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Remastered Physical Graffiti will be released on......

Physical Graffiti
February 24, 2015

What will be included on the companion disc(s)?

Carmine Appice Explains Why He Is A Better Fit Than Jason Bonham For Led Zeppelin Drummer Slot

Legendary drummer Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROD STEWART, VANILLA FUDGE, JEFF BECK, GUITAR ZEUS, KING KOBRA) says that he would love to play with a reunited Led Zeppelin, claiming that he is a better fit to replace late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham than is John's son Jason.

Asked by the "Totally Driven Radio" podcast if there is anyone left that he would like to share the stage with, Carmine said (hear audio below): "I would like to work with a Led Zeppelin configuration, whether it's just John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page and me and a singer. I've heard that they're talking, maybe, to Ann Wilson [HEART]... There's a rumor that Ann Wilson might go out with them. I would love to play drums on something like that."

When it was pointed out to Carmine that Jason Bonham would almost certainly land the drummer gig in a hypothetical Zeppelin reunion, Appice said: "Everybody in that band there is legendary… They're old school and legendary. Jason isn't legendary, and he's not old school. He's John Bonham's son, but he don't play like John Bonham. He plays more… He plays like him. He's not John. He's got that name, but he's not John Bonham. I'm not John Bonham either, but I think my style might be close, 'cause I came first, and John listened to stuff I did and did it his own way. And we took 'em on their first tour. It's very close-sounding stuff in feel."

He continued: "When John passed away, there was rumors that I was gonna join Led Zeppelin, but obviously I didn't get to do that. But, you know... whatever. I would like to do that. Whether they get Jason or not, I would still like to do that."

Asked earlier this year in an interview with Journey Of A Frontman what it means to him to know that he was one of John Bonham's favorite drummers, Carmine responded: "It's nice. But it's not like I strive on it or anything. It's nice that the timing worked out the way it did. He came out two to two and a half years after I did. He listed me as one of his idols. I helped him and took him under my wing. It went beyond that, actually, because we were friends. Back in those days, we were all friends. Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon, John Bonham... we all knew each other. The drummers today, they're all big, giant fans of John Bonham. I wasn't a fan; I was more of a friend."

Carmine Appice previously said that Bonham took the bass drum triplets from the Vanilla Fudge song Ticket To Ride, telling Classic Rock Revisited in a 2006 interview: "When I first heard John Bonham do that triplet thing on the bass drum, I went up to him and said, 'John, that is amazing. I have to admit that I took that from you.' He looked at me and said, 'What are you talking about? I took that from you!' I replied, 'I don't do that. You couldn't have taken it from me.' He proceeded to tell me where I did actually do that on the first Vanilla Fudge record and he was right. I only did it for a moment on that album and he took it and made something bigger and better out of it."



From: Blabbermouth.net

Jimmy Page Working On 'Surprising' New Material



Having wrapped up work on the massive Led Zeppelin remastering project and abandoned all hope of convincing Robert Plant to join him in a Zep reunion, it is now time for Jimmy Page to set nostalgia aside and chart a course forward. In a recent interview, Page revealed that he is readying material for a new project.

"I'm playing guitar at the moment," Page said. "Because I'm getting ready. Starting to get ready...Whatever I do, I don't want people to have made up their minds before I've done it. They already have. On the internet, people are telling me, 'you're doing this, and you're doing that'...'Am I?' Just wait and see what I do. I've got new material that I've written, and it will be surprising."

If and when Page does strike out on his own, he will not jettison the Zeppelin material he's famous for, but he is dead set on avoiding the pitfalls of a rote retrospection.

"I don't want to go out there and bore people," the guitarist explained. "If I was doing a show or something, I'd like to show what I've done along the way but definitely have musical surprises for people so they wouldn't start yawning."

So don't worry, everyone. Page won't just be playing two-hour "Stairway To Heaven" solos. Although, hmm, that would be pretty great. Do what you feel, Jimmy!

From: Rock Square

The Secret Life of Jimmy Page



If you're curious about the inner life of Jimmy Page, guitarist, producer, rock god, and mastermind of Led Zeppelin for 12 extraordinary years, you'll come away from his new autobiography none the wiser. Heavy enough to kill a man, the accurately titled, 512-page Jimmy Page is a lavish collection of photographs accompanied by terse, affectless captions. You'll learn that he played a lot of shows and met many interesting people, but if he has any dreams, disappointments, or insights, he doesn't mention them.

Page says he might write a proper memoir one day, but there's a catch. "All these Led Zeppelin books that come out, they're just a nuisance," he says. Page might be thinking of Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga, a 1985 best-seller that set the standard for documenting the debauched lives of rock stars. "They're untrue, as well. So sure, I'd like to write my story, but it would come out posthumously. That way, I can tell exactly what went on, without any lawyers coming at me. And also, I wouldn't have to promote it."

Read the entire article at: http://www.maxim.com/music/secret-life-jimmy-page

Led Zeppelin Ipswich gig poster sells for £2,500 after all

Ipswich poster

A poster for a Led Zeppelin concert at a swimming pool in Ipswich has sold, despite failing to reach its reserve price at auction on Wednesday.

The item advertised the 1971 gig at the St Matthew's Baths Hall in Ipswich, Suffolk.

The lot failed to reach its reserve price of £2,500 at Bonhams in London and was not sold.

However, the highest bidder, who offered £2,000, has now agreed to pay the reserve price.

The poster was for the concert on Tuesday, 16 November, 1971 at the now-defunct venue, which was converted to a gym in 2011.

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Stephen Foster said it had become known as "Suffolk's greatest gig" and came just after the band had released their fourth album which featured Stairway To Heaven.

The poster was signed by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, but not John Bonham, and it measured 51 x 76cm (20 x 30in).

It was being sold by second-hand record dealer JJ Faires of Westleton in Suffolk.

He said he bought it earlier this year for £1,400 from a man who had pulled it off a wall at the concert.

He said he thought he could sell it on for about £1,800, but Bonhams advised him on the higher reserve price.

Mr Faires said: "The auction house suddenly rang me to tell me the under-bidder had agreed to buy at the reserve price.

"I'm delighted with the sale and hope it's gone to a good home."

Mr Faires said he did successfully sell a Sex Pistols poster at the auction on Wednesday.

The poster, advertising the rare God Save The Queen single on A&M Records, sold for £1,200 when its reserve price was £800.

From: BBC.com

Robert Plant exclusive: "I don’t want to be stuck in the '70s or the '80s"



Last month a rumor hit the Internet that Robert Plant had turned down $800 million from Virgin Group founder Richard Branson to reunite Led Zeppelin for a proposed 35-date tour. It would have been an easy near-billion - who doesn't know the words to "Stairway to Heaven"? It may have been eventually shot down as merely an invention of social media, but that astronomical figure doesn't seem too far out of line for the best band to ever rock a stadium, especially one in the midst of an ambitious campaign to remaster and reissue its formidable back catalog.

Nor does it seem out of character for Plant to reject that offer. Aside from a one-show showing in 2010, which produced the excellent live album "Celebration Day," the singer has shown no interest whatsoever in revisiting those old songs or reliving previous glories. A solo artist for three decades now-that's three times the tenure of his former band-he has produced a large and multifaceted catalog that ranges from the pop-oriented sounds of his early albums to the retro-crooner stylings of his sole Honeydrippers release to the American roots rock of 2002's "Dreamland" and 2007's "Raising Sand." The latter, a collaboration with bluegrass artist Alison Krauss, went multiplatinum and won approximately all the Grammys.

Read the entire article at: Salon.com

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page Talks Robert Plant, Drug Use in 'GQ' Rock God of the Year Interview



GQ recently named Jimmy Page its Rock God of the Year for 2014. The former Led Zeppelin guitarist sat down with the magazine to talk about his storied past and unknown future. Page talked about Robert Plant and how he generally reacts to the singer's comments about Led Zep. The legendary axeman also addressed his drug use during the band's reign in the 1970s.

After being asked about why Plant seems to be so disinterested in the work he did with Zeppelin, Page responded with a lengthy explanation.

"Sometimes I raise my eyebrows at the things he says, but that's all I can say about it. I don't make a point to read what he says about Zeppelin. But people will read me things he has said, and I will usually say, 'Are you sure you're quoting him correctly?' It's always a little surprising. But I can't answer for him. I have a respect for the work of everyone in the band. I can't be dismissive of the work we did together. I sort of know what he's doing. But I don't fully understand it," he said.

Page added that he chooses not to send messages about the band to Plant through the media.

The guitarist also fielded questions about Led Zep and its relationship to drugs.

"I couldn't comment on that, just like I wouldn't comment on the relationship between Zeppelin's audience and drugs," he said. "But of course you wouldn't ask me that. You wouldn't ask me what the climate was like at the time. The climate in the 1970s was different than it is now. Now it's a drinking culture. It wasn't so much like that then." When pressed about his supposed heroin addiction, Page went on the defensive.

"How do you know I had a heroin problem? You don't know what I had or what I didn't have," he said. "All I will say is this: My responsibilities to the music did not change. I didn't drop out or quit working. I was there, just as much as anyone else was."

Plant talked about why he does not want to reunite with Led Zep last month, explaining that he has always been in search of new artistic ventures from Band of Joy to his current solo work.

From: Music Times

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page: 'Olympics with Leona Lewis is my greatest achievement'



You'd think "being in The Yard Birds", "welcoming children" and "not dying from heavy recreational drug use in the Seventies" would be up among Jimmy Page's list of crowning achievements second only to "being the lead guitarist of Led Zeppelin".

Turns out, the next best thing he did aside from creating modern rock music is far more surprising.

Enter former X Factor winner Leona Lewis, with whom Page performed a rendition of "Whole Lotta Love" at the London 2012 Olympics, to his apparent delight, and the disappointment of thousands of Zeppelin fans.

"I'd be very sincere if I said that doing the Olympics [Beijing, 2008] with Leona Lewis was phenomenal," he told Uncut magazine when asked what his best non-Zeppelin accomplishment was to date.

"She's really plucky, she's superb, and she sang "Whole Lotta Love" brilliantly.

"We managed to do the full length of "Whole Lotta Love" - it wasn't edited - and she sang it beautifully. It was so cool the way she approached it.

"For that audience, and the fact we didn't f**k it up... We're really going to do this and we're going to do it proud. That was important. It was a Led Zeppelin number but it took on another persona. I was proud to be able to play that riff for the handover."

No words.

From: The Indepedent

Robert Plant, Richard Branson deny Led Zeppelin reunion rumor



Robert Plant and Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson have gone public separately to disavow media reports circulating this week that Branson had offered Led Zeppelin's surviving members anywhere from $400 million to $750 million to reunite, and that Plant had torn up the offer in Branson's face.

As much as I love [Led Zeppelin], there is absolutely no truth to the story.
- Richard Branson

"Robert Plant has not been in receipt of any offers in recent months with any organization or promoters regarding future Led Zep live shows," Plant said Wednesday through a spokesman. "Robert Plant has neither met or communicated with Richard Branson in the last 50 years, so it was with great surprise to see this reported in the press."

Branson took to his personal blog to confirm from his end that no such offer had been presented, although it had been reported as fact by the British tabloid the Mirror and picked up by numerous other outlets.

"I've been left dazed and confused by a story doing the rounds this week about us apparently offering Led Zeppelin £500 million to reform and carry out a tour," Branson wrote. "As much as I love the band, there is absolutely no truth to the story.

"There were even claims that Virgin Atlantic was about to rename one of our planes and include a stairway to heaven in honour of the band," Branson continued. "However nice an idea, this is also completely untrue. After a week of seeing worryingly inaccurate reports in various publications regarding Virgin, it was sad but not particularly surprising to see yet another fabricated story."

Plant is currently touring with his latest band, the Sensational Space Shifters, which released an album, "Lullaby...and the Ceaseless Roar," in September to largely laudatory reviews.

Branson went on to note that in the wake of the reports, he had connected with Plant.

"I spoke to Robert Plant about the story, which he also confirmed is complete rubbish from his side too," Branson added. "Robert told me he is very proud of his history and the band's past, and has always had great respect and love for his work throughout his career. However, he really believes he must move on with his life and career today."

Plant also included a note to assure fans he is not interested in distancing himself from his work with Zeppelin.

"He is excited and proud of their most recent remastered releases," Plant's statement read, "and disappointed with any confusion this current fabricated story may bring."

Wrote Branson: "Making up this story is very disrespectful to how wonderful his solo career with the Sensational Space Shifters is going..."

"Fellow band members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones also have many exciting projects in the works and should be respected in their own right," Branson wrote. "I'm proud of how so many artists from my generation, whether it is Led Zeppelin, Mike Oldfield or Peter Gabriel, are still being so creative and inventive. They have all moved on into exciting new phases, while still celebrating their incredible pasts."

From: LA Times

TBL 38 latest issue with exclusive TBL Jimmy Page interview and much more!




Limited John Bonham Collectors Cover

The new TBL issue 38 is another packed edition...

Every copy is individually numbered and signed by the editor.

Here's a summary of the contents:

Exclusive: Jimmy Page - The TBL Interview

Jimmy Page talks to Dave Lewis about the Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of The Holy reissues, his plan to issue more experimental music, record collecting and his desire to be seen to be playing again ...

Led Zeppelin 2014: The First Reissues: Then and Now


Personal recollections and thoughts on the first Led Zeppelin reissues

Plus the next in line: Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy

Full report of the Olympic Studios playback

Robert Godwin - on a musical odyssey

The long time Zep chronicler and space flight author recalls his initiation to the band's music in the light of the first three reissues

Jimmy Page A Life In Music -

The Guardian Q and A event

Led Zeppelin Remastered: The Audio Audacity

Richard Grubb investigates the history of the digital transferring of the Zep catalogue and reveals an audacity in the process that has culminated in the success of the newly remastered reissues.

Led Zeppelin 1969: Club dates and TV studios -The TBL 45 year Retrospective

Mike Tremaglio logs the spring of '69 activity that included visits to Sweden and Denmark, BBC sessions, TV appearances and one off club dates

Led Zeppelin 1975: Improvised Graffiti

In the third part of his tape analysis of Led Zeppelin's 1975 tour dates, Andy Crofts tracks the final shows of the US tour from late Feb to late March - some of the longest and most compelling of the era with on stage improvisation at a new high.

Robert Plant: Bringing on the Ceaseless Roar

Latest SSS happenings and lullaby and The Ceaseless Roar album dissected

John Bonham Memorial Fund Concert Featuring Deborah Bonham

Full report from an emotional Bonham family inspired night at St Stephen's Church Redditch

Nick Anderson Collectors Column

The first three reissues collector's promos round up, Led Zep eBay -o meter, and more

Joe Jammer TBL Interview Part 2

The former Led Zep roadie and still very active musician on his post Zep years and current activities

Plus John Paul Jones with Dave Rawlings, latest news and more.

This is an unmissable issue

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Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant turns down £500MILLION to reform supergroup

The rock legend ripped up Sir Richard Branson’s contract for 35 dates in front of astonished promoters after the other members of the supergroup all signed up



Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant has turned down a Whole Lotta Lolly – more than £500MILLION – to reform the band for the dearest tour in history.

The rock legend ripped up Sir Richard Branson’s contract for 35 dates in three cities in front of astonished promoters after the other members of the supergroup all signed up.

The tour would have earned singer Plant and fellow founders Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones £190million each before tax.

But Plant, 66, said he thought it wasn’t the right thing to do.

A source close to the group said: “They have tried to talk him round but there is no chance.

“His mind is made up and that’s that.”

Virgin tycoon Branson, 64, has been a lifelong fan of the band.

He was getting ready to rebrand one of his Jumbo jets “The Starship” to fly the group around the venues.



An industry source said they were told they could have £250 million for 35 dates in three cities, London at the O2, Berlin and New Jersey.

Led Zep were also promised £70million of the profit from merchandise and there was an option to do 45 more gigs in five venues.

The cash was to be split three ways between Plant, Page, 70, and Jones, 68, while Jason Bonham, 48, son of late drummer John, would have been paid a wage to perform.

Our band source said: “Jimmy, John and Jason signed up immediately.

“It was a no-brainer for them but Robert asked for 48 hours to think about it. When he said no and ripped up the paperwork he had been given, there was an enormous sense of shock.

"There is no way they can go ahead without him.”



Branson had planned to have the staircase of the Starship jet renamed the Stairway to Heaven after the band’s 70s hit and was going to sell off the back 20 rows of the aircraft as special Led Zep seats for £100,000 each.

The source added: “Branson tried to pull out all of the stops. But even his money was not enough to get Plant to sign up. He is gutted.”

Plant has previously said: “I have to be in some brand new zones quite regularly... It’s an insane thing to do, to go back.”

Formed in 1966, Led Zeppelin have sold more than 300 million albums. Their last performance was a one night only gig at London’s O2 on December 10, 2007.

From: Mirror

John Bonham's motorcycle smoking at auction



Led Zeppelin's legendary drummer John Bonham's motorcycle has been hanging out at Mackie's Pizza for 25 years. Now they must find the charitable dollars to the family.

Read the full story at http://stiften.dk/aarhus/john-bonhams-motorcykel-ryger-paa-auktion

Glyn Johns and Ben Bridwell in Brooklyn -- Nov. 14

Legendary producer Glyn Johns (Led Zepplin, Who's Next, Abbey Road, Children of the Future) will be in conversation with Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell next Friday, November 14th at 7pm at BookCourt book store in Brooklyn, New York.

