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2012 Led Zep Year In Review

2012 has been a big year for Led Zeppelin and their fans. On September 8, a cryptic countdown began on Led Zeppelin's official website, finally revealing what fans were waiting for -- Celebration Day, the concert film of Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion concert. It had a spectacular two runs in cinemas worldwide, October 17 and November 13, earning 2 million dollars on the first day alone.

There were multiple press conferences across the world, in which the members of Led Zeppelin as well as Jason Bonham were met with many diverse question, including the ominous reunion question, which was met with various negative reactions.

Celebration Day was released on November 19 on CD, DVD and BluRay, in multiple configurations. Vinyl audiophiles will have to wait until February 2013 for the 3-LP set to be released.

In December, Led Zeppelin was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors with their significant contributions to the cultural life of the nation and the world. Page, Plant and Jones had a busy week, with a White House dinner and reception, the Honors gala as well as three high-key television interviews -- one with fellow honoree David Letterman, one with Charlie Rose and one with Anthony Mason.

Aside from these major events and the ensuing reunion rumors, everyone in the Led Zeppelin world were very busy in 2012. Jimmy Page released Lucifer Rising and other Sound Tracks, on heavyweight vinyl, on March 20. This release was a musical diary of avant-garde compositions and experiments, one of which was to appear on the film Lucifer Rising. A total of 500 units were sold to those who registered on his website.

In May, Page offered up a Fine Art Photographic Print Collection. Page worked with five photographers to produce this highly-collectible (and high dollar) set.

In late October, Page's manager Peter Mensch told the Sunday Times that Page was holed up in a west London recording studio, creating 21st century versions of Led Zeppelin's nine-album body of work. Versions have been re-mastered for iTunes and released for the public in December to worldwide acclaim. New life has been given to the masters that deserved to be dusted off.

Page once again publicly voiced his desire to release new music and play live on stage in 2013.

Robert Plant, pushing ever onward, debuted his new band, the Sensational Space Shifters, a mixture of his old backing band, the Strange Sensation, plus his significant other Patty Griffin. Sounding somewhat similar to the Americana roots of the Band Of Joy, plus a scoch of world sounds, Robert Plant headlined the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi in August and then headed off in October and November to the South American continent for a proper tour.

In between all of the excitement of Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day theatrical showings and public release, Plant has made his new residence in the outskirts of Austin, Texas, home of Patty Griffin. There were several Griffin and Plant sightings in and out of public places in Austin, as well as a few benefit performances in December for a local Austin musician and friend of Griffin.

Robert Plant said that he was ready to write new songs in the future. In another interview he "might chill for a while", most likely to spend time with Patty Griffin. So, to further complicate and confuse fans, he announced an Australasian Tour in March and April 2013 with the Sensational Space Shifters and without Patty Griffin.

John Paul Jones continued his nomadic live career in 2012 by finishing up an 18-month tour with Seasick Steve. He also continued to perform with the Norwegian avant-garde/improvisation group Supersilent, even being part of a mini British tour in November.

Jones performed a handful of times with long-time collaborator Robyn Hitchcock, under the moniker of Biscotti.

Other artists that Jones performed with live in 2012 included John Cage's Musicircus, Howe Gelb, Rokia Traoré and Africa Express, as well as being part of the all-star jam at Sunflower Jam 2012.

John Paul Jones was asked by CBS This Morning's Anthony Mason whether the 2007 reunion concert would likely be Led Zeppelin's last performance, to which he replied, "It's likely, yeah, I think so, but I've said it before."

In June, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience announced some September dates in South America and Australia, which were later unexpectedly cancelled. To placate the JBLZE fans, seven US dates were performed in October. Canadian dates for January and February 2013 were announced in December.

Jason Bonham joined the rest of Led Zeppelin at the press conference for Celebration Day on October 9, staying relatively quiet. He also surprised Led Zeppelin, when he stepped onto the stage at the Kennedy Center on December 2 for the finale tribute performance of Stairway To Heaven, with Ann and Nancy Wilson.

Deborah Bonham continued to stay busy in 2012, touring throughout England, Germany, France and other points beyond. Her EP Take Me Down was released in September, with a full-length album Spirit to be released in March 2013. She also continued to support equine charities, such as The Racehorse Sanctuary.

In 2012, Logan Plant put down the microphone, as being the lead singer for Sons Of Albion to both step in front of the camera lens as a model for Mr. Porter's global campaign and start Beavertown Brewery that brews ales at Duke's Brew & Que in Hackney, London, England. Logan joined his father in November/December for the Kennedy Center Honors, and the two of them were spotted at Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware.

Here, at, I have had a busy year in maintaining the website. It's been a busy year with Led Zeppelin and the solo careers of the members. There hasn't been this much site traffic since 2007, with all the excitement of the reunion concert. I think that 2013 will be an even bigger year for Led Zeppelin, riding the wave of popularity in 2012.

Here is a list of the top ten news stories of 2012 at, as determined by popularity.

10. Texas Tornados Uproot Plant's Travel Plans

9. Led Zeppelin 4-in-1 Runes T-Shirt

8. Led Zeppelin Live at The O2 2007 (Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert) - Full show

7. Enzepplopedia Publishing Announces Release of Sonic Boom: The Impact of Led Zeppelin as E-book for Kindle, iPad and Mobile Devices

6. Pictures At Eleven Turns 30

5. 'Celebration Day' Press Conference Details

4. Jimmy Page BBC World News Interview

3. Atlantic Records founder bequeaths £26m to Oxford University students

2. Led Zeppelin III Cover Artist Zacron Died

1. Led Zeppelin on CBS Sunday Morning (Dec. 16)

Logan Plant: Brewmaster

Logan Plant - Brewmaster

In the cramped kitchen of an east London bar and restaurant, Logan Plant is brewing.

He holds a tube in both hands, from which hot water is pouring into a stainless steel grain-filled vat and there is a sweet smell in the air.

"We've blown a few things up," he quips. "There have been a lot of angry chefs."

You may have heard of his dad - Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant.

"He loves his ale," Logan Plant says. "He's been a big influence on my career."

Duke's Brew & Que restaurant, in Hackney, is the nerve centre of Beavertown brewery, which was set up this year by Mr Plant, 33, originally from the West Midlands, and Byron Knight, 42, from Los Angeles.

They named their brewery Beavertown as this is the old cockney name given to its location - De Beauvoir Town - which was famed across Victorian London for its local breweries and ale houses.

Beavertown is one of a number of new breweries that have appeared on the London scene in recent years, as the industry has undergone something of a renaissance.

'Homebrew recipes'

In fact, the capital has more active breweries than at any time since the 1930s. In 2006 there were seven, now there are 30.

UK cask ale sales have increased for the first time in 20 years, according to the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

About 2.2m barrels of real ale, about 633 million pints, were sold in 2011 - a 1.6% rise.

Good Beer Guide editor Roger Protz puts this down to "a big sea-change in drinkers' attitudes".

"The British love supporting the underdog and a lot of people would now prefer to support local breweries, rather than big international brewers," he says.

Breweries that have sprung-up over recent years range from east London's Red Church, which produces the light and grassy Shoreditch Blonde, to south London's Meantime, locally famed for its fruity, heady 6.5% London Porter.

Beavertown launched its maiden brew just before Christmas 2011, but Mr Plant was fine-tuning his brewing skills before then.

"I used to homebrew, so whilst we were planning the project, I was constantly in my kitchen knocking out recipes," he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Knight, who says he has "worked in restaurants and bars all my life", devised a food menu that would best complement the beer.

Duke's opened in February 2012 and Mr Knight says since then, things have moved so fast, "every day feels like a year".

After the beer is brewed in the kitchen, the rest of the production and bottling takes place in a garage down the road.

A one-man distribution team then travels around the country "getting to know the owners of all the bars so they can recommend the product," Mr Plant says.

'Clear vision'

But the hard work seems to be paying off and they now have plans which should please a few of the chefs.

They intend to move brewing from the kitchen, and set up a brew house down the road, in early 2013.

Mr Plant says the secret to success is to "have a clear vision of what you're doing it for". That has meant a few brews have been tipped down the drain for not being up to scratch.

"It's worth taking the hit and keeping your reputation intact," he says.

"We're constantly evolving and doing new stuff so it keeps us inspired."

But all is not looking rosy for the real ale trade.

About 18 pubs are closing across the UK each week, according to latest research by Camra.

The Good Bear Guide's Mr Protz says "big brewers don't sell heavily discounted beer to pubs as they do to supermarkets, which sell beer as a loss-leader".

He says the closure of more than 450 pubs since March is "tragic".

"Pubs are great places to meet up with friends and chat," he says. "If you lose your pub, the community will start to die."

The pub closures may also deter a few aspiring brewers in the making.

Logan Plant has his father to thank for encouraging his interest in ale during his teenage years.

"He really influenced me as a kid because he used to drag me around every pub garden possible," he says.

So what does the Zeppelin singer think of Logan Plant's career sidestep?

"He absolutely loves it," Logan Plant says.

From: BBC News London

Obama to First Lady: "I got a ... Whole Lotta Love"

President Obama got down with the First Lady -- mouthing the lyrics to a classic, and filthy, Led Zeppelin song during the Kennedy Center Honors ... and it might be the most badass move a Prez ever made.

Barack got his pimp on while Lenny Kravitz sang Whole Lotta Love as a tribute to the surviving members of Zep ... who were hailed during the KCH that aired last night.

While Lenny was jamming the camera cut away to the Prez and Michelle Obama a couple of times ... including once when Barack lip synched the chorus, "want a whole lotta love."

Interestingly, there was no cutaway to the First Couple during the following lyric:

- I'm gonna give you every inch of my love, gonna give you my love

Or ...

- Shake for me, girl. I wanna be your backdoor man.

Bet W never pulled that move. Clinton on the other hand ...

From: TMZ

Led Zep on Letterman repeat

Kennedy Center Honors 2012
After you've ripped the TV knob off to watch the Kennedy Center Honors 2012 television special, beginning at 8:00PM Central, continue to watch CBS because The Late Show with David Letterman has the episode with Led Zeppelin that originally aired December 3, 2012 on TONIGHT at 10:35PM Central.

2012 Kennedy Center Honors: Why It Took So Long for the Experts to "Get" Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin, one of the most seminal and popular acts in rock history, triumphantly received Kennedy Center Honors earlier this month from President Obama and the nation's elite (the event will be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 26, 2012, from 9 to 11 p.m. ET).

This leaves us to ponder a puzzle: How could the experts of the late 1960s and 1970s have gotten it so wrong in their assessment of this British band's impact on music?

Go back a generation, to Zeppelin's unprecedented six-night stand at the Los Angeles Forum in 1977. A number of those shows became legendary bootleg collector albums that are obsessively traded and studied by old and young musicians and fans today.

Yet here was the reaction of the Los Angeles Times' influential rock critic Robert Hilburn, reviewing the first show of that stand:

"If the show were edited down to two hours, the gap between critics' often cold view of Zeppelin and the fans' adoration would be lessened considerably. Besides the low yield of the solos, the long shows tend to point out the band's limitations as songwriters. The tunes mostly are exercises in style rather than substance. The band has little of the intriguing point of view or commentary of the Stones, The Who, Kinks, or other more fully satisfying, classic English rock outfits from the '60s."
The Kinks were more fully satisfying? Let that slide for a moment. The key point is that Hilburn confessed that the critics could find more to like about Led Zeppelin if only there were less of Led Zeppelin. Yet these alleged excesses of the band merely turned them into the most sought-after concert ticket of the decade (and made them the most sought-after ticket in history at their only full-scale reunion five years ago).

Hilburn was right, in a sense. Zeppelin wasn't about creating and singing catchy McCartney-style ditties that could be sung around campfires. The band's bassist, John Paul Jones, once noted that Zeppelin wasn't a song-oriented band, but rather a "performance-oriented band." It created music that would serve as vehicles to display their individual skill and their unrivaled chemistry -- all while sweeping adventurously across the landscapes of blues, hard rock, English and American folk music, rhythm & blues, Middle Eastern and South-Asian melodies, and even chunks of funk and touches of reggae and Bach during their three-hour marathon concerts.

To return to the Kinks, their frontman Ray Davies himself once observed that "songs" weren't the point for Zeppelin. "I can't call their music songs," he said. "It just exists in its own relentless groove.... They created what didn't exist before. That's always a sign of a band's prominence."

Several factors together explain why the critics never rolled out the welcome mat for Led Zeppelin in the band's lifetime, and why its snide old nemesis Rolling Stone only began giving Zeppelin respect long after its 1980 breakup.

The Virtuoso Factor

Most rock critics of Zeppelin's era had no place for musical virtuosity. Technical prowess often worked against a performer or group, as the critics were able to dismiss a technician for lacking "substance."

Led Zeppelin, at some level, was a jazz trio, fronted by a scatting, jazz-blues banshee. From the astonishing improvisation between Jones, drummer John Bonham, and guitarist/bandleader Page, to Plant vocally accompanying the melody like a crazed version of Erroll Garner, the band was magically addictive on stage to anyone who had ears to hear it. The critics and experts didn't.

The truth is that the music of even Bach was dismissed by the critics of his day as "turgid and bloated," words that one would expect to see in a Rolling Stone review of a 1970s Zeppelin LP release. The critics often are looking for a fashion that the fans of their time or posterity aren't looking for.

The Political Factor

Many critics were convinced that rock was a leftist political movement, a vehicle for revolution. Critics like Hilburn used overblown phrases like "bold sociocultural redirection" to describe the bad poetry of semi-talented musicians who believed they were launching a planet-transforming social struggle.

Led Zeppelin was, politically speaking, an odd bird--avant garde musically, but not necessarily interested in toppling the political establishment. At a moment when critics were looking for more voices to join their political revolution, the band announced its presence in 1969 with the cocky, strutting showboating of drums, bass and guitar on Good Times, Bad Times -- more intent on displaying skill and joyful band dynamics than in making statements about Vietnam or income inequality.

The "Little Brother" Factor

A rock critic set ablaze by the liberating energy of Buddy Holly, Elvis, The Beatles and the Stones would be several years older than the generation that would be set ablaze by the hyper-energy of Led Zeppelin. Some writers have noted that Led Zeppelin became the favored band of the rock critics' little brothers, which made them a threatening rival viewed through a lens of dismissive envy. When the punks showed up in the mid-1970s, they were eagerly embraced by mainstream rock critics for the manner in which they represented a defiant break with "boring old farts" and "aging dinosaurs" like a Led Zeppelin that was actually very much in its prime.

The Elvis Costello Factor

Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, at the apex of that band's popularity in the mid 1980s, mused that "the reason most rock critics like Elvis Costello is that most rock critics look like Elvis Costello."

Have truer words ever been spoken? Rock critics could more easily identify with dweebs and geeks than with rock gods. Yet many young dweebs, like myself, looked to Zeppelin as the heroes that we wished we were and hoped we could be. The critics represented the people who resented the existence of such gods at all. For them, Robert Plant and guitarist/bandleader Jimmy Page may have well have been performing in t-shirts that said, "If you had a girlfriend, she'd have left you for me by now."

Long after the fizzling of the punk revolution that rock critic Charles Shaar Murray had championed, he would reflect on the astonishing endurance of a band that he confessed to having a "love-hate relationship" with. "Led Zeppelin's afterlife -- the extent to which their influence continued to dominate the aesthetic of hard-rock and, later, heavy metal -- was as extraordinary as that of any disbanded group other than the Beatles," he noted. "It should not come as a surprise that, even as a defunct band, they seem to become bigger and bigger. And for every tawdry bunch of Zep copyists xeroxing what as undeniably a unique style and sound, they seem -- in retrospect -- better and better, richer and grander. The more they are imitated, the more they grow."

Indeed. The critics of the 1970s wanted less Led Zeppelin. And yet we have more Led Zeppelin today than they could have imagined. The Rolling Stones changed the sound of rock. And The Beatles changed the sound of music. But Led Zeppelin changed the very sound of sound. For that reason, this year's Kennedy Center Honors were long overdue.

