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Bonnaroo Rumors Heat Up Once Again

Looks like Led Zeppelin's appetite for rock is well and truly back.

We can exclusively reveal that the legends - who staged a triumphant "one-off" gig at the O2 this month - will be the headline act at the Bonnaroo festival in the US next year.

The festival runs from June 12 to 15 in Tennessee - and if all goes smoothly they may even hit the road and tour.

An insider told us: "This is the news that will drive their fans absolutely wild.

"They have been bombarding their website to get back together for good but only Robert Plant wasn't keen to commit.

"Now he's had a change of heart and if it goes well they are also talking about touring."

The band have a huge following and continue to influence today's young bands - sometimes in very mysterious ways.

Up and coming band Van Tramp were stunned when they realised they were rehearsing in the studio next to the legends. But Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were even more impressed. They asked a studio assistant: "Excuse me, who's that playing in Room 4? They're great!"

And when Van Tramp left that night they discovered their debt for the session had been cleared - most likely by their hero Plant.

The boys - Tim Howar, Patrick Mascall, Andy Tinning, Mike Potter and Guy Snelgar - were overwhelmed.

A pal of the band said: "They were rehearsing at The Ritz studios in Putney and couldn't believe their eyes when they realised that the men walking down the corridor to the studio next door were none other than Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

"The band wanted to go and introduce themselves but they were too shy. But when they had packed up their gear and went to pay, they were told by the assistant that a certain long-haired blonde man had approached her at the desk and asked who they were.

"They believe Robert Plant then cleared their studio debt. They couldn't believe it!"

The indie rock group release single Help Me Make It next month. If Led Zep's opinion is anything to go by, it could be a very happy new year for them.


Plant awarded 'beard of the year'

Plant awarded 'beard of the year'

Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has the beard of the year, according to the Beard Liberation Front, an informal network of beard wearers.

Liverpool football manager Rafael Benitez came second, with third place shared by entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and cricketer Monty Panesar.

They were followed by comedian Russell Brand and author Michael Rosen.

The prize is designed to highlight those who promote "a positive image of hirsuteness" in the public arena.

Plant, who was clean-shaven in Led Zeppelin's 1970s heyday, was seen sporting a beard at the band's reunion gig in London earlier this month.

Beard Liberation Front organiser Keith Flett said: "The winners this year have stylish beards and are promoting a new 21st Century image of the hirsute."

Panesar, who plays for England, won the award last year.


Led Zeppelin DRM-Free Music Available From Amazon

According to, Amazon has announced that they are now offering Warner Music Group music - including selections from Led Zeppelin and Metallica - on their Amazon MP3 music download service.

Amazon claims that their catalog of mainstream artists - which is free of digital rights management (DRM) software - is the biggest offering of its kind on the Internet.

Apple iTunes is the largest digital media store on the web but majority of the content offered through it is DRMed.

DRM-free music purchased from Amazon is compatible with almost any portable media player capable of playing MP3 files.


Led Zeppelin To Headline UK's Glastonbury Festival?

Led Zeppelin are to headline next year's Glastonbury Festival.

The legendary rock group - who played a sensational comeback concert at London's O2 arena earlier this month - will take to the stage for the world-famous musical extravaganza, in Somerset, England, before embarking on an 18-month world tour.

A source close to the band - Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham, who has replaced his late father John Bonham - said: "It will kick off at next year's Glastonbury after Robert has finished touring with American country star Alison Krauss."

Led Zeppelin first inspired Michael Eavis to organise the Glastonbury Festival after he saw the band perform an open air concert in 1970.

It has also been reported the rockers plan to return to New York's Madison Square Garden - where they played three historic sell-out concerts in 1973 - as part of the globetrotting tour.

Although the group has previously hinted at playing further shows together, there has still been no official announcement.

Earlier this month, frontman Plant said: "It wouldn't be such a bad idea for Led Zeppelin to play together from time to time."

Guitarist Page has previously stated: "It's a bit selfish to do just one show. If that's it, we probably shouldn't have taken the genie out of the bottle."


Led Zeppelin Tops European Albums Chart

Paul Sexton of reports that Led Zeppelin's Mothership compilation (Rhino/Atlantic) surges 6-1 in its fifth week on European Top 100 Albums to top the survey for the first time. The Zeppelin album enjoys a sales spurt from publicity surrounding the group's reunion performance at the Ahmet Ertegun memorial concert at London's 02 Arena Dec. 10. In Austria it leaps 16-4, in Germany 12-4, and in the group's native United Kingdom, it's up 8-4.

"The massive buzz around the reunion gig, coupled with a powerful marketing campaign, has seen sales of Mothership soar," says Dan Chalmers, VP at Rhino UK & International. "The strength of both the two and three disc versions has meant it's appealing to long term collectors and, importantly, new fans, and proving to be an ideal festive gift." [more]

Zep Reportedly 'Thrilled' By Reaction To Reunion Concert

The will-they-won't they saga of future Led Zeppelin gigs has been fueled by reports that the band are definitely touring next year and planning a show at the Millennium Stadium.

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were apparently thrilled by their reception at their comeback concert earlier this month, but want the buzz to "die down" before they announce dates, which are likely to be in the second half of 2008.

A source told the Daily Star: "Robert was overwhelmed by the attention but he wants the fuss to die down before doing more stuff with the band. It will be towards the end of the year now."

And although Robert, 59, recently announced a solo tour with Alison Krauss, the band are said to be looking into arranging a string of gigs around the world, including one at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

Welsh Rugby Union chief Roger Lewis, who is friends with bassist John, said: "We would love to welcome Led Zeppelin and we have already put in a request to [promoter] Harvey Goldsmith.

"Initially Harvey said they were only going to do a one-off gig but now they are considering a tour."


Bonham: 'Time Will Tell' If Zep Keeps Playing

Still buzzing from Led Zeppelin's reunion show on Dec. 10 in London, drummer Jason Bonham says he's the wrong guy to ask about any future plans for the group.

"I'm still the new guy, and I wouldn't know," Bonham -- whose late father, John Bonham, was Zep's original drummer -- tells "There's been no talks except to Jimmy (Page) and Robert (Plant) and John Paul (Jones), just to say thanks for the best Christmas present I could ask for. It really meant a lot to me."

"Is it gonna be again? Don't be greedy," he continues. "Just take it for what you've done and be proud to be part of that. If they do it again, of course I would love to. But that's up to them. Only time will tell. If you'd have asked me a year ago, 'Are they gonna do a date next year?,' I'd have gone, 'No way!' So I was proved wrong once before."


John Paul Jones To Produce Sara Watkins Album in 2008

In the end of February, I start my record and John Paul Jones is going to produce it! I'm really excited and a bit nervous, but in a good way. In a way that will keep me on my toes and working hard. Truly what it comes down to is that I'm tired of buying CDs and then thinking "Really? Did this CD really need to be made? Really?" I don't want people to think that about my record. if I had put something out two or three years ago, that would have undoubtedly been the reaction of many. But I think the timing is right and I am hopeful it'll be something I'm proud of.


Myrtle Beach 'Zeppelin' coaster gets test run

Myrtle Beach 'Zepplin' coaster gets test run
Photo courtesy of Arthur Levine

Visiting the Led Zeppelin roller coaster at the new Hard Rock theme park has been a ritual for Steve Ammons over the past few months, even though the park and the ride are still several months from opening.

"I'm a big fan of the manufacturer of this roller coaster and a big fan of Led Zeppelin," said Ammons, an Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., resident who came to watch the first public test run of the roller coaster from the street Sunday afternoon. "I've been watching the construction on the Web site and we try to stop by every month just to see how it's coming along."

Steve Ammons' wife, Carrie, and 5-year-old son, Garrett, also watched from the fence surrounding the park on George Bishop Parkway.

"We travel around the country going to roller coasters," said Carrie Ammons. "My husband is a bit of a fanatic."

Steve Ammons wasn't the only enthusiast watching the test run Sunday. More than 30 cars lined up along the road and the median to watch park officials christen the ride during a press conference before its premiere voyage.

Unlike a ship's christening, the rockers at the theme park opted not to destroy a good bottle of booze. They broke something a little more fitting before they let the coaster roll.

"This is the Hard Rock Park. We don't break champagne. We smash guitars," said Jon Binkowski, the park's chief creative officer, minutes before park chief executive officer Steven Goodwin slammed what looked like a Fender Stratocaster to pieces on one of the ride's concrete anchors.

A litany of "oohs," "ahhs" and at least one "ALL-RIGHT!" followed.

One Hard Rock Park employee said although the coaster itself is "awesome," he thought a special group of participants Sunday deserved some recognition.

"Right now we are risking the lives of the water dummies," said Edgar Hill, a manager in the Hard Rock Park's Backstage Tour department.

Hill explained that water dummies are white, plastic jugs filled with water and strapped into roller coasters' seats to mimic people for testing before the rides are people-approved.

"You've gotta give kudos to the water dummies, man," he said.

Before the water dummies took their plunge down the ride's initial, 155-foot drop, Binkowski highlighted some of the roller coaster's key features.

Each of the ride's three trains has a built-in, 64-speaker, 1,200-watt sound system. While the ride itself only lasts 90 seconds, the "Led Zeppelin - The Ride" experience lasts the entire 5½ minutes of the band's 1969 hit song Whole Lotta Love.

The ride's peak is as high as the Federal Aviation Administration will allow. It's partially over water and it features a 120-foot-tall loop, a 90-foot cobra roll - an inverted roll that takes a rider upside down twice - and a 75-foot-tall zero-gravity roll - a hill with a twisted track at its peak that turns the roller coaster car 360 degrees.

For Connie David, a 51-year-old Hunter's Ridge resident, the music will be the best part of the roller coaster, and the park in general.

"I graduated from high school in the '70s, so this is my music," said David, who lay across the roof of her car taking video of the test run with her cell phone. "I'm going to show this to my 14-year-old. I'm trying to get my daughter to come with me to the park when it opens."

David, who was wearing a Styx T-shirt and had several Beatles posters and pieces of memorabilia in her car, said she wishes the roller coaster were taller, but that doesn't mean she won't enjoy the ride.

"I wish it hadn't had the height restrictions because of the airport. I've been on much taller roller coasters," she said. "I think the music should make the ride really cool though."

David said her children don't listen to the same music as she and her fiance, who are already trying to buy tickets for a Moody Blues concert scheduled at the park's venue.

"They'd like it if there was an alternative or modern rock part of the park, but hopefully they'll come with me," she said.

Some younger fans also lined up to sneak a peek at the roller coaster. August Erbland, a 14-year-old Myrtle Beach resident wearing John Lennon sunglasses, tried to jockey his position to see the ceremonial guitar smashing.

"I've been on, like, 43 roller coasters. This one is really fast. It has a lot of loops," August said.

"He's been telling us he wants to be the first one to ride on the roller coaster when it opens," his mother, Pam Erbland, said.

She said the whole family is excited to see the bands the venue will also bring to town.

"We were sad to see the old Pavilion go, but this is going to be pretty cool," Pam Erbland, 49, said.

Despite the enthusiasm over the ride itself, for a lot of the people gathered at the demonstration, the music will be the most exciting part.

"I'm completely excited about the park focusing on the musical experience," said Dawn Owens, a 34-year-old Myrtle Beach resident who took a break from work to walk to the park and watch. "It's about time that music really got its due recognition."


Led Zeppelin reunion: Fans flog their ticket stubs

The reunion took place last week (December 10) and saw the band play for two hours.

One seller wrote on eBay: "I was one of the lucky ones. This is the ticket from the show 20 million wanted to see."

Another concert goer, posting against the bids, said he saw touts paying "£20 for ticket stubs and wristbands after the gig".

Tony McLearie explained: "It was bizarre - now I know why. But there's no way I'd sell, no matter how much I was offered."

The rush for souvenirs meant that the ticket stubs were selling for the same value as the tickets themselves, reports the Daily Mail.


Zeppelin Used Metallica's Sound Engineer For Reunion Concert

Zeppelin Used Metallica's Sound Engineer For Reunion Concert
Big Mick Hughes with Midas XL8

At front of house for Led Zeppelin's recent 02 Arena concert was a Midas XL8 Live Performance System provided by Britannia Row, with two engineers at the controls. Big Mick Hughes mixed the band - Jimmy Page on guitar, John Paul Jones on bass and drummer Jason Bonham - while Robert Plant's front of house engineer Roy Williams handled the singer's soaring vocal range.

The decision to use the XL8 came after Page heard it at Metallica's Wembley gig this summer. Plant subsequently visited the Midas factory to see and hear the XL8, which guaranteed the XL8's place on the rider.

Williams has worked as front of house engineer for Robert Plant for almost a decade.

"I'll always have a preference for Midas, and the transition from analogue wasn't as hard as I had expected; I found the XL8 user-friendly, especially when obtaining any EQ that I might be looking for," he said.

"I had known from before the start of rehearsals that two engineers would be doing the show, one to look after the band and one to concentrate on Robert's vocals and effects. Not the easiest thing to do: two engineers, two pairs of ears and two egos! Mick and I have known one another for over 30 years and are both from the Black Country so that helped a lot.

"The XL8 let me have my own world to work in with just the vocal mic and eight effects - leaving Mick to create his world without either of us getting in one another's way. No blood was drawn, we had a blast and more importantly are still friends."

Big Mick, who put the XL8 through its paces on Metallica's European tour earlier this summer, was mixing the band. "We felt that using the XL8 gave us an unlimited amount of options," he said. "It was a good job we did as the input list grew to over 70 channels, and if we'd gone analogue we would have been into two desks.

"The operation of the console made it really easy for Roy and myself to divide the work surface. Being able to set the last bay of the console to the B zone and then recall a POP (population) group containing Robert's vocal and effects into the B zone meant that Roy had his own section. This in turn allowed me the remaining two bays and the VCA (Variable Control Association) section to mix the band. The 'a/b' headphone solo busses were invaluable as I could be using one while Roy used the other. And as before, when I first used the XL8 for Metallica, the pure sound and stereo image quality is undeniable." [more]

Whole lotta talk about Zeppelin returning to Belfast

Negotiations are going ahead to bring legendary band Led Zeppelin back to Belfast where they first played their class rock hit, Stairway to Heaven for the first time in public, 36 years ago.

Promoter Peter Aiken whose late father Jim brought Zeppelin to the Ulster Hall in 1971, was a guest at the band's one-off comeback gig in London last week and is now talking to singer Robert Plant and the others about a return to the city where big things happened for them nearly four decades ago.

"If Zeppelin go touring as has been suggested I will definitely bring them on an overdue return to Belfast, as they are keen on the idea," Mr Aiken said.

"I will take Robert and Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham, son of the late John Bonham, back for a tour of the Ulster Hall where they first played that famous tune, but this time the concert would have to go on at the Odyssey Arena.

"I hope it happens - just like the Belfast Telegraph forecast it would when the Zeppelin comeback in London was announced in the summer."

Peter Aiken wasn't at the original '71 Zeppelin gig.

"I was only 10 and father decided I was too young and besides I had a lot of studying too do with the 11-Plus just around the corner.

"I'd like to put the comeback concert on just for old time's sake. My dad always talked fondly about Zeppelin's time here.

"The Ulster Hall now would be too small for the return and of course it is closed to the public for refurbishment anyway."

Zeppelin recorded Stairway To Heaven on an album immediately after the 1971 Belfast gig because of the positive reaction of the crowd that night to the song.

On the 30th anniversary of the gig in 2001, there was a reunion of the Zeppelin faithful - complete with tribute band - again at the Ulster Hall.

Led Zeppelin split in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham whose place for last week's O2 reunion gig in memory of the band's mentor Ahmet Ertegun, found of Atlantic Records, was taken by his son.


Millennium Stadium desperate to attract Led Zeppelin

Millenium Stadium bosses are desperate to lure reformed rockers Led Zeppelin to the venue if they announce a tour next year.

The band received rave reviews for their performance last week at London's O2 Arena – the first time they had played together in 19 years.

It has led to speculation and rumours they could be set to take to the road on a money-spinning world tour.

And now WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis – a personal friend of the group's bassist John Paul Jones – is intent on making sure they make Wales will be a stop-off on any tour.

He told Wales on Sunday: "We would love to welcome Led Zeppelin and we have already put out a request to Harvey Goldsmith [the band's promoter].

"We have a good relationship with Harvey who also handles Bruce Springsteen, who is coming to the stadium. Initially Harvey said they were only going to do a one-off gig, but now they are considering a tour.

"The thing is, we are the only stadium in Britain with a retractable roof and we can guarantee a perfect event for 70,000 people.

"There's nowhere else in the country that can do that."

Tickets for the 02 gig were made available via a lottery system, costing £125.

The website exceeded its bandwidth allowance and crashed almost immediately following the announcement, with Mr Goldsmith predicting that the gig would cause the "largest demand for one show in history".

The ticket request site receiving one billion page impressions and one million people registered for fewer than 20,000 available tickets. A Millennium Stadium gig would be a guaranteed instant sell-out.

The band's guitarist, Jimmy Page, has recently suggested the band may start work on new material.


Zep Could Earn More Than $200M For Reunion Tour

Dan Sabbagh of Times Online reports: Led Zeppelin could earn well over £100 million (approximately $200 million) if the hard-rock band went on tour next year in the wake of Monday's triumphant reunion gig. The band are being pursued with offers from both Live Nation and AEG, the rival concert promoters, with each structuring bids in the form of a large upfront payment to lure the band to their venues.

One source said that "AEG put a bid in on the night" - although that could not be confirmed independently - but intense demand, as already seen for Monday's gig, would probably make a Zeppelin reunion the most sought-after ticket in 2008.

The reluctance of Robert Plant, the lead singer, still makes a tour far from certain, although the three other band members are believed to be willing to go ahead. Venues in America have been held open in the hope that Plant will say yes.

It is likely that the four-piece band would be able at least to match the estimated $212 million grossed by The Police for their reunion this year, according to figures compiled by Billboard, the industry magazine.

Read the entire article at Times Online.

Robert Plant biography set for release

A new unofficial biography about Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant will be reelased early next year.

Robert Plant: Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page & The Solo Years, by Neil Daniels, will be released on February 28.

The book is based on interviews with many of those who knew Plant throughout his career, including childhood friends, and will cover Plant's post-Led Zeppelin career as well as his time in the influential rock band.

The book will also include coverage of Led Zeppelin's reunion show that took place on Monday (December 10) at the O2 Arena in London.


Piano Used By Led Zeppelin Given To Teenager

A teenager given a beaten-up piano used by Led Zeppelin has said that learning to play her instrument was no stairway to heaven.

Emily Davies, 17, from the Forest of Dean, has been taught to play on the piano used by rock legends including Queen, Black Sabbath and Led Zep, who used it to rehearse their eighth and last album In Through The Out Door in 1978.

While she might be the envy of fans who attended the band's comeback gig on Monday, she said the piano was "not the best she had ever played on".

She said her piano was "hammered" when bands, which also included Deep Purple and Whitesnake, came to stay at the piano's former home at Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire.

Her family said Freddie Mercury once had to pay for it to be repaired after playing it too roughly.

Now a wedding venue, the gothic castle was once a well-known rehearsal and recording studio.

Forest of Dean sculptor David Yeates, who lived in the castle as a youngster, rescued the piano when his grandparents sold it.


Grayzone Admits Role In Zep Footage Takedown

A third-party vendor hired to issue takedown notices on sites like YouTube has taken responsibility for the removal of Led Zeppelin concert footage taken during the band's historic reunion.

Sources involved in the situation earlier in the day said the takedown notices came at the behest of the band and its handlers. However, by late Wednesday, the company Grayzone issued a statement acknowledging their involvement and apologizing for their mistake.

"Grayzone regrets that it erroneously issued takedown notices to YouTube regarding footage of Led Zeppelin's Dec. 10 concert," said company president Dorothy Sherman in a statement. "The error is ours alone. We acted without authorization from the band or Warner Music Group. Unfortunately, an automated system mistakenly attributed the removal of the content to a copyright claim by Warner Music Group. That was inaccurate. We have informed YouTube of the error and we regret any inconvenience this may have caused."

