More Roar, the EP from Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters first released on 10" vinyl for Record Store Day this past April, is now available digitally as well on iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store, where it is also available as a high-definition 96kHz/24bit FLAC download and on vinyl too. The EP features three tracks recorded live during the group’s 2014 world tour celebrating the release of Plant's Nonesuch / Warner Bros. Records debut album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar: "Turn It Up / Arbaden," "Poor Howard," and "Whole Lotta Love (Medley)."
Plant and the band are currently touring Europe, stopping at the Fête du Bruit in France and Lokerse Festival in Belgium this weekend. They return to North America for a number of shows in September, including stops in New York, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, and more. For details and tickets to see them live, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.
For many people, the mere thought of treading water in the middle of a pool for minutes at a time is daunting beyond belief, never mind pairing it with sophisticated choreography. Yet this feat is all in a day's work for the Spanish Synchronized Swimming Team, whose performance during the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, held in Rome, was so outstanding that it ultimately won them the competition's gold medal for "Free Routine Combination."
As if the swimming team's movements – the pinnacle of precision and grace – weren't impressive enough, it was their song choice that truly took this synchronized act to soaring new heights (or rather, awe-inspiring depths). The women swam to the stylings of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven," adding a bit of pumping pop culture relevance to their performance, a notable and captivating departure from the instrumental music that typically dominates the sport.
Between the Spanish Synchronized Swimming Team's flawless timing and ethereal song choice, it's no wonder they were deemed champions of the event. To make the moment all the more special, Reuters reports that this gold medal marked their first international win.
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Last night, at the Paléo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland, Robert Plant had a guest dancer during Little Maggie. During the keyboard outro, singer Joan Baez came up on on stage and joined Plant for a few spins around stage. Baez had completed a set on the same stage earlier in the evening.
Plant's next performance is on July 27 in Lyon, France, at Theatre Romains de Fourviere. Baez's next performance is also July 27 at the Castle Amphitheatre in Wiltz, Luzembourg.
Three minutes shorter than the official version, the rough mix begins with a surprisingly upbeat R&B-style bass line and finds Robert Plant singing a slightly different vocal line. Also, Jimmy Page's guitar line lacks the monumental heft of the more familiar version and, similarly, this version does not play up John Bonham's earth-shaking bass drums the way it eventually would (the Coda companion disc makes up for that, though, by putting a different mix of "Bonzo's Montreux" immediately after). As an alternate version, it makes for a bluesier, more pensive interpretation of the track that the band developed from Kansas Joe and Memphis Minnie's 1929 country-blues Mississippi flood tune.
"The fourth album was a commitment," Page recalled in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, about the record that eventually called "Levee" home. "We were living in a house with a recording truck, eating and sleeping music together. We could push everything we were doing, to the point of total extremes like 'When the Levee Breaks.' It's so dense and dark – there isn't a color to describe it. It's not black. It's darker than that." He laughed.
The track is one of many outtakes from the group's career that appear on the upcoming deluxe edition of Coda's two companion discs. Another notable tune that will appear as a bonus track is "Sugar Mama," a bluesy rave-up the group wrote and recorded for inclusion on its 1969 debut Led Zeppelin.
Along with Coda, Led Zeppelin are reissuing their last two studio records: 1976's Presence and 1979's In Through the Out Door. The companion disc to Presence includes reference mixes of several songs on the LP, including "Hots On for Nowhere" and a previously unreleased, oddly named instrumental "10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)." In Through the Out Door's companion disc contains rough mixes of every song on the record, including a raw-sounding version of "In the Evening."
As with the previous reissues, Page personally supervised remastering each of the records. Additionally, all three will be available in a variety of formats, from basic versions without the companion discs, to a super deluxe edition containing CDs, vinyl and digital versions of everything, along with a hardbound book and print of the album art.
For more information, visit the band's website.
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Catch snippets of Sugar Mama (Mix), Desire (The Wanton Song) (Rough Mix) and If It Keeps On Raining (Rough Mix).
