A poster for a Led Zeppelin concert at a swimming pool in Ipswich has sold, despite failing to reach its reserve price at auction on Wednesday.
Last month a rumor hit the Internet that Robert Plant had turned down $800 million from Virgin Group founder Richard Branson to reunite Led Zeppelin for a proposed 35-date tour. It would have been an easy near-billion - who doesn't know the words to "Stairway to Heaven"? It may have been eventually shot down as merely an invention of social media, but that astronomical figure doesn't seem too far out of line for the best band to ever rock a stadium, especially one in the midst of an ambitious campaign to remaster and reissue its formidable back catalog.
Nor does it seem out of character for Plant to reject that offer. Aside from a one-show showing in 2010, which produced the excellent live album "Celebration Day," the singer has shown no interest whatsoever in revisiting those old songs or reliving previous glories. A solo artist for three decades now-that's three times the tenure of his former band-he has produced a large and multifaceted catalog that ranges from the pop-oriented sounds of his early albums to the retro-crooner stylings of his sole Honeydrippers release to the American roots rock of 2002's "Dreamland" and 2007's "Raising Sand." The latter, a collaboration with bluegrass artist Alison Krauss, went multiplatinum and won approximately all the Grammys.
Read the entire article at: Salon.com
You'd think "being in The Yard Birds", "welcoming children" and "not dying from heavy recreational drug use in the Seventies" would be up among Jimmy Page's list of crowning achievements second only to "being the lead guitarist of Led Zeppelin".
Turns out, the next best thing he did aside from creating modern rock music is far more surprising.
Enter former X Factor winner Leona Lewis, with whom Page performed a rendition of "Whole Lotta Love" at the London 2012 Olympics, to his apparent delight, and the disappointment of thousands of Zeppelin fans.
"I'd be very sincere if I said that doing the Olympics [Beijing, 2008] with Leona Lewis was phenomenal," he told Uncut magazine when asked what his best non-Zeppelin accomplishment was to date.
"She's really plucky, she's superb, and she sang "Whole Lotta Love" brilliantly.
"We managed to do the full length of "Whole Lotta Love" - it wasn't edited - and she sang it beautifully. It was so cool the way she approached it.
"For that audience, and the fact we didn't f**k it up... We're really going to do this and we're going to do it proud. That was important. It was a Led Zeppelin number but it took on another persona. I was proud to be able to play that riff for the handover."
From: The Indepedent
Robert Plant and Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson have gone public separately to disavow media reports circulating this week that Branson had offered Led Zeppelin's surviving members anywhere from $400 million to $750 million to reunite, and that Plant had torn up the offer in Branson's face.
- Richard Branson
"Robert Plant has not been in receipt of any offers in recent months with any organization or promoters regarding future Led Zep live shows," Plant said Wednesday through a spokesman. "Robert Plant has neither met or communicated with Richard Branson in the last 50 years, so it was with great surprise to see this reported in the press."
Branson took to his personal blog to confirm from his end that no such offer had been presented, although it had been reported as fact by the British tabloid the Mirror and picked up by numerous other outlets.
"I've been left dazed and confused by a story doing the rounds this week about us apparently offering Led Zeppelin £500 million to reform and carry out a tour," Branson wrote. "As much as I love the band, there is absolutely no truth to the story.
"There were even claims that Virgin Atlantic was about to rename one of our planes and include a stairway to heaven in honour of the band," Branson continued. "However nice an idea, this is also completely untrue. After a week of seeing worryingly inaccurate reports in various publications regarding Virgin, it was sad but not particularly surprising to see yet another fabricated story."
Plant is currently touring with his latest band, the Sensational Space Shifters, which released an album, "Lullaby...and the Ceaseless Roar," in September to largely laudatory reviews.
Branson went on to note that in the wake of the reports, he had connected with Plant.
"I spoke to Robert Plant about the story, which he also confirmed is complete rubbish from his side too," Branson added. "Robert told me he is very proud of his history and the band's past, and has always had great respect and love for his work throughout his career. However, he really believes he must move on with his life and career today."
Plant also included a note to assure fans he is not interested in distancing himself from his work with Zeppelin.
"He is excited and proud of their most recent remastered releases," Plant's statement read, "and disappointed with any confusion this current fabricated story may bring."
Wrote Branson: "Making up this story is very disrespectful to how wonderful his solo career with the Sensational Space Shifters is going..."
"Fellow band members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones also have many exciting projects in the works and should be respected in their own right," Branson wrote. "I'm proud of how so many artists from my generation, whether it is Led Zeppelin, Mike Oldfield or Peter Gabriel, are still being so creative and inventive. They have all moved on into exciting new phases, while still celebrating their incredible pasts."
From: LA Times
The new TBL issue 38 is another packed edition...
Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant has turned down a Whole Lotta Lolly – more than £500MILLION – to reform the band for the dearest tour in history.
The rock legend ripped up Sir Richard Branson’s contract for 35 dates in three cities in front of astonished promoters after the other members of the supergroup all signed up.
