Zeppelin was very much an underground band. The fact that it became as successful as it did was something that was almost out of our control. We actually shunned commercialism, which is why so little official footage of the band has ever been seen before.'

Featured are performances from: London's Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, just one year after the release of their debut album; 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, just one year before the death of drummer John Bonham led to the band's dissolution. Also included are songs from New York's Madison Square Garden in July 1973 which were not included in THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME concert film, the only previously released live Zeppelin footage. Other highlights of the DVD include: extremely rare television appearances, among them a performance for Danish television in March 1969; promotional clips; TV interviews; behind-the scenes material; and even a bit of fan-shot 'bootleg' footage. Visually and sonically stunning, LED ZEPPELIN DVD has been painstakingly restored, remixed, and remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, DTS, and PCM Two-Channel Stereo - under the personal supervision of Jimmy Page and director Dick Carruthers.

Recorded in California, HOW THE WEST WAS WON is a brilliant audio complement to the DVD. The material on the three CDs has been culled from two of the most legendary and incendiary live performances by Led Zeppelin, at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25th and 27th, 1972. Melded together and sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end, it captures the band at the height of their formidable powers. Among the highlights are a 25-plus minute version of Dazed And Confused and a 23-minute medley based around Whole Lotta Love. Alongside such classics as Stairway To Heaven and Rock And Roll, these shows find the band introducing songs from their forthcoming HOUSES OF THE HOLY album, which would not be released for another nine months.
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2003 marks the 35th anniversary of the first fateful rehearsal which brought together the talents of guitarist Jimmy Page, vocalist Robert Plant, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham in the summer of 1968. Universally recognized as one of the most innovative, powerful, and influential groups in rock history, Led Zeppelin has sold some 200 million albums worldwide. This is all the more impressive considering that the band only existed for a comparatively short 12-year period. In the decade between 1969 and 1979, the British quartet released eight studio albums and a live soundtrack (a posthumous set of previously unreleased studio material followed in '82).

While their work in the studio was brilliant, Led Zeppelin's work onstage was transforming. In concert, the band displayed a power and charisma unparalleled in modern music. Never content to simply replay their recordings, Zeppelin used the stage as a creative platform in its own right - introducing material live before it was recorded, and always expanding, improvising, and pushing into uncharted territory. Their legendary, epic live sets - often lasting more than three hours - were shamanistic experiences which traversed exceptional musical territory, sonic journeys which were truly cathartic experiences for the band and audience alike."

From: ATLANTICRECORDS.COM

No Grammys for Plant

Robert Plant did not pick up any Grammys tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Both categories in which he was nominated went to Bruce Springsteen's The Rising.

From: GRAMMY.COM

Q Magazine's 50 Years Of Rock'n'Roll

lz20040217_01Volume Two of this Three-Volume series focuses on the 1970s and has a cover story on Led Zeppelin and the making of Stairway To Heaven.

From: Q4MUSIC.COM

They're The One

Stairway To Heaven is included in this years' inductees of the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame. Other inductees are Carole King's It's Too Late and Bruce Springsteen's 1975 breakthrough album, Born To Run.

From: GRAMMY.COM

Name of drummer mooted

A town road could bear the name of a world-famous Redditch-born rock musician. At the executive meeting, Councillor Phil Mould said Led Zeppelin's John Bonham should be included in the list of names for future roads.

From: THISISWORCHESTERSHIRE.CO.UK

Robert Plant Grammy Nominations

Robert Plant has been nominated in two categories for the 45th Annual Grammy Awards, Best Rock Album for Dreamland and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for Darkness, Darkness. The Grammy Awards telecast will be staged at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 23, 2003 at 8PM CT.

From: GRAMMY.COM
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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.
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