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News From John Paul Jones

"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!"


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September 07, 1968 - The band fulfills some old Yardbirds dates in Scandanavia
September xx, 1969 - Jimmy Page is reported saying the second album will be harder than the first
September 19, 1970 - Led Zeppelin gross over $100,000 for two performances at Madison Square Gardens on the same day
September xx, 1971 - Jimmy Page is furious over a live Yardbirds release. It was forced off the shelves
September xx, 1971 - The band vacations in Hawaii
September xx, 1972 - Discussions to play various countries ends with a decision to play Japan again
September xx, 1973 - Jimmy Page considers a live release of material before releasing a new album
September 14, 1974 - Led Zeppelin and CSN&Y jam at an after party
September xx, 1975 - Jimmy meets up with Robert in Malibu, where he is staying on a tax exile
September 12, 1976 - Page and Bonham return to Switzerland and record a drum piece title Bonzo’s Montreux
September 08, 1977 - Page takes to the stage with other well knowns at a WEA records sales conference
September 15, 1978 - Zep road manager Richard Cole and Bad Company’s Simon Kirke get married in a double ceremony
September 17, 1979 - Promoter Fred Bannister forced into liquidation over Knebworth Sales with Led Zeppelin
September 18, 1980 - Jimmy reviews a new stage set up and technical details for the Eighties Part One tour at Swan Song offices
September 25, 1980 - John Bonham is found dead in Jimmy Page’s Windsor mansion by sound technician Benji Le Fevre
September 12, 2007 - It was announced at a press conference by Harvey Goldsmith that the remaining members of Led Zeppelin would reunite with Jason Bonham on drums.
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