Recorded live at London's O2 Arena on December 10, 2007, the film captures a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band's signature blues-infused rock 'n' roll that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin.
Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalog including landmark tracks "Whole Lotta Love," "Rock And Roll," "Kashmir," and "Stairway To Heaven."
Although 20 million people applied for tickets, the band's first headline show in 27 years was seen only by the 18,000 ticket holders who were fortunate enough to have secured seats through the worldwide lottery.
The historic concert will premiere on AXS TV CONCERTS, Sunday, Nov. 24 at 8-10 p.m. ET (5-7 p.m. PT) on DirecTV 340, Dish 167, Uverse 1106. There will be encore broadcasts every night of the week at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT from Monday, Nov. 25 through Thursday, Nov. 28, Thanksgiving.
The concert premiered theatrically last year and is also available on Blu-Ray, DVD, CD, vinyl, and digital download, but has never been seen on television prior to its debut on AXS TV.
"Led Zeppelin is such an integral part of the musical landscape and evolution of rock ‘n' roll," said AXS TV founder Mark Cuban. "Making such a landmark performance accessible to millions of households is one of the ways AXS TV intends to bring music back to television."
Following heralded premieres in New York, London, Berlin, and Tokyo, Celebration Day made its theatrical debut in 40 countries and over 1,500 screens. The concert was then released in multiple audio and video formats and shot to the top of charts worldwide. To date, Celebration Day has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
Bringing music back to television, AXS TV, launched in July of 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, has created a one-of-a-kind, live television environment for entertainment and other cutting-edge trends. For more information, visit the website, www.axs.tv; and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv
From: Monsters & Critics
Some very interesting comments from Robert during his interview on the Radcliffe & Maconie BBC 6 show – Robert was speaking from Bristol where he's been recording an album in Bath with the Space Shifters. Asked about the Zep reissues he commented that there were 'Hidden Gems' ("we should call the band that") and that he had recently unearthed a quarter inch tape and had met with Jimmy to discuss the contents. He also, with tongue in cheek, joked that they were trying to find two tracks with John Paul Jones singing on and Jonesy had promise him 2 cars and a greenhouse not to use them. You gotta love him! Musical selections played included Howlin' Wolf's version of 44 Blues which the Space Shifters performed last year and a live version of Black Dog recorded by the Space Shifters in Boston on their recent US tour.
The Associated Press reports that the Songwriters HOF gave them advanced access of the official announcement which will be unveiled on Thursday, October 10th.
Ray Davies, Sade, Cyndi Lauper, Linda Perry, Vince Gill, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, Donovan, Cat Stevens and Harry Wayne Casey are also among the 2014 performing nominees while “Midnight Train to Georgia” writer Jim Weatherly, Motown songwriter William “Mickey” Stevenson and country music songwriters Bobby Braddock and Bill Anderson are among the non-performing songwriter nominees.
Eligible voters can select two nominees from the list of songwriter-performers and three nonperforming songwriters through December 16th. The 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held June 12th at the New York Marriott Marquis.
From: The Music Universe
This is Jones' fourth appearance at the festival, playing with Mike Marshall and Hamilton de Holanda in 2004, presented a 30-minute solo performance on tripleneck mandolin and Kyma in 2005, as well as playing with the Italian Bluegrass Band and Hamilton de Holanda's Brasilian Quintet in 2006.
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Good Times Bad Times
The bass drum triplets starting at 2:14. Is there any more that needs to be said? Using his experience in bands from the Midlands, John Bonham brought his creativity and power to each song in Led Zeppelin. Drummer Carmine Appice said that Bonham took the bass drum triplets from the Vanilla Fudge song Ticket To Ride.
I Can't Quit You Baby
Taking from his love of jazz, blues and R&B, Bonham breathed new life into this Willie Dixon classic. Bonham laid a cool, simple 12/8 beat down, allowing Robert Plant's lyrics and Jimmy Page's guitar work to shine. Interesting enough, if you listen to the live version from the last album Coda, er Royal Albert Hall (from January 9, 1970), you'll hear more of those bass drum triplets.
Achilles Last Stand
Perhaps it was gained from his formative years as a bricklayer or perhaps it was his 16 oz. arm curls, John Bonham was the thunder and the power behind Led Zeppelin. No other Led Zeppelin studio song aptly presents this fact as much as the first track from Presence. During the course of the track, Bonham's volcanic drum fills interlock with Page’s wailing guitar parts, seizing several moments of tension that build to the bursting point.
