The Beatles first film A Hard Day’s Night is today considered a classic. Drawn from their real-life experiences, this fictionalized peek into their world feels real, as if we were getting an intimate glimpse into the personalities within the group, and the interaction between each other and with the outside world.
Of course, it was no accident that A Hard Day’s Night was an artistic success. Although the Beatles and their music were obviously major factors for that accomplishment, the crew and cast members deserve much deserved praise for elevating the film from the exploitation quickie that would have been fine for the powers behind United Artists: They wanted the film to be released quickly before the Beatles “fad” had faded, so the studio could benefit from both the film’s box office receipts and the music rights for the songs in the film.
The talents best known for their contributions include director Richard Lester, screenwriter Alun Owen, musical score director (and Beatles producer) George Martin, and actor Victor Spinetti. There are other participants who not only also contributed their talents to the film, but other projects they handled in their career make for some very interesting – and sometimes unlikely – links to the Beatles’ first film.
One of those individuals was Jimmy Page. Before gaining worldwide fame as the guitarist, writer, and producer for Led Zeppelin, Page was a popular session player throughout the 1960s, contributing to hits by rock icons including the Who, Donovan, the Kinks, and Joe Cocker, to name a very few. Jimmy Page never contributed to any songs recorded by the Beatles: The only other players on Beatles’ sessions were generally those who either played instruments that were beyond their own talents (e.g. the piccolo trumpet on “Penny Lane”), producer George Martin, or “special guests” (Eric Clapton, Billy Preston).
Read the entire article at: http://somethingelsereviews.com/2017/02/21/a-hard-days-night-with-jimmy-page/
The same cannot be said of that other great Seventies rock band Led Zeppelin, who make a brief appearance in Collins’ book. “I felt I had been made the scapegoat for what happened at Live Aid and so it was a chance to set the record straight.” It was Zeppelin’s first appearance since drummer John Bonham died five years before and has gone down in history as a mess so shambolic that the band tried to bury the footage (of course, this was before YouTube). The way Collins recounts it the atmosphere was toxically poisonous, the band cocky and under-rehearsed.
Read the entire article at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/artists/phil-collins-interview-robert-plant-mixed-with-led-zeppelin-make/
Led Zeppelin rocker Jimmy Page, 72, and his much younger girlfriend Scarlett Sabet, 26, enjoy date night at intimate gig
And Led Zeppelin rocker Jimmy Page, 72, and his much younger girlfriend Scarlett Sabet, 26, proved they were happier than ever when they stepped out together on Wednesday night.
The couple - who boast a 46 year age gap - were seen arriving at Loulou's in London's Mayfair to attend an intimate Van Morrison gig.
Read the entire article at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3813574/Led-Zeppelin-s-Jimmy-Page-72-younger-girlfriend-Scarlett-Sabet-26-enjoy-date-night.html
Robert Plant has confirmed that he will join Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, The Milk Carton Kids, and more for select dates on the previously announced Lampedusa Concerts for Refugees tour, October 12–21, 2016. Lampedusa is an eleven-stop concert tour intended to raise awareness of the unprecedented worldwide refugee crisis. Funds raised by Lampedusa will support educational programs for refugees around the world.
Plant offered this statement about joining the tour:
I'm taking a break from recording the new Sensational Space Shifters record to be a part of this very important and worthwhile cause. When I watch the news and see people from these places being displaced by hatred and ignorance, I know that these people are just like you and me. All they want is to live in peace and have their children grow up loved, fed and educated. That seems a million miles away for many people at the moment. They are living in refugee camps, in conditions that are far below sustenance levels. When I heard that some of my friends were rallying to do a series of concerts to help raise funds and awareness, to help address the basic needs of food, shelter and medical care, I wanted to help, in whatever way I could. One thing that I want to make clear: as with all the other members of this tour, I will be performing two or three songs a night and no more. I’m not making a political statement. The organization that is receiving these funds is a religious one. This appeal is trying to help on the ground wherever it can. I hope that my voice, along with my friends, helps bend the arc of the universe a little more toward the loving and helps with the work of getting the basic essentials of life to those who are without.
The complete tour dates are below. The shows featuring Plant are noted.
The concerts will be intimate evenings of acoustic performances benefiting Jesuit Refugee Service's Global Education Initiative. The Lampedusa tour helps displaced people heal, learn, and thrive by providing educational opportunities for refugees living in camps and urban settings in 45 countries. Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees is named for the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, where Pope Francis visited refugees during his first official trip as Pope. The Italian island off the coast of Sicily serves as a waypoint to Europe in refugees' search for safety and security.
