The jamming continues...
Zirka Part 6 is filled with heavy jams and Malian dance. Watch now.
Robert Plant posted the following to his official Facebook page yesterday (December 16) that a new album by the Sensational Space Shifters is coming soon.
Sensational Space Shifters album..lost for words.
The band has signed an exclusive deal with Spotify that will see their full album catalog available to stream on-demand for the first time.
Zeppelin albums are being rolled out in order of release, starting December 11.
Fans can stream songs from the band's first two records ("Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II") now, with additional albums being released at midnight local time each day for the next four days, making the full catalog of studio and live albums available on Spotify by Sunday, December 15.
Led Zeppelin / Spotify release schedule:
• Wed Dec 11 – Led Zeppelin (1969) and Led Zeppelin II (1969)
• Thu Dec 12 – Led Zeppelin III (1970) and Untitled fourth album (1971)
• Fri Dec 13 – Houses Of The Holy (1973) and Physical Graffiti (1975)
• Sat Dec 14 – Presence (1976) and In Through The Out Door (1979)
• Sun Dec 15 – The Song Remains The Same (1976), Coda (1982), BBC Sessions (1997), How The West Was Won (2003), Mothership (2007), and Celebration Day (2012)
Led Zeppelin were one of the last major artist hold-outs to Spotify, and to streaming services in general. Pink Floyd made their catalog available via Spotify in July after "Wish You Were Here" generated 1 million plays, while Metallica made headlines this time last year when the released their catalog via Spotify.
Led Zeppelin received two Grammy nominations, Best Rock Performance for their song Kashmir from Celebration Day and Best Rock Album for Celebration Day.
On Tuesday night (3 December, 2013) the iconic rocker was joined by members of the guitarist's band Pentangle, alongside Donovan, Ralph McTell and others at the Royal Festival Hall in London, at a gig to mark Jansch's 70th birthday.
Jancsch lost his battle with lung cancer in 2011, and will be remembered as a towering figure in folk music, who influenced the likes of Paul Simon, Johnny Marr, Elton John, Bernard Butler, Jimmy Page, Nick Drake, Graham Coxon, Neil Young, Fleet Foxes, Devendra Banhart and countless others.
Quite coincidentally, no less than three of Robert Plant's solo albums are marking significant anniversaries, so no better time than now to examine all three as North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands invites Plant to look at his extensive post-Zeppelin solo career.
Robert Plant Nine Lives InTheStudio interview program is available now to STREAM at: http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/robert-plant-nine-lives/
The episode airs at 9:00pm this Sunday, December 8, 2013, on Sky Arts.
Made from a variety of fibrous materials such as steel tubing, wool, found sticks, brass hoops, beads, latch-hook yarn, and plaster, the sculptures portray Page in his various phases, from healthful right up to completely drugged-out.
Read the full story here.
Joe Jammer may not be a household name, but after spending nearly 50 years playing with legends of rock and roll, he is happy with his relative anonymity.
Last week, the Led Zeppelin community did a collective head skritch after seeing that a video was posted to Youtube that was a mashup combining the music of Led Zeppelin's Ramble On with the lyrics of Hypnotize, a rap-based track by the late Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. The Notorius B.I.G.
Writer David Deal has penned a blog post researching and analyzing this song that tries to make sense of it all.
You can read the entire piece at Superhypeblog.com.
Some of you might recall Mr. Deal had written an equally engaging blog post last year, entitled Creating Art from Failure: The Design of the "Houses of the Holy" Album Cover.
The intro to the song was a mixture of tympani, synthesized strings and Gizmotron, a a string-bowing apparatus that attached to a guitar. Here is a video posted by The Gizmotron Guitar Effects Device Restoration Project, showing a very accurate interpretation of the intro to ITE.
They're coming next year, hopefully early next year.
All of the audio is finished.
Every album will be packaged with a companion disc featuring different mixes, possibly of every song.
There will be unreleased studio material.
There's a version of Since I've Been Loving You which is "totally different" "incredible" and "raw"
"Each disc will give a really intimate picture of the group"
Here's the source: https://soundcloud.com/teamrockradio/jimmy-page-at-the-classic-rock-awards-2013
John Paul Jones first joined a stage with Dave Rawlings in 2004 at some midnight jam sessions at MerleFest.
Wed 11/20 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre
Thu 11/21 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Fri 11/22 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
Sun 11/24 – Carrboro, NC – Cat's Cradle
Mon 11/25 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
Tue 11/26 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
Wed 11/27 – Birmingham, AL – Soundstage @ Workplay
A journey that took us from the scurry and bustle of our world into the homeland of the Tuareg..the Sahel of Mali, Timbuctoo and north to Essakane.
A journey that could only reinforce the power and the great gift of music across and between cultures..sharing outside of language. A world where for awhile, at least borders, boundaries and barriers once again fell away..as it was long ago..'
On November 11, Robert Plant announced on Twitter that the first weekly installment of Zirka, the movie he shot and filmed himself in Mali in 2003.
The coming months will see www.robertplant.com debuting episodes of Zirka, from Plant's voluminous archives, set to premiere over ten weekly installments later this year.
Robert Plant and Eric Clapton are among the artists confirmed for A Celebration of Bert Jansch, a concert to be held at London's Royal Festival Hall on December 3, 2013.
This year saw some of the UK's most exciting new talent win awards for outstanding music videos. Best Dance Video went to the Josh Cole directed 'Not Giving In' by Rudimental (featuring John Newman and Alex Clare), Best Alternative Video went to the BISON directed 'Wasting My Young Years' by London Grammar, Best Music Ad went to the Powster directed 'Sing To The Moon' by Laura Mvula and the VEVO Best New Artist award went to Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith for 'La La La'.
Celebrated British filmmaker Dick Carruthers won the Best Live Coverage award for Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day.
The sixth annual UK Music Awards proved to be more global than ever, with winners coming from Ireland, France, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, India and the US, as well as a plethora of new and established home grown directing, producing and commissioning talent.
The UK Music Video Awards editorial director, David Knight, said, "In a year where some pop videos have courted notoriety, this year's UK Music Video Awards has highlighted the true range of creativity that can come out of the process of adding visuals to music. But it was also wonderful to bestow our Icon Award on Julien Temple, a director who was courting controversy with his work over 30 years ago with the Sex Pistols, and is still adding to the language of music and film today."
The campaign to have a statue of Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham in Redditch has won new support - from a top tribute band of the legendary rock icons.
"The other day, my ex-wife presented me with a wallet that had been lost since 1967," says former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant. "I pulled out my student bus pass, ripped into shreds almost, and found all these references to where I was when it was last seen, at the age of 19."
Recorded live at London's O2 Arena on December 10, 2007, the film captures a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band's signature blues-infused rock 'n' roll that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin.
Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalog including landmark tracks "Whole Lotta Love," "Rock And Roll," "Kashmir," and "Stairway To Heaven."
Although 20 million people applied for tickets, the band's first headline show in 27 years was seen only by the 18,000 ticket holders who were fortunate enough to have secured seats through the worldwide lottery.
The historic concert will premiere on AXS TV CONCERTS, Sunday, Nov. 24 at 8-10 p.m. ET (5-7 p.m. PT) on DirecTV 340, Dish 167, Uverse 1106. There will be encore broadcasts every night of the week at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT from Monday, Nov. 25 through Thursday, Nov. 28, Thanksgiving.
The concert premiered theatrically last year and is also available on Blu-Ray, DVD, CD, vinyl, and digital download, but has never been seen on television prior to its debut on AXS TV.
"Led Zeppelin is such an integral part of the musical landscape and evolution of rock ‘n' roll," said AXS TV founder Mark Cuban. "Making such a landmark performance accessible to millions of households is one of the ways AXS TV intends to bring music back to television."
Following heralded premieres in New York, London, Berlin, and Tokyo, Celebration Day made its theatrical debut in 40 countries and over 1,500 screens. The concert was then released in multiple audio and video formats and shot to the top of charts worldwide. To date, Celebration Day has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
Bringing music back to television, AXS TV, launched in July of 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, has created a one-of-a-kind, live television environment for entertainment and other cutting-edge trends. For more information, visit the website, www.axs.tv; and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv
From: Monsters & Critics
Some very interesting comments from Robert during his interview on the Radcliffe & Maconie BBC 6 show – Robert was speaking from Bristol where he's been recording an album in Bath with the Space Shifters. Asked about the Zep reissues he commented that there were 'Hidden Gems' ("we should call the band that") and that he had recently unearthed a quarter inch tape and had met with Jimmy to discuss the contents. He also, with tongue in cheek, joked that they were trying to find two tracks with John Paul Jones singing on and Jonesy had promise him 2 cars and a greenhouse not to use them. You gotta love him! Musical selections played included Howlin' Wolf's version of 44 Blues which the Space Shifters performed last year and a live version of Black Dog recorded by the Space Shifters in Boston on their recent US tour.
The Associated Press reports that the Songwriters HOF gave them advanced access of the official announcement which will be unveiled on Thursday, October 10th.
Ray Davies, Sade, Cyndi Lauper, Linda Perry, Vince Gill, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, Donovan, Cat Stevens and Harry Wayne Casey are also among the 2014 performing nominees while “Midnight Train to Georgia” writer Jim Weatherly, Motown songwriter William “Mickey” Stevenson and country music songwriters Bobby Braddock and Bill Anderson are among the non-performing songwriter nominees.
Eligible voters can select two nominees from the list of songwriter-performers and three nonperforming songwriters through December 16th. The 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held June 12th at the New York Marriott Marquis.
From: The Music Universe
This is Jones' fourth appearance at the festival, playing with Mike Marshall and Hamilton de Holanda in 2004, presented a 30-minute solo performance on tripleneck mandolin and Kyma in 2005, as well as playing with the Italian Bluegrass Band and Hamilton de Holanda's Brasilian Quintet in 2006.
Festival website: http://www.mandolinesdelunel.com/2013/home/
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Good Times Bad Times
The bass drum triplets starting at 2:14. Is there any more that needs to be said? Using his experience in bands from the Midlands, John Bonham brought his creativity and power to each song in Led Zeppelin. Drummer Carmine Appice said that Bonham took the bass drum triplets from the Vanilla Fudge song Ticket To Ride.
I Can't Quit You Baby
Taking from his love of jazz, blues and R&B, Bonham breathed new life into this Willie Dixon classic. Bonham laid a cool, simple 12/8 beat down, allowing Robert Plant's lyrics and Jimmy Page's guitar work to shine. Interesting enough, if you listen to the live version from the last album Coda, er Royal Albert Hall (from January 9, 1970), you'll hear more of those bass drum triplets.
Achilles Last Stand
Perhaps it was gained from his formative years as a bricklayer or perhaps it was his 16 oz. arm curls, John Bonham was the thunder and the power behind Led Zeppelin. No other Led Zeppelin studio song aptly presents this fact as much as the first track from Presence. During the course of the track, Bonham's volcanic drum fills interlock with Page’s wailing guitar parts, seizing several moments of tension that build to the bursting point.
Fool In The Rain
Whether the samba beat was sourced from Robert Plant watching the 1978 FIFA World Cup or from personal knowledge, this is another track that Bonham took a step back to let other instruments take center stage. However, not to be totally non-existant in the track, Bonham offers up some tasty drum fills after the center section of the song.
Not to be totally void of any drum solos in this list, Bonzo's Montreux makes an appearance. Drum solos were a very integral part of Led Zeppelin's live shows, allowing John Bonham to experiment and bloody up his cymbals. Recorded on September 12, 1976 at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland with Jimmy Page, Bonham wanted to create a drum orchestra. Starting with laying down the rhythm track with the drum track, he then laid auxillary instruments, such as tympanis, timbales and conga over the top. It was first released on Led Zeppelin's studio album Coda in 1982 and later fused with Moby Dick from Led Zeppelin II by Jimmy Page in May 1990 at Atlantic Records' Synclavier Suite, adding electronic treatments for inclusion on Led Zeppelin's first Box Set.
Led Zeppelin music has appeared in a few trailers recently, including Kashmir in the trailer for Disney's John Carter and When the Levee Breaks was used in the trailer for Sucker Punch. In neither case did the songs make it to the final cut of the movie. Ben Affleck's Argo, however, did use When the Levee Breaks in the movie, but not in the trailer.
From: Ramble On Radio
Filmmakers Jackie Maw Tolliver and Gabriel Tolliver have completed filming and now are currently on a campaign to finish the movie.
Donating to their crowdsourcing page at Indiegogo will help pay for all that back end stuff like Post-Production (i.e. Editing, Motion Graphics, Title Design, Color Correction, DVD Authoring and Duplication, Sub-titling, Sound Design, Soundtrack composing & recording), Film insurance, Film Festival entry fees, Marketing/Promotion and Screening Venues.
They will even give you great Fleecing Led Zeppelin-branded swag.
In 1973 someone stole $200,000 from Led Zeppelin. Forty years later, it's just turned up.
What would you do?
