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.
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has the beard of the year, according to the Beard Liberation Front, an informal network of beard wearers.
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.
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."
"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]
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
According to http://www.pr-inside.com, 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.
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.
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."
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.
"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 RollingStone.com.
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."
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."
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.
CBC report (3 minutes): Video (Quicktime file)
In My Time Of Dying: Video
The Song Remains the Same: Video
Q107.com: Various Clips
Rock And Roll:
Good Times Bad Times:
Stairway To Heaven:
Since I've Been Loving You:
Fan-taken photos + Black Dog:
Jornal da Globo report:
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
15. Whole Lotta Love
16. Rock and Roll
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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 MTV.ca, 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.
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."
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.
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."
Edit: D'yer Mak'er and Communication Breakdown were also heard.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has said that he has nothing but bad memories about the bands previous reunion shows.
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."
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.
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.
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.
"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 Billboard.com. "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.
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.
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."
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."
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 http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/ledzeppelin/740/jimmy-pagejohn-paul-jones-the-2007-interview to watch the 7 minute video interview.
Led Zeppelin: "There's no-one like us." The inside story of their amazing return.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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' postponement...it'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 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.
Read the interview in its entirety at http://music.msn.com/music/interviews/ledzeppelin
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
The only other track that has appeared on UK Singles Charts, was Whole Lotta Love in 1997. It peaked at #21.
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."
A 60-second clip of The Rain Song has been posted to the website at http://www.progjazz.com.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Led Zeppelin postponed a charity concert at London's O2 Arena after guitarist Jimmy Page broke his finger, the event's organizers said.
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
According to Tennessean.com, 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 Amazon.com.
According to Billboard.com, 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:
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.
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."
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.
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 '70s...it 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
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.
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]
Now Scarlet is desperately searching for Iron Maiden baby clothes for Martha's first photo spread in Hello magazine with Grandad...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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".
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.
You have 72 hours to book and pay for your tickets.
Your individual passcode can only be used once and will be invalid after the deadline as mentioned above has passed.
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.
To collect the tickets each original purchaser and the person accompanying them to the show must be present in order to pick up the tickets and wristbands. NO exceptions
Each original purchaser must provide the actual credit card used for the purchase along with valid state-issued PHOTO ID in order to receive the tickets and non-transferable wristbands. All wristbands will be fitted immediately.
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.
We are doing our best to keep the tickets for this event out of the hands of secondary ticket sellers and in the hands of the fans so please help us by adhering to the above.
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Thank you for supporting the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund we look forward to seeing you there! For more information and FAQ please go to http://www.ahmettribute.com
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.
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]
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
"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, "...it'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!"
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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 http://www.ahmettribute.com/ 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.
Talk of a Led Zeppelin reunion just refuses to go away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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]
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.'
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.
Thanks to Alessandro Borri and TBLWeb for the info
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.
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.
Thanks to TBLWeb.com
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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.
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.
"...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..."
Also in the magazine is a listing on John Bonham's drumkits, the Zeppelin Core Catalog and some drum lessons labelled as "Bonhamisms".
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."
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.
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]
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.
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
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).
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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]
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]
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]
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.
Read more at MYRTLEBEACHONLINE.COM.
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
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 hardrockpark.com.
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]
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 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 MaltaStar.com 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]
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]
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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]
"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 TheOnion.com
Ed. note: This is satire and not to be taken seriously.
The full rundown of the 100 "Wildest Guitar Heroes" appears in the latest issue of Classic Rock magazine, on sale Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Thanks to Jeff from Live Led Zepp, an excellent French site for the info
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.
Other acts slated to appear are Iron Maiden, Stone Sour & Incubus.
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.
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 http://www.thegreenmanfestival.co.uk/
Thanks to TBLWeb
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 Billboard.com.
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.
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 ManicNirvana.com
The album will be released by Roadrunner Records with a scheduled date of May 8, 2007.
Should be an interesting listen.
Thanks to Kristine Brown
Story thanks to TBLWeb. Photo thanks to M. Willis Monroe
For the complete interview, go to Cybergrass Internet Bluegrass News Music Magazine website.
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.
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.
Plant tells Billboard.com 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."
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.
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.
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.
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