"In March I produced an album for Uncle Earl, an old-time string band. I had the best time ever with this record; the girls are great musicians and brilliant fun to work with. We started pre-production at banjoist Béla Fleck's house, then went up to Seattle and Tacoma where the g'earls were playing at Wintergrass. This is a big bluegrass festival in a hotel in Tacoma and it was totally amazing. There were hundreds of musicians everywhere - in the lobby, in the rooms, in the elevators, anywhere there was a space, and concerts through the days and evenings. After that there were jam sessions in people's rooms on every floor till the early hours. Madness! I met many friends there and also got to play acoustic bass guitar on stage with Mike Marshall and Hamilton di Hollanda. We then went back down to Nashville and moved to Karian studio in Hendersonville, about 35 miles north of Nashville. It was then a few weeks of acoustic heaven before mixing at Sound Emporium in Nashville with our ace engineer Dave Sinko. Apart from getting a load of work down I basically spent the whole month laughing. It doesn't get much better! The record will be out in the U.S. March 13 on Rounder Records. I also attended Sore Fingers, a bluegrass camp in the U.K. as a mandolin student! John Moore was the teacher, he taught Chris Thile mandolin and Sean Watkins guitar, a chance I couldn't pass up. Rayna (from Uncle Earl) was also teaching old-time fiddle there, and we had many great jams together. Now I've caught the fiddle bug... I've also been playing with Robyn Hitchcock and sat in with Glenn Phillips (Toad The West Sprocket, M.A.S.) at the Troubador.
"The autumn saw us in Lunel, and I ended up playing with Italian bluegrass musicians, Venezuelan traditional players and Hamilton di Hollanda's Brazilian band, I guess I should stop having so much fun...
"OK, so the [new solo] album is coming slowly, but it's coming!"
In Wroxall Abbey outside Birmingham, England, Robert Plant discussed the new boxed set Nine Lives with host Eddie Trunk. Tune in for the premiere of Hangin' With: Robert Plant Monday, December 25th, at 10pm EST.
Rockers Led Zeppelin are suing rock memorabilia website Wolfgang's Vault for illegally selling vintage recordings and merchandise.
They were joined by Grateful Dead, The Doors and Carlos Santana in suing the website's owner William Sagan.
Wolfgang's Vault sells material which Sagan obtained after purchasing assets of concert promoter Bill Graham, who died in a helicopter crash in 1991.
According to the lawsuit, Graham's holdings included concert posters, shirts, photographs and recordings.
"We have never given permission for our images and material to be used in this way...What Sagan is doing in stealing. He is stealing what is most important to us - our work, our images and our music - and is profiting from the goodwill of our fans," said Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead."
Ahmet Ertegun, Founding Chairman of Atlantic Records, passed away today in New York City at the age of 83. He had been hospitalized with a head injury since October 29, when he fell backstage at a Rolling Stones concert at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan.
Dr. Howard A Riina, Mr. Ertegun's neurosurgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Corner Medical Center said, "Mr. Ertegun suffered a severe brain injury after he fell in October. He was in a coma and passed away today with his family at his bedside."
Mr. Ertegun will be buried in a private ceremony in his native Turkey. A memorial service will be conducted in New York after the New Year.
An excellent interview with Jason Bonham can be found Rhythm Magazine. Jason, now working with a reformed Foreigner, talks about his father and his own struggles. Highly recommend read. From: TBLWEB.COM
This month's Mojo magazine (Jan 2007) has an exclusive five page Robert Plant interview by Matt Snow. He talks candidly about life in Led Zeppelin, his solo career and the future and about throwing vegetables at Black Sabbath.
Robert Plant topped Hit Parader's Heavy Metal All-Time Top Vocalists list in the November 2006 issue. Other names included in the list that are neither metal singers nor performers in a metal band include Queen's Freddie Mercury, the Who's Roger Daltrey, Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones, Ann Wilson from Heart, Kurt Cobain from Nirvana, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Davies from the Kinks, Joan Jett, Steve Marriott from the Small Faces and Humble Pie, and Steve Perry from Journey.
The US internet site wolfgangsvault.com have released yet more material from the legendary vaults once owned by concert promoter Bill Graham until he died in a 1991 helicopter crash. Whereas before only snippets were available, now whole concerts can now be heard on the site including 33 minutes from the Led Zeppelin January 11, 1969 Fillmore West show and over an hour from the April 27, 1969 show from the same venue.