For more information, go to http://bookcourt.com/events/glyn-johns

Jimmy Page: 'Led Zeppelin Was an Affair of the Heart'



"I don't intend to revisit the vaults for awhile," Jimmy Page says with a smile, sitting in the opulent library of a Victorian hotel in London. The ex-Led Zeppelin guitarist, 70, has spent much of the last decade in a retrospective frenzy: collating the images for his lavish, photographic memoir, Jimmy Page, first published in a collectors' edition in 2010 and now widely available; and curating acclaimed, deluxe reissues of his band's historic studio LPs. Rarity-laden editions of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and '73's Houses of the Holy come out on October 28th, and Page has finished preparing the rest of the catalog for release. Read the full story at RollingStone.com

How NOT to interview Jimmy Page

If you're end in the position to conduct an interview with Jimmy Page, you may want to have a plan on how you want the interview to go, as well as a list of questions to ask him.

I offer you this interview, from October 18, 2014, from Paul and Young Ron, from Miami, Florida's BIG 105.9. Listen to this interview to give you insight on questions NOT to ask Jimmy Page.

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant Climb “Stairway...” To Rock History With Led Zeppelin InTheStudio

Oct 28, 2014, Dallas, TX - North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands host Jimmy Page and Robert Plant on the release of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of the Holy in new deluxe editions.

Anyone assuming that Led Zeppelin's allure was limited to the decade of the Seventies, or even the 20th century, simply has not been paying attention: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction 1995; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 2005; one-off 2007 London O2 Arena performance that had over six million ticket requests; and recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012 awarded by U.S. President Barack Obama, proving that the Led Zeppelin legacy and their music has certainly not diminished.

With the second installment of new Led Zeppelin Deluxe Editions, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page share with InTheStudio host Redbeard the efforts of the band to continue to evolve after three monumental years (1968-71) together.

"We just did whatever... whenever it was most appropriate, with amplifiers, without amplifiers, in a desert, on top of a Welsh mountain, wherever it was which could be indicative and show what we were all about." - Robert Plant

"I wanted to make music that people would respect... I knew it was good, but I hadn't got the faintest idea that it was ever going to become as big as it did... I wanted to do something that could stand the test of time." - Jimmy Page

Led Zeppelin IV, Houses of the Holy/ InTheStudio interview program is available now to STREAM at:
http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/double-deluxe-led-zeppelin-jimmy-page-robert-plant/

Nickelback Just Did A Decent Cover Of Led Zeppelin And Now Earth Is Off Its Axis





Sammy Hagar celebrated his 67th birthday in Las Vegas recently and got the surprise of a lifetime: Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger doing a decent job of covering Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”.

Of course, by “decent job” I mean Kroeger managed to not totally decimate the song and turn it into usual Nickelback fodder. See that? Pigs can fly and now the Earth has been thrown off its axis.

Even if it’s not your cup of tea, Nickelback still sincerely thank you for your hate and vitriol.

From: Uproxx

Led Zeppelin Releases 'Rock and Roll' Video That Isn't a Car Commercial



Three days from now, Led Zeppelin fans will get treated to a whole bounty of new goodies to geek out on. On Oct. 27, the band releases expanded, remastered versions its early '70s classics Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy. To get us to run out and buy them (or maybe a new Cadillac), they've shared a new animated video for 1971's iconic hit "Rock and Roll."

Check out the video below:



Back on Oct. 16, the vaults opened up for a rare alternate mix of "Rock and Roll" that will appear on the Led Zeppelin IV re-release. Previously, rare alternate versions of "Rain Song" and "Black Dog" hit the internet.

"'Rock and Roll' has just got that cheeky energy about it," Jimmy Page told Rolling Stone. "It's a party. 'It's been a long time since I rock and rolled.' It says it all, really. It's great lyrics and it's a great performance."

"As a song, it was actually kind of punky; pre-punk," bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones said. "It was really fast too, onstage anyway. It just got really quick, a lot of energy. It's a lot of fun to play. The crowd loved it. We loved it."

The reissues of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy drop Oct. 27 via Atlantic/Swan Song. Each reissue will contain a bounty of unreleased bonus tracks (on both CD and vinyl, regular and deluxe). Both will be included in a box set, which also contains a coffee table book and a print of the cover art.

From: Billboard

Hear Led Zeppelin's Loose, Alternate Mix of 'Rock and Roll'

Led Halloween

"As a song, it was actually kind of punky," John Paul Jones says. "It's a lot of fun to play."

Listen at: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/led-zeppelin-alternate-mix-rock-and-roll-20141016

Led Zeppelin Loses First Round in 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit



Led Zeppelin is stuck in Pennsylvania at the moment, forced to confront claims the band stole its biggest hit "Stairway to Heaven" from Randy Craig Wolfe, founding member of the band Spirit.

Wolfe's heirs sued Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and their music companies in June, asserting that the story Page has told over the years about holing himself up in a remote cottage in Wales in 1970 and creating the iconic song is false. The plaintiff alleges that the music really came from Spirit, which once toured with Led Zeppelin in the late 1960s.

In reaction to the lawsuit, the defendants challenged jurisdiction.

"The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here," stated a memorandum to dismiss.

In response, the plaintiff amended the lawsuit with some emphasis on why a Pennsylvania judge should oversee the case: "Defendants are subject to specific jurisdiction in this district because they make millions of dollars from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by directly targeting this district for the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven' through CD sales, digital downloading, radio and television play, advertising, marketing, concert performances, other performances, licensing, and otherwise targeting resident individuals and businesses to profit off the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven.'”

U.S. District Court Judge Juan Sánchez has now denied the motion to dismiss or transfer without prejudice, meaning that the Zeppelin parties can still try again.

The judge didn't offer any reasoning in his written order, but those looking for the standards by which judges determine jurisdiction can read about another judge's recent decision to throw out a trademark lawsuit filed by John Wayne's heirs against Duke University.

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From: The Hollywood Reporter

Frank Smith on John Bonham

Had John Bonham still been with us today, it goes without saying that he would be an elder statesman of rock in the same way that Jimmy, Robert and John Paul Jones are recognized to be today.

I imagine he would be retired from the music business and would be a sober and loving proud father and grandfather. He wouldn't have been flashy and capitalizing on his fame but would appreciate the genuine recognition for all that he'd accomplished.

I like to think he would be on his farm with Pat and family and perhaps, occasionally, sit in with bands to smash the skins for the fun of it.

Bonzo would also be taking an active interest in Jason's drumming, shepherding him along in drumming technique and in life.

Perhaps, in a perfect scenario, he would have done an experimental solo percussion-only album or two with Jimmy producing.

I also picture him sitting in with bands like Tool and other local bands that he respected.

Its nice to think that Bonzo would also would have sat in with aspiring drummers and given clinics at drum industry conventions.

If he were still with us today, he would cruise around town on his motorcycles and cars from his collection-occasionally showing off his latest acquisitions; a black Citroen GT and a Bugatti Veyron.

For one reason or another, Led Zeppelin would have disbanded in the mid-80's after the music business and fans no longer supported the world in which Zep existed.

Jimmy and company wouldn't want to have cheapened all they had built in the previous years and they would have quietly put the band to rest once it became obvious to all of them that they had outgrown their time.

The MTV generation would have put the band on a shelf while they danced to Michael Jackson. John Bonham in particular wouldn't have wanted to continue to seem to be a caricature of his old self and would have voted to disband Led Zeppelin.

Perhaps there would have been the occasional get-together when the time and situation felt right.

Live Aid and the Atlantic 40th show certainly would have been much better with John there behind the kit, of course.

So, it all came full circle in December 2007 when his son sat in for him. John would have been proud.

He was a man of his time.

I often wonder how he would have adapted and grown to fit into the twenty first century with plastic drums, drum machines, YouTube and auto tune. My gut tells me he would have adapted just fine while staying true to his organic drumming technique.

He is missed by legions of fans, friends and family each day.

[VIDEO] Led Zeppelin preview expanded Houses Of The Holy reissue



Led Zeppelin are sharing a video previewing the Super Deluxe Edition of the upcoming expanded reissue of their 1973 release, Houses Of The Holy, due on October 28.

Released in March of 1973, Houses Of The Holy features legendary tracks such as "The Song Remains The Same" and "No Quarter" while also showcasing the continuing evolution of the band's signature sound with the reggae-tinged "D'yer Mak'er" and the funk jam "The Crunge". The album has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 11 million copies.

The seven unreleased tracks on the companion audio disc include rough and working mixes for "The Ocean" and "Dancing Days" that reveal a deeper look inside the recording sessions of these classic songs. Other standout recordings include the guitar mix backing track for "Over The Hills And Far Away" and a version of "The Rain Song" without piano.

The group are releasing both Houses Of The Holy and Led Zeppelin IV on the same day.

Led Zeppelin kicked off their reissue series in June with the release of expanded editions of the band's first three albums: Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III, each with a companion disc of bonus material.

Houses Of The Holy track listing:

01. The Song Remains The Same
02. The Rain Song
03. Over The Hills And Far Away
04. The Crunge
05. Dancing Days
06. D'yer Mak'er
07. No Quarter
08. The Ocean

Companion Audio Disc

01. The Song Remains The Same - Guitar Overdub Reference Mix
02. The Rain Song - Mix Minus Piano
03. Over The Hills And Far Away - Guitar Mix Backing Track
04. The Crunge - Rough Mix - Keys Up
05. Dancing Days - Rough Mix With Vocal
06. No Quarter - Rough Mix With JPJ Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal
07. The Ocean - Working Mix



From: Hennemusic

[VIDEO] Robert Plant on The Colbert Report

For those that missed Robert Plant promoting Lullaby and... the Ceaseless Roar on The Colbert Report last night, videos of the interview plus Plant performing Rainbow have been posted at the Colbert Nation.

To view the interview and everything else, go to http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/jfanx7/robert-plant

Jimmy Page: How we wrote Stairway to Heaven



Stairway to Heaven was one of the biggest rock songs of the 1970s - loved, imitated and sometimes parodied.

Now Led Zeppelin's classic track is back on the turntable, on a re-mastered version of the band's fourth album.

Forty-three years after its release, the song continues to hold a place in many music fans' hearts. Guitarist Jimmy Page gives a personal account of how a rock anthem came together.

Go to http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29550639

Camera: Dave O'Neill, Richard Kenny. Editing: Dave O'Neill. Producer: Amanda Bruckshaw

'Jimmy Page In Conversation With Chris Cornell' To Be Held In November In Los Angeles



To celebrate the publication of Jimmy Page's official photographic autobiography, "Jimmy Page" -- the first book by a member of Led Zeppelin -- Genesis Publications (with Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado) will present "An Evening With Jimmy Page In Conversation With Chris Cornell".

The event will take place 8:30 p.m. November 12 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

The audience will be invited to join Page and Cornell -- the Soundgarden frontman -- as they look through unseen photos and memorabilia, many drawn from Page's archives. Page will revisit memories of his life in music, "from 13-year-old choirboy to Sixties session musician, through The Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin and beyond."

"I always like to do something different. If you're inspired by an idea, really make something of that inspiration," Page said. "That goes for music, as well as anything else, even putting a book together! To have a photographic autobiography is a totally different way of looking at things, but it does the job very well and I think it will bring a lot of pleasure to people."

Delving into his personal archives, Page has revealed unseen photographs, memorabilia and every one of his passports. His passport stamps were used to verify all tour dates, making Jimmy Page an authorative historical account.

In addition to Page's photos and those chosen from various sources, including fans and magazines, his book showcases a collection of iconic portraits and rare images by more than 70 of the greatest names in rock photography, including Ross Halfin, Kate Simon, Gered Mankowitz, Dominique Tarle, Pennie Smith and Jim Marshall. Page chose one of his favorite portrait shots for the book cover: a 1977 passport photo shot by Neal Preston on board Led Zeppelin's private tour plane.

There are many rare finds throughout, such as Led Zeppelin playing an impromptu gig in a nightclub in Jersey or double-exposure shots of Page and Brian Jones by Ian Stewart.

"I wanted to make it as thorough as possible, so that meant trawling through all the thousands of files that photographers had taken, and pulling from my personal collection as well," Page said. "There's a photo of me playing the guitar by the fire at Bron-Yr-Aur cottage. It's the most complete document that there's ever going to be because of the amount of time that I've put into every aspect."

Important Info:

Doors: 7:30 p.m.
Show: 8:30 p.m.

Tickets: Available starting October 10 from local outlets, including Amoeba Music and Book Soup; nationwide from ticketmaster.com

From: Blabbermouth.net

Robert Plant to appear of The Colbert Report



Robert Plant will be the featured guest on The Colbert Report on Thursday, October 9.

The singer will join host Stephen Colbert to promote his new album, "lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar".

Plant recorded the project with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters, at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath, UK.

The rocker is currently playing shows as part of a 7-date theatre tour of North America.

After performing in New York, Toronto, Chicago and Denver, the Led Zeppelin frontman will wrap the run up in Los Angeles on October 7th.

From: hennemusic

Jimmy Page Says He Will Start New Band, Perform Material Spanning His Entire Career



According to The Pulse Of Radio, Jimmy Page got pretty peeved at the by-now-obligatory Led Zeppelin reunion question earlier today (Tuesday, September 30) at London's Olympic Studios. Page met with a select group of reporters to preview his deluxe remastering job on the band's fourth and fifth albums, 1971's "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy", which are coming on October 28. When asked by a NME.com reporter whether the process of going back to the band's original tapes made him want to reunite Led Zeppelin, he said, "I don't think it looks as though that's a possibility or on the cards, so there's not much more I can say about that. I'm not going to give a detail-by-detail account of what one person says or another person says. All I can say is it doesn't look likely, does it?" When pressed as to whether the hold out in a Zep reunion was Robert Plant, a terse Jimmy Page snapped: "I've just said it doesn't look very likely."

Page - who hasn't toured as a solo act since 1988 - spoke about his prospects for hitting the road. "If I was to play again it would be with musicians that would be... some of the names might be new to you," he said. "I haven't put them together yet but I'm going to do that next year. If I went out to play, I would play material that spanned everything from my recording career right back to my very, very early days with The Yardbirds. There would certainly be some new material in there as well..."

He continued: "I love playing live, I really do. Live concerts are always an interesting challenge because it means you can always change things as you're playing every night. You can make it even more of an adventure. I would play all of the things I'm known to play - instrumental versions of 'Dazed And Confused' etcetera, etcetera..."

Plant, who's busy promoting his new album, "Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar", was recently asked by Billboard if he heard anything revelatory in Page's archival snapshots in the reissues of "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy". Plant dismissed the unreleased tracks, saying, "No, not really. Because it's so long ago. What you're hearing there is mostly work-in-progress stuff. Things on their way to completion, and maybe there's some little quirk or something that led to an either/or moment. But it's nothing relevant, really. Not to me, at least."

Coming on October 28 will be the Page-remastered editions of 1971's "Led Zeppelin IV" and 1973's "Houses Of The Holy", which will both be released with previously unreleased audio content in a variety of packages - including a limited-edition "Super Deluxe" box set.

Plant spoke about his use of Zeppelin material in his current live act, but hinted that it was the modern approach to the material that delivers the point across. "I think it's a way to enjoy the music," he said. "We do 'Black Dog' and 'Whole Lotta Love' and these other ones, and our approach is driven mostly by trance and psychedelia and the musicians' relationships to African music. In each case, one of the guys in the band will take dominance, and that kind of determines where it goes."

From: Blabbermouth.net

Robert Plant's Rules for Brand Reinvention



Brand reinvention sounds like a lofty, even noble concept. But adapting your brand to changing market conditions and customer behaviors is hard. Just ask Blockbuster (dead in the water) or The New York Times (fighting for its future). If you are a company faced with the daunting challenge of brand reinvention, a 66-year-old rock-and-roll singer has a few lessons for you. Robert Plant, once the living symbol of youthful hedonism during his days with Led Zeppelin, has successfully reinvented himself. As his body and voice have aged, his audience has changed, and the music industry has been upended, he is now receiving the best reviews of his career and selling strong as a solo artist. Here is his formula for success:

For the entire article, go to http://blog.beyondcurious.com/What-we-do/bid/355581/Robert-Plant-s-Rules-for-Brand-Reinvention

Thanks to David Deal!

All 87 Led Zeppelin Songs, Ranked



Andrew Unterberger at SPIN.com has penned an article ranking every Led Zeppelin article from "worst to first".

Honestly, I'm speechless at the list. It's a pretty shocking list to read. Even the first sentence in the introduction shocks me to no end. "It's surprisingly easy to forget about Led Zeppelin in 2014."

Reaction to this article in various Led Zeppelin forums and Facebook ranges from perplexed to negative. It is important to remember that it is one person's opinion.

Read the entire article with the rankings (Stairway is not number one!) at http://www.spin.com/articles/led-zeppelin-every-song-ranked/.

Robert Plant To Appear On The Tonight Show 9-26-2014



Robert Plant will soon embark on a short tour in support of the recently released album lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar. The former Led Zeppelin front man is set to perform with his Sensational Space Shifters in Port Chester, NY on Thursday followed by shows in Brooklyn on Saturday and Sunday. Plant won't have Friday off though as he'll make a rare U.S. television appearance.

Robert Plant will be the musical guest on Friday's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Playbill.com reports that Plant will sit for an interview in addition to his musical performance. The singer last visited a Fallon-hosted show in September of 2010.