Robert Plant is set to headline England’s Forrest Live festival on Saturday. One would think that a similarly legendary act would be slated to warm up the crowd, but instead the former Led Zeppelin frontman has chosen an elementary school band to open for him.
As NME points out, the singer has enlisted the help of Y Storm, a group comprised of students from Ysgol OM Edwards, a school in Wales. The children are between the ages of 10 and 11 and will perform original material — written by themselves, mind you — in both English and Welsh. If you were wondering how Plant came across such a youthful troupe, two of the band members are the children of Liam Tyson, a guitarist who plays in Plant’s The Sensational Space Shifters outfit.
“He [Plant] knows they’ve been in a band, he’s seen the progression over the years,” Tyson explained to the BBC. He added, “He champions all things Welsh, so it was the next step to do. For their age they’d give anybody a run,” he added. “They’re on the gig because they’ve done well over the years and they’ve progressed and progressed and they’ve kept progressing.”
From: Consequence of Sound
Sad news for Zeppelin fans--July 31 will mark the last release date for the Led Zeppelin album reissues, spanning all nine of their unforgettable studio albums. The final three to be remastered by Jimmy Page himself are 1976's Presence, 1979's In Through the Out Door and 1982's Coda. Each release features bonus material, alternative recordings and mixes of fan favorite tracks. Today (July 10), the band shared an unearthed and stripped down version of "In the Evening (Rough Mix)" off of Out Door via Yahoo! Music.
The previously unheard track lacks special effects and finishing touches heard on the final cut. Unlike the renowned version chock-full of noise, it's evident that Robert Plant's voice is empty and toned down without the album version's pulsation of effects. Page's guitar work and John Bonham's drumming face a shortage of harsh, involved noises and instead entertain a more crisp sound.
The In Through the Out Door reissue will incorporate rough mixes of each of the seven tracks including four budding tracks crafted by Plant, Page, Bonham and John Paul Jones before they could even agree on a fitting song title. "The Epic" would be later known as the ten-minute extavaganza of "Carouselambra," while "The Hook" morphed into the radio staple "All My Love." "Blot" evolved into "I'm Gonna Crawl," and "Southbound Piano" eventually formed "South Bound Suarez," Rolling Stone reports.
Presence will introduce five reference mixes of album tracks along with the previously unearthed "Hots on for Nowhere" and a never-before-heard instrumental called "10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)." Coda will offer two discs loaded with companion audio, along with rare track "Sugar Mama."
From: Music Times
So, we decided to trawl our archives and found these fantastic pictures of the legendary singer over the years.
The former frontman of Led Zeppelin has enjoyed huge success over nearly 50 years in music.
There are photos of him with everyone from ELO's Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan, singers Roy Wood, Ozzy Osbourne and Sandy Denny to comedians Michael Palin and Jasper Carrott.
Read entire story plus view the gallery at: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/robert-plant-in-pictures-9531216
Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant recently poked fun at Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready about the striking similarities between Zeppelin's 1971 track "Going to California" and Pearl Jam's 1998 tune "Given to Fly."
After all, playing to thousands of adoring fans every night must be more enjoyable than being a travelling salesman offering to tarmac peoples drives?
The West Bromwich born singer exposed his new career path in a promotional trailer for upcoming comedy film Doreen: The Movie, where he is looking for business under the guise of Black Dog Tarmac ltd.
Despite attempting to charm a potential customer with lines such as "Would you care for a little bitumen slapped up your alley?" the singer fails to seal the deal.
The film, set for release on October 18, tells the story of Doreen Tipton, the world famous Lazy Cow from the Black Country, who began as a comedy creation in a video that went viral on YouTube.
The worlds introduction to Doreen came three years ago when film maker David Tristram, from Quarry Bank, near Dudley, uploaded a four minute 'mockumentary' to YouTube, which has since racked up nearly 1,400,000 views.
The character, played by Gill Jordan, became the star of her own stage show, had her biography written and is now set to be a star of the big screen.
In the promotional clip put online ahead of the films release, Wolves fan Plant knocks on Doreen’s door, which is answered by her next-door-neighbour and all-round skivvy Doris.
