In the recent movie Ocean's Twelve, Matt Damon's character recites the opening lines of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir in a scene where George Clooney, Brad Pitt and he are speaking "code" to a possible heist. He says:
"Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream. I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been."
Brighton, U.K.'s daily newspaper The Argus reported in its Nov. 24 edition that Led Zeppelin stars Jimmy Page and Robert Plant came along to Deep Purple's sold-out gig at the Brighton Centre last month. After being "begged to get on stage and join their old mockers," they declined, preferring to watch along with the fans.
Jeff Ocheltree transitioned from replaceable “roadie” to invaluable “drum tech” by being the first person to take complete care of all aspects of the drums, in the glory days of such legends as Bonham and Cobham. In his first instructional DVD, he discusses his experiences and teaches techniques valuable to drum techs and all drummers – with hands-on examples using nine different kits and nine drummers. Jeff also discusses the unique bronze drums he makes from recycled cymbals. As a special bonus, John Bonham's kit used in Zeppelin recordings appears on screen for the first time ever, and Bonzo's settings, tunings and mic placements are revealed!
Jeff owns a drumset that was given to him by Bonham (one of the green sparkle Ludwigs) and he features it in the video. He talks about all of the pertinent details including sizes, heads, cymbals, tuning/dampening, and even studio vs. live mic'ing. However, the DVD is not entirely focused on Jeff's work with Bonham. That's only one section of it. It's really about him and how he was partially, if not wholly, responsible for the evolution of the job of "drum tech", and it features playing and interviews with notable drummers including Danny Carey, Steve Smith, Lenny Whie, and Dean Butterworth.
Minor planet number 44016 has been named in honor of Jimmy Page, lead guitarist with Led Zeppelin.
(44016) Jimmypage is in a 4.30-year elliptical orbit around the sun ranging in distance from 332.5 million km (at perihelion, closest point to the sun) to 458.9 million km (at aphelion, furthest point from the sun).
The majority of the songs on "eMOTIVe" are cover songs of politically motivated protest singers. Various artists covered include John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin (who made the song When the Levee Breaks famous even if credit goes to Memphis Minnie), Depeche Mode, Devo and Black Flag. While the band competently covers all of the songs, the majority of them didn't need to be covered.
NEW YORK (Billboard) - The 3-CD Nirvana boxed set With the Lights Out, due in stores Nov. 23, will take a chronological look at the Seattle band's brief but enormously influential career, beginning with a Led Zeppelin cover from its debut show in 1987 to solo acoustic performances by frontman Kurt Cobain just prior to his 1994 suicide.
A fourth disc, a DVD, includes nine tracks captured during a 1988 rehearsal at the home of bassist Krist Novoselic's mother.
Kicking off with a run through Led Zeppelin's Heartbreaker, disc one of the Geffen Records set sports early versions of familiar tracks like Floyd the Barber, Polly and About a Girl, demo recordings of the Leadbelly tracks Grey Goose, They Hung Him on a Cross and Ain't It a Shame and undated tracks presumed to have been recorded in 1987 or 1988, such as Beans, Clean Up Before She Comes and Don't Want It All. [more]
Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant will deliver the keynote address at the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin on March 17.
He will also perform during the conference, marking his first shows in the United States since his opening slot on the Who's summer 2002 tour. Next year will also bring reissues of Plant's solo catalog via Rhino/Atlantic.
Plant can be heard guesting on the Big Town Playboys' new album, Roll the Dice, along with fellow veteran British artist Jeff Beck, and will be on hand for a Nov. 7 concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland to celebrate the legacy of legendary bluesman Leadbelly.
His 1994 MTV Unplugged performance with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will be issued on CD and DVD Tuesday via Rhino. From: REUTERS.COM
For a mere Ten million US dollars, you or a loved one can purchase a modern Zeppelin NT. Weighing in at 8 tons, this 230-foot long blimp can accomodate up to 15 persons and stay in the air for up to 24 hours.
Coming later this month is the long awaited DVD release of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's No Quarter: Unledded MTV special that first aired on October 12, 1994, and reunited the guitarist and singer from Led Zeppelin. It's a fitting sequel to last year's best selling Zeppelin DVD.