Led Zepagain has been selected to be on the national TV show The World's Greatest Tribute Bands.
The weekly one-hour concert series -- hosted by Katie Daryl (TMZ on TV, Showbiz Tonight) live from the Roxy Theatre on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, Calif. -- pays tribute to "the legendary sounds, songs and artists especially of the '60s, '70s and '80s."
Led Zepagain will be playing at the Roxy Theatre honoring Led Zeppelin and the concert will be broadcast 100% LIVE Monday Sept 23rd at 11et/8pt.
Meanwhile, fans interested in seeing the concerts in person can attend for free. Click here. Fans not able to attend can watch the show on DirecTV 340, Dish 167, Uverse 1106.
Author, Singer/Songwriter & Led Zeppelin enthusiast Linda P. Adams has written a fascinating essay, in four parts, on Stairway To Heaven, exploring the meaning behind the lyrics and a little bit on the whole backmasking thing, all from the perspective of a Latter-Day Saint.
We get the Led out at least once a week, so when we learned that the ornamental prints that glided across Anna Sui’s runway were inspired by our beloved Jimmy Page’s hoard of tapestries, we were extra enthused about this season’s offerings. Paige collected the pieces from Pre-Raphaelite deity Edward Burne-Jones, who’s collection was on display at The Tate’s Pre-Raph retrospective earlier this year. Sui went, saw, and just like that, her vision for spring was born.
Sui sent out a lovely array of her signature flowing dresses, capes, kimonos, in a mix-and-match assortment of fairy lace, floral chiffon, and copper wallpaper print. As we presume Sui would have hoped, everything looked as it had been snatched from the racks of Granny Takes a Trip by today’s modern hippie. Considering that the devil is always in the detail for the designer, the accessories made just as much of a statement, from the knee-high gladiator sandals to the flower crown toppers. The same could be said for the hair and makeup, which was commanded by fluffy fresh-out-of-braids hair and frosty blue eyeshadow. Another highlight was seeing a male model hit the catwalk every now and again, bedecked in a shaggy coat or botanical print blazer paired with skinny velour pants. Every forethought about how a man should dress kind of went out the window in the ’60s (in the best way), no? And while the clothes stand just fine on their own, seeing them at one of the designer’s elaborate productions was magical as always. Sui arranged for the runway backdrop to be painted in style of The Fool — a Swinging Sixties design collective that colored rock stars’ wardrobes and things, from George Harrison’s mini-car to The Beatles costumes on the 1967 television broadcast of “All You Need Is Love.” Additionally, one of our favorite tracks from The Beatles’ psychedelic chapter, “The Inner Light,” played as Sui’s favorite supermodel (and ours) Karen Elson opened the show in an elaborate gold headdress.
See more pictures at: Styleite.com
Affleck, a longtime Led Zeppelin fan, admits he was desperate to use the track and vigorously pursued the British rockers to win permission, but they asked him to make a very specific change.
The film showed actor Tate Donovan putting the needle on a record, and Affleck was asked to change the shot to show the needle being placed on the correct spot on the vinyl to correspond to the song's position on 1971 album Led Zeppelin IV.
Affleck agreed and he headed back to the editing suit in order to make the band happy. He tells the Los Angeles Times, "Zeppelin, to me, is the greatest rock 'n' roll band. People say, 'The Beatles, the Stones.' No. It's Zeppelin... So not only did we have to pay for the song, we had to pay for an effects shot. You have to appreciate their attention to detail, though."
That's not necessarily a slight against the film itself, which was chock full of stunning footage of performances from concert stars like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney -- and the remaining members of Nirvana, who get a surprisingly passing mention -- and augmented with a number of delightful and often unexpected backstage moments.
Paul McCartney's efforts to convince Alicia Keys that he's as cool as his daughter Stella are particularly amusing. And Chris Martin's stunned delight when Michael Stipe says that he wants him to sing along to "Losing My Religion" during the performance is almost enough to obliterate any Coldplay and/or GOOP-related stigma the singer has accrued over the years.
But nothing came close to torrent of named names and unbridled bitterness that the concert promoter and Hollywood bigwig Harvey Weinstein dished in the post-screening Q&A with his fellow event organizers James Dolan and John Sykes and doc producers Amir Bar-Lev and Meghan O’Hara. Some of the things that Weinstein willingly shared with the sold-out crowd at Toronto's Wintergarden Theatre left Bar-Lev, the film's director, visibly stunned at some of the things he'd missed while he was filming the event.
First of all, Weinstein gleefully confessed that he'd sold a sit-down with "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart for charity funds. Apparently the "Prince of an Arabian country" was offering to pay top dollar for a fifteen-minute chat with the chronically awkward actress.
Weinstein called Stewart and filled her in on the situation. "She said 'How much?' My kind of girl," he quipped. The mogul and the prince were eventually able to agree to a $500,000 donation. In cash. The prince, Stewart and a number of bodyguards enjoyed a lovely fifteen minutes together during the concert. (The concert went on to raise $30 million.)
Weinstein was even more forthcoming, not to mention venomous, when a member of the audience asked if they'd asked Led Zeppelin to play the concert.
As it turns out, they had. Weinstein was convinced that an appearance from the band's remaining members could significantly increase the amount of money that the benefit could earn for victims of the hurricane. So he approached Robert Plant.
"We get an OK from Plant if Page will do it... Jimmy Page doesn't want to do it," Weinstein explained with a dramatic flair. "Jimmy Page's lawyer... Maybe he works for Satan? Maybe he is Satan?"
Undeterred, Weinstein asked Hillary Clinton if she could lend her considerable diplomatic skills to the cause. She didn't think that she'd be the best person to talk Led Zeppelin into reforming, so she recruited her husband Bill.
Former President Bill Clinton took up the cause. "Bill talked to the group and Jimmy told him no," Weinstein said with barely concealed rage.
Still, he wasn't ready to give up just yet. As a last ditch effort, Weinstein asked President Barack Obama for help. Unfortunately, getting Jimmy Page to raise money for hurricane relief isn't quite as easy as tracking down Osama Bin Laden.
"Jimmy Page struck out Obama and Bill Clinton," Weinstein sighed. "That will live on in infamy."
From: Huff Post
Bands who try to do straight-ahead covers of the mightiest Led Zeppelin songs usually come out looking like they got squashed by a blimp. Trent Reznor and Karen O's take on Zep's classic ode to Viking warriors – which appeared on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack – is an industrial rock crusher that rivals the original while adding an extra level of art-horror creepiness. Reznor lays down a storming track and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer brings the midnight sun with warrior priestess yowls that sound like she recorded her vocal after a couple weeks out pillaging coastal Europe. She barely sounds human on the opening bellows, which is fitting since Reznor's electronic noise blizzard sonics barely sound like music. The land of the ice and snow never sounded so foreboding.
From: Rolling Stone
Backstage Auctions is proud to present the annual Classic Rock and Roll Auction featuring over 500 auction lots which - for the most part - will be dominated by an A-list of Classic Rock bands, including Led Zeppelin.
Led Zeppelin's lots include a hat worn by drummer John Bonham, signed CDs by Robert Plant & John Paul Jones, as well as collections of import CDs, vinyl, books, magazines, and a lot more!
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We've got the perfect pick-me-up for a Monday morning: a smouldering, sexy, TOTALLY HOT Robert Pattinson in the new Dior Homme fragrance video.
The French fashion house has been dropping teaser behind-the-scenes campaign videos and pictures - shot by amazing snapper Nan Goldin - on their Twitter feed and website for the past few weeks, but the final campaign video, directed by Romain Gavras, was revealed yesterday and showcases Rob in all his glory.
The edgy video features Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love as the soundtrack and a whole lotta Robert - smoking in the bathtub, snogging co-star Camille Rowe in a bed and on a lift, striding atop tall buildings in a dapper suit, crashing a black tie party, driving fast cars, diving underwater, doing some more snogging - underwater - and generally looking positively delectable.
Robert recently opened up about the steamy new campaign to GQ Spain, revealing:
'If you have to kiss someone who you don't know and the person keeps their distance or backs off, it's horrible.'
Check out the film in its entirety below - it doesn't disappoint.
Even more Whole Lotta Love
From: Marie Claire
Zits Creators Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman clearly must be fans of Led Zeppelin. Last Thursday's comic was the fourth day in a short series in which the father of the main character, Jeremy Duncan, has the song Yellow Submarine, by The Beatles stuck in his head. They spend a few days trying to figure out how to get the song out of his head. By the fourth day, however, Jeremy has Stairway To Heaven stuck in his head, although the spiral staircase going upwards from his head looks more like a strand of DNA, according to his father.
The few days, Jeremy's mother and a couple of his friends, Hector and Pierce also have songs stuck in their heads.
Back on June 16, 2013, there was another Zits comic strip with a Led Zeppelin reference.
While Senegal musician Youssou N'Dour and Finnish composerKaija Saariaho received the 2013 Polar Music Prize on August 27, 2006 Polar Music Prize Laureate John Paul Jones attended Polar Music Talks the day before, which "bridges between culture, medicine, technology, business, creativity and music of all types."
"When I was young I wanted to play every instrument. When I realised that I couldn't, that's when I started thinking about composition"
Jones also attended the prize ceremony, which was held at the Stockholm Concert Hall.
For more information on the Polar Music Prize, go to http://www.polarmusicprize.org/home/
A concert DVD of a legendary rock-and-roll duo has been pulled from two of Canada's major retail stores this week after lawyers for one of the stars declared it a bootleg.
The Sunflower SUPERJAM 2012 was a unique event that brought together some of rock music's true legends at The Royal Albert Hall making the iconic venue rock like never before. Now, for the first time, The Sunflower Jam charity is raising money by producing an exceptional DVD of this once-in-a-lifetime event. Watch Alice Cooper, Bruce Dickinson, Brian May, Ian Paice, John Paul Jones, Mark King, Alfie Boe and a host of other amazing musicians 'jam' on one of the most famous stages in the world.
Plus, also included is a bonus DVD with highlights from The Sunflower SUPERJAM 2011, including the last ever, live performance from the legendary Jon Lord. The DVD will be released exactly a year on, on September 16th 2013 but it will be available for preorder from Tuesday 20th August 2013 at 1.00pm via www.thesunflowerjam.com.
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Leave it to prolific documentarian Jeff Krulik (co-producer of the cult classic "Heavy Metal Parking Lot") to sniff out the truth. The answer lies in the new film "Led Zeppelin Played Here," which features interviews with DJs, promoters, archivists and historians, not to mention the alleged attendees.
The movie has two scheduled screenings coming up. You can unravel the mystery during the Baltimore premiere, which is tonight at the Creative Alliance (tickets are $12). Or head to AFI Silver Theatre on Friday, Aug. 30 at 9:15 p.m. and see the film for just $5.
From: Washington Post
Pop legend Jimmy reveals that rock bad boys Led Zep were fans...
Photo by Jørgen Angel
September 7, 2013, marks the 45 year anniversary since Led Zeppelin played their very first concert. Now the British rock stars are getting a special plaque right where it all began; in a primary school in Gladsaxe.
So, you're 64-year-old rock-and-roll god, front-man of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, and you want to make a 10-part documentary about your vacation to Mali. How best do you promote it? Just like everyone else, social media. By why, oh why would anyone want to do that? Buried in a 5-year-old article on our own website, we found a potential answer to that question.
LoveLive, the leading music content specialist, has today announced the re-launch of legendary musician and ex-Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant's digital platforms - creating an all-new website, video-rich content strategy and an increased presence on social media, allowing fans a new and easier way to connect with the musical icon.
Even though Robert Plant has had a Twitter account for some time, it has remained dormant until today.
Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page produced the album, but it was a microphone switch by Johns - famous for his work, too, with the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and the Who - that changed everything: In setting up multiple mics for Bonham, Johns accidentally had one of them directed to one side of the stereo mix. The rest of his performance was emanating from the middle.
"Half of the drums were coming out of the left, by mistake," Johns says in this Q&A. "And I thought: I wonder what it would sound like if I took the one in the middle, and put it on the other side. And there is was - the beginning of stereo drums."
Communication Breakdown was influential in other ways. Guitarist Johnny Ramone once said he developed his signature down-stroke style based on Page's riff. But everyone began to hear drums in a new way after Led Zeppelin arrived.
Not that Johns is ready to take too much credit: "I found it by mistake. Like anything good that's ever happened to me, really - it's been a fluke of some sort," he says. "So, I can't really take any credit for it, other than recognizing it."
From: Something Else! Reviews
Displayed: DR2, 12 September 2012
Appears until: No expiration date
TV-Byen in Soeborg is Danmarks Radio TV headquarters for 43 years, from 1963 until 2006. During the period occurs some of music's greatest icons in the studies by Hareskov, north of Copenhagen. This is the story about the time a pretty hat lady from Nyhavn tried to stop a concert by one of the world's biggest rock bands. This is the story of the day, Led Zeppelin hit Soeborg.
