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
To view the interview and everything else, go to http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/jfanx7/robert-plant
Stairway to Heaven was one of the biggest rock songs of the 1970s - loved, imitated and sometimes parodied.
Now Led Zeppelin's classic track is back on the turntable, on a re-mastered version of the band's fourth album.
Forty-three years after its release, the song continues to hold a place in many music fans' hearts. Guitarist Jimmy Page gives a personal account of how a rock anthem came together.
Go to http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29550639
Camera: Dave O'Neill, Richard Kenny. Editing: Dave O'Neill. Producer: Amanda Bruckshaw
Brand reinvention sounds like a lofty, even noble concept. But adapting your brand to changing market conditions and customer behaviors is hard. Just ask Blockbuster (dead in the water) or The New York Times (fighting for its future). If you are a company faced with the daunting challenge of brand reinvention, a 66-year-old rock-and-roll singer has a few lessons for you. Robert Plant, once the living symbol of youthful hedonism during his days with Led Zeppelin, has successfully reinvented himself. As his body and voice have aged, his audience has changed, and the music industry has been upended, he is now receiving the best reviews of his career and selling strong as a solo artist. Here is his formula for success:
For the entire article, go to http://blog.beyondcurious.com/What-we-do/bid/355581/Robert-Plant-s-Rules-for-Brand-Reinvention
Thanks to David Deal!
Andrew Unterberger at SPIN.com has penned an article ranking every Led Zeppelin article from "worst to first".
Honestly, I'm speechless at the list. It's a pretty shocking list to read. Even the first sentence in the introduction shocks me to no end. "It's surprisingly easy to forget about Led Zeppelin in 2014."
Reaction to this article in various Led Zeppelin forums and Facebook ranges from perplexed to negative. It is important to remember that it is one person's opinion.
Read the entire article with the rankings (Stairway is not number one!) at http://www.spin.com/articles/led-zeppelin-every-song-ranked/.
Robert Plant will soon embark on a short tour in support of the recently released album lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar. The former Led Zeppelin front man is set to perform with his Sensational Space Shifters in Port Chester, NY on Thursday followed by shows in Brooklyn on Saturday and Sunday. Plant won't have Friday off though as he'll make a rare U.S. television appearance.
Robert Plant will be the musical guest on Friday's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Playbill.com reports that Plant will sit for an interview in addition to his musical performance. The singer last visited a Fallon-hosted show in September of 2010.
We are pleased to announce that Scarlet Page's book, RESONATORS, featuring exclusive photographs of Jimmy Page, is now available to pre-order exclusively at www.redgiantpublishing.com.
This beautiful large format book is strictly limited to 1,480 copies worldwide and is available in both Deluxe and Collector editions.
Including over 120 exclusive and never before seen photographs taken over the past two years, Scarlet's personal approach and style has produced beautiful and intimate portraits of The Resonators, capturing sides of guitar legends rarely seen by their fans.
Guitarists included within RESONATORS are: Wilko Johnson, Jimmy Page, Brian May, Paul Stanley, Sir Paul McCartney, Peter Green, Joe Walsh, Slash, Nile Rodgers, Mick Jones, Jeff Beck, Paul Weller, Mark Knopfler, Noel Gallagher, Serge Pizzorno, Wayne Kramer, Albert Lee, Billy Corgan, Johnny Marr, Graham Coxon, Justin Hawkins, Robert Fripp, Steve Jones, John Squire, John Frusciante, Hank Marvin, Kelly Jones, Dick Taylor, John Squire, Phil Manzanera, Hank Marvin, Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell and Jack White.
Each book is individually signed and numbered by Scarlet Page, hand-bound in quarter leather and printed on 200gsm acid free matt art paper with silver gilt edges. The book has been printed and bound by one of the world's leading makers of fine limited edition books. In over 8,000 words of brand new text, Scarlet tells us the stories behind the pictures.
The Deluxe Edition is limited to 300 copies worldwide and is presented within a beautiful and stylish RESONATORS presentation box and accompanied with a signed RESONATORS collage print. In addition the Deluxe Edition also comes with a hand crafted portfolio box containing 34 beautifully printed 8" x 10" images, one for each of the guitarists featured in RESONATORS.
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The Collectors' Edition is limited to 1,180 copies worldwide and is presented within a beautiful and stylish RESONATORS presentation box and accompanied with a signed RESONATORS collage print.