Both projects proved to be challenges to Kevin Shirley, their mixing engineer. In the case of the Led Zeppelin DVD, Shirley had to restore live performances, some of which were 35 years old. In the case of Unledded, while it was only recorded ten years ago, he had surprisingly little original documentation to work with, and ended up remixing the project from scratch. [more]
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University will celebrate the legacy of Leadbelly in the Ninth Annual American Music Masters Series this November. Leadbelly, one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
In November, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case will present its Ninth Annual American Music Masters Series, Shine A Light On Me, a tribute to the life and legacy of Leadbelly.
The highlight of the series is the Tribute Concert at Severance Hall on Sunday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. Performers will include Robert Plant, Los Lobos, Odetta, Dave Alvin, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Jerry Douglas, John Hiatt and others very special guests to be announced soon. Tickets are $20, and $30.
Having completed the Mutural Admiration Society tour with Nickel Creek and Glen Phillips, former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones is about to begin work on his next solo album.
"I hope now to spend the next few months writing and recording for my next solo album and attempt to turn all this inspiration into hard currency whilst the fingers are hot and the brain is buzzing," he writes on his official Web site.
The new album will be the follow-up to 2001's The Thunderthief, which was released on King Crimson leader Robert Fripp's Discipline Global Mobile label.
Additional details have come to light regarding the highly anticipated DVD release of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's No Quarter - Unledded. The project, which captures the Led Zeppelin principals' historic 1994 reunion for an "MTV Unplugged" broadcast, will arrive Oct. 27 on DVD via Warner Strategic Marketing/Atlantic. The soundtrack will be released the same day.
DVD extras will include the bonus tracks Black Dog and Most High, interviews with Page and Plant and a montage of footage from the duo's performance in Morocco. The release was overseen by Page in tandem with longtime engineering collaborator Kevin Shirley.
The VHS release of Unledded peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Top Music Video chart. The accompanying Atlantic album has sold more than 1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The long-awaited DVD of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's Unledded will be released Oct. 20, according to the project's mix engineer, Kevin Shirley. The DVD captures Plant and Page's historic 1994 reunion for an "MTV Unplugged" broadcast, featuring stripped-down performances of such Led Zeppelin touchstones as What Is and What Should Never Be, No Quarter and Kashmir.
"The tapes were in a real mess -- nothing marked or labeled, and nothing to sync the audio to already edited video," Shirley writes on his official Web site. "So it's been very cerebral on both left and right sides of the brain, as I weave [between] creativity and mathematical calculations to get audio running at a different speeds to lock to the picture." Beyond enhanced audio, the DVD is tipped to feature as-yet-unannounced bonus content. Shirley previously worked with Page to assemble the material for last year's Zeppelin archival blowout in the form of the "Led Zeppelin" live DVD and triple-disc live album How the West Was Won.
The VHS release of Unledded peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Top Music Video chart. The accompanying Atlantic album has sold more than 1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin have refused their permission to allow their performance at fundraiser Live Aid to feature on a forthcoming DVD that hopes to raise even more money for the charity.
The original footage features Led Zep performing in Philadelphia with Phil Collins standing in for the late John Bonham. This was the first reunion performance since the drummer’s death in 1980.
Claims that the band were unsatisfied with their performance were reported in yesterday's Sunday Times. Rumours at the time of the performance indicated that Collins’ was left ailing with jetlag after having performed with Sting in London and then Led Zep in Philadelphia and this was one factor that caused their performance to be under par.
The first Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul guitar from Gibson Guitar Corp.'s Custom, Art & Historic Division has been sold for a reported $55,000 to an anonymous buyer. The figure, more than double its suggested list price, is a record for a new, first-run Gibson guitar.
Page signed and numbered each of the first 25 guitars of the series on the back of the headstock. The signature model replicates the dings, scratches, playing wear and unique shape of Page's "Number One," a 1959 Les Paul Standard that he acquired in 1969 and used on many Led Zeppelin recordings, including Whole Lotta Love and Rock and Roll.
Gibson's Custom, Art & Historic Division offers three version of the instrument: a first run of 25 signed guitars, a second run of 150 unsigned guitars, followed by an open run.
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin drew the first standing ovation of the afternoon as he was given MOJO's Maestro award for his mould-breaking guitar licks.
In addition, he also accepted the Vision Award for the best music DVD package of the year based on sales, creativity and visual flare, according to MOJO, for the Led Zeppelin DVD that was released last year.