Whether this means the footage will reappear on the site is unclear. While Grayzone acknowledges the error, there's no telling whether either the band or its management will prefer to keep the footage off YouTube even if it didn't initiate the takedown notices.


Led Zeppelin reunion gig becomes online hit

Video footage of Led Zeppelin's triumphant reunion concert on Monday night has become an online hit watched by half a million people.

Within hours of the band leaving the stage at London's O2 Arena, footage shot with mobile phones was posted onto online video site YouTube.

Just over 24 hours later, a 10-minute clip of the band performing possibly their most famous track, Stairway To Heaven, had been viewed by almost 500,000 people.

A shorter clip of them performing Good Times Bad Times had been viewed by more than 250,000 people.

Today, clips of the concert made eight of YouTube's most watched videos in the UK.

Thousands of fans from across the world also left their comments online.

One fan, with the username enjoimusig, said: "Amazing. Absolutely amazing. If they don't tour or put out a DVD, I'll be extremely surprised."

Another, kesun15, said: "Wonderful. Purely beautiful and sublime. Stairway to Heaven is one of the most beautiful songs that ever existed."


Plant and Krauss Schedule European Tour Dates

According to, Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and bluegrass star Alison Krauss will embark on a European tour in May 2008 to promote their collaborative CD, Raising Sand. In addition to the Raising Sand material, they'll perform songs from their catalogs — including Led Zeppelin's When the Levee Breaks and Black Dog.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

May 05 - Birmingham, UK @ NIA
May 07 - Manchester, UK @ Apollo
May 08 - Cardiff, UK @ International Arena
May 10 - Düsseldorf, GER @ Philipshalle
May 11 - Brussells, BEL @ Forest National Club
May 13 - Paris, FRA @ Le Grand Rex Theatre
May 14 - Amsterdam, NETH @ Heineken Music Hall
May 16 - Stockholm, SWE @ Hovet (Ice Hall)
May 18 - Oslo, NOR @ Spektrum
May 19 - Bergen, NOR @ Bergenshalle
May 22 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena

Tickets go on sale on Friday, December 14 at 9:00 a.m. GMT.


Led Zep Bassist 'Disowns' Road Manager After Biographies

According to, John Paul Jones has disowned Led Zeppelin's one-time road manager after his former friend sold the legendary band's secrets to two biographers.

Richard Cole toured with Led Zeppelin throughout the group's late 1960s/'70s heyday, and went on to become the primary source for author Stephen Davis' landmark 1985 account of the band's excesses on the road, Hammer Of The Gods.

When Jones later asked him why he'd exaggerated the group's bad behavior for the book, Cole explained that he'd been a drug addict who needed the money — so the rocker forgave him. But Jones has now vowed never to talk to Cole again after he went behind the bandmates' backs for a second time - for his own 2002 book, Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Uncensored.

Jones says, "I saw Richard after that book (Hammer Of The Gods), and he'd cleaned up and said he did it for the money. I went, 'OK,' because I knew him from before the band so we made our peace.

"And then another book came out, Stairway To Heaven, which made Bonzo (drummer John Bonham) look such a monster. I've never spoken to him again."

Led Zeppelin reunited for a special one-off concert on Monday at London's O2 Arena.


Led Zeppelin Live Clips Vanish From YouTube

The Web has been rife with speculation about why footage from the historic Led Zeppelin reunion concert on Monday in London has been removed from YouTube.

Although Warner Music Group does have a licensing deal in place with YouTube that would allow fans to post WMG-copyrighted material, sources close to the situation say that Led Zeppelin owns the rights to the concert, and that the band's management requested the removal of any clips of the event.

It is believed a DVD of the event, which served as a tribute to late Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, will be released next year.

Fans looking to stream the clips today were greeted with a notification that the content was removed at WMG's request. WMG, and most other labels, will often take on the task of content removal requests on behalf of their artists.


Led Zeppelin To Play New York's Madison Square Garden?

According to, Led Zeppelin is rumored to be planning a three-night at New York's Madison Square Garden sometime in 2008.

The Sun reports that the bandmembers were overheard discussing the prospect after their performance at the O2 Arena in London on Monday (December 10).

A source quoted in the newspaper explains, "One of the guys [in the band] started talking about their three concerts at the Garden. There was a consensus of, 'Why not?'"

Net profits from Led Zeppelin's December 10 concert will go to the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which provides scholarships for gifted children. Late Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun helped jump start the careers of various acts ranging from Ray Charles to Aretha Franklin.

Despite rumors, Led Zeppelin hasn't officially announced any additional shows. Guitarist Jimmy Page recently told Reuters, "Let's just do the O2 and we'll see what happens from there. I haven't got a crystal ball here and nor have you."


Plant and Krauss to Perform at Bonnaroo

Two singers with very different styles will play together at Bonnaroo in 2008.

Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant will take the stage with Bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.

The two made an album together called Raising Sand, which was released in October. The album has already sold more than 340,000 copies.

Plant and his other bandmates in Led Zeppelin played their first full concert in decades on Monday night in London.

In addition to their Bonnaroo gig, Krauss and Plant will also tour the U.S. and Europe next year.

The 2008 edition of Bonnaroo is set for June 12 through 15 in Manchester.

Led Zeppelin: Quality Live Shots Posted Online has posted 50 quality photos of Led Zeppelin's December 10, 2007 reunion performance at the O2 Arena in London, England at this location.


Led Zeppelin 'Was Rehearsed, Ready And Out To Kill'

David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine has penned a lengthy review of Led Zeppelin's reunion concert which took place Monday night (December 10) at the O2 Arena in London. An excerpt follows:

"For the second encore of their first full concert in twenty-seven years, at London's 02 arena last night, Led Zeppelin tore into Rock And Roll, from their untitled fourth album, with a joyful vengeance. As drummer Jason Bonham hammered with the ghostly precision and ferocity of his late father, guitarist Jimmy Page fired dirty chunks of Chuck Berry and bassist John Paul Jones kept iron time with familiar reserve, singer Robert Plant sang the most obvious words of the night: 'Been a long time since I rock and rolled.' Overhead, images of a much younger Zeppelin, in concert during the early and mid-Seventies, flashed on a huge digital-video screen. In those films, Led Zeppelin were the biggest, loudest and most cocksure band in rock. Jimmy Page's now snow-white hair was still jet black; Robert Plant was a golden god, not yet a Viking elder, and the late John Bonham - whose death in 1980 abruptly ended Zeppelin's reign - still ruled the engine room.

"But the band that played underneath those memories last night was not the one that misfired at Live Aid in 1985 or again in New York in 1988. This one was rehearsed, ready and out to kill. This band was Led Zeppelin in every way."

Read the entire review at

Jason Bonham Almost Sick Before Led Zeppelin Gig

Led Zeppelin's reunion gig was almost too much for one man – John Bonham's son Jason.

The drummer was standing in for his father who died in 1980 but just before the gig he had an attack of the nerves.

According to his Foreigner bandmate Mick Jones he wasn't looking too healthy and was almost sick before he went on stage.

Jones said: "It's been so emotional for Jason. He was fine up until 45 minutes before the show.

"He will be retching (vomiting) before he goes on."


Whole lotta herb tea of Led Zeppelin's stairlift to heaven

In their heyday they were the lords of excess - with vodka for breakfast and champagne for supper fueling a 24-hour party habit.

Yesterday, however, it was clear that Led Zeppelin had come down to Earth after a very long high.

Instead of the notorious "coke" lady employed on their 1973 U.S. tour to keep the rockers rocking, last night's reunion gig was more in need of a tea lady.

The band - reformed for the first time in 19 years - requested little more than a constant flow of caffeine-free herbal tea and sparkling water for their backstage dressing room.

The one-off performance by Robert Plant, 59, Jimmy Page, 63, and John Paul Jones, 61, at London's O2 Arena was in honour of Ahmet Ertegun, the late Atlantic Records founder who first signed them in 1968.

Concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith said: "They are much older now obviously and are very low maintenance. They've asked for cups of tea. We'll have some beer and a bottle of wine for them backstage but they have said they require very little.

"They are extremely focused and have been rehearsing. They know that a lot of people have been waiting a long time for this gig."

The three originals teamed up last night with Jason Bonham, 41, the son of their deceased drummer John Bonham, who died after a breakfast vodka binge while rehearsing for a tour in 1980.

Perhaps aware of their greying temples both Plant and Page have put effort into their appearance as well as their playing in the run-up to the concert.

Plant has been seen working out with a personal trainer while Page was spotted leaving a London tanning salon. More than 20 million fans are believed to have applied in a lottery for one of the 20,000 seats.

Early yesterday tickets with backstage passes were still open for bids on eBay starting at £4,000.

The reunion performance was originally scheduled for November 26 but the audience was kept waiting for an extra month after guitarist Page broke his finger when he tripped over a slab in his garden.

One man, Kenneth Donnell, 25, who was not even born when the band rose to fame, paid £83,000 for two tickets in a charity auction during Terry Wogan's BBC Radio 2 show.

Last night, hundreds of fans from around the world queued up at the arena in Docklands waiting to hear classics such as Whole Lotta Love and Stairway to Heaven.

Security steward Lisa Irvine said: "I've seen people travelling from Canada, Israel and Brazil to see the group. There is such a buzz here."

Jens Nielsen, from Oslo, Norway: "I have been here for three hours.

"It doesn't matter how long I wait because I've been a fan for over ten years. I think I'm going to cry when I actually see them on stage."


Led Zeppelin to tour?

Following Led Zeppelin's reunion show last night (December 10) at the O2 Arena in London, thousands of fans have called for the band to announce a full tour.

Rumours of a full tour have increased over the past few months, with guitarist Jimmy Page regularly hinting that he would be interested in taking Led Zeppelin on the road in 2008.

According to live industry sources the band have two nights at Wembley Stadium in London on hold for next summer, which if confirmed would please the fans who have swamped the band's official forum demanding more shows.


More Video Footage From Reunion Concert Posted Online

&qMore video footage is beginning to surface from Led Zeppelin's reunion concert which took place earlier tonight (December 10) at London's O2 arena. (Note: If you are wondering why more YouTube clips haven't been uploaded, it is because they are apparently being systematically removed.) Check out the footage below.

CBC report (3 minutes): Video (Quicktime file)
In My Time Of Dying: Video
The Song Remains the Same: Video Various Clips

Kashmir (below):

Rock And Roll:

Good Times Bad Times:

Stairway To Heaven:

Since I've Been Loving You:

ITN report:

Fan-taken photos + Black Dog:

Jornal da Globo report:

Black Dog Pro-Shot Footage Posted Online

BBC's Newsnight program aired a professionally filmed clip of the classic Led Zeppelin track Black Dog, recorded earlier tonight (December 10) during the band's reunion concert at London's O2 Arena. Watch the footage below.

The setlist:

1. Good Times Bad Times
2. Ramble On
3. Black Dog
4. In My Time Of Dying
5. For Your Life
6. Trampled Under Foot
7. Nobody's Fault But Mine
8. No Quarter
9. Since I've Been Loving You
10. Dazed and Confused
11. Stairway To Heaven
12. The Song Remains the Same
13. Misty Mountain Hop
14. Kashmir


15. Whole Lotta Love
16. Rock and Roll


New Rehearsal Photos Posted Online

Getty Images has uploaded photos of Led Zeppelin in rehearsal for tonight's reunion show, a part of the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at London's O2 arena.

Check out the pictures at this location.

Led Zeppelin has not performed in public for 19 years, prompting millions of fans to attempt to buy tickets for the one-off concert.

According to, Led Zeppelin's reunion concert in London, which is scheduled to take place tonight (Monday, December 10) will be recorded for a DVD release. The show, which pays tribute to the Atlantic Records co-founder will feature additional performances from Foreigner, Paul Rodgers, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts. There's no word on when the DVD will hit shelves.

According to Led Zeppelin, the main reason for the reunion concert is to make up for several slipshod, unrehearsed reunion sets that they've played over the past three decades. In the new issue of Rolling Stone, which features surviving members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones on the cover, the group salutes Jason Bonham, who'll be filling in for his late father John Bonham on drums at the upcoming gig.


Robert Plant Sparks Future Led Zeppelin Reunion Rumours

Despite previously saying that tonight's (December 10th) show at the O2 Arena would be a 'one-off', Plant told the Sunday Times that "it wouldn't be such a bad idea to play together from time to time."

He was quick to explain what he said later in the same interview, however, claiming that it was "somebody else inside me was saying that."

"Not the bloke from Wolverhampton," he added. "The bloke from the land of the ice and snow, the bloke with his shirt unbuttoned down to his waist – and he can shut up. We're not having any more of that. It was great, but I've got to go down the highway now."


Vicar's cottage plea to Zep fans

Vicar's cottage plea to Zep fans
Photo courtesy of Betty Frascati
A vicar has asked Led Zeppelin fans to stop visiting his remote rural Welsh cottage made famous by the rock icons.

Bron-yr-Aur in Gwynedd's Dyfi Valley was used by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page to write their third album in 1970, and one track is named after it.

The Reverend John Dale, its owner for 35 years, says many fans have been to see it, and some have even broken in.

But now, after the band played a reunion concert at London's O2 Arena, he is appealing to be left alone.

"We've had more than one break-in and once a photograph was taken near the fireplace and posted on the web," said Mr Dale, vicar of St Michael's Church in Michaelston-y-Fedw, between Cardiff and Newport.

"There have been other incidents too, with one quite amusing one where someone removed a piece of cement stuff from the house but later posted it back to us."

Three house name signs have also gone missing, although Mr Dale hopes the current one will be left alone.

"We've resorted to painting the house name on a ruddy great boulder which I've concreted into the ground."

The vicar is not a Zeppelin fan and did not realise the connection when he first bought the property. He was later told "some pop musicians" had stayed there.

But over the years fans from all over the world, including Italy, Japan, China and the United States, have trekked up the hill to see the property.

"On the whole people are fine: they walk up and take a photo and go, but I don't want hundreds coming up here," said Mr Dale.

According to him, there is also a misconception about the links between the house and band.

Singer Robert Plant never owned the property, although he does have a property elsewhere in mid Wales, and Led Zeppelin only visited once.

Mr Dale has had to improve security because of the visiting fans.

"I'm preparing for retirement now and will live there permanently so I am there a lot more often, and we've also had builders working there.

"It is a beautiful place, but people must remember that it is a private house surrounded by private farmland, although there is a footpath at the top of the field behind the house."

His appeal comes as the band reunite onstage on Monday for the first time in 19 years for a tribute to the late Ahmet Ertegun, the founding chairman of Atlantic Records.

Plant, Page and John Paul Jones are being joined by Jason Bonham, son of original drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980.

More than one million people took part in a ballot for just 9,000 pairs of tickets for the show.


Will Zeppelin tour again, or is it just a trial balloon?

Will Led Zeppelin play Bonnaroo, the huge rock festival staged each June in Manchester, Tenn.?

That's the big rumor in the music industry leading up to the classic-rock demi-gods' performance Monday at a tribute concert in London and lead singer Robert Plant's recent comments advocating a full-scale reunion tour (which Rolling Stone has already dubbed "the biggest tour ever" on its cover).

Bonnaroo, which hosted a high-profile stop on the Police reunion tour this year, would seem like an ideal spot (and Zep bassist John Paul Jones even played there already as part of this year's bill) but we hear that Zeppelin will not be flying high at the jam-inclined festival.

"It's just a rumor, none of that is real," says Randy Phillips, chief executive of AEG Live, the concert promotion company that runs O2, the London arena where Zep will be playing in a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, one of the most celebrated figures in the music industry as the co-founder of Atlantic Records. AEG is pushing hard for the Zeppelin tour; Phillips said today he was headed from Los Angeles to England to "meet with Bill Curbishly, the band's manager, and hand him a huge offer."

Plant has a tour on tap with Alison Krauss to promote their new duet album, Raising Sand. The Zeppelin tour would have Plant, guitar hero Jimmy Page, Jones and drummer Jason Bonham (behind the kit in place of his late father, rock icon John Bonham), and, by all appearances, it seems to be girding up with the same positive inertia that recently carried the Police back on the road and the Eagles back into the studio.

"The reality is Zeppelin has not agreed to a tour," Phillips said. "They want to play this show and see how it goes, how it feels, and then go from there. There's nothing firm yet, but maybe afterward."


Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert To Come Out On DVD

Good news for the millions of people who want to go to the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert on Monday, but aren't able to - the event will be recorded for a DVD release. The show, which pays tribute to the Atlantic Records co-founder, will feature performances from Foreigner, Paul Rodgers, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and, most notably, a reunited Led Zeppelin. There's no word on when the DVD will hit shelves.

From: MTV.CA

Reunion Show Soundcheck Setlist

According to a post at Royal Orleans, a select few invited guests were treated to a soundcheck consisting of: Good Times Bad Times, Ramble On, In My Time Of Dying, No Quarter and Nobody's Fault But Mine.

Edit: D'yer Mak'er and Communication Breakdown were also heard.

Mystery of Houses of the Holy Album Cover Solved

Mystery of Houses of the Holy Album Cover Solved
Led Zeppelin's surreal cover for their Houses Of The Holy album, featuring golden-haired children crawling across an apocalyptic landscape, is one of the most iconic images in rock history.

But while the sleeve design is familiar across the globe, what no one knows is that the young boy who appears in the photo montage is now a well-known television presenter.

Mystery of Houses of the Holy Album Cover Solved
Stefan Gates, of BBC2's Cooking In The Danger Zone, was just five when he and sister Sam were innocently snapped in the nude for the shoot on the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.

His role is revealed as Led Zeppelin prepare for their historic reunion concert at London's O2 arena tomorrow night – which has seen one million fans battle for 20,000 tickets.

Stefan, 40, has travelled to some of the world's most dangerous regions fronting his show. But the photoshoot over ten rainy days in County Antrim remains prominent in his mind.

Mystery of Houses of the Holy Album Cover Solved
He had followed Sam, now 42, into child modelling after she was spotted by a talent scout. They posed together for knitwear patterns and appeared separately in commercials and TV dramas, including Poldark.

Stefan said: "We only got a few quid for the modelling and the chance to travel to places we had never been before.

"Our family wasn't well off, we certainly couldn't afford holidays, so it worked out great for us.

"For the Zeppelin cover we went to Ireland during the Troubles. I remember arriving at the airport and seeing all these people with guns.

"We stayed in this little guest house near the Giant's Causeway and to capture the so-called magic light of dawn and dusk we'd shoot first thing in the morning and at night.

"I've heard people saying they put wigs on several children. But there was only me and my sister and that's our real hair.

"I used to love being naked when I was that age so I didn't mind. I'd whip off my clothes at the drop of a hat and run around having a great time, so I was in my element.

"My sister was older so she was probably a bit more self-conscious."

Mystery of Houses of the Holy Album Cover Solved
The cover art was the brainchild of Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson of legendary album-sleeve designers Hipgnosis. They took several multiple-exposure shots of Stefan and Sam to create the image of more children clambering over the rocks.

There is endless debate among rock fans over the significance of the image.

Powell has claimed he was inspired by the science-fiction book Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke, in which children climb off the end of the world.

Stefan – who lives in North London with wife Georgia and daughters Daisy, four, and Poppy, two – is sceptical of all the theories about the artwork's meaning, including Powell's.

He said: "In a lot of cases with graphical design work it's an evolving process and they think up the explanation later. I personally have no idea what it means.

There's something about it though that is disturbing and haunting, perhaps more so because I am in it."

Although a fan of Led Zeppelin, Stefan confesses he has never listened to Houses Of The Holy, which was released in 1973.

Mystery of Houses of the Holy Album Cover Solved
"It carries too much significance for me," he said. "A part of me wants to go out to the Giant's Causeway with a big pair of speakers, strip naked and play it just to see if I have some kind of great epiphany."

