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Zeppelin's song tops rock song poll

Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven is the best rock song of all time, according to a survey.

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple and Hotel California by The Eagles all made the top 10.

But the 1971 Led Zeppelin classic polled over 70% of the vote in the survey by radio station Planet Rock.

The song was never even released as a single but has been covered by everyone from Rolf Harris to Dolly Parton. [more]

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From: icteesside.icentwork.co.uk

Oh Let The Sun Beat Down Upon Ocean's Twelve

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."



From: OCEANS12.NET

Thanks to Alfredo Arroyo

Deep Purple: Led Zeppelin Stars Decline To Jam With Band

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.

From: BLABBERMOUTH.NET

Trust Your Ears

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.

A short clip can be found at http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/John_Bonham.html

Thanks to Mark Romans
From: SAMASH.COM

Planet Jimmy Page

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).

Thanks to David Cothern

From: INDIANASTATESMAN.COM

A Perfect Circle Covering Led Zep

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.

Thanks to David Cothern

From: INDIANASTATESMAN.COM

Nirvana Covering Led Zep

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]

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

From: REUTERS.COM

Robert Plant to Speak, Play at South by Southwest

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

Radio Killed The Rock and Roll Star?

Scott Muni knew music and musicians. According to his obituary in The New York Times, the deejay was once interviewing Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin when the rocker passed out in the studio.

Muni calmly tossed on a record, "revived the guitarist and finished the interview with Mr. Page lying on the floor."

Taken from article regarding Scott Muni's death

From: HAMPTONROADS.COM

Got Any Spare Change?

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.

For more information or to purchase, check out NEIMANMARCUS.COM.

Got Any Spare Change?


From: NEIMANMARCUS.COM

Kevin Shirley: Mining For Unledded Gold

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]

From: BLOGCRITICS.ORG

Robert Plant to perform at Leadbelly Tribute

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.

For more information, go to ROCKHALL.COM.
BILLBOARD.COM

JPJ - New CD?

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.

-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto

From: BILLBOARD.COM

No Quarter - Unledded DVD Updates

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.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

From: BILLBOARD.COM

Page Plants Hands

Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page is to make a very special appearance in London next week.

The guitarist will be plunging his hands into wet concrete outside the new Piccadilly Circus Virgin Megastore on Monday (August 23) at 10am, officially opening of the 'Walk Of Fame.'

The handprints will be the first to be immortalised in a permanent display of paving stones outside of the store, which will soon feature others from musical icons.

Page is best known for his work with the hugely influential rock band - famous for their anthems Stairway To Heaven, Black Dog, Whole Lotta Love, Dazed And Confused and Rock And Roll.

The event will mark the opening of the new Virgin Megastore. Other acts set to appear include The Killers and Faithless.

A major national Playstation 2 knockout competition is also set to take place in the store during the afternoon, as well as a martial arts demonstration.

Page Plants Hands

From: NME.COM

Page/Plant Unledded CD Info

  • Historic, platinum Page & Plant reunion album newly remastered for its 10th anniversary!
  • Over 75 minutes of Led Zeppelin classics featuring orchestral backing!
  • Originally recorded live as a segment for MTV's Unplugged series.
  • First released on CD in 1994 as this stellar Unledded disc, it hit #4 on the Billboard 200.
  • Now expanded with the bonus track Wah Wah.
  • Other highlights include the Page-Plant compositions Wonderful One, Yallah, and Friends.
  • Plus the Bonham-Page-Plant classic Kashmir and the traditional Gallows Pole, a Zeppelin signature.


  • From: ATLANTIC-RECORDS.COM

    Thanks to Stephen Humphries

    Page/Plant's 'Unledded' Heading To DVD

    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.

    - -- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

    From: BILLBOARD.COM

    Led Zeppelin Refuse Live Aid

    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.

    From: GIGWISE.COM

    News From Ross Halfin

    The last paragraph in today's diary entry from Ross Halfin indicates that Jimmy Page called Halfin from Morocco and that Jimmy wanted Halfin to "look for any Zep stuff for him."

    The new DVD is getting close, eh?

    From: ROSSHALFIN.CO.UK

    Jimmy Page Les Paul Sells for $55K

    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 Les Paul Sells for $55K

    From: BILLBOARD.COM

    Jimmy Page at 2004 MOJO Awards

    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.

    Jimmy Page at 2004 Mojo Awards
    Jimmy Page at 2004 Mojo Awards
    Jimmy Page at 2004 Mojo Awards
    Jimmy Page at 2004 Mojo Awards
    Jimmy Page and Scarlet Page


    From: INDEPENDENT.CO.UK

    Page/Plant Unledded DVD News

    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!

    Thanks Shane Nicholson

    From: CAVEMANPRODUCTIONS.COM

    John Paul Jones to tour this summer

    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.

