Even though Robert Plant has had a Twitter account for some time, it has remained dormant until today.
Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page produced the album, but it was a microphone switch by Johns - famous for his work, too, with the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and the Who - that changed everything: In setting up multiple mics for Bonham, Johns accidentally had one of them directed to one side of the stereo mix. The rest of his performance was emanating from the middle.
"Half of the drums were coming out of the left, by mistake," Johns says in this Q&A. "And I thought: I wonder what it would sound like if I took the one in the middle, and put it on the other side. And there is was - the beginning of stereo drums."
Communication Breakdown was influential in other ways. Guitarist Johnny Ramone once said he developed his signature down-stroke style based on Page's riff. But everyone began to hear drums in a new way after Led Zeppelin arrived.
Not that Johns is ready to take too much credit: "I found it by mistake. Like anything good that's ever happened to me, really - it's been a fluke of some sort," he says. "So, I can't really take any credit for it, other than recognizing it."
From: Something Else! Reviews
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TV-Byen in Soeborg is Danmarks Radio TV headquarters for 43 years, from 1963 until 2006. During the period occurs some of music's greatest icons in the studies by Hareskov, north of Copenhagen. This is the story about the time a pretty hat lady from Nyhavn tried to stop a concert by one of the world's biggest rock bands. This is the story of the day, Led Zeppelin hit Soeborg.
What we heard were ominous rumbles before Robert Plant wailed, "In the eeeeeve-ning... when the day is done."
One of rocker Jimmy Page's lawyers thwarted an attempt to reunite Led Zeppelin for the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit gig in New York City last winter (12), according to movie mogul and concert organiser Harvey Weinstein.
“The year 1973 distills a decade’s worth of decadence into twelve awesome months and resets the clock for the rest of the seventies and all that they imply. It’s a year that, by any measure, ought to be its own decade.” – Michael Walker
What You Want Is In The Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper and the Who in 1973, the year that the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born is a very thorough look at the year in which three bands, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper and The Who became megahits, superstars, ultra sensations and every adjective in between. From skyrocketing album sales, to publicity (both good and bad), tickets sales, fans (and groupies) and the hype, if ever there was a formula for bands on how to succeed, these three bands figured it out.
What this book succeeded in what truly laying down the blueprints for this formula: how the bands formed, what the state the world was in at this time, what outside influences there were, and how the bands catapulted from the rest of the musical crowds. This all formed the catalyst, the tinder for the explosive fire that was what the bands experienced in 1973.
The book is very well written. It gives an intellectual immersion into these bands’ lives, not necessarily in a day-by-day basis, but selected important events that allows any reader to understand how they became as ridiculously popular as they were without over-stimulation.
My attention was definitely kept to the stories contained within this book from start to finish. Some of the information was sourced from existing interviews, which as a self-proclaimed superfan, I’ve read before, however, it is how the information was sewn together, molded and formed, was how it was made into such an enjoyable read. And yes, author Michael Walker did go the full distance in how the bands advanced beyond the year 1973 into the present day.
When I first found out about the book, the main title What You Want Is In The Limo obviously invoked salacious thoughts in my head of potentially embarrassing recollections of the band members by groupies who had enjoyed their own portion of the bands, but this book is SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. What the bands wanted wasn’t just five minutes in heaven with offered wanton product, it was the fame, the money, the music, the buzz!
It is quite a tall task to prove the theory that one year in each of these bands’ lives was the equivalent of a decade, however, Walker absolutely succeeded.
What You Want Is In The Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper and the Who in 1973, the year that the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born is available July 23, 2013 at all major bookstores and online for eReaders.
July 24, 2013
On the evening of July 23, 1973, this guy was yelled at by Peter Grant backstage at the Baltimore Civic Center. Who is he?
Peter Grant was the legendary manager for Led Zeppelin, who orchestrated their rise to rock super-stardom by an unprecedented tough-guy business style. He was equally admired, and feared, and he single-handedly rewrote the rules on rock and roll band management.
While touring for Houses of the Holy in 1973, their ninth tour of North America, their Baltimore stop on July 23 was the first date where 35mm film cameras were rolling for The Song Remains the Same, the Led Zeppelin concert film. One infamous scene in the film, released three years later in 1976, was of Peter Grant yelling at a backstage manager about the sales of bootleg merchandise.
In the biography Peter Grant: The Man Who Led Zeppelin it states At the Baltimore Civic Center on July 23 1973, they filmed cops chasing a half-naked intruder. This was also the setting for the scene in which Peter Grant berated the promoter. Amidst a flurry of abuse he more or less accuses the man of receiving kickbacks with the aim of squeezing every last nickel out of Zeppelin. "We knew nothing about him. As soon as we found out about it, we stopped him," protested the man, believed to be one Larry Vaughn.
Larry Vaughn was one of the promoters of the concert, but has confirmed that's not him. Nor is it Richard Klotzman, longtime local Baltimore promoter. And it's not Steve Weiss, Led Zeppelin lawyer, who is the man standing next to Grant in the dark glasses.
Bud Becker, who has been involved in the concert and music business for decades, including many years at the Baltimore Civic Center, has confirmed through his sources that this man may be named Denny, and he ran concessions for ARA, short for Automatic Retailers of America, and now known as ARAMARK.
Thank you very much,
Led Zeppelin Played Here screening at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore on Thursday, Aug. 22nd, 2013.
Here's a link to Peter's last AMA session on Reddit:
Peter told about the progress of Jimmy Page's solo album (or rather, the lack of it), as well as the timescale of the Led Zeppelin remaster box sets and some hints about their contents.
You will need to make an account on Reddit to post questions for Peter. You just need to specify a username and password, no email address is required.
Dear Mister Fantasy (by Traffic). Erik and Joachim played the quiet intro with no drums. Behind the curtain John Bonham was finished setting up his drums. To test them he played a couple of bars with his characteristic heavy drumming. Unfortunately Bonham stopped as suddenly as he had started. Joachim Ussing remembers their drummer's (Ole) look of panic when they helplessly struggled through the rest of the song.
Joachim adds: "I had never heard John Bonham play and I had never heard such drumming, it was awesome. It was Uffe Sylvesters Badekar's two bars in heaven."
How many bands can say they had John Bonham on drums - even it was only for a couple of bars.
From: Ledzeppelin45years' Facebook page.
Robert Plant dropped by Royal Studios on Saturday to cut harmonica tracks for the North Mississippi Allstars. Allstars Luther and Cody Dickinson had thought their new album was all but done, when they found themselves in town at the same time as the former Zeppelin front man and blues aficionado. The Dickinson brothers had opened a few dates for Plant in recent years and had talked about getting in some studio time.
Robert Plant, Bobby Womack and Van Morrison have been announced for a four-day blues-inspired festival at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Some awesome behind the scenes footage for Man of Steel has been released. Composer Hans Zimmer managed to get a dozen of some of the world's most renowned percussionists and musicians, and formed the most epic of drum circles for the soundtrack.
Zimmer managed to round up Jason Bonham, Matt Chamberlain, Sheila E, Josh Freese (of Devo and NIN), Pharrell Williams (whose previous soundtrack experience most recently includes Despicable Me 2, as well as the original Despicable Me) and Trevor Lawrence Jr to name just a few. Zimmer convinced them to play together, simultaneously. It's quite the feat to watch in the video, even if you're not a big drum fan.
They revisited several songs they recorded and shelved in 2010 after sessions for a follow-up to Plant and Alison Krauss’s 2007 Grammy-winning Raising Sand were scrapped. Though a partnership is not yet official, the material revisited last week is independent of those sessions and will not involve Krauss.
From: Rolling Stone
Robert Plant has announced this morning that he'll perform 3 live dates with his new band Sensational Space Shifters.
One of the most important traits of a good leader is to know when to let go and when to let others take a turn at the top. But top leaders rarely have a healthy enough ego to be able to leave at the right time for themselves and for their organization, cause or movement.
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It's not exactly a Stairway To Heaven - more a long driveway that needs a lot of maintenance, leading 500ft up a steep hill.
But former Birmingham teacher Ruth Dale doesn't mind the daily hard slog.
Not one little bit.
She's the proud resident of Bron-yr-Aur, the Welsh former farmer's cottage at the top of the slope dating back to around 1790 that later inspired a seismic shift in rock music.
The idyllic setting, and particularly its limitations, caused Led Zeppelin's guitarist Jimmy Page and West Bromwich-born vocalist Robert Plant to turn down the volume for which they had become renowned, as they began crafting some legendary acoustic gems on tape while on retreat there in 1970, during a real purple patch of creativity.
"It's such a special place - my heart lifts every time I come home," said Ruth, who used to teach at Walmley Infant School in Sutton Coldfield, Westminster Primary in Handsworth, Park Hill Primary in Moseley and Anderton Park in Sparkbrook.
And now she and her family find themselves greeting respectful visitors, who come on pilgrimages from all over the world, to the garden of their unspoilt history-rich dwelling - as they prepare to write a book about the cottage.
Led Zep had no choice but to pipe down at Bron-yr-Aur, which overlooks the Dyfi Valley near Machynlleth, as it simply had no electricity.
Page and Plant, there with their partners, plus a couple of roadies to collect firewood and water, fell in love with the tumbledown place.
They found a new pastoral sound in the dramatic landscapes that they would later fuse with their awesome thunder, to legendary effect. Their stay is reflected directly in two songs: the misspelt hoedown Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, that would appear almost immediately on the band's Led Zeppelin III record, and Page's flowing solo instrumental Bron-Yr-Aur, that added an extra dimension to the already-kaleidoscopic 1975 double album Physical Graffiti.
Other low-volume classics That's The Way, Tangerine and Friends were penned there, while work began within the stone walls on later anthems including Over The Hills And Far Away, The Rover and Down By The Seaside.
According to Zep biographer Mick Rock, the group's most-revered masterpiece Stairway To Heaven also began to see the light of day there, amid the candles and Calor gas that substituted for modern power in the cottage.
It was Ruth's father John, a Worcestershire-based vicar, who snapped up the property as a holiday cottage - for a song - just as he was about to enter theological college in 1972.
He was oblivious to the work of Led Zeppelin there two years earlier.
"My parents bought it without any knowledge of the band being here," said Zep fan Ruth, who made the house her permanent residence two years ago with her husband and their six-year-old daughter.
"Mum and Dad just looked in an estate agent's window in the Midlands and saw a cottage for sale in the area where they had been camping - and thought 'maybe we should use our savings and buy that'. They paid the going rate for a remote property - nothing more.
"It would have been more rough and ready when Led Zeppelin were here than it has been throughout my life. My parents had to make it more comfortable, to make sure that the building was safe.
"Generally speaking, the layout would have been the same then. Certainly the windows are of the same aspect, with the same views."
Ruth said the only big change has been an extension at the back of the house to accommodate green energy technology, including solar water-heating panels and small wind and water turbines.
"It's a traditional stone-built Welsh cottage with a slate roof," said Ruth, who gave up full-time teaching when her daughter was born.
"It has the original slate floors downstairs, and the original wooden beams in the ceiling and the roof. It has a tiny, tiny kitchen and only two bedrooms. An estate agent would say 'it retains its original features'!
"My husband, who is a woodland manager, sought to carbon-offset his work which led to a deep interest in green living.
"We have a gas cooker and everything else is renewable.
"The property takes a lot of work and maintenance, and we have to make the access track possible to drive our very small car along. We don't have an iron or a hairdryer and we choose not to have a TV - in this area that's not uncommon."
Fans are being asked to leave their reflections on visiting Bron-yr-Aur on a new Facebook page, therealbronyraur, set up by the owners.
"They can send us stories about why they came here and what the place means to them," said Ruth, who started going to the cottage for holidays when she was just three weeks-old.
"If it ends up being anything good we might consider turning it into a coffee-table book one day.
"People who come up always want to share their stories about why they are here. The number of visitors varies, and it always has done over the years. It's a respectful trickle of dedicated people, I would say. We've had someone up recently from America and another from New Zealand. It's very remote and not signposted at all, so you would have to be a dedicated follower of the band and research it beforehand to find us.
"We don't let people go inside the house from the point of view of privacy.
"My father lived here full-time for three years but now he lives in the valley in Machynlleth. He was worried that the fans' interest could get out of hand, and didn't expect to have strangers appearing in his garden.
"The garden's now fenced and gated and we grow vegetables there. If we don't go out to greet visitors, people walk as far as the gate and take photos, then head off - the coastal path goes not very far from here.
"If we see them, we invite them to sit in the garden on the bench and take in the view.
"Those who come here to be inspired by what inspired the band - those are the ones I have more time for."
Although Ruth and family have had very few problems with Zep devotees, privacy has been further strengthened over the last month after one fan sought his own slice of heavy rock.
"Sadly we've had to move the rock at the bottom of the drive that had the house name on it, and put it within the premises," she said.
"It looked like someone had tried to steal it. At the present time there's no sign to show you've got here.
"Given the weight and size of the rock it was probably someone British. The people from around the world are hugely respectful and wouldn't be able to transport it anyway.
"We might leave it without anything, which is sad. I think that Stairway To Heaven line 'there's a sign on the wall, but she wants to be sure' caused people of a certain ilk to think it was a great souvenir. Real fans will find us anyway. And friends who come, we give them detailed directions."
Ruth now runs a children's choir, named Tangerine after the aforementioned Zeppelin song.
Quoting the lyrics of that beautiful country-tinged ballad, she said: "To me it's the living reflection of a dream here."
From: Birmingham Mail
In his diary, photographer Ross Halfin mentioned on July 1 that he spent the weekend with his photographic director "shooting the new Led Zeppelin catalogue".
There is still great mystery as to the boxed sets, although Jimmy Page has gone on record to say, "There are also a number of Zeppelin projects that will come out next year because there are different versions of tracks that we have that can be added to the albums so there will be box sets of material that will come out, starting next year. There will be one box set per album with extra music that will surface."
Perhaps Page will use the Pink Floyd Experience/Immersion sets as a template.
The Martin D-28 Marquis guitar, dubbed 'Zoso', that was given to Jimmy Page on November 15, 2006 to celebrate his 63rd birthday was sold at auction by Bonhams on July 3, 2013. The guitar sold for £26,250 including premium. Accompanied with the guitar, serial no. 1151442, was the original hard case, together with a signed letter from Jimmy Page and a colour photograph of him playing the guitar on May 11, 2011 at Royal Albert Hall in London, England with Roy Harper for Harper's 70th birthday celebration. They played The Same Old Rock from Harper's 1972 studio album Stormcock. Page had also played on the studio album under the pseudonym S. Flavius Mercurius.
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