Sam moved to Cape Town, South Africa, four years ago with husband Andrew Hamilton Barr and they have a daughter, Tallulah.

The screenwriter, who also features on the inside sleeve as the child being sacrificed at the top of a mountain, said: "I remember the shoot really clearly, mainly because it was freezing cold and rained the whole time.

"We were naked in a lot of the modelling shoots we did, nothing was thought of it back then. You probably couldn't get away with that now."

Stefan has just finished filming the third series of Cooking In The Danger Zone, which included a visit to Palestine.

He believes shooting the album cover 35 years ago has subconsciously played a huge role in his life.

He said: "Although it's just my naked behind you can see, perhaps being a part of something like that at a young age made me seek out more ambitious and adventurous experiences."

Plant Wanted To Recreate 1970 Concert For Upcoming Reunion

According to The Pulse of Radio, Robert Plant says that he had originally wanted Led Zeppelin's upcoming reunion show to be a song-for-song copy of their legendary January 9, 1970 set at London's Royal Albert Hall. Plant told Rolling Stone, "I had an idea initially that we should do our entire Royal Albert Hall set starting with We're Gonna Groove... Just do that! I was there at the Albert Hall, but I don't know what the fuck happened. I was flying in the middle of that great storm."

Led Zeppelin's performance from January 9, 1970 was featured in its entirety on the band's 2003 Led Zeppelin DVD.

The songs performed that night were We're Gonna Groove, I Can't Quit You Baby, White Summer, Black Mountain Side, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love, C'mon Everybody, Communication Breakdown, Long Tall Sally, Something Else and Bring It On Home.

Continuing to fuel speculation, Jimmy Page told Britain's Q magazine that he wants the Zeppelin reunion to continue beyond next week's London show, and is even willing to consider using the new music he's been stockpiling as the basis for new a Zeppelin album. "I would like to keep this moving," he said. "I've got things I've been working on for the past four years that I'm proud of. Some of the songs I've got ready are as good as anything I've done in the past. I wouldn't necessarily save them for my solo career."

Led Zeppelin's December 10 show at London's O2 Arena marks the band's first full concert since their final show with their late drummer John Bonham on July 7, 1980 in Berlin.


Robert Plant: 'Previous Led Zeppelin Reunions Were Foul'

Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has said that he has nothing but bad memories about the bands previous reunion shows.

Speaking ahead of the band's one-off show at the O2 Arena in London next Monday (December 10th), Plant described their show at Live Aid in 1985 as a "fucking atrocity" and their performance at Atlantic Records' 40th Birthday in 1988 as "foul."

Despite his bad memories, the band have rehearsed a meticulous two hour set list for Monday's show.

The concert, which attracted over 1 million applicants for just 20,000 tickets, is being held in tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records.

"I'm humbled by the way the people have responded," Plant told the Sun, "because there's a billion people who'd like a hit at what they'd most like to do in life."

Monday's line-up will feature Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham – the band's original drummer.


Page Snubs Own Charity Fundraiser To Practice For Gig

World Entertainment News Network reports that Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page snubbed a fundraising event for his own charity so he could prepare for his band's concert next week.

Page was due to appear at a party for his charity, Task Brazil, in London on Tuesday (December 4), but stayed at home to practise for the band's historic one-off gig next Monday.

Amanda Smith, spokesperson for the charity and wife of Iron Maiden's Adrian Smith, says, "Jimmy was sad to have missed the party but he is trying to focus on his gig."


Limited Edition Led Zeppelin Jeep Patriot

Limited Edition Led Zeppelin Jeep Patriot
RGVA, the UK's leading vehicle branding company, are today launching the Limited Edition Led Zeppelin Jeep Patriot. Just seven of these exclusive 4x4s will ever be sold, each boasting a full range of refined extras, as well as stunning graphics that pay a wonderful tribute to one of the most highly regarded and documented bands.

To celebrate taking ownership of these remarkable pieces of history, RGVA are also providing 2 VIP TICKETS to see Led Zeppelin live at the O2 on Monday 10/12/07. The tickets will include a champagne reception and access to the after-show party at the O2 to complete the package.

Ian Calderwood, designer of the graphics that adorn the Jeeps said, "This is a great opportunity for true fans of one of the world's greatest bands to own a piece of history. We really want to celebrate the concert at the O2 in style, and we're pleased to be able to entertain the new owners at the event."

When asked about the design, Ian commented, "The Jeep was chosen for its American ruggedness. The graphics complement the bold character of the car, whilst maintaining its prestige and I feel it reflects the personality of the band excellently."

Head of Sales & Marketing for RGVA, Alison Smith, said, "This is an exciting project to be involved with. It combines a rare chance to see one of the world's greatest bands, as well as a lasting souvenir of the event. We're really looking forward to seeing who the new lucky owners will be!"

Demand for tickets to see Led Zeppelin has reached incredible levels, with the event promoters reporting 20 million applications for just 18,000 tickets.

Led Zeppelin were one of the biggest-selling rock groups of the 1970s, best known for songs like Whole Lotta Love and Stairway To Heaven.

Their last concert was in Berlin in 1980, two months prior to the death of drummer John Bonham.

The brand new Jeeps are available to purchase this week only for £34,860, and are the 2.0 CRD Sport editions, with Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Two-Tone leather, privacy glass, 6-speed manual gearbox, Remote Central Locking, 4x Electric windows and a premium sound system.


Fans Await Rare Led Zeppelin Concert

The songs remain the same and so will the passion when fans from around the world gather to see Led Zeppelin, one of rock music's most influential bands, reunite for a one-off gig on Monday.

Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones will be joined on stage in London by drummer Jason Bonham, son of the fourth original band member John, whose death in 1980 prompted Led Zeppelin's break-up.

Songs like Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love and Communication Breakdown have helped Led Zeppelin sell 300 million albums, the bulk in their heyday of the 1970s when they could lay claim to being the world's biggest rock group.

When Led Zeppelin announced they would play a tribute concert to the late music promoter Ahmet Ertegun, who signed them in 1968, the ticket Web site crashed and the band counted the number of people trying to log on in their millions.

One fan from Scotland entered a charity auction last month and paid $170,000 (83,826 pounds) for a pair of tickets to the show.

To coincide with the charity gig, the band issued a hits album Mothership, a digitally remastered DVD of The Song Remains The Same featuring rare live footage from concerts in the 1970s and the entire back catalogue on the Internet.

Fans have had to wait longer than expected for the concert after guitarist Page broke a finger in a fall. The concert was postponed for two weeks.

Page said in late November that the digit was healing well.

"It's going to be fine for the concert," the 63-year-old told Reuters. "I'm able to do what I ought to be able to do, it's just a bit bruised and a it's bit painful still, but with this two weeks' postponement ... it's going to be fine."

The three surviving members of Led Zeppelin have been together on stage a handful of times since they split 27 years ago. But whereas these reunions were shambolic, Led Zeppelin are confident Monday's 90-minute set will be different.

Page said the band would probably play one track they had never performed before in public but would not be drawn on whether a successful concert could lead to a full reunion tour.

More and more bands are reuniting to perform live rather than recording new music, including the Sex Pistols and Spice Girls in recent weeks. Tours and their spinoff merchandise are generally more profitable than selling records nowadays.

"Let's just do the O2 (on Monday) and we'll see what happens from there," Page said. "I haven't got a crystal ball here and nor have you."

Music industry sources believe that Plant, 59, who has enjoyed the most success as a solo artist, may be the least keen on a comeback tour. Unlike Jones, 61, and Page, Plant has had little to do with promoting the December 10 gig.


Jimmy Page On Reunion: 'I Would Like To Keep This Moving'

Led Zeppelin could get together again for more projects after next week's long-awaited reunion gig, members of the iconic British rock band hinted in newly-published comments.

Guitarist Jimmy Page recounted his excitement when they first played together in preparation for their reunion next Monday, and warned that the group should not wait too long or they will "need Zimmer frames."

"I would like to keep this moving," he told Q music magazine's January edition, when asked if he would like to record some new material after the "one-off" concert at London's O2 Arena.

"I must say that after our initial get-together it was so exhilarating and fun that I did feel I would like to do more," he added.

Bassist John Paul Jones added: "I guess the door has been left slightly ajar. We'll have to see how we feel about it afterwards. Everybody's got to really want to do it."

Singer Robert Plant, the other surviving member of the original foursome, made no comment to the magazine.

He has hinted in other interviews that he has other projects on and would not be interested in a full-on reunion.

Page dismissed suggestions of tension between the former wildmen.

"People always go on about the bad blood between us, but we wouldn't be in the room together if there was that much bad blood," he said.

Now is the right time for the reunion, he said. "It's better for us to do it now than to wait for another 10 years when we really would need Zimmer frames to get onstage," he said.


Bonnaroo Promoters Quash Zep Rumors

After a rumor that Led Zeppelin and Metallica would headline the 2008 Bonnaroo festival caused an Internet frenzy in the past 48 hours, the event's promoters have spoken out to quash the reports.

"The rumors that are out there about the Bonnaroo 2008 headliners are inaccurate," Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment said in a statement released to "We're very excited about the lineup that we're putting together for this year's festival. We'll be announcing the confirmed lineup toward the end of January/beginning of February."

The source of the Zeppelin/Metallica rumor was an anonymous email included last week in industry commentator Bob Lefsetz's newsletter.

Led Zeppelin will play its only planned show Dec. 10 in London as part of a tribute to late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.


Video for Godsmack's Cover of Good Times Bad Times

Godsmack's video for its cover version of Led Zeppelin's Good Times Bad Times can be viewed below. The clip was shot on October 20, 2007 on the corner of Milk Street and Oliver Street in Boston's financial district.

The newly recorded song appears on Godsmack's greatest-hits collection, Good Times Bad Times....Ten Years of Godsmack, which is being released today (December 4) via Universal Republic.

Led Zeppelin Promises Two-Hour Set

Led Zeppelin have explained that they are planning to perform for two hours at their reunion show at London's O2 Arena on December 10.

Guitarist Jimmy Page revealed that when the band were first contacted about playing a reunion show, they were asked to play for 40 minutes, but the band thought this was too short.

"When we were first asked to do this [reunion show], we were asked to play a 40-minute set. We soon realised we couldn't," he told Q magazine.

"If we go out and play No Quarter, Moby Dick and Dazed And Confused with all the solos, you're already talking over an hour."

He added: "We've gone from [planning to play for] 75 minutes to 90, to the best part of two hours."

Page went on to explain that while Led Zeppelin will play for two hours, he doesn't think he could handle playing for much longer than that.

"There's no way I can take on playing three-and-a-half-hour sets now," he said. "Flying against the wind and the storms, because I just don't have that energy anymore. But I've still got enough in me to get through a two-hour set."


Led Zeppelin Taking Sound Tips From Elton John?

Led Zeppelin are taking tips from Elton John ahead of their reunion next week (December 10).

The band will take the stage in London at the 02 Arena, which was converted into a gig venue after it began life as the Millennium Dome.

However, after seeing several concerts there, guitarist Jimmy Page admitted he may consult the rock 'n' roll knight in order to get the best sound.

"The Stones sounded terrible [when they played there], Prince wasn't great, Snow Patrol was just this great monolithic noise," Page told Q Magazine.

However John's performance at the venue impressed the guitarist and he admitted he may well seek out advice on how he pulled it off.

"The only guy who sounded OK in there was Elton John," explained Page. "So I may talk to his soundman."


Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones: The 2007 Interview

On Friday, Nov. 16th, Y! Music was lucky enough to get an audience with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones.

In excellent form, both very warm and friendly, the pair detailed the events leading up to the planned Dec. 10th reunion concert and offered their one-of-a-kind perspective on being lifelong members of this very phenomenal band.

We at Y! Music thank Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and of course their label for making this very exclusive interview possible. We hope you're one of the lucky people who actually get to witness December's performance.


Go to to watch the 7 minute video interview.

Led Zeppelin on Q Magazine Cover: 'There's no-one like us.'

Led Zeppelin on Q Magazine Cover: 'There's no one like us.'
In this month's Q
Led Zeppelin: "There's no-one like us." The inside story of their amazing return.


Led Zeppelin and Metallica Confirmed for Bonnaroo 2008?

An anonymous reader tipped Bob Lefsetz, author of The Lefsetz Letter, yesterday about an interesting development in the live music world: "Zeppelin just confirmed for Bonnaroo. They can't officially announce until after the London gig so pass it on! Also Metallica is confirmed on the bill too!"

Anyone who has experienced the unique event that is Bonnaroo (or its younger sibling Vegoose) knows the four-day Manchester, Tennessee show's trademark is its eclectic mix of bands. Considered "the largest hippy festival in the world," as Andrew Stockdale, lead singer of Wolfmother said onstage last June, the festival organizers always manage to add plenty of non-hippy artists. In 2007 there was also the addition of a "classic" billing, the reemergence of The Police.

If the anonymous reader is right about Zeppelin and Metallica, Bonnaroo 2008 has a leg up on alternatives like Coachella before '07 is even finished.


First Run on Led Zeppelin: The Ride

Discovery Myrtle Beach, the website that has brought official updates on the construction of the new Hard Rock Park in South Carolina has posted what looks to be the first test run of the new Led Zeppelin The Ride rollercoaster!

The 150-ft tall Bolliger & Mabillard-built looping coaster traversed its course without any issues, but did seem a bit sluggish in spots. Though many coasters are slower their first runs until they get broken in.


Get A Leducation!

Grab your double-neck guitar, crank up your amp to 11, strut your stuff in your embroidered satin suit and bash out some of the finest riffs ever written.

Yes, rock gods Led Zeppelin, the masters of Seventies excess, are staging their delayed reunion gig at London's 02 Arena on a week on Monday.

Witnessing their first concert for 19 years should be amazing enough.

But fans are lining up to learn the band's musical secrets – and live like their heroes – during a "Zep school" training weekend at a country hotel in the three days before the show.

Organisers are considering a range of wild activities – including an elementary course in flinging TVs out of upper-story windows – a staple of rock bad-boy behaviour.

They won't even discuss some of their plans so as not to spoil the surprise.

But I can tell you that the £750-a-head event in Oxfordshire features a themed gourmet menu, including Red Snapper – after an outrageous story involving a Zeppelin groupie in Seattle.

It is followed by Jack Daniel's ice cream, surely guitarist Jimmy Page's favourite flavour.

Each day up to 20 guests will learn to play from veteran rockers like Mike Hurst – once in a band with Page – and Clem Cattini, twice considered for tragic drummer John Bonham's job thanks to his session work with Led Zep bassist John Paul Jones. Bonham suffocated on his vomit after a heavy day's boozing in 1980.

On Saturday night would-be rockers get the chance to show off their skills on stage, alongside a top-flight Led Zeppelin tribute band.

Special guest is the blues singer Maggie Bell, due to share the bill with Plant, Page and Co in London.

Mike, a producer who discovered T Rex star Marc Bolan and singer Cat Stevens, said: "Led Zeppelin are iconic – they are one of those bands who represent an era.

"They are pulling together for their first concert in nearly 20 years so – what with the connections between us as musicians – it seemed a perfect time to hold this event. We arranged for the tribute band Boot-Led Zeppelin to play on the Saturday night. Then at least people will get the full experience, because I don't pretend to be able to sing like Robert Plant.

"They come with lights, costumes and everything, so it's going to look good. The gig will be as authentic as we can get it. It's gonna be fairly deafening.

"People get an awful lot of nostalgia for this sort of rock as opposed to the anodyne stuff there is around now. The weekend should be a tremendous experience."
Also on the team are guitar tutor Ray Fenwick, ex-Spencer Davies Group and Ian Gillan Band, plus bassist Colin Farley who made his name in Eighties' band Cutting Crew and was briefly a member of punk outfit The Damned.

A spokesman for organisers RockMasters added: "Whether you're a budding Bonham or an enthusiastic novice, this event can only help your playing.

"Our supergroup will take over the whole lavish hotel to ensure that no ‘civilians' get in the way of the rock 'n' roll antics. And all equipment and instruments are provided.

"Needless to say there is a well-stocked bar, the drinking and story-swapping go on late and the music doesn't stop.

"Guests can of course bring their partners – or indeed groupies – to join the fun."

RockMasters can't promise to let you ride a Harley-Davidson down the corridors, like Zeppelin are said to have done. But they can arrange motorbike transfers from London or Oxford.

Just one problem, though – the hotel doesn't have a swimming pool. So you'll have to find somewhere else to park your Cadillac.

RockMasters' Zep weekend runs from December 7 to 9 at the Fallowfields Hotel in Kingston Bagpuize, Oxfordshire.

Exclusive clip of No Quarter from The Song Remains The Same

For those individuals who haven't grabbed a copy of the newly released reissued/remastered/expanded DVD of The Song Remains The Same, here is a 1 minute, 30 second exclusive clip of No Quarter.

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The Return of Led Zeppelin

The Return of Led Zeppelin
Check out the current edition of Rolling Stone magazine, with Jones, Page & Plant on the cover. (Where's Jason Bonham?). There is an excellent story on the rehearsals at the secret location in greater London, as well as talk of a tour.


'Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)' to debut on VH1 Dec. 3

Tune in to CMT tomorrow to see the world premiere of Alison Krauss and Robert Plant's video for Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On), the first single off the duo's gold-selling joint project Raising Sand.

Plant, Krauss and producer T-Bone Burnett recently completed work on the music video, which was shot in Nashville and adds a raucous element to the Everly Brothers song, with scenes bouncing between shimmering mylar glitz and a performance stage reminiscent of a vintage Technicolor movie. Directed by Rocky Schenck, the video will have a premier on VH1 Dec. 3 and will enter regular rotation on both networks.


John Paul Jones In New Uncle Earl Video

John Paul Jones makes an appearance as the piano player in the new video for Uncle Earl's song Streak O' Lean, Streak O' Fat from their album Waterloo, Tenessee, which was released on March 13, 2007. In addition to playing piano on this track, John Paul Jones contributed to this album by also producing it, playing mandola, bass guitar, wobble board and hollers>.


Plant To Tour With Alison Krauss In Early 2008

Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has told Rolling Stone Magazine that he plans to hit the road in early 2008 with bluegrass star Alison Krauss to promote the pair's collaborative CD, Raising Sand. In addition to the Raising Sand material, they'll perform songs from their catalogs, including Led Zeppelin's When the Levee Breaks and Black Dog. A disc of tender, mostly acoustic duets, Raising Sand, which was produced by T-Bone Burnett, debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart in late October, becoming an unexpected hit.

Zep Rearranging Classic Songs 'To Avoid Embarrassment'?

According to UK's The Sun, Led Zeppelin are rearranging classic tracks for their big reunion, after aging frontman Robert Plant found he could no longer hit the high notes.

The rockers, whose legendary 1976 live album was called The Song Remains The Same, have been rehearsing songs in a lower key because 59-year-old Plant's voice is deeper.

The Sun's source revealed yesterday: "He and guitarist Jimmy Page have had a few heated discussions about the upcoming gig.

"Jimmy is a bit rusty and Robert has been struggling with the high notes. To avoid any embarrassing vocal wobbles with the world watching, they decided it would be best to transpose the songs in a lower key."


Led Zeppelin deny 2008 tour rumor

Led Zeppelin have denied they are planning a world tour in 2008.

The legendary rockers claim "no decision has been made" as to whether they will follow up their comeback concert at London's O2 arena on December 10 with a globetrotting series of shows.

Excitement over a possible Led Zeppelin tour peaked this week after Ian Astbury, lead singer of British band The Cult, told fans at a show in Cincinnati: "We'll be back next year because we're opening for a band you might have heard of. The name starts with 'L' and has a 'Z' in it."

When asked by an excited member of the crowd if he meant Led Zeppelin, Astbury reportedly nodded his head and raised a celebratory arm in the air.

But an aide for the Stairway To Heaven rockers insists: "No decision has been made beyond the band's performance at the O2 arena.

"Maybe Ian got mixed up and they're supporting Limp Bizkit!"

Led Zeppelin have been sending out mixed messages concerning future shows.