What we heard were ominous rumbles before Robert Plant wailed, "In the eeeeeve-ning... when the day is done."
One of rocker Jimmy Page's lawyers thwarted an attempt to reunite Led Zeppelin for the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit gig in New York City last winter (12), according to movie mogul and concert organiser Harvey Weinstein.
On the evening of July 23, 1973, this guy was yelled at by Peter Grant backstage at the Baltimore Civic Center. Who is he?
Peter Grant was the legendary manager for Led Zeppelin, who orchestrated their rise to rock super-stardom by an unprecedented tough-guy business style. He was equally admired, and feared, and he single-handedly rewrote the rules on rock and roll band management.
While touring for Houses of the Holy in 1973, their ninth tour of North America, their Baltimore stop on July 23 was the first date where 35mm film cameras were rolling for The Song Remains the Same, the Led Zeppelin concert film. One infamous scene in the film, released three years later in 1976, was of Peter Grant yelling at a backstage manager about the sales of bootleg merchandise.
In the biography Peter Grant: The Man Who Led Zeppelin it states At the Baltimore Civic Center on July 23 1973, they filmed cops chasing a half-naked intruder. This was also the setting for the scene in which Peter Grant berated the promoter. Amidst a flurry of abuse he more or less accuses the man of receiving kickbacks with the aim of squeezing every last nickel out of Zeppelin. "We knew nothing about him. As soon as we found out about it, we stopped him," protested the man, believed to be one Larry Vaughn.
Larry Vaughn was one of the promoters of the concert, but has confirmed that's not him. Nor is it Richard Klotzman, longtime local Baltimore promoter. And it's not Steve Weiss, Led Zeppelin lawyer, who is the man standing next to Grant in the dark glasses.
Bud Becker, who has been involved in the concert and music business for decades, including many years at the Baltimore Civic Center, has confirmed through his sources that this man may be named Denny, and he ran concessions for ARA, short for Automatic Retailers of America, and now known as ARAMARK.
Thank you very much,
Led Zeppelin Played Here screening at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore on Thursday, Aug. 22nd, 2013.
Here's a link to Peter's last AMA session on Reddit:
Peter told about the progress of Jimmy Page's solo album (or rather, the lack of it), as well as the timescale of the Led Zeppelin remaster box sets and some hints about their contents.
You will need to make an account on Reddit to post questions for Peter. You just need to specify a username and password, no email address is required.
Dear Mister Fantasy (by Traffic). Erik and Joachim played the quiet intro with no drums. Behind the curtain John Bonham was finished setting up his drums. To test them he played a couple of bars with his characteristic heavy drumming. Unfortunately Bonham stopped as suddenly as he had started. Joachim Ussing remembers their drummer's (Ole) look of panic when they helplessly struggled through the rest of the song.
Joachim adds: "I had never heard John Bonham play and I had never heard such drumming, it was awesome. It was Uffe Sylvesters Badekar's two bars in heaven."
How many bands can say they had John Bonham on drums - even it was only for a couple of bars.
From: Ledzeppelin45years' Facebook page.
Robert Plant dropped by Royal Studios on Saturday to cut harmonica tracks for the North Mississippi Allstars. Allstars Luther and Cody Dickinson had thought their new album was all but done, when they found themselves in town at the same time as the former Zeppelin front man and blues aficionado. The Dickinson brothers had opened a few dates for Plant in recent years and had talked about getting in some studio time.
Robert Plant, Bobby Womack and Van Morrison have been announced for a four-day blues-inspired festival at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Some awesome behind the scenes footage for Man of Steel has been released. Composer Hans Zimmer managed to get a dozen of some of the world's most renowned percussionists and musicians, and formed the most epic of drum circles for the soundtrack.
Zimmer managed to round up Jason Bonham, Matt Chamberlain, Sheila E, Josh Freese (of Devo and NIN), Pharrell Williams (whose previous soundtrack experience most recently includes Despicable Me 2, as well as the original Despicable Me) and Trevor Lawrence Jr to name just a few. Zimmer convinced them to play together, simultaneously. It's quite the feat to watch in the video, even if you're not a big drum fan.
They revisited several songs they recorded and shelved in 2010 after sessions for a follow-up to Plant and Alison Krauss’s 2007 Grammy-winning Raising Sand were scrapped. Though a partnership is not yet official, the material revisited last week is independent of those sessions and will not involve Krauss.
From: Rolling Stone
Robert Plant has announced this morning that he'll perform 3 live dates with his new band Sensational Space Shifters.
One of the most important traits of a good leader is to know when to let go and when to let others take a turn at the top. But top leaders rarely have a healthy enough ego to be able to leave at the right time for themselves and for their organization, cause or movement.
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It's not exactly a Stairway To Heaven - more a long driveway that needs a lot of maintenance, leading 500ft up a steep hill.
But former Birmingham teacher Ruth Dale doesn't mind the daily hard slog.
Not one little bit.
She's the proud resident of Bron-yr-Aur, the Welsh former farmer's cottage at the top of the slope dating back to around 1790 that later inspired a seismic shift in rock music.
The idyllic setting, and particularly its limitations, caused Led Zeppelin's guitarist Jimmy Page and West Bromwich-born vocalist Robert Plant to turn down the volume for which they had become renowned, as they began crafting some legendary acoustic gems on tape while on retreat there in 1970, during a real purple patch of creativity.
"It's such a special place - my heart lifts every time I come home," said Ruth, who used to teach at Walmley Infant School in Sutton Coldfield, Westminster Primary in Handsworth, Park Hill Primary in Moseley and Anderton Park in Sparkbrook.
And now she and her family find themselves greeting respectful visitors, who come on pilgrimages from all over the world, to the garden of their unspoilt history-rich dwelling - as they prepare to write a book about the cottage.
Led Zep had no choice but to pipe down at Bron-yr-Aur, which overlooks the Dyfi Valley near Machynlleth, as it simply had no electricity.
Page and Plant, there with their partners, plus a couple of roadies to collect firewood and water, fell in love with the tumbledown place.
They found a new pastoral sound in the dramatic landscapes that they would later fuse with their awesome thunder, to legendary effect. Their stay is reflected directly in two songs: the misspelt hoedown Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, that would appear almost immediately on the band's Led Zeppelin III record, and Page's flowing solo instrumental Bron-Yr-Aur, that added an extra dimension to the already-kaleidoscopic 1975 double album Physical Graffiti.
Other low-volume classics That's The Way, Tangerine and Friends were penned there, while work began within the stone walls on later anthems including Over The Hills And Far Away, The Rover and Down By The Seaside.
According to Zep biographer Mick Rock, the group's most-revered masterpiece Stairway To Heaven also began to see the light of day there, amid the candles and Calor gas that substituted for modern power in the cottage.
It was Ruth's father John, a Worcestershire-based vicar, who snapped up the property as a holiday cottage - for a song - just as he was about to enter theological college in 1972.
He was oblivious to the work of Led Zeppelin there two years earlier.
"My parents bought it without any knowledge of the band being here," said Zep fan Ruth, who made the house her permanent residence two years ago with her husband and their six-year-old daughter.
"Mum and Dad just looked in an estate agent's window in the Midlands and saw a cottage for sale in the area where they had been camping - and thought 'maybe we should use our savings and buy that'. They paid the going rate for a remote property - nothing more.
"It would have been more rough and ready when Led Zeppelin were here than it has been throughout my life. My parents had to make it more comfortable, to make sure that the building was safe.
"Generally speaking, the layout would have been the same then. Certainly the windows are of the same aspect, with the same views."
Ruth said the only big change has been an extension at the back of the house to accommodate green energy technology, including solar water-heating panels and small wind and water turbines.
"It's a traditional stone-built Welsh cottage with a slate roof," said Ruth, who gave up full-time teaching when her daughter was born.
"It has the original slate floors downstairs, and the original wooden beams in the ceiling and the roof. It has a tiny, tiny kitchen and only two bedrooms. An estate agent would say 'it retains its original features'!
"My husband, who is a woodland manager, sought to carbon-offset his work which led to a deep interest in green living.
"We have a gas cooker and everything else is renewable.
"The property takes a lot of work and maintenance, and we have to make the access track possible to drive our very small car along. We don't have an iron or a hairdryer and we choose not to have a TV - in this area that's not uncommon."
Fans are being asked to leave their reflections on visiting Bron-yr-Aur on a new Facebook page, therealbronyraur, set up by the owners.
"They can send us stories about why they came here and what the place means to them," said Ruth, who started going to the cottage for holidays when she was just three weeks-old.
"If it ends up being anything good we might consider turning it into a coffee-table book one day.
"People who come up always want to share their stories about why they are here. The number of visitors varies, and it always has done over the years. It's a respectful trickle of dedicated people, I would say. We've had someone up recently from America and another from New Zealand. It's very remote and not signposted at all, so you would have to be a dedicated follower of the band and research it beforehand to find us.
"We don't let people go inside the house from the point of view of privacy.
"My father lived here full-time for three years but now he lives in the valley in Machynlleth. He was worried that the fans' interest could get out of hand, and didn't expect to have strangers appearing in his garden.
"The garden's now fenced and gated and we grow vegetables there. If we don't go out to greet visitors, people walk as far as the gate and take photos, then head off - the coastal path goes not very far from here.
"If we see them, we invite them to sit in the garden on the bench and take in the view.
"Those who come here to be inspired by what inspired the band - those are the ones I have more time for."
Although Ruth and family have had very few problems with Zep devotees, privacy has been further strengthened over the last month after one fan sought his own slice of heavy rock.
"Sadly we've had to move the rock at the bottom of the drive that had the house name on it, and put it within the premises," she said.
"It looked like someone had tried to steal it. At the present time there's no sign to show you've got here.
"Given the weight and size of the rock it was probably someone British. The people from around the world are hugely respectful and wouldn't be able to transport it anyway.
"We might leave it without anything, which is sad. I think that Stairway To Heaven line 'there's a sign on the wall, but she wants to be sure' caused people of a certain ilk to think it was a great souvenir. Real fans will find us anyway. And friends who come, we give them detailed directions."
Ruth now runs a children's choir, named Tangerine after the aforementioned Zeppelin song.
Quoting the lyrics of that beautiful country-tinged ballad, she said: "To me it's the living reflection of a dream here."
From: Birmingham Mail
In his diary, photographer Ross Halfin mentioned on July 1 that he spent the weekend with his photographic director "shooting the new Led Zeppelin catalogue".
There is still great mystery as to the boxed sets, although Jimmy Page has gone on record to say, "There are also a number of Zeppelin projects that will come out next year because there are different versions of tracks that we have that can be added to the albums so there will be box sets of material that will come out, starting next year. There will be one box set per album with extra music that will surface."
Perhaps Page will use the Pink Floyd Experience/Immersion sets as a template.
The Martin D-28 Marquis guitar, dubbed 'Zoso', that was given to Jimmy Page on November 15, 2006 to celebrate his 63rd birthday was sold at auction by Bonhams on July 3, 2013. The guitar sold for £26,250 including premium. Accompanied with the guitar, serial no. 1151442, was the original hard case, together with a signed letter from Jimmy Page and a colour photograph of him playing the guitar on May 11, 2011 at Royal Albert Hall in London, England with Roy Harper for Harper's 70th birthday celebration. They played The Same Old Rock from Harper's 1972 studio album Stormcock. Page had also played on the studio album under the pseudonym S. Flavius Mercurius.
London mayor Boris Johnson sanctioned the demolition of the art deco building at a meeting today to make way for the redevelopment, which will create four 'villages', 7,500 high-end homes and 12,000 new jobs.
The west London venue is best known for hosting high-profile music events including the Brit awards and concerts from the likes of Pink Floyd.
Designed by architect C Howard Crane in 1937, the building is not listed despite attempts made by local campaign group Save Earls Court & Gibbs Green to get it registered with English Heritage.
Boris Johnson said he was "acutely aware of the concerns" raised by residents, but added he was in "no doubt" the redevelopment would have a positive effect on the local economy.
"I'm in no doubt that the development will provide a massive boost not just to this part of the capital, but to London's wider community as well," he said.
Tom Copley, Labour London assembly member, tweeted: "Very disappointed but not at all surprised that the Mayor has approved demolition of Earls Court Exhibition Centre...an appalling decision."
Darren Johnson, Green Party London assembly member, added: "By backing this proposal, Boris Johnson is condemning this part of London into [being] a playground for the super-rich with mostly extortionately priced homes that will not help the vast majority of ordinary people."
Developers Capco said in a statement: "We are pleased to receive the Great London's Authority's approval for the outline planning consent of the Earls Court Masterplan and the Section 106 agreement. The Earls Court project will deliver significant benefits to London.
"In addition the project will deliver investment in transport infrastructure, community, cultural, educational and health facilities as well as open green space in the form of a new park for London."
Earls Court is the second art deco building to be sanctioned for demolition by the Mayor after he announced plans to turn Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium into a housing estate last year.