Fool In The Rain
Whether the samba beat was sourced from Robert Plant watching the 1978 FIFA World Cup or from personal knowledge, this is another track that Bonham took a step back to let other instruments take center stage. However, not to be totally non-existant in the track, Bonham offers up some tasty drum fills after the center section of the song.
Not to be totally void of any drum solos in this list, Bonzo's Montreux makes an appearance. Drum solos were a very integral part of Led Zeppelin's live shows, allowing John Bonham to experiment and bloody up his cymbals. Recorded on September 12, 1976 at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland with Jimmy Page, Bonham wanted to create a drum orchestra. Starting with laying down the rhythm track with the drum track, he then laid auxillary instruments, such as tympanis, timbales and conga over the top. It was first released on Led Zeppelin's studio album Coda in 1982 and later fused with Moby Dick from Led Zeppelin II by Jimmy Page in May 1990 at Atlantic Records' Synclavier Suite, adding electronic treatments for inclusion on Led Zeppelin's first Box Set.
Led Zeppelin music has appeared in a few trailers recently, including Kashmir in the trailer for Disney's John Carter and When the Levee Breaks was used in the trailer for Sucker Punch. In neither case did the songs make it to the final cut of the movie. Ben Affleck's Argo, however, did use When the Levee Breaks in the movie, but not in the trailer.
From: Ramble On Radio
Filmmakers Jackie Maw Tolliver and Gabriel Tolliver have completed filming and now are currently on a campaign to finish the movie.
Donating to their crowdsourcing page at Indiegogo will help pay for all that back end stuff like Post-Production (i.e. Editing, Motion Graphics, Title Design, Color Correction, DVD Authoring and Duplication, Sub-titling, Sound Design, Soundtrack composing & recording), Film insurance, Film Festival entry fees, Marketing/Promotion and Screening Venues.
They will even give you great Fleecing Led Zeppelin-branded swag.
In 1973 someone stole $200,000 from Led Zeppelin. Forty years later, it's just turned up.
What would you do?
Led Zepagain has been selected to be on the national TV show The World's Greatest Tribute Bands.
The weekly one-hour concert series -- hosted by Katie Daryl (TMZ on TV, Showbiz Tonight) live from the Roxy Theatre on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, Calif. -- pays tribute to "the legendary sounds, songs and artists especially of the '60s, '70s and '80s."
Led Zepagain will be playing at the Roxy Theatre honoring Led Zeppelin and the concert will be broadcast 100% LIVE Monday Sept 23rd at 11et/8pt.
Meanwhile, fans interested in seeing the concerts in person can attend for free. Click here. Fans not able to attend can watch the show on DirecTV 340, Dish 167, Uverse 1106.
Author, Singer/Songwriter & Led Zeppelin enthusiast Linda P. Adams has written a fascinating essay, in four parts, on Stairway To Heaven, exploring the meaning behind the lyrics and a little bit on the whole backmasking thing, all from the perspective of a Latter-Day Saint.
We get the Led out at least once a week, so when we learned that the ornamental prints that glided across Anna Sui’s runway were inspired by our beloved Jimmy Page’s hoard of tapestries, we were extra enthused about this season’s offerings. Paige collected the pieces from Pre-Raphaelite deity Edward Burne-Jones, who’s collection was on display at The Tate’s Pre-Raph retrospective earlier this year. Sui went, saw, and just like that, her vision for spring was born.
Sui sent out a lovely array of her signature flowing dresses, capes, kimonos, in a mix-and-match assortment of fairy lace, floral chiffon, and copper wallpaper print. As we presume Sui would have hoped, everything looked as it had been snatched from the racks of Granny Takes a Trip by today’s modern hippie. Considering that the devil is always in the detail for the designer, the accessories made just as much of a statement, from the knee-high gladiator sandals to the flower crown toppers. The same could be said for the hair and makeup, which was commanded by fluffy fresh-out-of-braids hair and frosty blue eyeshadow. Another highlight was seeing a male model hit the catwalk every now and again, bedecked in a shaggy coat or botanical print blazer paired with skinny velour pants. Every forethought about how a man should dress kind of went out the window in the ’60s (in the best way), no? And while the clothes stand just fine on their own, seeing them at one of the designer’s elaborate productions was magical as always. Sui arranged for the runway backdrop to be painted in style of The Fool — a Swinging Sixties design collective that colored rock stars’ wardrobes and things, from George Harrison’s mini-car to The Beatles costumes on the 1967 television broadcast of “All You Need Is Love.” Additionally, one of our favorite tracks from The Beatles’ psychedelic chapter, “The Inner Light,” played as Sui’s favorite supermodel (and ours) Karen Elson opened the show in an elaborate gold headdress.