From: Huffington Post

Robert Plant Says Led Zeppelin Members Need To 'Move On'

Led Zeppelin have had a big 30 days, including the release of Celebration Day and being honored at the Kennedy Center Honors earlier this month. It doesn't seem likely the momentum will carry in 2013, however. During a recent interview with Charlie Rose on CBS singer Robert Plant explains he's looking for different creative endeavors.

"You have to be creative and imaginative and move on," he told Rose with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones on each side of him. "And I think the great essence of Led Zeppelin is the creativity and imagination that developed with each project. And a project is a project, it's not just going back and revisiting the past, it's moving forward."

"I don't see us being a stadium act ... going round and round making everyone feel great playing the hits."

Page and Jones didn't echo the singer's sentiment, but they didn't debate him either. When pressed about why they didn't hit the road after a successful 2007 show at London's O2 arena, Page mostly avoids the question. The bassist and keyboard player nods along for most of the 11-minute clip.

Page, Plant and Jones revisit their career with Rose, admitting - after some prodding - that they thought they were the best band alive during their '70s prime. They were never critical darlings - mostly because critics didn't understand what they were doing, Page says - but fans came to their shows in record breaking numbers. Jones grew to resent the bigger venues because the subtlety of the band was lost.

When drummer John Bonham died in 1980 they knew they couldn't carry on, eventually splitting up two months later. Two reunion shows in 1985 and 1988 whet appetites, as did the Page/Plant tours of the late '90s. Now five years removed from the O2 Arena show, it seems like fans should resign themselves to settle for another one-off instead of a world tour.

From: Ultimate Classic Rock

Led Zeppelin catalogue now available, mastered For iTunes

The Led Zeppelin studio catalogue has been mastered for iTunes and is ready for purchase at

Led Zeppelin catalogue now available, mastered For iTunes

Public Enemy's Chuck D Calls Jimmy Page's Puff Daddy Collaboration A 'F---ing Travesty'

Public Enemy's Chuck D Calls Jimmy Page's Puff Daddy Collaboration A 'F---ing Travesty'

Public Enemy's Chuck D will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18, whether you like it or not. More on that in a moment, but in a recent interview he talked about his group's collaboration with classic rock bands, and the "debacle" of Jimmy Page‘s and Puff Daddy's collaboration.

"I like Jimmy Page and P. Diddy, but what they did to ‘Kasmhir' was a debacle," he told Rolling Stone. "They are giants in their own way - and you can print this - but that was a f—ing travesty."

"When I get involved with a classic, I knock the f—ing ceiling out of it or I leave it the f-k alone." Anthrax, U2 and Stephen Stills are just a few of the rockers his group has worked with. The rapper was referring to the Puff Daddy (as he was known then) song ‘Come With Me' which used the music from Led Zeppelin‘s ‘Kashmir.' Page appeared in the video for the song and stamped his approval on it during a 1998 appearance with Puff Daddy on ‘Saturday Night Live.' The song was used for the movie soundtrack to the equally terrible film ‘Godzilla.'

This conversation stemmed from a greater conversation about whether Public Enemy will be part of some sort of onstage mashing of minds during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Public Enemy, Rush, Heart, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Albert King were announced as 2013 inductees last week. Chuck D seems emphatic when discussing whether or not hip-hop belongs.

"Hip-hop is a part of rock & roll because it comes from DJ culture," he says. "DJ culture is the embodiment of all genres and all recorded music, if you actually pay attention to it."

We're not going to argue with him. Look for Chuck D and Public Enemy to put together more Hip-Hop Gods shows featuring classic rap artists in 2013.

From: Ultimate Classic Rock

Save Earls Court! Keep Earls Court open as a live music venue

Earls Court Exhibition Centre


Call-in the planning applications for the demolition and development of the Earl's Court Exhibition Centres and West Kensington & Gibbs Green Estates for a transparent public inquiry.

Why is this important?

The iconic Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre faces demolition. The development will also require the demolition of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates, homes to 760 Hammersmith and Fulham residents, and not provide the urgently needed homes for average Londoners. This will have an impact on the UK Exhibitions Industry, the local and national economy and overload the capacity of the tube and road system in North-West London.

Please sign the petition NOW!

We, the undersigned, request that Mr Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government call-in these planning applications for the following reasons:

1. Given the extensive land ownership by TfL on site and the failure of EU Air Quality levels at the junction of Warwick/Cromwell Roads Junction, there is a conflict of interest for the Mayor to determine these planning applications.
2. The development spans two separate local authorities with different interests and therefore affects residents in both LBHF and RBKC.
3. There has been widespread opposition to the development by local residents in both affected Boroughs, LBHF and RBKC, which have not been taken into consideration.
4. The development will have an impact on the UK Exhibitions Industry, the local and national economy and overload the capacity of the tube and road system over a wider area than the development area.

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The Kennedy Center Honors Behind The Scenes Video Preview

Eminent artists, friends and peers of this year's seven honorees converged in Washington, D.C., last night (Dec. 2) to present entertaining and heartfelt tributes at THE 35TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, an entertainment special to be broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 26 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS!

Led Zeppelin Nominated for 2 Q104.3 Year That Rocked Awards 2012

Q104.3 FM, New York's Classic Rock, is polling their viewers on who rock in 2012, and Led Zeppelin has been nominated in two categories: Classic Rock Band of the Year & Best Classic Rock Movie (for Celebration Day).

Here's the direct link to the voting page, voting will be open through the morning of 12/31 and then they announce the winners later that day.

Three Generations of Bonhams

This morning, Jason Bonham posted pictures of his son, Jager, his father, John and himself, all at the age of 16 years old, to his Official Facebook page.

Three Generations of Bonhams
John Bonham (1964), Jason Bonham (1982), Jager Bonham (2012)

They all look quite similar, don't they?

Led Zeppelin 'Celebration Day' Screen Print by Shepard Fairey

Led Zeppelin 'Celebration Day' Screen Print by Shepard Fairey

Artist Shepard Fairey created an awesome design package for the recently released Led Zeppelin concert album Celebration Day. A limited edition of 300 signed and numbered “Celebration Day” screen prints will be released on December 18th at a random time between 10 AM and 12 PM PST in the print section of his online store. According to Shepard Fairey, 50 prints will be signed by the band and sold for charity at a later date.

From: Laughing Squid

JPJ on BBC Radio 3 - Jan. 1, 2013

Fiona Talkington celebrates the New Year with special guest, multi-instrumentalist and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, who plays live and chooses a selection of music on BBC Radio 3 on January 1, 2013 at 23:00.

It is unknown exactly what John Paul will be performing, since in past radio performances he has played bass guitar in a band, solo lap steel guitar, however perhaps it might be something related to Supersilent or Minibus Pimps, since radio host Talkington has the love of all things Norwegian.

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Fiona Talkington

Robert Plant 2013 Aussie Tour

Despite saying that "I might want to chill for a little while", Robert Plant has scheduled a three-week Australasian tour in March & April 2013.

MAR 21 – SINGAPORE – Timbre Rock & Roots Festival

MAR 23 – AUSTRALIA, Perth – West Coast Blues & Roots Festival

MAR 26 – AUSTRALIA, Adelaide – Entertainment Centre

MAR 28 – AUSTRALIA, Sydney – Entertainment Centre

MAR 30 – AUSTRALIA, Byron Bay – Bluesfest

APRIL 3 – AUSTRALIA, Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena

APRIL 5 – TASMANIA, Launceston Silverdome

APRIL 9 – NEW ZEALAND, Wellington – TSB Bank Arena

APRIL 11 – NEW ZEALAND, Auckland – Vector Arena

Robert Plant Joins Patty Griffin Onstage for Austin Benefit Show

Robert Plant Joins Patty Griffin Onstage for Austin Benefit Show
Photo by Jim Chapin

After roughly a half-hour of soulful, confessional solo material on Saturday night, roots singer Patty Griffin paused to introduce her "driver" to the couple hundred fans packed into Austin's tiny Continental Club.

"Three years ago a guy with big hair and a British accent called me and said he needed help singing on their record," Griffin said with a knowing smile. "I followed him on the road for 18 months and after it all he said he'd be my driver."

That introduction done, rock legend Robert Plant stepped up on stage wearing a black chauffeur's cap that he promptly removed with a laugh and took to the microphone to join Griffin on one of her new songs, the slow, yearning "Ohio." Saturday's intimate club performance was the first of two for the couple, both nights benefits for injured and uninsured Austin musician Michael Fracasso – a longtime friend of Griffin's – and the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians medical assistance program.

Weaving between Plant and Griffin's solo material, a handful of Led Zeppelin covers and 2010's Band of Joy record that first brought them together, the couple showed an obvious respect and admiration throughout the set, singing in unison on "In The Mood," and "What Is And What Should Never Be," with Plant's still golden, smooth tone joining Griffin's impassioned and occasionally ragged vocals.

While the night was officially billed as Griffin's, she and the three-piece backing band let the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer direct the set, upping the tempo of some songs or signaling for section changes on the fly. Intermixed throughout, Plant offered cheerful anecdotes about Led Zeppelin's recent audience with President Barack Obama at the Kennedy Center Honors, touring with Griffin in the former Soviet Union, and venturing to this legendary roots and country music club the night before from the couple's nearby home.

As well received as the Griffin and Band of Joy material was, the chance to hear Plant perform reworked versions of Led Zeppelin classics in such a confined space was the obvious draw for most. Beginning with "Black Country Woman," the singer was in complete control, with a swampy blues solo from guitarist David Pulkingham standing in for Jimmy Page's thunderous guitar work and an Ennio Morricone-esque spaghetti western introduction disguising the opening of "Tangerine."

The songs' reworked structures might have served a double purpose, as they allowed the 64-year-old Plant to sing those classics in a middle register without stretching his vocals to the caterwauling heights that first set him apart in the Seventies. So even though "Going to California" lacked the thousand-yard force of its middle verse and set closer "Black Dog" kicked off with a deliberate and menacing intro instead of Plant's iconic "Hey hey mama . . ." solo opening, the performance showed how he's evolved creatively into a sort of shamanistic roots singer in tandem with his blues and heavy metal-based legacy.

Also scattered throughout the night were touching and bare glimpses of Plant and Griffin's still-new romance, like his longing gaze her way while singing the "to find a queen without a king" line of "Going to California," or joking about Griffin pushing material from her next album, American Kid, to which she responded, "It's my show."

It was, after all – which was why after the triumphant stomp of "Black Dog," Plant gave the audience a wave and popped his driving hat back on with a smile, ready to get his lady home for the night.

From: Rolling Stone

Led Zeppelin on CBS Sunday Morning (Dec. 16)

As a preview of the legendary British rock band's appearance on "Sunday Morning" (Dec. 16) at 9:00AM to discuss "Celebration Day" - a DVD of their 2007 tribute concert for Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, at London's O2 Arena - we present the band performing "Black Dog."

Jason Bonham to start work on star-studded solo album

Jason Bonham is to start work on a new solo project with an all-star cast.

Bonham, the son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John, said in an interview with Classic Rock Revisited: "I've always wanted to do an album with half the people I've worked with. People like Robert Plant, Paul Rodgers, Jeff Beck and Slash.

"I've been working on some original songs with the band that does the Led Zeppelin experience," he added, referring to the covers band he's been touring with since forming in 2010. "We're going to start writing as an original band and see what comes out of it. It'll be kind of Zeppelin-esque because of the way the guys play – but there's nothing wrong with that."

He also added that he could still hit the road with his other band Black Country Communion, the supergroup formed in 2009 with guitarist Joe Bonamassa, former Deep Purple member Glenn Hughes and Dream Theater's Derek Sherinian. "I have not suggested this to the others, but my thing would be that we should, for the fans, go out and play. If Joe can't do it, we should go out with someone else. Joe is a really nice guy and I think if we asked him then he'd say, 'Of course'."

From: NME

Jimmy Page planning 2013 solo tour

Jimmy Page has revealed plans for a solo tour next year, but dismissed speculation Led Zeppelin were prepared to replace Robert Plant in order to go out on the road.

The Led Zeppelin guitarist originally wanted to go out on the road this year but following the release of the group's DVD Celebration Day - a concert film of their one-off reunion show at London's The O2 in December 2007 - he had to push his plans back until the tail end of 2013.

He said: "This time last year I intended to be actually playing by now in a live outfit. So that will have to be postponed now into sort of next year, tail end of next year. But I definitely want to be doing that."

Jimmy admits the group - also made up of frontman Robert Plant, bassist John-Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham - didn't consider bringing in another singer to replace Robert in order to tour as Led Zeppelin again because it would have "changed the character" of the band.

He added to Guitar World: "Jason, myself and John Paul Jones felt it was the right thing to do to go in and start playing new material and see how we were getting on. There was talk about bringing in some other singers, but that would have changed the character of what we were doing, and done it rather suddenly.

"There was a lot of ... I won't say pressure but a lot of hinting about 'this singer and that singer.' And for me, it was more about, 'Let's see what we can really do.' But I don't think we really got a chance to do that."

Jimmy recently admitted he was keen to go on tour with the band after their 2007 reunion concert, but it wasn't possible because Robert was too busy working on his Raising Sand LP with Alison Krauss.

From: Contact Music

Robert Plant Talks 2013 Plans: ‘I Might Just Chill For A While’

Between reuniting with Led Zeppelin, collaborating with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss and doing a covers album (2010?s Band Of Joy), it's been a busy few years for Robert Plant. And despite the news that he has written one new album with his backing band The Sensational Shape Shifters and another with singer/songwriter Buddy Miller, Plant says he's going to take it easy for a while.

"I think I might just chill for a while, to be honest," he tells CBS Local. "I'm enjoying life and spending more time in America now. I really enjoy it. I'm becoming way more aware and opinionated and stimulated by these new adventures. Everybody says I'm workaholic, and I just keep going and going. And I will do that (again). But I want to explore more. When I think about how I was writing when I was a kid, when I was 20 or whatever, it was all about travel and journey and stimulus. I'm getting on a bit now, but I have to look at more stuff to be able to write cohesively."

One reason that he's spending more time in America is his relationship with singer/songwriter Patty Griffin, who was part of his backing group on his Band Of Joy tour. He joined her onstage in October at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival for a new song. He confirmed that he has contributed to her next record. "It's a brilliant record. It's produced by Craig Ross. I just joined her on a couple of songs, which we wrote together. It's great stuff, it's really good."

Griffin was Plant's date at the Kennedy Center Honors, where Led Zeppelin was feted alongside Buddy Guy, David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman and ballerina Natalia Makarova. He said that he was particularly happy to receive the honor from President Obama.

"I think the world held it's breath a couple of weeks ago, and what a fantastic result," he told CBS Local, referring to the recent election. "What a charismatic guy, and what a job he's got to do."

While the President doesn't speak at the actual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony (which airs on CBS on December 26 at 9 p.m. ET), he spoke about the band at a dinner at the White House before the ceremony, talking about their wild lifestyle in the '70s, quipping that, "It's fitting that we're doing this in a room with windows that are three inches thick! And Secret Service all around... so guys, just settle down! These paintings are valuable."

Plant added, "His humor, relating to our career a while back was very, very funny. He's got us down!" Watch the President's full speech here.

Meanwhile, if Plant doesn't do much performing in 2013, you can check out two recent live releases. One, Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters, is available as a download, and features his latest backing band. The other, Live From The Artist's Den, features him with his Band Of Joy, including Patty Griffin.

From: K-Earth 101

Michael E. Dehn Reveals How Led Zeppelin Has Won 2 Ticket Related Guinness World Records founder Michael E. Dehn is honored to have received the Guinness World record for buying the most tickets to the concert that never happened for the supergroup Led Zeppelin and is pleased to offer deluxe authentic memorabila ticket sets to commemorate the last show the band would have played at the now demolished Chicago stadium in Nov of 1980 to honor the release of "Celebration Day."

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 12, 2012

With the knowledge that 20 million people vied for just 18 thousand seats for the Led Zeppelin reunion concert at the O2 arena in London in Dec of 2007, prompting the Guinness World Record book to issue the award for the biggest demand for a one time musical event in the history of live music, founder Michael E. Dehn is honored to accent that fact with the award he won for buying the most tickets to a concert that never happened, which also just happens to be for Led Zeppelin.