Lead singer Robert Plant has been quoted as saying "there'll be one show and that's it", whereas guitarist Jimmy Page insisted: "It's a bit selfish to do just one show. If that's it, we probably shouldn't have taken the genie out of the bottle."

The band - which also features bassist John Paul Jones - have reformed for a tribute concert for the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, who signed the group.


Mothership Lands In German Top 10

Mothership, a 24-track, two-CD comprehensive collection that spans Led Zeppelin's illustrious career, has entered the German Medai Control chart at position No. 7. As previously reported, the set sold 136,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart.


Led Zeppelin ad lands on UK TV

Led Zeppelin have launched a TV ad campaign to promote new double album Mothership in the runup to their reunion concert next month.

The campaign, which uses red-and-black animation modelled on the cover art by "street art" illustrator Shepard Fairey, trails the legendary rock band's reunion more than 25 years after they broke up.

The 60-second ad, created by Fold7TV, the TV arm of design agency Fold7, features a medley of snippets from classic Led Zeppelin songs such as Kashmir, Black Dog, Whole Lotta Love and Immigrant Song.

It also features rotoscoped footage, where animators trace over live-action film, of the band performing.

The UK TV campaign, commissioned by Warner Music UK, will run on terrestrial and satellite TV as well as cinemas nationwide until Christmas.

"The task was to create an ad that reflects the enormity of the band and the massive impact that they have had on people's lives over the last 40 years," said the Fold7TV marketing director, Sam Balderstone.


Gibson Jimmy Page Les Paul Black Beauty Custom Reissue

According to the latest edition of Guitar World magazine, Gibson will be issuing a limited release of Jimmy Page's Les Paul Black Beauty Custom guitar.

The neck is supposed to be profiled the same as his #1 Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar. States that the selector switch is actual a six position switch and the bridge pup is tied to a push pull pot for single coil splitting capabilities.

Jimmy Page is expected to use his new Black Beauty Custom guitar at the 02 show on December 10.


Led Zeppelin 2008 tour confirmed

Led Zeppelin will tour in 2008, the band who have been booked as their tour support have revealed.

Ian Astbury, lead singer of The Cult, has confirmed that they have been roped in to support the recently-reformed band on a jaunt next year.

According to Billboard, during a gig in Cincinnati on November 17, Astbury said: "We'll be back next year, because we're opening for a band you may have heard of. The name starts with an 'L' and has a 'Z' in it."

Hearing the announcement, a fan in the audience shouted, "Led Zeppelin." Astbury nodded an affirmative response, and raised an arm into the air.

Led Zeppelin are yet to announce official details of any new tours.


Zep To Resume Rehearsals As Page Promises Live Surprise

The UK's ITN recently conducted an interview with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page about the band's upcoming December 10 reunion show at the 02 Arena in London.

The Pulse of Radio reports that Led Zeppelin was set to resume rehearsals this week for the London gig, following the show's postponement from its original November 26 date after Page broke his left pinky finger. Page told Reuters that the finger was almost healed, saying, "I'm able to do what I ought to be able to do. It's just a bit bruised and it's a bit painful still, but with this two weeks''s going to be fine."

Page also revealed that the band might perform a song that it has never played live before. He explained, "There's one number that we rehearsed, I assume that it will make it to the (concert), that we never played at any point in time. It dates from when the band was together between 1968 and 1980. It's a really intense number."

The set list for the show, which will cap a tribute concert to late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, has been the subject of intense speculation among fans. The band is expected to revive many of its classic tracks for the promised two-hour performance.

Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones will be accompanied on drums by Jason Bonham, son of late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, for their first concert together in 18 years.


Mothership Debuts at No. 7

Mothership, a 24-track, two-CD comprehensive collection that spans Led Zeppelin's illustrious career, has sold 136,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Mothership contains material from all eight of the band's classic studio albums, with the tracks being personally selected by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones. Mothership includes landmark songs such as Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song, Kashmir, Rock And Roll, Dazed And Confused, Stairway to Heaven. The set also includes new liner notes.


MSN Music Interview with Page and Jones

Journalist Alan Light has an interview on MSN Music with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, talking about everything from the reunion show to the re-release of The Song Remains The Same and Mothership.

Read the interview in its entirety at

Soundtrack to my life: Robert Plant

He's just made a brilliant album with Alison Krauss. He will shake his mane at the Zep reunion. Is there nothing this rock god can't do? He tells Will Hodgkinson who turned him on to wearing sandals

When I was a lonely kid
from A Thousand Stars, Billy Fury (1960)

Music was a panacea and a mysterious release for me. It was otherworldly, another life outside Middle England in 1960 where it was all about endeavour, learning and making sure that all your vulnerabilities were not too evident so that you didn't end up looking like a sobbing klutz. Does the male of the species pretend he's more than he is, or does he get lost in forlorn, broken-hearted love songs? I like the idea of the lone male willowing away, and Billy Fury was the great British singer for that. He was part of the pop machine, but he slid through it and became something more, and this song hit me hard when I was 12.


Stairway To Heaven on UK Singles Chart

Stairway To Heaven, which was released on the Mothership CD set, has appeared on the official UK Singles Chart at #37 for the week starting at Nov. 18, 2007.

The only other track that has appeared on UK Singles Charts, was Whole Lotta Love in 1997. It peaked at #21.


Led Zeppelin May Tour After Reunion

Led Zeppelin may embark on a full scale tour after their reunion gig, according to guitarist Jimmy Page.

The band, who are gearing up for their one-off show at the O2 Arena in honour of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, are considering doing a string of dates as Page thinks it would be selfish of the band to put all their energy into just one gig.

"It's a bit silly not to because there is such massive demand," said Jimmy, who is resting up his injured finger, to Guitar World magazine.

"It's a bit selfish to do just one show. If that's it, we probably shouldn't have taken the genie out of the bottle."

Led Zeppelin: Big Band Jazz-style

Led Zeppelin's The Rain Song, along with other classic tracks by Yes, Rush, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa and Queen have been recorded with a big band jazz sound.

A 60-second clip of The Rain Song has been posted to the website at

A release date for 2008 has been posted.  Sign up on their website to receive notification when the CD becomes available.  I think this one sounds promising.


Mothership and TSRTS vinyl to come in March 2008

Today sees the simultaneous release of two huge collections from perennial rock favourites Led Zeppelin. Greatest hits collection Mothership and concert film The Song Remains The Same will be available today in their standard CD and/or DVD formats. But for the purists that relish the sound of vinyl, or for the original fans that started their collections when turntables were still the newest in music technology, Warner Canada says there'll vinyl releases of these packages.

Both Mothership and The Song Remains The Same soundtrack will be released in collectible vinyl editions sometime in March 2008.

Mothership will be available on four-LP, high-end, audiophile quality vinyl and will be sold with collectible memorabilia for about $75 U.S. Which means, if the Canadian dollar continues to stay unusually high, we'll get to pay less. Score!

Specific details for the vinyl release of The Song Remains The Same have not been released, but it is expected to have a simultaneous release with Mothership, much like for the standard-format collections.

Frustration That Drove Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has described the fall that broke his finger, postponing the group's first gig in 28 years - and how years as a session musician drove him to eventually create Zep.

Yesterday he said: "The light was very dim and I tripped over something and I landed on various bits of my anatomy but of course the crucial part was left hand, little finger. It's unfortunate but what can you do?"

We're giving away two tickets for the show that was shifted from November 26 to December 10.

Of the reunion 63-year-old Page says: "We just got together again and started playing and it started to take on its own shape."

Back in the 60s Page earned good money as a session musician but was bored.

He said: "All my pals were enjoying themselves making music. I was doing sessions in all manners of music. And then I was in a muzak session thinking, 'What am I doing?'"

So he decided to join Jeff Beck in the Yardbirds.

Bassist John Paul Jones, 61, was in a similar boat.

He said: "You would get so bored during a muzak session you would start playing something just to make it interesting and they'd stop you and tell you, 'You can't do that because we need to have this in a restaurant or something and it'll distract people from eating.' "And I thought to myself, 'What am I doing here?'"

Page's band the Yardbirds split in 1968 and the guitarist got Jones and Robert Plant to join.

Plant, 59, recalls their first meeting. He says: "I arrived at the station in Berkshire to be met by the most delectable American woman, scantily clad in some kind of Edwardian shawl and little else. It was great, I had to sit there for a day and a half waiting for Jimmy just looking at this chick."

Plant brought in drummer John Bonham and after playing together for the first time the band knew something exciting was happening. Muzak it wasn't!

"We'd never heard anything quite like that in our lives," reveals Page, who received a Classic Rock Living Legend, award yesterday.

The band was a smash and by their fourth album in 1971 they were so confident that it had no title and didn't even carry the band's name.

But singer Plant remains modest about his songwriting skills.

He says: "My lyrics are adequate, I do my best. I kind of blunder through."

Paying tribute to pal Bonham, who died in 1980, Page says: "His imagination on the drums was second to none. Nobody played the drums like John Bonham."

And speaking of next month's gig he promises: "It's probably what you'd want to hear, and what we want to play too, so that's a great, great chemistry."

Rock award for Living Legend Page

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has been honoured with a Living Legend Award.

Page, 63, who recently fractured a finger causing the postponement of Led Zeppelin's first concert in two decades, was presented with the gong at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards.

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler paid tribute to the guitarist, who also received video messages from Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant (shown below) and guitar legend Les Paul.

Meat Loaf's daughter Pearl Aday collected the award for Classic Album, Bat Out Of Hell, for her father, who cancelled his appearance because of acute laryngitis.

Status Quo won the Classic Songwriters title, while Heaven and Hell took Comeback of the Year for the band, and the Metal Guru award went to Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.

Pink Floyd's Nick Mason took to the stage to honour long-term collaborator Storm Thorgerson, the graphic designer who created the Dark Side Of The Moon album cover, with an Outstanding Contribution award.

Rock magazine editor-in-chief Scott Rowley said: "It's been quite a year for rock music.

"From the 20 million attempts to get Led Zeppelin tickets to the new album from the Eagles going straight in at Number One in the album charts this week, 2007 has proved that fashions can come and go, but rock music continues to move people."

The awards, held in London and voted for by readers of Classic Rock Magazine, are now in their third year.


Virgin 1 Presents Robert Plant at the Cornbury Music Festival

TV Listings indicate that on Sat., Nov. 24, 2007 at 11PM on Virgin 1 (Freeview 20, Virgin TV 122, Sky 153), Virgin 1 Presents Robert Plant at the Cornbury Music Festival, a performance from July 8, 2006.

Set list:
Win My Train Fare Home
Tin Pan Valley
Black Dog
Let The Four Winds Blow
29 Palms
Going To California
Freedom Fries
Four Sticks
Gallows Pole

The Enchanter
Whole Lotta Love

Virgin 1 Presents Robert Plant at the Cornbury Music Festival Virgin 1 Presents Robert Plant at the Cornbury Music Festival Virgin 1 Presents Robert Plant at the Cornbury Music Festival


Led Zeppelin Reunion Postponed as Page breaks finger

Led Zeppelin Reunion Postponed as Page Breaks Finger

Led Zeppelin postponed a charity concert at London's O2 Arena after guitarist Jimmy Page broke his finger, the event's organizers said.

The concert has been moved to Dec. 10 from Nov. 26 to allow Page time to recover, they said today, without disclosing any details of how he suffered the injury last weekend.

"I am disappointed that we are forced to postpone," Page said in a statement. "We feel that this postponement will enable my injury to properly heal, and permit us to perform at the level that both the band and our fans have always been accustomed to."

Tickets will be valid for the new date. Anyone unable to attend may apply for a refund. Any returns will be offered to ballot winners selected from original Internet registrations after Nov. 15, organizers said. More than a million fans originally registered for tickets at

Page has been advised by his doctor not to play for three weeks, Chris Goodman, a spokesman for the Outside Organisation public-relations company, said today in a telephone interview.

The event at the 20,000-capacity venue is in aid of the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which provides students with annual scholarships to universities in the U.S., U.K. and Turkey. The late Ertegun was the co-founder of Atlantic Records.

The band's three surviving members - Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones - will be joined by Jason Bonham, son of their late drummer, John Bonham. The show will feature Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings, Paul Rogers, Paolo Nutini and Foreigner.

Led Zeppelin formed in 1968, named after an in-joke that the band's heavy sound would "go down like a lead balloon." The quartet signed with Atlantic the same year.

By the early 1970s, Led Zeppelin was billing itself "the biggest band in the world". The group has sold more than 300 million albums, pioneering heavy-metal music with songs such as Whole Lotta Love and Stairway to Heaven.

Led Zeppelin broke up after Bonham died, aged 32, in 1980. Page and Plant have performed and recorded together since, though not under the group name. Jones - who played bass and keyboards - joined reunions at 1985's Live Aid and a 40th anniversary concert for Atlantic in 1988, also with Jason Bonham on drums.


Jason Bonham Pics at Ross Halfin's website

Ross Halfin has posted new pictures of Jason Bonham behind a Ludwig Vistalite Kit, with a custom Led Zeppelin I album cover drum head. View the pictures under Nov. 1 at

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss on BBC Breakfast

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss appeared this morning on BBC One's morning show BBC Breakfast to discuss the new album Raising Sand.

Reunion Interview With John Paul Jones

Rock journalist Ritchie Yorke takes you backstage with Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones, who is adamant a world tour is not on the agenda after the band's reunion concert in London next month.

I'm here to assure you from the inside out that the band is taking this show very, very seriously.

"Well yes, we are pretty excited about this and also a bit daunted," Jonesy nods during an interview at London's sumptuous Landmark Hotel.

"Initially I was invited to join in a memorial concert for Ahmet in New York performing with the likes of Ben E. King last January. Then Robert let it be known that he would rather do something for Ahmet in England," recalled Jones.

"Originally we were going to play the Royal Albert Hall, along with another night with some other acts. Then the Royal Albert was deemed too small and it moved to the Dome (re-named the O2 Arena).

"At first, we would be playing 40 minutes, then it went to an hour. I was a bit reluctant along the way because I wasn't sure whether I wanted to part of getting that whole circus on the road again. But I was persuaded to try out a rehearsal to see if we really wanted to play together."

In a union of musical spirit and muse, the recent rehearsal harked back to that first prophetic time when the band originally played together for the first time in 1968 with Jason's father the incomparable John "Bonzo" Bonham on drums and created hard rock magic.

"That first rehearsal this month was just amazing," reflected Jones. "It took us back to that first meeting in '68. So we decided to go ahead and we will be putting in some serious rehearsal sessions right up until the show itself."

"At the first rehearsal, we sounded pretty hot," Jones claimed. "Amazingly so. We were amazingly tight. Gaps in the right place and so on - it was really really tight.

"And to really really get into the material so that we can be really tight: that's what we're aiming at."

Don't say that you haven't been warned folks [more]
Thanks to William McGlynn

Raising Sand On Track To Land At Billboard's No. 2

Raising Sand, the collaboration between Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, is on track to sell between 80,000 and 90,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart (behind "American Idol" and Grammy Best New Artist winner Carrie Underwood), according to Hits Daily Double.

According to, Plant and Krauss taped an episode of CMT Crossroads last Thursday at The Mill at Lebanon in Tennessee that will air at a later date.

Produced by T-Bone Burnett, Raising Sand includes versions of the Everly Brothers' Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On), Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan's Trampled Rose and Please Read the Letter, first released on the 1998 Plant/Jimmy Page album Walking Into Clarksdale.

Listen to the first single, Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On), at this location (Real media). Additional samples are available at

According to, Plant and Krauss first performed together on November 7, 2004 at a Leadbelly tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, but it took several years before they found time to team up in the studio with Burnett in Nashville and Los Angeles.

Watch an eight-minute EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for Raising Sand:

Robert Plant Says Reunion Has Made Him Feel Like Superman

According to, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant has said that the reunion of the band has made him feel "like Superman."

The singer went on to add that he was overwhelmed by the anticipation.

When asked about how he felt, he said: "I just want to have fun. And if it's fun, it's fun. This is fun. This a big day today. It's one of the biggest days."

Plant told U.S. radio station WNYC: "Having fun in England is having fun. I just hope we all have fun. Let's face it. So many people want to go to the thing. How about if it's fantastic?

"The anticipation is incredibly overwhelming for me. I'm carrying it around like some kind of kryptonite, you know? And all I want to do is have some fun."

The band is set to reform for a one-off show at the O2 Arena in London on November 26.


Robert Plant On Led Zeppelin Reunion

The Pulse of Radio reports: Robert Plant insists that Led Zeppelin's reunion show next month in London is not a dry run for an upcoming world tour. Plant told Uncut, "There'll be one show and that'll be it. We need one last great show because we've done some (reunion) shows and they've been crap."

When asked if the one show will lead to the temptation to take the show on the road, Plant said, "Not for me, but I can't speak for anyone else."

Plant was asked if he ever thought about touring with Zeppelin, if only to blow the band's longtime competitors The Who and The Rolling Stones away: "We weren't in competition with anybody. We were Led Zeppelin. We were at that time the biggest band in the world. There wasn't anyone else. There was no one near us. We were out there on our own. And blowing everybody away isn't the issue anymore. Blowing myself away is the issue. That's what it's all about now."

He went on to knock The Who and the Stones, who have carried on pleasing fans over the years despite losing founding members: "They're doing what they're doing. It keeps them off the streets, I suppose."


iTunes Scores Led Zeppelin Digital Box Exclusive

Apple Inc. has announced that a special digital box set containing Led Zeppelin's entire discography, The Complete Led Zeppelin, is now available for pre-order exclusively on the iTunes Store.

Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of iTunes, said, "Now you can get all of the band's albums with one click for a $99."

In addition to The Complete Led Zeppelin and Mothership, Led Zeppelin's entire catalog of songs and albums will also be available for individual purchase and download beginning November 13.

iTunes Store customers who order either collection will automatically be entered to win a chance to see Led Zeppelin's reunion performance at London's O2 Arena on November 26. The winner receives two tickets to the show, round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations.


Robert Plant & Alison Krauss On Today Show

MSNBC's website has Robert Plant & Alison Krauss scheduled in studio for their Today Concert Series on Wednesday, October 24, 2007. Check your local listings for airtimes.


Kevin Shirley Interview About Remixing The Song Remains The Same

November 20, 2007, sees the release of Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains The Same movie DVD from Warner Home Video and, simultaneously, the release of a 2-CD The Song Remains The Same soundtrack through Rhino Records. Thanks in large part to the efforts of sound engineer Kevin Shirley, the titles are much more than recycled, re-packaged material - both are a fresh sonic adventure that breathe new life into "The Biggest Band In The World" on stage changing rock 'n' roll into Rock.

As Jimmy Page indicates in a pre-release one-sheet, the two titles represent more than a simple remixing and remastering. "We have revisited [emphasis added] The Song Remains The Same," says Page, "and can now offer the complete set as played at Madison Square Garden. This differs substantially from the original soundtrack released in 1976, and highlights the technical prowess of Kevin Shirley, who worked with us on How The West Was Won. When it comes to The Song Remains The Same, the expansion of the DVD and soundtrack are as good as it gets on the Led Zeppelin wish list."

Although intended as a movie and not a documentary or standard concert video, The Song Remains The Same centers on three Led Zeppelin concerts that took place on July 27, 28 and 29, 1973, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The 1976 theatrical release of The Song Remains The Same was a patchwork quilt of audio and video edits that included audio and concert footage from the MSG shows, subsequent soundstage elements, and the famous "fantasy sequences" starring each Led Zeppelin member - Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. Though it may have been state of the art in the early to mid-'70s, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin (John Bonham passed away in 1980) felt that the movie soundtrack could be enhanced through advances made in recording technology since the film and soundtrack's original release and enlisted the aid of producer and sound engineer Kevin Shirley with whom they had worked on previous projects, such as 2003's re-working of How The West Was Won and the live compilation Led Zeppelin DVD.