From: JamBase

New Scarlet Page book "RESONATORS"

Resonators by Scarlet Page in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust London, Jimmy Page

We are pleased to announce that Scarlet Page's book, RESONATORS, featuring exclusive photographs of Jimmy Page, is now available to pre-order exclusively at www.redgiantpublishing.com.

This beautiful large format book is strictly limited to 1,480 copies worldwide and is available in both Deluxe and Collector editions.

Including over 120 exclusive and never before seen photographs taken over the past two years, Scarlet's personal approach and style has produced beautiful and intimate portraits of The Resonators, capturing sides of guitar legends rarely seen by their fans.

Guitarists included within RESONATORS are: Wilko Johnson, Jimmy Page, Brian May, Paul Stanley, Sir Paul McCartney, Peter Green, Joe Walsh, Slash, Nile Rodgers, Mick Jones, Jeff Beck, Paul Weller, Mark Knopfler, Noel Gallagher, Serge Pizzorno, Wayne Kramer, Albert Lee, Billy Corgan, Johnny Marr, Graham Coxon, Justin Hawkins, Robert Fripp, Steve Jones, John Squire, John Frusciante, Hank Marvin, Kelly Jones, Dick Taylor, John Squire, Phil Manzanera, Hank Marvin, Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell and Jack White.

The Book

Each book is individually signed and numbered by Scarlet Page, hand-bound in quarter leather and printed on 200gsm acid free matt art paper with silver gilt edges. The book has been printed and bound by one of the world's leading makers of fine limited edition books. In over 8,000 words of brand new text, Scarlet tells us the stories behind the pictures.

The Deluxe Edition is limited to 300 copies worldwide and is presented within a beautiful and stylish RESONATORS presentation box and accompanied with a signed RESONATORS collage print. In addition the Deluxe Edition also comes with a hand crafted portfolio box containing 34 beautifully printed 8" x 10" images, one for each of the guitarists featured in RESONATORS.

To pre-order your Deluxe Edition book, please click here

The Collectors' Edition is limited to 1,180 copies worldwide and is presented within a beautiful and stylish RESONATORS presentation box and accompanied with a signed RESONATORS collage print.

To pre-order your Collectors' Edition book, please click here

Continuing on from Scarlet's successful RESONATORS exhibition and charity auction, 10% of the profit from the sale of this book will go to benefit Teenage Cancer Trust. We are also offering the first 300 subscribers to the book the opportunity to have their names printed within the back pages of the book.

Red Giant Publishing offer you our 'sequential sales promise', so the early you pre-order the lower numbered edition you will receive. Other publishers cannot promise you this, as they use a variety of galleries and sales channels, we guarantee you the lowest numbered edition available at the point of ordering.

Exclusive footage from the Teenage Cancer Trust exhibition featuring an interview with Scarlet Page as well as footage of Jimmy Page and John Squire.

[VIDEO] Robert Plant on CBS This Morning



He is known as the "Golden God." And he's not showing signs of stopping, releasing his tenth solo album.

Robert Plant has defined how to look, act and sound like a rock star in a musical journey that spans more than four decades.

His raw, raspy voice is instantly recognizable and launched Led Zeppelin into superstardom in the 1970s.

Together for little over a decade, the British band sold more than 300 million records, with each of their nine studio albums landing on billboard's top 10 charts.

It is hard to overstate the influence that Led Zeppelin had on rock and roll.

Whenever there was an attempt to pigeonhole them as this big bludgeoning hard rock band, the next record would be more acoustic based.

Plant penned some of the group's most enduring anthems. One of them, "Stairway to Heaven," provided a blueprint for all hard rock bands to come.

But when drummer John Bonham died in 1980 -- so did the band.

"He and I played together since we were like 16. There was a big, big hole in all of our lives. I just thought it was time to move along," he said Monday on CBS This Morning.

Plant didn't stop, though. From there he continued to explore new genres through a successful solo career.

Unlike many of his Zeppelin albums, he said his 2007 album with Alison Krauss was a hit among critics and fans alike.

"In Zeppelin we were the pariah of music, critically we were slammed a lot," Plant said, "I team up with Alison Krauss, and what do I get? Six Grammys in one night!"

Now, on his tenth solo album, "Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar," Plant weaves world music with blues, bluegrass, and a lifetime of adventure.

From: CBS News

Robert Plant classic interview in Guardian

The Guardian has posted a great interview with Robert Plant from 1970.

Read the entire article at http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/sep/10/robert-plant-led-zeppelin-classic-interview

Miley Cyrus covers Led Zeppelin



Once you get past the name, it is a decent cover and a decent voice. This version definitely has the whole light and shade thing going on.

Update on the Led Zeppelin/Taurus "Stairway To Heaven" lawsuit



What could Jimmy Page and Justin Timberlake possibly have in common?

Her name is Helene Freeman, an entertainment lawyer who litigated a series of victories for Timberlake’s former boy band, NSYNC, and is now defending Page and fellow members of Led Zeppelin in a dispute over Stairway to Heaven‘s authorship. As we’ve reported, Led Zeppelin faces a copyright infringement suit that alleges parts of the 1971 hit were filched from an obscure song by the band Spirit.

By hiring Freeman, a partner at New York law firm Phillips Nizer, Led Zeppelin has gone for an industry specialist who has also done work for singer Diana Ross and corporate clients that include record distributors and advertising agencies. In NSYNC cases from the late 1990s and 2000s, Freeman secured the band’s ability to leave its old record label and won dismissal of a copyright suit over pictures on concert merchandise, according to her firm bio. She declined to comment for this story.

In the Zeppelin case, the crux of the claim is that, to many ears, the opening notes of Stairway to Heaven sound a lot like Taurus, an instrumental piece by the late Spirit guitarist Randy California, released on his band’s debut album in 1968. At the end of that year and through 1969, Spirit and Led Zeppelin shared the bill at several concerts. Randy California’s trust filed the complaint on May 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, citing as a cause for action the “Falsification of Rock N’ Roll History.”

Lawyers for Led Zeppelin and its record company, Warner Music, have until Sept. 22 to respond to the suit. (Led Zeppelin is also represented in the Philadelphia court by local counsel Michael Eidel of the firm Fox Rothschild.) A spokesman for the band and Warner Music has repeatedly declined to comment on the dispute. Page, speaking to France’s Liberation newspaper in May, called the infringement claim “ridiculous.”

The lawsuit comes just as Led Zeppelin prepares to cash in anew on the epic hit. On Oct. 28, it plans to re-issue the untitled album that contains Stairway to Heaven, known as Led Zeppelin IV. According to a Warner Music news release, the deluxe edition will contain a “fabled, alternate version” of Stairway that “lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before.”

by Vernon Silver

From: BloombergBusinessweek

Jimmy Page newly discovered 1963 TV interview

A rediscovered ITV Channel Television interview with Jimmy Page from June 1963 was posted on the internet yesterday. Nineteen year old Page discussed his artwork, his music and how he would like to eventually finance his art through his guitar playing. The interviewer was Royston Ellis, rock and roll poet, who Page performed with in 1960-1961.

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page - June 1963 interview from ITV Channel Television on Vimeo.

Jimmy Page at London book discussion event in October



Wednesday 15 October
Cadogan Hall, London SW1
Tickets £20/£18

In a rare live interview Jimmy Page, founder member, guitarist and producer of Led Zeppelin, will discuss his extraordinary life and career with Guardian music editor, Michael Hann. As he releases his photographic autobiography Jimmy Page – the first book by a member of Led Zeppelin – the interview will explore the life of a man both on and off stage, accompanied by a selection of personally selected photographs.

A link was posted online by The Guardian, however, was quickly withdrawn, along with the following message:

We have taken the event page down from our website and frozen ticket sales for a few days while we make an amendment to the page, but please be assured the event is taking place and the ticket you have purchased is valid. Ticket sales will resume next week.

Tale of two Zeppelins: Robert Plant continues to evolve while Jimmy Page is stuck in the past



Plant has collaborated with Alison Krauss, exploring new territory and forming new bands, while guitarist Page simply reissues Led Zeppelin albums

Read the entire article at: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/robert-plant-continues-evolve-jimmy-page-stuck-article-1.1925531

[VIDEO] Robert Plant on BBC The One Show

Robert Plant was on BBC One's The One Show on September 5, speaking about the new album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, the Sensation Space Shifters, as well as a performance of Little Maggie.



[SCARVES] Sir Paul Smith celebrates relaunch of Led Zeppelin albums

To mark the launch of the newly re-mastered versions of the extremely popular nine music albums by the iconic English rock band Led Zeppelin, the British fashion design veteran Sir Paul Smith has created a new collection of scarves.

Measuring 1.5 by 1.5 metres each, the 9-piece line has been inspired from the artwork on the covers of the legendary nine albums, which have been reissued in chronological order after being re-mastered by the group’s producer and lead guitarist Jimmy Page.

Made from luxurious fabrics, the monochromatic themed Led Zeppelin cover image has been replicated using a photographic weaving technique while the bright eight coloured impression of Led Zeppelin II cover has been achieved through the usage of four different yarns.

The psychedelic effect of Led Zeppelin III album cover has been reproduced by combining boucle and merino wool fibres and Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of Holy have been recreated with woven jacquard.

Each of the exclusive scarf designs will include limited 50 pieces only and will be available for sale at London’s Paul Smith store and online at PaulSmith.co.uk from October 23rd, 2014 onwards.

Before his latest music collaboration, the designer had earlier teamed up with the 1980s rock legend synonymous for his quirky fashion choices David Bowie to celebrate his latest album The Next Day. The designed had created a printed T-shirt featuring the album’s artwork.

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000, the 68-year-old designer Sir Paul Smith is internationally famous for his menswear designs.

Formed in 1968, the Led Zeppelin band members include the guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones. (PB)

From: Fibre2Fashion

First Listen: Robert Plant, 'Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar'



NPR.com has Robert Plant's tenth studio album lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar streaming, in its entirely, at http://www.npr.org/2014/09/01/343144827/first-listen-robert-plant-lullaby-and-the-ceaseless-roar.

Robert Plant's 2014 album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, his label debut for Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records, was produced by Plant and features 11 recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam "Skin" Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals.

lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar is Plant's first record since 2010's Band of Joy, which followed 2007's six-time Grammy Award winning collaboration with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand. Justin Adams and John Baggott of The Sensational Space Shifters appeared on Plant's 2002 release Dreamland, while all but Camara and Smith appeared on 2005's Mighty Rearranger. The 2014 line-up toured the world before recording lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Real World Studios in Bath, UK. The track "Rainbow" was recorded in Contino Rooms in London. Tchad Blake mixed all but three tracks on the album.

"It's really a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep," Plant says. "The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood. I am very lucky to work with The Sensational Space Shifters. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music...I have been around awhile and I ask myself, do I have anything to say? Is there a song still inside me? In my heart? I see life and what s happening to me. Along the trail there are expectations, disappointments, happiness, questions and strong relationships," Plant explains, "... and now I'm able to express my feelings through melody, power and trance; together in a kaleidescope of sound, colour, and friendship."

Goodbye Robert Plant, One-Time Texan



Texas Monthly has an excellent article in which Plant discusses his departure from Austin, TX, Patty Griffin, as well as a little quip about his dislike for Whole Foods (he's more of a Fiesta type of man).

Read the entire article at Texas Monthly.

Plant: New album is the end now for me



Robert Plant has hinted his new solo album might be his final farewell.

The former Led Zeppelin rocker is set to release his latest record Lullaby and ... the Ceaseless Roar on September 8, and he has hinted he might be coming to the end of his career, with the new release feeling like "some sort of finality".

He told The Independent newspaper: "Maybe this new album is the end now for me ... [The end] of this musical wanderlust and the wonderful carousel that I've been on.

"It's like a kaleidoscope; you hold it up to the light, rotate it, and the pieces fall beautifully in different ways, but this record feels different.

"It's a consummation of all those bits from Son House to Roni Size to the Gambia and it seems to have some sort of finality."

The legendary musician also admitted he still has fun teasing fans, particularly as he has changed a lot from his younger days.

He said: "I was at WOMAD the other day. I walked past this guy sitting in a fold-out chair reading a music magazine, and it had a photo of us as nubile.

"I said, 'Who's that then?' and he looked up at me. I had sunglasses on and my hair was up in a top-knot. He said, 'That's Led Zeppelin'. I said, 'Ah OK - and who's that guy?' He said, 'That's Robert Plant'. I said, 'What does he look like now?'

"The guy shrugged his shoulders, so I lifted my sunglasses and said, 'Look!' It was a lovely moment and we were chortling away like two Laughing Policemen. The tears were rolling down our fat old cheeks."

From: Breaking News

Head to head to head to head Saturday: Kashmir

Head to head to head to head Saturday: Kashmir. Which is your favorite version? I've found a few of my favorites. The original studio version, 1980-06-30 Frankfurt, the 1994 Unplugged version, as well as probably the best version ever - from the 2007 O2 concert.









Robert Plant announces North American tour dates



On September 9th, Robert Plant returns with his latest solo album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar. In support, the former Led Zeppelin frontman is taking his new band, the Sensational Space Shifters, out on a North American tour. Following previously announced appearances at Glastonbury and Japan’s Summer Sonic, Plant and co. will embark on a seven-show jaunt in late September/early October. From there, they will return to the UK for a series of engagements in mid-November.

As a preview, Plant has shared a live video of the album’s lead single, “Rainbow”. Watch it below (via Rolling Stone), followed by Plant’s full tour schedule.



Robert Plant 2014 Tour Dates:

08/09 – Glastonbury, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
08/16 – Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic
08/17 – Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic
09/08 – London, UK @ London Roundhouse
09/25 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theater
09/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
09/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
09/30 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
10/02 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
10/04 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
10/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
11/09 – Newport, UK @ Newport Centre
11/10 – Bournemouth, UK @ O2 Academy
11/12 – London, UK @ London Roundhouse
11/14 – Hull, UK @ Hull City Hall
11/15 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
11/17 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy
11/18 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy
11/20 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
11/21 – Wolverhampton, UK @ Civic Hall
11/23 – Belfast, UK @ Ulster Hall
11/24 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia
11/26 – Blackpool, UK @ Blackpool Tower
11/27 – Llandudno, UK @ Llandudno Venue Cymru Arena

From: Consequence Of Sound

Robert Plant, John Paul Jones set for separate upcoming L.A. shows



While Led Zeppelin fanatics are still holding out hope for a reprise of that 2007 reunion performance, they can at least count on a few upcoming dates with some the band's key members.

Starting in September, Robert Plant will tour alongside the Sensational Shape Shifters for a seven-show North American tour. They’ll support his new album, “Lullaby and … the Ceaseless Roar,” with an Oct. 7 stop at the Hollywood Palladium.

The new disc, due Sept. 9, will be Plant’s 10th solo studio album. The 65-year-old declared in a press release that the album will be “a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep.” He's posted a live video of the record's lead single, "Rainbow."

Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones has also kept busy over the years with some noteworthy collaborations. He wrote and recorded with the Los Angeles-based supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, a trio that includes Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.

Jones is currently featured in a group led by folk artist Gillian Welch's main collaborator, the Dave Rawlings Machine. They’re booked for an L.A. show at the Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian. Coincidentally, it’s on Oct. 6, the day before Plant’s show.

From: LA Times

Jimmy Page book signing on Nov. 5

As reported here on July 23, 2014, Jimmy Page will make an appearance in New York City, on November 3, 2014, at the Kaufmann Concert Hall, in an event called Jimmy Page In Conversation.

Page will also make a second guest appearance, this time on November 5, 2014 at the Union Square Barnes & Noble, on East 17th Street, in New York City.

Page's author event will begin at 7:00PM. For more info, go to the event's page.

Jimmy Page's pictorial autobiography is being re-released in hardback format on October 14, 2014. To pre-order Jimmy Page, go to Amazon's website.

Led Zeppelin releasing an alterna-take of ‘Stairway to Heaven’



Prepare to hear one of the most overplayed songs in rock history in a new way.

In October, Rhino Records will release an album containing a never-before-issued version of “Stairway To Heaven.”

It’s part of the huge reissue project for Led Zeppelin, which began in June with the release of alternate takes on the storied band’s first three albums.

They’ll be followed on Oct. 27 with alterna-views of the untitled, fourth Led Zeppelin album (commonly referred to as “Led Zeppelin 4”) and “Houses of the Holy.”

As with the band’s first trio of reissues, the new ones will pair a remastered version of the official disc with a set of alternate takes on every track.

The fourth Led Zep disc - the third best-selling album in U.S. history - will not only contain the unheard “Stairway” but also specially reimagined runs at the acoustic songs “Going To California” and “The Battle of Evermore,” with more guitar and mandolin.

The alterna version of 1973’s “Houses of The Holy” will feature rough mixes of “The Ocean” and “Dancing Days,” as well as an interpretation of “The Rain Song” sans John Paul Jones’ piano.

Both new sets will be available in multiple formats - as the original single CD, in a deluxe edition which includes the alternative tracks, in vinyl form, or as part of elaborate box sets, including snazzy booklets and artwork.

Fans who want to cherry-pick just the previously unheard songs can do so through iTunes.

The first three Zep reissues each made the top 10 upon their release in June. The rest of the band’s catalogue will see alternate releases over the coming year.