"In terms of supply and demand, it is obvious that the remaining inventory I possess is dwarfed by the global demand for this timeless band. We have liquidated a sizable portion of the original inventory of tickets without ever selling outside the US in the last quarter century, especially in 1994 when Page and Plant toured their 'No Quarter' release and the Chicago Stadium was demolished. Due to the onerous shipping costs associated with selling overseas, those international markets remained untouched for these tickets in regards to the massive demand we are seeing for all things Led Zeppelin worldwide and this is why these tickets 26 years after I acquired them are indeed the hottest tickets in the world," says founder Michael E. Dehn, in a statement.

"The fact that Led Zeppelin hails from England and retains a massive fan base in Europe and the Far East only amplifies that statement," continues Dehn, "When you have 20 million people from 49 different countries vying to travel around the world to see this band, it speaks volumes on the special place the band and the music holds in the hearts of fans everywhere."

This Christmas season, is offering special deals on the 2012 'From the End to the New Beginning' issue. Remember that purchasing an original limited edition memorabilia ticket will ultimately prove to be a better investment than a book, CD or DVD. Go to "Buy Led Zeppelin Tickets" on the home page to click in for details. Happy Holidays from!

"Led Zeppelin Played Here" film screening

As a part of our Mid-Atlantic Regional Showcase, celebrating films and filmmakers from the region, the American Film Institute (AFI) Silver Theatre and Cultural Center will be showing a film about an enduring local legend: Led Zeppelin performing in the gym of the Wheaton Youth Center.

The documentary, LED ZEPPELIN PLAYED HERE, is a homegrown version of what was happening nationwide as the rock concert industry took shape. The film features interviews with rock writers, musicians and fans, plus a look at a collection of Led Zeppelin memorabilia. Filmmaker Jeff Krulik (HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT) will here in person to discuss the film.

This special event will take place at the AFI Silver Theatre in downtown Silver Spring, MD on Sunday, January 20 at 9:00 p.m. and tickets are only $5. For more info on the film or to purchase tickets online, visit the film page on our website at

Led Zeppelin Played Here from Jeff Krulik on Vimeo.

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In the summer of 1980, Led Zeppelin undertook what would be their final tour –a low key 14 date trek taking in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Austria and Switzerland. With a radically streamlined stage presentation and set list, the aim was to get back to being a working band after all the lay offs of recent years and grand scale of their 1979 Knebworth appearances.

This air of rejuvenation would inspire plans for a full scale tour of America in the autumn that would be sadly curtailed with the untimely death of John Bonham. Vastly under reported at the time, the Led Zeppelin Over Europe 1980 tour has taken on something of mythical status over the years. It found the band anxious to stamp their authority on a changing musical landscape as their reputation tethered like a feather in the wind.

Dave Lewis brings a fresh perspective in chronicling this final Led Zeppelin tour ,setting the scene with the build up to the tour, combining on the spot reports of the gigs from the time and retrospective views from those that were there both out front and backstage. The book includes an in depth gig by gig analysis of the 14 shows full bootleg, memorabilia and statistic appendix section and is illustrated throughout with many rarely seen photos and images.

The book also offers a unique up close and personal fans eye view of the era as re-told through Dave Lewis’ diaries of the time and his experiences of being in close proximity to the action during the tour. It all adds up to an illuminating volume that offers clear light on the final days of Led Zeppelin as they attempted to rejuvenate their career by doing what they did best – performing live on stage.

This is the Led Zeppelin tour that time forgot…until now – remembered and re-assessed in greater detail than any other single rock tour.

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5 Things We Learned From Jimmy Page’s “Rolling Stone” Interview

Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stone magazine have always had an uneasy relationship: although the band dominated the '70s, they were only on the cover once during that decade. And Rolling Stone didn't always give Zeppelin's records favorable reviews. So, it was a surprise that the band's leader Jimmy Page gave the magazine an eight-hour plus interview in the new issue, which features a vintage Page shot on the cover.

The interviewer, David Fricke, asked Page if he was "hurt" by early negative criticism towards the band; Page replies, "I was hoping you would ask that, writing for Rolling Stone." But whatever his feelings about the magazine, he gave a very revealing interview. Here are five things we learned from it:

Jason Bonham resigned from Foreigner in 2007, in hopes that the Led Zeppelin reunion would extend past one reunion show:
Bonham had played drums for Foreigner since 2004. Page says, "Some of us thought we would be continuing, that there were going to be more concerts in the not-too-distant future... I know that Jason, who was playing with Foreigner, resigned from that band." One reason the reunion was a one-off: Robert Plant had scheduled a tour with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss to promote their multiple Grammy winning collaboration, Raising Sand. Of course, you can experience the 2007 reunion via the Celebration Day CD/DVD.

Page wants to release the tapes from his early '80s sessions with members of Yes:
After Zeppelin broke up, Page was working with bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White, both former members of Yes (who had broken up at around the same time). The band was to be called "XYZ" (as Page explains, "it was ex-Yes and ex-Zeppelin"). Plant was approached to be the singer, but Page notes, "Of course, he wasn't interested at all." Squire and White soon reunited with Yes, and XYZ was history. But fans have long wanted to hear what this band would have sounded like (although allegedly some of those sessions were used as starting points for songs by Page's next project, The Firm, with Paul Rodgers). Page hopes to get the XYZ sessions out there: "I'll tell you, the material was good. I have the multi-tracks. I hope they see the light of day."

He also may release the ultra-rare Live Yardbirds! LP, recorded in 1968:
The album was released in 1971 and Page forced the label to withdraw it. "I've been going through my personal archives over the last few years. And I found the tapes... it would be good to put it out again." He notes that it would need to be remixed.

In his early days as a session musician, Page played on The Who‘s I Can't Explain, but doesn't know why he was invited to the session:
"I don't know, really, why I was brought in. I'm playing the riff, in the background - behind Pete Townshend. I didn't need to be there. You can barely hear me. But it was magical to be in the control room."

John Paul Jones came up with some of Zeppelin's mightiest riffs:
When asked about Black Dog, Page says that that was Jones' riff. "It was not easy to play." Later in the interview, he mentions that Jones was behind the monster riff for Good Times Bad Times as well.

If the interview isn't enough Jimmy Page for you, you're in luck. A new book, Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page, compiles interviews that Page has done over the years with Guitar World editor Brad Tolinski.

Page, Plant and Jones will appear together Sunday night (December 2) at the Kennedy Center Honors event in Washington, DC. The show will air on CBS December 26, but CBS Local will have full coverage, and will live-tweet the event from the account. The following night, the ex-Zeppelin bandmates appear on Late Show With David Letterman.

From: CBS

New Led Zep mag coverage

New Led Zep mag coverage

Led Zeppelin will grace the covers of many magazine in the next few months, Guitar World and Classic Rock.

Guitar World - Jan-13 - Led Zeppelin
* Led Zeppelin Rides Again! Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones take center stage for an in-depth talk about Zeppelin's glory days and their historic 2007 reunion show, now presented in the newly released concert film Celebration Day.

* Read on as Jimmy Page delivers a behind-the-scenes look at Led Zeppelin's epic last show at London's O2 Arena... and offers a tantalizing hint of the group's possible future.

* Also, Gutiar World presents a critical analysis of Led Zeppelin's 50 Greatest songs from "Dazed and Confused to "You Shook Me"... from "Tangerine" to "The Lemon Song"... from "Trampled Under Foot" to "Stairway to Heaven."

* Led Zeppelin - Black Mountain Side guitar and bass tablature

Classic Rock Jan 2013 #179
* Led Zeppelin - Page and JPJ reveal all about Celebration Day, and whether the band will ever perform live again.

Led Zep talks will delay remasters

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has hinted at the bonus material which will appear on the band's upcoming remaster series - but he's warned fans to be patient because some of the band haven't yet agreed to the re-releases.

Classic Rock revealed last month that Page was at work completing new versions of Led Zep's entire catalogue.

Now he's revealed a few more details. He tells Rolling Stone: "The catalogue was last remastered 20 years ago. That's a long time. Everything is being transferred to a higher-resolution digital format. That's one of the problems with the Zeppelin stuff - it sounds ridiculous on MP3. You can't hear what's there properly."

Referring to the band's recording sessions at Headley Grange he explains: "There was an overage of material - different versions of things, different approaches to the mixes. The classic was When the Levee Breaks, where the drums were set up in the hallway. You know what it sounded like: immense. But we used the drums in the hall for a number of things, like Kashmir, some with closer mics. There were a lot of different approaches. It will be fascinating for people to witness the work in progress."

Other extras are likely to include live recordings and film footage. But Page insists it's not a case of bundling any old extras into the remaster packages.

"I'm not just throwing on any old flotsam and jetsam," he says. "This will be really substantial stuff. All of it is good - it has its own character and validity."

He hopes the material will be released "bit by bit" starting next year, but adds: "You've got to get to the point where all the members of the group are in agreement. I would hope it's sooner rather than later."

From: Classic Rock Magazine

Kennedy Center Honors after-party: Led Zeppelin charms the room, Letterman leaves early

Kennedy Center Honors after-party: Led Zeppelin charms the room, Letterman leaves early

You hear that noise coming from the Kennedy Center Sunday night? It was the final aftershock of the Baby Boom, whacking the staid arts temple on the Potomac like a hammer of the gods.

Led Zeppelin, it turns out, still has the ability to shock. As Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters ripped into the sexually-charged "Black Dog" - guitars wailing, strobes flashing, honey dripping - we saw several elderly patrons shrink towards the exits. Clearly, no one had warned them: Hard rock had finally come to the Kennedy Center Honors. (*see also: Why Grohl played drums for Zep tribute)

And just in time! Because the men of LedZep proved to be the most accessible rock gods the event has seen in years. They may have left the older folks dazed and confused ("I met Mr. Zeppelin last night," Aretha Franklin told reporters on the red carpet), but younger guests flocked to the three grizzled Englishmen at the post-show dinner in the center's Grand Foyer.

Jimmy Page - looking like the Quaker Oats guy these days, with that snow-white hair and beatific glow - smiled warmly, seemingly genuinely touched as one fan after another (usually a 35-to-50 year-old dude) told him oh my god you changed my life. "I'm a jazz musician," began one, urgently unloading all the things one needs to tell Jimmy Page ("when I listen to Miles or Coltraine. . . I saw Blind Faith in Japan. . . ").

Producer George Stevens Jr. seemed somewhat embarrassed by the mob blocking the guitar hero from his meal. "Are you the escort for these people?" he hissed to a volunteer assisting Page's posse. "Take them to their table!" Sorry, Mr. Stevens - Sen. Debbie Stabenow's gotta get her photo with him first.

Hey, can you blame the people for seizing the moment? Not like they were going to have that kind of lovefest with honoree David Letterman . The crotchety late-night icon did, at least, drop by the gala, but he was outta there before the salad course, leaving Jimmy Kimmel as the ranking A-lister of a half-empty table. (Did a teenage Kimmel really stay up until 1:30 a.m. watching Letterman, as he proclaimed in his tribute? Yes. "My parents didn't know, so I just did it. We had no VCR.") For guests who paid a minimum of $2,000, the dinner may have offered a little less spark than usual; somewhat fewer members of Congress or the Cabinet visibly mingling with the showbiz elite. Blame the lateness of the hour - many diners weren't seated until after 11 p.m. - but at least it meant that Dustin Hoffman, Buddy Guy and Natalia Makarova seemed to eat mostly in peace.

But here was a moment, shared with us by NBC's David Gregory: Kid Rock meeting President Obama at the White House pre-show reception. Joked POTUS to the rocker, who was one of Mitt Romney's most vocal celebvocates, "I'm still here." No hard feelings, apparently.

Fighting our way through the fanboys, we asked Robert Plant, Zeppelin's howling lead singer, if he was surprised his music still had the power to rattle the gentry.

Hardly. "I played MerleFest in North Carolina last year with my true love, Patty Griffin" - the fetching singer-songwriter on his arm Sunday night - "and we cleared half the crowd." He sounded rather pleased.

From: The Washington Post

Led Zeppelin / Letterman report

Steve 'The Lemon' Sauer of Lemon Squeezings: Led Zeppelin News filed this report a few minutes ago.
The elusive third chair was brought out to the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater for today's "Late Show," to accommodate the Led Zeppelin threesome of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. The standard two-chair setup returned for the interview with actor John Krasinski of "The Office," an unabashed Led Zeppelin fan who, as it turned out, was sporting a Swan Song logo T-shirt underneath his dressy outfit.

Audience coach Eddie Brill said he was psyched that Led Zeppelin was going to be on the show. Krasinski said he was working as an intern for "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" the time Page appeared on the show with the Black Crowes, and he recalled what it was like behind the scenes of a TV show with such a huge star as Jimmy Page. Fraternizing with guests was grounds for immediate dismissal, he said, adding that backstage tonight he was basically unable to speak coherently to Page for fear of babbling and/or pissing his pants.

When the CBS Orchestra played the trio onto the stage to the strains of "Rock and Roll," Robert Plant came out first, shook Dave Letterman's hand and took the empty seat farthest from Dave. Page was next out, and when he went to take his seat in the middle, Jones was left with the one closest to Dave, and it looked like there was some confusion over the seating arrangement. All matched in their black outfits, although Plant traded in his black shoes for some tan cowboy boots.

Letterman started things off by asking if Led Zeppelin had received awards like the Kennedy Center Honors, prompting a brief one-word answer from John Paul Jones followed by a lengthy roll of the eyes. Dave appeared to be grasping at straws for ways to relate to the musicians, and Jones even made a witty remark after a few of Dave's vein attempts: "How many 'no's do you want?" Plant, the only one who'd sat solo on Letterman's couch before, joked it was good Jones was sitting closest to Dave. Dave got one back at Jones, saying the placement wasn't best for everybody concerned.

Jimmy Page, sandwiched between his former bandmates, spoke early in the interview, picking up on a question from Dave about Buddy Guy, who'd also been an award recipient. Dave asked if Buddy was an influence on all of them, and Jimmy said indeed he was, referencing by name some of the other blues musicians he and Jeff Beck used to watch Buddy Guy playing with when they were all young. The names Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf were easy for Dave to pick up on, but Page's mention of Sonny Boy Williamson threw the host a curveball. Dave , "Sonny Boy ... Williams?" Robert shot a look of disgust toward the crowd, as if to say, "Can you believe this guy?"

Dave may not know old blues musicians well, but he named off a few of the most obvious choices for British rock bands from the same era as Led Zeppelin: the Who, the Rolling Stones and the Kinks. Dave listed off a few of these bands and asked if they would ever jam together back in the day. The answer was a surprising no, until Robert clarified that while he and John Bonham were touring the "big top," the other two guys were studio cats and did indeed get to work with those groups. Plant interestingly went not for an anecdote about stealing milk bottles off of people's front steps but said Bonham, in those days, was stealing cars. Dave kept the humor going by asking if this came up at all when being vetted for a Kennedy Center award. Dave also asked Paul Shaffer his opinion on whether the same musicians who were influences on British musicians similarly affected American musicians. Paul said British musicians had turned on to American music that wasn't popular here first and, through their innovation, made it popular here.

If it's a really enlightening question and answer session you were hoping for, it wasn't there. Dave concentrated on the award ceremony and how they felt listening to others play their music back. Jimmy complimented Kid Rock, and Dave kept on naming other performers who had been on the scene to get their reactions. The mention of Jack Black seemed to make Plant chuckle. Even worse, the mention of "Stairway to Heaven," which they performed at the Kennedy Center Honors, made Plant jeer once again. Either he didn't like the performance, by a choir and an orchestra and Jason Bonham on drums, or he was just once again reiterating his disdain for the song.

For something visual, Dave displayed two photos on his desk. The first was less than 24 hours old and showed the three of them meeting with President Obama. Perhaps Dave was hoping the photo would elicit some comments once the crowd's applause subsided, but it really didn't. Dave moved on to the second photo, the famous shot from 1973 with the band posing in front of the Starship. This provided Dave with a subject to which he would refer often throughout the rest of the interview, about not needing to have your shirts buttoned up fully when flying on your own aircraft. Dave turned it into a running gag that went over well with the audience. One line that left a few heads scratching came from Plant when he asked Dave if "matinee" means the same here as it does in England. The way he related it had sex written all over it.