LAMPEDUSA: CONCERTS FOR REFUGEES
Oct 6 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
Oct 8 Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Kansas City, MO
Oct 9 Rococo Theater Lincoln, NE
Oct 11 Sheldon Concert Hall St. Louis, MO
Oct 12 Pabst Theater* Milwaukee, WI
Oct 13 Vic Theater* Chicago, IL
Oct 14 Massey Hall* Toronto, ON
Oct 16 Berklee Performance Center* Boston, MA
Oct 18 The Town Hall* New York, NY
Oct 19 Merriam Theater* Philadelphia, PA
Oct 21 Lisner Auditorium* Washington, DC
The guitarist will discuss the expanded version of Zeppelins's 1997 "BBC Sessions" set, which will be released on September 16. The updated set, retitled "The Complete BBC Sessions", was produced by Jimmy Page and features eight previously unreleased tracks — including "I Can't Quit You Baby", "You Shook Me" and the only recorded performance of "Sunshine Woman".
"Later... With Jools Holland" returns for its new series with the half-hour "Later Live" segment broadcast live at 10 p.m. on BBC2 next Tuesday (September 13) before the full hour-long pre-recorded version airs on Friday (September 16) at 11:05 p.m.
"The Complete BBC Sessions" will be available in multiple formats from Atlantic/Swan Song on September 16:
* Deluxe Edition (3CD) – Remastered original album plus a third disc of unreleased audio.
* Deluxe Edition Vinyl (5LP) – Remastered original album, plus a fifth LP of unreleased audio, on 180-gram vinyl
* Digital Download – Remastered album and unreleased audio will both be available.
* Super Deluxe Boxed Set (3CD/5LP) – This collection includes:
* Remastered album. 2 CDs, each in a replica sleeve.
* Unreleased audio on CD in a separate card sleeve.
* Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl.
* Unreleased audio on 180-gram vinyl.
* High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
* 48-page book filled with photos of the band, the recording locations, BBC memorabilia, and session information.
* High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 20,000 of which will be individually numbered.
"BBC Sessions" was originally released in 1997 and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. "The Complete BBC Sessions" builds on that collection with a third disc that boasts eight unreleased performances. In addition, the set includes extensive session-by-session liner notes written by Dave Lewis. For the first time ever, it provides accurate details and notes about all of the band's BBC sessions.
Musical highlights on this new collection include the debut of a long-lost radio session that has achieved near-mythic status among fans. Originally broadcast in April 1969, the session included three songs: "I Can't Quit You Baby", "You Shook Me" and the only recorded performance of "Sunshine Woman", which can be streamed below. Also included are two unreleased versions of both "Communication Breakdown" and "What Is And What Should Never Be". Separated by two years, the performances vividly demonstrate the young band's rapid evolution over a short period of time.
Jimmy Page spoke about the band's growth in an interview with Guitar World. "The 'BBC Sessions' show in graphic detail just how organic the group was," he said. "LED ZEPPELIN was a band that would change things around substantially each time it played…We were becoming tighter and tighter, to the point of telepathy."
Speaking with Wall Of Sound, John Paul Jones added: "We'd been on the road a lot by the time those sessions were recorded. The albums were always the starting point of the music, and then we'd take it out and expand it on the road. Then we'd come straight off the road into those BBC studios."
Recalling the BBC experience in an interview with Mojo, Robert Plant said: "The whole thing was very quaint: the politeness of the audience, the technicians fumbling about, proper hallowed low-key introductions. Like there was some sort of holy moment about to occur."
"The Complete BBC Sessions" CD track listing
01. You Shook Me
02. I Can't Quit You Baby
03. Communication Breakdown
04. Dazed And Confused
05. The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair
06. What Is And What Should Never Be
07. Communication Breakdown
08. Travelling Riverside Blues
09. Whole Lotta Love
10. Somethin' Else
11. Communication Breakdown
12. I Can't Quit You Baby
13. You Shook Me
14. How Many More Times
01. Immigrant Song
03. Since I've Been Loving You
04. Black Dog
05. Dazed And Confused
06. Stairway To Heaven
07. Going To California
08. That's The Way
09. Whole Lotta Love (Medley: Boogie Chillun/Fixin' To Die/That's Alright Mama/A Mess of Blues)
10. Thank You
01. Communication Breakdown *
02. What Is And What Should Never Be *
03. Dazed And Confused *
04. White Summer
05. What Is And What Should Never Be *
06. Communication Breakdown *
07. I Can't Quit You Baby *
08. You Shook Me *
09. Sunshine Woman *
* Previously Unreleased
According to a statement made by former Led Zeppelin roadie Henry "The Horse" Smith on a Facebook Q & A, Jimmy Page has been reunited with his 1960 Gibson Les Paul Custom "Black Beauty"in the past few months.