From: NY Daily News

California Breed taps former Queens Of The Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo for upcoming tour



CALIFORNIA BREED members Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watt have chosen Joey Castillo (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL) to play drums for the band for all upcoming dates when it became clear that Jason Bonham's professional commitments would prevent him from being able to tour with the group.

CALIFORNIA BREED will support ALTER BRIDGE in the U.S. before heading to Europe and will close out the run supporting Slash featuring MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS on their five U.K. arena dates.

Says Hughes: "We're just excited to play live, to tour, to be in front of and with our fans.

"We're very proud of our debut record and we can't wait to share it, live and loud, with you."

CALIFORNIA BREED's self-titled debut album sold around 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart.

"California Breed" was recorded at producer Dave Cobb's Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits from Hughes, Watt and Bonham. "It's proper rock," Hughes told Classic Rock magazine, "but at the same time it's very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page." "This kid is amazing," said Bonham. "The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. And he plays in the studio like he's on stage!"

"What we've got here is a kid who isn't a hammer-on, virtuoso," said Glenn, "but a whole new entity. This kid grew up listening to Mick Ronson on Bowie's records, as well as Jimmy Page in LED ZEPPELIN. He has a completely different take. And it's fresh and bold and so exciting. It just gets into your blood."



Read more at Blabbermouth.net

Robert Plant launches fan contest to create official video



Robert Plant has teamed up with Genero to hold a contest for a fan to create the official video Rainbow, the lead single from his forthcoming new album, lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar.

The creative direction is being left completely open, so entrants are advised to listen to the song, be inspired, and create something that reflects their vision for the tune.

The official selection and finalist group will be chosen by Plant and Genero.

The selected video will receive $3,000 and have their video used as the official music clip for Rainbow.

Deadline for submissions is September 8, 2014, 23:59 GMT time.

Full contest details are available at Genero.

Due September 5 in Europe and September 9 in North America, “lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar” was recorded at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Bath, UK.

The album features 9 new songs and two covers: The Stanley Brothers’ “Little Maggie” and the Lead Belly tune, “Poor Howard.”

Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters just wrapped up a series of shows across Europe; they’ll play Glastonbury Abbey on August 9 before heading to Japan for two shows next month.

From: hennemusic

Just photos of Led Zeppelin partying in 1973

Led Zeppelin have no shortage of outrageous tour stories, and were known for partying as hard as any band. These photos might be PG-rated compared to what you really want to see, but they are still a fascinating look at the band at their peak.

The photos are dated July 30, 1973, which would make these parties a celebration of the end of their 1973 North American tour in support of Houses of the Holy. It ended on July 29, after the third straight show at Madison Square Garden that the band recorded for their concert film The Song Remains the Same.

Read the entire story and see all the photos at the WZLX website.

Thanks to Matt Dolloff!

Robert Plant's Led Zeppelin acoustic plans rejected by Jimmy Page



Robert Plant has revealed that he suggested reuniting Led Zeppelin as an acoustic project. With Plant and Jimmy Page squabbling over their band's potential comeback, Plant claims that Page rejected a recent proposal to record new, unplugged music.

"A couple of years ago, I said, 'If you've got anything acoustic, let me know. I'll give it a whirl,'" Plant recently told Uncut, (via NME ). "It was hands across the water. [But Jimmy] just walked away."

Plant's proposal to make unplugged music is reflective of the kind of music he has been making in recent years: Raising Sand, with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss and his jammier work with Band of Joy and the Sensational Space Shifters. Page, as Led Zeppelin's lead guitarist, has shown much less interest in turning off the amplifiers.

Still, even if Page, Plant and John Paul Jones could reconcile, Plant has little faith that the band are capable of writing a modern classic. "We couldn't do anything proper," he said. "The weight of expectation is too great." And although there's discussion of a new tour, Page and Plant seem to be talking at cross-purposes: "I don't know what [Jimmy's] trying to do," Page said. "I feel slightly disappointed and baffled."

In almost two decades, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin have performed together only once: at London's O2 in December 2007.

From: The Guardian

Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy Led Zeppelin reissues for October 28 release – DETAILS ANNOUNCED

The details of the next two releases in the Led Zeppelin reissue series have now been announced.

Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy will be issued on multi formats on October 27th UK /October 28th US

To read the entire article and see complete track listings, go to Tight But Loose website.

Pre-order links
Led Zeppelin IV (Remastered Original CD)
Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe CD Edition)
Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition MP3)
Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl)

Houses Of The Holy (Deluxe CD Edition)
Houses Of The Holy (Deluxe Edition MP3)
Houses Of The Holy (Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl)

Paul McCartney Reissue Includes John Bonham/Wings Collaboration

Two more Wings albums have been added to the ongoing reissue series of classic Paul McCartney albums, and one of them includes a major unreleased treat -- a Wings recording featuring Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

The Wings at the Speed of Sound reissue track list reveals there's a "John Bonham Version" of Beware My Love. The Bonham-less version included on Speed of Sound is a moody, hard-charging album highlight and an underappreciated gem in McCartney's catalog, so to hear the late drum legend working on this particular song is pretty damn enticing.

Keep in mind this isn't the only John Bonham/Paul McCartney crossover. The Zeppelin drummer played on two tracks from Wings' final album, 1979's Back to the Egg. Come Sept. 23, we'll finally be able to hear what this unreleased third Bonham collaboration sounds like.

For the rest of the article, including tracklistings, go to: Billboard

Jimmy Page pictorial autobiography new low price on Amazon

Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page
As first reported here on May 8, 2014, Jimmy Page's pictorial autobiography is being re-released in hardback format on October 14, 2014. Amazon has slashed the price almost 34% on their website today.

To pre-order Jimmy Page, go to Amazon's website.

Jimmy Page In Conversation



The first ever book by a member of Led Zeppelin.

Jimmy Page is one of music’s greatest guitarists, innovators and legends—Rolling Stone called him “one of rock's most important and influential guitar players, writers, and producers” and ranked him number nine on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time—and he’ll be talking about his life and career as the groundbreaking guitarist for one of rock’s most iconic bands. His new book Jimmy Page is his official autobiography, a photographic essay he personally created to tell his story for the very first time. In his own words, combined with his handpicked selection of over 600 photographs, the book is the definitive visual and historical record of a remarkable life and showcases a collection of iconic portraits and rare images by over 70 of the greatest names in rock photography. He also delves into his personal archives, revealing unseen photographs and memorabilia. Today, Led Zeppelin remain arguably one of the biggest rock bands of all time and Page’s musical journey, from 13-year-old choirboy to Sixties session musician, through The Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin and beyond makes Jimmy Page an authoritative historical account. Join us for a rare interview and his first NY appearance.

For more information, although the event has already sold out, go to http://www.92y.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=107224

Memorial in honour of Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham

Deborah Bonham
A FUNDRAISING gig organised to help raise cash for a memorial in honour of Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham will be taking place next week.

The show, at St Stephen's Church, will feature the late drummer's sister singer/songwriter Deborah Bonham, who will be playing a special acoustic set.

It has been set up by members of the John Bonham Memorial Fund, whose aim is to raise an initial £50,000 for the design and installation of a fitting permanent memorial in Redditch town centre, the birthplace of the legendary drummer.

The preferred location for the memorial is on the Church Green, behind St Stephen's church, next to the Bandstand and Bartleet Fountain, on land owned by Redditch Borough Council.

Any additional monies raised will be used to cover future maintenance costs.

The show is on Saturday, August 2 at St Stephen's Church.

Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door with all proceeds going toward the statue of the great drummer.

To book or for more information, visit goldengiving.com/wall/john-bonham-memorial-fund.

From: Redditch & Alcester Advertiser

Jason Bonham to tour with Sammy Hagar

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Just before the count-off, Sammy Hagar turns to a visitor and cackles.

"This is like test-driving a new car," says the man whose pre-Van Halen fame is inextricably linked to his autobiographical 1984 single, I Can't Drive 55. "With a new band, before you start it up, you're really not sure where it's going. But it's exciting."

From the first thunderous notes of Led Zeppelin's Good Times Bad Times, it's apparent that this latest Hagar-and-pals machine is firing on all cylinders. That's good news for fans planning to hit Sammy Hagar: A Journey Through the History of Rock, the group's upcoming run of summer shows, which kicks off Thursday at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wis., and wraps up Aug. 16 in Stateline, Nev.

When the band puts the final cymbal crash on Good Times, Hagar, 66, can't contain himself. "That was powerful, guys," he says to three compadres assembled at his private Northern California studio for the group's first rehearsal, which USA TODAY was invited to attend. "This is going to work. Man, I love singing Zep tunes."

It doesn't hurt that pulling drum duty is Jason Bonham, son of iconic Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, while the bass lines are anchored by founding Van Halen member Michael Anthony. The note-perfect guitar riffs are supplied by Vic Johnson, longtime member of Hagar's house band, The Wabos.

For the next few hours, the foursome rips through a classic-rock mix of Zeppelin (Ramble On, When the Levee Breaks), Hagar-era Van Halen (Why Can't This Be Love, Best of Both Worlds), Chickenfoot (Big Foot) and Wabos (Mas Tequila).

There's a lot of good-natured banter back and forth, much of it focused on who will take which solos when and how Bonham should telegraph the wrap-up for each tune with a drum flourish.

Read the entire story at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2014/07/14/sammy-hagar-summer-band-rehearsal-led-zeppelin-rules/12570987/

Touring: John Paul Jones once again joining the Dave Rawlings Machine

Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones will once again be working with the Dave Rawlings Machine during a west coast U.S. tour.

Jones, who also plays mandolin among other instruments, first seriously branched out into Americana in 2007 when he played with Gillian Welch at Bonnaroo, appeared at MerleFest and produced an album for the all-female bluegrass group Uncle Earl. The next year, he produced music for former Nickel Creek star Sara Watkins.

Rawlings' band, which also includes Welch, Willie Watson and Paul Kowert, recently played the Grand Ole Opry and will take their show to venues in California, Oregon, Montana and Washington. Tickets go on sale this Thursday (July 17) for fan club members and the next day to the general public except for the Arcata, CA date which has an on-sale date of August 4.

09/22 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theater
09/23 – Spokane, WA – Bing Crosby Theater
09/24 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
09/25 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
09/27 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater
09/28 – Arcata, CA – Van Duzer Theatre
09/29 – Grants Pass, OR – Rogue Theatre
09/30 – Redding, CA – Cascade Theatre
10/01 – Santa Cruz, CA – Cocoanut Grove
10/03 – Sonoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu Winery
10/05 – Santa Barbara, CA – Lobero Theatre

From: Vintage Vinyl News

Jimmy Page wins Silver Clef Award

Jimmy Page was honoured with the Silver Clef Award today (04.07.14).

The legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist was presented with the prestigious accolade at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards this afternoon and admitted he had a good "vibe" about his prize when arrived at the London Hilton hotel.

Speaking at the event, Jimmy told BANG Showbiz: "I'm thrilled about winning this award, I'm actually getting more of a vibe about it since I walked through the door and got more of an understanding of just how weighty the whole occasion is."

Nordoff Robbins is a charity that provides therapy for thousands of people across the UK, helping adults and children who suffer from autism and dementia and who have had strokes open up and connect to their surroundings with music.

Jimmy, 70, was pleased to discover the original Silver Clef concert he played with Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant in 1976 was the start of the awards and the charity's work.

He said: "I played on the original Silver Clef show that was way back at Knebworth which had Cliff Richard and Pink Floyd and I played with Robert Plant there.

"I went to the Nordoff Robbins centre the other day and they told me that the centre was established from that charity concert so that was really nice to find out. When I was at the centre I met someone who was a recipient of the work the charity is doing and it was quite a moving experience I have to say. When you see the results that they get you can see it's what you always believed music could do. Music is a great communicator and something that really elates the spirit or it can take you another way, but it's something that communicates with you. Music has a power."

Other winners at the event included Giorgio Moroder, who was presented with the American Express Innovation Award, Black Sabbath - who won the AEG Live Ambassadors of Rock Award - and Pharrell Williams, who took home the Raymond Weil International Award.

Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clefs Awards winners:

Pharrell Williams - Raymond Weil International Award

Paloma Faith - Royal Albert Hall Best British Act Award

Giorgio Moroder - American Express Innovation Award

Gareth Malone - PPL Classical Award

Laura Mvula - Jack Daniel's Best Newcomer Award

Sir Tom Jones - Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award

Chas & Dave - Investec Icon Award

Black Sabbath - AEG Live Ambassadors of Rock Award

Jimmy Page - Silver Clef Award

From: Yahoo!

Robert Plant announces new album, streams “Rainbow”

lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar
With (still) no plans to reunite Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant has officially announced a new solo album. Entitled lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, it serves as the follow-up to 2010's Band of Joy and will hit stores on September 9th via Nonesuch Records.

Self-produced by Plant, the forthcoming effort features 11 original track written with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters. According to Plant in a press release, it's going to be "a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep."

Rainbow is the lead single from the LP. The song highlights the 65-year-old's still-golden falsetto as he lightly coos over an understated jam of electric guitars and percussion. It's atmospheric and fairly inviting rock and roll, a notable departure from his recent folk and bluegrass-inspired offerings. Listen in below (via NPR).



lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar
01. Little Maggie
02. Rainbow
03. Pocketful of Golden
04. Embrace Another Fall
05. Turn It Up
06. A Stolen Kiss
07. Somebody There
08. Poor Howard *
09. House of Love
10. Up on the Hollow Hill (Understanding Arthur)
11. Arbaden (Maggie’s Babby)

From: Consequence Of Sound

East West to release Robert Plant in UK



Photo: [L-R] Dan Chalmers (president, East West, Rhino & ADA UK) David Bither (SVP, Nonesuch), Nicola Powell (Robert Plant’s management), Robert Plant, Max Lousada (CEO, Warner Music UK) and Matthew Rankin (VP, international marketing, Nonesuch)

Robert Plant’s new album is to be released via East West Records in September, in conjunction with a wider global Nonesuch/WB campaign.

The release will be one of the first on the recently-revived East West label at Warner Music, and is Plant’s first solo studio release since 2010’s Band Of Joy, which hit No.3 on the Official UK chart - where it was issued by Decca. Co-produced by Buddy Miller, it revived the name of Plant’s 1967 band and featured several stellar country/Americana musicians performing music from Low, Townes Van Zant, Richard Thompson, and others.

Read the entire story at: MusicWeek

Led Zeppelin I,II,III deluxe releases/ InTheStudio press release

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Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones InTheStudio
Led Zeppelin I, II, III Deluxe Releases


Dallas, TX - June 3, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the release of three classic Led Zeppelin albums in new deluxe editions.

There has been considerable buzz in the rock music world ever since Jimmy Page, the brilliantly gifted architect of the Led Zeppelin sound since it was unleashed forty-five years ago, announced that he was personally overseeing a comprehensive updating of the entire Led Zeppelin catalog as deluxe editions with remastered sound, new twenty-first century artwork and graphics, previously unreleased demos, alternate mixes and thos notoriously bootlegged live Led Zeppelin concert performances.

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones guest InTheStudio, to share stories behind the making of these iconic albums and provide insight into the decision to revisit the music and create deluxe editions.

Jimmy Page tells InTheStudio host Redbeard why he believes Led Zeppelin was so successful from the beginning.

"Eventually we managed to get the four of us into one room, that was it. It just exploded... I think everyone was inspired in that band. I think everyone was a star. There wasn't a weakness there. Every single person was strong."

Led Zeppelin I,II,III / InTheStudio interview program is available now to STREAM at: http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/led-zeppelin-i-ii-iii-deluxe-editions-jimmy-page-robert-plant-john-paul-jones/

Stairway To Heaven "court filing"



As first reported here on May 17, Led Zeppelin is getting sued by the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust for copyright infringement over similarities found on the song Taurus, performed by Spirit, and Zeppelin iconic classic, Stairway To Heaven.

To read the actual court filing, go to http://www.scribd.com/doc/227721148/Stairway.

Exclusive Stream: Hear an Alternate Take on Led Zeppelin's 'Heartbreaker'



Q: What made Led Zeppelin remaster their early albums? —Ted J., Patterson, N.J.

A: Guitarist and producer Jimmy Page, 70, wanted to “give more color” to the rock gods’ first three records with unreleased studio and live versions, out June 3. You can read details about the new editions and order them by clicking here. Below, check out a teaser: a previously unreleased rough-mix alternate take of “Heartbreaker” (playable here only through Monday 6/2), part of the expanded Led Zeppelin II album: Streamable link is at: http://parade.condenast.com/296907/walterscott/exclusive-stream-hear-an-alternate-take-on-led-zeppelins-heartbreaker/

The Making of Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love'



In late 1968, Led Zeppelin began pioneering a heavier, more metallic-sounding form of rock geared for FM radio's new album-oriented stereo format. By combining a slashing electric guitar and wailing vocals with a rhythmic bass and locomotive drums, the band quickly became the darlings of better stereo systems and large indoor arenas—and inspired several generations of metal-driven rockers.

When "Whole Lotta Love" was released in October 1969, it appeared first on "Led Zeppelin II," the band's second album, and then as a single weeks later—with a shorter edit for AM radio. While the single reached No. 4 on Billboard's pop chart, the album shot to No. 1 in November, and a three-month battle with the Beatles' "Abbey Road" for the top spot ensued.

Read the entire story at: http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-making-of-led-zeppelins-whole-lotta-love-1401390281

Land on Planet Zeppelin This June

Calling all Led Zeppelin fans! The legends of Rock are taking over UK Radio station Planet Rock for the entire month of June to celebrate the re-issues of their first three classic albums plus companion disc. We give you - Planet Zeppelin.