Dave recalled something Jack Black said about Led Zeppelin the day before, that their music is about sex ... and Vikings ... and Vikings having sex. The host asked if this was correct. While Page laughed, Jones added that some songs were about Vikings having sex with hobbits.

In one of the more mundane questions Letterman has ever uttered, he asked their musicians how one could sum up Led Zeppelin's sound in a 10-word sentence. Plant didn't jump at the ready with a response, nor did Page. It took Jones to break the silence, mimicking the opening riff from "Immigrant Song."

Dave mentioned that Page and Jones had not been on the show before. He invited them back but did so almost as a group invitation. Imagine, Led Zeppelin's surviving members making a habit out of forcing Dave's third chair out of retirement!

To Dave's credit, he did ask whether the 1980 death of "the drummer" -- the name John Bonham obviously not on the tip of his tongue -- made them think about continuing with somebody else on drums. To the surprise of nobody there, the answer was no. Jimmy Page pounced on it, saying it would have been unfair to tell another drummer, "Here, learn these parts."

Lastly, Dave didn't ask why these guys aren't reforming -- or if, in fact, they secretly were. He could have broached the subject easily by suggesting, "Look, all three of you are here now, and you're musicians. Forget about reuniting in the future. Why the hell don't you play us a little something right now, for God's sake?" But alas, 'twas not to be. Instead, the studio and home audiences were treated to a musical performance by the waif-like British singer Paloma Faith, her elaborate orchestra and stage configuration, and her multicolored hair.

Robert Plant says he is ready to write new songs

Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant says he's game to write new songs if anybody else wants to.

Plant visited the State Department in Washington on Saturday with the other surviving members of the legendary rock band, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page. They are among seven artists receiving the Kennedy Center Honors with accolades from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Plant told The Associated Press he was surprised and overwhelmed in receiving the American honor.

The band is often asked if they'll reunite. Plant says he loves traveling the world and wants to write music along the way. He says "if anybody wants to write some new songs, I'm game."

The trio is scheduled to appear Monday on CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman."

From: Associated Press

'He'll Probably Kill Me For Telling You": Jason Bonham shares real reason Robert Plant won't reunite as Led Zeppelin

Jason Bonham talks about the emotional difficulties that Robert Plant still has going on without his dad, the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham - feelings that ultimately ended any hoped-for reunion of the band's surviving members.

Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page last convened as Led Zeppelin, with Jason replacing John Bonham, in 2007 at London's 02 Arena - an event recently commemorated with the release of Celebration Day, on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Still, Plant remains firm: There are no plans to continue on, despite the new-found excitement surrounding this release.

"It wasn't just him going 'I don't want to do it,' there were other things going on," the younger Bonham tells Gater 98.7 FM in a newly posted interview. "He told me, 'It doesn't matter how great you are on the drums, Jason. I love you to bits, and you play absolutely amazing. But John was the drummer in Led Zeppelin, and John was part of me and Jimmy and John Paul. We shared something very, very special.'"

John Bonham died in his sleep at age 32 in 1980, and Led Zeppelin never returned to the studio again. Meanwhile, Jason has gone on to his own musical success as a drummer with UFO, Foreigner and Black Country Communion, while also appearing two other times in partial, one-time Led Zepplin reunions.

Jason Bonham seems to feel, however, that the 2007 show will be their last time together.

Plant simply misses Bonzo too much. Jason Bonham says Plant confided: "'I struggle sometimes just thinking about trying to create some magic again when he's not there. He was a very, very dear friend of mine, that I miss every day.' He'll probably kill me for telling you that."

Page, Plant and Jones will actually reconvene on Monday, December 3, 2012, but not to perform: They are sitting for a rare joint interview on the Late Show with David Letterman.

From: Something Else!

2012 Kennedy Center Honors: Obama Joins David Letterman, Led Zeppelin, Buddy Guy And Other Honorees

David Letterman's "stupid human tricks" and Top 10 lists vaulted into the ranks of cultural acclaim Sunday night as the late-night comedian received this year's Kennedy Center Honors with rock band Led Zeppelin, an actor, a ballerina and a bluesman.

Stars from New York, Hollywood and the music world joined President Barack Obama at the White House on Sunday night to salute the honorees, whose ranks also include actor Dustin Hoffman, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova.

The honors are the nation's highest award for those who influenced American culture through the arts. The recipients were later saluted by fellow performers at the Kennedy Center Opera House in a show to be broadcast Dec. 26 on CBS.

Obama drew laughs from his guests when he described the honorees as "some extraordinary people who have no business being on the same stage together."

Noting that Guy made his first guitar strings using the wire from a window screen, he quipped, "That worked until his parents started wondering how all the mosquitoes were getting in."

The president thanked the members of Led Zeppelin for behaving themselves at the White House given their history of "hotel rooms trashed and mayhem all around."

Obama noted Letterman's humble beginnings as an Indianapolis weatherman who once reported the city was being pelted by hail 'the size of canned hams.'"

"It's one of the highlights of his career," he said.

All kidding aside, Obama described all of the honorees as artists who "inspired us to see things in a new way, to hear things differently, to discover something within us or to appreciate how much beauty there is in the world."

"It's that unique power that makes the arts so important," he added.

Later on the red carpet, Letterman said he was thrilled by the recognition and to visit Obama at the White House.

"It supersedes everything, honestly," he said. "I haven't won that many awards."

During the show, comedian Tina Fey said she grew up watching her mom laugh at Letterman as he brought on "an endless parade of weirdos."

"Who was this Dave Letterman guy?" Fey said. "Was he a brilliant, subtle passive-aggressive parody of a talk show host? Or just some Midwestern goon who was a little bit off? Time has proven that there's just really no way of knowing."

Alec Baldwin offered a Top 10 reasons Letterman was winning the award, including the fact that he didn't leave late night for a six-month stint in primetime – a not-so-subtle dig at rival Jay Leno.

Jimmy Kimmel, who will soon compete head-to-head with Letterman on ABC, said he fell in love with Letterman early in life and even had a "Late Night" cake on his 16th birthday.

"To me it wasn't just a TV show," Kimmel said. "It was the reason I would fail to make love to a live woman for many, many years."

For Buddy Guy, singers Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman and others got most of the crowd on its feet singing Guy's signature "Sweet Home Chicago."

Morgan Freeman hailed Guy as a pioneer who helped bridge soul and rock and roll.

"When you hear the blues, you really don't think of it as black or white or yellow or purple or blue," Freeman said. "Buddy Guy, your blue brought us together."

Robert De Niro saluted Hoffman, saying he had changed acting, never took any shortcuts and was brave enough to be a perfectionist.

"Before Dustin burst on the scene, it was pretty much OK for movie stars to show up, read their lines and, if the director insisted, act a little," De Niro said. "But then Dustin came along – and he just had to get everything right."

By the end of the night, the Foo Fighters, Kid Rock and Lenny Kravitz got the crowd moving to some of Zeppelin's hits at the Kennedy Center.

Jack Black declared Zeppelin the "greatest rock and roll band of all time."

"That's right. Better than the Beatles. Better than the Stones. Even better than Tenacious D," he said. "And that's not opinion – that's fact."

For the finale, Heart's Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson sang "Stairway to Heaven," accompanied by a full choir and Jason Bonham, son of the late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

Zeppelin front man Robert Plant and his bandmates John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page seemed moved by the show.

Meryl Streep first introduced the honorees Saturday as they received the award medallions during a formal dinner at the U.S. State Department hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Clinton said ballerina Makarova "risked everything to have the freedom to dance the way she wanted to dance" when she defected from the Soviet Union in 1970.

Makarova made her debut with the American Ballet Theatre and later was the first exiled artist to return to the Soviet Union before its fall to dance with the Kirov Ballet.

Clinton also took special note of Letterman, saying he must be wondering what he's doing in a crowd of talented artists and musicians.

"Dave and I have a history," she said. "I have been a guest on his show several times, and if you include references to my pant suits, I'm on at least once a week."

From: Huffington Post

Letterman, Led Zeppelin among those receiving Kennedy Center Honors

Washington (CNN) -- An array of talents was on display Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors gala where President Barack Obama toasted the lifetime achievements of an iconic ballerina, a famed comedian, a timeless actor and two chart-topping musical acts.

In the 35th installment of the honorary event, late-night show host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, actor Dustin Hoffman, blues musician Buddy Guy and the rock group Led Zeppelin joined the ranks of the top musicians, dancers and actors of their time.

The festivities kicked off at a White House reception where Obama honored the award recipients and recounted highlights of their careers.

"Each of us can remember a moment when the people on this stage touched our lives. ... Maybe they inspired us to see things in a new way, to hear things differently." Obama said. "It is that unique power that makes the arts so important."

The Kennedy Center Honors has long been a tradition that bridges Hollywood and Washington, and this year was no exception. Aside from the honorees, other notable attendees included actors Alec Baldwin, Jack Black and Morgan Freeman; rockers Lenny Kravitz and Jeff Beck; and such politicians as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Thad Cochran of South Dakota and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

After the White House reception, the cadre of luminaries and guests moved to The Kennedy Center, a performing arts space overlooking the Potomac River, for an event dedicated to their respective talents.

This is the fourth time Obama has honored Kennedy Center award recipients. Last year's group included singer Neil Diamond, composer Sonny Rollins, theater actor Barbara Cook, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and actress Meryl Streep.

While the 2011 pool of honorees had a noticeable music bent, the backgrounds in this year's group are more diverse but equally talented.

Letterman, host of "The Late Show" on CBS, was recognized for his 30 years in late-night television and joined a small group of past comedians who have won the award. In a press release, Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein described Letterman, 65, as "one of the most influential personalities in the history of television."

With more than 5,000 broadcasts, Letterman, holds the title as the comedian with the longest late-night career in the United States, recently surpassing the industry's previous standard-bearer, the late Johnny Carson.

In his witty style, Letterman joked about learning he was an award recipient.

"When I stopped laughing, I was very excited. This was great for my family; they think I'm working at a Jiffy Lube in Mexico," he said on his program.

Obama, someone who has been on Letterman's show a number of times, remarked at the White House reception that Letterman was "a true gentleman" who "has always offered us an authentic piece of himself."

The president did joke, however, that not being in front of the microphone was a difficult position for the usually opinionated comedian.

"You are looking a little stressed, aren't you," Obama said to Letterman.

Speaking to reporters on the red carpet before the event, Letterman expressed more surprise about the honor.

"I don't know what to tell you," he said. "It just keeps getting better and better and better and I am not supposed to be here."

Asked if there's anything he was particularly looking forward to at the event, he pointed to his special ride home.

"Well, afterwards, we get joy rides in Marine One. That is going to be something."

Hoffman, meanwhile, has become a household name with a resume that includes 50 movies, not to mention two Academy Awards for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Rain Man (1988).

While the 75-year-old actor has said he grew up thinking movie stars had to look like Rock Hudson, it didn't take long for the Los Angeles native to get into acting and start a career that spans five decades and covers just about every genre of film.

Many of his titles were featured in his tribute at the Kennedy Center, which is not far from the famous Watergate hotel -- a site he knows well after playing the ambitious reporter, Carl Bernstein, in "All The President's Men" (1976).

Asked on the red carpet how he was feeling, the actor had a line all ready to deliver.

"My wife keeps reminding me that when I say, 'Pretty good -- I am a nominee,' she says 'No, you are an honoree.' So it is spectacular," he said.

Russian-born Makarova is perhaps best known for leaving her mark on the production of La Bayadère, a ballet that dates to 1877. She transformed the scene "Kingdom of the Shades," and went on to stage the full production in theaters around the world.

Makarova, 72, is no stranger to the Kennedy Center. She won a Tony Award for best actress in a musical for the center's 1984 production of "On Your Toes."

Makarova said before the gala that she considers American ballet "fantastic," adding, "I think it will grow and grow. The interest will never stop."

The audience Sunday night will also feel the rhythm in performances honoring blues legend Buddy Guy. Born into a Louisiana sharecropper family, Guy eventually made Chicago his home at the peak of the blues era in the Windy City. And with his distinct guitar sound, the six-time Grammy Award winner helped pioneer the electric blues with other legends including Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.

"From picking cotton in the field to picking a guitar in the White House, that is a long ways man," Guy told reporters at the Kennedy Center.

The president called Guy "one of the last guardians of the great American blues."

And the stage will continue to rock in a tribute to John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant -- the three surviving members of the band Led Zeppelin. Famed drummer John Bonham passed away in 1980.

Having sold more than 100 million albums in the United States alone, the British band has churned out a number of classics, including "Whole Lotta Love," "Thank You," and the enduring song: "Stairway to Heaven."

Though thanking the group for "making us all feel young," Obama took the liberty of joking about the trio during his remarks in the East Room, noting how the group redefined "the rock and roll lifestyle."

"There were some hotel rooms trashed, mayhem all around," the president said. "So it is fitting that we are doing this in a room with windows three inches thick."

"So guys, settle down, these paintings are valuable," Obama joked.

Asked on the red carpet if part of him wanted to get on stage and join the tribute, Plant said, "Absolutely."

"I've always got a little bit of agitation in me," he continued. "That's what keeps me going. But I'm not going to show anybody how to do it."

The trio is scheduled to join fellow honoree Letterman on the "The Late Show" on Monday.

The Kennedy Center Honors will air December 26 on CBS.

From: CNN

Obama Cracks Jokes At White House Reception For Kennedy Center Honorees

President Obama joked during his remarks at a White House event Sunday honoring the winners of the Kennedy Center Honors, according to a White House pool report.

From the report:

On stage are Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, [ballerina] Natalia Makarova, [Led Zeppelin's] John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

POTUS ribbed Hoffman over fact Robert Redford already has award.

He teased Letterman that on this night the tables are turned and POTUS is controlling the mic tonight. He said Letterman was looking uncomfortable.

Said he worked with speechwriters and there just is "no smooth transition from ballet to Led Zeppelin."

Said band is know for rowdy behavior and it's a good thing event is happening in room with three inch thick windows and Secret Service.
After the reception in the East Room, Obama is will attend the performance and gala for the honorees at the Kennedy Center.

From: Talking Points Memo

Obama honors Led Zeppelin at Kennedy Center event

Obama honors Led Zeppelin at Kennedy Center event

President Obama has a whole lotta love for Led Zeppelin and four other performers he honored Sunday night at the White House.

Speaking in the East Room, Obama touted David Letterman's comedy, Dustin Hoffman's acting, Buddy Guy's music and Natalia Makarova's dancing.

And while Obama told jokes in his introductions of each of the honorees, only the the British rock foursome drew a tongue-in-cheek warning about White House security.

"These guys also redefined the rock and roll lifestyle. We do not have video of this," Obama said. "But there was some hotel rooms trashed and mayhem all around. So it's fitting that we're doing this in a room with windows that are about three inches thick -- and Secret Service all around. So, guys, just settle down. These paintings are valuable."

All five Kennedy Center honorees, Obama said, redefined American culture in their own way.

"Each of us can remember a moment when the people on this stage touched our lives," he said. "Maybe they didn't lead us to become performers ourselves. But maybe they inspired us to see things in a new way, to hear things differently, to discover something within us or to appreciate how much beauty there is in the world."

From: Politico

2013 Aussie Robert Plant tour announced

While he's in the country for Bluesfest next year, Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant will be performing his own headlining tour. Accompanied by his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters, he'll be playing both the Led Zep classics everybody still wants to hear and the rootsy Americana and blues of his new project.

As well as Plant on vocals and harmonica, that band features Billy Fuller on bass, Dave Smith on drums and percussion, Liam "Skin" Tyson on guitar, John Baggott on keyboards, Justin Adams on guitar and bendir and also Juldeh Camara on talking drum and two African instruments - a one-stringed African violin called the ritti and an African banjo called the kologo.

Zeppelin classics like 'Whole Lotta Love', 'Black Dog' , 'Rock and Roll', 'Going To California' and 'Friends' have been part of their set overseas, along with new music that is said to be "inspired by the roots music of Mississippi, Appalachia, Gambia, Bristol and the foothills of Wolverhampton and drawing on influences collected in a lifetime of meander and journeying."

