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Jimmy Page has said that he is 'fed up' with Robert Plant for delaying Led Zeppelin reunion plans.
The band last played together in December 2007 at London's 02 Arena, but singer Robert Plant has ruled out the possibility of a follow-up concert any time soon.
Read the full story at: http://www.nme.com/news/led-zeppelin/77386
Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 02:16
by David Deal
Jimmy Page: legendary guitarist, producer, all-around rock god . . . and a marketing teacher. Yes, the guitar magus knows marketing in addition to music. He not only founded Led Zeppelin but also influenced the band's image, down to crucial details such as the choice of album artwork (most famously for Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album
) and Led Zeppelin's visual presentation in concert. Of course Led Zeppelin became one of the most successful rock groups ever. So when Page conducted an exclusive interview with the Berklee College of Music to discuss his career
, as a marketer I watched the video interview closely. I listened to his ideas through the lens of content marketing given the nature of much of my own professional work. Even though marketing was not the focus of the conversation, Page is so image-savvy that he shared some useful marketing advice even when he wasn't trying - especially about the importance of over delivering to your audience, being eclectic, and always learning.
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Created on Saturday, 17 May 2014 02:59
"Stairway to Heaven" has a staple of rock radio for decades, and still gets regular airplay here at WZLX and all over the world. It's arguably the biggest rock song in history. But now, just before the song gets a new reissue, the band that for years has accused Led Zeppelin of stealing part of the song from them is finally lawyering up.
A detailed new report from Businessweek says the now-defunct California-based band Spirit is working with a team of lawyers to build a case against Led Zeppelin and take them to court over ‘Stairway', saying it ripped its iconic opening riff from a song they wrote back in 1968 called "Taurus".
READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT: WZLX.cbslocal.com
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Seven weeks ago on Tuesday March 25th, along with around 50 UK and overseas journalists, Dave Lewis was very privileged to attend a special Led Zeppelin Companion Audio Disc Playback. This low key private event, hosted by Jimmy Page, took place at the Olympic Studios building in Barnes (now operating as a cinema and members club), the building of course where Led Zeppelin recorded a bulk of the material for their first three albums.
The event consisted of a playback of eight performances from the forthcoming three reissues, after which Jimmy conducted a Q and A session.
Dave has posted complete details about the event at http://www.tightbutloose.co.uk/?p=24361
Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 22:47
NY radio host Carol Miller announced she interviewed Jimmy today and portions of the interview will be featured on upcoming episodes of the nationality syndicated radio show Get The Led Out.
The weekly 1 hour show airs on its anchor station in NY, Q104.3 FM Monday nights at 8:00 PM EST.
The daily 30 second spot airs on Q104.3 FM Mon-Fri at 8:00 AM & 8:00 PM The exception being Mondays at 8 PM.
Check your local listings or listen live online to Q104.3.
Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 22:15
NEW YORK - There's no "jiggery-pokery" on the new Led Zeppelin album reissues, Jimmy Page insists.
That is, no melding of different takes, no clever studio tricks by which he cobbled together complete alternate versions of staple songs from his juggernaut classic-rock band's 1968-82 oeuvre.
Just pure, and in some cases purely different, sister takes.
"They're all the real deal, man,"
Page, now 70, told a few dozen members of the press at a Soho hotel.
And if eight samples Page played for journalists on Tuesday are any indication, the new material will frickin' rock. Real surprising, huh?
Read the rest of the article at: Toronto Sun
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The antics of Led Zeppelin in the '70s are the stuff of rock legend. And most of those legends are too NSFW to be printed by this outlet.
However, photographic proof has surfaced that pushes one of the legends into the arena of truth. Privately owned British auction house Bonhams have put up a lot of photos of the band from March of 1973 that document their reception in Stockholm at the Chat Noir club, the city's leading sex club.
On its website
, Bonhams elaborate on the events of the evening, saying, "[d]uring the proceedings, which included a naked couple performing on a small stage, the band was presented with a number of gold album sales awards." The event was suggested by the band's manager, Peter Grant, and hosted by Metronome Records, who represented their label Atlantic Records in Sweden.
For interested bidders, the lot contains 56 black & white negatives shot by Bengt H. Malmqvist, corresponding prints and two contact sheets that detail the wild evening. Bonhams says that the majority of the images up for auction are never-before-seen.