Join the station ‘Where Rock Lives’ to hear back to back specials, on-demand videos and social media updates for shows including a two hour Jimmy Page ‘My Planet Rocks’ special, featuring a brand new and exclusive interview with the legendary Zeppelin axe man.

The interview with Jimmy will play out on air on 1st of June and will be available to view on demand via Planet Rock’s YouTube channel. Zeppelin’s new re-issues take over ‘Planet Rock Plays It In Full’ each Monday from 11pm throughout June, a feature which spins classic rock albums in their entirety with no interruptions, jingles or presenters between the songs.

Led Zeppelin cover versions will be played in DJ Wyatt’s ‘Cover Up’ show each week day just after 1pm and in an ongoing special named ‘Unlock the Led’ – Planet Rock will play 100 different Zeppelin songs across the station throughout the whole of June.

The power is then handed over to you at the end of the month, as the station search for the ultimate Led Zeppelin album of all time as voted by Planet Rock listeners.

Planet Rock Programme Manager Liz Barnes said: “We could probably dedicate a whole year of shows to the mighty Led Zeppelin but we’ve squeezed the very best content and exclusives into four weeks of jaw-dropping, lick-tastic rock ‘n’ roll awesomeness just for you. Bring on Planet Zeppelin!”

Led Zeppelin ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Lawsuit Lawyer Blasted by Judge



Francis Malofiy, the lawyer preparing to take legal copyright infringement action against Led Zeppelin relating to their massive hit Stairway To Heaven, has been admonished by a Pennsylvania judge over his conduct in another case.

In the other case, Malofiy was representing Dan Marino, a songwriter who claimed he created the basic melody, tempo and chord progressions for Usher‘s song Bad Girl. Malofiy brought the case against Usher as well as 19 other defendants.

Read the entire story at: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/led-zeppelin-stairway-to-heaven-lawsuit-lawyer/

Don Henley Hits Back at Robert Plant: 'I Am Never Bored'



Don Henley has responded to Robert Plant's comments in Rolling Stone regarding the Eagles' reasons for reuniting. In an interview with the New Zealand Herald, Henley denied that the reunion had anything to do with boredom and offered a stinging conjecture regarding Plant's reluctance to tour with Led Zeppelin.

"Do you know why the Eagles said they’d reunite when 'hell freezes over,' but they did it anyway and keep touring?" Plant said to Rolling Stone earlier this month during an interview where he explained his own decision not to tour with Led Zeppelin. "It’s not because they were paid a fortune. It’s not about the money. It’s because they’re bored. I’m not bored."

Read the full story at: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/don-henley-hits-back-at-robert-plant-i-am-never-bored-20140525

Jimmy Page is 'fed up' with Robert Plant delaying Led Zeppelin reunion plans



Jimmy Page has said that he is 'fed up' with Robert Plant for delaying Led Zeppelin reunion plans.

The band last played together in December 2007 at London's 02 Arena, but singer Robert Plant has ruled out the possibility of a follow-up concert any time soon.

Read the full story at: http://www.nme.com/news/led-zeppelin/77386

Jimmy Page Shares Three Lessons for Content Marketers



by David Deal

Jimmy Page: legendary guitarist, producer, all-around rock god . . . and a marketing teacher. Yes, the guitar magus knows marketing in addition to music. He not only founded Led Zeppelin but also influenced the band's image, down to crucial details such as the choice of album artwork (most famously for Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album) and Led Zeppelin's visual presentation in concert. Of course Led Zeppelin became one of the most successful rock groups ever. So when Page conducted an exclusive interview with the Berklee College of Music to discuss his career, as a marketer I watched the video interview closely. I listened to his ideas through the lens of content marketing given the nature of much of my own professional work. Even though marketing was not the focus of the conversation, Page is so image-savvy that he shared some useful marketing advice even when he wasn't trying - especially about the importance of over delivering to your audience, being eclectic, and always learning.

Click here for the full article

Led Zeppelin is Officially Getting Sued Over ‘Stairway to Heaven’

"Stairway to Heaven" has a staple of rock radio for decades, and still gets regular airplay here at WZLX and all over the world. It's arguably the biggest rock song in history. But now, just before the song gets a new reissue, the band that for years has accused Led Zeppelin of stealing part of the song from them is finally lawyering up.

A detailed new report from Businessweek says the now-defunct California-based band Spirit is working with a team of lawyers to build a case against Led Zeppelin and take them to court over ‘Stairway', saying it ripped its iconic opening riff from a song they wrote back in 1968 called "Taurus".

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT: WZLX.cbslocal.com

California Breed - Stream Entire Album [Jason Bonham Content]

California Breed
Ultimate Classic Rock is premiering the debut album by California Breed, consisting of bassist and singer Glenn Hughes, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Andrew Watt.

Head on over to http://ultimateclassicrock.com/california-breed-album-premiere/ to listen to the entire album.

Led Zeppelin companion audio disc Olympic Studios playback with Dave Lewis/Tight But Loose

Seven weeks ago on Tuesday March 25th, along with around 50 UK and overseas journalists, Dave Lewis was very privileged to attend a special Led Zeppelin Companion Audio Disc Playback. This low key private event, hosted by Jimmy Page, took place at the Olympic Studios building in Barnes (now operating as a cinema and members club), the building of course where Led Zeppelin recorded a bulk of the material for their first three albums.

The event consisted of a playback of eight performances from the forthcoming three reissues, after which Jimmy conducted a Q and A session.

Dave has posted complete details about the event at http://www.tightbutloose.co.uk/?p=24361

Jimmy to be guest on Get The Led Out radio show with Carol Miller



NY radio host Carol Miller announced she interviewed Jimmy today and portions of the interview will be featured on upcoming episodes of the nationality syndicated radio show Get The Led Out.

The weekly 1 hour show airs on its anchor station in NY, Q104.3 FM Monday nights at 8:00 PM EST.

The daily 30 second spot airs on Q104.3 FM Mon-Fri at 8:00 AM & 8:00 PM The exception being Mondays at 8 PM.

Check your local listings or listen live online to Q104.3.

Jimmy Page previews Led Zeppelin bonus tracks in New York

NEW YORK - There's no "jiggery-pokery" on the new Led Zeppelin album reissues, Jimmy Page insists.

That is, no melding of different takes, no clever studio tricks by which he cobbled together complete alternate versions of staple songs from his juggernaut classic-rock band's 1968-82 oeuvre.

Just pure, and in some cases purely different, sister takes.

"They're all the real deal, man," Page, now 70, told a few dozen members of the press at a Soho hotel.

And if eight samples Page played for journalists on Tuesday are any indication, the new material will frickin' rock. Real surprising, huh?

Read the rest of the article at: Toronto Sun

Photos of Led Zeppelin at Legendary Swedish Sex Club Surface for Auction



The antics of Led Zeppelin in the '70s are the stuff of rock legend. And most of those legends are too NSFW to be printed by this outlet.

However, photographic proof has surfaced that pushes one of the legends into the arena of truth. Privately owned British auction house Bonhams have put up a lot of photos of the band from March of 1973 that document their reception in Stockholm at the Chat Noir club, the city's leading sex club.

On its website, Bonhams elaborate on the events of the evening, saying, "[d]uring the proceedings, which included a naked couple performing on a small stage, the band was presented with a number of gold album sales awards." The event was suggested by the band's manager, Peter Grant, and hosted by Metronome Records, who represented their label Atlantic Records in Sweden.

For interested bidders, the lot contains 56 black & white negatives shot by Bengt H. Malmqvist, corresponding prints and two contact sheets that detail the wild evening. Bonhams says that the majority of the images up for auction are never-before-seen.

The pictures of the event can be found on the Bonhams website.

From: Radio.com

Jimmy Page Writing New Songs: 'I've Got Lots of Material'



Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page told RollingStone.com that he will be playing guitar "daily for the foreseeable future" with a view towards "getting to a point where I could play some gigs." He added: "What those gigs are going to be, I don't know yet. I have ideas of what I want to do, but they're pretty complex. I would love to play live again. I love playing live. It's wonderful."

Page, who put out "Outrider", his one and only solo album, in 1988, revealed to RollingStone.com that he's "got lots of material I've written on acoustic guitar. Lots and lots. And right now I need to get myself up to speed, and that won't take too long. But I don't know what musicians I'd play with. I do have material and a passion for it. I need to work towards it, and now I can without all the other side issues going on."

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Jimmy Page will be the commencement speaker on May 10 at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. The Associated Press reported that Page will address graduating seniors art the Agganis Arena, with the college also presenting honorary doctorates to Motown songwriter Valerie Simpson - best known for her string of classics written with her late husband Nick Ashford, including "Let's Go Get Stoned", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "You're All I Need To Get By", "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", "Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)" and "Solid (As A Rock)".

Page, who's now 70, has been playing guitar since he was 12. The Pulse Of Radio asked him what originally attracted him to the instrument. "It was just that whole thing of the transmission of ideas through the tactile quality of playing an instrument, y'know, your steel, strings and wood, translating through the electric pickup through the amp, and that's really what it is for me," he said. "It's that, some magical quality, really. Some sort of alchemy, if you like."

Coming on June 3 will be deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin's first three albums: "Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III". The launch of the reissue program, which is being led by Jimmy Page, includes the band opening "its vaults to share dozens of unheard studio and live recordings, with each album featuring a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album."

The albums are being issued in six different versions - the Super Deluxe Box; Deluxe Edition; Deluxe Edition Vinyl; Single CD; Original Album Vinyl; and Digital Download.

From: Blabbermouth.net

Robert Plant: 'Led Zeppelin reunion without me was a great idea'



Jimmy Page has confirmed that Led Zeppelin were working on new material without Robert Plant after their reunion concert in 2007 - and Plant has stated he thought the band would have been a good idea.

Page told Rolling Stone that he and John Paul Jones played their one-off comeback show at London's O2 in December 2007 "having been led to believe there would have been more shows". Insisting he doesn't know why Plant changed his mind, Page added that he, Jones and late drummer John Bonham's son Jason worked with replacement singers including Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy.

"They had a singer," Plant said. "I don't know what happened. It sounded like a great idea to me." Page confirmed that bassist John Paul Jones joining Them Crooked Vultures with Josh Homme and Dave Grohl effectively killed the reformation. He said: "That was a pretty definitive statement."

Asked if there would be any future Led Zeppelin shows, both Plant and Page said it would be unlikely. Plant said: "You're going back to the same old shit. A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that's shitty about about big-time stadium rock. We were surrounded by a circus of people that would have had our souls on the fire. I'm not part of a jukebox." Page added: "People ask me nearly every day about a possible reunion. The answer is no. It's been almost seven years since the O2. There's always a possibility that they can exhume me and put me onstage in a coffin and play a tape."

However, Plant didn't entirely rule out the possibility of future shows. He said: "Everything will develop as it develops. All doors are open. All phone lines are open. I don't hear from anybody. Talk is cheap, but I just think everything has to be new. Then you can incorporate history." Comparing the chances to those of The Eagles, who reformed in 1994 after a 14-year split, Plant said: "Do you know why The Eagles said they'd reunite when hell freezes over, but they did it anyway and keep touring? It's not because they were paid a fortune. It's not about the money. It's because they're bored. I'm not bored."

From: NME

Heisenberg Uncertainty Players' cover of The Crunge

 

Re-release of Jimmy Page's Photographic Autobiography

Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page

GENESIS PUBLICATIONS ANNOUNCES THE OCTOBER 2014 RELEASE OF JIMMY PAGE'S OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHIC AUTOBIOGRAPHY TITLED SIMPLY JIMMY PAGE

CURATED AND CAPTIONED BY JIMMY PAGE, THIS IS THE FIRST EVER BOOK BY A MEMBER OF LED ZEPPELIN

Jimmy Page is one of music's greatest guitarists, innovators and legends. JIMMY PAGE is his official autobiography, a photographic essay he personally created to tell his story for the first time. Jimmy's own words, combined with his handpicked selection of over 600 photographs, make this book the definitive visual and historical record of a remarkable life. JIMMY PAGE will be available in all major bookstores from October 2014.

I've been asked on a number of occasions to do a written book and I thought of the other side of the coin. I thought it would be unique to have an autobiography in photographs, charting my whole musical journey. - JIMMY PAGE

The chronicle of a life in music, by one of the world's most iconic guitar players, JIMMY PAGE is testament to the author's vision - a work he describes as a photographic autobiography. Jimmy has chosen every one of the 650 photographs, written the accompanying text, arranged the content into its narrative order and overseen the design of his book.

It was important to include every milestone along the way, so people who were fans of the music have got a real testament of the times. - JIMMY PAGE

In the form of captions, the intensely private Jimmy has narrated the story of his legendary career for the first time.

Delving into his personal archives, Jimmy has revealed unseen photographs, memorabilia and every one of his passports, saved throughout his life. Jimmy's passport stamps were used to verify all tour dates, making JIMMY PAGE an authoritative historical account.

The tour schedules, passport stamps, working visas and memorabilia really make up a complete picture, which just keeps unfolding as you turn each page of the book. - JIMMY PAGE

In addition to Jimmy's own photos, and those chosen from various sources including fans and magazines, his book showcases a collection of iconic portraits and rare images by over 70 of the greatest names in rock photography, including: Ross Halfin, Kate Simon, Gered Mankowitz, Dominique Tarlé, Pennie Smith and Jim Marshall. Jimmy chose one of his favourite portrait shots for the book cover: a 1977 passport photo, shot by Neal Preston on board Led Zeppelin's private tour plane.

There are many rare finds throughout, such as Led Zeppelin playing an impromptu gig in a nightclub in Jersey, or double-exposure shots of Jimmy and Brian Jones by Ian Stewart.

I wanted to make it as thorough as possible, so that meant trawling through all the thousands of files that photographers had taken, and pulling from my personal collection as well. There's a photo of me playing the guitar by the fire at Bron-Yr-Aur cottage. It's the most complete document that there's ever going to be because of the amount of time that I've put into every aspect. - JIMMY PAGE

Over two years in the making, this 512-page volume documents Page's musical journey, from 13-year-old choirboy to Sixties session musician, through The Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin and beyond.

You see this young man growing, from when I'm a choirboy - and took my guitar along to see if I could tune it up from the organ - right through to almost yesterday. - JIMMY PAGE

Today, Led Zeppelin remain arguably one of the biggest rock bands of all time, with the demand for tickets to their recent 2007 reunion breaking world records and the hugely anticipated re-issues of their entire catalogue coming on Rhino Records later this year.

Jimmy Page continues to make history. He has performed at events including ARMS, Live Aid and the Beijing Olympics closing ceremony; collaborated with artists including The Black Crowes, Leona Lewis, Shirley Bassey and the Foo Fighters; and received awards including an OBE, a Kennedy Center Honor and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On 10th May 2014 he will receive an honorary doctorate from the prestigious university of Berklee, joining previous honourees The Eagles, B.B. King, Steve Winwood, Dizzy Gillespie, George Martin and David Bowie.

'JIMMY PAGE conveys in photographs what a typical written autobiography never could. The passion and energy of his life and career are crystal clear throughout.' - Steve Gorman, The Black Crowes

Originally conceived as a limited edition of only 2,500 copies worldwide, the first printing of JIMMY PAGE by Jimmy Page sold out within weeks of release. In the spring of 2010, it became the fastest-selling book in Genesis Publications' 40-year history. Now Jimmy Page and Genesis Publications announce a more accessible and affordable printing of the book, to be released this October 2014.

The perfect purchase for Led Zeppelin fans, guitar players and music lovers of any age, JIMMY PAGE is widely available in bookstores from October 2014.

I always like to do something different - if you're inspired by an idea, really make something of that inspiration. That goes for music, as well as anything else - even putting a book together! To have a photographic autobiography is a totally different way of looking at things, but it does the job very well and I think it will bring a lot of pleasure to people. - JIMMY PAGE

ABOUT GENESIS PUBLICATIONS

'As someone who's always been interested in having a library themselves, I appreciate fine bookbinding and their whole ethic of what they do.' - Jimmy Page

Founded in 1974, Genesis Publications is a family-owned independent publishing house true to the arts of printing and bookbinding. Genesis creates signed limited edition books and prints for collectors in over 50 countries. Recent authors include musicians such as Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and David Bowie; visual artists such as Shepard Fairey, Storm Thorgerson and Sir Peter Blake; and contributing writers such as Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

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New Page/Plant article in Rolling Stone about the remastered albums



Jimmy Page is standing in almost the exact spot at London's Olympic Studios where, 45 years ago, he laid down the guitar track for Whole Lotta Love. An assistant taps a button on a control panel, and the song's familiar opening riff blares at punishing volume. But it doesn't sound quite right. Robert Plant's vocals are tentative, and the guitar solo during the instrumental breakdown is missing. Instead of crushing everything in its path, this version sounds like it could swerve off in any number of directions. “Tantalizing," Page says. "Isn't it?"

The deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin IV, Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffiti, Presence and In Through The Out Door have already been assembled, but Page is reluctant to get into details about them. "I want to surprise people," he says. "That's always been my game plan." Led Zeppelin IV will likely come out later this year. Will it feature unheard recordings from the Stairway To Heaven sessions? Page just smiles and offers one word: "Absolutely."