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters tour:
Tuesday, March 26 - Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Thursday, March 28 - Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney
Wednesday, April 3 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Friday, April 5 - Silverdome, Launceston

Tickets go on sale Monday, December 10.

From: Faster Louder

Led Zeppelin listened to each other and found rock-and-roll's most magical formula

Led Zeppelin listened to each other and found rock-and-roll's most magical formula

By Chris Richards | Nov 30, 2012
The Washington Post

NEW YORK - Maybe you know this one. It's March 1975, and Led Zeppelin is in the middle of conquering America, rock-and-roll and the future, so Robert Plant slips out onto the balcony of his Sunset Strip hotel room with a proclamation for the traffic puttering down below: "I'm a golden god!"

Thirty-seven years later, John Paul Jones remembers another hotel balcony. Same tour, different city. Plant is out on the terrace, sucking up all the oxygen and sunshine, jittery in his jeans, wanderlust humming in his bone marrow. Jones points to a building on the horizon and brags, "I walked there this morning."

Plant's chest hair wilts. A golden god can have all the money, women, powder and pills he desires, but he can't walk down the street and explore. Wearing the right hat, his less-conspicuous bassist can. Jonesy gives his front man a squeeze on the shoulder. Not an exultant Led Zeppelin moment by any stretch, but one that captures the two elements that make any novel worth reading and every Led Zeppelin album worth owning: empathy and adventure.

Across the '70s, the members of Led Zeppelin spent countless afternoons like that, champing at the bit in their chandeliered cages, yearning to burst into sold-out arenas where they could triumph as the greatest rock band on Earth. They lacked the glamour of the Rolling Stones but had all of their lust. They couldn't eclipse the humanity of the Beatles but had all of their courage. Of any band that ever made rock-and-roll - that gloriously imperfect American music that so many British groups hurled back across the ocean in unbelievable shapes - Led Zeppelin was the most perfect.

"Everyone was a superstar," says guitarist Jimmy Page. "The key was that we played as a band."

Where other rock troupes shook the landscape by grinding tectonic egos, the Led Zeppelin members listened to one another. Cue up their music today, and you'll hear amplified thunder, snowflake balladry, drum fills that feel like your bones snapping in ecstasy, odes to the pleasures of the flesh and the mysteries of the universe - but you're ultimately hearing the simple magic of four men listening to one another.

"We knew when to shut up and let somebody else lead and enunciate," Plant says. "So for every big, strong, flamboyant moment, there would be, within it and around it, some kind of subtlety that set us apart."

Apart and above. Trailing only the Beatles, Led Zeppelin became the second-highest-selling rock band in history, even more popular after they broke up than when they were together. The death of drummer John Bonham in 1980 brought the music to an unexpected halt, sending Jones, Page and Plant in disparate directions. But the three will reconvene at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington this weekend, where they'll be feted for songs that exploded rock's possibilities, for concerts that devoured superlatives, for albums that have sold an estimated 300 million copies worldwide and for their ability to listen.

Every band is its own first audience, and at Led Zeppelin's first rehearsal in the basement of a London record shop on Aug. 19, 1968, they knocked themselves out.

Jones remembers walking down the stairs with only one concern: "The first thing you think is, ‘I hope the drummer is good.'?"

‘We had no fear'

Page handpicked each of them. A bassist he'd met on the session circuit, a maniac drummer from the Midlands and his howling childhood friend. Time to see what they're made of. The guitarist called for "Train Kept A-Rollin'", a mutilated jump blues his recently disbanded Yardbirds used to play.

What came out was the sound of four men hitting some cosmic lottery. The colossus behind the drum kit would one day be recognized as the greatest rock drummer of all time, but for now he was shoving his pals off into the unknown, a place where Led Zeppelin would eventually redraw the grand contours of rock-and-roll.

"It was our job to explore," Page says of his band. "And we had no fear."

At Manhattan's Four Seasons, the 68-year-old's soft eyes search the hotel-suite carpet for other memories. His hair has faded into snowy strands, cinched in a ponytail, and he scootches around in his chair whenever he gets excited, which is often, because Jimmy Page likes talking about Led Zeppelin. He speaks briskly and affectionately, more like a scholarly superfan than the band's founder.

He's also Led Zeppelin's self-deputized custodian and has spent big chunks of 2012 preparing the band's back catalogue for re-release. And when he finds time to play the guitar, brawny little riffs - not unlike the ones that delineated Led Zeppelin's extraordinary musculature - still materialize beneath his fingers. "They sort of visit you like new friends," Page says.

Raised an only child in the town of Epsom, southwest of London, Page took up the guitar as a tween, found session work in London's recording studios and eventually ran off on tour with the Yardbirds, a mythic rock group that launched kindred guitar gods Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. The experience stoked his taste for high volumes and bold improvisation, two envelopes he would push in Zeppelin.

But Page's jumbo-size ambitions were initially dismissed as pomp. In an early review, Rolling Stone took a club to Page's "weak, unimaginative songs." Other adjectives used in the magazine's now-infamous review of "Led Zeppelin I": "prissy," "dull," "redundant."

"Led Zeppelin was always the people's band - they were never the critics' band. That, I think, was part of their allure," says Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. "When it comes to the majesty of rock, there's no band that comes close. ... They set the standard in songwriting, in musicianship, in aura, that really lit the fire under millions of young aspiring musicians."

Page would probably second that. He calls Led Zeppelin's nine studio albums "a textbook" for the generations that have followed. "If you want to learn anything about Led Zeppelin, don't read any silly books," he says. "Just listen to the music."

Then his mouth curves into a sad smile. Like any Zep fan, he seems heartbroken by the fact that there probably won't be any more of it.

It's a chilly Tuesday morning in October, and the members of Led Zeppelin have gathered for a chilly news conference to promote "Celebration Day," a concert film of the band's 2007 performance at London's 02 Arena. Many suspect that the stately one-off reunion gig, held in honor of the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, will go down as the band's official farewell. A scrum of journalists has assembled at New York's Museum of Modern Art to ask why.

Plant parries the first question about Led Zeppelin's non-future with a non-answer. "We've been thinking about all sorts of things," he says. "Then we can't remember what we were thinking about." He calls the reporter a "schmuck."

Undaunted, a second schmuck approaches the microphone to ask why the band won't reunite. Crickets ride a tumbleweed on the arctic wind. There's a third attempt. Plant tries to vaporize this guy with stone blue eyes. "Think about what it takes to answer a question like that in one second."

Page and Jones keep relatively quiet as the conference descends into the ninth circle of awkward. Jason Bonham, the 46-year-old drummer who filled in for his late father at the 02, cuts the tension sweetly, explaining his motivations for the gig: "I just wanted to impress my mates, my dad's friends."

When it's over, the room fills with sweaty-palmed applause. The tattered reggae of "D'yer Mak'er" dribbles from the P.A. speakers. Photographers yip and yap for the band's attention, their cameras chattering like android cicadas.

Plant poses for just a few seconds and is the first to walk offstage, face knotted, as if in a hurry to scrape something off the bottom of his boot.

‘My eyes are so wide open'

Before you ask anything about broken levees or misty mountains, Robert Plant needs a place to sit. So the towering 64-year-old grabs onto a sofa and drags it across the empty events room at Manhattan's Bowery Hotel like he's taking a loaf of bread out of the cupboard.

He still has some sun on his face from a recent road trip to Big Bend National Park, down on the Mexican border, where the weather and the people are very warm. It's a seven-hour drive from Austin, where the singer lives part-time and as quietly as possible. "I keep away, mostly, from the cliche or self-congratulatory stuff," Plant says. "I just go out and find the world."

His curious heart was beating fast at age 17 when he stepped onto a U.S. Air Force installation in Scotland to perform with Listen, one of a handful of groups he fronted before joining Led Zeppelin the day before his 20th birthday. "I was trying to sing blue-eyed soul," Plant says of his rookie seasons. "Trying to squeeze my throat and do that, ‘Oooh, baby.'?"

This gig was different. Surrounded by American soldiers dropping American coins into an American jukebox that spit out American songs, Plant's world suddenly felt vast. "I didn't realize how much of a wanderlust I would develop," he says. "My eyes are so wide open, and I write because of that. I write, sometimes, with an eternal and wondrous naivete, because there are so many things I don't know."

That naivete felt acute in the early days of Led Zeppelin. The band's youngest member had the most to prove as his fellow alchemists transformed gritty Americana into electric futurism. "We were taking aspects of the Chicago blues, and we were pulverizing it," Plant says. "We didn't have to show it a huge amount of respect."

With Page, Bonham and Jones often brandishing their instruments like heavy weaponry, Plant continuously struggled to find a place to set his high, keening voice. He says some of Led Zeppelin's most exquisite moments - "The Rain Song," "Achilles' Last Stand," "The Song Remains the Same" - would have been better off without his singing.

"The last thing I wanted to do was get in the way of some beautiful playing," Plant says.

For Plant, the group's finest balancing act came with "Kashmir," perhaps the most expansive rock song ever recorded, an eight-and-a-half-minute opus inspired by trips to Thailand, India and Morocco. "Just listening, and hearing, and smelling, and the occasional taste of fear in the back of your throat" - Plant snaps his fingers as if to wake himself from the reverie - "it's magnificent! I think we did very well traveling and eavesdropping on other worlds."

And when Led Zeppelin ended, Plant was the most eager to move to other worlds.

"I can't stand to see the grass grow under any artist's feet," he says. "I want them to constantly create and re-create. So I suppose I became quite analytical."

That meant forcing himself onto alien turf, from a series of brittle pop solo albums in the '80s ("I'm not embarrassed by them, but I think they're cute," he says) to 2007's "Raising Sand," a gorgeous folk collaboration with singer Alison Krauss that won album of the year at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

"He is all about the next tune, the next arrangement," Krauss told Rolling Stone in 2008. "He is about tomorrow night's show. And when we get to tomorrow, he'll be about the next one."

The further along he goes, the stranger the old songs feel in his lungs.

"I'm not there anymore," Plant says of his relationship to the Zeppelin songbook. "I could be somewhere else with them, but who knows where that would be? ..... A new world has to beckon. We're all too long in the tooth to just lean back on the old stuff for another day."

‘I was just a small part of that'

In the roaring '70s, he'd try to get a new haircut before every tour. Today, anonymity comes a little easier.

"I still get people coming up to me saying, ‘Do people ever tell you you look like John Paul Jones?''" the 66-year-old says, grinning. "Yeah, yeah. I get that a lot."

The eternally modest bassist could vanish into the wallpaper at Led Zeppelin's flashy live concerts, but his contributions coursed through the music like blood. While his mates preened and bashed, he supported their most breathtaking maneuvers with subliminal melodies, rhythms and textures, anticipating whatever sound might pounce into the air next.

"I've always said that Led Zeppelin was the space between all the members," Jones says, tracing an imaginary square on the Bowery Hotel room tabletop.

As a child, Jones owned a radio that could pull Radio Algiers out of the air, an invaluable resource that supplemented the steady diet of jazz supplied by his parents, who were vaudeville performers. After countless young Sundays spent improvising on the organ at church, Jones found work as a session man in London's recording studios, where he first caught Page's ear.

"I gave up a hugely lucrative career to join Zeppelin," Jones says. "I was at the top of the session world." But it was boring. He remembers his boss seeing him off: "You're either a fool or a rich man."

It turned out to be the latter. In 1968, Atlantic Records approached Led Zeppelin with a record-setting advance, and the group would soon bask in the freedom that came with being a bestseller.

"We had a manager [the storied Peter Grant] that kept everyone away. The label weren't allowed to come near us," Jones says. "I spoke to Ahmet [Ertegun] afterward, and he told me, ‘We weren't allowed within 20 paces of you.'"

With a pipeline of cash and no leash, Zeppelin spent endless hours in the studio, mapping new territory. And to Jones, everything was new territory. Even today, launching into "Stairway to Heaven" for the 10,000th time feels like a crusade.

"You have to approach it like this is the first time you're playing it," Jones says. "What does the room feel like? What is the dynamic? Is the tempo a little bit quick?"

"The instant we started playing, it felt like a band," says Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Nirvana and Them Crooked Vultures, the supergroup he persuaded Jones to join in 2008. "He's a musical giant and he makes other people sound great. ..... You couldn't be in that band without really reaching for something great. And that's what it was like every night. We never had a bad show."

Grohl is one of many collaborators Jones has buddied up with since Zeppelin, a sprawling cast that includes R.E.M., Diamanda Galas, Brian Eno and Chris Thile. With every partnership, Jones says he tries to stay out of music's way - and that makes receiving the Kennedy Center Honors feel a bit odd. You can't hang a medal on the sounds that fill a room.

"As a member of the band, I'm immensely proud," Jones says of the recognition. "But personally, it doesn't quite touch me as much. It's Led Zeppelin that got the award. It's not me. I was just a small part of that."

Zeppelin lives

Today, the Viking appetite that once bound Led Zeppelin together keeps them apart, chasing different sounds down different paths.

Page is tweaking material for a new band he hopes to assemble next summer. Jones is chipping away at an opera he plans to premiere in 2014. And Plant's Band of Joy - a new group that recycles the name of one of his pre-Zep groups - has just recorded a dozen new songs that the singer says "are so powerful and heavy that I'm frightened of them."

So why's everyone so afraid of a world with no more Led Zeppelin? Nobody's taking the music away. It's physically etched into our vinyl platters, proudly cemented in our digital playlists, forever wrinkled into our collective brain tissue. And it still sounds so unapologetically alive.

Maybe that's why Page talks about Led Zeppelin in the past tense, but about the music in the present.

"Wonderful stuff, isn't it?"


From: Washington Post

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones to give rare interview on 'Letterman'

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones to give rare interview on 'Letterman'

Here comes another round of Led Zeppelin reunion rumors.

The revered rock band’s three surviving members - Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and current Rolling Stone cover boy Jimmy Page - have been confirmed for a rare TV interview on The Late Show With David Letterman next week, EW can exclusively announce.

The Led Zep vets have been spending a fair amount of time together lately as they promote this month’s Celebration Day, the DVD/CD version of the reunion-ish concert that they staged in London back in 2007. And as we reported last month, the trio’s encounter with the press resulted in "politely terse" to "cheekily hostile" interactions, especially regarding the question of a band reunion. All of this should hopefully make their chat with Dave an interesting one.

And for those wondering, Paloma Faith is booked as Letterman’s musical guest that. So unless an incredibly bizarre collaboration goes down, it’s unlikely that Led Zep will being rocking out Ed Sullivan Theater.

At any rate, the interview will air on Monday, Dec. 3 - which, in fact, is the day after both Letterman and the band’s members will be honored at the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. CBS will also be airing that event, though not until Dec. 26.

From: Entertainment Weekly Announces that the Hottest Tickets in the World are to a Led Zeppelin Concert that Never Happened

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Led Zeppelin Has Highest ARIA Debut Of The Week

Led Zeppelin has claimed the highest debut album of the week this week on Australia’s ARIA chart.

Gavin Ryan reports that ‘Celebration Day’, recorded in 2007, debuted at no. 3 on the ARIA chart.

The concert was a tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, who passed away after tripping and hitting his head at a Rolling Stones concert in 2006 at the Beacon Theatre in New York. He was 83.

‘Celebration Day’ is the 4th live Led Zeppelin album. The first, ‘The Song Remained The Same’ peaked at no. 8 in 1976, ‘Live At The BBC’ peaked at no. 60 in 1997, ‘How The West Was Won’ peaked at no. 10 in 2003.

From: Noise11

Jimmy Page Digs Up 'Substantial' Rarities for New Led Zeppelin Remasters

"It will be coming out, bit by bit," Jimmy Page says with a tantalizing lilt in his voice. The Led Zeppelin guitarist is referring to his current labors in the band's archive, preparing new deluxe editions of each of Zeppelin's studio albums, from 1969's Led Zeppelin to 1979's In Through the Out Door, plus the 1982 post-breakup collection, Coda. Page says the reissues will include "added sonic and visual thrills," and he expects to begin issuing the first albums in the series sometime next year.

Details of the project emerged during Page's interview for the new issue of Rolling Stone – his longest and most extensive conversation with the magazine, coinciding with the release of Celebration Day, the new film and album of Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion concert at London 02's arena. I had asked Page about the reissues in a phone interview three days before our first session in London, but he preferred to wait and discuss them in person – which he did, as soon as we sat down in a lounge in his management's office in London.