On Tuesday night Jimmy Page attended the UK Hall Of Fame induction ceremony at London's Alexandra Palace. A short filmed montage of Led Zeppelin was shown before Jimmy accepted the award on behalf of the group who has been inducted into the UK Music Hall Of Fame. Australian rockers Wolfsmother performed Communication Breakdown as tribute. Pat and Debbie Bonham were also in attendance at the ceremony.
Jimmy also appeared on BBC Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe show later in the evening for a five minute interview, reminiscing about the first rehearsals and, rather interestingly when ask about the future Jimmy said "Well, I've had to put my 'new' music on the backburner because a few things have got in the way, I'm going to start-up in the new year. It's an album that I need to get out of my system... there's a good album in there and it's ready to come out. Also, there will be some Led Zeppelin things on the horizon."
Recorded highlights will be shown on VH1 in the USA on November 25th.
Although nothing was ever official announced Robert and The Strange Sensations won't now be appearing at The East Coast Blues Festival which is being held in Red Devil Park in Byron Bay, Australia from April 5-9, 2007. Richie Yorke writing in the Courier Mail stated that "Robert Plant has dropped out due to recording commitments".
Led Zeppelin are among the artists who have been nominated for induction to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. The organization cited Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and the late John Bonham for defining "the emerging rock genre of heavy metal" through songs including Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, and Communication Breakdown. The Songwriters Hall Of Fame is "dedicated to recognizing and honoring the accomplishments and lives of those men and women who create the popular songs that serve as the soundtrack of our lives." Honorees will be announced in the spring, and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be held in New York City in June 2007.
Atlantic Records Founding Chairman Ahmet Ertegun slipped and hurt his head at the Beacon Theatre October 29th while attending Bill Clinton's 60th birthday party.
"He suffered a head injury and was immediately taken to an area hospital, where he has been under the excellent care of his team of doctors," a statement from Atlantic Records said. "Contrary to published reports, Mr. Ertegun has not been in a coma, and he is currently recuperating from the accident."
The UK version of Robert Plant's Soundstage DVD includes even more extras than before, apart from the previously mentioned Hey Joe and Girl From The North Country, the UK version of Soundstage includes as extras, the promo videos for Morning Dew and 29 Palms plus two Top Of The Pops (BBC TV) appearances from 1993 and 1983, featuring 29 Palms and Big Log respectively.
Launch Radio Networks reports: Robert Plant has been spotted out and about in Nashville recently, but he's not on vacation. According to the Tenneseean newspaper, the Led Zeppelin singer is working on a duets project with country and bluegrass star Alison Krauss. There's no word on how far along the sessions are or when it might be released, but the paper holds the idea of a Krauss/Plant album in high esteem, saying, "They should probably go ahead and book their trips to the 2008 Grammy Awards."
Plant recently released a live DVD with his band the Strange Sensation, and he's got a career-spanning box set coming out November 13 has all of his post-Zeppelin recordings.
The Holiday 2006 issue of Guitar World has an article on Jimmy Page, controversial filmmaker Kenneth Anger and ex-Charles Manson Family member Bobby BeauSoleil speak for the first about Lucifer Rising, one of rock's most notorious films.
Baby Rock Records has set an October 31 release date for Lullaby Renditions of Led Zeppelin, a collection of some of Led Zeppelin's biggest classics made into mellow lullabies for the kiddies.
Lullaby Renditions of Led Zeppelin track listing: 01. Stairway to Heaven 02. Over the Hills and Far Away 03. Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You 04. Thank You 05. D'yer Mak'er 06. Ten Years Gone 07. Kashmir 08. Dazed and Confused 09. Going to California 10. No Quarter 11. The Rain Song
HMV will soon launch their new "Be Inspired" ad campaign which includes a Led Zeppelin TV ad, sanctioned by the band. The short 20 sec. spot features film from the Royal Albert Hall '70, with highlighted detailed magenta pink colour like the HMV logo. From: HMV.CO.UK
It's true! Mark, Vince, Tim, and Carmine were in California in July recording an album of Led Zeppelin covers. Mark said, "Basically, we rearranged some songs — we're doing a lot of their stuff Vanilla Fudge style. Some of the arrangements are slowed down, and some speeded up but I think we've done the songs justice." The working title for the album is Out Through The In Door. Current schedule for release is February, 2007... stay tuned!