Residents' group Save Earls Court & Gibbs Green attempted to get the exhibition centre listed in 2006, but the architects surveying the building said it "did not merit listing".
From: The Independent
Robert Plant's 1992 performance of Crazy Little Thing Called Love with Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon of Queen at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert is included on a soon-to-be-released 3-disc DVD set and standard definition Blu-Ray disc.
The release, titled “The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: The Definitive Edition,” features Queen guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass player John Deacon playing alongside a long list of famed musicians. A few of the guest artists the appear on the DVD include Metallica frontman James Hetfield, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose and Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.
The opening performances featured on the DVD include live sets from Metallica, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses and Extreme. The collection also features an introduction by May, Taylor and Deacon, a speech by Elizabeth Taylor, photo galleries, footage of Queen rehearsing with Bowie, Lennox and others and more.
“The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: The Definitive Edition” DVD is available for $29.99, and the Blu-ray is listed at $24.98.
The Heartbreaker Tour with Heart and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience kicked off on Monday night (June 17, 2013) at Cruzan Amphitheater!
Lez Zeppelin is:
Steph Paynes - Guitar, Theremin
Leesa Harrington-Squyres - Drums
Megan Thomas - Bass guitar, Mandolin, Keyboard
Shannon Conley - Vocals, Harmonica
Thanks to Rob Janos!
Jimmy has donated to the ABC Trust the Martin guitar which he played at the Roy Harper 70th birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The guitar is to be auctioned by Bonhams Auctioneers with the proceeds going to Action For Brazilian Children.
35 at 35: Tight But Loose... not just a magazine... more a lasting Led Zep collectable
Moments after musicians Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham stepped onto the creaky stage inside the old Boston Garden forty-four years ago it was obvious 16,000 teenaged baby boomers were witnessing the infancy of one of rock and roll's greatest acts.
Almost 45 years ago, September 7 1968, the world's greatest rock band played their very first concert. This took place at Gladsaxe Teen Club in the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark.
"2014 is full of opera for me, at the moment," said Jones at the after party for the London launch of the Philip Glass opera "The Perfect American."
Zeppelin reunion rumors for next year began when singer Robert Plant told Australia's 60 Minutes in February that his schedule was clear for 2014, coyly hinting at the possibility of a reunion (watch the interview here).
Jones is currently writing an opera of his own, based on August Strindberg's "The Ghost Sonata."
"I'm halfway through the first act," said the multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, adding that the biggest challenge is "the sheer scale of it, I think. I don't know. I'm probably about to find out what the challenges are."
Plant is playing shows this year with The Sensational Space Shifters, and Jimmy Page is working on remastering Zeppelin's full catalog - with bonus tracks and other goodies – for release in 2013.
Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant returns to Los Angeles on June 26th at the Shrine Auditorium with his newest backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters. The lineup features members of his early-'00s band The Strange Sensation, and sees Plant revisiting both blues rock and world music influences; this after exploring Americana the last few years through collaborations with Alison Krauss and Band of Joy. L.A. Weekly talked with Plant about this new project, memories of L.A., and what he means by the "British condition."
Listen: The 1969 Album Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham Recorded Before 'Led Zeppelin'
This project, however, features all four members of Led Zeppelin - Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham - recording together before there even was a Led Zeppelin.
While still in "New Yardbirds" mode, the four pre-Zeps took part in the August 1968 recording sessions for P.J. Proby's 1969 album, Three Week Hero.
As Dangerous Minds recently wrote, Page and Jones were successful session musicians at this point, and when Jones got the Proby gig, he invited his fellow New Yardbirds along. The Dangerous Minds story also quotes Jones as saying, "I was committed to doing all the arrangements for the album. As we were talking about rehearsing at the time, I thought it would be a handy source of income. I had to book a band anyway, so I thought I'd book everybody I knew."
The sessions started August 25, 1968, and led to an album that didn't cause much of a stir when it was released the following April.
"The boys told me they were going over to play in San Francisco and all that, and I said, 'Look, from what I've heard and the way you boys played tonight, not only are you not going to be my backing band, I'm going to say goodbye right now, because I don't think I'm ever going to see you again'," Proby says in the DM story.
"'That's how successful you're going to be. You're exactly what they want, you play all that psychedelic stuff and everything.' I said, 'You're going to go over there and go down so great I don't think you're ever going to come home.' They didn't ever come back until they changed their name to Led Zeppelin and stayed over there and came back huge huge stars. ... I said goodbye that day when I cut that album, and I haven't seen one of them since."
Check out some samples from the album (and a non-album B-side) below.
Is there any doubt this is Led Zeppelin? This is part of the eight-minute medley that closed the album. I admit, this track really "shook me" ... all night long.
"The Day That Lorraine Came Down"
Here's track two from the Proby album, which was released on CD in 1994. It's easy to picture Plant on vocals - not that there's anything wrong with Proby's voice.
"Mery Hopkins Never Had Days Like These"
Here's a non-album B-side from the same sessions. This song is interesting because Proby calls out each member of the band, who then plays a little solo, starting with bassist John Paul Jones. By the way, for a little more info about about the album, check out the Dangerous Minds story and good ol' Wikipedia. (PS: It seems the word "Mery" in the song title is supposed to be spelled like that; it's obviously a fun reference to then-popular Welsh singer Mary Hopkin.)
From: Guitar World
The 43-year-old baritone government official, whose press conference was punctuated at several points by enthusiastic listener call-ins, stressed the importance of listening to Led Zeppelin every Power Play Weekday, and called on all Americans to crank up the classic rock at work, at home, or in the car.
Read the full story at The Onion
Sybarite5 has performed across the country, from Carnegie Hall to Nevada. They’ve even performed for the Dalai Lama!
On Saturday, June 8th, Sybarite5 will be taking over SubCulture, a brand new venue in NoHo. They will have two shows, one at 7:30 PM and one at 10:00 PM.
When: Saturday, June 8th – doors open at 6:30 / show at 7:30
Saturday, June 8th – doors open at 9:30 / show at 10:00
Where: SubCulture 45 Bleecker St, New York, NY
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the SubCulture Box Office or online.
Saturday, June 8: Sybarite5
Doors at 6:30pm / Show at 7:30pm
Doors at 9:30pm / Show at 10:00pm
Meld your favorite rock band and a dose of popular music with classical 5-piece chamber group, and you get Sybarite5! Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, their eclectic repertoire and original covers galvanize the audience at each performance. Touring around such places as Library of Congress, Aspen Music Festival, and in New York at Lincoln Center, they have also played for his Holiness, the Dalai Lama. In 2011, they became the first string quintet selected as a winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in its 60 year history. Sybarite5 will transform the perception of chamber music for every listener, playing everything from Mozart to Radiohead through Dvorak and Led Zeppelin. Their work has been praised by The Washington Post, Strings Magazine and The Sarasota Herald Tribune. During their debut performance at SubCulture, they will perform songs from their last five-track EP disc, Disturb the Silence which made its debut at number 11 on Billboard's Classical Crossover chart. www.sybarite5.org Tix: $25/advance $30/day of show
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In the most apparent case of following in your father's footsteps, Jason Bonham is taking his Led Zeppelin Experience on the road again.
Then, Thursday, August 22 it will screen at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, and on Friday, August 30 it will return to the AFI Silver in Silver Spring for an encore.
Go to http://www.ledzeppelinplayedhere.com/ for further details and more screening opportunities.
He was now churning out the sort of soft pap he once rallied against.
The column about Elton's new show in the context of his career was arguably just another example that could have been bent to fit Sick Boy's unifying theory of life ("beautifully f**king illustrated"). That idea that "we all get old, we cannae hack it anymore and that's it", as the scene from Trainspotting espouses, is certainly something that is bandied about in the music world - often by music writers, by fans and former fans.
And in the baby-boomer rock'n'roll world there are no shortage of suspects. This charge has been levelled at many - particularly, in terms of squandering early talent and selling out, the names Rod Stewart, Phil Collins and Eric Clapton tend to get mentioned. Often.
Eric Clapton's new album (called Old Sock, by the way) won't win you over if you gave up backing that horse a while ago (as well you should) and though Rockin' Rod is about to release Time, his first album of mostly self-penned songs (co-writes) in so very long, it still doesn't really excuse the last decade of butchering standards and then releasing a Christmas album.
Phil Collins? Well as soon as you mention him here you're branded a fan - but his best skill, his drumming, has been taken from him. He's too crook to hold the sticks these days. So there's not a lot of hope for any great return to form there.
Anyway, this article about Ben Elton got me thinking about musicians that have copped out, let the side down in terms of not delivering on early promise, coasted, rested on laurels, pissed it away, refused to step up through fear - ultimately. It's not so much that this topic needs to be linked to the Elton article; I'm just showing you the way in which my mind wandered.
(By the way, I'm sure the Ben Elton show is bad - he's been involved in plenty of clunkers, but you can't accuse him of resting on his laurels. This guy might well have become the sort of friend-of-the-Queen he hated but he is, at the least, still fronting up and doing the work. He's prolific. And he's diversified - novels, musicals, a return to stand-up - he can be accused of a lot of things but he can't be accused of not trying).
It's easy to point the finger at the Rods and Erics and Eltons for taking it far too easy, for having lost the fire, or looking silly in their misguided attempt to regain that spark, but the person I think I feel most let down by, in the music world, is Jimmy Page.
Jimmy Page, to this day, gets some strange free pass, as if that work he did with Led Zeppelin was enough - and will therefore always be enough; why is he not mocked for not being capable of stepping up in any real way since 1980?
It would only be acceptable for him to be held up as a can-do-no-wrong figure if he walked away from music completely after Led Zeppelin. But he can-do-wrong; plenty wrong. And his half-arsed solo career - fuelled by sporadic guest-work/collaborations - is actually appalling when you consider it.
Sure, there was the Death Wish II soundtrack (I'm a fan) but that's really about it. Oh, I own Outrider, I checked out The Firm (awful! Don't kid yourself otherwise) and then there was Coverdale/Page, which was a dress rehearsal for the Plant & Page reunion albums. I liked No Quarter (a lot) and I think Walking into Clarksdale has some great moments but that's it. That's not a lot to show for the nearly 35 years post-Zeppelin. And the Page/Plant albums don't really count as anything new; nor, really, does Coverdale/Page.
If you want to gush about hearing Plant with The Black Crowes, good on you. But like his reunions with Plant - and the eventual Led Zeppelin reunion (though of course there were a small handful of those over the years, actually; always awful) - Jimmy Page has not been capable of moving on.
There's an extraordinary piece of footage from the Arms concert (1983) where Page performs his version of Chopin's Prelude (from his Death Wish soundtrack). It's my favourite post-Zep moment for Page. Because it shows him vulnerable, all but junk-sick and struggling, strung out and trying his best - actually trying. Page played with such brilliant and beautiful emotion when at his best and there's an incredible truth in this snippet of footage. The rest of his work at that show is ropey at best; he should feel embarrassed there - and much later after inducting Jeff Beck into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame - to have Beck running rings around him.
You think back to that story you've seen tagged on so many budget compilations hawking the "three great guitarists from The Yardbirds". Clapton can still play. He's just boring - get him out on stage on the right night, though, and it's all still there. Beck is on fire, he's arguably the only influential guitarist of his generation who has continued to grow, continuing to expand the role - and vocabulary - of the guitar. And then you see Page. Rubbish. Drunk, drug-f**ked and struggling.
Page of course does not need to work - so instead he sits and grooms vanity projects, new Led Zeppelin reissues, finally releasing that waste of time reunion concert DVD and live album and appearing in that rubbish documentary with The Edge and Jack White. Gah!
He's stuck trading on what he is sure is a legacy and he's all but ruining it.
I hated watching the 2007 reunion concert film. I went to a preview screening and it bored me and, far worse than that, it saddened me - to see and hear Led Zeppelin finally feeling like a tribute act to themselves; a truncated, poor man's version of the band they once were. But, because Page was always erratic on stage there was - somehow - one of the best versions of Kashmir the band has ever offered. And there was a moment, mid-way through the version of In My Time of Dying,where things seemed to click for Page. He was nervous, he was scared, he somehow channelled that fear into moments of a great performance. But they were few and far between.
You watch Robert Plant rework Led Zeppelin songs with great musicians and you hear him move across and through music, all but shrugging the Zeppelin monkey off his back most of the time. He's not stuck. He's not lost. He's not past it, or had it, or struggling or shirking. He's out there working. Nailing it. And coming up with new and interesting ways back into old songs; he's reinventing himself and the music - and he now has a strong body of solo work.
But who is Jimmy Page? A sad old man who was great once. A rotten soul, by all accounts, punch-drunk from early fame, from the insecurities and addictions that ate at his psyche and soul, that stole his heart and ended the game for him.
He'll never do anything of value ever again. Beyond the next lot of Led Zeppelin remastering - primarily adding value to his bank account.