According to the new The Song Remains The Same liner notes written by Cameron Crowe in August of this year:

"In the years following the group's breakup, Page had promised to return to the best-recorded document of their heady middle-period peak in 1973, those kinetic summer nights at Madison Square Garden. In 2003 Jimmy assembled the highly successful live compilation Led Zeppelin DVD with engineer Kevin Shirley, [and] the band began to circle the recordings, and their filmic record, The Song Remains The Same. Legalities prevented any re-editing of the film itself. The quest began to refurbish the picture's soundscape. 'We wanted it to sound as it did, as strong as it was, a bit cocky and precocious,' says Plant of the process. 'With [Dolby] 5.1 (sound), we knew we had a chance. We trolled through, dug into it, and there it was. Finally, there was the warmth and the feel of the room (Madison Square Garden) and it sounded good. It's of its time, so confident. It was the ' was 'Let's have a go at this!'"

As mentioned by Jimmy Page above, the new The Song Remains The Same 2-CD soundtrack features the entire set from the MSG concerts by including Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, The Ocean and Heartbreaker, which do not appear on the original soundtrack release. A full track listing is provided following the interview below.

Modern Guitars spoke with Kevin Shirley on October 13, 2007, about his work on The Song Remains the Same as Kevin prepared for a trip to Peru where he'll participate in a high-altitude bike ride to help raise money for Mencap, a charity dedicated to a world where people with a learning disability gain an equal right to choice, opportunity and respect.

Read the entire interview here


Led Zeppelin World Tour?

The three surviving members of Led Zeppelin are reuniting next month for their first full concert since disbanding 27 years ago.

What everyone wants to know, though, is this a precursor to a world concert tour? Or a new CD of original material? Or both?

Neither guitarist Jimmy Page nor bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones ruled out anything Tuesday, in separate telephone interviews with Sun Media.

Page, Jones, singer Robert Plant and drummer Jason Bonham, son of the fourth member of Zeppelin, John Bonham, who died in 1980, are playing a two-hour set Nov. 26 at the 02 Arena in London, England, as part of a tribute concert in aid of the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund. Ertegun was the forward-thinking Atlantic Records executive who signed Zeppelin to a record deal in 1968.

So is this show actually a, well, trial Zeppelin for a full-blown reunification?

"Basically, we are concentrating on this show," Jones, 61, said. "That's where all the energy is going. I mean, who knows, but one step at a time."

Page, 63, was much more circuitous in answering the tour question. He said that all three surviving band members, as well as Jason Bonham when he tours with Foreigner, always play Zep material whenever they perform live.

"So you've got the four individual members playing Led Zeppelin in four different capacities," Page said. "When they unite, you've got the key members. You can't play it any better, as they're the people who actually played it and wrote it in the first place ... (The Nov. 26 concert) is what we're working toward. At the moment, we're still on our way toward that, although we feel very confident about it. That's what we have on our horizon at this point. I know you want to hear other answers, but I'm afraid that's all I can give you."

Page, though, was less vague as to the prospects of new material from the new Zeppelin lineup.

"Look, I'd be really surprised if there wasn't. you know, I mean I just know the way we are," the riffmaster said. "We're musicians. It's a good observation, and very true, that as we're playing we'll probably be coming up with all manner of things. And that will be fun. And that's part of being musicians on a collective scale. I mean, that's what it's all about. But as far as it going any further, I don't know. Let's do the 02 show, shall we? And then we'll speak to you afterwards.

It was at a jam session back in June, yes, those reports back then were accurate after all, that the four musicians gathered to see if they could make a go of it.

"We had a very, very secret tryout in June, just to see if a) it was possible, and b) if anyone wanted to do it, to see if the will was there," Jones said. "And it was pretty exciting, I have to tell you. We made all the musical cues, and we were pretty hot."

Page said it was the crucial moment.

"The hardest step, or the most tentative step, was to actually be able to get together, the four of us, in a rehearsal room to actually play with the instruments, to kick it over, and just fire up that machine, play the music, and keep The Whole damn thing under wraps. Which can be kind of tricky, because the minute anyone even sees two of you together on the street, there's stories of reunions or tours. And there has been for (decades). So this was the trickiest part of The Whole operation.

"(Then it was) really hoping that for each of us, individually, that it was going to be a really, really good experience. And if it wasn't, then we'd all shake hands and nobody would hear about it ... As it was, we did manage to pull it off, and we didn't have to shake hands and say, ‘Well, at least we sort of know that it might not be a good idea.' It was quite the opposite. It was really exhilarating, it was really thrilling to be playing together again."

New Zeppelin reissues will soon hit stores: a two-disc best-of CD titled Mothership (Nov. 13), and bolstered CD and DVD reissues of their 1976 film The Song Remains The Same (Nov. 20). This week, the band also announced that its entire catalogue will be available for full-album or singe-track download on Nov. 13, and that ringtones and wallpapers through Telus are available now.


Led Zeppelin to Make Its Songs Available Digitally

It's been a long time, but Led Zeppelin, one of the last superstar acts to refrain from selling its music online, is finally offering its catalog to digital-music fans.

The shift by Led Zeppelin, whose reunion concert in London next month has already incited a frenzy for tickets, highlights the clout of digital sales in the music market as mass merchants reduce the shelf space devoted to compact discs. Under a series of new agreements expected to be announced today, the band will make its songs available first as ringtones and similar mobile features starting this week in an exclusive deal with Verizon Wireless. Digital downloads of songs from the band's eight studio albums and other recordings are expected to be available through Verizon and digital-music services, including iTunes, on Nov. 13.

Led Zeppelin's decision to sell its music online coincides with the end of a fierce bidding war over the rights to administer the band's catalog of songs, which includes the classics Stairway To Heaven and Rock And Roll. Under a separate deal, the band is to receive an estimated $60 million in exchange for extending its ties to its longtime music publisher, Warner/Chappell Music, for at least 10 years, said three people briefed on the agreement, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they had not been authorized to discuss it. [more]

Frankie Banali's Zeppelin Tribute

Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali has created a labor of love with his new CD (released under the Frankie Banali & Friends banner), entitled 24/7/365 - The Tribute to Led Zeppelin. Frankie invited many of his friends to join him on making a heartfelt tribute to his favorite drummer John Bonham and his band Led Zeppelin. Frankie has penned an essay on the CD, which includes a track-by-track breakdown of the songs appearing on the disc, at Classic Rock Revisited.


Jimmy Page - New Granddad

Congratulations to Scarlet Page who last night welcomed her daughter Martha Alice into this poor world. Born to a life of luxury and privilege with Grandad taking care of her every whim - Victoria Beckham has competition...

Now Scarlet is desperately searching for Iron Maiden baby clothes for Martha's first photo spread in Hello magazine with Grandad...


Promoter Wishes eBay Would Drop Dead And Die

Promoter Harvey Goldsmith has branded eBay the "biggest rip-off merchants in the world" after tickets to the forthcoming Led Zeppelin gig appeared for sale on the online auction website. Goldsmith, who helped persuade the band to reunite for a one-off show this November, told Kerrang! Radio yesterday: "I wish eBay would drop dead and die... I have begged them to take [the tickets] off and they have basically told us to fuck off. So I will do everything I possibly can to ruin their lives."

The promoter's harsh words follow the news that fans who purchased tickets to the gig, taking place November 26 at London's 02 Arena, on someone else's credit card may be refused entry. Those fans who won the right to buy tickets were issued with a password to validate their purchase, but it was announced at the weekend that they may be cancelled if the password holder's name did not match the credit card holder's name.

Harvey Goldsmith has responded to criticism of this policy on his blog: "I am fully aware that there seems to be concerns about people who became winners in the ballot and then decided to use somebody else's credit card to pay for the ticket. However, I am convinced that those who are bleating the loudest seem to be protesting too much for other reasons."

Goldsmith added, however, that there may be a way around this problem for bona fide Zep fans. "Of course there are a few people who genuinely want to come but may not have had a suitable credit card to pay for them," he wrote.  "The answer to those people is very simple; if you are genuine you will contact us and give us a justified explanation."

Goldsmith announced details of the reunion last month, explaining that tickets would be allocated by ballot due to high demand. Following the announcement, internet service provider Pipex announced that a stampede of Led Zeppelin fans had not only crashed the ticket registration website, but their entire service, and claimed that this meant around 20 million people must have been attempting to purchase tickets at the same time.

Tickets to the one-off show cost £125, but are already nearing bids of £1000 on auction sites such as eBay.


Robert Plant Rocks Birmingham Hall

Robert Plant Rocks Birmingham Hall
Express & Star reports that Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant was one of a number of stars who came together at Town Hall in Birmingham, England last night to pay tribute to Midlands music legends.

Plant graced the stage alongside funnyman Jasper Carrott and rocker Bev Bevan of '60s band The Move at the Brum Rocks Extra concert.

Last night's fundraising show was only the second at the historic venue since it reopened on Thursday. The capacity crowd who packed the 19th century building enjoyed a celebration of the golden age of Brummie rock n roll.

Stars shared memories of past performances at the building - and less salubrious venues in the city - and blasted out classic songs from the early '60s to late '70s.

Last night's line-up also featured The Move founder Trevor Burton, Dominettes star Steve Gibbons and the lively Danny King of Danny King and The Jesters.


New Jimmy Page Pics by Ross Halfin

Check out the new pictures taken of Jimmy Page by Ross Halfin on Halfin's website

Included in the guitars that Jimmy is posing with is a white Strat that Jimmy used in the recording of Ten Years Gone that was only recently returned to Jimmy from John Paul Jones!

New Jimmy Page Pics by Ross Halfin
New Jimmy Page Pics by Ross Halfin
New Jimmy Page Pics by Ross Halfin

Robert Plant: There Will Be No Led Zeppelin Tour

It had been hoped that the band would extended their one-off show at London's O2 Arena on November 26th to allow more people to see the veteran rockers make their comeback.

Plant has now definitely ruled out the prospect of more dates, however, saying: "We need to do one last great show, because we've done some shows and they've been crap."

The frontman also told the Daily Express that he's planning to take it easy after the tribute show for Ahmet Ertegun.

"I know I'm getting on. When I do come back from touring I'm shocked to find a lot of my mates tend to be going to bed far too early and that means I should probably be doing the same. Maybe I should stop having a good time and get old," the singer confessed.


Godsmack Covers Good Times Bad Times

The Pulse of Radio reports: Godsmack will release a greatest hits collection called Good Times, Bad Times - 10 Years of Godsmack on November 20. A track listing has not been finalized, but the set will presumably include most if not all of the Boston band's 13 Top Five rock hits, as well as a newly recorded version of the title track, originally done by Led Zeppelin. The song heads to radio stations this week as the first official single from the record. There are no further details on what else the package will contain, although it's likely that a bonus DVD and some live acoustic footage will be included.


Jimmy Page Limited-Edition Sculpture Coming Soon

Jimmy Page Limited-Edition Sculpture Coming Soon

Knucklebonz has announced plans to release a Jimmy Page limited-edition sculpture featuring the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist in his white poppy suit with the dragon and poppy embroidery sculpted in intricate detail. The sculpture captures a moment in time from 1977 during the performance of Dazed and Confused with the bow held over head. Each figure is limited edition, hand-numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

A statement from Knucklebonz reads: "We have been working closely with Jimmy and his management for many months and are super excited to see this project drawing in on a holiday ship date. This sculpture will only be available in very limited quantities for holiday shipping. Pre-orders, at a cost of $99 USD, can be made at and orders will be filled in the order they are received."

This fine-arts piece is a resin sculpture and each collectible is individually hand-painted. The sculpture is fully licensed through Jimmy Page and Bravado International Group.


Scarlet Page's 'Your Child' at Royal Albert Hall

When the opening notes of your father's Stairway to Heaven are so famous they are banned from being imitated in guitar shops across the world, escaping from his shadow will never be easy. But Scarlet Page, daughter of Led Zeppelin's Jimmy, has used her family's rock connections to further her own career and has become one of the most celebrated celebrity photographers in Britain, shooting everyone from the White Stripes to Robbie Williams and contributing to a host of music magazines, including Kerrang! and Q.

Her exhibition, Your Child, which opened at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday, explores a subject she knows intimately: the private lives of celebrities and their children. Her portraits of personalities such as Sadie Frost, Keith Allen and Shaun Ryder make up the first music-related photo exhibition to be staged at the venue.

Her big break came soon after completing a BA in photography, film and video, when she worked as an assistant for the rock photography master Ross Halfin, whose reputation was built largely on photographing Led Zeppelin. However, Ms Page insisted yesterday: "I fell into the music industry, but I never used my dad's name to get where I am".


Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains The Same

Led Zeppelin

Released on Standard DVD, CD on November 19th HD-DVD and Blu Ray on November 26th 2007
*** Includes over 40 minutes of never-before-seen bonus footage! ***

Warner Home Video is pleased to announce the release of Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains The Same [Special Edition] on standard DVD on Monday November 19th, followed by HD and Blu-Ray on Monday November 26th, 2007. The Song Remains The Same will be released by Rhino UK as a 2-CD Digipack on November 19th.

"We have re-visited The Song Remains The Same," says guitarist Jimmy Page, "and can now offer the complete set as played at Madison Square Garden. This differs substantially from the original soundtrack released in 1976, and highlights the technical prowess of Kevin Shirley, who worked with us on How The West Was Won. When it comes to The Song Remains The Same, the expansion of the DVD and soundtrack are as good as it gets on the Led Zeppelin wish list."

This brand new digitally remastered edition of The Song Remains The Same features, for the first time, all 14 songs from the original concert. The DVD features newly remixed and re-mastered 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound and boasts more than 40 minutes of added bonus material.

Click on the link below to view the press release in full:

Rare extras includes four additional songs – Misty Mountain Hop and The Ocean, plus two never-before-released songs in rare performance footage – Over The Hills And Far Away and Celebration Day; a rare 1976 BBC interview with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page; vintage TV footage from the Drake Hotel robbery during the New York concert stand, a Led Zeppelin interview on the Cameron Crowe radio show, plus more rare interviews and rarities.

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Zeppelin ticket ballot result due

Led Zeppelin fans are due to find out later whether their applications to see the band reunite on stage in London have been successful.

More than a million people took part in an online ballot, but just 20,000 tickets are available for the show, on 26 November at the O2 arena in London.

The gig is a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, the late founder of Atlantic Records.

Those who have been allocated tickets will be e-mailed by 0000 BST (2300 GMT) on Monday evening, a spokesman said.

Then they will have to pay £125 per ticket, plus booking fees.

Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman and Paolo Nutini will also perform at the concert.

Led Zeppelin's last full concert was in Berlin in July 1980, two months before the death of drummer John Bonham.

A show to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Atlantic Records in 1988 was the last time singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones all played together.

But a rift between Jones and the other two band members opened after Page and Plant started working together without him in the 1990s.

Proceeds from the show will go to an education fund set up in Mr Ertegun's memory.

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NO tickets will be mailed out. All concert goers must pick up their tickets and non-transferable wristbands in advance of the show at the O2 Arena between 10am and 6pm on Sunday 25th November and between 10am and 6pm on Monday 26th November. To avoid long queues on the day of the show you are strongly urged to pick up your tickets and wristbands on Sunday 25th November or arrive as early as possible on Monday 26th November, please be aware that ticket collection will be busy at peak times and you should anticipate having to wait to be served.

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There will be no exceptions to the above, no name changes or letters of authorisation will be accepted under any circumstances. On the night of the show EVERYONE will be required to present BOTH the WRISTBAND and TICKET for entrance to the show. Wristbands must NOT be removed or tampered with prior to entering the show or your access will be refused. Original ticketholders must bring photo ID to the show as they may be required to present it upon entry to the venue. The original conditions of sale will be enforced. These tickets are non-transferable and any resale will void the transaction without refund.

If you book the tickets and are unable to attend we will refund the face value of the tickets (£125 per ticket) if you contact us before the 20th October 2007. No refunds will be accepted after this date. Customers with disabilities should forward this email and contact phone number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book accessible seating (subject to availability).

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Robert Plant on Fats Domino Tribute

Vanguard Records, in collaboration with Fusion III Distribution in Canada, yesterday released Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino.

Among those who contributed new tracks to this must-have album are:

Elton John, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Willie Nelson B.B. King, Neil Young, Dr. John, Art Neville, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams, Ben Harper with the Skatalites, Toots and the Maytals, Taj Mahal, Herbie Hancock, and Bonnie Raitt.

It also features the late John Lennon's version of Domino's Ain't That A Shame.

Monies raised from the album will also go towards creating a community center in New Orleans' still-ravaged Lower 9th Ward as well as other community-related programs there.

Rock genius Bonzo is never forgotten

A tiny churchyard in a quiet Worcestershire hamlet has become a place of pilgrimage for thousands of fans of one of the world's best known rock bands.

Almost every day fans of Led Zeppelin make the peaceful journey to the pristeen parish churchyard at Rushock where drummer John Bonham's ashes are scattered.

In the midst of all the graves, Bonham's cannot be missed. There are drum sticks galore, a couple of small bottles of vodka, a tumbler, of what may have been whisky at one time, key rings, cigarette lighters, coins, CD cases and even dice. All significant symbols of Bonham's eventful life.

Today even more devotees of Bonham, regarded by many music aficionados as the greatest drummer of all time, will pay their respects on the 27th anniversary of his death [more]

Rock genius Bonzo is never forgotten
St. Michael's Church
Rock genius Bonzo is never forgotten
Photo courtesy of Ebbskihare

Shepard Fairey's Led Zeppelin Mothership cover has landed

Shepard Fairey's Led Zeppelin Mothership cover has landed

Last week, The Daily Swarm broke the news that Shepard Fairey had been tapped by Led Zeppelin to design the cover for their latest greatest hits collection, Mothership. Some were confused by our mock-up, which was a 5-minute mash-up of Led Zep's debut album cover and Fairey's work for Smashing Pumpkins' Zeitgeist. As you can see above, we got our hands on the actual album artwork, and, well, it seems as if Fairey spent about as much time on his as we did on ours.


Led Zeppelin deadline extended 48 hours

The deadline for fans to enter an online ballot for a chance to get tickets for a one-off Led Zeppelin reunion concert has been extended by 48 hours due to high demand.

The system was originally due to close at midday on Monday, but bosses have decided to extend it until midday on Wednesday, September 19 instead.

25 million applications have already been submitted for a chance to get the £125-a-head tickets since it was launched at 4pm on Wednesday.

People who have registered will be entered into a ballot and notified by October 1 if they have won a chance to buy a pair of tickets.

Concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith explained the extension, saying: "In order to ensure as many fans as possible are able to enter the ballot we have decided to extend the closing of the ballot from midday Monday 17 to midday Wednesday 19.

"To the thousands of fans that have already registered, we thank you for your support of the Tribute To Ahmet Ertegun Concert and we continue to do our best to ensure that tickets for this show go directly to you and don't end up in the hands of the unscrupulous touts."


Led Zeppelin To Rock With Sound of Craftman's Guitars

Exeter music-making master Hugh Manson and his world-famous guitars are set to be stars in the biggest and most eagerly awaited rock reunion for years.

Led Zeppelin, the heavy metal super group which formally disbanded amid tragedy 27 years ago, are coming back together for a one-off concert at London's cavernous O2 Arena, and many of the instruments they will be using for the massive gig will come from Mansons Guitars, of Fore Street.

Hugh, who has worked with and for the band for over 25 years, will be at the concert looking after the instruments along with one of his top Exeter technicians, Seth Baccus, the Fore Street shop manager.

Hugh, who makes his one-off guitars at his workshop just outside Sandford, near Crediton, has been a regular at Led Zeppelin's secret rehearsal venue in London during the build-up to the sell-out concert. The band will perform together for the first time in 19 years in tribute to the late founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun, who signed the band in 1968.

The group's three original members - singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones - will headline the November 26 concert, with late drummer John Bonham's son, Jason, on drums.

Hugh, who at 53 can remember Led Zeppelin from the first time around, said: "It is going to be absolutely fantastic. Rehearsals have been hard work but great fun.