According to Kevin Shirley's diary on his website, the Page/Plant Unledded DVD and CD are finished and may be out in stores before Thanksgiving. 38 tracks were completed for Unledded and "a couple other performances". Sounds interesting!
John Paul Jones will be performing throughout the US this summer as a guest performer with a project called the Mutual Admiration Society.
The Mutual Admiration Society is Glen Phillips (ex Toad The Wet Sprocket), with Sara Watkins, Chris Thile, and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek).
John has been invited as a very special guest to join the band on this tour performing their material. The whole show is an "Evening with Mutual Admiration Society" so you can also expect to hear some of John's own material, other collaborations and a few surprises.
According to Ross Halfin's diary on his website, we are supposed to wait til the end of next month for something from Jimmy Page. Ross spent the day shooting Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck at Works Studios. Ended up 'very black and white'. Stay tuned! [more]
Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize was presented Monday to B.B. King for his contribution to the blues, and to Gyoergy Ligeti for his innovations in classical music.
King, being honored for his role in spreading the blues, the forerunner of modern popular music, and his significant contribution to the genre, accepted his prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf at the Stockholm Concert Hall, which is also where the Nobel Prize ceremony took place.
Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page was in attendance to introduce B.B. King.
Former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has paid a visit to one of Wales' most famous landmarks after a 31-year wait. Page was invited to Cardiff Castle after his contribution to a new book about the architect William Burges, who transformed the castle's interior. A fan of the Victorian architect's work, Page lives in the house which Burges designed for himself in London and allowed it to be featured in a new book on Burges. [more]
John Paul Jones showed up at the Annual Merlefest weekend at Wilkes Community College, in Wilkesboro, NC. April 29-May 2, 2004. After playing in Saturday night, Jonesey also turned up on Sunday, May 2nd, with John Cowan (traditional, americana artist http://www.johncowan.com/index.php?content=bio.php) and performed a traditional song (sorry, I don't know the name), and even did a small snippet of Dazed and Confused. See http://www.sharingthegroove.org.
JPJ also played with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on a secondary stage for a Midnight Jam on Saturday night. It appears that the performance was recorded and broadcast live on XM radio, and there is talk that the Cowan/JP song may appear on the annual Merlefest Highlight CD.
One of the more "unusual" methods of trying to get the remaining members of Zep to play together is demonstrated by the following site http://www.zeppelintodallas.com. The site was featured an article in the Dallas Morning News on April 25th about Zep fan named Mike Tomas who started the website to bring a Zep reunion concert to Dallas.
Sick Again from Physical Graffiti has been used as part of Mayor Of The Sunset Strip, an independent movie about Rodney Bingenheimer. The Internet Movie Database summarizes the plot of the movie with the following: "Through the glitter and the grunge, from The Monkees to Coldplay, Rodney Bingenheimer--a.k.a. Rodney on the ROQ--has reigned over the Los Angeles music scene for over two decades. A constantly evolving fixture as rock fan, journalist, promoter, club owner and radio DJ on KROQ, Bingenheimer has helped advance every adventurous rock mutation--California pop, glam, punk, goth, new wave, alternative--since he first hit the Sunset Strip during its psychedelic 1960s heyday."
The movie premiered on June 17, 2003 at the Los Angeles Film Festival and sold to First Look Media and Lakeshore Entertainment for $1.3 million, making it the second highest selling documentary of all time, next to Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine. It premiered nationwide at 7 movie screens on March 26, 2004. For more information, check out its official website.
The city's best-known recording facility, Polar Studios, is set to close its doors May 1 after 26 years in operation.
The studio was built to allow ABBA and other Polar Music artists to consolidate their recording activities in one location. One of the earliest international non-Polar Music projects to be recorded there was Led Zeppelin's 1979 album "In Through the Out Door."
"Even though we are fully booked, we can't continue doing business," Lennart Ostlund (joint owner) says. Based on current market values, he suggests that a "normal" annual rent for a studio the size of Polar would be around 300,000 Swedish kronor ($39,696). "Our landlord wants approximately 2 million kronor," he claims.
The latest entry in Kevin Shirley's diary on his website, reads: ".....Getting ready to do some mixes over the next few weeks for a new DVD by my all-time fave band, and Bob and James will be popping into the studio in NYC to check on my progress, which should be a lot of fun. More details of the exciting new DVD to follow.....". It is well-noted that Led Zeppelin is Mr. Shirley's "all-time fave band", plus the references to BOB and JAMES are pretty obvious. What can be next? Stay tuned.