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Affleck, a longtime Led Zeppelin fan, admits he was desperate to use the track and vigorously pursued the British rockers to win permission, but they asked him to make a very specific change.
The film showed actor Tate Donovan putting the needle on a record, and Affleck was asked to change the shot to show the needle being placed on the correct spot on the vinyl to correspond to the song's position on 1971 album Led Zeppelin IV.
Affleck agreed and he headed back to the editing suit in order to make the band happy. He tells the Los Angeles Times, "Zeppelin, to me, is the greatest rock 'n' roll band. People say, 'The Beatles, the Stones.' No. It's Zeppelin... So not only did we have to pay for the song, we had to pay for an effects shot. You have to appreciate their attention to detail, though."
That's not necessarily a slight against the film itself, which was chock full of stunning footage of performances from concert stars like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney -- and the remaining members of Nirvana, who get a surprisingly passing mention -- and augmented with a number of delightful and often unexpected backstage moments.
Paul McCartney's efforts to convince Alicia Keys that he's as cool as his daughter Stella are particularly amusing. And Chris Martin's stunned delight when Michael Stipe says that he wants him to sing along to "Losing My Religion" during the performance is almost enough to obliterate any Coldplay and/or GOOP-related stigma the singer has accrued over the years.
But nothing came close to torrent of named names and unbridled bitterness that the concert promoter and Hollywood bigwig Harvey Weinstein dished in the post-screening Q&A with his fellow event organizers James Dolan and John Sykes and doc producers Amir Bar-Lev and Meghan O’Hara. Some of the things that Weinstein willingly shared with the sold-out crowd at Toronto's Wintergarden Theatre left Bar-Lev, the film's director, visibly stunned at some of the things he'd missed while he was filming the event.
First of all, Weinstein gleefully confessed that he'd sold a sit-down with "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart for charity funds. Apparently the "Prince of an Arabian country" was offering to pay top dollar for a fifteen-minute chat with the chronically awkward actress.
Weinstein called Stewart and filled her in on the situation. "She said 'How much?' My kind of girl," he quipped. The mogul and the prince were eventually able to agree to a $500,000 donation. In cash. The prince, Stewart and a number of bodyguards enjoyed a lovely fifteen minutes together during the concert. (The concert went on to raise $30 million.)
Weinstein was even more forthcoming, not to mention venomous, when a member of the audience asked if they'd asked Led Zeppelin to play the concert.
As it turns out, they had. Weinstein was convinced that an appearance from the band's remaining members could significantly increase the amount of money that the benefit could earn for victims of the hurricane. So he approached Robert Plant.
"We get an OK from Plant if Page will do it... Jimmy Page doesn't want to do it," Weinstein explained with a dramatic flair. "Jimmy Page's lawyer... Maybe he works for Satan? Maybe he is Satan?"
Undeterred, Weinstein asked Hillary Clinton if she could lend her considerable diplomatic skills to the cause. She didn't think that she'd be the best person to talk Led Zeppelin into reforming, so she recruited her husband Bill.
Former President Bill Clinton took up the cause. "Bill talked to the group and Jimmy told him no," Weinstein said with barely concealed rage.
Still, he wasn't ready to give up just yet. As a last ditch effort, Weinstein asked President Barack Obama for help. Unfortunately, getting Jimmy Page to raise money for hurricane relief isn't quite as easy as tracking down Osama Bin Laden.
"Jimmy Page struck out Obama and Bill Clinton," Weinstein sighed. "That will live on in infamy."
From: Huff Post
Bands who try to do straight-ahead covers of the mightiest Led Zeppelin songs usually come out looking like they got squashed by a blimp. Trent Reznor and Karen O's take on Zep's classic ode to Viking warriors – which appeared on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack – is an industrial rock crusher that rivals the original while adding an extra level of art-horror creepiness. Reznor lays down a storming track and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer brings the midnight sun with warrior priestess yowls that sound like she recorded her vocal after a couple weeks out pillaging coastal Europe. She barely sounds human on the opening bellows, which is fitting since Reznor's electronic noise blizzard sonics barely sound like music. The land of the ice and snow never sounded so foreboding.