Read the entire article at: Rolling Stone

Led Zeppelin: Hear an unreleased version of Whole Lotta Love - exclusive

Arguably the greatest ever question asked in a rock interview was posed by the American writer Chuck Klosterman to Robert Plant, asking about Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love.

"On Whole Lotta Love you say you're going to give some girl 'every inch' of your love," Klosterman said. "But you're British. Why don't you use the metric system?"

Plant, to his credit, took the question in good part. "That would change the whole tone of the thing!" he replied. "I suppose today it would have to be, 'I'll give you several centimetres of bliss.' But people of my generation know nothing about the metric system. I'm fortunate to say I still use inches - or at least that's what my girlfriend says, and she's 29."

Whole Lotta Love showcased Zeppelin at their most priapic, coupled with one of rock's most memorable riffs. Even people who never bought a Zeppelin album knew it, thanks to a version being the Top of the Pops theme tune for many years.

Of course, Whole Lotta Love became a controversial song - it transpired the lyrics were largely pinched from You Need Love, written by Wille Dixon and recorded by Muddy Waters in 1962, and possibly taken from a 1966 version by the Small Faces (which was credited to Marriott/Lane, ironically), which has similar phrasing to Plant's in Whole Lotta Love. Dixon sued Zeppelin in 1985, with the case being settled out of court. Still, as Plant would later say, "Page's riff was Page's riff. It was there before anything else. I just thought, 'Well, what am I going to sing?' That was it, a nick. Now happily paid for."

Here, then, is an early version of Whole Lotta Love - minus its vocal chorus, without the slide guitar at the chorus break, and with a much less extravagant percussion section. It's a fascinating insight into Zeppelin, and you'll be able to hear more works in progress from one of rock's greatest bands when Led Zeppelin's first three albums are reissued with companion discs on Atlantic/Swansong on 2 June.



From: The Guardian

John Paul Jones Will Join Seasick Steve at Bonnaroo 2014



Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones will once again appear at Bonnaroo - this time as a guest with Seasick Steve. The two have a long history together as Jones played on Seasick Steve's 2011 album You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks and also joined him on stage at the Isle of Wight and Rock Werchter Festivals that year.

Most recently, Jones appeared on Seasick Steve's Hubcap Music along with Jack White and Luther Dickinson, among others. The two have shared the stage several times since the release of that album in 2013.

Jones last played Bonnaroo in 2007, participating in the Superjam alongside Questlove. The legendary multi-instrumentalist also sat in with a variety of acts that year including Gilian Welch and Uncle Earl.

In addition to the Jones announcement, Bonnaroo also confirmed artist additions of Arc Iris, Black Pistol Fire, Bully, Jennifer Sullivan and Royal Teeth.

From: JamBands.net

Robert Plant, New Orleans Jazz Fest coverage, April 26, 2014

Former Led Zeppelin frontman plays one-off set Saturday (April 26)

British rock star Robert Plant and his latest band, the Sensational Space Shifters, moved from heavy rock to spacey audio exploration Saturday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The show featured a generous number of the classic rock songs that Plant recorded when he was Led Zeppelin's frontman, plus songs by Chicago blues star Howlin' Wolf and the Mississippi Delta's Bukka White and, presumably, music from a forthcoming album by Plant and the Space Shifters.

Plant reached all the way back to "Led Zeppelin I" for his first song at the Samsung Galaxy Stage. The thunder and butterfly contrast in "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" was a sign of things to come. Guitarist Liam "Skin" Tyson plucked acoustic guitar arpeggios in the song's soft bits between abrupt bursts of guitar and percussion.

From the opening song on, the 65-year-old Plant was in strong, distinctive voice, occasionally wielding his mic stand like the rock star he is.

"Hey! Hey!" he said after the band's opening number. "Let's go!"

Plant and the Space Shifters proceeded to transform Howlin' Wolf's already atmospheric "Spoonful" into heavy, moody blues. A West African influence entered the song when Juddeh Camara, a Space Shifter from Gambia, soloed with his one-string African violin.

Camara moved to an instrument that's obviously an ancestor of the American banjo for a reinvention of Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" that morphed into a trance-rock jam.

Another blues classic, "Seventh Son," segued into a long tease by Plant and the band for a full-blown version of Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love."

The Space Shifters are a band that combines West Africa and the Middle East with the American South and the Delta blues that inspired Plant and his peers when they were kids back in England.

Plant and his Led Zeppelin cohorts, as well as a generation of their English musician peers - including Eric Clapton, who performs at Jazz Fest on Sunday - transformed American music from the South into their own louder, faster, wilder expression. And Plant hasn't stopped. He informed his audience that his Jazz Fest show is a one-off gig, for which he traveled 5,674 miles. And he won't have much time to enjoy New Orleans, a city he loves, because he's leaving Sunday.

He also changed the lyrics to a Zeppelin classic, "Going to California," singing, "I'm going to Louisiana with an ache in my heart."

Plant couldn't resist recalling riverboat parties he experienced back in the day, featuring music by such local music stars as Earl King, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Snooks Eaglin.

Odds are he'll be back again to rock some more.

From: The New Orleans Advocate

SONGS PLAYED:

Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
Spoonful
Black Dog
Going To California
The Enchanter
Tin Pan Valley
In The Mood
Funny In My Mind (I Believe I'm Fixin' To Die)
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
What Is And What Should Never Be
Whole Lotta Love
Rock And Roll

Going To California




In The Mood








Jimmy Page press conference, Paris L'Olympia, May 21, 2014

Jimmy Page by Nuez

To promote the release of the first album's reissues, Warner Music will do a massive press conference at the L'Olympia Music Hall in Paris, as a reference to the 1969 show being released soon. Originally scheduled for May 27, with plans to get all three original members, the event has been finally re-scheduled for May 21st and will feature only Jimmy Page. An interview will be conducted, and there will be a listening session of the re-issues.

The event is a private event for journalists only, however, media will have a competition to get tickets for the event.

Led Zeppelin Releases Two Previously Unheard Recordings

The Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page clearly likes to be in control. The British rock group, which is reissuing its first three albums on June 3, has just released two previously unheard recordings that Mr. Page, 70, found while going through the band’s archives.

"I don’t want to die and have somebody else do it," he told the BBC on Wednesday.

The two tracks are "Keys to the Highway," recorded in 1970, and an early version of "Whole Lotta Love," a big hit for the band in 1969. The earlier recording is significantly different, without some of the lyrics, chorus and instrumentation of the 1969 song. The tracks will be released officially along with the first three albums on June 3, and excerpts from them will be available before then only on the BBC website.

Mr. Page has remastered each of the albums - Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III, to be released by Atlantic/Swan Song - and said on the Led Zeppelin website, that accompanying companion discs will present a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin. "It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time," he said.

The band, which formed in 1968 and broke up in 1980 after the death of the drummer John Bonham, got back together for a London concert seven years ago. But Robert Plant, the band’s singer, quashed any idea that another reunion is in the offing. The chances, he told the BBC, are "zero."

From: The New York Times

Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham's California Breed Release New Song

Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham's new group California Breed have released a new lyric video for debut single "Midnight Oil," which comes from their forthcoming album. According to the band, the new animated lyric video for Midnight Oil," was created by Nev Todoroic who spearheads the interactive media production company The Young Astronauts.

Apart from Hughes and Bonham, the group also features 23-year-old guitarist Andrew Watt who had the following to say about the video, "We wanted a lyric video that would make people want to watch this song in addition to just listen to it, one that would highlight the bombastic grooves of the track and convey the rhythm of the message. I turned to my friends, the Young Astronauts, whose previous videos have hundreds of millions of views, but they don't work with a lot of rock bands and I thought THAT'S the magic, right there."

Hughes adds, "It's a refreshing animated video that really captures the lyrical concert and message of the Midnight Oil single. We didn't want to make a run-of-the-mill lyric video. The animation perfectly captures the raw energy, lyrical content and the message of what Midnight Oil is really all about... rock n roll!!"

The band will be releasing their self-titled debut album on May 19th in North America and the UK and on May 16th in Europe.

Led Zeppelin Return Predicted By Festival Boss

Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis has claimed that Led Zeppelin will play again one day - and when they do, they'll headline his festival. The move seems unlikely, with the band having refused reunion offers from all directions since 2007's Celebration Day appearance - including an approach from former US president Bill Clinton.

And frontman Robert Plant appeared to have been joking when last year he hinted: "I'm not the bad guy. You need to see the Capricorns... I've got nothing to do in 2014."

Plant will appear as a solo act at this year's Glastonbury - but Eavis is determined that the singer, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham's son Jason will hit the stage together again.

He tells Ireland AM: "That will happen one day. I'm sure of it. They will do it."

From: Antimusic

"Led Zeppelin Played Here" spring screening schedule

'Led Zeppelin Played Here' spring screening schedule
Some great new dates for Led Zeppelin Played Here: Florida, Philadelphia, Nashville, Chicago and even Northern VA with a post-screening discussion with Ian MacKaye.

Florida Film Festival - April 7 & 12
http://www.floridafilmfestival.com/program/films/led-zeppelin-played-here

Cinedelphia Film Festival in Philadelphia - Sunday, April 20
http://www.cinedelphiafilmfestival.com/led-zeppelin-played-here/

Nashville Film Festival - April 22 & April 25
https://www.nashvillefilmfestival.org/news/music-films-music-city-lineup/

Chicago International Movies & Music Festival - Friday, May 2
http://cimmfest.org/cimmfest-2014-initial-line-up-announcement/

College Park Arts Exchange (near UofMD, free admission) - Friday, May 9
http://cpae.org/node/503

DC Record Fair - Artisphere in Arlington, VA - Sunday, June 1
http://www.artisphere.com/calendar/event-details/Film-New-Media/LED-ZEPPELIN-PLAYED-HERE.aspx

Thanks, and hope to announce more soon, Jeff www.jeffkrulik.com (brand new site)

www.heavymetalpicnic.com (DVDs still available)

www.heavymetalparkinglot.com (28 years old on May 31st)

www.ledzeppelinplayedhere.com

Led Zeppelin Played Here Trailer
https://vimeo.com/86667357

Watch the Led Zeppelin Trailer for Upcoming Debut Album Reissue



In advance of the deluxe reissue editions of the band's storied first three albums, Led Zeppelin has released a trailer showcasing the self-titled debut full-length that featured such classic tracks as "Communication Breakdown" and "Good Times Bad Times."

Live versions of both songs will be featured on the album's bonus disc, a Zeppelin show recorded at L'Olympia in Paris on Oct. 10, 1969, the same year the group released its first album. The nine-track live disc includes electric renditions of "Heartbreaker," "Dazed and Confused" and rarity "White Summer."

The new trailers boasts snippets of Led Zeppelin performing at the 1969 show, as well as vintage images from the era, including concert posters and ticket stubs.

The deluxe reissue versions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III hit retailers on June 3, each album coming with all sorts of archival extras. Among the alternate versions on outtakes of the band's second album includes a previously unreleased song, "La La." The new edition of Led Zeppelin III comes with the tunes "Jennings Farm Blues," "Bathroom Sound" and "Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind," giving an official release to songs previously only heard on Led Zeppelin bootlegs.

"Everything is being transferred from analog to a higher-resolution digital format," guitarist Jimmy Page told Rolling Stone in 2012 about the new reissues, promising a much-improved listening experience. "That's one of the problems with the Zeppelin stuff. It sounds ridiculous on MP3. You can't hear what's there properly."

View the trailer below

Plant at Cotswolds for the Church in Aid of Children, April 4, 2014 [VIDEO]

Plant at Cotswolds for the Church in Aid of Children

Robert, Steve Winwood, Steve Gibbons and other talented singers and musicians performed a special concert in at the Church of St. Peter & St. Paul in Northleach, Cotswold, Gloucestershire, England for the Church in Aid of Children, on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Planty,Gibbo and Steve all were in excellent voice and was amazing show put on by Church in aid of Children--Abby trying to keep awake coz of Dan's rambling and boring conversation--Robert in pub after the show--no room for us bums to join em--ha ha--who cares--who gets the opportunity to witness a show like this? -Dan Reddington



Special thanks to Robert Plant: The Lemon Tree Fanzine for the story. Click here for photos (including the one at the top) from the night.

Robert Plant's Live From The Artist's Den on Palladia

Palladia is airing Robert Plant‘s full Live From The Artists Den concert Wednesday, April 9 at 9/8C. We’ve got a sneak of the trailblazing Led Zeppelin frontman rocking fan-favorite cover “Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down” from the self-titled debut of his short-lived group Band Of Joy at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

You’ll have to wait until next week to hear the legendary voice - that influenced the likes of David Lee Roth, Freddie Mercury, Tori Amos, Axl Rose - roar through his 11-song set (complete with Zeppelin reworks), but in all honesty, Robert Plant’s slowed down go at the 1931 Great Depression-era gospel song is enough to keep even the most impatient Robert Plant fan waiting (on pins and needles, mind you, but still waiting) until the full episode. Good God does Plant squeeze every bit of country soul he can muster out of that storied 40-year-old master vocal! By the time Band of Joy joins in with their own haunting thrums to harmonize along with the melody, you’ll fully expected someone to spirit you away to the nearest river like an Evangelical Baptist to cleanse all sins. I swear, if Robert Plant ever decides to turn away from secular rock and pull an Al Green, I’m so joining his congregation.

From: VH1

Doro Covers Led Zeppelin's "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You"

In honor of her 30 year stage jubilee, internationally successful rock singer Doro will celebrate with fans from all over the world with two unique shows on May 2nd: the "Classic Night" with an orchestra, and May 3rd: the "Rock Night," at CCD Stadthalle of her hometown Düsseldorf.

Just in time for the celebration, there will be an anniversary record from the rock queen.

The "Raise Your Fist – 30 Years Anniversary-Edition" contains the re-release of the "Raise Your Fist" record, as well as a bonus CD highlight entitled "Powerful Passionate Favorites." There you find new and unreleased tracks, but also Doro cover versions of Led Zeppelin, Tina Turner, Metallica, Kiss, and Dio.

To get a first impression, check out Doro's cover version of the Led Zeppelin track Babe I’m Gonna Leave You below.

Commented Doro Pesch: "Along with T.Rex, Led Zeppelin was among my all-time favorite bands of the 70s. They were four phenomenal musicians, who did not only come up with excellent rock songs, but also with wonderful ballads - such as 'Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,' a very emotional track and among my personal faves of the band. This is why it became the first choice for our 'Raise Your Fist - Anniversary Edition.'"



From: Metal Underground

John Paul Jones’ Minibus Pimps Streaming New Song

The always adventurous John Paul Jones, who has packed his post-Led Zeppelin career with numerous collaborations and unpredictable sonic experiments, has lately been making some truly next-level sounds with Minibus Pimps, a two-man noisefest composed of Jones and electronic musician Helge Sten. The duo’s debut album Cloud to Ground was just released via SusannaSonata Records, and the band has finally made a track from the album available as a free stream.

Head on over here to take a listen or check it out below. But be warned: what you are about to hear does not conform to any model of pop or rock music. The track in question, “Superbolt,” sounds more like a field recording from an alien planet, or like the last scrambled minutes of an animal’s collapsing consciousness. In other words: this is some trippy stuff!

According to the band’s press materials, Jones and Helge achieve their otherworldly sound with the Kyma computer system, into which instruments (guitar, bass, violin) are “fed” before being “radically transformed by self-designed digital instruments and processors until their sources are barely recognizable.”

It is far out stuff, to be sure, and even if it’s not your cup of tea, you’ve gotta respect John Paul Jones for refusing to rest on his laurels. And yeah, a good old fashioned Led Zeppelin reunion would be nice, but the world needs nutty stuff like this, too.



From: Rock Square

Jimmy Page's Daughter Launches Exhibition Of Rock Star Portraits

Rock legend Jimmy Page's photographer daughter has launched a new exhibition featuring her shots of guitar greats like her dad, Slash and Brian May.

Scarlet Page's Resonators show, which started at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Monday (24Mar14), also features candid portraits of Sir Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller.

Sales of the framed photos will benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The show coincides with the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts, which also began at the Albert Hall on Monday. The exhibition will run for a month.

From: Contact Music

Page/Crowes Live At The Greek Record Store Day Vinyl

Live At The Greek

According to Wax Poetic, The Black Crowes & Jimmy Page will issue their Live At The Greek album documenting the classic 1999 collaboration as a 3-LP red, clear and blue vinyl set. Only 2,000 copies of the release are expected to be available at independent record stores on April 19.

Disc One
1. Celebration Day
2. Custard Pie
3. Sick Again
4. What Is And What Should Never Be
5. Woke Up This Morning
6. Shapes Of Things To Come
7. Sloppy Drunk
8. Ten Years Gone

Disc Two
1. In My Time Of Dying
2. Your Time Is Gonna Come
3. The Lemon Song
4. Nobody's Fault But Mine
5. Heartbreaker

Disc Three
1. Hey Hey What Can I Do
2. Mellow Down Easy
3. Oh Well
4. Shake Your Money Maker
5. You Shook Me
6. Out On The Tiles
7. Whole Lotta Love

From: JamBase

"Blow Up" available on 180-gram vinyl

Blow Up

The soundtrack to the 1966 movie "Blow Up", directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, composed by Herbie Hancock, is now available on 180-gram vinyl.

Rock fans remember the film and the soundtrack for the inclusion of a rare Yardbirds number, "Stroll On" (actually, a Hard Rock adaptation of Tiny Bradshaw's Jump Blues "The Train Kept A-Rollin'" from 1951), one of only three songs they recorded with both Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on guitars.