The pictures of the event can be found on the Bonhams website
Created on Saturday, 10 May 2014 14:27
Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page told RollingStone.com that he will be playing guitar "daily for the foreseeable future" with a view towards "getting to a point where I could play some gigs." He added: "What those gigs are going to be, I don't know yet. I have ideas of what I want to do, but they're pretty complex. I would love to play live again. I love playing live. It's wonderful."
Page, who put out "Outrider", his one and only solo album, in 1988, revealed to RollingStone.com that he's "got lots of material I've written on acoustic guitar. Lots and lots. And right now I need to get myself up to speed, and that won't take too long. But I don't know what musicians I'd play with. I do have material and a passion for it. I need to work towards it, and now I can without all the other side issues going on."
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Jimmy Page will be the commencement speaker on May 10 at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. The Associated Press reported that Page will address graduating seniors art the Agganis Arena, with the college also presenting honorary doctorates to Motown songwriter Valerie Simpson - best known for her string of classics written with her late husband Nick Ashford, including "Let's Go Get Stoned", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "You're All I Need To Get By", "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", "Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)" and "Solid (As A Rock)".
Page, who's now 70, has been playing guitar since he was 12. The Pulse Of Radio asked him what originally attracted him to the instrument. "It was just that whole thing of the transmission of ideas through the tactile quality of playing an instrument, y'know, your steel, strings and wood, translating through the electric pickup through the amp, and that's really what it is for me," he said. "It's that, some magical quality, really. Some sort of alchemy, if you like."
Coming on June 3 will be deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin's first three albums: "Led Zeppelin", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III". The launch of the reissue program, which is being led by Jimmy Page, includes the band opening "its vaults to share dozens of unheard studio and live recordings, with each album featuring a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album."
The albums are being issued in six different versions - the Super Deluxe Box; Deluxe Edition; Deluxe Edition Vinyl; Single CD; Original Album Vinyl; and Digital Download.
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Jimmy Page has confirmed that Led Zeppelin were working on new material without Robert Plant after their reunion concert in 2007 - and Plant has stated he thought the band would have been a good idea.
Page told Rolling Stone that he and John Paul Jones played their one-off comeback show at London's O2 in December 2007 "having been led to believe there would have been more shows". Insisting he doesn't know why Plant changed his mind, Page added that he, Jones and late drummer John Bonham's son Jason worked with replacement singers including Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy.
"They had a singer," Plant said. "I don't know what happened. It sounded like a great idea to me." Page confirmed that bassist John Paul Jones joining Them Crooked Vultures with Josh Homme and Dave Grohl effectively killed the reformation. He said: "That was a pretty definitive statement."
Asked if there would be any future Led Zeppelin shows, both Plant and Page said it would be unlikely. Plant said: "You're going back to the same old shit. A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that's shitty about about big-time stadium rock. We were surrounded by a circus of people that would have had our souls on the fire. I'm not part of a jukebox." Page added: "People ask me nearly every day about a possible reunion. The answer is no. It's been almost seven years since the O2. There's always a possibility that they can exhume me and put me onstage in a coffin and play a tape."
However, Plant didn't entirely rule out the possibility of future shows. He said: "Everything will develop as it develops. All doors are open. All phone lines are open. I don't hear from anybody. Talk is cheap, but I just think everything has to be new. Then you can incorporate history." Comparing the chances to those of The Eagles, who reformed in 1994 after a 14-year split, Plant said: "Do you know why The Eagles said they'd reunite when hell freezes over, but they did it anyway and keep touring? It's not because they were paid a fortune. It's not about the money. It's because they're bored. I'm not bored."
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GENESIS PUBLICATIONS ANNOUNCES THE OCTOBER 2014 RELEASE OF JIMMY PAGE'S OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHIC AUTOBIOGRAPHY TITLED SIMPLY JIMMY PAGE
CURATED AND CAPTIONED BY JIMMY PAGE, THIS IS THE FIRST EVER BOOK BY A MEMBER OF LED ZEPPELIN
Jimmy Page is one of music's greatest guitarists, innovators and legends. JIMMY PAGE is his official autobiography, a photographic essay he personally created to tell his story for the first time. Jimmy's own words, combined with his handpicked selection of over 600 photographs, make this book the definitive visual and historical record of a remarkable life. JIMMY PAGE will be available in all major bookstores from October 2014.