The work he did, when young, was awe-inspiring. He was great. He was flawed and wonderful for it. There was - at the right time - so much emotion in his playing. But he's a dead soul with a crippling fear of offering anything up beyond hackneyed trace-arounds of his former glories.
I find that far more sickening and saddening than easily avoided Christmas and covers albums.
Unlike Ben Elton Jimmy Page isn't even fronting up to do the work. He's just waiting for the work to come to him. If Jones and Plant agreed to a Led Zep world tour he'd be on that plane tomorrow, phoning it in and fluking it sometimes and at other times pissing on parts of a whole lotta legacy.
TMZ broke the story ... Plant obtained a temporary restraining order against 40-something-year-old Alysson Billings earlier this month, requiring her to stay 100 yards away from the singer at all times.
But today, a judge made the restraining order permanent, ordering Billings to stay even farther away -- 300 yards -- for the next three years.
Plant claims Billings has been harassing him for the last 3 years -- showing up at his concerts around the globe, sending him bizarre gifts and increasingly threatening messages.
He says the woman believed they were in a relationship ... even though they never met.
Now that's a whole lotta (unwanted) love.
Robert Plant is sharing more live video in advance of his upcoming US tour with The Sensational Space Shifters.
The CBS “60 Minutes Overtime” webcast reported Monday that the former president was enlisted to ask the British rock gods to get back together last year for the Superstorm Sandy benefit concert in New York City. He asked, they said no.
David Saltzman of the Robin Hood Foundation says he and film executive Harvey Weinstein flew to Washington to ask Clinton to make the plea. Led Zeppelin’s surviving members Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page were in Washington just before the Sandy concert for the Kennedy Center Honors.
Led Zeppelin last played publicly at a one-night reunion in London in 2007.
From: The Washington Post
Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant has been forced to hire a security team and obtain a restraining order against a dangerous stalker for his own safety.
Led Zeppelin: Sound and Fury by Neal Preston is an in-depth, illustrated digital book created and designed especially for iBooks. It provides an unprecedented and comprehensive glimpse into the world of Led Zeppelin through the lens of famed photographer Neal Preston. Blending images, interviews, and information to allow readers inside access into some of the greatest moments in rock history, Sound and Fury features hundreds of photos of the band from throughout their career (including over 100 that have never been seen before), audio introductions, written pieces, hi-definition video interviews, ephemera, commentary from contemporary artists, technical camera info, band discography, and more. Features include: - Over 250 photographs of Led Zeppelin onstage and behind the scenes (over 100 previously unpublished) - 80 expandable contact sheets - 25 audio commentaries - 11 video interviews - 44 samples of ephemera and memorabilia - 24 Led Zeppelin set lists - 23,000 words of text - Written introduction by Stevie Nicks.
Photo by SEWilco
I've heard of various things named after Led Zeppelin-related items. The Zeppelin Loach fish, planet Jimmypage, to name a few.
The song, Ohio, is an historical piece about slaves escaping via the underground railroad. Robert Plant sings a harmony vocal throughout the haunting, evocative song.
Griffin first premiered the song at a Sensational Space Shifters show in London last July.
From: Ramble On Radio
From: Ramble On Radio
Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters has announced its first North American tour dates. This dynamic and powerful new incarnation of Plant’s musical vision has been touring the world, most recently in Australia and New Zealand. The Brisbane Times said “What’s going on is further proof that Plant is far more imaginative, playful and adventurous than any cliche, a man who’s absorbed all the music he’s loved and played and sought out the musicians to explore that,” while Adelaide Now hailed, “The Sensational Space Shifters are everything their name suggests.”
The dates begin June 20 at the Dallas, TX, Palladium and end July 27 in Brooklyn, NY’s Prospect Park. The band will be playing five festival dates, including Britt in Jacksonville, OR, High Sierra in Quincy, CA, Jambase in George, WA, Portland Blues in Portland, OR, and Forecastle in Louisville, KY.
One of a generation of British kids, drawn without rhyme or reason, to sounds from a far away world. A world of field holler, despair, Levee camp and chain- gang moans; of Saturday night fish-fry and Juke Joint foot stomp. A million miles lay between the brooding pulse of Mississippi Delta life and the sanitized shelter of the timid English boy, circa 1962.
Fifty years on — drawing from a lifetime of adventures, tracking the dark, beautiful resonator, Plant follows his heart and lifts his voice higher and joyous ever away. A voice of experience and learning from the sounds of Southside Chicago Electric Blues; of Griot mantras from West Africa; from Louisiana Dance Halls; Greenwich Village Folk hangover; Haight Ashbury indulgences; Moroccan medina breakbeat; the early English radical techno materials, Texas two-step and Bristol Dubstep.
Before his recent projects in Nashville with Alison Krauss and Band of Joy, Plant worked alongside the very interesting force, “Strange Sensation”, recording the critically acclaimed, multi-Grammy nominated albums – Dreamland and Mighty Rearranger. From this platform, Sensational Space Shifters has developed. Now together these confederates and conspirators dig deeper and more intensely, always twisting and turning, bringing the past into a brilliant technicolour present.
The band is:
Justin Adams – guitar, bendir, vocals
John Baggott – keyboards
Juldeh Camara – ritti (one stringed African violin), kologo (African Banjo), talking drum, vocals
Billy Fuller – bass guitar, vocals
Dave Smith – drums and percussion
Liam “Skin” Tyson – guitar, vocals
Justin Adams- a childhood in the Middle East and teenage years with a soundtrack of UK punk set the tone for Adams ‘ musical adventures. He has produced Grammy winning Desert poets Tinariwen and Algerian Rai rebel Rachid Taha, as well as playing guitar and writing with Jah Wobble, Sinead O’ Connor , Natasha Atlas and many more. Three award winning albums with Juldeh Camara for Peter Gabriel’s Real World label have been the latest in a series of collaborations with Master Musicians from North and West Africa.
John Baggott- one of the originators of the Bristol Trip hop sound, Baggott cut his teeth as a teenage piano prodigy playing with visiting US legends like Jimmy Witherspoon and Charlie Feathers. He contributed to seminal work by Portishead, combining musicality with cutting edge sonic texturing and sampling, which led him to become a member of the Massive Attack team. He has also composed film and tv music for Emmy award winning documentaries and most recently worked with songstress Anna Calvi on a new album.
Juldeh Camara- Juldeh was taught the Ritti ( one- string African Violin) by his blind Griot father , who was reputedly taught himself by the forest spirits of Gambia who took his eyesight in return for the gift . A traditional Fulani village musician , Juldeh’s exceptional talent and charisma took him first to Banjul , Gambia’s capital and then around the world with Ifang Bondi . Hearing Adams’ Desert inflected Blues he decided the two should collaborate , which led to the groundbreaking Juju records, and in turn to his work with Plant ,where the connections between the Blues and Mother Africa turn full circle.
Billy Fuller – Fuller has been exceptionally creative in the past few years, as a founder member of post rock trio Beak , together with Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, he has made two albums and played at the ultra- cool All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival amongst many others. He has contributed to albums by Massive Attack , the soundtrack for the Banksy movie “Exit via the Gift Shop”, guested with Portishead, and toured with Adams and Camara in JuJu. A rock solid bassist he is a vinyl junkie with consummate taste.
Dave Smith – originally trained as a jazz drummer and orchestral percussionist, a chance encounter with West African music led Smith to study sabar drumming in Gambia over a ten year period. He is the hub of a scene of Jazz and electronic improvisers based around the Vortex club in London, where he leads groups such as Fofoulah and Ruhabi , incorporating polyrhythmic African drive into their music. Headhunted by Adams and Camara , he brought a Ginger Baker like energy to their music which now moves to another level in the context of the Sensational Space Shifters.
Liam “Skin” Tyson- a surreal Scouser ( Liverpudlian ) who now lives in the Misty Mountains of North Wales, his combination of Pastoral acoustic open tuned guitars and electric 21st century psychedelia make him a perfect foil for Plant’s balladry and fire. He made a massive impact with Brit Pop group Cast in the 90s who had a succession of chart hits, mentored by figures like producer John Leckie. He built a studio in his Barn where he recorded his Men from Mars project and from where he nurtures local bands in between surfing and touring.
Plant revels in the excitement generated by the collision of these remarkably powerful forces. Though his contribution to Pop Culture began with his work with Led Zeppelin, his path since has been uncompromising: keep it fresh, spin the bottle, dig deep, embrace the past – visit it – celebrate it – but don’t build a home in it.
The confirmed tour dates are below:
June 20: Dallas, TX – Palladium
June 21: Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
June 23: Austin, TX – Moody Theater
June 26: Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Auditorium
June 28: Santa Barbara, CA – County Bowl
June 29: Berkeley, CA – Berkeley Greek
July 2: Jacksonville, OR – Britt Festival
July 4: Quincy, CA – High Sierra Festival
July 6: George, WA – Jambase Festival
July 7: Portland, OR – Portland Blues Festival
July 10: Morrison, CO – Red Rocks
July 12: Chicago, IL – Grant Park
July 13: Memphis, TN – Live In The Garden
July 14: Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
July 17: New Orleans, LA – Mahalia Jackson Theater
July 19: Atlanta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre
July 20: Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheatre
July 22: Vienna, VA – Wolftrap
July 24: Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
July 25: Boston, MA – B of A Pavilion
July 27: Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park
Among the revelations in the AMA:
-- A Led Zeppelin reunion is unlikely. " Does your gut tell you if Zeppelin will ever reunite and tour or play another show ever again?" one person asked. "Honestly, my gut tells me they won't," Q Prime replied.
-- Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is busy finding never-before-heard recordings for an upcoming Led Zeppelin box sets and has made "no progress" on his forthcoming solo album. Each album's cover art will be the original cover art. Artist Shepard Fairy, who created the artwork for Led Zeppelin's recent Celebration Day release, "is not involved." Some of the box sets "will come out later this year" but "time is a fungible thing" with Led Zeppelin.
-- The addition of Led Zeppelin's catalog to on-demand subscription services is "up for discussion." Earlier this year Q Prime was said to have been shopping exclusive rights to Led Zeppelin's catalog to various on-demand services. Sources told Billboard they expect the band's music to available for streaming early this year but apparently no deal has been reached months later.
English graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, whose eye-popping album art for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin encapsulated the spirit of 1970s psychedelia, died Thursday. He was 69. In a statement, Thorgerson's family said that his death "was peaceful and he was surrounded by family and friends." The statement gave few further details but said that the artist, who suffered a stroke in 2003, had been ill for some time.
KISS bassist Gene Simmons has shared a photo and story of running into Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page in New York City.
As part of Brighton Fringe (starting on 4th May 2013) the Airfix Lounge celebrates Andie Airfix's art and design work with an exhibition and 11 ticketed Talks inspired by the huge success of Airfix's blog ‘B*B G€LD*F STOLE MY SUNGLASSES' www.andieairfix.wordpress.com.
If anyone has been there, done that and got the t-shirt it's 'legendary graphic designer' (thank you Popbitch) Andie Airfix. In fact he designed the t-shirt, the album sleeve, the singles, the posters, the tour programme - everything!
Highly entertaining, often hilarious and possibly libellous, the AIRFIX LOUNGE is an inspiration to both designers and music fans alike.
The free exhibition (May 6th - 25th) will feature iconic Airfix designs, unpublished work, original art, roughs, typography & logo designs and will evolve and expand over the three weeks as we delve deeper and deeper into the Airfix Archives.
Also available – LIMITED EDITION PRINTS signed by Andie Airfix (including 2 NEW Metallica editions), vintage Airfix t-shirts and original gift items for Rock'n'Rollers.
Andie Airfix will be talking about working with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. He has designed the covers for Page/Plant's Unledded, Led Zeppelin's BBC Sessions, Early Days, Latter Days and 2003's DVD. plus Robert Plant's Dreamleand and Sixty Six to Timbuktu.
MUSIC DESIGN 2 - 'Latter Days. Expanding Horizons' (May 8/15/22/25) BOOK TICKETS HERE
Double catastrophe at opening night of ROLLING STONES tour • Invaluable lessons from PAUL McCARTNEY • Photography • The ZEPPELIN challenge • Airfix tackles World Tours – AC/DC, GUNS'N'ROSES, PAGE & PLANT • Computers • A Royal Commission • MORE • Q&A's
Ann Wilson promises fans an incredibly special event. "Nancy and I and the rest of Heart are thrilled to be playing with Jason and his band this summer. Awesome rock n roll music every night...miracles apt to happen any old time." Nancy adds, "It's not a tribute as we have the blessings of the gods themselves."
Jason adds, "What a great night it was for us at the Kennedy Center awards, and now to be able to do it again on the road with Ann and Nancy is such an honor for me. I am really looking forward to taking my Led Zep Experience show out this summer with Heart and to join them in a Zep-a-thon closing the show as well. Just fantastic!"
Tickets for the tour will go on sale beginning on March 23. View the tour dates here
Robert Plant: A Life is written by former Q and Kerrang! editor Paul Rees, and is based on in-depth interviews with those closest to to the Led Zeppelin frontman as well as access to the singer himself.