The 1960 Gibson Les Paul Custom 'Black Beauty' was purchased new in 1962 for £185. It was used for most of Jimmy's sessionwork (1963-1966), and was taken on tour, starting on January 7, 1970 at Birmingham, England's Town Hall through Apr. 1970, when it was stolen at the airport between Apr. 13 or 14, 1970. Jimmy Page placed an ad in Rolling Stone with reward, but it was never recovered.
The exact details of how the guitar was recovered is not known at this time, however, a message has been put in to someone inolved, so check back!
Tonight's episode of Sky 1's Welsh series Stella (February 23), which stars Ruth Jones, has a cameo you might not expect. Until now we'd had appearances from Joe Calzaghe, Eamonn Holmes, Keith Chegwin and Debbie McGee, but this episode gets a visit from none other than the leader of Led Zep himself, Mr Robert Plant. That's not how he's introduced on the show, sadly. Stella's sister-in-law, funeral director Paula, introduces him to the funeral gathering for odd character 'Daddy' as "Mr Rubber", and as the characters slowly twig that it's Robert Plant rocking out in front of them, they start to get up and dance. At a funeral. That's ok, right?
Pranksters stuck up a brilliant poster outside Robbie Williams’ mansion to celebrate his ongoing feud with neighbour Jimmy Page.
The Led Zeppelin guitarist, 72, has objected to the 42-year-old singer’s plans to renovate his 47-room property, which would include building a recording studio and a ‘subterranean’ basement (like there is another sort).
In response, street artist and joker Fussy Human couldn’t resist making a pun on one of Robbie’s biggest hits for a poster.
The artwork was stuck up on a construction board by Robbie’s Holland Park pad, Woodland House, which was previously owned by late director Michael Winner.
Locals found it very excavating – sorry, entertaining – as shown by Fussy Human himself.
It was later taken down, which just shows you how anarchic everyone is in Kensington.
From: Metro News
Full article at: SoundOnSound
Group is accused of infringing on Spirit song "Taurus"
Led Zeppelin has hit a bum note in the lawsuit over its mega-hit "Stairway to Heaven."
The group has lost a bid to obtain further information in a copyright infringement lawsuit claiming that "Stairway" infringes on the Spirit song "Taurus."
Attorneys for the band had sought information on the Randy Craig Wolfe trust, of which plaintiff Michael Skidmore serves as trustee. (Randy Craig Wolfe was the given name of Randy California, a founding member of Spirit and author of "Taurus." Wolfe died in 1997.)
Team Zep had claimed that the Wolfe trust is only valid if it is a qualified charitable foundation or other qualified entity, and claims that Skidmore’s legal team hasn’t provided evidence to that effect. Zeppelin’s lawyers asked Skidmore’s team to provide proof, such as Internal Revenue Service notices or correspondence.
Read the full story at: The Wrap
Robbie Williams looks to be continuing work on his West London home following a long, bitter battle with Jimmy Page.
The former Take That singer has been faced with a lot of stumbling blocks as he sought to revamp the property, but now work appears to be finally underway again.
Pictures outside the 46-bedroom, £17.5 million property - which formerly belonged to Michael Winner - show scaffolding outside the house as building work continues.
Read the full story plus photos at The Mirror
[Robert Plant] Bert Inspired: a Concert for Bert Jansch review - fond renditions and a lot of guitar tuning
Graham Coxon, Bernard Butler and Robert Plant join a diverse, stellar lineup and pay handsome tribute to the guitar hero
Jazz-folk veterans, Britpop pin-ups, classic rock icons, up-and-coming singer-songwriters – how many other musicians except Bert Jansch sit at such a spaghetti junction of influence? A stellar lineup assembles to remember the late Pentangle founder member and finger-picking guitar hero in his city of birth at the first of two Celtic Connections curtain-closing concerts in his honour. An evening of fond renditions and recollections, and a lot of guitar tuning.