"I have just finished making one new guitar for the concert and am now working on another, which will be a spare. It is a four-string bass which is extra long - at least that is the best way to describe it.

"Some of the songs will be in a lower key than usual and, while you can tune a guitar to accommodate almost any note, the best way is to make an instrument to do the job - and that's what this is.

"In fact, all the basses used by the band in the concert will be ours."

Hugh, who has toured the world with Led Zeppelin, its bassist John Paul Jones and another supergroup, Yes, said: "It is a wonderful story that a little shop like ours should be providing so much for the biggest-ever and best- ever band. And a lot of that is down to the wonderful staff we have: Seth, Tim Stark and Jason Morris, who has been voted guitarist of the year for The Whole UK."

In-between it all, Hugh is also working a new guitar for Matt Bellamy, front man for Devon's own top group Muse.

Mansons, launched by three friends in 1992, has become one of the most highly-regarded guitar shops in the business.

Fifteen years ago he launched the shop in New Bridge Street with friends Jay Henson and Adrian Ashton, of Shaldon, who graduated from the Musician's Institute in Los Angeles with a diploma in electric bass guitar and founded the UK's only bass periodical, Bass Guitar Magazine.

The shop's reputation grew rapidly over the years.

It has supplied guitars and amps to some of the UK's best-known musicians, including Oasis, Stereophonics, Muse, Billy Bragg and The Lightning Seeds.

Martin Barre, from Jethro Tull, and Steve Howe, from Yes, are also regular customers. Many of the musicians are regular callers to the Exeter shop. The store started with around 30 guitars and now stocks hundreds.

In 2003, the shop moved to McCoys Arcade in Fore Street.


Led Zeppelin Website Gets 120 Million Hits

In one day, the registration website for tickets to see Led Zeppelin's reunion concert received 120 million hits yesterday (September 13th).

The website has been inundated by visitors since it opened at 4pm on Wednesday for fans to register for tickets to the tribute concert on November 26th at the O2 Arena in London.

25 million people have so far applied for tickets to the show – with only 14,500 available. Tickets are limited to two per person and will be distributed by a public ballot.

Fans have until midday on Monday (September 14th) to register for the £125 tickets to the concert, which is being held in memory of Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, who was instrumental in launching the band's career.

Organisers have released a statement today (September 14th) urging people to be patient after the website crashed due to the phenomenal demand.

It read: "The message is to be patient. The website will be open until midday Monday (September 17) for anyone wanting register. It is not 'first come first served' and all successful applicants will be entered into the ballot for tickets to be drawn at random."

As well as a rumoured appearance from Mick Jagger, the concert will also feature performances by Pete Townshend, Paolo Nutini and Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings.


Led Zeppelin To Announce New Dates?

In addition to O2 Arena show, Led Zeppelin promoter Harvey Goldsmith has said that the band could add more dates to their one-off reunion concert on November 26th.

As previously reported, twenty million people have already tried to register for Led Zeppelin's reunion concert at the O2 Arena in London.

Goldsmith has said, however, that he expects if the band enjoy their return to the spotlight then the concert won't be their last, reports dotmusic.

"If they enjoy it, who knows what will happen," explained Goldsmith. "They've got their own pathways and their own music. For an act to go on the road again after all this time is like restarting a marriage. I hope they do something (afterwards) but only if they enjoy it."

The band are reforming in order to raise money for the late Ahmet Ertegun, who played an instrumental role in the early years of the band's career.


Listen: Robert Plant on the reunion

Speaking to BBC WM on Wednesday 12 September 2007, Robert Plant said:

"We [Led Zeppelin] started to get together and talk a lot more about bits and pieces we had remixed..."

"As we got to do that we started talking about that the fact that we really really were all absolutely smashed to pieces when we found that the guy who got us started in the first place, Ahmet Ertegun, had passed away.

"Forty years ago I was playing in the Black Horse in Northfield to, like, ten people. And then two years later Ahmet Ertegun signed our band... and we were off.

"We wanted to pay tribute to the effect that he had had on our careers, and the closeness we had shared with him for all of these years..."
Plant confirms that, "'s total - only one show.

"The rehearsal sound is superb... the responsibility is enormous.

"I just won't have my shirt quite that open this time around!"

Listen: Robert Plant on Led Zep reunion
Watch: Led Zeppelin reunion

Zeppelin Takes Flight Once More A.K.A. THE REUNION

Hard rock giant Led Zeppelin is reforming, but for one night only.

The British band will play a one-off show at London's 22,000-capacity O2 arena Nov. 26.

The O2 show is a tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder and chairman emeritus Ahmet Ertegun, who died Dec. 14 2006, aged 83. Led Zeppelin's heavyweight manager, the late Peter Grant, signed the band to Ertegun's Atlantic in November 1968.

The Who's Pete Townshend, former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, Foreigner and Paolo Nutini will also perform on the night. Profits will benefit the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which provides scholarships to universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Ertegun's homeland, Turkey.

Tickets costing £125 ($254) will be allocated on a lottery basis through the web site.

The O2 show was first tipped in Billboard's Aug. 4 issue, but industry sources acknowledge standing offers have been on the table for a Led Zeppelin tour for more than a decade.

Confirmation of the date, putting an end to several months of speculation, came at a press conference at the O2 today. The three surviving members of the band, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones confirmed they are to reunite onstage for the third time in 27 years. The drummer for the evening will be Jason Bonham, son of the band's original drummer John Bonham, who died from a heart attack in 1980.

The show will follow the release of a new Atlantic/Rhino two-disc, 24-track best-of set, Mothership, in the United States on Nov. 13 in the United States.

The original band split shortly after Bonham's death. Page, Plant and Jones initially reformed with Genesis' Phil Collins and Chic/Power Station sticksman Tony Thompson sharing drum duties, for a performance at Live Aid in Philadelphia in 1985. And in May 1988, Jason Bonham joined the three originals for another "one-off" reunion at an Atlantic Records 40th-anniversary concert in New York City.

Post-Zeppelin, Plant has released a string of solo albums, while Page has collaborated with other vocalists, including David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake) and Paul Rogers (Free, Bad Company) and also scored two of the successful Death Wish action movie franchise in the early 1980s. The pair re-united in 1994 for an MTV special, toured globally and released the live set No Quarter (Mercury, 1994). Jones has released two solo albums, although his post-Zeppelin work has largely concentrated on production and arranging.

Led Zeppelin was assembled in 1968 by Page, who at that time, was one of the United Kingdom's most in-demand session guitarists and a member of successful but newly-folded British Invasion act the Yardbirds. The latter act had been managed by former wrestler Grant. Page recruited the other three members initially as the New Yardbirds, but the band swiftly adopted the Led Zeppelin moniker.

Zeppelin was an immediate success, particularly in the United States, where its 10 albums, including the live film soundtrack The Song Remains The Same and the posthumous out-takes collection Coda all made the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. Industry sources suggest the band's total sales to date exceed 300 million albums. The act was also a huge live draw throughout the 1970s, equally famed for its lengthy, much-bootlegged, live sets and a reputation for off-stage excess.

Led Zeppelin formed its own Warner-distributed label, Swansong in 1974, signing Scottish Blues-rock vocalist Maggie Bell and 1960s survivors the Pretty Things. Its own first release on the label was the 1976 double set "Physical Graffiti," a Billboard chart-topper.

Shepard Fairey tapped for Mothership design

Shepard Fairey tapped for Mothership design
Shepard Fairey, the artist/designer/illustrator who created the Andre the Giant Has a Posse sticker campaign and whose artwork graces album covers for artists like The Black Eyed Peas, 311, and the Smashing Pumpkins, announced last Friday that he has been commissioned by Led Zeppelin to design the packaging for their forthcoming Mothership greatest-hits collection. Fairey made the announcement at the Los Angeles Getty Center during his featured presentation as part of the sold-out QBN Sessions.


Led Zeppelin Announcement Expected Next Week

Led Zeppelin Announcement Expected Next Week

Talk of a Led Zeppelin reunion just refuses to go away.

Billboard reported in July that the band may get together for a proposed tribute to the late producer/record mogul Ahmet Ertegun at the O2 in London in November (Billboard, Aug. 4).

On, the date 11.13.07 mysteriously appears with the familiar Zep symbols. Several people saw the band touring the O2 during Prince's recent stand at the new 20,000-seat London arena. A press conference next Wednesday (Sept. 12) in London may clear everything up.

There has been talk that tour producers AEG Live and Michael Cohl's CPI (Rolling Stones, Genesis, Barbra Streisand) have put in offers on a Zep tour featuring founding members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones with late drummer John "Bonzo" Bonham's son Jason on drums. But it is also well-known in the industry that standing offers have been on the table for a Led Zeppelin tour for more than a decade.

Nov. 13 also has another significance: it's the drop date of a new Atlantic/Rhino two-disc, 24-track best-of set, Mothership. Additionally, a deluxe reissue of the soundtrack to the 1976 concert film The Song Remains the Same with previously unreleased material and a new DVD edition of that movie will arrive Nov. 20 via Atlantic/Rhino and Warner Home Video, respectively.


UK Promoter Warns Of Fake Led Zeppelin Ticket Packages

Promoters are taking action after tickets for a rumoured Led Zeppelin comeback gig are being advertised.

Despite no official confirmation from the band, hotel and ticket packages are being sold for upwards of £269 for gigs at London's O2 Arena.

The company offering the deal has now been reported to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Promoter Harvey Goldsmith has issued a statement to warn the fans not to fall victiom to ticket touts:

"There have been at least four events advertised which I suspect either don't exist or where no tickets are on sale or indeed dates finalized. These are the very people whom our industry has spent over a year trying to convince the DCMS to instigate outlawing.

The media should consider the consequences of giving credibility to those who rip the public off.

There are NO packages or tickets for some the events advertised at all, nor do some of the events even exist. We are concerned that the public will be fleeced. The bottom line is that unless official adverts have appeared for concerts, tickets are not on sale. Do not buy from unauthorized sources."

Goldsmith is promoting Bruce Springsteen's date and confirms that tickets are sold out and that there are no packages available at this time.

There is still no official word on whether Led Zeppelin's rumoured comeback will happen.


Bootlegger Receives 20 Month Sentence

A music pirate who was convicted after Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page gave evidence against him has been jailed for 20 months.

Robert Langley, 58, was arrested in 2005 after being caught with a massive haul of bootleg CDs and DVDs at a record fair in Glasgow.

The seizure by the British Phonographic Industry included £11,500 of counterfeit Led Zeppelin material.

Mr Page told Langley's trial that he did not sanction the items to be sold.

Langley, from Buckingham, had originally denied the charges against him.

However, after Mr. Page gave evidence against him at the trial in Glasgow Sheriff Court last month he changed his plea to guilty by admitting three trademark and two copyright infringements.


Unauthorized Robert Plant Bio Due In February

U.K.-based journalist Neil Daniels' book on Robert Plant's solo career, Robert Plant: Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page & The Solo Years, is due for publication via IMP in February next year. According to Daniels, "Plant's solo career has never granted a full rock bio. From his debut album Pictures at Eleven to the present day... it's all in there."


Jimmy Page To Receive Living Legend Award

Legendary guitarist Jimmy Page, is to be honored as the Living Legend at this year's Classic Rock Roll of Honour, Classic Rock Magazine's third annual award show, which this year takes place on Monday, November 5, 2007 at London's prestigious Landmark Hotel. Elsewhere in the awards, one of the most headline-grabbing, eyebrow-raising rock events of the year, Keith Richards snorting his father's ashes, gets its very own nomination in the "Event of the Year" category alongside the reformation of both Genesis and The Police, Aerosmith's critically-acclaimed Hyde Park Calling performance and Lou Reed's historic Berlin concert.


Robert Plant/Alison Krauss Album Track Listing

Robert Plant/Alison Krauss Album Track Listing

News Sentinel music writer Wayne Bledsoe just passed this along: Bluegrass star Alison Krauss and Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant have collaborated in a T Bone Burnette produced album.

Now that is a surprise combo. The project is called Raising Sand and this could be really nice.

Here's the text from the news release:

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, two of the most distinctive vocalists in modern music, recently put the finishing touches on Raising Sand - their astonishing new collaborative album. Set for release October 23 on Rounder Records, the album was produced by T-Bone Burnett and recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles with a stellar cast of supporting musicians, including guitarists Marc Ribot and Norman Blake, multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger, drummer Jay Bellerose, and bassist Dennis Crouch. Plant is quick to define Raising Sand as more a band record than a duet record, as it puts the two great singers in a variety of vocal and instrumental combinations - from songs featuring two-part brother-style harmony throughout to solo features for each. Though they come from entirely different traditions, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant create an amazing, unexpected, and entirely new sound when they sing together.

The material, ingeniously chosen by Burnett with input from Plant and Krauss, is the crucial thread that guides Raising Sand and gives the two unique singers a forum to interact and equally express themselves. The songs range from modern to classic, consisting mostly of lesser-known material from a wide spectrum of great blues, R&B, country, and folk songwriters - Tom Waits, Gene Clark, Little Milton Campbell, Mel Tillis, Townes Van Zandt, Doc Watson, Phil and Don Everly among them. They also recorded the Robert Plant/Jimmy Page song Please Read the Letter, from the 1998 album Walking Into Clarksdale. "You've got two singers that can handle a wide range of material - storytellers," explains Burnett. "So you look for the stories...."

Krauss explained that the genesis of Raising Sand came about seven years ago, when Plant called to say hello and that he'd love to work with her someday. A few years later, Plant made good on his word and called Krauss about participating in a Leadbelly tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where they sang together for the first time. The collaboration revealed instant potential to the pair, and several years later they enlisted Burnett to help them realize a more full-scale collaboration.

Raising Sand track listing:
Rich Woman (Dorothy LaBostrie-McKinley Millet)
Killing the Blues (Rowland Salley)
Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us (Sam Phillips)
Polly Come Home (Gene Clark)
Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On) (Phil and Don Everly)
Through the Morning, Through the Night (Gene Clark)
Please Read The Letter (Robert Plant-Michael Lee-Jimmy Page-Charlie Jones)
Trampled Rose (Tom Waits-Kathleen Brennan)
Fortune Teller (Naomi Neville)
Stick With Me Baby (Mel Tillis)
Nothin' (Townes Van Zandt)
Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson (Milt Campbell)
Your Long Journey (A.D. Watson and Rosa Lee Watson)

Man Admits Led Zep Bootleg Charge

A man has admitted bootlegging charges after hearing evidence from Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.

Robert Langley, 57, from Buckingham, originally denied three trademark and two copyright infringements after being caught at a record fair in Glasgow.

The seizure of CDs and DVDs two years ago included £11,500 of counterfeit Led Zeppelin material.

The band's guitarist last week told Glasgow Sheriff Court he would never sanction the sale of his material.

Page, 63, had told the trial how he had been asked up to Glasgow by British Phonographic Industry officials following the raid at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in May 2005.

The millionaire musician had already become aware of massive sales of pirate Led Zeppelin material across the world.

The haul taken from Langley included a £220 box set of a Led Zeppelin tour in Japan and a £40 set of a warm-up session in Denmark.

More prosecution witnesses were expected to take the stand in a trial that was set to last up to three weeks.

But, Langley - who previously walked free from three similar trials in England - changed his plea to guilty following Page's evidence.

As well as the Led Zeppelin discs, Langley also admitted having £1,790 of Rolling Stones material and £885 worth of music by The Beatles.

Langley, of Embleton Way, Buckingham, will be sentenced next month.

He also faces further another hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act.


Led Zeppelin Join the Net Generation

Veteran rockers Led Zeppelin, who have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, are to enter the modern age and offer an album of specially selected tracks to download on the internet.

Mothership, a collection including Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love and Dazed and Confused, will be available on Apple's iTunes and is the band's first venture into selling on the internet. Only the Beatles' back catalogue, along with Radiohead, remain substantial iTunes refusniks.

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones have chosen the tracks themselves. Mothership will be available online on 12 November.


Mothership and the Reissued The Song Remains The Same

Led Zeppelin fans will have a lot to celebrate this fall thanks to the release of three new titles in multiple configurations. First up on Nov. 13 via Atlantic/Rhino is a two-disc, 24-track best-of, Mothership. A deluxe reissue of the soundtrack to the 1976 concert film The Song Remains the Same with previously unreleased material and a new DVD edition of that movie will arrive Nov. 20 via Atlantic/Rhino and Warner Home Video, respectively.

Mothership, tracks for which were chosen by surviving members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, represents all eight of the band's studio albums. In addition to a two-disc set, the album will also be available in both "deluxe" and "collector's" editions with a DVD featuring varied live content from the previously released Led Zeppelin DVD. A 4-LP vinyl package will also be sold.

As for the The Song Remains the Same soundtrack, it now sports six songs not included on the original album: Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, The Ocean and Heartbreaker. The album and film were recorded during a July 1973 stand at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The Song Remains the Same DVD includes all 14 songs from the original concert for the first time plus previously unreleased performances of Over the Hills and Far Away, Celebration Day, The Ocean and Misty Mountain Hop. Rounding out the bonus items are a 1976 BBC interview with Plant and band manager Peter Grant and contemporary footage from the robbery at New York's Drake Hotel during the MSG run.

Beyond a standard DVD, the film will be sold in both HD DVD and Blu-ray formats, as well as a limited collector's edition that includes the soundtrack, a T-shirt with the original album art and reproductions of memorabilia from the era.

All the catalog activity gives further heft to rumors Plant, Page and Jones will reunite to perform at a proposed Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert this fall in London. Although no details have been announced, the group is also said to be mulling offers to tour under the Led Zeppelin name in 2008 with the late John Bonham's son Jason filling in on drums.



Star Page witness in bootleg case

Rock legend Jimmy Page has been giving evidence in an alleged bootleg music case at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Robert Langley, from Buckinghamshire, has denied 12 charges of trying to sell bootleg material in the city in 2005.

Former Led Zeppelin lead guitarist Page, 63, was shown hundreds of CDs and DVDs containing the band's material.

The star told the ongoing court case that the discs had never been authorised for manufacture, distribution or sale.

Mr Langley has been accused of trying to sell the material at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow [more]

More Hints From Krauss

More Hints From Krauss

In an interview in the Indianapolis Star, Allison Krauss gave more hints on the project her and Robert Plant have completed. 'On the topic of collaboration, Krauss will join forces with former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant after the conclusion of this summer's Union Station tour, which promotes the group's compilation album A Hundred Miles or More Reluctant to share many details about the Plant project, Krauss says that T-Bone Burnett (winner of three Grammys for 2000's O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack) produced an album that's scheduled for a September release. She and Plant then will play a string of concerts, supported by a band that includes avant-garde guitarist Marc Ribot.'

Thanks to TBLWeb for the info


Stairway To Witness Box For Led Zep Legend

Rock legend Jimmy Page is to appear in a Scottish court as the star witness in a bootlegging trial.

The 63-year-old former Led Zeppelin guitarist has been cited to give evidence at Glasgow Sheriff Court this week.

He has confirmed he will appear in the case against a businessman accused of trying to sell more than 2400 pirate DVDs and CDs at a fair in the city's SECC in 2005.

Robert Langley, from Buckinghamshire, denies all 12 charges.

If found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

Page was cited by the prosecution as the alleged stash is said to have included many previously unreleased Led Zeppelin performances, featuring hits such as Whole Lotta Love and Stairway To Heaven.

These allegedly include a concert at Knebworth in 1979, a year before they split following the death of drummer John Bonham.

Page was the main songwriter for Led Zeppelin, who formed in 1968 and went on to become the second biggest selling band of all time, behind The Beatles.

For the past 17 years, he has been heavily involved in remastering their entire back catalogue.

In 2005, Page was awarded an OBE for his services to charity.

Last month, it was claimed Led Zeppelin are to reunite for a comeback tour which could net an estimated £300million.