    From: JOHNPAULJONES.COM

    Jimmy Page News From Ross Halfin

    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]

    Jimmy Page and Ross Halfin
    Photo by Ross Halfin

    Bluesman, Classical Whiz Receive Music's 'Nobel'

    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.

    Jimmy Page introducing B.B. King
    Photo by Lawrence Davis

    From: MIAMI.COM

    Rock Legend's Pilgrimage To Castle

    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]

    Jimmy Page at Cardiff Castle Jimmy Page at Cardiff Castle

    John Paul Jones at Merlefest

    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.

    JPJ w/ Mandolin Wizard Josh Pinkham
    Thanks to John Cutliffe
    John Paul Jones at Merlefest
    Thanks to John Cutliffe
    John Paul Jones at Merlefest
    Thanks to John Cutliffe
    John Paul Jones at Merlefest
    Thanks to Nech
    John Paul Jones at Merlefest
    Thanks to Nech
    John Paul Jones at Merlefest
    Thanks to Nech
    John Paul Jones at Merlefest
    Thanks to Nech
       



    From: TBLWEB.COM

    Texan Fans Are a Pledging...

    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.

    Thanks David Warren

    From: TBLWEB.COM

    Zep Song Used in Indie Movie

    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.

    Famed 'Abba Studio' Reaches End of Era

    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.

    From: REUTERS.COM

    New Led Zeppelin DVD?

    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.

    From: CAVEMANPRODUCTIONS.COM

    Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony

    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.

    Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony
    Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony
    Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony
    Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony
    Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony
    Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony Robert Plant at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony  



    From: WIREIMAGE.COM

    John Paul Jones Jams With Steve Hackett

    John Paul Jones returned to the stage, at Shepherds Bush Empire in London, last night for an encore performance with Steve Hackett and band, playing a 1976 Genesis tune Los Endos.

    John Paul Jones last joined Hackett on stage last August in Tokyo, performing at Guitar Wars 2003.

    John Paul Jones Jams With Steve Hackett
    John Paul Jones Jams With Steve Hackett
    John Paul Jones Jams With Steve Hackett
    John Paul Jones Jams With Steve Hackett
    John Paul Jones Jams With Steve Hackett
    John Paul Jones Jams With Steve Hackett


    From: STEVEHACKETT.COM

    Robert Plant guests at Lizards UK gig

    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/.

    Robert Plant and The Lizards


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    Jimmy Page at the Japan Golden Disc Award 2004

    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

    Jimmy Page at the Japan Golden Disc Award 2004 Jimmy Page at the Japan Golden Disc Award 2004 Jimmy Page at the Japan Golden Disc Award 2004



    From: TBLWEB.COM

    Live Aid on DVD

    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.

    From: ARROWFM.COM

    Jimmy Page Goes Shopping in Japan

    Jimmy Page hopped off the plane in Japan yesterday and immediately wanted to go CD hunting and ended up viewing a copy of Earls Court. He also went to the Ochanomizu district, looking for guitars.

    Jimmy Page shopping
    Jimmy Page shopping
    Jimmy Page shopping
    Jimmy Page shopping
    Jimmy Page shopping


    From: ROSSHALFIN.CO.UK

    Jimmy Page At Jim Marshall Tribute Lunch

    Jimmy Page attended a tribute lunch for Jim Marshall (of Marshall amps fame) at the Savoy Hotel in London today. It was a very old crowd that attended this event.

    Jimmy Page, Jim Marsall Tribute Lunch, March 4, 2004 Jimmy Page, Jim Marsall Tribute Lunch, March 4, 2004 Jimmy Page, Jim Marsall Tribute Lunch, March 4, 2004



    From: ROSSHALFIN.CO.UK

    Deborah Bonham To Play At Ronnie Lane Tribute Concert

    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.

    From: TBLWEB.COM

    Dear John...

    The Datsuns are trying to entice Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones to record with them.

    As previously reported on NME.COM, the Led Zeppelin legend is currently producing the band's album in Jacobs Studios in Surrey.

    The band have now recorded 14 tracks for the album, with working titles including Messin' Around, What I've Lost and Feelin' Alright.

    "We're hoping to coax him to actually get into the studio and play something . . . anything," said drummer Matt Datsun to Rolling Stone. "We'll see what happens."

    "The great thing about him (Jones) is he'll make a few suggestions here and there, but he won't tell you what to do," added Matt. "But if we get stuck, he'll come up with something good."

    The band's second album is expected later in the year.

    From: NME.COM

    The New Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul

    jp20040116_01 Announced at the Winter 2004 NAMM Show, Gibson Custom announced the release of the Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul.

    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.

    From: GIBSONCUSTOM.COM

    Led Zeppelin Inducted in 2004 Grammy Hall of Fame

    Led Zeppelin's debut album Led Zeppelin was recently inducted, along with 32 other recordings, into Grammy's Hall Of Fame.

    The Recording Academy's National Trustees established the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.

    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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