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Continuing on from Scarlet's successful RESONATORS exhibition and charity auction, 10% of the profit from the sale of this book will go to benefit Teenage Cancer Trust. We are also offering the first 300 subscribers to the book the opportunity to have their names printed within the back pages of the book.
Red Giant Publishing offer you our 'sequential sales promise', so the early you pre-order the lower numbered edition you will receive. Other publishers cannot promise you this, as they use a variety of galleries and sales channels, we guarantee you the lowest numbered edition available at the point of ordering.
Exclusive footage from the Teenage Cancer Trust exhibition featuring an interview with Scarlet Page as well as footage of Jimmy Page and John Squire.
He is known as the "Golden God." And he's not showing signs of stopping, releasing his tenth solo album.
Robert Plant has defined how to look, act and sound like a rock star in a musical journey that spans more than four decades.
His raw, raspy voice is instantly recognizable and launched Led Zeppelin into superstardom in the 1970s.
Together for little over a decade, the British band sold more than 300 million records, with each of their nine studio albums landing on billboard's top 10 charts.
It is hard to overstate the influence that Led Zeppelin had on rock and roll.
Whenever there was an attempt to pigeonhole them as this big bludgeoning hard rock band, the next record would be more acoustic based.
Plant penned some of the group's most enduring anthems. One of them, "Stairway to Heaven," provided a blueprint for all hard rock bands to come.
But when drummer John Bonham died in 1980 -- so did the band.
"He and I played together since we were like 16. There was a big, big hole in all of our lives. I just thought it was time to move along," he said Monday on CBS This Morning.
Plant didn't stop, though. From there he continued to explore new genres through a successful solo career.
Unlike many of his Zeppelin albums, he said his 2007 album with Alison Krauss was a hit among critics and fans alike.
"In Zeppelin we were the pariah of music, critically we were slammed a lot," Plant said, "I team up with Alison Krauss, and what do I get? Six Grammys in one night!"
Now, on his tenth solo album, "Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar," Plant weaves world music with blues, bluegrass, and a lifetime of adventure.
From: CBS News
Read the entire article at http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/sep/10/robert-plant-led-zeppelin-classic-interview
Once you get past the name, it is a decent cover and a decent voice. This version definitely has the whole light and shade thing going on.
What could Jimmy Page and Justin Timberlake possibly have in common?
Her name is Helene Freeman, an entertainment lawyer who litigated a series of victories for Timberlake’s former boy band, NSYNC, and is now defending Page and fellow members of Led Zeppelin in a dispute over Stairway to Heaven‘s authorship. As we’ve reported, Led Zeppelin faces a copyright infringement suit that alleges parts of the 1971 hit were filched from an obscure song by the band Spirit.
By hiring Freeman, a partner at New York law firm Phillips Nizer, Led Zeppelin has gone for an industry specialist who has also done work for singer Diana Ross and corporate clients that include record distributors and advertising agencies. In NSYNC cases from the late 1990s and 2000s, Freeman secured the band’s ability to leave its old record label and won dismissal of a copyright suit over pictures on concert merchandise, according to her firm bio. She declined to comment for this story.
In the Zeppelin case, the crux of the claim is that, to many ears, the opening notes of Stairway to Heaven sound a lot like Taurus, an instrumental piece by the late Spirit guitarist Randy California, released on his band’s debut album in 1968. At the end of that year and through 1969, Spirit and Led Zeppelin shared the bill at several concerts. Randy California’s trust filed the complaint on May 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, citing as a cause for action the “Falsification of Rock N’ Roll History.”
Lawyers for Led Zeppelin and its record company, Warner Music, have until Sept. 22 to respond to the suit. (Led Zeppelin is also represented in the Philadelphia court by local counsel Michael Eidel of the firm Fox Rothschild.) A spokesman for the band and Warner Music has repeatedly declined to comment on the dispute. Page, speaking to France’s Liberation newspaper in May, called the infringement claim “ridiculous.”
The lawsuit comes just as Led Zeppelin prepares to cash in anew on the epic hit. On Oct. 28, it plans to re-issue the untitled album that contains Stairway to Heaven, known as Led Zeppelin IV. According to a Warner Music news release, the deluxe edition will contain a “fabled, alternate version” of Stairway that “lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before.”
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