From: Rolling Stone
Backstage Auctions is proud to present the annual Classic Rock and Roll Auction featuring over 500 auction lots which - for the most part - will be dominated by an A-list of Classic Rock bands, including Led Zeppelin.
Led Zeppelin's lots include a hat worn by drummer John Bonham, signed CDs by Robert Plant & John Paul Jones, as well as collections of import CDs, vinyl, books, magazines, and a lot more!
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We've got the perfect pick-me-up for a Monday morning: a smouldering, sexy, TOTALLY HOT Robert Pattinson in the new Dior Homme fragrance video.
The French fashion house has been dropping teaser behind-the-scenes campaign videos and pictures - shot by amazing snapper Nan Goldin - on their Twitter feed and website for the past few weeks, but the final campaign video, directed by Romain Gavras, was revealed yesterday and showcases Rob in all his glory.
The edgy video features Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love as the soundtrack and a whole lotta Robert - smoking in the bathtub, snogging co-star Camille Rowe in a bed and on a lift, striding atop tall buildings in a dapper suit, crashing a black tie party, driving fast cars, diving underwater, doing some more snogging - underwater - and generally looking positively delectable.
Robert recently opened up about the steamy new campaign to GQ Spain, revealing:
'If you have to kiss someone who you don't know and the person keeps their distance or backs off, it's horrible.'
Check out the film in its entirety below - it doesn't disappoint.
Even more Whole Lotta Love
From: Marie Claire
Zits Creators Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman clearly must be fans of Led Zeppelin. Last Thursday's comic was the fourth day in a short series in which the father of the main character, Jeremy Duncan, has the song Yellow Submarine, by The Beatles stuck in his head. They spend a few days trying to figure out how to get the song out of his head. By the fourth day, however, Jeremy has Stairway To Heaven stuck in his head, although the spiral staircase going upwards from his head looks more like a strand of DNA, according to his father.
The few days, Jeremy's mother and a couple of his friends, Hector and Pierce also have songs stuck in their heads.
Back on June 16, 2013, there was another Zits comic strip with a Led Zeppelin reference.
While Senegal musician Youssou N'Dour and Finnish composerKaija Saariaho received the 2013 Polar Music Prize on August 27, 2006 Polar Music Prize Laureate John Paul Jones attended Polar Music Talks the day before, which "bridges between culture, medicine, technology, business, creativity and music of all types."
"When I was young I wanted to play every instrument. When I realised that I couldn't, that's when I started thinking about composition"
Jones also attended the prize ceremony, which was held at the Stockholm Concert Hall.
For more information on the Polar Music Prize, go to http://www.polarmusicprize.org/home/
A concert DVD of a legendary rock-and-roll duo has been pulled from two of Canada's major retail stores this week after lawyers for one of the stars declared it a bootleg.
The Sunflower SUPERJAM 2012 was a unique event that brought together some of rock music's true legends at The Royal Albert Hall making the iconic venue rock like never before. Now, for the first time, The Sunflower Jam charity is raising money by producing an exceptional DVD of this once-in-a-lifetime event. Watch Alice Cooper, Bruce Dickinson, Brian May, Ian Paice, John Paul Jones, Mark King, Alfie Boe and a host of other amazing musicians 'jam' on one of the most famous stages in the world.
Plus, also included is a bonus DVD with highlights from The Sunflower SUPERJAM 2011, including the last ever, live performance from the legendary Jon Lord. The DVD will be released exactly a year on, on September 16th 2013 but it will be available for preorder from Tuesday 20th August 2013 at 1.00pm via www.thesunflowerjam.com.
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Leave it to prolific documentarian Jeff Krulik (co-producer of the cult classic "Heavy Metal Parking Lot") to sniff out the truth. The answer lies in the new film "Led Zeppelin Played Here," which features interviews with DJs, promoters, archivists and historians, not to mention the alleged attendees.
The movie has two scheduled screenings coming up. You can unravel the mystery during the Baltimore premiere, which is tonight at the Creative Alliance (tickets are $12). Or head to AFI Silver Theatre on Friday, Aug. 30 at 9:15 p.m. and see the film for just $5.
From: Washington Post
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