Robert Plant was spotted at tonight's Rock and Roll Hall 0f Fame Ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC. Atendees paid $1500 a plate to see legends such as ZZ Top, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, Prince & the late George Harrison get inducted.
Robert Plant, along with the rest of Led Zeppelin were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
Legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant makes a guest appearance at Lizards/Vanilla Fudge UK gig. On March 13, 2004, at the Rock Cafe 2000 in Stourbridge, Robert Plant joined The Lizards (feat. ex-Dio/Sabbath/Sir Lord Baltimore) and the Vanilla Fudge during an encore featuring both bands onstage together. Plant performed a rocking version of the Cactus classic Parchment Farm in honor of bassist Tim Bogart (Cactus/Fudge) who had taken ill that evening. The Lizards are currently performing with Canned Heat in France. For more info: http://www.thelizardswebsite.com/.
Tonight I attended "The Japan Gold Disc Award 2004" where Jimmy Page appeared to receive an award of the "Music Video of the Year" for the large sales in Japan of the official DVD set "Led Zeppelin."
The Award was held at the NHK Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo March 10. Various awards were provided by the Japan Record Association to a number of artists, both Japanese and foreign, based solely on the net sales of all of the musical works released in Japan during the year 2003. Led Zeppelin was awarded together with Beatles for the sales of TheBeatles Anthology. Jimmy came all the way to Japan to receive the award on behalf of the band.
More than an hour after the ceremony started, introduced by Tomoyasu Hotei, a Japanese famous rock guitarist and singer, Jimmy appeared on the stage. Jimmy, rather simply dressed in a black jacket and black trousers, looked dandy and healthy. His hair was a bit longer and he seemed to have lost some weight than the time I had seen him last year at the instore talk show held at Yamano Music, Ginza.
Many of the audience, especially younger generations, who mainly came to see Japanese pop stars did not seem to well know who Jimmy Page was. Sensing this, I conspicuously waved from where I sat. To my surprise and great joy, Jimmy, responded and waved back! (I think he was relieved to find at least one of his fans at the Hall.) Unlike other artists, Jimmy did not perform any music but politely greeted with the audience and thanked everyone for the presentation of the award. Naturally, he was treated by the announcers as the main guest throughout the ceremony. At the end, all of the awarded artists lined up on the stage - at first, Jimmy was not there. However, he was finally brought up by Junko Kubo, the lady announcer, to the center of the stage. Being asked to say some final words to the audience, Jimmy just briefly said a shy thank you and goodbye.
The Award was scheduled to be aired by NHK in its BS-2 channel. It will be rebroadcast by NHK on March 12 in its "high-vision" channel and March 13 in its main ground channel. From Takemi Hiramatsu
Earlier this week the chief planner of the incredible 1985 "Live Aid" concert Bob Geldof publicly stated he recently discovered that pirated copies of the show were being sold on the Internet. As a result of this disturbing news, organizers of the show will auction off the rights to release it on DVD. Of course, the highest bidder will have to get permission from all the artists who took part in the concert before releasing the DVD. Split between London and Philadelphia, brought together such stars as Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Queen, U2, Madonna, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, The Who and more! The combined shows raised an estimated $148 million for African famine victims. Proceeds from the DVD will go to the Band Aid Trust, which still provides relief to Ethiopia and the surrounding area.
Deborah Bonham is one of a host of stars that will be playing in a special tribute night to the late Ronnie Lane at the Albert Hall, April 8th.
The gig is for the benefit of Ronnie Lane's family in the UK who lost their home in a fire recently. Concert is called One For The Road - The Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert.
The line-up includes Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, Kenney Jones, Pete Townshend, Paul Weller, Mick Jones, Glen Matlock. More info is at http://www.ronnie-lane.com. There is the possibilbility that the event may be filmed.
Released in a Limited Quantity of 150 (all hand-aged by Tom Murphy), these models will be an exact replica of Jimmy Page's #1 Les Paul. Retail street price will be $16.566 US.
There will also be an unlmited run with the Custom Authentic Finish for $9,456 US. Also, an extremely limited quantity of 25 will be personally signed by Jimmy Page himself for the low price of $23,699 US.
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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.