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The audience at Jack White's headlining Lollapalooza Argentina set were in for a seriously special treat. The former White Stripes frontman was joined onstage by Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant to perform the classic "Led Zeppelin II" track "The Lemon Song."
White has long been a fan of the song and performed it when he headlined Bonnaroo last year and has covered it during his Lazaretto tour.
But on Saturday night, real magic happened when Plant, who is also on this year's Lollapalooza Argentina lineup, came onstage to perform the Zeppelin classic with White on guitar. According to Rolling Stone and Setlist.fm, this was the first time Plant has performed "The Lemon Song" live since he and Jimmy Page played it in Norway in 1995.
Plant recently expressed his desire to work with White, saying in a Facebook Q&A last year that he'd be "happy to make a single with him." Plant already chose the song he wanted to record with the "Lazaretto" musician: the 1958 single "Love Me," originally recorded by The Phantom.
Hopefully, they get into the studio soon, but till then we can look forward to another possible onstage collaboration when the two headline Lollapalooza Brazil next weekend.
From: Huffington Post
To celebrate Record Store Day 2015, legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant will release a special 10-inch EP, titled More Roar, which collects three performances from his recent world tour to support Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar, Plant's new solo set with backing band Sensational Space Shifters.
Jimmy Page hopes he's dealt with the problem of poor-quality Led Zeppelin MP3s - and that he's also made his latest remasters future-proof. The latest in his series of re-releases is classic album Physical Graffiti, launched last month complete with a companion disc featuring additional material from the studio sessions from four decades ago.
And he says that, of all the current formats, MP3 is the one that he finds "most annoying." Page tells Kerrang Radio: "I wasn't listening - but I'd be confronted with Led Zeppelin music on MP3. It almost sounded like it had been remixed, and not very well at that."
He regrets that his efforts to achieve "transience and depth" in the original productions seemed to have been lost. "They were mixed in stereo with a depth-of-field to them, with everything in focus," he says. "To have it squashed down is not how it was intended to be.
"It's the jiggery-pokery that goes on. But if you review the situation of how things are listened to, and approach vinyl, CDs and digital separately, it's not one size fits all. I wouldn't do that - not at this point in time." Read more and watch the full interview here.
The new film includes concert footage by the iconic group from throughout their career. Included are performances from London’s Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, their historic dates at New York’s Madison Square Garden in July 1973, their triumphant five-night run at London’s Earl’s Court in May 1975, and their record-breaking shows at England’s Knebworth Festival in August 1979.
Songs include such classics as Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll, Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven and many more.
Kymberli Frueh-Owens, Fathoms VP of Programming, said "Forty years ago, Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti debuted. To this day, the band remains one of the most beloved and respected rock acts worldwide. Theater locations sold out during our Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day event a couple of years ago and we are pleased to bring another fantastic concert event from the band’s unparalleled career to their many fans in select cinemas nationwide."
Participating theaters can be seen at Fathom's site.
From: Vintage Vinyl Music News
Robert Plant seems determined not to get back with Led Zeppelin ever again, and but he's left the door open on a reunion with his other massively successful collaborator, Alison Krauss.
Although he nixed a planned follow-up to the duo's follow-up to the six time GRAMMY wining 2007 album, Raising Sand, he and Krauss will perform together at a tribute to folk blues icon Lead Belly (aka Huddie Ledbetter).
According to the Washington Post, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will top a star-studded lineup for Lead Belly at 125: A Tribute to an American Songster on April 25 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
The tribute, being produced by the Kennedy Center and the GRAMMY Museum, also will feature headliners Buddy Miller (who played in Plant and Krauss's backing band on the Raising Sand tour), Lucinda Williams, Dan Zanes, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Billy Hector, Valerie June, Shannon McNally and Josh White Jr. Tickets range from $20-$89 and are on sale through the arts center's box office.
The Smithsonian Folkways Collection just released a documentary and box set celebrating Lead Belly's life and influence.
Plant has a number of Krauss-less gigs coming up in the coming months, including dates at the Bottlerock Festival in Napa Valley, Mountain Jam in New York and Bonnaroo.
The video, made last November, is of the grade-school musicians rehearsing a medley of Led Zeppelin songs: "Kashmir," "The Ocean" and "Immigrant Song."
"Too good not to share," reads the post. "Have a rocking weekend."
We will, Jimmy Page. We will.