I've been asked on a number of occasions to do a written book and I thought of the other side of the coin. I thought it would be unique to have an autobiography in photographs, charting my whole musical journey. - JIMMY PAGE
The chronicle of a life in music, by one of the world's most iconic guitar players, JIMMY PAGE is testament to the author's vision - a work he describes as a photographic autobiography. Jimmy has chosen every one of the 650 photographs, written the accompanying text, arranged the content into its narrative order and overseen the design of his book.
It was important to include every milestone along the way, so people who were fans of the music have got a real testament of the times. - JIMMY PAGE
In the form of captions, the intensely private Jimmy has narrated the story of his legendary career for the first time.
Delving into his personal archives, Jimmy has revealed unseen photographs, memorabilia and every one of his passports, saved throughout his life. Jimmy's passport stamps were used to verify all tour dates, making JIMMY PAGE an authoritative historical account.
The tour schedules, passport stamps, working visas and memorabilia really make up a complete picture, which just keeps unfolding as you turn each page of the book. - JIMMY PAGE
In addition to Jimmy's own photos, and those chosen from various sources including fans and magazines, his book showcases a collection of iconic portraits and rare images by over 70 of the greatest names in rock photography, including: Ross Halfin, Kate Simon, Gered Mankowitz, Dominique Tarlé, Pennie Smith and Jim Marshall. Jimmy chose one of his favourite portrait shots for the book cover: a 1977 passport photo, shot by Neal Preston on board Led Zeppelin's private tour plane.
There are many rare finds throughout, such as Led Zeppelin playing an impromptu gig in a nightclub in Jersey, or double-exposure shots of Jimmy and Brian Jones by Ian Stewart.
I wanted to make it as thorough as possible, so that meant trawling through all the thousands of files that photographers had taken, and pulling from my personal collection as well. There's a photo of me playing the guitar by the fire at Bron-Yr-Aur cottage. It's the most complete document that there's ever going to be because of the amount of time that I've put into every aspect. - JIMMY PAGE
Over two years in the making, this 512-page volume documents Page's musical journey, from 13-year-old choirboy to Sixties session musician, through The Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin and beyond.
You see this young man growing, from when I'm a choirboy - and took my guitar along to see if I could tune it up from the organ - right through to almost yesterday. - JIMMY PAGE
Today, Led Zeppelin remain arguably one of the biggest rock bands of all time, with the demand for tickets to their recent 2007 reunion breaking world records and the hugely anticipated re-issues of their entire catalogue coming on Rhino Records later this year.
Jimmy Page continues to make history. He has performed at events including ARMS, Live Aid and the Beijing Olympics closing ceremony; collaborated with artists including The Black Crowes, Leona Lewis, Shirley Bassey and the Foo Fighters; and received awards including an OBE, a Kennedy Center Honor and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On 10th May 2014 he will receive an honorary doctorate from the prestigious university of Berklee, joining previous honourees The Eagles, B.B. King, Steve Winwood, Dizzy Gillespie, George Martin and David Bowie.
'JIMMY PAGE conveys in photographs what a typical written autobiography never could. The passion and energy of his life and career are crystal clear throughout.' - Steve Gorman, The Black Crowes
Originally conceived as a limited edition of only 2,500 copies worldwide, the first printing of JIMMY PAGE by Jimmy Page sold out within weeks of release. In the spring of 2010, it became the fastest-selling book in Genesis Publications' 40-year history. Now Jimmy Page and Genesis Publications announce a more accessible and affordable printing of the book, to be released this October 2014.
The perfect purchase for Led Zeppelin fans, guitar players and music lovers of any age, JIMMY PAGE is widely available in bookstores from October 2014.
I always like to do something different - if you're inspired by an idea, really make something of that inspiration. That goes for music, as well as anything else - even putting a book together! To have a photographic autobiography is a totally different way of looking at things, but it does the job very well and I think it will bring a lot of pleasure to people. - JIMMY PAGE
ABOUT GENESIS PUBLICATIONS
'As someone who's always been interested in having a library themselves, I appreciate fine bookbinding and their whole ethic of what they do.' - Jimmy Page
Founded in 1974, Genesis Publications is a family-owned independent publishing house true to the arts of printing and bookbinding. Genesis creates signed limited edition books and prints for collectors in over 50 countries. Recent authors include musicians such as Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and David Bowie; visual artists such as Shepard Fairey, Storm Thorgerson and Sir Peter Blake; and contributing writers such as Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
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Jimmy Page is standing in almost the exact spot at London's Olympic Studios where, 45 years ago, he laid down the guitar track for Whole Lotta Love. An assistant taps a button on a control panel, and the song's familiar opening riff blares at punishing volume. But it doesn't sound quite right. Robert Plant's vocals are tentative, and the guitar solo during the instrumental breakdown is missing. Instead of crushing everything in its path, this version sounds like it could swerve off in any number of directions. “Tantalizing," Page says. "Isn't it?"
The deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin IV, Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffiti, Presence and In Through The Out Door have already been assembled, but Page is reluctant to get into details about them. "I want to surprise people," he says. "That's always been my game plan." Led Zeppelin IV will likely come out later this year. Will it feature unheard recordings from the Stairway To Heaven sessions? Page just smiles and offers one word: "Absolutely."
Read the entire article at: Rolling Stone
Created on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 22:41
Arguably the greatest ever question asked in a rock interview was posed by the American writer Chuck Klosterman to Robert Plant, asking about Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love.
"On Whole Lotta Love you say you're going to give some girl 'every inch' of your love," Klosterman said. "But you're British. Why don't you use the metric system?"
Plant, to his credit, took the question in good part. "That would change the whole tone of the thing!" he replied. "I suppose today it would have to be, 'I'll give you several centimetres of bliss.' But people of my generation know nothing about the metric system. I'm fortunate to say I still use inches - or at least that's what my girlfriend says, and she's 29."
Whole Lotta Love showcased Zeppelin at their most priapic, coupled with one of rock's most memorable riffs. Even people who never bought a Zeppelin album knew it, thanks to a version being the Top of the Pops theme tune for many years.
Of course, Whole Lotta Love became a controversial song - it transpired the lyrics were largely pinched from You Need Love, written by Wille Dixon and recorded by Muddy Waters in 1962, and possibly taken from a 1966 version by the Small Faces (which was credited to Marriott/Lane, ironically), which has similar phrasing to Plant's in Whole Lotta Love. Dixon sued Zeppelin in 1985, with the case being settled out of court. Still, as Plant would later say, "Page's riff was Page's riff. It was there before anything else. I just thought, 'Well, what am I going to sing?' That was it, a nick. Now happily paid for."
Here, then, is an early version of Whole Lotta Love - minus its vocal chorus, without the slide guitar at the chorus break, and with a much less extravagant percussion section. It's a fascinating insight into Zeppelin, and you'll be able to hear more works in progress from one of rock's greatest bands when Led Zeppelin's first three albums are reissued with companion discs on Atlantic/Swansong on 2 June.
From: The Guardian
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|July xx, 1969 - The band play many festivals now on their third American tour|
|July xx, 1970 - Additional recording for Led Zeppelin III at London’s Island Studios|
|July 16, 1970 - Photographer Chris Welch films Led Zeppelin on his 8mm camera, some clips later used in the Whole Lotta Love promo video|
|July xx, 1971 - Untitled gets re-mixed in London|
|July 05, 1971 - A riot erupts mid-concert, forcing Led Zeppelin to stop after about 40 minutes|
|July xx, 1972 - After repeated bad press, Led Zeppelin hire their first publicity firm|
|July 20, 1973 - A last minute decision is made to film the remaining part of the tour|
|July xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin is filmed over the three nights for their film that will emerge as The Song Remains The Same|
|July xx, 1974 - After viewing their 1973 filmed performance, it is apparent critical errors were made|
|July xx, 1974 - Mixing for Physical Graffiti at Olympic Studios|
|July 05, 1975 - The band meet in Montreux to discuss adding South America and Japan to the end of their North American tour|
|July xx, 1976 - Bonham and Page fly to Montreux, Switzerland to check out some new sound and drum effects|
|July 17, 1977 - The last ever performance of Moby Dick played at the Seattle Kingdome|
|July 24, 1977 - The band plays its last US date at the Oakland Coliseum|
|July xx, 1978 - Led Zeppelin are invited to perform at Maggie Bell’s Festival Hall show|
|July xx, 1979 - Led Zeppelin film their rehearsal at Bray Studios|
|July 04, 1979 - Led Zeppelin confirm a second date at Knebworth in August 1979|
|July 05, 1980 - Simon Kirke joins in on drums for an encore in Munich|