"The catalog was last remastered 20 years ago," Page said, referring to the 1990 release of the four-CD box set, Led Zeppelin. "That's a long time. Everything is being transferred from analog to a higher-resolution digital format. That's one of the problems with the Zeppelin stuff. It sounds ridiculous on MP3. You can't hear what's there properly."

Whole Lotta Extras
Based on the unreleased studio tracks that have circulated on bootlegs since Led Zeppelin split in 1980, following the death of drummer John Bonham, the group did not record a lot of additional songs for each LP. "But there was an overage of material – different versions of things, different approaches to the mixes," Page explained. He mentioned experiments with equipment and sound on early alternative takes at Headley Grange, the English manor where Zeppelin recorded some of their most iconic work, particularly their 1971 untitled fourth album.

"The classic there was 'When the Levee Breaks,'" Page said, "where the drums were set up in the hallway. You know what it sounded like – immense – from the recorded version. But we used the drums in the hall for a number of things, like 'Kashmir' [on 1975's Physical Graffiti] – some with closer miking. So there were a lot of different approaches. It will be fascinating for people to witness the work in progress."

Page is also looking at relevant live recordings and film to accompany the reissues. "There are concerts that were recorded – some that might have appeared on bootleg in some shape or form – and a certain amount of footage, though not a lot," he said. "I started doing this with [2003's] Led Zeppelin DVD and [the 2003 three-CD set] How the West Was Won, which was a superb live performance." Page believes BBC Sessions, a 1997 release of Zeppelin's recordings for British radio, "didn't have that open horizon" of the group's best concerts, "where you're just going and going, right over that horizon.

"But all of it is good," Page said of the music his band left behind, on record and in the vaults. "It has its own character and validity."

Your Time Is Gonna Come
Pressed on a release date for the initial reissues, Page warned that "you've got to get to the point where all of the members of the group are in agreement," referring to singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones. "I would hope it is sooner rather than later. But it will be in the course of next year and going on for awhile.

"And I'm not just throwing on any old flotsam and jetsam," he insisted, referring to the bonus material. "This will be really substantial stuff."

Read more: Rolling Stone

Top 10 Most Head-Scratching Led Zeppelin Lyrics

Few would argue that Led Zeppelin’s formidable discography trails only that of the Beatles when it comes to boundless creativity and risk-taking diversity; and whilst it was undoubtedly Jimmy Page’s musical genius driving the band’s songwriting process, the importance of their accompanying lyrics cannot be overestimated. In singer and primary lyricist Robert Plant, Zeppelin had a dedicated blues enthusiast, as capable of recycling sexual double entendres across the band’s early efforts, as delving, in later years, into aspects of classic literature, mysticism and philosophy. Occasionally, Plant would even blend all of these strains into his own mystifying lingo to match Page’s musical alchemy, and it’s this talent for turn-of-phrase that helped inspire this list of Top 10 Most Head-Scratching Led Zeppelin Lyrics.

See the list at: Ultimate Classic Rock

Phil Collins to Keith Moon: Five of the greatest drummers chosen by Jason Bonham

From the singing drummer who has sold 100 million albums worldwide as a solo artist - to one who was a free player, the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham selects his favourites on the drums.

See the complete list at: Mail Online

Led Zeppelin at the BBC (Nov. 29)

With the eyes of the rock world on the recent issue of Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion concert Johnnie Walker presents a timely history of the classic rock band drawn entirely from BBC Archive interviews & performances, & including their very first live appearance for the Beeb.

Thursday 29 November 2012 @ 22:00 on BBC Radio 2

Alfie Boe talks about collaborating with Robert Plant

Alfie Boe talks about collaborating with Robert Plant
What song speaks to you the most on the album?

One of my favorites has to be Song to the Siren, which is the duet I did with Robert Plant. The biggest reason why it's one of my favorites is partly because it's a great song, but the fact I got to record it with Robert was something else and quite a moment for me to achieve in my career. He's a great fella. We keep in touch now. He's amazing. The song itself has a really haunted melody. The words are incredible. It's a wonderful story. While I'd been on the road in America, I happened to meet Larry Becket who co-wrote the song with Tim Buckley. He came to my show in Portland, and it was such an honor to meet him and discuss that song. We talked about how it materialized, how he got the idea, and how Tim put the music to it.

Were you and Robert in the studio at the same time?

We were! We booked the studio in London, and it was really cool actually. I thought it was going to be pretty rock 'n' roll. We had coffee and apple pie, and that was it though [Laughs].

From: Artist Direct

Cyber Monday Led Zeppelin Shopping

Doubleneck Keychain
Just in case you have regained consciousness from your Tryptophanatic-induced coma or if you haven't had enough Cyber Monday shopping, then please keep reading.

Proprietor Christopher Leone has a lengthy list of Led Zeppelin items in his eBay Web Store. Anything from a Zoso necklace to a Doubleneck keychain, plus everything has free shipping!

I'm not the president, I'm just a spokesman (bad joke!), however, if you want to stay at home and do some online shopping for a Zep fanatic in your life, please surf on over to

LED ZEPPELIN (1969 - 1975) - Remastered, Remixed and Sampled

Following the worldwide success of the 'Paul's Boutique' remix project 'Caught In The Middle of A 3 Way Mix' (produced with fellow Solid Steel DJs; Moneyshot and DJ Food) DJ Cheeba returns with another documentary style mix charting the huge influence and mass appeal of arguably the greatest rock band of all time: Led Zeppelin.

This mix has been made to coincide with the release of 'Celebration Day' and digs chronologically through the band's first six albums (1969-1975), picking out key tracks, their influences, subsequent covers and some of the notable examples of where they were sampled in hip hop, dance music and pop.

From 'Good Times, Bad Times' to 'Kashmir' this is a DJ mix made for everyone from the die hard fans who were there in 69' to the kids who only know the name from the iconic tee shirts. Turn it up loud... there's no other way to hear it!

There is a permanent download link here:

Track listing (including spoken word clips):

Uncut radio interview. 1969

1) Led Zeppelin - Good Times, Bad Times
2) Red Hot Chili Peppers - Drum Homage (Live in Hyde Park)

UK television interview. 1970

3) Steinski - It's Up To You (Television Mix)
4) Led Zeppelin - Communication Breakdown
5) Alabama Shakes - How Many More Times
6) Led Zeppelin - How Many More Times (Live. 1969)
7) Led Zeppelin - How Many More Times
8) Led Zeppelin - You Shook Me

Robert Plant Interview

9) Joan Baez - Babe I'm Gonna Leave You

Howard Stern - The truth behind Led Zeppelin

10) Led Zeppelin - I Cant Quit You Baby
11) Otis Rush - I Cant Quit You Baby

Uncut radio interview. 1969
12) Led Zeppelin - What Is and What Should Never Be

John Peel intro (Top Gear) 1971

13) Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
14) Tina Turner - Whole Lotta Love
15) Dread Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
16) The Prodigy - Voodoo People
17) Led Zeppelin - Heartbreaker
18) Ice T - Our Most Requested Record
19) Nirvana - Heartbreaker (Live)

Early Nirvana interview

20) Led Zeppelin - Moby Dick
21) The Beastie Boys - What Comes Around
22) Led Zeppelin - Ramble On
23) Vitamin Dub - Out On The Tiles

Jack Black begs for 'Immigrant Song'

24) Karen O, Trent Raznor & Atticus Ross - Immigrant Song
25) Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song
26) Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song (Streetlab Remix)
27) The Sweet - Burning
28) Corrine Bailey Rae - Since I've Been Loving You
29) Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven

Guitar Shop TV interviews Led Zeppelin producer Andy Johns

30) Dolly Parton - Stairway To Heaven
31) Frank Zappa - Stairway To Heaven (Live)

Extract from "Wayne's World"
Extract from "It Might Get Loud"

32) London Philharmonic Orchestra & Peter Scholes - When The Levee Breaks
33) Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks
34) Massive Attack - Man Next Door
35) Aphex Twin - Taking Control
36) Coldcut - More Beats and Pieces (United States of Audio mix)
37) Bjork - Army of Me
38) Hayseed Dixie - Black Dog
39) Jurassic 5 - Lesson 6 (The Lecture)
40) Steinski - Lesson 3 (History of Hip Hop)
41) The Chemical Brothers - Delik
42) Led Zeppelin - The Ocean
43) Laura Veirs & Mount Analog - Te Ocean

Extract from "It Might Get Loud"

44) Escala (Featuring Slash) - Kashmir
45) Puff Daddy (Featuring Jimmy Page) - Come With Me
46) London Philharmonic Orchestra & Peter Scholes - Kashmir

From: Soundcloud

'Revolution' Wasted Led Zeppelin

Last night's Revolution was being promoted all week long as featuring the epic sounds of Led Zeppelin, and I'm not going to lie, I was pretty excited.

It is a well-known fact that obtaining the rights to use Zeppelin songs is pretty difficult: the British rock band is stingy about whom, and what Hollywood projects, can use their music. It's a pretty short list of whom they've granted song rights in the past: Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, a 2001 Cadillac commercial and Argo are among the few. So when I first saw the promo for last night's episode, "Kashmir," I could barely contain my glee.

Unfortunately, the episode did not live up to my admittedly high expectations. Only two songs were featured: the titular, iconic "Kashmir" and slower "Since I've Been Loving You." And honestly, the way the songs were used were a complete waste. When you have the extremely-hard-to-acquire rights to use Led Zeppelin, use the songs wisely! Revolution did not do that.

The first time we heard some zep rock last night was when Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) was working in a lab on a bomb to take out the Monroe Militia, and her pendant is powering a record player. We hear "Since I've Been Loving You" playing in the background of the scene - and then it's over. Blink and you miss it!

The second time we get to hear Led Zeppelin is when Miles (Billy Burke) is having an oxygen-deprived hallucination about finally meeting face-to-face with his ex-BFF Monroe. The legendary sounds of "Kashmir" build up until Miles and Monroe hug. The scene really gave viewers a deeper look into the complicated psychological relationship between these two important and dangerous characters. But let me reiterate, this was just a hallucination. It didn't really happen! Why waste such an epic song on a scene that wasn't real?

Series creator Eric Kripke made a huge mistake with how he used the music, I'm afraid. Why not use the songs on another show--one that, for eight seasons, has dropped massive Led Zeppelin references and has constantly sung the praises of the legendary rock band? I'm talking, of course, about Kripke's other TV show, Supernatural. The series is basically one long love letter to Zeppelin - many episodes are named after their songs or lyrics, Dean's (Jensen Ackles) favorite songs are "Travelling Riverside Blues" and "Ramble On," and band member names are often used as fake government names by the Winchesters. And yet, not a single Zeppelin song has been used because of rights issues. Why, then, did Kripke waste such an amazing opportunity on Revolution? Especially when the way the songs were used was so un-creative and uninspired?

Those poor Winchester boys just can't catch a break.

From: NY Post

Jimmy Page: Led Zeppelin Reunion Tour Never Happened Because Robert Plant 'Was Busy'

It turns out that Led Zeppelin fans weren't alone in thinking the group's 2007 triumphant reunion concert at London's O2 Arena would lead to a tour. "Some of us thought we would be continuing, that there were going to be more concerts in the not-too-distant-future," Jimmy Page tells Rolling Stone Senior Writer David Fricke in the new issue, on stands Friday. "Because there was a lot of work being put into the show."

Ultimately, Robert Plant had no interest in carrying on. "He was busy," says Page. "He was doing his Alison Krauss project. I wasn't fully aware it was going to be launched at the same time. So what do you do in a situation like that? I'd been working with the other two guys for the percentage of the rehearsals at the O2. We were connecting well. The weakness was that none of us sang."

With Plant out of the picture, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham continued rehearsing together in early 2008. "We didn't do any professional recording," says Page. "We just had a little digital recorder. I thought it was good. I wasn't going to walk away from it. But the weakness came up again. It was, 'We gotta have a singer.'"

The idea of a tour was batted around, but Page refuses to divulge the full list of singers who jammed with the group. Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy has publicly acknowledged rehearsing with the group, and Page doesn't deny that. "It sounded premature," he says. "I could see what way it was going. Various people thought we should go on tour. I thought we needed a good, credible album, not do something that sounded like we were trying to milk the O2."

Steven Tyler has also said he flew to England to jam with the band. "The timing wasn't the best," says Page. "We had put so much toward the O2. And the three of us were catching up with stuff. It was very good, seriously promising. But there was this other thing going on. [Pauses] And that's it."

From: Rolling Stone

The 10 Wildest Led Zeppelin Legends

The 10 Wildest Led Zeppelin Legends

Has any band inspired as much myth and misinformation as Led Zeppelin? Before the Internet, there weren't heaps of information available about rock stars, and fans (including legions of stoned, Zeppelin-obsessed teenagers) filled the void with rumors and wild stories involving debauchery, the devil or one notorious fish. Amazingly, they weren't all bullshit. Here's a guide to what's true, what isn't and what's stuck somewhere in between.

This list appears in Rolling Stone's new collectors edition, Led Zeppelin: The Ultimate Guide to Their Music & Legend, on sale now.

Read the entire list at Rolling Stone

Critiquing the Celebration Day Performance

I made some notes last Thursday while listening to the audio tracks from Led Zeppelin's performance on the Celebration Day CD.

A bit of anxious applause, plus a four count from Jason Bonham and we're off! From the first unison chug from guitar and bass, they're playing in a different. It makes the song that much more heavy sounding, yet that, combined with the tempo a tad slower, makes it feel a tad bit dragging. The mini bass solos could be up a little higher in the mix, they're barely audible. Jason Bonham adds in some backup vocals that were originally done by Robert in the studio. Jimmy Page's lead channel has a bit of chorus/phasing in it that is odd. I want to compare this to the original studio track, not to say that it was done by the same band 39 years later. I love the ending of the song. Perhaps that is how it was ended in 1968 on the first Scandinavian tour as The (New) Yardbirds.

......and now we segue into Ramble On. It sounds as if Page has that lead channel on again. The bass needs to be up more to hear that beautiful run. I can barely hear the squeakiness of the bass strings against the frets. Some good chorus on the bass though. Jason's rim and tom-tom shots take me back to the studio cut with the percussive hits on a guitar case or whatever it was. The band is on fire when the first chorus kicks in. Robert is hesitating from adding in random vocals in the outro chorus. Similar ending to the song as in the Page/Plant 1995-1998 tours.

Black Dog kicks the show into a higher gear. The first two songs were very safe, if not a tad reserved. The arrangement of Black Dog allows for a tad bit of spontaneity. If the band gets out of sync in BD, it'll be a disaster. Robert comes the off-tempo delivery of the lyrics. Very lounge singer-ish. Riff #3, the "Hey baby, oh baby" section is BAD ASS! For the first 3 songs, they've tuned down a few step, assumedly to accomodate for Robert's mature vocal chords. Sometimes, it is to their advantage to tune down more from the studio cut or from previous live versions. The ending is very familiar, very 1973 US Tour sounding. And we get our first bit of chatter in-between songs, a “Good evening!”

The guitar sound is lacking a bit of ball-grabbing bite from the 1975 versions. Perhaps it’s because he is not using the Danelectro. Who knows. The overall feel of the song, however, is very good, very spot on. John Paul Jones was obviously having fun on this song, playing some great bass runs, straying from earlier live arrangements. Very simple ending to the song.

With a quick (edited) intro, For Your Life gets it’s first public performance ever. Although originally played on the Fender Strat Lake Placid Blue guitar, Jimmy Page has a great time with trem bar dives on his new Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty. Led Zeppelin takes no prisoners in attacking this song and they benefit from clear minds, limber fingers and 21st century technology. It sounds absolutely magnificent.

This track starts with a cut intro from Robert Plant, describing the song’s original title, “Terraplane Blues”. I love all of these songs that John Paul Jones plays on keyboards because he has had the original keyboards sampled onto his Korg Oasys & everything sounds so clear and crisp, without the tragedy of those old instruments being on a long tour and having needed to be tuned every night or maintained. With that being said, this sounds right out of a 1975 tour. Jones is having a great time with that funky, groovy sound of the Clavinet and Jimmy adds in some great wah’ed licks. It also contains the first appearance of the Digitech WH-1 Whammy Pedal, which he uses to recreate slides. Robert seems to deliver the lyrics off tempo again, which is either because he’s out of breath or can’t read the lyrics from the teleprompter. Let’s hope that it is not a stylized choice. Trampled Underfoot fizzles out rather uneventfully, rather dissimilarly than older incarnations.