From: The Courier-Journal
In case you missed it, Led Zeppelin premiered their 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of 'Physical Graffiti' on Yahoo Live yesterday! Check out the premiere live stream and Q&A with Jimmy Page on Yahoo right now to witness it yourself!
Jimmy Page will premiere the complete companion audio to the upcoming deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti on Yahoo Live this Thursday, in advance of its release date next week. Afterwards, the guitarist and producer will answer questions from a live audience in attendance at London's Olympic Studios, where the group recorded some of the album.
Read the entire article at: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jimmy-page-to-premiere-deluxe-physical-graffiti-answer-questions-on-yahoo-20150217
Introducing Sound Tracks by Jimmy Page: a special edition box set bringing together JP’s extraordinary compositions for the films Lucifer Rising and Death Wish II along with additional archive material for the first time.
The quadruple box set is available to pre-order now and new discs Lucifer Rising and Death Wish II along with additional archive material for the first time.Lucifer Rising: The Second Coming and Lucifer Rising and Death Wish II along with additional archive material for the first time.Death Wish II: Expansion include rare, never-before-heard tracks.
Speaking about the release, Jimmy explains; “The archive material and work included here serve as an illustration of the ongoing process at the time of these two projects.”
Recorded at Jimmy's home studio in Plumpton and The Sol studio in Cookham in the late seventies and early eighties, Sound Tracks features an all-new booklet containing a written track-by-track insight by Jimmy Page for the archive material amidst a stunning collection of original artwork across 36 pages. The quadruple gatefold CD case and booklet is housed inside a soft-touch matt black slipcase.
Pre-order your copy now - Sound Tracks will be released on Friday, March 06 2015.
There are three versions of Sound Tracks available to pre-order now:
From: Channel 4 News
PHOTOS found in the Echo archives show there was a 'Whole Lotta Love' in Southampton back in January 1973 when the city played host to one of the world’s biggest rock bands.
For two consecutive nights Led Zeppelin graced two city venues, beginning with a show at the Gaumont Theatre on January 21, that was watched by two-and-a-half thousand Zeppelin fans, who flooded into the venue to watch the rock and roll heavyweights perform live.
To see the photos and read the rest of the story, go to http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/11768554.Amazing_Led_Zeppelin_photos_found_in_Echo_archive/?ref=twtrec
Physical Graffiti Olympic Studios playback event report plus exclusive TBL track-by-track companion disc preview
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015:
Olympic Studios – Barnes, London
Hosted by Jimmy Page
Just back from this afternoon’s Physical Graffiti Listening Event Playback hosted by Jimmy Page at Olympic Studios in Barnes London – all seven tracks on the forthcoming Companion Disc were played on the stunning sound system against a backdrop of equally stunning Physical Graffiti artwork and 1975 era photos and visuals brilliantly put together by Warner Music’s Jason Morais. Jimmy then conducted a very entertaining Q and A. The event was attended by a variety of TV, radio and press representatives. John Davis, who did the mastering on the reissues with Jimmy was also in attendance.
Read the full review at http://www.tightbutloose.co.uk/tbl-news/physical-graffiti-olympic-studios-playback-event-report-plus-exclusive-tbl-track-by-track-companion-disc-preview/"
Physical Graffiti ordering links - to be released on February 24, 2015
Double CD – Remastered album packaged in a replica of the original LP jacket.
Deluxe Edition (3CD) – Remastered album on two discs, plus a third disc of unreleased companion audio.
Double LP – Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail.
Deluxe Edition Vinyl (3LP) – Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
Digital Download – Remastered album and companion audio will both be available in standard and high-definition formats.
Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes: Remastered double album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve, Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art, Remastered double album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing, Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art, High-definition audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit, Hard bound, 96 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia, High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
RUFUS STONE LIMITED EDITIONS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEB 4th 2015
I just found this little nugget of goodness for #tbt. Back in the late 1998, I furiously sequenced out all Led Zeppelin songs in MIDI format. Through moving the website around around a half a dozen times over the past 19 years, I apparently had lost the MIDI file folder with all the songs.
If you're under the age of 25 or have been living under a rock and do not know what MIDI files are, please go to http://www.eddard.com/whatsaMIDI_h.htm
Next month, Led Zeppelin will reissue their sixth album, the 1975 double LP Physical Graffiti, with a disc's worth of unreleased versions of the record's songs. Among these is a rough mix of the funky hard-rock radio staple "Houses of the Holy."