More info can be found http://www.musiconvinyl.com/catalog/herbie-hancock/blow-up

Jason Bonham's California Breed debut album drops May 19

California Breed
CALIFORNIA BREED is the new rock and roll power trio featuring legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-vocalist Andrew Watt.

Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, the band's self-titled debut album will be released in the UK on May 19th by Frontiers Records. The album will be released in regular CD and CD/DVD Deluxe Edition formats.

CALIFORNIA BREED was produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Lindi Ortega, Shooter Jennings) at his Nashville-based studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man line-up. "It's proper rock", says Hughes, "but at the same time it's very now. I live in the moment, California Breed is where I live, breathe and where my freak flag flies."

Tracklisting for CALIFORNIA BREED's self-titled debut album:

1. THE WAY
2. SWEET TEA
3. CHEMICAL RAIN
4. MIDNIGHT OIL
5. ALL FALLS DOWN
6. THE GREY
7. DAYS THEY COME
8. SPIT YOU OUT
9. STRONG
10. INVISIBLE
11. SCARS
12. BREATHE
13. *SOLO


*Deluxe Edition includes "Solo" bonus track, and a DVD including 2 video clips ("The Way" and "Sweet Tea", plus documentary).

The first single from CALIFORNIA BREED, entitled "Sweet Tea", was released on March 20. View the official video below.

Led Zeppelin Beginnings: Planet Rock radio show



To celebrate the announcement of the Led Zeppelin remasters, Planet Rock goes back to the beginning with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant to take a closer look at the making of the band's first four groundbreaking albums.

Tune in to http://radioplayer.planetrock.com/live/ on Sunday 23 March at 7pm for this very special one hour show!

There's also another chance to hear it on Thursday 27 March at 8pm.

My Planet Rocks will return on Sunday 30th March.

From: Planet Rock

Jimmy Page's Gibson on St Louis Blues hockey mask

Ryan Miller hockey mask
ST. LOUIS -- Rock 'n' roll, baby. That's what Ryan Miller has been doing since arriving in St. Louis, winning seven of eight starts in goal before hitting a speed bump last night in Chicago, so it's only fitting that his new goalie mask rocks, too.

With a Jimmy Page Gibson guitar on one side and a Jimi Hendrix Fender on the other, the new mask is a nod to rock 'n' roll, of which Miller is a big fan and in which he has dabbled over the years.

With musical notes connecting the guitars to a "Saint Louis Blues" graphic ripped straight from the sheet music for the W.C. Handy song of the same name, it is an homage to the tune that inspired his new team's moniker.

With a design that bears a remarkable resemblance to the mask worn by Curtis Joseph, it is a tribute to a great Blues goalie two decades ago.



From: Fox Sports

Former Led Zeppelin singer cancels concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg

Official representatives of the musician explained that the difficulties with the "logistics of the tour." Robert Plant concerts were scheduled for June 18 in St. Petersburg and on June 20 in Moscow.



Concerts ex-vocalist of the British rock band Led Zeppelin Robert Plant have been canceled, according to the official website of the company SAV Entertainment.

"Robert Plant was forced to postpone his two Russian concert (concerts were scheduled for June 18 in St. Petersburg on June 20 in Moscow) for reasons that are associated with the logistics of the tour. Robert apologizes to his fans and hopes that the concerts will be moved other numbers that will be announced in the near future "- quoted organizers Spokesperson musician.

The site also says that the combined group of companies SAV Entertainment and "Russian Show-Center" apologizes for any inconvenience caused and looks forward to the arrival of the group in the future. Procedure for the return of tickets will be announced shortly.

From: RIA.RU

Jimmy Page to Receive Honorary Doctorate From Berklee College of Music

Jimmy Page Most of Jimmy Page's dreams and fantasies were probably realized sometime around 1977, but here's one that the legendary Led Zeppelin co-founder likely never envisioned coming to pass: On May 10th, the guitarist, producer, and songwriter will receive an honorary doctor of music degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. The ceremony will take place at the 7,000 seat Agganis Arena at Boston University.

In an email to Rolling Stone, Page commented that, "It's truly an honour to be the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate at Berklee as the music of America has been a primary driving force in my early years and pivotal to my musical development."

Joining Page as honorees, all of whom are being celebrated for their achievement and influence, are jazz pianist, composer and educator Geri Allen, singer, songwriter and producer Valerie Simpson (of Ashford and Simpson fame) as well as jazz trumpeter, composer and educator Thara Memory.

Past Berklee honorees include David Bowie, Carole King, Loretta Lynn and George Clinton.

On May 9th, this year's honorees will watch and listen as current Berklee students perform music from their careers. In recent years, honorees such as Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, Alison Krauss and Annie Lennox have joined the students on stage. It's unknown whether or not Page will do the same, but at the very least, should he chose to, he won't have to look very far to borrow a violin bow.

Congratulations to him and all the other honorees.

From: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jimmy-page-to-receive-honorary-doctorate-from-berklee-school-of-music-20140313

Led Zeppelin Reveal Expanded Remasters Release Details

Remastered Albums

Led Zeppelin had some big news for fans on Thursday. The first installment in their long-waited newly remastered and expanded albums series are set to be released on June 3rd.

The first three Led Zeppelin albums have been remastered by guitarist Jimmy Page and the new reissued with the deluxe and box set editions each featuring a bonus disc that will feature previously unreleased material.

"The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin," says Page. "It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time"

Each album, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III, will be released in various formats including a single CD featuring the remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet, a single LP on 180-gram vinyl that will be packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP's first pressing in exacting detail. (For example, III will feature the original wheel and die cut holes.)

There will be a digital version that will include the remastered album and the bonus material. A special Deluxe vinyl edition will include the remastered album and bonus disc on 180-gram vinyl.

There will also be a Super Deluxe Boxed Set that will include the remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve, the bonus CD in a card wallet, the remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing, the bonus CD on Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl, a high-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit. (Live tracks are 48kHz/24 bit), a 70+ hard cover page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia, a high quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

The new reissue of the band's self-titled debut album's bonus disc will include a previously unreleased performance recorded on October 10, 1969 at the Olympia Theatre in Paris featuring a nine-song set of tracks from their debut album. The box set version will also include a replica of the band's original Atlantic press kit.

The bonus disc for Led Zeppelin II includes alternate mixes of five songs from the album, backing tracks to "Thank You" and "Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)," and the previously unreleased track "La La."

Led Zeppelin III's bonus disc features seven studio outtakes of songs from the album and three previously unheard compositions: "Jennings Farm Blues" (an instrumental forerunner of "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp"), "Bathroom Sound" (an instrumental version of "Out On The Tiles"), and their take on the blues classics "Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind."

Led Zeppelin Tracklisting
1. "Good Times Bad Times"
2. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You"
3. "You Shook Me"
4. "Dazed And Confused"
5. "Your Time Is Gonna Come"
6. "Black Mountain Side"
7. "Communication Breakdown"
8. "I Can't Quit You Baby"
9. "How Many More Times"

Companion Audio Disc
Live At The Olympia - Paris, France
October 10, 1969
1. "Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown"
2. "I Can't Quit You Baby"
3. "Heartbreaker"
4. "Dazed And Confused"
5. "White Summer/Black Mountain Side"
6. "You Shook Me"
7. "Moby Dick"
8. "How Many More Times"

Pre-order Led Zeppelin I (Super Deluxe Edition Box) (CD & LP) .

Deluxe CD Edition
here.

Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl here.

Standard CD here.

Standard Vinyl here.

Led Zeppelin II Tracklisting
1. "Whole Lotta Love"
2. "What Is And What Should Never Be"
3. "The Lemon Song"
4. "Thank You"
5. "Heartbreaker"
6. "Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)"
7. "Ramble On"
8. "Moby Dick"
9. "Bring It On Home"

Companion Audio Disc
1. "Whole Lotta Love"
2. "What Is And What Should Never Be"
3. "Thank You"
4. "Heartbreaker"
5. "Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)"
6. "Ramble On"
7. "Moby Dick"
8. "La La"

Pre-order: Led Zeppelin II Super Deluxe Edition Box (CD & LP) here.

Deluxe CD Edition here.

Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl here.

Standard CD here.

Standard Vinyl Edition here.

Led Zeppelin III Tracklisting
1. "Immigrant Song"
2. "Friends"
3. "Celebration Day"
4. "Since I've Been Loving You"
5. "Out On The Tiles"
6. "Gallows Pole"
7. "Tangerine"
8. "That's The Way"
9. "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp"
10. "Hats Off To (Roy) Harper"

Companion Audio Disc
1. "The Immigrant Song"
2. "Friends"
3. "Celebration Day"
4. "Since I've Been Loving You"
5. "Bathroom Sound"
6. "Gallows Pole"
7. "That's The Way"
8. "Jennings Farm Blues"
9. "Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind"

Preorder Led Zeppelin III Super Deluxe Edition Box (CD & LP) here.

Deluxe CD Edition here.

Deluxe Edition Vinyl here.

Standard CD here.

Standard Vinyl here. From: ANTIMusic

Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti — East Meets West (Village, that is)

Phsyical Graffiti front cover

On February 24th, 1975, Led Zeppelin's double studio album Physical Graffiti was unleashed upon the world. The band's second most commercially successful album, it went sixteen times platinum in the United States, and spawned such classics as Trampled Under Foot, Boogie With Stu, and the east-meets-west magnum opus, Kashmir.

The monster album also emerged roughly midway through the band's meteoric if troubled recording career, starting with the release of their eponymous first album in 1969, and ending with the dissolution of the band following the death from alcohol-related asphyxia of drummer John Bonham in 1980.

But apropos of this blog, Kashmir's sound is not the only 'east-meets-west' element of Physical Graffiti. In fact, the album serves as a bridge of sorts between the East and West Village - from the album's sound to its distinctive and unforgettable cover and sleeve.

Read the entire article at http://gvshp.org/blog/2014/02/23/led-zeppelins-physical-graffiti-east-meets-west-village-that-is/

Myles Kennedy Opens Up About 2008 Led Zeppelin Rehearsals

Ultimate Classic Rock has a story about Myles Kennedy, singer for Alter Bridge and his involvement in 2008 with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham.

"Believe me... those rehearsals I will remember to my dying day," Kennedy said on the most recent episode of VH1 Classic's ‘That Metal Show.’ "When we’re talking about this it seems completely ridiculous - there's no way - but it did happen. We played ‘The Rain Song,’ which is probably my favorite Led Zeppelin song, ‘No Quarter,’ ‘Kashmir,’ it was a lot of fun."

Read the entire story at http://ultimateclassicrock.com/led-zeppelin-myles-kennedy/

Robert Plant, Santana and John Fogerty Sets at JazzFest to be broadcast live

Performances from Robert Plant, John Fogerty and Santana from this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be broadcast live on AXS TV.

Marking the second year AXS has carried the fest, the network will telecast the festival's final four days between (May 1-May 4), offering some 24 total hours of music.

"At Jazz Fest 2013, we brought together a fantastic lineup of artists," said Quint Davis, Jazz Fest producer and director. "Many of their memorable performances at the festival live on even now through the AXS TV Best of the Fest special. This year, our 45th anniversary festival, the stars really aligned, and an historic moment awaits us all in presenting to the world, both live and over AXS TV, the deepest and most exciting Festival line up ever. Truly a wish list come true."

Plant will appear with the Sensational Space Shifters at the 2014 Jazz Fest, which takes place from over two weekends from April 25 to May 4.

From: RTTNews

Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward Calls John Bonham The ‘Finest Rock Drummer’

Ultimate Classic Rock has an excellent article on Black Sabbath's drummer Bill Ward giving high praise to John Bonham.

He said, "If you want to strive toward something, just listen to John Bonham."

For the full story, go to http://ultimateclassicrock.com/bill-ward-john-bonham/

DJ Bob Harris: Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant help me through cancer battle

Harris, who presented The Old Grey Whistle Test on TV, told Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young that phone calls with the frontman made a difference.



Veteran DJ Bob Harris has told how former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant "really saw me through" after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The broadcaster, dubbed Whispering Bob because of his softly-spoken style, said it was "devastating" when he was diagnosed with the "aggressive" illness.

Appearing on today's Desert Island Discs on Radio 4, he said: "I was fortunate, very, very fortunate to catch it in time and then it was a question of arresting the growth and then treatment."

Harris, famous for presenting The Old Grey Whistle Test on TV, told host Kirsty Young that Plant helped when he started to get ill again.

He said: "Every now and again all the readings will go shooting up and that happened to me a couple of years ago when it looked as though it really got serious again and I really needed to talk to somebody about this and I phoned Robert Plant and he offers such unbelievably good advice and he really saw me through that moment and then when we got the all clear again he said ‘fine, OK well I'm not going to be phoning you every single day now'."

Harris, who chose a book of cricket statistics and a greenhouse as his luxury item to take to the desert island, admitted it had been "so tough" to whittle down his record collection to just eight tracks.

He said leaving John Lennon's music out was "most difficult of all" but chose a track by Plant, a cover of Gone, Gone, Gone by the Everly Brothers, from his album Raising Sand with Alison Krauss.

His other tracks included the Ben E King single, Stand By Me, and Alone Again Or from Love's Forever Changes album which he was given by John Peel the first time they met.

Harris, who joined Radio 1 in 1970, described fellow DJ Jimmy Savile as "just somebody I didn't like."

Savile, who worked for the station for almost 20 years, has been unmasked as a serial sex-offender since his death in 2011.

Harris said: "You just didn't get a good atmosphere off him at all."

From: Mirror

GLENN HUGHES And JASON BONHAM Launch CALIFORNIA BREED



Think of California and you think of brilliant color and bright sunlight. Think of a breed and it's all about bloodlines and brotherhood. Put the two together as CALIFORNIA BREED and you have the most exciting new band of 2014.

Built around the foundation of legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes and drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham, with the addition of the 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer Andrew Watt, as Hughes says: "CALIFORNIA BREED is real rock'n'roll — but made for right now."

One listen to standout tracks like first single "Midnight Oil" will confirm that. Deeper grooves than a monster tyre track, more funk than a roomful of bad-asses, this is rock that knows how to roll. That writes its own rules. That just don't care, baby.

But that's only one side of the story. On the flip you've got something like "All Falls Down", a song so beautiful, so soulful and strange and touched by magic, it will make your radio cry.

As Andrew Watt says: "Getting to play with these legends has given me wings. I don't really believe in luck. For me, luck is when preparation meets opportunity. And if you're prepared and you're met with the opportunity, you rise to the occasion. That's what CALIFORNIA BREED has been like for me. So that we've come out with something I'm really, really proud of."

And when Watt calls Hughes and Bonham "legends," he ain't kidding. The breakout star of mid-'70s DEEP PURPLE, the man they call the Voice of Rock, Glenn Hughes has spent the subsequent years working with the biggest legends in music, as a solo star, and guesting with everyone from BLACK SABBATH to EARTH, WIND & FIRE — up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, which included Bonham.

As the son of LED ZEPPELIN legend John Bonham, Jason has followed his own distinctive path over the years, fronting his own successful outfits like BONHAM, and playing with LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER, HEART and, most recently, movie composer Hans Zimmer.

When BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION disbanded, Hughes and Bonham had a strong desire to keep playing together. Their only challenge was finding a new guitarist worthy of their musicality. Easier said than done for these stars who between them have worked with some of the greatest guitarists in history — including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page and Joe Bonamassa, to name just a few.

Then fate took a hand in things when Glenn's friend Julian Lennon introduced him to the astounding talents of a New York City hotshot guitarist named Andrew Watt.

"Literally, the first day me and Andrew got together we wrote two songs," recalls Glenn. "One was 'Chemical Rain' and the other was 'Solo', both of which are now on the finished album. I was so moved by the music, I said, 'We've got to record this!' That's when I called Jason."

"I was excited from the start," says Jason, "because apart from locking in as a rhythm section, Glenn and I had started writing together in BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, and we wanted to continue that."

"There was such energy in the room the first time we all played together, me and Glenn didn't even have to talk about it," says Jason. "He was so exited to be playing, though, it was infectious! He was just on stage! No going through the motions, kicking the chair over, everything! I was like, you know what, this kid is a free spirit. It was cool, we all just clicked straight away."

"Nothing though has gotten into my blood like CALIFORNIA BREED," says Glenn. "I feel the same way," says Jason. "I feel like a kid again starting out."

Recording with Dave Cobb at the producer's own studio in Nashville, added all the finishing touches, says Glenn.

"I'd gotten into Dave's work via the RIVAL SONS, who I know and really love. But Dave has done a lot of great stuff. That whole Nashville trip which Dave is a part of. Well, me and Jason don't want to sound like anyone else, we already sound like ourselves, but we felt we needed some fresh energy — and Dave absolutely brought it."

At Cobb's insistence, every vocal was recorded live as the band was playing. "Totally the reverse of what I'm used to," says Glenn. "But I went into that aggressive rock soulfulness and everything down to the whispers, it was all done live! I enjoyed myself so much, just going for it."

For what is on paper a three-piece, the sheer range of sounds and melodies you get from CALIFORNIA BREED are breathtaking.

