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Robert Plant was interviewed by Russian television this past week and said he's looking forward to an upcoming concert in St. Petersburg. Plant also commented that he currently performs for his own enjoyment. The Russian show is scheduled for the Oktyabrsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg, Russia on July, 15th. Tickets are on currently sale, priced from 10 to 170 USD (300 - 5000 russian rubles).

From: LED-ZEPPELIN.COM
Robert Plant and Strange Sensation's second leg of "West Coast" tour dates are now on hold. He apparently will NOT be appearing at the Seattle WOMAD festival announced last week. Dates in the U.S. and Canada (running May 25 to June 6) are unaffected and will go ahead as scheduled.

From: LED-ZEPPELIN.COM
Diamond Award!
Led Zeppelin picked up a Diamond Award from the Recording Industry Association of America for Untitled at a Tuesday, March 16, 1999 luncheon ceremony. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were on hand to accept the award. Untitled has sold 17 million albums to date.

From: RIAA.COM

Rock fans who have been jonesing for some Led Zeppelin since guitarist Jimmy Page's back problems forced him and the Black Crowes off the road last summer can get their fix this spring.

Legendary Zeppelin singer Robert Plant will bring his new outfit, the Strange Sensations, to the Northeast and Midwest for a handful of performances in May and June. The band includes bassist Charlie Jones (Plant's son-in-law and longtime sideman) and ex-Cure guitarist Porl Thompson.

While the Page-Crowes shows favored arenas and outdoor amphitheaters, the Strange Sensations will opt for smaller spaces. Plant and the gang will play rooms with capacities of 2,000 to 4,000 during their seven North American appearances, beginning May 25 at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston.

The shows will mix Zeppelin material and Plant originals, according to the tour's promoter.

No word yet on whether the Sensations will go into the studio, so those in search of new Plant recordings will have to settle for "When You're Falling," a track on Afro-Celt Sound System's Volume 3: Further in Time, due on Peter Gabriel's Real World label in early June.

Robert Plant and His Strange Sensations tour dates, according to the tour's promoter:

  • 5/25 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
  • 5/27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
  • 5/28 - Wash. DC @ Constitution Hall
  • 6/1 - New York, NY @ Roseland
  • 6/3 - Toronto, Ontario @ Massey Hall
  • 6/4 - Detroit, MI @ State Theater
  • 6/6 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater

From: MTV.COM

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Led Zeppelin History

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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