Natalie Jerome, publishing director at Harper Non-Fiction UK, and Denise Oswald, senior editor for It Books/HarperCollins US, bought the rights from Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander and Matthew Elblonk at DeFiore and Company. The book will be released in the UK in October 2013, and appear in the US in January 2014.
It will follow Plant's career from early folk gigs in the 1960s in the Black Country, to his globe-spanning success with rock pioneers Led Zeppelin, as well as his recent Grammy-winning career working alongside bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.
Jerome said: "Robert Plant's stature as one of the greatest frontmen of all time is without question and as fans of his music from Led Zep to present, we have long wanted to publish his story. This book is as close to Plant telling his own story in his own words as we've seen or heard to date.
"Paul's close professional relationship with Robert is going to make for a revealing read and we can't wait to bring one of the greatest untold rock n' roll stories to the world."
From: The Bookseller
The musicians fell out after Hughes expressed his frustration that Bonamassa wouldn't go on the road to support the record with live shows - one of a series of outbursts that led to the cancellation of a one-off concert in the UK planned for January.
Now the blues guitarist tells PremierGuitar: "As far as I'm concerned my involvement is pretty much done.
"Originally I did it for the same reasons I did the stuff with Beth Hart and Rock Candy Funk Party: it was an excessive to play a different kind of music that I don't get to play normally.
"So I did it and did a nine-week tour in 2011 that really, by the end of it, wasn't fun for me. It wasn't because I didn't like the cats in the band, but it was just too much - too much involved in getting people from place to place and getting the band onstage.
"Everybody seemed to be very tense, and it made my crew very tense, and it's not the way I like to tour. I run a family. I have 21 people who go on the road with me all the time, and if you asked them who was the cause of the least of their problems, they would say me."
But Bonamassa remains proud of his work with the band, also featuring Jason Bonham, Derek Sherinian and producer Kevin Shirley.
"The first two records were a blast," he says. "The band is fantastic when the Ritalin kicks in, the ADD goes away, and everyone's focused. It's a devastatingly good rock band of the early-1970s type, and Glenn is a fantastic singer - just one of the best ever.
"It just wasn't fun for me any more. All the stuff that Glenn says in the media, essentially pinning it on me, that I was the reason for the band's lack of touring and the band's lack of future. It became rapidly not fun at all. It would be dishonest of me to get onstage and pretend like I'm having fun to please the band."
He's previously given his blessing for BCC to continue without him, a move that both Hughes and Bonham have hinted at in the past. "I'm just not the guitar player for that band," he says. "Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any out-of-work guitar players in LA that they can get. There are so many guys that can fill that role and I would be the first guy to queue up and buy a ticket.
"I'm happily not involved any more - but I'm happy with the legacy that I left with that band and happy with the records we made. It was a great three years for me."
From: Classic Rock Magazine
There were six tapestries depicting the Quest for the Holy Grail, which were commissioned from Morris & Co. They were was designed by both William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones in 1890 for the Australian mining engineer William Knox D'Arcy for the dining-room of his house, Stanmore Hall in Middlesex, England.
This is the actual tapestry in black and white as they orginally hung in Stanmore Hall.
This is titled The Vision of The Holy Grail
Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848-1900 will be on exhibit through May 19, 2013 in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Main Floor.
Thanks to RS Milford
His next project, producer Buddy Miller confirms, will be all original.Robert Plant has been in a reminiscent mood lately, releasing old Led Zeppelin material and offering two consecutive albums dominated by cover tunes.
When the album will arrive, however, remains up in the air. Miller says it's "just about done," save for a few small edits. The rest, he admits, is up to Zep's erstwhile frontman.Robert Plant has been in a reminiscent mood lately, releasing old Led Zeppelin material and offering two consecutive albums dominated by cover tunes.
Plant helped oversee the release last year of Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day, focusing on the band's most recent reunion. His most recent studio efforts include 2010's Band of Joy, and 2007's Raising Sand with Alison Krauss.
He is also set to appear on three tracks from the forthcoming album by Patty Griffin, his band mate in Band of Joy.
But what about something from Plant himself?
Miller, in a talk with Radio.com, says the two got together with drummer Marco Giovino (who works with both Jim Lauderdale, and with Miller), and composed some new tracks in loose, improvisational session.
"So the three of us set up in my room," Miller remembers, "and I thought, 'Y'know, if we're gonna write, let me stick up some mics, and record it.' I'm glad I did: it actually sounded really good. It's exciting: I'd say it rocks harder than what we did before. We recorded most of it without a bass; I played baritone guitar, or six-string bass. It's stripped down and tribal and rocking."
While he waits, Miller also completed a new duo recording with Lauderdale, titled Buddy and Jim. Not that there's any friction over the elongated time table.
"He's Robert Plant, man," Miller enthuses. "He can do whatever he wants to do!"
From: Something Else!
The honorees will be divided into five groups: innovative artists, influential artists, icons, unsung heroes and music industry heavies, and the inductees will be selected from a worldwide pool - not just Brits.
Music Walk Of Fame founder Lee Bennett approached The Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce, which runs the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, to propose the partnership. He promises that each round of inductions will be accompanied by performances, tributes to posthumous artists and reunions of since-disbanded groups.
A committee of global industry figures and local community members are working on shortlist of nominations for the first 30 plaques.
The list will go to a decisive public vote on the Music Walk Of Fame web site in May.
Steve's new album is going to be released on April 29th. It's called Hubcap Music - as some of the guitars that feature on the record are made out of old hubcaps. The album features Dan on drums as usual, plus friends John Paul Jones, Jack White and Luther Dickensen. Here's a sneak preview of one of the new tracks.
Music and fashion have always merged seamlessly with no shortage of pop-starry collaborations. Pop's greatest chameleons from David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust–era glam to the Sex Pistols' edgy no-frills anti-fashion continue to rule the catwalks and styling generations. British music legend Jimmy Page follows Iggy Pop, Slash, Paul Weller and Jane's Addiction Perry Farrell as the latest rock god to front American menswear designer John Varvatos' spring campaign.
White-haired and elegant, the Led Zeppelin guitarist is pictured posing moodily alongside the 28-year-old surging Texan blues star Gary Clark Jr in a series of gorgeously stark black-and-white ads called The Master & The Young Guitar Slinger. "Jimmy Page has been a music and fashion hero of mine since 1970," enthuses Varvatos, a self-professed music junkie who recently opened a lifestyle boutique on the site of the former New York punk-rock Mecca CBGB's and built up his $80-million clothing and accessories empire by playing into the greatest of all male obsessions: the rock 'n' roll fantasy. "The first time I heard Led Zeppelin, I think I was 14 or 15, it changed my life. He has been a major influence and I'm honored to call Jimmy a friend. Gary Clark Jr. is the real deal – amazing guitar player and songwriter. And having them together in our campaign is a dream come true."
Shot by photographer and documentary filmmaker, Danny Clinch at south London's shabbily grand Rivoli Ballroom – itself the setting for many music greats down the years, including Paul McCartney, Tina Turner and Kings of Leon – the portraits are accompanied by a short black-and-white film, which is already clocking up impressive Youtube hits. The video shows Clark Jr, recently described as ‘the next Hendrix' by the New York Times, singing and strumming on the guitar in the empty ballroom interspersed with shots of Page, looking mysterious and wistful in black, cruising the London streets in the back of a black cab.
Few consider Page a style icon regular, but whenever designers dabble in 1970s retro, they inevitably name-check Zeppelin, the band who with their fancy clasp of crushed-velvet flares, sheer Regency shirts and silk scarves helped define the decade's flamboyant peacock style.
New York indie rapper and international scenester Theophilus London – known for mixing hip-hop with high-fashion and raking up countless big-name collaborations of his own – thinks the new campaign with Page positively rocks. "Varvatos' brand of grungy urban tailoring has a real attitude and youthful vibe. The slim-cut suits, vintage T-shirts, scuffed biker jackets, mohair sweaters and 1970s-era Mick Jagger flowing shirts have a timeless cool that never goes out of fashion. And Jimmy Page, the star of the all-time greatest rock band, demonstrates the easy elegance of this aesthetic."
"Jimmy Page virtually created the classic trashy rock-star look," says Pogues star Shane MacGowan who knew Page in his Led Zeppelin heyday. "At the time, he had brilliant fashion sense, the band looked like Cream who always had the best clothes. Jimmy usually wore black leather trousers and black tops slashed to the waist. Then they started getting into cloaks with runes on them – that looked pretty stupid. Obviously I preferred the black leather."
As Pamela Des Barres, the super-groupie who slept and partied with everyone from Mick Jagger to Jim Morrison, amusingly recalls in her sex-drugs-and-rock'n'roll tell-all I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, Jimmy Page "was always in the mirror, shirtless and in skin-tight leather, primping his splendid image, and putting perfect waves in his long black hair with a little crimping machine. He used Pantene products, and whenever I smelled them, for years afterwards, I remember being buried in his hair."
"I used to go and see him in 1971 when Zeppelin were the biggest band in the world," remembers MacGowan, back in the day, when music fans came to gigs and they moshed, smoked, got smashed on the head with beer bottles. "They used to do an incredibly long and very loud set. Jimmy had this thing, where he would stop in the middle of Dazed and Confused and for half an hour he would bugger around on the guitar with a cello bow, really loud. It was very clever, that was the thing people talked about, it made an amazing noise. He's a great guitar player; rock had finally become a classical art form. Victoria and I met him recently at a restaurant in Chelsea after our hotel set on fire. We were evacuated and had to go have breakfast. Jimmy spotted me, came over and said hello and we had a long chat about all kinds of stuff, drugs, black magic. I reminded him that I used to steal his food in a lesbian club called Louise's that we both went to in Soho in the 70s. I thought he looked great and he hasn't gotten fat or anything."
MacGowan, a legendary hell-raiser in his own right, says Page embodied all the excess of the 1970s. "They used to chop up hotel rooms with samurai swords and get mud sharks to have sex with groupies in LA; Frank Zappa did a whole album about that," he says of Led Zeppelin's dissolute lifestyle, which set the virtually unattainable standards of mindless depravity for the bands that followed them. "Jimmy bought Aleister Crowley's castle, the one where he raised the devil, for millions and that is when the bad luck started for him. Various kids died and then John Bonham died. The thing was Jimmy got into black magic in America and Crowley was the grand wizard. Crowley always needed money because he was a junkie, but he didn't tell Jimmy that he had raised up the devil in this castle and then ran away because he was scared shitless and left the devil there halfway between heaven and hell. Crowley got pangs of conscience and said: ‘I don't think I can sell you the castle, because the devil's in there, in a really bad mood' and then Jimmy Page doubled his offer. He was so into the occult he had the mark of the Beast on his trousers." It just goes to show that the devil doesn't just have all the best tunes – he has all the best clothes too.
L'Uomo Vogue, February 2013 (n. 438)
Photo by Danny Clinch
Jason Bonham, son of the band's legendary late sticksman John wrote on his Facebook page (via Stereogum): "I just watched Robert's interview, where he says he's free in 2014!!!!!! Not sure how to read it? What do you think? JB"
Last week, Plant said he was waiting on his bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones in order to kick off the reunion, blaming their silence on the fact that they are Capricorns. "They don't say a word," he said. "They're quite contained in their own worlds and they leave it to me. I'm not the bad guy... You need to see the Capricorns – I've got nothing to do in 2014."
Led Zeppelin's last proper show was at London's O2 Arena in December 2007, where they were joined by Jason Bonham on drums. However, a full tour following the one-off gig was nixed by Plant.
Led Zeppelin are currently in talks to stream their back catalogue online. The band are looking at giving at various music services including Spotify, Rdio and Rhapsody the right to put their music online. A deal would be a rare digital leap forward for Zeppelin, who waited until 2007 before they made their albums available through iTunes.
Meanwhile, Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is working on remastering a number of the band's albums. Page, who oversaw the DVD release of Celebration Day, the concert film of Led Zeppelin's O2 Arena gig, revealed that he is working on extra material for each album the band recorded and that they will see the light of day in a series of boxset releases, starting this year.
So when rumors of a Led Zeppelin tour get tossed around - as they were this week - the weight of the situation is not to be taken lightly. Take the mad-dash for Rolling Stones tickets last year - when they played a mere five shows for the first time in five years - and multiply that by the largest number your brain can comprehend, then just stop thinking because multiplying levels of human excitement makes no sense whatsoever. A lot of people would be very, very, very happy if Led Zeppelin reunited and toured.
But let's be clear, we don't think it's going to happen. How much finger-pointing will this take before this matter gets put to bed? Page explained the Zep reunion situation late last year in his Rolling Stone cover story: "Some of us thought we would be continuing [after the O2 show], that there were going to be more concerts in the not-too-distant-future... He [Robert Plant] was busy."