Nothing wrong can be said about NBFM. #1 is tuned perfectly and those full E chords ring out into the core of my soul. Instead of doubling up the guitar part an octave higher in certain sections, he’s also employing the Digitech Whammy pedal to sound a single guitar one octave up. You can plainly hear him rock that pedal back down to the normal guitar tone. There has obviously been a lot of rehearsal done with this song. In some of the 1977 dates, you can hear them almost get lost in the song. This time around, there is none of that. The rhythm track underneath the guitar solo has a new arrangement, with the 10-string bass cutting out, rather similar to the 1977 arrangement at the end of Stairway To Heaven. In any event, it’s something new to take note of. I absolutely love the bite and attack that the Manson 8-string bass has. The Becvar 8-string lacked the low end tone. Robert Plant played some great processed harmonica as good as he ever has. What a nice treat!

No sooner had No Quarter began then did my arm hairs stand up. The sound of the Fender Rhodes plus the Maestro Phase Shifter is the ultimate trip that Robert Plant had once described as being able to take you into the subconscious. Just like in The Song Remains The Same, you get the sub-bass tones of a good set of foot pedals that got somewhat lost in 1975-1979. Unlike in 1977-79, Jones does not take a break in switching from Fender Rhodes to piano for his solo, which should have gone on a lot longer!! Jones plays it safe and seems to stay in the same key as the main theme of the song, creating a feeling similar to the outro keyboard solo in the Them Crooked Vultures song “Spinning In Daffodils”. The guitar solo was very similar to the studio version and a definitely shorter version than in the past, still dripping in wah-wah. Robert’s voice is beginning to show some signs of giving out in the outro part of the song. The song ends nicely with some piano by John Paul Jones.

SIBLY starts out with with a Page/Plant-style guitar intro. Guitar bass pedals. Robert comes in very reserved with his vocals. Although, there is a lot of emotion shown, this song is a bit of a lullaby. Nothing too significant in this version.

Perhaps it is just me, but I’m a little disappointed in the songs that were played in a lower key. I’m waiting to hear the descending bass line played with certain tones and it’s different. Same thing with the harmonics. It’s just off. But, what can you do, it’s Dazed And Confused. They had been playing it for 39 years. I wish that the whole song would have been longer. The bow section was just starting to get interesting when it ended. From that point on, DAC was a bit of a wreck. From Jason’s odd drumbeat to missed cues and everything in-between. It’s too bad. I liked how Jimmy ended the last section giving the wah pedal a workout. Very trippy.

STH begins quite quiet, very similar to those early performance in the spring of 1971. Jimmy employs a guitar arrangement that is very similar to the original studio cut. John Paul’s keyboards are pretty sedated, however Robert’s vocals show more emotion than I thought that they would. Despite having last sang it in 1994 and reported not feeling the same way about it anymore, it’s quite good. I could just go to heaven now. The rest of the song is like no other. Plus the ending lyrics had some audience singing along plus the natural reverb of the arena piped in. They, indeed, did it!

Jason showing some great drumming skills in this. Bonzo hopefully was quite proud. As usual, John Paul was all over the fretboard, providing a rousing layer of lead bass. I’ve never thought that the guitar part was all that extraordinary and this performance was nothing new. It wasn’t bad playing. It just WAS.

Ahhh, a fallback song. An easy one for them to play. It’s quite safe. I’m riding the rails on whether I liked Jason’s backup vocals or whether I preferred some 1970s Eventide Harmonizer vocal doubling. Eh.

Immediately, the mood for the song has been set with the bass pedals and keyboard strings. I’m glad that they made a little bit more of a presence than the DVD mix. The band seems very confident in their playing and this is loud and proud. There is a lot going on in this song, yet it doesn’t distract. I love the MXR phasing in the guitar and the Digitech wah slides. It’s the icing on this delicious cake. I love the tone of the MiniKorg “brass” tones. It sounds a lot like the keyboard from Page/Plant’s “Most High”, plus Plant’s afro-arabic tonal stylings of the lyrics. The apex of my life has been pinpointed to when the outro of Kashmir begins, the ascending guitar/bass line. When the guitar kicks in (albeit it was a messup that Page came in late), the gnarly growl of that guitar tone was so nasty, it was the perfect bit to end this song. It is quite emotional for me to listen to it.

WLL comes in like a lion until Robert messes the lyrics up. You might possibly think that after as many times as Robert has sang the song, he’d get it right. No worries. Moving on to the middle section, we start off with a Page/Plant arrangement with Page messeing around with the AxCent tunings in the guitar then moving over to the theremin while Plant adds in his call-and-effect vocals. Unfortunately, for this release, a bit of the song has been cut out. It sounds like Page wanted to move into the one of the variations on the WLL main riff in the outro but the rest of the band didn’t want to pick it up. The song ended with a great classic live arrangement.

What a rather standard performance. The song has a fairly defined footprint to it, so it was easy to get through. The only thing was that it was performed a full step down and just sounded different. It was the expected encore song to play, but a rousing version nonetheless.

Creating Art from Failure: The Design of the “Houses of the Holy” Album Cover

David Deal has written a fantastic piece on the history on the cover to Led Zeppelin's fifth studio album, Houses Of The Holy. This article has been posted to a very Jimmy Page-flavored title of a blog, Superhype.
The story of this astonishing design begins in 1972, when Led Zeppelin, at the height of its creative powers, commissioned the Hipgnosis team, led by Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell, to design the cover for the band’s new album. Led Zeppelin had already recorded a diverse body of songs for the new LP, ranging from the soaring “Song Remains the Same” to the quiet, romantic “Rain Song.”
To read the entire article, click here.

Jimmy Page to be on BBC Radio 4 Nov. 16

Jimmy Page is quite the busy guy as of late. He is scheduled to be on the BBC Radio 4 programme Front Row with presenter Kirsty Lang on Friday, November 16, 2012, beginning at 17:15.

The programme guide is at, although it is not advertised yet that Page will be making an appearance.

(VIDEO): Black Dog from Celebration Day

Although an approx. one minute clip of Black Dog was released to the news media on the night of the concert, a more polished and full-length bit of video was released this afternoon on YouTube, via Twitter and Facebook.

You can tell that a bit of work has been done on the video since it was mixed live on December 10, 2007.

Jimmy Page BBC World News Interview

Led Zeppelin head to Washington next month to receive the prestigious Kennedy Centre Honours, in the presence of President Obama.

Guitarist Jimmy Page tells Kirsty Lang why the award is so important to him.

You'll be able to watch the interview in full on BBC World News on Thursday 16 Nov from 2230GMT

Win a free copy of the Celebration Day DVD

It's coming! Celebration Day! November 19, 2012!

Celebration Day is being released on DVD/Blu-Ray/CD next Monday, November 19. Just in case you hadn't pre-ordered yet, here is a chance for two (2) people to win a free copy of the Celebration Day DVD.

Below are 10 Led Zeppelin-related questions. Email your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The contest ends on November 15, 2012 at 11:59PM Central Standard Time. I will pick two (2) emails at random with the most (hopefully all 10) questions answered correctly as winners at that point and will email you in return to get your shipping addresses.

Good luck!

1. The Song Remains the Same/Rain Song was initially planned as one long instrumental. It was also introduced to Japanese audiences in 1972 by Robert as three other titles. What were those three other titles?

2. During Led Zeppelin songs, you can hear Robert Plant cough (just before the opening chords of Whole Lotta Love on Led Zeppelin II), breathe (during the opening to Going to California on ) and do his best American accent ("Where's that confounded bridge?" at the end of The Crunge). During what Led Zeppelin song can you distinctly hear Robert make a noise that sounds like "pbbt"?

3. Presence is considered an "all electric" album, but there is the slightest touch of acoustic guitar on one track. Name the track.

4. Houses of the Holy was a phrase used by Led Zeppelin to describe what?

5. What was the charge brought against Led Zep's tour manager Richard Cole, when he was sentenced to six months at Regina Coeli prison in Rome?

6. During the 1973 US Tour, what did Bonzo mount on top of his hi-hats and use to most noticeable effect during Moby Dick?

7. When Led Zeppelin did an acoustic set in 1977, which member(s) of the band sang backing vocals throughout the set? Note: I'm not referring to one song specifically, but rather to the entire set.

8. What was Peter Grant's nickname during the infamous Seattle Supersonic show in 1975?

9. Name at least two of Jimmy's on-stage guitar techs during the Zeppelin years.

10. What was the name of Led Zeppelin's longest studio recorded song?

Email answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jimmy on Jools tonight (Nov. 13)

Don't forget to tune into BBC Two in a few hours time (22:00) to "Later... with Jools Holland" because Jimmy Page will stop by to chat about Celebration Day.

NBC's 'Revolution' gets rare shot at Led Zeppelin songs, band gets CD, DVD promotion in return

What tunes fit a post-apocalyptic society? For NBC's freshman drama Revolution, the answer is Led Zeppelin's Kashmir and Since I've Been Loving You.

The songs will be featured in next week's episode of Revolution, on the same day that Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day album and a companion documentary on DVD will be released.

Corporate synergy led to the deal for the onetime rock band that rarely allows use of its music in Hollywood projects. Revolution is produced in association with Warner Bros. Television, and Led Zeppelin has a deal with Warner Music Group's publishing arm.

But it was Eric Kripke, creator and executive producer of Revolution, who brought his series and the band together. When Warner-Chappell Music sent out an email asking if any producers on the studio lot would be interested in using Led Zeppelin songs, Kripke jumped at the chance.

"The speed and overwhelming enthusiasm with which I responded, I think, frankly weirded them out a little," said the self-described "massive Led Zeppelin fan."

His credentials: Between Revolution and Supernatural, the CW drama he created, Kripke said he's probably used Led Zeppelin references in the titles of some 20 episodes. Revolution, about an American family struggling with the nation's sudden loss of all electricity and all the technology it powered, was in part inspired by the band's music and its sense of "mythic adventure," he said.

Warner made a logical pick with Revolution: The series benefits from a 10 p.m. EST Monday berth after NBC's hit singing contest The Voice and started strong in the ratings, especially with the advertiser-favoured young adult demographic. The Led Zeppelin-accented episode of Revolution will air 10:01 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 19. A Revolution promo spot featuring Kashmir will air throughout this week on NBC, with an extended version available on the network's website. The Celebration Day projects document the band's 2007 reunion concert at London's 02 Arena. Original members Plant, Page and John Paul Jones, along with Jason Bonham, son of the late drummer John Bonham, played to honour Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

For the group, which disbanded after John Bonham's 1980 death, the concert was its first full show in 27 years. The documentary, including hits Whole Lotta Love and Stairway To Heaven, was released in theatres last month.

From: Winnipeg Free Press

Robert Plant came to Lima on tour and was delayed due to muscle pain

The English singer Robert Plant is already in Lima.

The former lead singer of the band Led Zeppelin arrived in Peru at three in the afternoon and left the Jorge Chavez Iternational Airport via Grupo8 for the hotel in Miraflores.

Plant, who was greeted by a group of fans, walked the boardwalk accompanied by members of his band, but decided to cancel his trip because of a strong muscular pain.

According to, the singer asked for a masseuse to recover for the concert which, will will be tomorrow.

The show will be held at the Jockey Club of Peru.

From: El Comerico

Robert Plant To Headline West Coast Blues & Roots Festival 2013

Robert Plant To Headline West Coast Blues & Roots Festival 2013

Sister event to Byron Bay’s Bluesfest, the 2013 lineup for Fremantle’s West Coast Blues & Roots Festival has been announced, and it’s a monster. Sporting a similar roster of acts to the Bluesfest lineup, the two-day festival will be headlined by Robert Plant, Iggy and the Stooges and Ben Harper.

The additional announcement of another Robert Plant show makes the possibility of sideshows even more likely. Now in its tenth year, the festival will be held in Fremantle Park, situated in the heart of Perth. Also on the bill are the likes of Status Quo, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Wilco, Jimmy Cliff, Ash Grunwald, Michael Kiwanuka and Benjamin Francis Leftwhich.

The event will take place over 23rd & 24th March and will celebrate its respectable milestone in style, with many more acts to be announced. Headliner, Plant, will present his Sensational Space Shifters show, which recently saw him tackled on stage during a gig in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

West Coast Blues & Roots Festival – 2013 Lineup
Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters
Ben Harper
Iggy And The Stooges
Carlos Santana
Chris Isaak
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From: Music Feeds

The 40 Greatest Led Zeppelin Songs of All Time

World-changing riffs, blues fury, power-ballad grandeur, Hobbits – the definitive guide to Zeppelin’s finest recorded moments.

This list appears in Rolling Stone's new collectors edition, Led Zeppelin: The Ultimate Guide to Their Music & Legend, on sale now.

Contributors: Jon Dolan, Patrick Doyle, Will Hermes, Brian Raftery, Rob Tannenbaum and Douglas Wolk

From: Rolling Stone

Showing his mettle in a new approach (JPJ)

As we speak, JPJ, as he's affectionately known, has just finished doing his share of the press for the release of Celebration Day, the film of the band's reunion concert at the 02 in London in 2007.

Unlike some rock stars whose bands have split up and who prefer the talk to steer exclusively towards what they're doing now or, more accurately, themselves, he's happy to acknowledge the importance of Led Zeppelin and what being in the heavy metal giants has done for him.

"It opened a lot of doors and raised my profile," says the man who, before joining Messrs Plant, Page and Bonham had had an invisible but audible presence on thousands of records as a session man. "It was also really good. I'm quite proud of the music we made and apart from anything else, that music was great fun to play – otherwise, what would be the point of doing it?"

Fun also plays a major role in what Jones gets up to these days. Those doors that Zeppelin opened have led to many and varied projects over the past 30 years, ranging from musical settings of 17th-century Spanish poems in the period style for harpist Andrew Lawrence-King and The Harp Consort to Mark Anthony-Turnage's opera about Playboy model-gold digger Anna Nicole Smith, and from bluegrass with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings to the freely improvised sounds he'll be creating with Norwegian experimentalists Supersilent in Glasgow next week.

He says: "Things just kind of speak to me – or not. I know immediately if it's something I'm going to like and the people I tend to like –Seasick Steve's a great example – tend to be a bit sideways, a bit on the periphery of the mainstream music business."

Jones had never encountered Supersilent, whose keyboards, drums and electronics are joined by Arve Henricksen's trumpet, before he was approached by Henricksen at a festival in Norway and asked if he'd like to play on their set.

"I said: What is that you do? And Arve said: We don't talk about it, we don't rehearse, we just play," says Jones in the sort of tone that signals his continuing intrigue and enthusiasm for the idea. "So I just plugged my bass into a big amp and off we went. It's extremely liberating. They're all excellent musicians and really nice people and I get to use all my electronic stuff that I don't get to use with anybody else. We've played together four or five times now and each time has been different. We'll do a soundcheck but that has nothing to do with what we'll play on the gig and while it's very different from Zeppelin, we seem to be getting a few Zeppelin fans along to gigs now, which is good."

Improvisation has played a significant part throughout Jones' career. There were long sections in Led Zeppelin songs onstage where he didn't know what he was going to play next. As a session player in the 1960s, he was continually expected to come up with a suitable idea instantly, whether it be a bass line for Shirley Bassey or a string arrangement for the Rolling Stones. Even before that, though, he says, improvisation coloured his experience as a teenage church organist.

"My playing of Bach cantatas was so bad that what I played before the hymns sounded better if I made it up, and I just got away with it," he says. "But I've always enjoyed going onstage with no rehearsal. Unless it's something that's been composed and has actual charts, like Mark-Anthony Turnage's Anna Nicole, I really enjoy going out there not knowing quite what's going to happen. It keeps me on my toes."