Doreen asks, through Doris, if he wants money in return for laying her new drive, to which he replies: “I’m quite solvent at the moment but I could do with a little bit, a pinch here and there for some apple juice."
Despite insisting that he will use 'the finest bitumen in the land, from Tividale', Plant is met with a slammed door, before pushing his business card through the letterbox, which reads 'Plant Hire, Your Driveway to Heaven'.
As he wanders off, the golden haired singer ponders to himself that 'there must be an easier way to make ends meet'.
From: Express & Star
Take a glimpse inside the forthcoming Super Deluxe Edition of IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR with the video below. Full details of all formats available here: http://www.ledzeppelin.com
Presence (Remastered Original CD)
Presence (Deluxe Edition MP3)
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Presence (Super Deluxe Edition Box) (CD&LP)
In Through The Out Door (Remastered Original CD)
In Through The Out Door (Deluxe Edition MP3)
In Through The Out Door (Deluxe Edition CD)
In Through The Out Door (Remastered Original Vinyl)
In Through The Out Door (Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl)
In Through The Out Door (Super Deluxe Edition Box) (CD&LP)
Coda (Remastered Original CD)
Coda (Deluxe Edition MP3)
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Coda (Remastered Original Vinyl)
Coda (Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl)
Coda (Super Deluxe Edition Box) (CD&LP)
The deluxe edition of Presence – due out July 31st, along with souped-up versions of 1979's In Through the Out Door and 1982's Coda, rounding out the band's reissue campaign – will also contain reference mixes of "For Your Life," "Royal Orleans" and "Achilles Last Stand," the last of which had the working title "Two Ones Are Won." It also includes a reference mix for a previously unreleased and curiously titled instrumental, "10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)."
As with the previous reissues in the campaign, Page has personally remastered each of the discs and dug through the band's archives for companion audio to deluxe editions. Each of the three albums will also be available in a variety of formats, ranging from digital and single-disc CDs and vinyl to a lavish super-deluxe edition, which contains CD, vinyl and digital deluxe editions, as well as a hardbound book and a print of the featured LP's cover.
Coda is notable among the reissues because it contains two discs of companion audio, which cover recordings the group made between 1968 and 1974. Rolling Stone premiered the song rare track "Sugar Mama" from these discs, which is available to stream here.
From: Rolling Stone
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Baker, who has never been shy when it comes to taking shots at the bands of his generation, singled out Zeppelin drummer John Bonham in particular, asserting that he wasn't "anywhere near what I am. He wasn't a musician".
When asked by Forbes if he considered the hard rock four-piece to be a "good" band that came from Cream's influences, Baker responded, "Jimmy's [Page] a good player. I don’t think Led Zeppelin filled the void that Cream left, but they made a lot of money. I probably like about five percent of what they did – a couple of things were really cool. What I don't like is the heavy bish-bash, jing-bap, jing-bash bullshit.
"Years ago, John said, 'There are two drummers in rock and roll, Ginger Baker and me'. There's no way John was anywhere near what I am. He wasn't a musician. A lot of people don't realize I studied. I can write music. I used to write big band parts in 1960, '61. I felt that if I was a drummer, I needed to learn to read drum music. I was so good at side reading, a guy in one of the big bands told me to get two books. I studied them at the same time. One was about the rules of basic harmony, the other how to break them all [laughs]."
But Baker reserved most of his scorn for heavy metal as he attempted to distance Cream from the genre their credited as being an important influence over. "These people that dress up in spandex trousers with all the extraordinary makeup – I find it incredibly repulsive, always have. I've seen where Cream is sort of held responsible for the birth of heavy metal. Well, I would definitely go for aborting [laughs].
"I loathe and detest heavy metal. I think it is an abortion. A lot of these guys come up and say, 'Man, you were my influence, the way you thrashed the drums'. They don't seem to understand I was thrashing in order to hear what I was playing. It was anger, not enjoyment – and painful. I suffered on stage because of that [high amplifier] volume crap. I didn't like it then, and like it even less now."
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