The tour would have earned singer Plant and fellow founders Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones £190million each before tax.
But Plant, 66, said he thought it wasn’t the right thing to do.
A source close to the group said: “They have tried to talk him round but there is no chance.
“His mind is made up and that’s that.”
Virgin tycoon Branson, 64, has been a lifelong fan of the band.
He was getting ready to rebrand one of his Jumbo jets “The Starship” to fly the group around the venues.
An industry source said they were told they could have £250 million for 35 dates in three cities, London at the O2, Berlin and New Jersey.
Led Zep were also promised £70million of the profit from merchandise and there was an option to do 45 more gigs in five venues.
The cash was to be split three ways between Plant, Page, 70, and Jones, 68, while Jason Bonham, 48, son of late drummer John, would have been paid a wage to perform.
Our band source said: “Jimmy, John and Jason signed up immediately.
“It was a no-brainer for them but Robert asked for 48 hours to think about it. When he said no and ripped up the paperwork he had been given, there was an enormous sense of shock.
"There is no way they can go ahead without him.”
Branson had planned to have the staircase of the Starship jet renamed the Stairway to Heaven after the band’s 70s hit and was going to sell off the back 20 rows of the aircraft as special Led Zep seats for £100,000 each.
The source added: “Branson tried to pull out all of the stops. But even his money was not enough to get Plant to sign up. He is gutted.”
Plant has previously said: “I have to be in some brand new zones quite regularly... It’s an insane thing to do, to go back.”
Formed in 1966, Led Zeppelin have sold more than 300 million albums. Their last performance was a one night only gig at London’s O2 on December 10, 2007.
Led Zeppelin's legendary drummer John Bonham's motorcycle has been hanging out at Mackie's Pizza for 25 years. Now they must find the charitable dollars to the family.
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"I don't intend to revisit the vaults for awhile," Jimmy Page says with a smile, sitting in the opulent library of a Victorian hotel in London. The ex-Led Zeppelin guitarist, 70, has spent much of the last decade in a retrospective frenzy: collating the images for his lavish, photographic memoir, Jimmy Page, first published in a collectors' edition in 2010 and now widely available; and curating acclaimed, deluxe reissues of his band's historic studio LPs. Rarity-laden editions of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and '73's Houses of the Holy come out on October 28th, and Page has finished preparing the rest of the catalog for release. Read the full story at RollingStone.com
If you're end in the position to conduct an interview with Jimmy Page, you may want to have a plan on how you want the interview to go, as well as a list of questions to ask him.
I offer you this interview, from October 18, 2014, from Paul and Young Ron, from Miami, Florida's BIG 105.9. Listen to this interview to give you insight on questions NOT to ask Jimmy Page.
Oct 28, 2014, Dallas, TX - North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands host Jimmy Page and Robert Plant on the release of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of the Holy in new deluxe editions.
Sammy Hagar celebrated his 67th birthday in Las Vegas recently and got the surprise of a lifetime: Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger doing a decent job of covering Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”.
Of course, by “decent job” I mean Kroeger managed to not totally decimate the song and turn it into usual Nickelback fodder. See that? Pigs can fly and now the Earth has been thrown off its axis.
Even if it’s not your cup of tea, Nickelback still sincerely thank you for your hate and vitriol.
Three days from now, Led Zeppelin fans will get treated to a whole bounty of new goodies to geek out on. On Oct. 27, the band releases expanded, remastered versions its early '70s classics Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy. To get us to run out and buy them (or maybe a new Cadillac), they've shared a new animated video for 1971's iconic hit "Rock and Roll."
Check out the video below:
Back on Oct. 16, the vaults opened up for a rare alternate mix of "Rock and Roll" that will appear on the Led Zeppelin IV re-release. Previously, rare alternate versions of "Rain Song" and "Black Dog" hit the internet.
"'Rock and Roll' has just got that cheeky energy about it," Jimmy Page told Rolling Stone. "It's a party. 'It's been a long time since I rock and rolled.' It says it all, really. It's great lyrics and it's a great performance."
"As a song, it was actually kind of punky; pre-punk," bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones said. "It was really fast too, onstage anyway. It just got really quick, a lot of energy. It's a lot of fun to play. The crowd loved it. We loved it."
The reissues of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy drop Oct. 27 via Atlantic/Swan Song. Each reissue will contain a bounty of unreleased bonus tracks (on both CD and vinyl, regular and deluxe). Both will be included in a box set, which also contains a coffee table book and a print of the cover art.
Led Zeppelin IV (Remastered Original CD)
Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition MP3)
Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition CD)
Led Zeppelin IV (Remastered Original Vinyl)
Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl)
Led Zeppelin IV (Super Deluxe Edition Box) (CD&LP)
Houses Of The Holy (Remastered Original CD)
Houses Of The Holy (Deluxe Edition MP3)
Houses Of The Holy (Deluxe Edition CD)
Houses Of The Holy (Remastered Original Vinyl)
Houses Of The Holy (Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl)
Houses Of The Holy (Super Deluxe Edition Box) (CD&LP)
"As a song, it was actually kind of punky," John Paul Jones says. "It's a lot of fun to play."
