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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

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Led Zeppelin History

May 31, 1948 - John Henry Bonham was born at Redditch, Worchestershire
May xx, 1969 - The band’s debut album enters the US Top 10
May xx, 1969 - Recording sessions for Led Zeppelin II begin
May xx, 1970 - The band works on new material at Bron-Y-Aur
May 03, 1971 - Richard Cole jams on Whole Lotta Love playing congas
May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
May 22, 1979 - It is officially announce that Led Zeppelin will headline at the Knebworth Festival in August
May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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