John Paul Jones In Free Italian Folk Festival

John Paul Jones is to appear as special guest to Robyn Hitchcock at a free Folk Festival in Italy on July 30th 2007. The Folk and Blues Festival is being held at Modigliana, a small village in Romagna, near to the Adriatic Sea. For further info go to the festival website at

Thanks to Alessandro Borri and TBLWeb for the info

Manager: Beck Not Touring With Page In Yardbirds

Contradicting a published report, Jeff Beck's manager tells the guitarist has no plans to tour with Jimmy Page, Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty as the Yardbirds this fall.

Beck's manager says "there is no truth to any rumors" regarding Beck's role in the potential reunion. The artist finishes a European tour tonight (July 20) and will play Eric Clapton's Crossroads festival in Chicago in August, but has no further touring on his schedule for the rest of the year at this time.

Page and Beck played together in the Yardbirds briefly in 1966; the band split up two years later, but Dreja and McCarty have toured under the name for the past two decades. That incarnation of the outfit, which also includes several much younger musicians, has U.S. tour dates booked through late August.

The Yardbirds' original lead singer, Keith Relf, was electrocuted to death in 1976. The core group has only played once since disbanding, at the 1992 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.


Source: Jimmy Page to Reunite with Jeff Beck for Yardbirds Tour

According to an industry insider, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck are going to tour as The Yardbirds this fall alongside founding bassist Chris Dreja and drummer Jim McCarty. The tour is said to kick off this October. It's unclear who will be the reformed Yardbirds' lead singer (original vocalist Keith Relf died of electrocution in 1976). Eric Clapton, the Yardbirds' founding guitarist, has no plans to participate, according to the source.

Page and Beck's tenure in the Yardbirds overlapped by only a few months in 1966, but they have remained close friends since. The British blues legends disbanded in July of 1968, although Dreja and McCarty have been touring steadily under the Yardbirds name since the 1990s, and are currently on the road through August. The band reunited for one night in 1992 when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Letter From Kashmir

An interesting piece has been posted on the Washington Post website centre on the possible tourist hopes of the locals in Kashmir. Sandwich between India and Pakistan, the region is seen has seen it's fair share of violence, there have been two wars fought over Kashmir, along with daily skirmishes between the half-million Indian security troops and the Pakistani-backed militants, along with home-grown separatists who want Kashmir to be its own country. Once billed as "Heaven On Earth" the region relies on the future peace that always seems to be just around the corner.

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Ann Wilson covers Immigrant Song

Listen to Ann Wilson's acoustic (and rearranged) version of Immigrant Song on her soon-to-be released album Hope And Glory, which will be released on Rounder Records on Sept. 11, 2007.

Visit or the YouTube clip below to listen to the song.

£6M Mansion Sale of John Paul Jones' Former Home

A georgian mansion house overlooking the River Dart - which was once rocked by seventies supergroup Led Zeppelin - has just been sold to a mystery buyer for more than £6million.

The identity of the owner is being kept such a closely guarded secret that the Dartmouth estate agents who sold it have signed a 'gagging order' banning them from saying anything about the buyer or the seller. In fact, the nine bedroom Old Rectory at Dittisham, which comes with seven bathrooms and magnificent views across the Dart Estuary, was sold by former Duran Duran manager Michael Berrow and his wife Frances.

It was only on the market for a month before being snapped up - and at least one of the super rich interested in snapping it was Titanic star Kate Winslet, who was spotted in the village when she came down to look over it.

In fact the word is the Kate did not buy it and that the new owner is not part of the Hollywood or superstar elite and will be using it as a holiday home.

The Old Rectory went on the market a little over a month ago and was marketed by the Marchand Petit chain of estate agents.

It sparked off a lot of interest from would-be buyers from this country and abroad.

But a spokesman for the agents, who did not even want to be named, revealed that there was a legal agreement which meant that he could not say anything about the sale, how much the house actually sold for or who sold or bought it.

However the huge old building with four reception rooms, a small recording studio, a swimming pool and six acres of grounds at the end of Rectory Lane, Dittisham, was being advertised with an asking price of £6 million and it is believed it went for more than that.

The original Georgian building was virtually destroyed by fire in the 1970s leaving nothing but a 50 square foot shell and a porch.

In the early 1980s, Led Zeppelin star Jon (sic) Paul Jones lived there and the band used to rehearse there.

In the village pubs and the village store, locals were adamant that they had no idea who the new owners are.

"Somebody said it had been sold but no-one is saying who to,"
said one. "We seriously haven't heard anything at the moment," said another.

Local district councillor and farmer John Tucker said it was common knowledge that Kate Winslet had been down to look at it but had decided not to buy it.

"There were quite a few celebrities interested but it seems it's not anybody we know of. All I have heard is that they want it for a second home," he said.

SX8654 : The Old Rectory, Dittisham by Derek Harper
The Old Rectory, Dittisham
© Copyright Derek Harper and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Led Zeppelin in Seven Ages Of Rock

Beginning on December 17, VH1 Classic will debut a series entitled Seven Ages Of Rock in conjunction with the BBC.

Led Zeppelin will appear in Episode 3: Heavy Metal - A new sound that emerged from the UK, heavy metal conveyed an intense and powerful resonance. Artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin paved the way by establishing the heavy sound while artists like Metallica and Motley Crue added their own rock 'n' roll twist.

Seven Ages of Rock, a VH1 Classic co-production with the BBC is executive-produced by Michael Poole for the BBC and Michele M. Dix and Ben Zurier for VH1. William Naylor serves as the series producer for the BBC.


Jimmy Page Attends Metallica Concert

July 8
"...I wasn't going to shoot much at all ,ended up shooting alot. As the band were in tune up, Jimmy Page came in, which left Metallica rather stunned. Lars walking onstage turned to me, 'Where's Ritchie Blackmore? We've had Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page - we need Ritchie!'. I know, he's Danish...

Shoot the first half of the show from the stage next to my hero, Lars. The crowd looked good and the light was perfect. Watched One and Enter Sandman from the Royal Box with Jimmy, he thought Lars played well. The crowd was going mental, it was like a huge rally with various mosh pits in the middle. As I was sitting with JP in the Royal Box I didn't shoot anything. Now I'm home I regret it, wish I had..."


John Bonham In Traps Magazine

John Bonham In Traps Magazine
The Autumn '07 edition of Traps Magazine features 25 pages of John Bonham, story of the world's heaviest drummer, by author Chris Welch.

Also in the magazine is a listing on John Bonham's drumkits, the Zeppelin Core Catalog and some drum lessons labelled as "Bonhamisms".


Robert Plant Is A Secret Tennis Player

Led Zeppelin rocker Robert Plant has been taking secret tennis lessons from former Wimbledon champ Pat Cash.

The Australian sports star is a wannabe rocker himself and wants the veteran star to teach him to sing.

Cash reveals, "I gave Robert Plant his first ever tennis lesson. He loves tennis but he didn't teach me how to sing though. He plays a lot and is always coming along to tennis events. He's a lovely guy."


Page To Make Poor Profit On Home

In a report originally posted on May 20, 2007, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has put his southern England home on the market - but is only set to make a GBP800,000 ($1.6 million) profit. The star purchased the mansion in West Sussex for GBP2 million ($4 million) in 2003, and is selling the property for GBP2.8 million ($5.6 million) - despite huge rises in property prices in the area. The home includes 123 acres of land, horse stables and three tennis courts.


John Peel's Maida Vale studio set to close

The BBC are planning to close their famous Maida Vale studios in west London, explaining it's not suitable for the "21st-century digital age".

The closure of the studio, which was home to John Peel's classic radio sessions, is part of a six-year "reprioritisation" plan for the BBC.

The plan is to sell it to a developer, although a final decision on the studio's fate won't be made until next year.

The Smiths, Led Zeppelin (June 24, 1969), Blur and Nirvana are a few of the rock heavyweights to lay down sessions at the studio, and bands such as The Fall have released full albums of material recorded there.

Being John Peel's favourite band, Mark E Smith's rock troupe recorded 24 sessions for him.

More recently the likes of Editors, Arcade Fire, The Kooks and The Coral recorded Maida Vale sessions for Radio 1 and 2.

The BBC are yet to announce whether the studio will be replaced or not.


From Robert Plant To Richard Nixon

Editorial cartoonists had a memorable 1988 encounter with singer Robert Plant, whose many Led Zeppelin credits include The Song Remains the Same.

That incident will be described later in this story, but the Zeppelin song (and film) title has some relevance to the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists as it nears its 50th-anniversary convention July 4-7 in Washington, D.C. -- where the AAEC held its first meeting in 1957.

There also was that aforementioned 1988 encounter with former Zeppelin frontman Plant, who happened to be staying at the same Milwaukee hotel as AAEC conventioneers. Several cartoonists (including Rob Rogers) were having drinks with the singer when J.D. Crowe - then of The San Diego Tribune - decided to play a joke on the rock legend. Crowe made believe he thought Plant was singer David Coverdale of Whitesnake, a band considered somewhat derivative of Led Zeppelin. An enraged Plant proceeded to head-butt Crowe.

Plant didn't have a "Whole Lotta Love" for Crowe at that point, but the two ended up burying the hatchet and posing with Rob Rogers for a photo. "Just as the picture was being snapped, Plant, who's a good two or three inches shorter than Rob and I, hoisted himself up to appear taller," recalled Crowe, who's now with the Press-Register in Mobile, AL. [more]

Robert Plant Shoots Down Zeppelin Reunion Rumors

Robert Plant has shot down reports that Led Zeppelin will reunite for a one-off memorial concert in honor of their late record company boss.

A report was published earlier in the week suggesting that Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones will re-group alongside John Bonham's son Jason for a special concert in memory of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun in London.

A source was quoted as saying, "Page, Plant and Jones spoke and agreed to do the memorial concert. They are waiting for a definite date.

"And no one can quite believe it, but during discussions about the concert they all gave the green light to a tour if it all does well and they don't all fall out.

"It has been hoped for and denied for years. But this is the closest they have ever come to a reunion tour. The feeling is that this is going to happen next year."

Speaking at a press conference for the upcoming Rockwave festival - which is scheduled to be held June 29, June 1 and June 3 in Athens, Greece - Plant insisted that he hadn't heard anything about the rumored Zeppelin reunion and jokingly added, "If there was one, then there wouldn't be enough doctors to support it!"

Ertegun died in December 2006 after seven weeks in a coma following a fall at a Rolling Stones concert.


Vanilla Fudge covering Zeppelin on new CD *UPDATE 2*

Out Through The In Door has been released on June 25, 2007 on Escapi Music label.

The track listing is as follows:
1. Immigrant Song
2. Ramble On
3. Trampled Underfoot
4. Dazed And Confused
5. Black Mountain Side
6. Fool In The Rain
7. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
8. Dancing Days
9. Moby Dick
10. All Of My Love
11. Rock And Roll
12. Your Time Is Gonna Come

Vanilla Fudge covering Zeppelin on new CD *UPDATE 2*
Vanilla Fudge covering Zeppelin on new CD *UPDATE 2*

Plant in Birmingham Charity Concert in October

The 19th-century Town Hall Triennial Festival concerts were fundraisers for the General Hospital. History comes full circle in tonight’s unique event: some of the world's greatest rock legends join an all-star line-up to raise funds for the Birmingham Children's Hospital Red Balloon Appeal. A celebration of the heyday of Brum Rock, this event is a fantastic opportunity for a trip down memory lane and a great night out.

Line up (subject to availability) includes Bev Bevan’s Move, Jasper Carrott, John Lodge (Moody Blues), Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention) and Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin).


Robert Plant Returns To Tiswas

After a 26 year absence, Robert Plant has made an appearance on the Tiswas Reunion show on June 16, 2007. Once again, the Phanton Flan Finger struck with a pie!

Robert Plant Returns To Tiswas
October 17, 1981
Robert Plant Returns To Tiswas
June 16, 2007


Robert Plant and Gibson Guitar Town London

Robert Plant is supporting the 'Gibson Guitar Town London' charity project this summer by collaborating with artist Mauricio Ortiz on a design for a 10 foot replica of a Gibson Les Paul guitar. Although the final look of the Ortiz creation remains secret, it has been revealed that the guitar will feature imagery and themes from Plant's solo album Dreamland. The finished work of art will be displayed on London's South Bank with 29 other similarly customised pieces from late June before being auctioned in aid of The Prince's Trust, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and Teenage Cancer Trust at a star-studded event in September.

For full details, please visit:

John Paul Jones To Take Part In Bonnaroo SuperJam

Bonnaroo continues an annual tradition with an all-star SuperJam, starting at midnight on Friday, June 15. Former Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones will anchor a trio featuring one of music's most innovative modern bluesmen, guitar wizard Ben harper, and Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson. The SuperJam is one of the most highly anticipated features of the festival, combining the talents of a diverse set of musicians for a one-time-only collaborative performance.

John Paul Jones At Syd Barrett Tribute

John Paul Jones appeared alongside Robyn Hitchcock and Ruby Wright at last night's tribute concert to Syd Barrett at the Barbican in London. John joined Robyn and Ruby for a version of the Barrett number Gigolo Aunt and was also part of the finale performance of Syd's classic Bike. The evening's highlights included performances by the remaining Pink Floyd members, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright - though not together.

Waters performed his number Flickering Flame and the other three members performed the 1967 Barrett era Floyd hit Arnold Layne. Profits from the concert were donated to the mental health charity SANE, nominated by the Barrett family. Full details of the show can be found here at the Brain Damage website.

John Paul Jones & Kevin Ayers
Copyright 2007 Danny Clifford

John Paul Jones At The Merlefest

Over the weekend of April 26–29, 2007, John Paul Jones made several appearances at the Merlefest 2007 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. John appeared with Uncle Earl, The Duhks, The Sam Bush Band and took part in many festival jam sessions.

John Paul Jones at the Merlefest
April 26, 2007
John Paul Jones at the Merlefest
April 27, 2007
Photo courtesy of Cleek
John Paul Jones at the Merlefest
April 27, 2007
Photo courtesy of Cleek
John Paul Jones at the Merlefest
April 28, 2007
John Paul Jones at the Merlefest
April 28, 2007


The Hindenburg Disaster - 70 Years Later

The German LZ 129 Hindenburg was, along with its sister ship, LZ 130 Graf Zeppelin II, the largest aircraft ever built. It was named after Paul von Hindenburg (1847-1934), president of Germany from 1925 until his death.

During the Hindenburg's second year of service, its tail caught fire on landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, N.J., on May 6, 1937. Within seconds, the ship's 6 million cubic feet of hydrogen was ablaze. The airship was destroyed, and 36 passengers and crewmen were killed.

Many theories and hypotheses - ranging from lightning to sabotage - have been floated over the years, but a definitive cause is still not known.

The Hindenburg fire is widely remembered as one of the most dramatic incidents ever.

Heavy publicity about the Zeppelin's first passenger flight of the year to the United States had drawn an extraordinary array of journalists to the landing site. Best remembered is Herbert Morrison's on-the-scene radio report.

What surprises today's audiences is that Morrison's report was recorded and not actually broadcast until the next day. Parts of it were later dubbed onto the newsreel footage, giving a false impression that the words and film were recorded together.

Nevertheless, Morrison's spontaneous exclamation "Oh, the humanity!" resonates with the impact of the disaster.


Robert Plant To Appear On Fats Domino Tribute CD

According to The Times-Picayune, former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant flew into New Orleans late last month to work on a Fats Domino tribute album.

He joined a roster of marquee names - Paul McCartney, Elton John, Tom Petty, Tim McGraw, Norah Jones, Lenny Kravitz, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Randy Newman - who have either recorded, or committed to record, Domino songs.

Proceeds from the tribute album, scheduled for a fall release on Vanguard Records, will benefit the Tipitina's Foundation.

Established in 2004, the nonprofit foundation has greatly expanded its mission since Hurricane Katrina. More than $1 million has been raised to assist New Orleans musicians and train the next generation. Recently, the foundation donated $100,000 to rebuild Domino's flooded home in the Lower 9th Ward. The Domino Tribute CD is the foundation's most ambitious undertaking to date.

According to The Daily Advertiser, Plant jumped on stage at Tipitina's in New Orleans on April 21 to perform three impromptu songs with the Soweto Gospel Choir, the South African group that performed April 22 at the Heymann Performing Arts Center.


Van Halen, Led Zeppelin Settle Cover Band Lawsuit

Steve Lynn of Glenwood Springs, Colorado's Post Independent reports that a former local club owner reached a $40,000 settlement Wednesday with several famous musicians - including Van Halen Music Company and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Patricia Bonham - who sued him for allowing cover bands to play their songs at 8150.

Steven Kovacik, former owner of 8150, called the settlement unfair.

"I don't think it's fair for one show, are you crazy?" Kovacik said.

Van Halen Music Company and the Zeppelin members were all named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed Feb. 16 that contended Kovacik allowed public performances of their songs at 8150. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Colorado, named Kovacik as a defendant [more]

Led Zeppelin Among U.K.'s Richest Rockers

Phil Miller of The Herald reports that the leading rock and pop bands in Britain account for nearly £3bn of the country's wealth, it has been revealed.

In a list of the richest people in the UK to be published this weekend, The Rolling Stones account for more than £570m, with U2 not far behind, collectively valued at £487m.

However, the two surviving members of The Beatles, plus the family of the late George Harrison, are worth more than £1bn, led by Sir Paul McCartney, who is worth around £725m, £100m less than last year, taking into account his forthcoming divorce from Heather Mills. Harrison's widow, Olivia, and son Dhani are worth £160m, while Ringo Starr comes in at £140m.

The five other "super groups" to appear in The Sunday Times Rich List are Pink Floyd (David Gilmour and Roger Waters, both £85m); Queen (Brian May, £75m, Roger Taylor, £70m); The Bee Gees (Barry and Robin Gibb, both worth £120m); Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, both £70m) and Coldplay (Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin, worth £30m each) [more]

Jones, Page, Plant Celebrate Ahmet Ertegun

Led Zeppelin didn't reunite, but plenty of Ahmet Ertegun's other disciples were more than happy to take the stage together.

Rock icons such as Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Stevie Nicks, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young gathered at New York's Lincoln Center Tuesday to pay tribute to the Atlantic Records chairman, who died Dec. 14 at 83.

Tragically, yet oddly fittingly, Ertegun died of a head injury suffered in October when he fell down at a Rolling Stones concert. A mover and a shaker until the end, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer signed and nurtured rockers such as the Stones and Led Zeppelin, as well as some of the biggest names in soul and R&B, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding.

Jagger remembered his boss at Atlantic as "the wicked uncle with the wicked chuckle," saying he could never keep up with the dapper Turk.

The event's host, Bette Midler, said that Ertegun could "charm the birds out of the trees," and reminisced how she had grown up on Atlantic music, tunes that "promised there was a party somewhere."

As one would expect, "Ahmet Ertegun: A Celebration" was largely a musical affair.

Performers included Clapton, who led a band featuring New Orleans pianist Dr. John through Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love" and Stick McGhee's "Drinkin' Wine Spo-dee-o-dee"; Phil Collins, who sang "In the Air Tonight" and then, joined by the rest of Genesis, "Follow You, Follow Me"; Ben E. King, who crooned "Don't Play That Song," which Ertegun helped write; Crosby, Stills & Nash, who took on the Beatles' "In My Life" before Neil Young joined them for "Helplessly Hoping"; Young, who coupled with Stephen Stills on "Mr. Soul"; Stevie Nicks, who sang a double feature of "Stand Back" and Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll"; Solomon Burke; and, adding a contemporary vibe, Kid Rock.

Rock, who also attended Ertegun's funeral in his native Istanbul, took on the Wilson Pickett classic "In the Midnight Hour" and Sam and Dave's "I Thank You," with the help of Sam Moore.

"I hope that today's musicians have someone like Ahmet," Young said.

Other notables on hand to celebrate Ertegun's legacy and pay their respect's to the late impresario's wife, Mica, included New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, designer Oscar de la Renta, Ray director Taylor Hackford, David Geffen, Henry Kissinger and Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner [more]

More Coaster News

Led Zeppelin plans to take Myrtle Beach for a loop.