Led Zeppelin is stuck in Pennsylvania at the moment, forced to confront claims the band stole its biggest hit "Stairway to Heaven" from Randy Craig Wolfe, founding member of the band Spirit.
Wolfe's heirs sued Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and their music companies in June, asserting that the story Page has told over the years about holing himself up in a remote cottage in Wales in 1970 and creating the iconic song is false. The plaintiff alleges that the music really came from Spirit, which once toured with Led Zeppelin in the late 1960s.
In reaction to the lawsuit, the defendants challenged jurisdiction.
"The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here," stated a memorandum to dismiss.
In response, the plaintiff amended the lawsuit with some emphasis on why a Pennsylvania judge should oversee the case: "Defendants are subject to specific jurisdiction in this district because they make millions of dollars from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by directly targeting this district for the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven' through CD sales, digital downloading, radio and television play, advertising, marketing, concert performances, other performances, licensing, and otherwise targeting resident individuals and businesses to profit off the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven.'”
U.S. District Court Judge Juan Sánchez has now denied the motion to dismiss or transfer without prejudice, meaning that the Zeppelin parties can still try again.
The judge didn't offer any reasoning in his written order, but those looking for the standards by which judges determine jurisdiction can read about another judge's recent decision to throw out a trademark lawsuit filed by John Wayne's heirs against Duke University.
From: The Hollywood Reporter
I imagine he would be retired from the music business and would be a sober and loving proud father and grandfather. He wouldn't have been flashy and capitalizing on his fame but would appreciate the genuine recognition for all that he'd accomplished.
I like to think he would be on his farm with Pat and family and perhaps, occasionally, sit in with bands to smash the skins for the fun of it.
Bonzo would also be taking an active interest in Jason's drumming, shepherding him along in drumming technique and in life.
Perhaps, in a perfect scenario, he would have done an experimental solo percussion-only album or two with Jimmy producing.
I also picture him sitting in with bands like Tool and other local bands that he respected.
Its nice to think that Bonzo would also would have sat in with aspiring drummers and given clinics at drum industry conventions.
If he were still with us today, he would cruise around town on his motorcycles and cars from his collection-occasionally showing off his latest acquisitions; a black Citroen GT and a Bugatti Veyron.
For one reason or another, Led Zeppelin would have disbanded in the mid-80's after the music business and fans no longer supported the world in which Zep existed.
Jimmy and company wouldn't want to have cheapened all they had built in the previous years and they would have quietly put the band to rest once it became obvious to all of them that they had outgrown their time.
The MTV generation would have put the band on a shelf while they danced to Michael Jackson. John Bonham in particular wouldn't have wanted to continue to seem to be a caricature of his old self and would have voted to disband Led Zeppelin.
Perhaps there would have been the occasional get-together when the time and situation felt right.
Live Aid and the Atlantic 40th show certainly would have been much better with John there behind the kit, of course.
So, it all came full circle in December 2007 when his son sat in for him. John would have been proud.
He was a man of his time.
I often wonder how he would have adapted and grown to fit into the twenty first century with plastic drums, drum machines, YouTube and auto tune. My gut tells me he would have adapted just fine while staying true to his organic drumming technique.
He is missed by legions of fans, friends and family each day.
Led Zeppelin are sharing a video previewing the Super Deluxe Edition of the upcoming expanded reissue of their 1973 release, Houses Of The Holy, due on October 28.
Released in March of 1973, Houses Of The Holy features legendary tracks such as "The Song Remains The Same" and "No Quarter" while also showcasing the continuing evolution of the band's signature sound with the reggae-tinged "D'yer Mak'er" and the funk jam "The Crunge". The album has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 11 million copies.
The seven unreleased tracks on the companion audio disc include rough and working mixes for "The Ocean" and "Dancing Days" that reveal a deeper look inside the recording sessions of these classic songs. Other standout recordings include the guitar mix backing track for "Over The Hills And Far Away" and a version of "The Rain Song" without piano.
The group are releasing both Houses Of The Holy and Led Zeppelin IV on the same day.
Led Zeppelin kicked off their reissue series in June with the release of expanded editions of the band's first three albums: Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III, each with a companion disc of bonus material.
Houses Of The Holy track listing:
01. The Song Remains The Same
02. The Rain Song
03. Over The Hills And Far Away
04. The Crunge
05. Dancing Days
06. D'yer Mak'er
07. No Quarter
08. The Ocean
Companion Audio Disc
01. The Song Remains The Same - Guitar Overdub Reference Mix
02. The Rain Song - Mix Minus Piano
03. Over The Hills And Far Away - Guitar Mix Backing Track
04. The Crunge - Rough Mix - Keys Up
05. Dancing Days - Rough Mix With Vocal
06. No Quarter - Rough Mix With JPJ Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal
07. The Ocean - Working Mix
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