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Last night, Tool played their first (and presmuably last) show of 2015 at Tempe, Arizona’s Monster Mash Music Festival — you know, the one that Maynard James Keenan said the rest of the band conned him into doing. Although they didn’t have any news of a new album, duh, they did have have some special surprises in store for the audience. They opened the show by playing their cover of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” for the first time since 1998, and because it was Halloween, they did the whole thing dressed as Led Zeppelin. (“Good news, it’s fucking Halloween! Bad news, we are not Led Zeppelin,” Keenan said after the performance.)

Mothership

If you've spent the last year buying the Led Zeppelin Super Deluxe Editions then your appetite for Zeppelin vinyl is probably well and truly sated... but just in case, the band's 2007 compilation Mothership is being made available again across four vinyl records.

It was issued on the black stuff at the time, although the vinyl renaissance was a few years off at that point and the two-CD and 2CD+DVD formats were what the majority would have opted for.

Probably the key buying point here is that this new vinyl set uses the new 2014/15 remasters, which is good news since the original compilation mastering has never been fans' favourite.

The set is smartly packaged in outer box with embossed artwork and a large booklet with David Fricke notes. The two-CD version is also being reissued.

Mothership is reissued on 6 November 2015.

Pre-order links
Pre-order: Mothership 4LP
Pre-order: Mothership 2CD

From: Super Deluxe Edition



If you love rock’n’roll as I do, you’ve got to honor the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Now would be a great time to do it. It’s the 35th anniversary of the famed drummer’s passing. One of the most influential and revered drummers in rock music history, Bonham died Sept. 25, 1980, of a pulmonary edema resulting from a vodka binge. He was 32 years old.

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl summed up the effect Bonham produced during Led Zeppelin’s heyday in the late 1960s and 1970s. He said, “John played the drums like someone who didn’t know what was going to happen next — like he was teetering on the edge of a cliff. No one has come close to that since, and I don’t think anybody ever will.”

Read the entire, EXCELLENT article at: http://anewdomain.net/2015/09/18/late-led-zeppelin-drummer-john-bonham-35-years-gone/


I was at the L.A. premiere of the new Tom Hardy film "Legend" earlier tonight and the director, Brian Helgeland, revealed an interesting tidbit about a Led Zeppelin movie project in 1998. After the Q & A I had an opportunity outside the theatre to quiz him more directly on the subject.

After his success with writing the screenplay to "L.A. Confidential", Warner Brothers was keen on making a movie about Led Zeppelin and sent Brian Helgeland to catch up with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant on their 1998 tour in New York. Jimmy was interested but Robert wanted no part of it. Brian saw the July 16 Madison Square Garden and July 18 Continental Airline Arena shows, but could never get Robert to speak to him. Without Robert's cooperation, there was no way Brian could write a decent screenplay. That put the kibbosh on any Led Zeppelin film and Warner Brothers pulled the plug.

- From ledzeppelin.com forum member Strider


Cameron Crowe had a mission to merge his two loves in life: writing and music. Pursuing his literary and musical passions, Crowe began writing for the underground music publication The Door in his early teens under the tutelage of Lester Bangs, a writer and editor portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in Crowe’s 2000 film Almost Famous, a love letter to music celebrating its 15th anniversary today. With its capacity to capture what was exciting about the music of the time without succumbing to unreflective effusiveness, his writing eventually caught the eye of Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres. On a 1973 issue of Rolling Stone, Crowe’s first byline with the publication — a story about the band Poco — was teased on the cover.

Read the rest of the article at: http://uproxx.com/movies/2015/09/cameron-crowe-led-zeppelin-almost-famous/
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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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