The Robert Plant Soundstage DVD will finally be released in two versions on October 24, a PBS release and a General Release (which includes a track Girl From The North Country not to be found on the PBS version). From: AMAZON.COM
On September 30, Q magazine will launch a unique publishing event in the UK. On that date Q publishes its 20th anniversary issue - which will feature 20 separate cover stars, each one a musical icon, and each one exclusively photographed and interviewed for Q.
The 20 stars that have given exclusive shoots and interviews are Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Madonna, Noel Gallagher, Pete Townshend, Paul Weller, Damon Albarn, Britney Spears, Dave Grohl, Dido, David Gilmour, Ian Brown, Keith Richards, Michael Stipe, Jimmy Page, Johnny Borrell, Kate Bush, Beyonce, Richard Ashcroft and U2.
Reports filtering from down under hint that Robert Plant and The Strange Sensations are set to play a couple of festival dates. One show, the East Coast Roots and Blues Festival is to held at the Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, Northern NSW over the weekend of 5th to 9th April 2007.
There are also reports in the local press in Wellington, New Zealand that Robert is set to play sometime in the New Year, so a possible tour of Australia around the April time can't be ruled out. The last time Robert performed in Australia was in 1996 with Jimmy Page and before that 1984 on his Principle of Moments Tour.
Nothing is at this time is confirmed so stay tuned for more info.
Thanks to John Macro, Vinny Edwards and Warren for the info
On Thursday 14th September 2006, a fabulously unique and intimate rock 'n' roll charity evening of dinner and musical entertainment for 350 select guests took place at The Porchester Halls, London W2 in aid of the Complementary Therapy Team working within cancer services at UCLH, raising funds for The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust, which is supported by HRH The Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health. The inaugural event of The Sunflower Jam was a resounding success with a great time being had by all as well as awareness raised for complementary therapies and a substantial amount of money for the charity.
World renowned musicians playing as part of The Sunflower Jam included Robert Plant, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, Paul Weller, Phil Manzanera, Linda Lewis, Sam Brown, Paul 'Wix' Wickens, Bernie Marsden, Margo Buchanan, Nick Fyffe, Mario Argandones and Aitch McRobbie and the set included a track never sung live by Led Zeppelin - Good Times Bad Times alongside a wonderful selection of tracks made famous by a rich variety of artists.
Brian Wilson, Dusty Springfield, Led Zeppelin and Rod Stewart will be among the acts inducted this year into the U.K. Music Hall Of Fame. The third annual gala will be held Nov. 14 at North London venue Alexandra Palace.
The acts will join Beatles producer Sir George Martin who, as previously reported, will receive honorary membership in recognition of his exceptional contribution to British music. Martin will join past honorary members, late broadcaster John Peel (2005) and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell (2004).
The event will feature either performances from the inductees, or paying tribute to them. Brian Wilson and his band will perform on the night, while Australian rock trio Wolfmother will dedicate a set to Led Zeppelin.
Further inductees for the 2006 ceremony, selected by a steering group consisting of more than 60 artists, journalists, broadcasters and industry executives, have still to be announced.
A delayed broadcast will air Nov. 14 on BBC Radio 2, and U.K. terrestrial TV broadcaster Channel 4 will televise the event Nov. 16. U.S. audiences can catch the ceremony Nov. 25 on VH1.
The event is produced by Endemol's U.K. TV production division Initial for Channel 4. From: BILLBOARD.BIZ
Eagerly-awaited new Jerry Lee Lewis Album Last Man Standing Will Be Released on September 26. Mythic Rock & Roll Pioneer duets with 22 Rock, Country, R&B and Pop's Biggest Superstars Including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Toby Keith, B.B. King, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, Rod Stewart & More.
A nine cd box set comprising of Robert Plant solo material is slated for release on Nov. 14th on Rhino/Wea. Nine Lives includes Plant's solo albums (digitally remastered) with bonus tracks plus a DVD with interviews.
The much anticipated live concert of Robert Plant in Malta is no more - organizers had to back out of the deal after a mysterious last minute u-turn.
There was so much talk about the Plant concert. It started with gossip, then sponsors were getting the feedback and contacts started rolling. Former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant whose solo career has continued to flourish through the 90s was actually coming to Malta somewhere around the middle of this month.
However last week, minutes before the signing of the contract, one of the main sponsors mysteriously backed out. Although efforts were made to move the date forward in the rather bleak hope of finding a new sponsor, the final blow came when the understandably disappointed Plant management withdrew from any further negotiations completely. Sources approached by maltastar.com were reluctant to mention the names of any of the sponsors. In other words no official reasons were given other then the abrupt backing out of one of the main sponsors.