Graham Coxon had written beforehand of how nervous he was on meeting Jansch. The Blur guitarist looks twitchy here, too, as he performs an affectionate One for Jo and a "Bert-imbued" solo composition Latte, but returns later, much more at ease, for a tricksy twang on Angie together with Martin Simpson. Elsewhere before the interval we get songs from Jansch's former fellow Pentanglers Jacqui McShee and Mike Piggott, and Jansch's one-time mentor Archie Fisher doing Down by Blackwaterside – Jansch's arrangement that he once famously accused Led Zeppelin of ripping off with Black Mountain Side.
Not one to bear a grudge, Robert Plant lends superstar magnetism to proceedings, backed by his superb five-piece band the Sensational Space Shifters. The opening notes of a whispered Babe I'm Gonna Leave You are met with an almost disbelieving collective intake of breath; his second set will end with an entrancingly amped-up Poison.
Plant's is the heavyweight contribution, but the lighter touches shine brightest, such as Bernard Butler and Ben Watt's shimmering electric guitar interplay on an opiated Soho. Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart jokes that she's here for "equalities" reasons, but her mellifluous reading of Tree Song feels anything but tokenistic. The largely unknown young American troubadour Ryley Walker will be widely Googled for his fearlessly breezy run at I Am Lonely.
The full ensemble gathers at the end and, after a twangy cacophony of imperfect tuning, conclude with a wondrously wonky Dixieland jazz-dappled Strolling Down the Highway that doesn't so much stroll as sway.
From: The Guardian
Robert Plant Setlist:
Go Your Way My Love
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down / In My Time of Dying
Win My Train Fare Home
Strolling Down The Highway
The West Bromwich-born singer and former Led Zeppelin frontman is one of several famous names to support The Way, which opened earlier this month.
Bosses have uploaded the video - which sees Plant apparently in a pub discussing the project - to YouTube. The two-minute clip also features footage of young people using the centre's facilities.
Plant, says: "I've been a life-time member of the Black Country community and I'm supporting the Wolverhampton Youth Zone. I think it's a very welcome and crucial addition to the life of kids in our area."
"I've been recently around the facility and it is all looking great. There are opportunities kids have got to come in from whatever lifestyle they have been living and actually spend a period of time in a whole new environment which is very optimistic, very get-up-and-go, very dynamic. I heartily support it."
Earlier this month youngsters and parents were given the first glimpse inside the one-stop, all-inclusive activity centre, featuring a 4G football pitch, boxing ring, dance studio, gym and sports hall. Wolverhampton council is investing more than £3m in The Way towards both the development and running costs of the project.
Other supporters include One Direction superstar Liam Payne, City of Wolverhampton College, Marston's and Carvers.
Within a week of opening The Way had signed up over 1,000 members.
From: Express & Star
Celtic Connections reaches a crescendo at the end of the month with a spectacular array of talent coming together to honour the late Glaswegian guitarist, singer and songwriter Bert Jansch.
Former Led Zeppelin frontman and bona fide rock god Robert Plant pays tribute to his "enormous and longstanding" musical debt to the Scottish folk player by performing alongside an eclectic line-up.
Bert Inspired: A Concert for Bert Jansch takes place on 31st January at the Old Fruitmarket. A second date at the Royal Concert Hall on 1st February was added by the Celtic Connections festival due to the enormous demand for tickets.
Other performers will include Pentangle's Jacqui McShee, Ben Watt, Ryley Walker, Archie Fisher (Sunday only) and Martin Simpson.
Suede guitarist and indie stalwart Bernard Butler will also play at the concert alongside Graham Coxon, founding member of Blur. Both were influenced by Jansch who emerged from the British folk revival of the 1960s to form the band Pentangle which toured extensively between 1967 and 1972. Jansch was born in Glasgow before moving to Edinburgh, busking in Europe and settling in London to hone his improvised guitar playing style. In 2001 Jansch received a lifetime achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. He died in 2011.
The shows are in aid of the Bert Jansch Foundation, which works to support emerging acoustic musicians.
From: The Glasgowist
John played mandolin, bass guitar and keyboards on his mini three-song set, which included the Tweedy song World Away, a cover of the 1969 Neil Young song The Losing End (When You're On), and the Wilco song Airline to Heaven.
Proceeds from the festival benefit the Palapa Society of Todos Society A.C.
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