Plant fired back this week with a segment on Australia's 60 Minutes, blaming Zeppelin's lack of reunion on astrological signs, of all things. "[Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones] are Capricorns," he said. "They don't say a word. They're quite contained in their own worlds and they leave it to me. I'm not the bad guy… You need to see the Capricorns - I've got nothing to do in 2014."
The he-said/he-said doesn't instill much confidence in the odds, but let's think in hypotheticals for a second. How much could a Led Zeppelin reunion tour gross? The potential is pretty much endless - 20 million people applied for 16,000 tickets priced at £125 each in September 2007, with proceeds reportedly going to charity (the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund). According to 2007 exchange rates, that's about $250 per ticket before inflation - a standard, possibly even fair price for a show of that magnitude. Assuming nothing has changed regarding the demand (the concert's live album, Celebration Day, has sold 366,715 copies after a couple months - trust us, there's still demand), there's a potential to make $5 billion - IF and only if Zeppelin played shows for each and every one of those 20 million people, who would all pay the flat ticket price of $250. But like we said, that would take hundreds, possibly thousands of concerts, so that's not happening.
So let's be slightly realistic instead, despite the fact that this entire pursuit is not. Let's say Page, Plant and Jones (with Jason Bonham on drums) launch a 10-date tour in major arenas around the world. It could easily be more, a lot more - when Page and Plant toured in 1995 and 1996 as a duo, they played nearly 125 shows on four continents. But let's consider the fact that the guys are older and it was tough enough to get them in the room to play one show in honor of their beloved Atlantic Records boss, Ahmet Ertegun. We'll just go with 10 shows. Let's assume Zeppelin's ticket prices are generally comparable with those of the Rolling Stones, who charged anywhere from $145 to $1500 (for VIP) for tickets to their 2012 shows, according to Reuters. Zeppelin could easily fill the same size venues at the Stones, so logic and history suggests they would. The Stones' 144-concert A Bigger Bang Tour, the second-highest-grossing tour of all-time, grossed $558,255,524, according to Billboard. With inflation considered, that sum is equivalent to $625,719,239 in 2013. Divide that by 144 (the number of shows): $4,345,272 gross per show, on average, with inflation considered. Multiply that by ten shows: $43,452,720. With that few number of shows, Zeppelin likely wouldn't crack even the top 100 highest-grossing concert tours. Would they play 100-some shows like U2 (who would the highest-grossing-tour honor) and the Stones? Ha!
Of course, this isn't a reflection of how much the members of Zeppelin would stand to make. Zeppelin's booking agent would more than likely negotiate a flat fee of millions for each performance. For example, inside sources told Billboard that the Rolling Stones would earn $25 million from four arena concerts - two in London, Newark, NJ - in late 2012. That's a little more than $6 million for each show, and a little over $1.5 for each core member per show. Not bad for a night spent jamming with your mates.
Long before tickets would go on sale, each member would know how much they would walk away with. Hell, they'd probably have a ballpark idea of how much they'd make before their agent even approached concert promoters (or one big promoter, like Live Nation). So if Led Zeppelin wants $7 million for each performance, Led Zeppelin would get $7 million for each performance. It's a simple matter of supply, demand and the biggest rock band on the planet.
Listeners of the award winning radio station Planet Rock have named Led Zeppelin as the most influential rock band of all time.
Planet Rock asked listeners to vote for the artist or band that they thought were the most influential in the world of rock. With thousands of votes cast over the first three weeks of February, Led Zeppelin topped the poll, taking a massive one fifth of all the votes. In second place was Queen, with Black Sabbath taking up third position.
Planet Rock will be paying homage to these groundbreaking influential heroes on Saturday 23rd February at 7pm with Darren Redick.
Here’s the top ten:
1. Led Zeppelin
3. Black Sabbath
4. Pink Floyd
5. Deep Purple
6. Jimi Hendrix
7. The Rolling Stones
8. The Who
10. David Bowie
Former Webheath resident Andrew Hatcher has restarted his campaign to have a statue made in honour of the legendary skinsman, after Redditch Borough Council asked for residents' views on how the Church Green area could be used.
He told the Standard he first set-up a Facebook group around six years ago which attracted more than 100 members.
"I originally envisaged this tribute as a life-sized bronze statue of the man himself, with drums going hell for leather positioned in the centre of town, but the bandstand would be perfect," he said.
"Outside of Redditch all it's known for is roundabouts and disgraced former MPs, maybe springs and needles if you're old enough. Let's celebrate our hippest export, this is our chance to shine and rock.
"John Bonham was an integral part of one of biggest rock'n'roll bands of all time, and something of a legend in the world of music, and indeed wider pop culture - Redditch should celebrate its cultural heritage."
Bonham was born in the borough on May 31, 1948 and the family lived in Hunt End. At the age of 11 he attended Lodge Park County Secondary School before leaving in 1964.
John tragically lost his life on September 25, 1980 following a day of heavy drinking.
His brother Michael died suddenly in 2000 but his sister Deborah still returns to the town to visit family.
John Bonham's name has been put on the council's list of potential future street names but has yet to be used.
A council spokeswoman confirmed they had received a request for a John Bonham statue to be incorporated into the bandstand area.
"This will be taken into account when the consultation ends and officers will collate the responses and present them to the portfolio holder," she said.
From: Redditch Standard
This obviously won't work well for every song out there — on the playlist uploaded by creator Paul Lamere, "Intro" by The XX and "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele work great, while Radiohead's "Karma Police" and "Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service feel particularly awkward. (However, speeding up "Such Great Heights" with the "double time shuffle" drum beat yields some pretty hilarious results). In addition to Lamere's hand-picked list of 13 Bonhamized songs, the site also offers you a look at recent uploads so you can see what other twisted mashups the internet has given birth to.
From: The Verge
"Don't forget to check out Jimmy Page official email@example.com .I'll be back working on it next week with Matt'the wonder boy' and promise you there will be some exciting new posts and announcements..."
No word on what this could mean, but speculation has run rampant for quite some time that Jimmy has been working on a new album. Could this tidbit be the forerunner to something even bigger?
From: Finding Zoso: Discovering the Music of Jimmy Page
The rocker and his former bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones have been trying to play down talk of another get together ever since they regrouped for a one-off gig in 2007, which was released on Dvd in 2012, and now Plant has hinted that he's open to a Led Zeppelin reunion next year.
In an interview filmed for Australian news show 60 Minutes, the singer insisted he's not the reason for the band's lack of activity, despite reports suggesting otherwise. He said, "They (Page and Jones) are Capricorns. They don't say a word. They're quite contained in their own worlds and they leave it to me. I'm not the bad guy... You need to see the Capricorns."
He then added, "I've got nothing to do in 2014."
His remarks contradict comments Page made in a Rolling Stone article last year, when he suggested his former frontman "was busy" as the band tried to plan a reunion tour after its 2007 show.
From: Contact Music
Producer: Steven Burling
They were the biggest rock group on the planet - knocking off the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Everything about Led Zeppelin was bigger, their sound, their bad boy reputation and that voice of lead singer Robert Plant.
He was the self-proclaimed "Golden God" of Rock.
And 40 years on, still singing and touring, he continues to inspire awe in his devotees, musicians and fans alike.
Some of his antics have mellowed, but his voice is still sublime, and there's still a twinkle in his eye.
Robert Plant will perform a series of headline shows along with his band the Sensational Space Shifters.
Dates are as follows:
Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Tuesday, March 26
Sydney Entertainment Centre on Thursday, March 28
Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday, April 3
Launceston's Silverdome on Friday, April 5.
Tickets are on sale now via westcoastbluesnroots.com.au and Bluesfest, Byron Bay: bluesfest.com.au.
And in the Hunter Valley NSW:
Sunday, March 31
ROBERT PLANT and the Sensational Space Shifters
Special Guests: Blind Boys of Alabama and Playing For Change.
From: 60 Minutes
Robert Plant is appearing on a new season of 60 Minutes (Australia TV). It is airing on Sunday Feb 17th, Channel Nine at 7:30 PM (Australia time). The interview was filmed on February 2 in England.
"Could 2014 see a Led Zeppelin comeback?"
Primrose Hill Community Library was packed to capacity as around 90 shopkeepers and residents attended the meeting to discuss the future of shops in Regent's Park Road, last Thursday.
Ways to maintain the vibrancy of the shopping parade in a tough economic climate was top of the agenda, after recent rent increases are understood to have left many shops struggling to stay open.
As businesses have started to leave, shop units are being left vacant and the community feels something should be done.
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant's suggestion that a men's clothing shop would be a valuable addition, was one of many contributions to the debate.
Phil Cowan, 46, owner of Primrose Hill Interiors, Regent's Park Road, said: "Primrose Hill is not immune to the recession. If we want to keep our shops open, we need to reinvent our business association and broaden its remit."
A survey revealed people were keen to turn one of the empty shops into a community-run store – perhaps a butchers or greengrocers. It was also suggested that "pop-up shops" should take residence in the empty units to brighten the area. None of the landlords of the empty properties attended.
Another meeting will be held next month.
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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- They are little voices, but they are belting out some big songs.
The fourth graders at Huntersville Elementary School are learning to rock out, rehearsing for their upcoming concert.
"It feels pretty good. You get to picture yourself being like a rock star," said Jackson Kmieciak.
Music teacher Mike Salvatore says inspiration struck when he saw a perfect teaching opportunity.
"When a fifth grader asked me--I have a picture of John Lennon and Yoko over there--they asked me who's that and nobody in the class knew. I was like, this is wrong. I need to do something about this," Salvatore said.
He wrote all of the arrangements himself.
"I was questioning-did my dad know this or something?" asked Peter Alperi.
"Led Zeppelin could arguably be called the biggest rock band of the 70's," Salvatore said. "I was a little anxious to see how they were going to receive the music. It’s obviously much different than today’s music."
"My dad thought it was pretty awesome because he grew up listening to (them) so he thought it would be pretty cool for me to have the experience," Kmieciak said.
Fourth grader Acadia Dubiel said, "I didn't really know them much but now I love their songs."
Some say Boleskines Lodge Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947; was a British occultist, writer and mystic's former home and Jimmy Pages from Led Zepllin is very haunted by ghosts demons, angles and Crowley himself. Boleskine House was the estate of Aleister Crowley from 1899 to 1913. It is located on the South-Eastern shore of Loch Ness in Scotland. It was built in the late 18th century by Archibald Fraser.
Crowley eventually sold the manor in order to fund the publication of The Equinox, Vol. III. However, he later alleged that the funds were stolen by the Grand Treasurer General of the Order, George MacNie Cowie. (The extensive mortgaging of the house by that time may in fact have left little funds to steal.)
From the early 1970s to well into the 1980s, Boleskine was owned by famed Led Zeppelin guitarist and Aleister Crowley enthusiast, Jimmy Page. Sections of Page's fantasy sequence in the Led Zeppelin concert film, The Song Remains the Same were filmed at night on the mountain side directly behind Boleskine House.
Boleskines Lodge Cemetery facing North, with view of Loch Ness is said to harbour man a restless soul.
From: Haunted America Tours
The event, which has been held in Los Angeles on the anniversary of Bonham's birthday in the past, shifted venues this year to take place as part of the NAMM Convention weekend in Anaheim, allowing for more participants to join in. The 2013 Bonzo Bash was held at the Observatory in Anaheim Thursday night (Jan. 24) with a star-studded lineup rocking out for those in attendance.
For instance, Adrenaline Mob's Mike Portnoy came out to rock the crowd with the assistance of former Megadeth bassist James Lomenzo on Zeppelin's 'How Many More Times.' Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain pounded away on a cover of 'Immigrant Song' and Slayer's Dave Lombardo provided a more swinging drum sound on Zeppelin's 'Down by the Seaside.' Fan-shot video of all three 'Bonzo Bash' performances can be seen below.
The evening also featured such top drummers as Steven Adler, Anthrax's Charlie Benante, Testament's Gene Hoglan, Korn's Ray Luzier, Buckcherry's Xavier Muriel, Jane's Addiction's Stephen Perkins, Poison's Rikki Rockett and more. In addition, fellow musicians like the previously mentioned Lomenzo, Tesla's Frank Hannon, Great White's Jack Russell, Black Country Communion's Derek Sherinian, Mr. Big's Billy Sheehan, Warrant's Robert Mason, Whitesnake's Doug Aldrich and S.U.N.'s Sass Jordan also joined in the jam.
The first cover is by Beth Hart, solo artist and recent collaborator with Joe Bonamassa, has had Whole Lotta Love in her live repertoire for a long time. This version was recorded on May 7, 2004 at Amsterdam's Paradiso Theater.
The second cover is led by Linda Perry, former singer of 4 Non Blondes, who performed the track Misty Mountain Hop on the 1995 tribute Encomium, as well as a great list of musicians, including Slash.
So....which do you think is the better version?
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We're celebrating 25 years of making music with Soundbeam in 2013 and in order to mark the occasion we're inviting our global family of over 4,000 users to submit video examples of their Soundbeam work, to YouTube, with cash prizes for the best entries.I know one person that isn't doing much of late that has experience in transforming movement into sound.