The Plant saga came to a sad end leaving thousands of Zeppelin fans climbing down the 'stairway to heaven'.
Jimmy Page World Exclusive. Sympathy For The Devil. At Last! Page breaks his silence on Satanism, Led Zeppelin and Rock's most notorious movie, 'Lucifer Rising'.
And: Jimmy Page on Lucifer Rising - An everyday tale of devil worship, murder and mind-bending music.
I first heard about the planned interviews a year ago from an absolutely reliable source, a Thelemite of international renown...
Jimmy Page had agreed to be interviewed by a prominent rock music magazine about his involvement in writing one of the soundtrack versions of Lucifer Rising. The film's director, Kenneth Anger, had agreed to be interviewed for the same magazine. Anyone interested in the impact of Thelema on modern culture will know what a significant event this would be.
Over the past year, the rumour has popped up from time to time and it was clear that something was happening...
JIMMY PAGE UNABLE TO APPEAR WITH ROY HARPER AT RHYTHM FESTIVAL 2006.
Following arthroscopic surgery, for a reoccurring knee problem, Jimmy Page regrets to announce that his recovery has been slower than hoped for and he will not be able to join Roy Harper at the Rhythm Festival on August 5th, 2006.
Although surgery was completely successful, Jimmy is still in the midst of ongoing physical therapy sessions to complete the treatment, and his doctors have advised against playing until recovery is complete.
This, of course, is a huge disappointment to Jimmy who was looking forward to joining his friend Roy Harper on stage at what promises to be a wonderful musical weekend. Jimmy urges everyone to attend the festival and enjoy the great list of musicians performing over the three days.
Robert has been confirmed to appear at the Sunflower Jam. Billed as a Rock and Roll charity evening of dinner and musical entertainment at the Porchester Halls London W2. This unique event is being held on 14th September 2006 in aid of the Complementary Therapy Team working within cancer services at University College London Hospital (UCLH) working with children, young people and adults with cancer.
The House band includes confirmed musicians: Bernie Marsden, Don Airey, Margo Buchanan, Paul 'Wix' Wickens, Neil Murray, Nick Fyffe and Sam Brown just for starters! And confirmed guest musicians on the night include Robert Plant, Jon Lord, Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Linda Lewis, Paul Weller. Confirmed guests include Sir John Mortimer, Frida from Abba and Damon Hill. Others invited to take part so far: Griff Rhys Jones, Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Gary Brooker (Procol Harum), Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd), Kylie and Sting. Follow this link for full details http://www.thesunflowerjam.com/ Individual tickets start at £250.
Up to 100,000 songs recorded and filmed between 1966 and 1991 by Bill Graham, the American concert promoter, languished in an underground basement in San Francisco for more than 10 years after his death.
Then it was bought by Bill Sagan, a health company executive turned rock entrepreneur, who has now launched negotiations aimed at securing the stars' permission to release their music. This weekend he was flying to London for talks with lawyers representing British rockers such as Led Zeppelin and the Who.
There are unknown performances by Led Zeppelin such as a version of Howlin' Wolf's Killing Floor, which they later rewrote as The Lemon Song, and a tousle-headed Elton John singing his 1970 ballad Your Song.
When Graham died in a helicopter crash in 1991, he had packed an air-conditioned cellar with 30m artefacts. Three years ago his corporate heirs sold it for £2.9m to Sagan, a Led Zeppelin fan from Minnesota, who joked that he had only snapped it up for the garish Zeppelin tour ties. He beat Paul Allen, the Microsoft billionaire, to the deal.
Jimmy Page, of Led Zeppelin, who spent years begging for scraps from bootleggers so that he could compile a history of the band in 2003, is keen to dive into the archive.
"Bill recorded a San Francisco show that Jimmy remembers as momentous: which Zep fan would not want to hear that?" said an Atlantic Records source last week.