A roller coaster synchronized to the band's 1969 song Whole Lotta Love will be the signature ride at the Hard Rock Park, spiraling 4,000 feet over a lagoon and reaching a height of 155 feet. Park officials announced the ride Friday. No one from the band was there.

Riders, inside a Zeppelin, will watch footage of the band performing, then go on the 90-second ride. The coaster goes upside down six times, with peaks and turns planned to match moments in the song.

The coaster, one of three planned for the park, will run alongside George Bishop Parkway.

Band members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones picked the song and worked on the ride's development, said Steven Goodwin, the park's CEO. Led Zeppelin, still popular decades after its heyday in the '70s with hits such as Stairway to Heaven, All My Love, and D'yer Mak'er, connects with music fans of all ages, he said.

A 15-foot statue of "The Hermit," a cloaked man carrying a lit lantern that was featured on the band's album, already has a place at the park, unveiled Friday near the park's office off George Bishop Parkway.

"It's the most iconic rock band of all time, and they appeal to multiple generations," Goodwin said. "It's one of those things that unites The Whole family."

The $400 million park is under construction and scheduled to open in spring 2008. A preview center, dubbed "Backstage Tour," debuts Wednesday and will give a glimpse of what the park will look like. A concert featuring Sister Hazel, the Marshall Tucker Band and a Led Zeppelin tribute band is scheduled for that night.

The 140-acre park will include six music-themed zones, three roller coasters, a Jamaican- themed water play area, a 10,000-seat amphitheater, restaurants and a live comedy show featuring acrobatics and pyrotechnics.


Vanilla Fudge covering Zeppelin on new CD *UPDATE*

An update to a story that was presented back in October 2006, Vanilla Fudge is releasing a new CD in 2007, entitled Out Through the In Door, which is a cover of various Led Zeppelin songs. It was originally slated to be released in February 2007, but has been delayed.

The track listing is as follows:
1. Immigrant Song
2. Ramble On
3. Trampled Under Foot
4. Dazed And Confused
5. Black Mountain Way
6. Fool In The Rain
7. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
8. Dancing Days
9. Moby Dick
10. All Of My Love
11. Rock And Roll
12. Your Time Is Gonna Come

Thanks to Adam Vickery

Travel Led Zeppelin's stairway to theme-park heaven

Travel Led Zeppelin's stairway to theme-park heaven
First Aerosmith gets its own theme-park ride. Now Led Zeppelin. The creators of the Hard Rock theme park, under construction in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will announce details today of the park's signature ride: a 150-foot-tall steel roller coaster with a Led Zeppelin theme. The looping attraction is one of more than 40 rock 'n' roll-themed amusements planned for the 140-acre theme park. It's scheduled to open in spring 2008.

The park, built by private investors under license from Hard Rock International, which operates 123 Hard Rock Cafes and eight Hard Rock Hotels, is the first major new park planned for the USA in nearly a decade. As on the Aerosmith coaster, which made its debut in 1999 at the Disney-MGM Studios park near Orlando, riders on Zeppelin will experience a musical immersion from speakers.

"Led Zeppelin are the icons of hard-rock music,"
says the park's CEO, Steven Goodwin. "Parents and kids alike can relate to the band's music."

For more information, visit

Led Zeppelin World Tour exhibition

A series of photographs taken of Led Zeppelin's much-celebrated Sydney concert in the summer of 1972 by local photographer, Ted Harvey, has become the foundation of a Led Zeppelin World Tour exhibition.

The exhibition, being launched at the Lismore Regional Gallery on Wednesday April 4, also includes artworks from well-known national and local artists. Gallery Director, Steven Alderton says the exhibition is impressive.

"Robert Plant particularly was impressed and he said to Ted over the years, these are the best photos ever taken of Led Zeppelin.

"They are really definitive and capture Robert Plant and Jimmy Page...The Whole band right through the concert." [more]

Robert Plant with Summer Concert in Bulgaria

The legendary Robert Plant is coming this summer to Bulgaria for a huge live show, officials from the Kavarna town municipality announced on Thursday.

The former Led Zeppelin lead singer will stage his concert on July 6 in the near seaside town of Kavarna.

The concert will start at 8 pm on the Kaliakra Stadium.

This is the second time Plant will come to Bulgaria after he visited the country in 1998 with another of the Zeppelins, guitarist Jimmy Page.


Robert Plant To Perform In Malta

According to, Robert Plant, the legendary frontman of the 1970s rock band Led Zeppelin, is one of the international artists that will play live during the Malta Blues Wine Festival in July.

Robert Plant is expected to be in Malta for two days, and will be playing at an as-yet-undisclosed location between July 16 and July 18. A spokesperson for Classic Rock Promotions told that the legendary singer, who started his solo career in the early Eighties following the breakup of Led Zeppelin in 1980, is expected to give Maltese rockers the experience of a lifetime, with a setlist that will include all-time classics such as Whole Lotta Love, Stairway To Heaven and Kashmir [more]

Led Zeppelin in the Definitive 200

Definitive 200. Where would you be without them? The Definitive 200 is a list put out by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame of the 200 ranked albums that every music lover should own... celebrating classic recordings by favorite iconic and contemporary artists.

The Untitled album ranked #4, Led Zeppelin II ranked #47, Houses Of The Holy ranked #51, Physical Graffiti ranked #93 and Led Zeppelin ranked #165 [more]

Thanks to Dawn

Robert Plant 8th Greatest Voice

A Panel from Q Magazine has voted Robert Plant 8th greatest voice of all time. Elvis Presley was voted #1, followed by Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Otis Redding, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Kurt Cobain, Robert Plant, Mick Jagger and Jeff Buckley [more]

Led Zep Star In Pirate Tapes Battle

Legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is to give evidence in a Scottish court against a man accused of bootlegging the band's live concerts.

Page will appear as a witness at Glasgow Sheriff Court in the case against businessman Robert Langley, of Buckingham.

Langley, 59, was arrested at a record fair in the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, two years ago, with £26,000 of allegedly pirated CDs.

Among the massive haul was a range of previously unreleased live material by Led Zeppelin, including a concert at Knebworth, England, in 1979.

Investigators also seized unreleased work by Bob Dylan, Robbie Williams and the Beatles.

Page, 63, flew up to Scotland and spent a day with investigators from the British Phonographic Institute, identifying the material and confirming they were recordings of the band's work. He will give evidence about how badly the band has been affected by bootlegging in the last 30 years [more]

Zep drummer's son keeps the beat

Interesting article about Jason Bonham, that highlights his career as a drummer from appearing in Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains The Same movie, up through VH1's SuperGroup and his current gig as drummer in the band Foreigner [more]

Robert Plant In VH1 Classic's Autism Campaign

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Roger Daltrey of The Who, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Tommy Lee and Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Ronnie James Dio, and Dee Snider of Twisted Sister are among the classic rock legends featured in the first 30-second public service announcement that will be launched on April 1 by VH1 Classic as part of its first-ever pro-social initiative geared towards raising awareness about autism. The announcement of the campaign's launch was made today (March 13) to cable programmers and affiliates at a luncheon during Forum 2007, the Cable Television Public Affairs Association's annual conference [more]

Unreleased Jimmy Page Guitar Riff

Calling it the planet's last, best hope for saving rock music, the Guardians of the Protectorate of Rock announced Monday that they would take the extraordinary step of unleashing a never-before-heard Jimmy Page riff, hidden for decades in a mythic, impenetrable vault.

"We who believe in the immortality of rock took a vow 30 years ago that we would never release this incredibly powerful force unless we faced a Day of Reckoning-and that day has come," said Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, one of the chosen few who helped forge the Secret Vault to Save Rock and Roll, at a press conference in the Welsh highlands. "Just look at the pop charts, and you shall know I speak the truth."

Read the complete story at

Ed. note: This is satire and not to be taken seriously.

Led Zeppelin and that Listerine smile

An article about a guy meeting Jimmy page at the Gatwick Airport in London [more]

Jimmy Page #4 'Wildest Guitar Hero'

Jimmy Page has been crowned #4 "Wildest Guitar Hero" of all-time in a new poll of music lovers for influential magazine Classic Rock. The poll was compiled by votes from over 3,000 visitors to and a panel of expert music journalists (HA!). Jimi Hendrix topped the list, with #2 being Keith Richards of Rolling Stone and Stevie Ray Vaughan in third place.

The full rundown of the 100 "Wildest Guitar Heroes" appears in the latest issue of Classic Rock magazine, on sale Wednesday, March 7, 2007


Robert Plant To Perform With Tinariwen

It's been announced that Robert Plant will perform with the African band Tinariwen in Paris on April 7th at the Le Bataclan. Tinariwen's new album, produced by Justin Adams, Aman Iman is out now. Robert last performed with the group at the Teatro Nazionale in Milan back in May 2006 as part of the concert in memory of the late Ali Farka Toure. Tinariwen began a three mouth European tour this week which include shows in the UK in March and May. Please go to for more information. It's also just been announced that Justin Adams, guitarist from the Strange Sensation will support Tinariwen at The Barbican in London on March 23 along with Gambian Griot Juldeh Camara, Juldeh is a virtuoso on the one-string fiddle. This pair will be join by Justin's long-time percussionist partner, Salah Dawson Miller. For ticket information go to

Thanks to Jeff from Live Led Zepp, an excellent French site for the info

Jimmy Page Gibson VOS1275 Double Neck Limited Run

Each Jimmy Page Reissue Double Neck is carefully modeled on Jimmy's classic guitar, from the shape of the neck to the long-string-pull tailpiece. Even the pickups are painstakingly analyzed to duplicate their unique sound. This V.O.S. (Vintage Original Spec) series is limited to a run of 200.

But a handful of very special instruments rise above the rest. These incredible guitars go beyond the original specs - each one has been expertly relic'd by the craftsmen at Gibson's Custom Shop, then personally signed and played by Page himself. This signature series is limited to 26 guitars, and Jimmy kept #1.

The regular series have a Mahogany body and neck with Madagascar Rosewood fretboards, 2 Gibson Jimmy Page humbuckers (same as on the JP Signature Les Paul), ABR-1 style bridge, double-band vintage-style tuners - all true to the specs of Jimmy Page's classic original.

The Signature Series include all of the above, plus each one is signed and played by Page himself and is expertly relic'd to match the original.

Jimmy Page Gibson VOS1275 Double Neck Limited Run Jimmy Page Gibson VOS1275 Double Neck Limited Run


Robert Plant To Headline Dubai Rock Fest

Robert Plant & Strange Sensation is set to headline Day Two on the Dubai Desert Rock Fest on March 10, 2007. Ticket prices start at $65US.

Other acts slated to appear are Iron Maiden, Stone Sour & Incubus.


Robert Plant Says That He And Jimmy Page Are Out Of Touch

According to Launch Radio Networks, Robert Plant says that, although there's no bad blood between him and Led Zeppelin co-founder Jimmy Page, the two have fallen out of touch. Plant spoke to Britain's Mojo magazine, who asked him if he and Page, who co-wrote most of the band's most popular material, are still in contact. Plant said, "No. I'd like to talk to him but I never do. Lives change. The unfortunate thing is that whenever John (Paul Jones), Jimmy and myself meet up, the points of reference are always about the past. If there wasn't any previous triumph then we probably wouldn't be in touch."

Launch asked Plant why he hasn't been gung-ho for a full-scale Led Zeppelin reunion. "It's not that I've been obstructive," he replied. "It's just that it meant what it meant when it meant it, and beyond that there was no story, and with John's (Bonham) passing and all that stuff, it was gone. There's no need for it."

Led Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham died on September 25, 1980. On December 4, 1980, the band announced that they had broken up.

Several weeks ago, a five-year-old report from The Sun Online claiming that a Zeppelin reunion was in the works reappeared on various news web sites (who were apparently unaware of the article's original publication date), refueling rumors of a possible tour.

Since disbanding, Plant, Page and Jones have reformed live three times as Led Zeppelin; On July 13, 1985 at Live Aid in Philadelphia with Tony Thompson and Phil Collins on drums; on May 18, 1988 at the Atlantic Records' 40th anniversary concert at New York's Madison Square Garden with John Bonham's son Jason Bonham on drums; and on January 12, 1995, when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Jason Bonham again filling in for his dad.

Plant and Page reformed as a duo in the mid-'90s and released two albums, the live album No Quarter: Jimmy Page And Robert Plant Unledded and 1998's studio set Walking Into Clarksdale. The two also toured and performed a Zeppelin-heavy setlist.

Robert Plant is currently recording his latest solo set in Nashville.


Robert Plant To Headline Green Man Festival

Robert Plant has been confirmed as one of the headliners of the U.K.'s 2007 Green Man Festival, set to take place on August 17-19 in the rolling hills of Glanusk Park in the Brecon Beacons. Plant and the Strange Sensations will perform on Saturday, August 18.

Tickets are on sale now, with weekend access costing £98 per adult and free to under 12s. The campsite will open on August 16. A number of accommodation options are available, but are likely to sell out quickly as in 2006. Organizers have promised there will be music late on into the night, with more campfire ceilidhs (?) and an increased capacity.

For more info and tickets go the official festival website at

Thanks to TBLWeb


Robert Plant Covers Black Dog for Starbucks CD

Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant contributes a "cover" of Zeppelin's Black Dog to Sounds Eclectic: The Covers Project, a compilation that will be sold exclusively at select Starbucks locations starting March 13.

Material for the set was culled from California radio station KCRW's revered live show "Morning Becomes Eclectic", hosted by music director Nic Harcourt. A portion of sales will aid the station's effort to digitize its music library.

To view the complete track listing for "Sounds Eclectic: The Covers Project", visit


Plant Still Full Of Surprises

Robert Plant appeared last night with the Honeydrippers at JB's in Dudley in tribute for Richard Willia, JB's soundman who had died earlier in the week.

Before Plant took the stage, Jeff Beck made an appearance, playing three songs with the Big Town Playboys.



Robert Plant To Join Fats Domino Tribute

According to Herman Fuselier at, Robert will be recording with Warren Storm on a Fats Domino tribute album in April.

Storm, who celebrates his 70th birthday this week, first recorded with Nasco Record Company at the age of 15. His first single The Prisoner's Song was a national hit in 1958, selling 250,000 copies. Though he never again hit the national charts, he's long been a regional favorite in Lousiana and Europe.

Thanks to


Led Zeppelin In Megadeth's new album

United Abominations, Megadeth's eleventh studio album, features a cover of Out On The Tiles.

The album will be released by Roadrunner Records with a scheduled date of May 8, 2007.

Should be an interesting listen.


Immigrant Song in Shrek 3

Immigrant Song, in addition to a lot of other classic rock songs are featured in the soundtrack and will appear in the new Shrek The Third movie, which is set to be released in theaters on May 18, 2007 in the US.

Thanks to Kristine Brown


John Paul Jones jams with Uncle Earl

At the recent Uncle Earl gig at the Spitz in London, John Paul Jones joined the four piece Tennessee bluegrass string band on stage for four songs including the show stopping finale: an acapella version of the Washington Phillips gospel song Keys to the Kingdom.

Story thanks to TBLWeb. Photo thanks to M. Willis Monroe

John Paul Jones jams with Uncle Earl


John Paul Jones Interview with Rounder Records

New interview from The Rounder Records Group with John Paul Jones in which he talks about getting his first mandolin, where he met Uncle Earl and the recording process of their new album Waterloo, Tennessee.

For the complete interview, go to Cybergrass Internet Bluegrass News Music Magazine website.

The Rumor Mill Grinds Again

Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin are set to re-group after 22 years for a money-spinning stadium tour of America.

The three surviving members, singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones, plan to hit the road next summer.

Ed. Note -- 1980 plus 22 years equals 2002. You do the math, people.


Jimmy Makes An Appearance at Your Child

It was a case of art imitating life at the Harrow Campus last week - as Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page arrived at the launch of a photographic exhibition by his daughter entitled Your Child.

The exhibition at London Gallery West, by Westminster alumnus Scarlet Page, features pictures of well-known musicians and celebrities with their children.

Scarlet, 35, who graduated from the University's BA in Photography, Film and Video in 1993, is an accomplished photographer whose work has appeared in Kerrang!, Q Magazine and the Evening Standard. She has photographed some of the biggest names in music, from Robbie Williams to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Your Child, which is run in association with the charity Warchild, includes pictures of celebrities, including Sadie Frost, Keith Allen, Happy Mondays frontman Sean Ryder and Travis singer Fran Healy with their children.

Gallery curator Michael Maziere said, "This is a fantastic opportunity for an alumni to exhibit their work at the university that they began their career at. Westminster has an exceptional record of producing talented photographers, and we are delighted that Scarlet will be displaying her work here."

The exhibition runs from January 26 until March 4 London Gallery West at Scarlet will appear in conversation with her former tutor, Andy Golding, head of photographic and digital media at Westminster on Tuesday February 7.

Jimmy Makes an Appearance at Your Child


Album A No, But Plant's Honeydrippers To Play Show

The death of Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun in December put the kabosh on a new Honeydrippers album Robert Plant planned to record this year.

Plant tells that he and Ertegun began talking about the project -- a follow-up to the platinum 1984 EP "Volume One," which featured Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Nile Rodgers, among others -- after Plant was part of a tribute to Ertegun last June at the 40th Annual Montreux Jazz Festival.

"We agreed to carry on and create a Honeydrippers thing a little bit later on in 2007," says Plant. "He was suggesting material and stuff like that. I knew he was thrilled with the idea of it, and so was I."


Whole Lotta Love in Grammy Hall Of Fame

The Recording Academy announced the newest additions to its Grammy Hall Of Fame, adding 44 recordings to a timeless list, which will include Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love. The Hall Of Fame serves as a celebration and reminder of the triumphs and achievements of the recording arts. Selections are drawn from all major categories of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Recording Academy has become renowned. [press release]

Return Of The Honeydrippers At JB's In Dudley

Following on from the success of the Jackie Jennings Appeal concert held before Christmas at The Kidderminster Town Hall, Robert Plant and The Honeydrippers have line-up a second fund raising concert, this time at JB's in Dudley. Special guests will be Mike Sanchez with The Big Town Play Boys and is billed as An Evening of Rhythm And Blues. All profits will be donated to The Proton Effect Trust. Tickets are £15 each and are available from JB's Dudley website.

JB's in Dudley is England's longest live music venue and holds up to 1000 people. Robert first played at JB's with The Honeydrippers in 1982 and rehearsed at the club prior to last months Kidderminster show.

Memorial Service for Ahmet Ertegun

An official memorial service for Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun is planned for March 11th in New York. Expected to attend are many former/current Atlantic Records artists. The following night, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will also include a dedication honoring Ahmet, who passed away a few weeks ago. Perhaps some of the musicians in town for the memorial will also attend the Hall of Fame ceremony.


Life After Led Zeppelin

Life After Led Zeppelin
The February issue of Classic Rock goes on sale Wednesday, January 10.

In this month’s cover feature: Life After Led Zeppelin. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones talk about what they each did after John Bonham’s death shot the Zeppelin out of the sky.


Led Zeppelin - Satan's Curse

Led Zeppelin - Satan's Curse
December 2006's issue of The Devil's Music, Vol. 3 showcases how rock's greatest band fell apart. In an article from the 1977 Tour, author Stephen Rosen remembered what it was like on board the Zep juggernaut, when the prospect of bein chucked off at high speed was never more than a heartbeat away.

100 Icons of Rock

100 Icons of Rock
In Classic Rock Magazine's 100th issue, all four members of Led Zeppelin have been individually chosen by other musicians amongst the 100 Icons of Rock.

John Paul Jones was chosen by Eddie Kramer, John Bonham was chosen by Chad Smith, Jimmy Page was chosen by Nancy Wilson and Robert Plant was chosen by Alison Seabeck, MP.


Candy Store Rock Gifts

Novel gifts for the consummate Led Zeppelin fan, as well as the best selection of quality gifts and accessories for musicians.

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
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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