Photo by Derek de Jager
Led Zeppelin's John 'Bonzo' Bonham was a simple soul. Not for him the mysteries of the tarot pack or Aleister Crowley's Magick, Book 4. When at home at his Worcestershire farm, a few pints of beer and his close family nearby were enough to keep the band's powerhouse drummer more than happy. He also liked cars and bikes. So much so that, in the band's 1976 film The Song Remains the Same, while Plant, Page and Jones choose mystical adventures for their 'fantasy' sequences, Bonham is seen content to be at home on his Harley, playing snooker and running an AA Fueler dragster to 260mph at Santa Pod. The background music to this pastoral scene is Bonham's 'own' Zeppelin number, Moby Dick.
Photo by Derek de Jager
In 1974, Bonham had been the prime mover in the band's famous Zeppelin image appearing on British driver Kaye Griffiths' McLaren M8E/D (chassis 80-08). The car had already been running in the usually undersupported Interserie series in 1971-72, when it was owned by the Belgian VDS team. Griffiths bought it in November 1972 - minus the fearsome twin-turbocharged Chevrolet engine - and, for the following two years, entered it in several Interserie and British Formula Libre events. The car appeared in 'Led Zeppelin' livery for the May 1974 Martini International Trophy Supersports event at Silverstone, a round of the Interserie. An occasional chart-topper in Formula Libre, Griffiths spun out of contention in the big race at Silverstone.
Photo by Derek de Jager
The car's dark blue with white stars and grey 'airship' paint scheme looked stunning – seemingly straight from the airbrushes of the Hipgnosis design agency. (It was, in fact, designed by Richard Evans Design & Art Direction, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire – not far from the drummer's home.) In recent years, the 'Led Zeppelin McLaren' has been seen in historic motor racing, in the hands of its current owners, the Moritz family in the USA.
From: Classic Driver
Led Zeppelin took the stage at London's O2 Arena on December 10, 2007 to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. What followed was a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band's signature blues-infused rock 'n' roll that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin. Although 20 million people applied for tickets, the band's first headline show in 27 years was seen only by the 18,000 ticket holders who were fortunate enough to have secured seats through the worldwide lottery.
Noisecreep got its hands on a lithograph of the Celebration Day cover signed by its artist, the one and only Shepard Fairey, and we're giving it away to one of you!
All you have to do to enter is head to this post on Noisecreep's Facebook page and tell us what your favorite Led Zeppelin song is. You have to "Like" us on Facebook to be eligible. We'll pick a random suggestion and announce the winner on our Facebook page on Monday, Jan. 21.
We'll give two other winners a copy of the CD/DVD... enter now!
Celebration Day is available in multiple video and audio formats on Amazon.
The students from the School of Rock Led Zeppelin Tribute Show
P.S. Just in case you would like to attend, we have put you on our guest list for both nights
From: Austin Chronicle
The Blind Boys of Alabama to Join
Robert Plant & Sensational Space Shifters
Following last year's announcement that rock legend Robert Plant will be performing two New Zealand shows with his band the Sensational Space Shifters, Chugg Entertainment are thrilled to announce that The Blind Boys of Alabama will be joining the line-up for both the Wellington and Auckland shows.
The living legends of gospel music will be returning to NZ shores with their glorious meld of gospel, blues and rock n roll. It's harder to find a more joyful sound than their unforgettable shows filled with laughter and packed with emotion that they have finessed over seven decades of touring.
The Blind Boys were formed in the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind over 70 years ago and they haven't stopped since. Their road has not been easy, but their regard in the industry is unrivalled. Being winners of 5 Grammy Awards and honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 are just some of their career highlights. The Blind Boys have shared the stage and collaborated with the finest musicians and songwriters including Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Mavis Staples, Tom Petty, John Fogerty, Peter Gabriel - to name just a few. Now add to that - Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters!
Now fans have the extraordinary opportunity to witness a once in a life-time musical experience, a show that ultimately digs deep into the roots of the blues, turns rock on its head, mixes powerful rhythms and gorgeous gospel melodies - all delivered by some of the musical worlds most legendary, talented and unique performers.
"Seeing the Blind Boys of Alabama in concert is part living history, part concert, all uplifting experience...the best moments come when the group joins forces for stirring harmonies... Inspired and relevant...borders on the miraculous" -The Washington Post
"The fusion of the Blind Boys' Deep South Gospel with New Orleans funk, R&B and jazz creates a superweapon of roots-music uplift...will raise goose bumps even on the tatted-up arms of resolutely futurist hipsters"
Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone
ROBERT PLANT & SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS
with very special guests
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Tuesday 9th April - TSB Bank Arena, Wellington
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Thursday 11th April - Vector Arena, Auckland
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In 2007, Led Zeppelin reunited for a single concert in London. One million people tried to get tickets. Only 20,000 succeeded. Demand for a tour has been constant ever since, but members of Led Zeppelin have continually declined.
Considering tens and hundreds of millions of dollars could be generated by even a small tour...
And considering how much awareness for worthy causes could be achieved...
We, the undersigned, petition the members of Led Zeppelin to tour in 2013. Donate the proceeds to charity.
Help and heal the world.
It is, quite possibly, the least you could do.
The track is available at iTunes here.
In Washington, Heart were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of late Zeppelin drummer John; Jason played with Zeppelin at the band's 2007 reunion show in London, released recently as Celebration Day
"I am so happy you all liked our performance of Stairway to Heaven at The Kennedy Center Honors event," posted vocalist Ann Wilson. "It was our honor to be asked to do it before an audience like that. My main goal though was to please Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones...especially Plant, since all these many years he has taught me so much about singing from the soul and has given me such pleasure in his lyrics. What a high that night was. Never to be forgotten!"
Zeppelin were on hand along with fellow 2012 recipients David Letterman, bluesman Buddy Guy, actor and director Dustin Hoffman, and ballerina Natalia Makarova.
Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, has died after spending several weeks in a coma following a skiing accident. He was 76.
According to CNN, Nobs had taken a nasty spill while cross-country skiing in the mountains overlooking Montreux on December 24.
Although he managed to get up and return home on his own, reports say Claude later fainted and had to be flown by helicopter to a hospital in Lausanne, where he underwent surgery and slipped into a coma.
Nobs passed away on Thursday, January 10.
Nicknamed "Funky Claude" by the band Deep Purple, Nobs kicked off the first Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967 while working at the Swiss resort's tourism office, attracting some of the world's biggest stars, including including Miles Davis (who got on particularly well with Nobs), Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, Weather Report, John McLaughlin, Santana and Van Morrison, among hundreds of others.
The Guardian notes that despite undergoing heart surgery some six years ago, Nobs stayed on as festival director, a position he shared during the 1990s with American producer Quincy Jones, who returns each year from Los Angeles to introduce new talent.
Following news of Nobs' death, Jones took to Twitter to pay tribute.
"There are no words to express the deep sorrow and hollowness in my heart that comes with news of Claude Nobs," he tweeted.
From: The Inquisitr
At a 28 February 1970 performance in Copenhagen, the band was billed as "The Nobs", a playful pun on the name of their European promoter, Claude Nobs, as the result of a threat of legal action from aristocrat Frau Eva von Zeppelin, descendent of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin creator of the Zeppelin aircraft, over use of the 'Zeppelin' name.
The band is in negotiations with a number of subscription services for the right to stream Whole Lotta Love, Stairway to Heaven and the rest of the band's classic catalog. If it does reach a deal, the band - one of the biggest-selling acts in history - could help legitimize the subscription market, which has been slow to build a large customer base.
"We're excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Led Zeppelin to activate streaming rights for their catalog," a spokesman for the Warner Music Group, the band's longtime record label, said in a statement. "We're supportive of the band's discussions with W.M.G.'s streaming service partners to create a window of exclusivity to maximize the impact of this launch."
Among the companies in potential competition for the exclusive rights are Spotify, Rhapsody and Rdio, along with Deezer, which began in France and is interested in the American market. Depending on which service gets the deal, the band's presence could tip the competitive scales between them, putting a leader like Spotify far ahead or giving a needed boost to a smaller company like Rdio.
Because their catalogs are largely the same, the major subscription services compete on features like playlists and social integration, and also for exclusive content. Last year, the Red Hot Chili Peppers made an exclusive deal with Spotify, but many of the others now have the band's music as well. Metallica announced an exclusive deal with Spotify last month. These deals often come with marketing commitments as well as royalty advances, which for a band of Led Zeppelin's stature could be substantial.
Led Zeppelin has sold more than 111 million albums in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, and, with listening to its heavy guitars and whomping drums still a teenage rite, its catalog has held on to strong sales. Last year, the band sold about 840,000 albums in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The band was relatively slow to adapt to digital music, holding out until 2007 to sell its music on iTunes. But while few major holdouts remain in the download market - one of the last, AC/DC, finally came to iTunes late last year - streaming services remain frightening territory to some of the music industry's biggest names.
The Beatles, the Eagles, Pink Floyd and AC/DC are among the older stars mostly absent from streaming services. Many younger acts, like Taylor Swift and Adele, have withheld their latest music from streaming - at least for a time - to protect more lucrative download and CD sales.
From: New York Times
A Foggy Day In Vietnam
Most every young studio musician dreams of that one day when they can record their own music. 18 year old Jones recorded this nearly instrumental number in 1964 for Pye Records. Jones played some excellent honky tonk upright piano on this track. It is very reminiscent of songs later in his career, like Hot Dog and Darlene & his 1977 piano solos during No Quarter.
This song starts out with a killer riff, heavy 4-string bass and layers guitar over that. Then it changes into a signature John Paul Jones walking bass run in the pre-chorus. The second half of the pre-chorus has some funky clavinet work. All that plus Jones contributing some backup vocals and mini improv bass solos when performed live.
Jones has never been afraid to stray from traditional rock and roll. This has never been held more true than with the album The Sporting Life with avant-garde singer Diamanda Galás. To most ears, her vocals sound unintelligible, however, Skótoseme (Greek for “kill me”) has some tasty bass work on a Manson 8-string bass, wired in stereo and drums by Pete Thomas, Elvis Costello’s drummer, who later played on Jones’ first solo album in 1999, Zooma.
The Lemon Song
The Lemon Song features exemplary bass runs that many budding bass guitarists have often tried to imitate (including yours truly). Recorded virtually live in Mystic Studios in 1969, Jones is definitely pulling from his roots to pull this song off.
Dazed And Confused
The second that you hear the haunting, descending bass line, you can instantly tell that it’s John Paul Jones in Dazed And Confused from Led Zeppelin. In the first few albums, you can tell that Jones and Jimmy Page were experimenting with different studio tricks and the tone of the bass is a bit muted, lacking some natural echo that you hear in most other tracks. It adds to the overall psychedelic loneliness that creeps over you.
When this song was played live and it stretched to over 30 minutes in length, not once could you tell that Jones was straining to keep up with the guitar or drums. He was perfectly locked within the groove.
Stairway To Heaven
Some may look at Stairway To Heaven and think that it’s a Page track. How untrue? Jones was all over the place on this song. In addition to Fender Rhodes keyboard action that fills in against the beautiful Page guitar work and unreal bass guitar runs, there is no other song that better rocks out on a quartet of bass recorders, all played by Jones. You simply cannot get any more badass than that.
Tidal (Guitar Wars version)
Riding high from the underground success of two solo albums and supporting tours, Jones accepted the invitation to appear at Guitar Wars 2003 in Tokyo, Japan. The JPJ Orchestra was in full force with Nuno Bettencourt on guitar, Jones on 10-string Manson bass, Roger King on keyboards, Mike Szuter who came in later on the track on bass guitar & Paul Mastelotto on drums.
Jones was definitely feeling his oats, switching on some effects and taking on a freaking impressive outro bass guitar solo.
The Song Remains The Same (live version)
While Jimmy Page is busy weaving his guitar magic, John Paul Jones, with assistance from the drums, lays down a heavy foundation. Not satisfied with playing root notes to maintain the beat, Jones is all over the fretboard, finding a way to play some solo-sounding rhythm work.
No Quarter (live version)
John Paul Jones was so much more than a bass guitarist and this track exemplifies this. Originally, in 1970, No Quarter had a faster tempo and patched together several different contrasting parts. When it was time to record No Quarter in the studio in early 1972, it was slowed down and the whole song was dropped a semi-tone in pitch to add to the mysteriousness of the song.
This song was premiered on the second leg of the 1973 Summer US tour up until Led Zeppelin’s last date in 1980. It showcased John Paul Jones’ abilities on the keyboards, with lengthy piano solos added in the middle of the song.
Ice Fishing At Night
Some electronica starts this song off and then a simple piano passage begins. If you thought that John Paul Jones was only an instrumentalist, you were wrong. Jones adds in a very tender set of lyrics that has the aural mysticism of a classic oil painting. The piano continues into a solo passage that has a second piano part overdubbed. This is truly a non-traditional John Paul Jones-sounding masterpiece.
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