Slightly shorter than the version that appeared on the original album, the rough mix places guitarist and producer Jimmy Page's iconic riff in the right speaker and reduces some of the high end. The bass is more prominent, John Bonham's percussion sounds looser in the verses and the overdubbed stabbing guitar line toward the end of the song is more prominent. On top of that, Robert Plant's harmonies on the line "Let the music be your master" are even more present.
"'Houses of the Holy' is unlike anything that anyone was doing," guitarist and producer Jimmy Page tells Rolling Stone. "It's just something that's totally of its own. I think the lyrics are brilliant on it."
The rest of the reissue includes rough mixes of "Trampled Under Foot" (titled "Brandy & Coke") and "In My Time of Dying," an early version of "Sick Again," a Sunset Sound mix of "Boogie With Stu" and a rough orchestra mix of "Kashmir" that's titled "Driving Through Kashmir." It also contains what the band has billed as a "strikingly different" take on "In the Light."
As with last year's reissues, the new edition of Physical Graffiti, which Page personally remastered, will be available in a variety of formats, including standard CD, vinyl and digital releases. A super deluxe version will contain CDs, vinyl and links to high-def audio, as well as a hard-bound, 96-page book containing rare and previously uncirculated photos and memorabilia.
The reissue will arrive on February 24th and is available for preorder below.•Double CD – Remastered album packaged in a replica of the original LP jacket.
•Deluxe Edition (3CD) – Remastered album on two discs, plus a third disc of unreleased companion audio.
•Double LP – Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail.
•Deluxe Edition Vinyl (3LP) – Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
•Digital Download – Remastered album and companion audio will both be available in standard and high-definition formats.
•Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:
o Remastered double album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
o Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art.
o Remastered double album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
o Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art.
o High-definition audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
o Hard bound, 96 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
o High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
From: Rolling Stone
Chad Smith has now walked in the footsteps of Led Zeppelin. "Holy Grail of drum sounds," the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer tweeted today, along with a video that shows him and Queen drummer Roger Taylor playing in Headley Grange, a private English residence where Zeppelin made some of their most famous recordings in the early '70s. Smith was the first person to record drums there since his favorite drummer, Led Zep's John Bonham, 40 years ago, according to his management.
Headley Grange is where Jimmy Page came up with "Stairway to Heaven." More significant for drummers, it's where Bonham and engineer Andy Johns recorded "When the Levee Breaks," creating a sound that Queen's Taylor describes in the video as "like thunder" and "the benchmark" that "so many people strived for." Joining Smith and Taylor in the studio for the video is drummer Andy Gangadeen, who has played with British drum-and-bass duo Chase & Status as well as on Massive Attack‘s influential 1998 album Mezzanine.
The occasion for the drummers' Headley Grange spiritual homecoming was a five-day set of recording sessions last summer, organized by sample library Spitfire Audio. Smith, Taylor and Gangadeen were there to create a set of loops, breaks, beats and hits for other musicians to use in their tracks. They recorded using a variety of modern and vintage mics and preamps, along with a 24-track, two-inch Studer tape deck.
"To be able to just look up and see the way the stairs go, just to be in that space and play those notes and be in this same air, goosebumps, man," Smith says in the video. "It was amazing." When he arrived at Headley Grange, he kissed the floor of the hall.
Besides Zeppelin, other bands that recorded at this rural manor house in the '60s and '70s included Genesis, Bad Company and Fleetwood Mac.
The title for the clip says it's a teaser for NAMM, which is the National Association of Music Merchants trade show, held January 22 to January 25 in Anaheim, California. Let's hope for more glimpses of the Grail next week, then.
As for Smith's doppelganger, Will Ferrell, it's been a few months since the two rekindled their The Tonight Show drum-off with a Rolling Stones cover in Seattle. And they might not be done.
"I can't really expound upon details, but we have been talking about doing something [in 2015] that will combine music and comedy — a show," Smith recently told Rolling Stone. "It will benefit the charities that we're into. Plus, I think I need to redeem myself from how I was robbed of the Golden Cowbell. I don't want to burst any bubbles, but he wasn't even playing the drums, people! Shenanigans! Call the cops, I've been robbed! Yeah, so, it's not over." Guess this means they won't invite Ferrell to the Grange?
Watch the video below, and don't miss Luke Turner's recent Wondering Sound interview with Jimmy Page.
From: Wondering Sound
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