Robert Plant is about to release his first official solo DVD! It's a Strange Sensation concert recorded last autumn in Chicago for Soundstage, a concert series for PBS television, which airs in the US on June 29 and at the end of the 1 hour presentation there is a toll free number to buy a DVD of the show, including songs not aired on the TV special, for $19.99. People who have already have seen a preview of the show state that it's the best Robert Plant performance for television in quite some time and erases memories of an erratic show he did for PBS's "Austin City Limits" during the Dreamland tour. This concert starts out tentatively with the acoustic No Quarter and starts to find its feet with Shine It All Around, the second song of night. It's after Black Dog though, that Robert's voice starts to warm up on a spritely Freedom Fries. A fantastic Four Sticks follows next and the band continues to add oil to the flames on Tin Pan Valley and The Enchanter. A torrid Whole Lotta Love closes the show, which seems to have been recorded in a TV studio. While the show isn't on par with the best of Strange Sensation shows, it's very pleasing nonetheless and Robert's voice is powerful throughout even if he doesn't reach for the high notes he has been known to hit during some of the Strange Sensation shows. I can't wait to see the DVD release for the bonus tracks. For more details on the show, see: http://www.pbs.org/wttw/soundstage/rplant/featured.htm. The setlist from the concert, which hints at what may be included on the DVD, can be found here: http://www.pbs.org/wttw/soundstage/rplant/setlist.htm
Robert Plant will be appearing on Soundcheck on Thursday, June 22nd, a day before his Arthur Lee Benefit show in New York. Robert will speak with renowned Soundcheck host John Schaefer about his life, current work, and future projects. Listeners can tune in to http://www.wnyc.org/shows/soundcheck to catch the show when it airs, or listen to an archived copy of it. WNYC is America's most listened-to public radio station, reaching over 1 million listeners a day in the Tri-State area, and Soundcheck features conversations and live performances from world-famous musicians like Lou Reed, David Byrne, and Norah Jones, to name a few.
July's edition of Uncut magazine features Led Zeppelin on the cover and there is an 8 page spread inside talking about , titled "the greatest hard rock album ever". The article features comments from Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and also a host of today's stars saying why they love the album so much.
The surviving members of Led Zeppelin received the prestigious Polar Music Prize from Sweden's king today in the city where they recorded their final studio album 27 years ago. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones crossed the stage of the Stockholm Concert Hall - also the venue for the annual Nobel Prizes - to accept the award they shared with Russian conductor Valery Gergiev. John Bonham, the group's drummer, who died in 1980, was represented by his daughter, Zoe.
In a short acceptance speech, Plant recalled that Led Zeppelin recorded their last studio album, In Through the Out Door, in a Stockholm studio in 1979. "It's a long time ago. Music has been a fantastic passport to us all," he said.
The award, which is typically split between pop artists and classical musicians, was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group ABBA, through a donation to The Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Each prize winner collects 1 million kronor (around $100,000).
Five seasoned Rock Stars descend on Las Vegas to form a band and save Rock and Roll. The catch? None of them know who their band mates are ahead of time. Motor City Madman Ted Nugent, Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach and Anthrax's Scott Ian team up with drummer (Led Zeppelin heir) Jason Bonham and Biohazard's Evan Seinfeld to live together, form a band, write new music and perform a concert in just 12 days.
Episode 1 premieres Sun May 21, 2006 @ 10:00 EDT on VH1.
Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation are confirmed for an appearance as a part of the summer series of concerts taking place in the grounds of Somerset House London WC2. He will be appearing on Monday July 10 with support from Orange Blossom.
Tickets on sale now via Ticketmaster: 0871 2200 260 / 0207 287 0932 / 0870 145 1120 or visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are attending the upcoming Polar Music Prize in Sweden (May 22), where Led Zeppelin receives the prestigious award. The event will be broadcast on TV4 in Sweden later that evening. Due to a last-minute scheduling conflict, Jason Bonham will be unable to attend the Polar Music Prize Awards - Zoe Bonham will attend.
It has just been announced on Roy Harper's official website that: "David Bedford with strings and Jimmy Page are confirmed guests to join Roy on stage at the Rhythm Festival in August"... Roy Harper (and guests) appear on Saturday August 5th, 2006.
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are scheduled to perform together at the upcoming Montreux Jazz Festival for a tribute to Atlantic Record's founder Ahmet Ertegun on June 30th. Also scheduled on the bill are: Jeff Beck, Solomon Burke, Ben E. King and others.
Organisers of The Cornbury Oxford Music Festival 2006 have today announced their line up, which boasts such rock heavyweights as Led Zeppelin's legendary frontman Robert Plant. The festival will take place on the 8th and 9th of July on the spectacular grounds of Cornbury Park near Oxford. The site has a long-held tradition of holding festivals since the mid-19th century and now in its third year, The Cornbury Oxford Music Festival 2006 has built upon this history to create one of the best festival experiences on offer this summer. Tickets for this amazing weekend are available now.
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History
February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England
February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.
February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.
February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems