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.
British rock star Robert Plant and his latest band, the Sensational Space Shifters, moved from heavy rock to spacey audio exploration Saturday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
The show featured a generous number of the classic rock songs that Plant recorded when he was Led Zeppelin's frontman, plus songs by Chicago blues star Howlin' Wolf and the Mississippi Delta's Bukka White and, presumably, music from a forthcoming album by Plant and the Space Shifters.
Plant reached all the way back to "Led Zeppelin I" for his first song at the Samsung Galaxy Stage. The thunder and butterfly contrast in "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" was a sign of things to come. Guitarist Liam "Skin" Tyson plucked acoustic guitar arpeggios in the song's soft bits between abrupt bursts of guitar and percussion.
From the opening song on, the 65-year-old Plant was in strong, distinctive voice, occasionally wielding his mic stand like the rock star he is.
"Hey! Hey!" he said after the band's opening number. "Let's go!"
Plant and the Space Shifters proceeded to transform Howlin' Wolf's already atmospheric "Spoonful" into heavy, moody blues. A West African influence entered the song when Juddeh Camara, a Space Shifter from Gambia, soloed with his one-string African violin.
Camara moved to an instrument that's obviously an ancestor of the American banjo for a reinvention of Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" that morphed into a trance-rock jam.
Another blues classic, "Seventh Son," segued into a long tease by Plant and the band for a full-blown version of Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love."
The Space Shifters are a band that combines West Africa and the Middle East with the American South and the Delta blues that inspired Plant and his peers when they were kids back in England.
Plant and his Led Zeppelin cohorts, as well as a generation of their English musician peers - including Eric Clapton, who performs at Jazz Fest on Sunday - transformed American music from the South into their own louder, faster, wilder expression. And Plant hasn't stopped. He informed his audience that his Jazz Fest show is a one-off gig, for which he traveled 5,674 miles. And he won't have much time to enjoy New Orleans, a city he loves, because he's leaving Sunday.
He also changed the lyrics to a Zeppelin classic, "Going to California," singing, "I'm going to Louisiana with an ache in my heart."
Plant couldn't resist recalling riverboat parties he experienced back in the day, featuring music by such local music stars as Earl King, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Snooks Eaglin.
Odds are he'll be back again to rock some more.
From: The New Orleans Advocate
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
Going To California
Tin Pan Valley
In The Mood
Funny In My Mind (I Believe I'm Fixin' To Die)
What Is And What Should Never Be
Whole Lotta Love
Rock And Roll
Going To California
In The Mood
To promote the release of the first album's reissues, Warner Music will do a massive press conference at the L'Olympia Music Hall in Paris, as a reference to the 1969 show being released soon. Originally scheduled for May 27, with plans to get all three original members, the event has been finally re-scheduled for May 21st and will feature only Jimmy Page. An interview will be conducted, and there will be a listening session of the re-issues.
"I don’t want to die and have somebody else do it," he told the BBC on Wednesday.
The two tracks are "Keys to the Highway," recorded in 1970, and an early version of "Whole Lotta Love," a big hit for the band in 1969. The earlier recording is significantly different, without some of the lyrics, chorus and instrumentation of the 1969 song. The tracks will be released officially along with the first three albums on June 3, and excerpts from them will be available before then only on the BBC website.
Mr. Page has remastered each of the albums - Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III, to be released by Atlantic/Swan Song - and said on the Led Zeppelin website, that accompanying companion discs will present a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin. "It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time," he said.
The band, which formed in 1968 and broke up in 1980 after the death of the drummer John Bonham, got back together for a London concert seven years ago. But Robert Plant, the band’s singer, quashed any idea that another reunion is in the offing. The chances, he told the BBC, are "zero."
From: The New York Times
Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham's new group California Breed have released a new lyric video for debut single "Midnight Oil," which comes from their forthcoming album. According to the band, the new animated lyric video for Midnight Oil," was created by Nev Todoroic who spearheads the interactive media production company The Young Astronauts.
And frontman Robert Plant appeared to have been joking when last year he hinted: "I'm not the bad guy. You need to see the Capricorns... I've got nothing to do in 2014."
Plant will appear as a solo act at this year's Glastonbury - but Eavis is determined that the singer, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham's son Jason will hit the stage together again.
He tells Ireland AM: "That will happen one day. I'm sure of it. They will do it."
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Cinedelphia Film Festival in Philadelphia - Sunday, April 20
Nashville Film Festival - April 22 & April 25
Chicago International Movies & Music Festival - Friday, May 2
College Park Arts Exchange (near UofMD, free admission) - Friday, May 9
DC Record Fair - Artisphere in Arlington, VA - Sunday, June 1
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Led Zeppelin Played Here Trailer
In advance of the deluxe reissue editions of the band's storied first three albums, Led Zeppelin has released a trailer showcasing the self-titled debut full-length that featured such classic tracks as "Communication Breakdown" and "Good Times Bad Times."
Live versions of both songs will be featured on the album's bonus disc, a Zeppelin show recorded at L'Olympia in Paris on Oct. 10, 1969, the same year the group released its first album. The nine-track live disc includes electric renditions of "Heartbreaker," "Dazed and Confused" and rarity "White Summer."
The new trailers boasts snippets of Led Zeppelin performing at the 1969 show, as well as vintage images from the era, including concert posters and ticket stubs.
The deluxe reissue versions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III hit retailers on June 3, each album coming with all sorts of archival extras. Among the alternate versions on outtakes of the band's second album includes a previously unreleased song, "La La." The new edition of Led Zeppelin III comes with the tunes "Jennings Farm Blues," "Bathroom Sound" and "Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind," giving an official release to songs previously only heard on Led Zeppelin bootlegs.
"Everything is being transferred from analog to a higher-resolution digital format," guitarist Jimmy Page told Rolling Stone in 2012 about the new reissues, promising a much-improved listening experience. "That's one of the problems with the Zeppelin stuff. It sounds ridiculous on MP3. You can't hear what's there properly."
View the trailer below
Robert, Steve Winwood, Steve Gibbons and other talented singers and musicians performed a special concert in at the Church of St. Peter & St. Paul in Northleach, Cotswold, Gloucestershire, England for the Church in Aid of Children, on Friday, April 4, 2014.
Planty,Gibbo and Steve all were in excellent voice and was amazing show put on by Church in aid of Children--Abby trying to keep awake coz of Dan's rambling and boring conversation--Robert in pub after the show--no room for us bums to join em--ha ha--who cares--who gets the opportunity to witness a show like this? -Dan Reddington
Special thanks to Robert Plant: The Lemon Tree Fanzine for the story. Click here for photos (including the one at the top) from the night.
You’ll have to wait until next week to hear the legendary voice - that influenced the likes of David Lee Roth, Freddie Mercury, Tori Amos, Axl Rose - roar through his 11-song set (complete with Zeppelin reworks), but in all honesty, Robert Plant’s slowed down go at the 1931 Great Depression-era gospel song is enough to keep even the most impatient Robert Plant fan waiting (on pins and needles, mind you, but still waiting) until the full episode. Good God does Plant squeeze every bit of country soul he can muster out of that storied 40-year-old master vocal! By the time Band of Joy joins in with their own haunting thrums to harmonize along with the melody, you’ll fully expected someone to spirit you away to the nearest river like an Evangelical Baptist to cleanse all sins. I swear, if Robert Plant ever decides to turn away from secular rock and pull an Al Green, I’m so joining his congregation.
Just in time for the celebration, there will be an anniversary record from the rock queen.
The "Raise Your Fist – 30 Years Anniversary-Edition" contains the re-release of the "Raise Your Fist" record, as well as a bonus CD highlight entitled "Powerful Passionate Favorites." There you find new and unreleased tracks, but also Doro cover versions of Led Zeppelin, Tina Turner, Metallica, Kiss, and Dio.
To get a first impression, check out Doro's cover version of the Led Zeppelin track Babe I’m Gonna Leave You below.
Commented Doro Pesch: "Along with T.Rex, Led Zeppelin was among my all-time favorite bands of the 70s. They were four phenomenal musicians, who did not only come up with excellent rock songs, but also with wonderful ballads - such as 'Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,' a very emotional track and among my personal faves of the band. This is why it became the first choice for our 'Raise Your Fist - Anniversary Edition.'"
From: Metal Underground
Head on over here to take a listen or check it out below. But be warned: what you are about to hear does not conform to any model of pop or rock music. The track in question, “Superbolt,” sounds more like a field recording from an alien planet, or like the last scrambled minutes of an animal’s collapsing consciousness. In other words: this is some trippy stuff!
According to the band’s press materials, Jones and Helge achieve their otherworldly sound with the Kyma computer system, into which instruments (guitar, bass, violin) are “fed” before being “radically transformed by self-designed digital instruments and processors until their sources are barely recognizable.”
It is far out stuff, to be sure, and even if it’s not your cup of tea, you’ve gotta respect John Paul Jones for refusing to rest on his laurels. And yeah, a good old fashioned Led Zeppelin reunion would be nice, but the world needs nutty stuff like this, too.
From: Rock Square
Scarlet Page's Resonators show, which started at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Monday (24Mar14), also features candid portraits of Sir Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller.
Sales of the framed photos will benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The show coincides with the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts, which also began at the Albert Hall on Monday. The exhibition will run for a month.
From: Contact Music
According to Wax Poetic, The Black Crowes & Jimmy Page will issue their Live At The Greek album documenting the classic 1999 collaboration as a 3-LP red, clear and blue vinyl set. Only 2,000 copies of the release are expected to be available at independent record stores on April 19.Disc One
1. Celebration Day
2. Custard Pie
3. Sick Again
4. What Is And What Should Never Be
5. Woke Up This Morning
6. Shapes Of Things To Come
7. Sloppy Drunk
8. Ten Years Gone
1. In My Time Of Dying
2. Your Time Is Gonna Come
3. The Lemon Song
4. Nobody's Fault But Mine
1. Hey Hey What Can I Do
2. Mellow Down Easy
3. Oh Well
4. Shake Your Money Maker
5. You Shook Me
6. Out On The Tiles
7. Whole Lotta Love
The soundtrack to the 1966 movie "Blow Up", directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, composed by Herbie Hancock, is now available on 180-gram vinyl.
Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, the band's self-titled debut album will be released in the UK on May 19th by Frontiers Records. The album will be released in regular CD and CD/DVD Deluxe Edition formats.
CALIFORNIA BREED was produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Lindi Ortega, Shooter Jennings) at his Nashville-based studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man line-up. "It's proper rock", says Hughes, "but at the same time it's very now. I live in the moment, California Breed is where I live, breathe and where my freak flag flies."
Tracklisting for CALIFORNIA BREED's self-titled debut album:
1. THE WAY
2. SWEET TEA
3. CHEMICAL RAIN
4. MIDNIGHT OIL
5. ALL FALLS DOWN
6. THE GREY
7. DAYS THEY COME
8. SPIT YOU OUT
*Deluxe Edition includes "Solo" bonus track, and a DVD including 2 video clips ("The Way" and "Sweet Tea", plus documentary).
The first single from CALIFORNIA BREED, entitled "Sweet Tea", was released on March 20. View the official video below.
To celebrate the announcement of the Led Zeppelin remasters, Planet Rock goes back to the beginning with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant to take a closer look at the making of the band's first four groundbreaking albums.
Tune in to http://radioplayer.planetrock.com/live/ on Sunday 23 March at 7pm for this very special one hour show!
There's also another chance to hear it on Thursday 27 March at 8pm.
My Planet Rocks will return on Sunday 30th March.
From: Planet Rock
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