"I'm the oddball of the group but I'm the thing that makes us different from any other classic rock band. I grew up loving grunge music," explains Andrew. "But my father always played me THE WHO and THE BEATLES and LED ZEPPELIN. I always felt like I was in the wrong generation. I used to make rock music on my own and I'd play all the instruments because I could never find anyone my age that really got it the way I heard it. Then I got to play with Jason and Glenn and I haven't picked up anything but a guitar since!"

"What we've got here is a kid who isn't a hammer-on, virtuoso," says Glenn, "but a whole new entity. This kid grew up listening to Mick Ronson on Bowie's records, as well as Jimmy Page in LED ZEPPELIN. He has a completely different take. And it's fresh and bold and so exciting. It just gets into your blood."



From: Blabbermouth.net

John Paul takes stage with Dream Syndicate and Drivin' 'N' Cryin'

Ultimate Classic Rock has an excellent article about John Paul Jones on stage with 80s band Dream Syndicate on January 25, 2014. He joined in on organ for the band's classic John Coltraine Stereo Blues.



Later, he joined southern rock band Drivin' 'N' Cryin' on borrowed Ovation mandolin for Straight To Hell.




John Paul Jones and Kevn Kinney

John Paul Jones and Kevn Kinney

Red Hot Chili Peppers NOT playing Led Zeppelin at Super Bowl

Flea

Certain members of the media had a field day with Chad Smith's declaration that his Red Hot Chili Peppers would play "Led Zeppelin's live version" of "Dazed and Confused" at the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show on Sunday, February 2. The statement was obviously in jest (that'd take up the entire time slot), but the drummer has nonetheless clarified as much in an interview with Los Angeles rock radio station KROQ.

"People in the media are so gullible sometimes," Smith said. "We will, however, be performing side one of Rush's 2112. [That was a joke, again.] Obviously I can't tell you what we're going to do, it would ruin the surprise. Come on, you gotta watch. It's gonna be great. Bruno Mars, we met them, his band are great people. Today I'm going to rehearse with them outside in the beautiful weather here in New Jersey, it'll be a real spectacle, I'm looking forward to it."

from: SPIN

Led Zeppelin InTheStudio press release

InTheStudio

Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Reveal Secret
To Led Zeppelin I Success InTheStudio

Dallas, TX - January 14, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands commemorates a seismic event in rock history on the 45th anniversary of Led Zeppelin I with a revealing look back at the band's formation and the creation of its historic debut album with band architect Jimmy Page and legendary frontman Robert Plant.

Guitarist Jimmy Page of the Yardbirds and bassist John Paul Jones were young schooled London session players. Singer Robert Plant and drummer John Bonham were talented but untested English Midlands musicians whose raw musicianship and earthy feel were a surprisingly effective contrast. Together the four redefined the limits of rock music while magnifying its visceral power, its reckless abandonment and, yes, some of its faults. Led Zeppelin I received a surprising number of negative reviews from music critics, igniting a debate on whether white musicians could play Afro-American Blues without negatively exploiting the originators, a debate which would dog Led Zeppelin for their first four now-iconic albums.

On January 17, 1969 Led Zeppelin thundered onto the world stage with its debut album and songs "Communication Breakdown", "Good Times, Bad Times", "Dazed and Confused", and "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" displaying great musical diversity, dynamics, and sounds previously unheard in rock, electrifying the masses (if not rock critics) and selling north of 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Jimmy Page tells InTheStudio host Redbeard why he believes Led Zeppelin was so successful from the beginning.

"I think everyone was inspired in that band. I think everyone was a star. There wasn't a weakness there. Every single person was strong."

Led Zeppelin I / InTheStudio interview program is available now to STREAM at:
http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/led-zeppelin-1-45th-anniversary-jimmy-page-robert-plant/

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list:
HYPERLINK http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/

"Tight But Loose" Issue 36 out now!

TBL 36 out now!

Tight But Loose issue 36 out now!

The new issue of the long running Led Zeppelin magazine Tight But Loose - edited and published by Dave Lewis, is out now
Here's the line-up for this issue...

Led Zeppelin 1973 - Jubilant in July:
Mike Tremaglio tracks gig by gig, the highly acclaimed second leg of the massively successful US tour of spring 1973. This is the moment Led Zeppelin ceased to be a mere rock band and ascended into a global phenomenon. The set lists, the reviews, the ads, the whole story.

Led Zeppelin early 1975:
In a new TBL series analysis, Andy Crofts listens intensely to the tapes and argues the case that in early 1975, Led Zeppelin were not so sick again...

Robert Plant: Space Shifting in the US and UK:
Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters - round up plus on the spot reports from appearances at Santa Barbara, Bristol and Wolverhampton plus...

Plus exclusive interview with SSS bassist Billy Fuller:
From Sensation to Sensational - Billy Fuller on playing in the band

Charles Shaar Murray: The TBL Interview:
Dave Lewis meets with the legendary rock writer who was twice advised by Robert Plant to keep taking the pills...and listens in to vast outpouring of wit and wisdom on the subject of Led Zep and a whole lot more...

Knebworth book preview: Then as it really was...revised edition preview:
Dave Lewis unfolds the story of the making of the new and revised updated book about the events of and English summer in 1979...

Paul Rees on writing the new Robert Plant biography:
The former Q and Kerrang editor talks about the writing of his new Robert Plant biography A Life

Nick Anderson Collector's Column:
Resident TBL Zep collector expert Nick Anderson looks at the latest rarities and curios plus a round up of the latest eBay in demand auction items.

Jeff Strawman Instrument Watch:
The renowned Zep gear expert provides the low down on the eight string basses used by John Paul Jones.

Plus: Led Zep Re-issue latest/Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones news, The Song Remains The Same US premiere remembered, CD reviews and more.
………………………………………

If you are new to the TBL magazine - this is the perfect issue to find out what it's all about because if you love Led Zep...you will love this magazine...

Here's some TBL magazine recommendations from satisfied readers:

"I'm an avid reader of Mojo, Q, Uncut, Record Collector and Rolling Stone, but my subscription to the Led Zeppelin Tight But Loose is far and away the best value for money." Michael Rae, Victoria Australia.

"TBL is a great balance of serious in depth analysis and handy sized chunks to keep you fully up to date of what's going on in the Zep world. If you are a Zep fan there really is no excuse not to get subscribed!" Richard Grubb, Cardiff, Wales.

"Dave Lewis consistently provides interesting and highly entertaining commentary and photographs in every issue. If you're a Zep fan and haven't subscribed yet, don't wait another day." Bill McCue, USA.

"Without Dave Lewis, so much Zep folklore would be scattered - his infectious enthusiasm makes us all become the young Zeppelin fans we used to be once again!" Kevin Hewick, Leicester, UK.

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Or you can sign up for the 3 issue TBL subscription to receive TBL 35 and 36 immediately with TBL 37 to follow - Every subscriber receives a free 10×8 individually numbered print of a unique Led Zeppelin image - a group shot on stage in Kezar Stadium taken by Dan Cuny - perfect for framing!
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New John Paul Jones recordings coming soon

Susanna

SusannaSonata is happy to announce that the label will release the debut album of the duo Minibus Pimps in 2014. The duo consisting of John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and Helge Sten (Supersilent) has played together since 2011, and the music is highly avant-garde electronic music. Stay tuned for more news about the release.

The Norwegian singer, musician and producer Susanna did a recording of a couple of her own songs together with Helge Sten and John Paul Jones for the Norwegian streaming service WiMP at the Oyafestival in Oslo in August 2013. The two songs will be available exclusively in WiMP for six months, before the release on most services, but Susanna and WiMP share the video from the recording of We Offer, to be found on YouTube.

"The recording session is a great opportunity to get together and play, a place for new collaborations," Susanna says.

Helge Sten is a long time partner in music for Susanna, in recording and producing music- but also live, Helge plays in Susanna's trio.

Susanna played with the legendary multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer John Paul Jones, known from Led Zeppelin, earlier in 2013, at an in-store concert in Bergen, Norway. The WiMP recording session seemed like a good way to get to play together again.

Piano, acoustic guitar and mandolin makes a warm and sparse instrumentation for Susanna's songs and voice.

The songs recorded was originally released on the Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos album in 2007.

Tracklist:
1. We Offer
2. For You

From: Susanna Sonata

Led Zeppelin Reissuing First Three Albums This Year

Led Zeppelin will begin releasing its long-promised catalog reissues this year. Jimmy Page reported the news via his website last week, but the post was removed shortly after. Rolling Stone confirmed the news today with a rep for the band. He added that the reissues "would be released on the Swan Song/Atlantic label, as they were originally."

The first to come out will be the group's initial three releases, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III. The post also announced the release of "some of my own material from the archives" that will arrive this year, but he made no reference as to whether this is Jimmy Page solo material or collaborations with other artists from over the decades.

Page first announced the reissues in November 2012. Each album will come out as a deluxe edition that he told Rolling Stone would include "added sonic and visual thrills." Page explained that he intended the reissues to include alternate mixes of the band's songs, as well as concert recordings that were never officially released. He also said that the albums will sound much better than the versions now available. "The catalog was last remastered 20 years ago," he said. "That's a long time. Everything is being transferred from analog to a higher-resolution digital format. That's one of the problems with the Zeppelin stuff. It sounds ridiculous on MP3. You can't hear what's there properly."

Robert Plant hinted at some of the outtakes that could be included in an interview with BBC Radio 6 in October. Some, he said, featured bassist John Paul Jones on lead vocals. "So far, he's going to give me two cars and a greenhouse not to get 'em on the album," Plant said with a laugh. "Oh, John . . . you can't wait to hear yourself singing all over the world."

From: Rolling Stone

Robert Plant | Zirka Part 8 | Malian Journey to and from Festival in the Desert 2003

Watch Robert, Justin Adams, Skin Tyson and more in the final episode of Zirka, the 8-part Malian documentary.

An incredible journey captured.

Physical Graffiti - 5th best double album in Rolling Stone poll

Physical Graffiti

Pulling off a great double album was much easier in the vinyl age. Back then, most records over 45 minutes long were forced onto two separate discs. (When they crammed much more than that onto a record, the sound quality began to suffer.) Until 1966, few artists even thought about releasing a double album, but the huge success of Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde kicked open the door. Suddenly, everyone from the Beatles to Frank Zappa were releasing double albums. Visionaries like Pete Townshend and Roger Waters were no longer forced to tell a story in 45 minutes or less – but by the CD age, the length of an album suddenly doubled.

That probably explains why most of the winning albums on this poll were released before CDs. Two hours of music is a lot and you need a pretty great album to justify all that time. Click through to see your selections for the greatest double albums of all time.

By ANDY GREENE

5. Led Zeppelin - 'Physical Graffiti'
Led Zeppelin found themselves with a little problem near the end of the Physical Graffiti sessions in 1974. They had eight songs they absolutely loved, but they couldn't all fit onto a single album. They didn't want to record more songs just to pull off a double album, so they combed through their vault and dug out enough songs to fill out the second record. The outtakes fit in seamlessly with the new material and few fans even knew the true story behind the album. They just knew the new Zeppelin album was the longest one yet.

See the entire list at: Rolling Stone.

John Bonham: The World's Most Interesting Drummer

Core fan Frank Smith came up with twenty reasons why John Bonham is the world's most interesting drummer, so without adieu...

1) It is said that the atomic clock in Colorado gets its timing from John Bonham.

2) His synchopated sonic symphony is credited with inspiring the exhaust notes of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and Citroen GT.

3) Moby Dick was used to dig the Chunnel.

4) His subtle timing and delicate wrists made three legendary Jazz drummers envious.

5) His right foot was used as a pile driver to drill for oil in the North Atlantic.

6) His 30 minute drum solo once registered a 4.5 on the Richter scale during a concert in Germany in March 1973.

7) He once outplayed the entire percussion section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra while simultaneously eating a sandwich in his right hand.

8) Mathematicians have studied his timing to better understand pure math.

9) All rock drummers threw away their sticks in 1969 after hearing the first Led Zeppelin album.

10) His double bass attack was outlawed on six continents.

11) God has Achilles Last Stand set as the ringtone on his mobile phone.

12) He coined the term "thrutch".

13) His Hertfordshire steers had better rhythm than any other animals in the UK.

14) When the Levee Breaks is the national anthem in the South Sudan.

15) Recordings of his footsteps are sampled even to this day.

16) Certain rare South American birds changed their mating calls to emulate his ching ring.

17) His great-grandchildren will be born with perfect rhythm and perfect pitch.

18) His shadow is in color and larger than Ginger Baker's.

19) The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland will be adding two more rings to emulate John's symbol.

20) All traffic lights would turn green whenever John was driving.

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Led Zeppelin Then As it Was – At Knebworth 1979 Press Release

Led Zeppelin Then As it Was – At Knebworth 1979 Press Release

Led Zeppelin Then As it Was – At Knebworth 1979

Written and compiled by Dave Lewis

The long awaited new book Led Zeppelin Then As It Was –At Knebworth 1979 is now available via Tight But Loose Publishing (www.tightbutloose.co.uk)

This fully revised and updated edition, chronicles the final triumphant Led Zeppelin UK gigs staged at Knebworth in August 1979 – the build-up to the event, the concerts themselves, the aftermath and the accompanying impact of their final studio album, In Through The Out Door. The book also incorporates extensive first-hand accounts from fans who attended the gigs, interviews from the time, retrospective views plus bootleg and statistic appendix. All fully illustrated in full colour with many rarely seen photos and memorabilia images.

Led Zeppelin Then As It Was – At Knebworth 1979 is the book that will take you back to that field just outside Stevenage during an English summer of 1979…

The concerts…the crowds…the music…the memories…the legacy… And this time there are no sleeping bags required…

Don’t miss out…the book is exclusively available to order now at: www.tightbutloose.co.uk

Satisfied readers:

An outstanding achievement. TheZeppelin Knebworth saga is finally immortalized in the form of this beautiful book, a craft of knowledge, passion and dedication. This is how the legend lives on…Hiroshi.

I can’t put this book down. The muse, the photos, the fan’s stories and the layout exceeded my every expectation. Every page is optimized. My advise to any Zep fan who has not purchased this breakthrough piece of work is to “Bring It On Home”! Wools.

Then As It Was undoubtedly contains a comprehensive perspective unavailable anywhere else of Led Zeppelin’s final concerts on British soil and their last ever large scale concerts. The book is an absolute triumph. Michael Rae.

Wow. First glance it's amazing...one for the ages. Another perfect portrait of England and Led Zeppelin, the culture, the back stories as Dave’s personal intimacy, passion and love drips from every page and pixel. Paul Macfarlane.

Another masterful book. It provides a wonderful insight from the fans who attended these last magical UK shows. The book is truly a thrilling read with so many interesting photos and stories.. May I please pass on my thanks and congratulations to all who took time and contributed. The Bootleg / Memorabilia and In Through singles and albums add a wonderful finishing touch. All in all another triumph! Cliff Hilliard

What can I say about the book to do it justice.The colour images are just overwhelming. It is indeed like being back there. Loved the first book, but this is just taking things to 11. A unique event in rock history and, I think as time has gone on, maybe one of the top five dates anywhere ever, including Woodstock and Isle of Wight and Bath. As Bonzo has shown us so often, timing is everything. Thanks for the time machine. Chris Wright

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About the author:
Dave Lewis first heard the music of Led Zeppelin in 1969 at the age of 13. The effect has been a lasting one.

He is acknowledged and respected throughout the world as a leading chronicler of the group and its individual members.

Dave is the editor and founder of the acclaimed Led Zeppelin magazine. Established in 1978 - it reaches out to Led Zeppelin fans in over 20 countries across the world. Each issue is a 32 page full colour presentation of features and interviews chronicling the world of Led Zeppelin and related artists past and present, and is designed to take every reader back to the music with fresh perspective.

Dave is also the author of a number of books on Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin The Final Acclaim, Led Zeppelin A Celebration, Led Zeppelin Celebration 2: The Tight But Loose Files, Led Zepplin Talking (with Paul Kendall), Led Zeppelin The Concert File (with Simon Pallett), Led Zeppelin Then As It Was - At Knebworth 1979 (first edition), Led Zeppelin Feather In The Wind – Over Europe 1980 and Led Zeppelin From A Whisper to a Scream.

His work has also appeared in Record Collector, Q, Mojo and Classic Rock. He has also been featured on various TV and radio stations including Planet Rock, Get The Led Out and BBC Radio Two. He has been featured on MTV, VH1 and the series of Classic Album DVDs featuring Led Zeppelin. He was also a consultant on Channel 4's Peter Grant documentary in 1999 and the BBC 2 Robert Plant By Myself documentary. He was also interviewed by a variety of radio stations for the release of the Celebration Day film.

Dave was lucky enough to attend 15 Led Zeppelin concerts – at Wembley Empire Pool in 1971, Alexandra Palace 1972, five shows at Earls Court 1975, the two Knebworth dates in 1979, five times on their final Over Europe tour in 1980 and the O2 reunion in 2007. He has attended various Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones gigs and has witnessed Robert Plant perform live on over 100 occasions.

In his role as editor, publisher and freelance journalist, Dave continues to chronicle the work of Led Zeppelin and the solo projects of the ex-members, via the Tight But Loose website (www.tightbutloose.co.uk), magazine and books. He has also written features on Nick Drake, The Who, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney. Dave sites seeking out 60s and 70s vinyl LPs, reading music magazines, socializing with friends in the pub, cycling, and following the fortunes of Tottenham Hotspur FC as his other passions. He lives in Bedford with his wife Janet, and has a daughter, Samantha and son, Adam.

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December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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