Away from Supersilent, his Minibus Pimps duo with Supersilent's guitarist-electronics whizz Helge Sten, and record production assignments – bluegrass sweethearts Uncle Earle and Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins have benefited from his ears – Jones is hard at work on an opera based on Swedish playwright August Strindberg's The Ghost Sonata that's due to premiere in 2015. He particularly enjoys writing for voices but needs complete seclusion to compose in.

"I turn off the phone, ignore my emails and just immerse myself in composition," he says. "It can get quite intense so it's also good to have something to escape into occasionally, something that just involves playing. Whether it means bass guitar, like these dates with Supersilent, or mandolin, I have no particular preference: I'm just happy to have something that can make a noise hanging round my neck."

John Paul Jones appears with Supersilent at the Arches in Glasgow on Thursday, November 15.

From: Herald Scotland

JPJ: The least godly of rock gods?

JPJ: The least godly of rock gods?

John Paul Jones was known as "the quiet one" in Led Zeppelin. While Jimmy Page and Robert Plant preened at the front of the stage, the bass player hung around at the back, close enough to feel the whoosh of air from the drums as John "Bonzo" Bonham hammered them.

Jones was the least godly of the gods of rock - the least extravagantly coiffured, the least intoxicated, the least chased by groupies. Yet he has turned out to be Zeppelin's most adventurous and intriguing musician. Since the band split up after Bonham's death in 1980 - Jones found his bandmate's body - the multi-instrumentalist has pursued a range of projects that stretches from the weirdest fringes of avant-rock to bluegrass and opera.

His latest excursion is typically bold. This month he will embark on a brief UK tour with Supersilent, a Norwegian trio that only plays improvised music. At a Norwegian festival a few years ago, one of them tapped him on the shoulder and asked if he wanted to perform with them. "I went, 'Er, yeah, what do you do?' " Jones remembers. "He said, 'We don't talk about it and we don't rehearse.'" So, the next night, Jones joined them on stage, plugged his bass in, "and that was it for the next 80 minutes."

You can see the results on the internet: Jones bent intently over his guitar, creating a hypnotically abrasive racket with the three younger improv-jazzers. It looks like an alarming high-wire act, inventing music on the spot in front of an audience with three musicians he barely knew. But Jones, 66, denies feeling remotely apprehensive: "No, not at all. I've improvised all my life. It made perfect sense."

Our meeting takes place at Village Underground, the Shoreditch venue where he will be appearing with Supersilent. Actually, our meeting is on top of the venue, in an old London Underground carriage that sits surreally moored on the building's roof, used as office space. Jones has close-cropped grey hair and an oblique, amused manner. In stray moments he taps his leg and hums, as though tuning into a soundtrack that only he can hear.

His tour with Supersilent coincides with renewed speculation about Led Zeppelin. This month sees the release of Celebration Day, a live album and DVD of Zeppelin's reunion show at London's O2 Arena in 2007. Twenty million people applied for tickets for the one-off gig, proof that Jones's old band remains among the biggest of rock's big beasts.

The presence of the original trio together promoting Celebration Day, alongside Bonham's drummer son Jason, has sparked hopes that a full reunion tour might finally be on the cards. Jones, however, pours cold water on the idea. "There are no plans for a Zeppelin reunion. Basically there isn't a band. We're not that band."

It is inconceivable to him that he could simply turn up on a stage and jam with Page and Plant as he will with Supersilent later this month. "No. It's a whole thing that has to happen and everybody has to be in the same frame of mind. Before, once you got on stage you'd focus and that was the joy of the band. In those days we had a manager in Peter Grant who just kept everything else away; we could just do whatever we wanted."

Life in Led Zeppelin, he explains, "was very open and free. We found that the recipe for success was to make the music that we wanted to hear, to please ourselves. 'I've just got a new mandolin, let's do a mandolin tune.' 'I've just got a synthesiser, let's do a synthesiser tune.' That's how it was; a big playground."

The playground had other connotations. In their 1970s pomp Led Zeppelin were infamous for their Caligulan lifestyle of excess and depravity. It was darkly rumoured that Page was a Satanist who had made a pact with the devil; lurid stories circulated of notorious goings-on in the band's entourage involving sharks and groupies.

Jones cut an anomalous figure at the centre of the storm. In 1965 he met his wife Maureen, with whom he lives in west London; they have three daughters and six grandchildren. Somehow he maintained a stable family life throughout his years in the world's biggest rock band. "Well, I suppose I had an unstable childhood," he says. "Stability was important."

His parents were variety performers from Kent. At five Jones was sent to boarding school, "a dumping ground for everybody who didn't fit in anywhere else". During holidays he stayed with his grandmother in Deptford, south east London, while his parents were touring.

"In those days it was quite a busy port. On a foggy night you could hear all these foghorns over the river. I used to lie there just listening to all these fantastic sounds, great big soundscapes, you'd hear the horns, then you'd hear the echoes: little ships with little horns, big ships with big horns."

He taught himself music, experimenting with an old harmonium he found in his grandmother's basement and bunking off school to go to organ recitals in London. He became a choirboy and was also a church organist, improvising the music except for the hymns. As a teenager he played bass in a double act with his pianist-father, travelling around the south coast performing Tin Pan Alley standards. The elder Jones nicknamed his son "Mingus" after the bass-playing jazzman Charles Mingus.

By the time he joined Led Zeppelin in 1968 he was established as a top session musician and arranger. Although he and Bonham - a builder's son from the Midlands - came from contrasting backgrounds, they formed an instant bond. "Bass players and drummers recognise each other immediately," he says. "From the first eight bars. It was, thank God for that, somebody I can work with."

Although Zeppelin's songs are mostly credited to Page and Plant, the groove Jones and Bonham brought to the band was crucial. "These different influences are what made Zeppelin as interesting as it was. Basically it was a soul rhythm section with a rock-and-roll front line," he says.

Since the band's 1980 split he has made a series of solo albums, worked with acts ranging from avant-garde shrieker Diamanda Galás to bluegrass band Nickel Creek, and formed the hard-rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures. He has scored music for the choreographer Merce Cunningham, collaborated with the composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and is currently writing an opera based on a Strindberg play. "I'm probably the world's greatest chancer," he says.

His improvisations with Supersilent inhabit a different musical universe from his jamming with Led Zeppelin. "Lots of people will hate it," he says drily. "But it's the same really. It all boils down to keeping your ears open and not messing it up."

You can still detect the boy who lay awake at night listening to foghorns on the Thames. "I've got so much music going on in my head all the time that when I go on stage I just continue into it," he says. "When I come off stage I'm still thinking about music. Everything's continuous."

John Paul Jones and Supersilent open their tour at Birmingham Town Hall on November 14.

From: Financial Times

Led Zeppelin Memorabilia Up For Auction

Backstage Auctions (, a music memorabilia auction website, currently has a Rock & Pop auction going on that contains over 1,000 lots, of which 10 lots are fully dedicated to Led Zeppelin.

In addition to unique radio broadcast vinyl and reels, as well as a few big lots with concert CDs, there are concert photos, slides & negatives (offered with full rights of transfer). The indisputable highlight is a fully signed House Of The Holy album with rock-solid provenance.

To view the Led Zeppelin lots and/or to bid, go to

Encore Screening of Celebration Day

Celebration Day
(Los Angeles) Following the worldwide success of Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day, the cinema concert event which presented live footage of the band's 2007 reunion concert at London's O2 Arena, there has been an enormous response from fans - 1.7 million fans have visited the fan's website. The film was screened in 15,000 cinemas around the world for a strictly limited engagement on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. Fans who were unable to attend the original tribute concert for Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun in 2007, when more than 20 million fans applied for the 18,000 available tickets in a worldwide lottery, finally had the opportunity to see it as if they had front row tickets. The film earned $2 million in a single night and was a phenomenal success.

Omniverse Vision, the UK-based distribution company that released Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day, a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band's signature blues-infused rock 'n' roll, has been working with online marketing specialist Distrify to track the response from fans online via an interactive platform on the Led Zeppelin website. With 100,000 hits a day, including 46,000 searches for show times and 4,000 requests for local screenings, Distrify has been able to compile the information needed for Omniverse Vision executives to agree to schedule encore performances in select markets to meet the demands of Led Zeppelin's fans. There has been overwhelming interest in additional screenings from the U.S., the UK, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Germany, France, Mexico and Australia.

For younger fans, this film may be the first time that they will see founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, along with Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, together on stage. For older fans, this might be their last chance to see these iconic rockers perform 16 songs from their iconic catalogue. The band made it all too clear in press conferences announcing Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day that there were no plans for a reunion tour. The set list for the cinema concert event includes:

1. Good Times Bad Times
2. Ramble On
3. Black Dog
4. In My Time Of Dying
5. For Your Life
6. Trampled Under Foot
7. Nobody's Fault But Mine
8. No Quarter
9. Since I've Been Loving You
10. Dazed And Confused
11. Stairway To Heaven
12. The Song Remains The Same
13. Misty Mountain Hop
14. Kashmir
15. Whole Lotta Love
16. Rock And Roll

Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day will be presented in high definition with surround sound in movie theatres for an encore performance on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Tickets are limited. For a list of theatres and show times, please refer to the Led Zeppelin website

Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day will then be available in multiple video and audio formats on November 19, 2012 from Swan Song/Atlantic Records.

'To be honest, it was hard': Jason Bonham's disappointment over Led Zeppelin's refusal to reunite

Jason Bonham has moved on, taking part in a trio of studio recordings with Black Country Communion. But that doesn't mean the drummer doesn't still feel the emotional pull of his time with Led Zeppelin.

For Bonham, son of the band's late legendary original drummer John Bonham, his has been a life lived in and around the band.

Of course, the younger Bonham's appearance with the surviving members of Led Zeppelin in 2007, during a highly anticipated reunion at London's O2 Arena, is the subject of a new concert film. (He also appeared at the recent news conference announcing the project, with John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.)

Before that, though, Bonham had sat in during a memorable performance at Madison Square Garden in honor of the 40th anniversary of Atlantic Records.

There was also an impromptu jam during Bonham's wedding reception, and of course his appearance as a youngster of just eight alongside his dad during Led Zeppelin's concert film The Song Remains the Same.

Bonham later toured with his own tribute band, called the Led Zeppelin Experience.

"Much as I knew it was a one-time thing, my mother said to me before hand, 'Are you sure you're going to be OK walking away from this?' I said, 'Yeah, I'll be fine.' And, to be honest, it was hard," Bonham tells Mojo. "When you sit in that seat, it's the greatest feeling."

Even today, after years spent away from Led Zeppelin and another round of denials that a reunion is being considered, the drummer still holds out hope that they might one day take the stage again. Certainly, doing that recent news event to promote the new Led Zeppelin concert film stoked the fires, as well.

"I'd be a fool if I said, no," Bonham tells Mojo. "At the New York press conference, there were three questions in a row, asking 'Are you gonna do something again?' ... I can see why they're asking. Because when you watch the film, we all look like we are having such a great time, it's no wonder people want to know if we're going to do it again."

From: Something Else!

Led Zeppelin Blast Off With 'Kashmir' at London Reunion

Back in 2007, Led Zeppelin reunited for bombastic a two-hour set at London's O2 Arena as part of a tribute concert for Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. The film documenting that legendary one-off, Celebration Day, is slated for home release on November 19th, and with the band insisting that another reunion isn't coming, you can take solace in this exclusive clip of the rock icons blasting their way through the Physical Graffiti classic Kashmir.

From: Rolling Stone

Robert Plant Records 'Rockin' New Material With Buddy Miller

Although Jimmy Page says the prospects for a Led Zeppelin reunion aren't looking good, fans may well have the considerable consolation of a rocking new Robert Plant solo record to look forward to in 2013.

Band of Joy guitarist and producer Buddy Miller tells Rolling Stone that the Led Zeppelin singer visited his home studio in Nashville last year for a casual joint songwriting session that proved fertile, yielding an inspired batch of songs that the pair quickly recorded with Band of Joy drummer Marco Giovino.

"We didn't mean to, but we sort of wrote a record's worth [of material] and I said, 'While we're doing this, why don't I put up some mics and document it,' because that's better than just trying to remember it or record it on your phone," Miller explains. "And it sounded so good I think we, you know, accidentally made a record."

It's not finished yet, and there's no indication whether Plant will actually release it when it is, so Miller chooses his words carefully. "I don't know how much [Robert] would want me talkin' about it," he says, though he does allow that the songs they recorded would make for a raw counterpart to Plant's 2010 LP Band of Joy. "If the last record might be pastoral, parts of it, [this one's] much more tribal; it's much more urgent and tribal and, dare I say, rockin'!"

Plant has plenty to keep him busy for now, between the new Celebration Day concert film and news that Jimmy Page is working on remastered box sets for each of Zeppelin's albums, which means it may take a while for the new songs to surface. "He's Robert Plant and he can do whatever he wants to," Miller says. "He's got some Zeppelin stuff coming up now, so it's going to be next year before [the record] sees the light of day, that's what we're talking about."

Plant wasn't the only English singer to stop by Miller's place. Richard Thompson also found himself cutting tracks there, after the producer persuaded him during a visit to Nashville earlier this year. "I said, ‘Hey, you're in Nashville, how can you not [utilize] a few of these amazing players we have here?'"

As a result, Miller, Thompson and Thompson's rhythm section worked up an album in just a couple of weeks. "I played along on the record, playing rhythm guitar for him, and I got a two-week guitar lesson while he camped out in my house," Miller said of the sessions, which featured contributions from famed bluegrass fiddler Stuart Duncan and Alison Krauss, who sings on a song.

Thompson has yet to settle on a title for the album, which is due next year on New West Records. "We're going back and forth on the title," Miller says, joking. "So I wouldn't want to say, because what I'd have to say now, I'm hoping will change."

Miller also recently teamed with singer-songwriter and Americana architect Jim Lauderdale for Buddy & Jim, a duets record due December 10th on New West. "We made it in three days, but it's so good it sounds like it took four," Miller jokes. In August the pair also launched the Buddy & Jim Show on Sirius XM's Outlaw Country channel.

From: Rolling Stone

Shepard Fairey working on cover art for Led Zep back catalogue

As was first reported on October 29, 2012, Jimmy Page is currently holed up in a West London recording studio, creating 21st century versions of Led Zeppelin's nine-album body of work.

It was just reported that street artist Shepard Fairey, who has previously worked with Led Zeppelin on their 2007 compilation Mothership and this year's Celebration Day CD/DVD, will be creating cover art for this project.

If the two previous projects were any indication of what this new cover art may look like, it will be nothing short of spectacular.

Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant to appear on new Primal Scream album

Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has confirmed that he has recorded tracks with Primal Scream for their new album.

The acts have recorded together in the past, with Plant playing harmonica on 2002 track The Lord Is My Shotgun, taken from the band's Evil Heat album. However, Plant has confirmed that he has recorded vocals for the band's new album, due for release in 2013.

Speaking to Mojo, Plant said he wants to carry on singing, but doesn't want to start a new band or embark on a full album. He said: "Everything we did back in those days and everything I have done since has been based on a fresh approach. What's going on? What can I be as a singer that doesn't play much That's how I see everything: what can I be a part of that's exciting? And if anybody's got any ideas then I'm always up for it." He added:
I sang a bit on the Primals stuff because I think their references on looking back on the glorious past and the way they bring them into the contemporary world are fantastic.
Bobby Gillespie also spoke to the magazine about his band's new LP, confirming that the album is produced by David Holmes and that Mark Stewart of The Pop Group will also appear. Comparing the new album to previous effort XTRMNTR, released in 2000, Gillespie said recording was going well: "People in bands saying: 'My hell making an album...' Who wants to listen to some cunt moaning about how sad they are? I think they're just fucking pussies... they're weak. I've no time for weak people."

From: NME

Jimmy Page remastering Led Zeppelin catalogue

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has nearly finished remastering the band's entire back-catalogue.

His manager Peter Mensch told the Sunday Times that Page is currently holed up in a west London recording studio creating 21st-century versions of Led Zep's nine-album body of work.

No further details are available - but given the furore surrounding the band's recent activities, a re-release campaign is likely to be extremely high profile.

More than 20 million people signed up for the lottery to grab the 18,000 tickets available for their 2007 reunion show. The band's Facebook page has gained 6.8 million likes - up by nearly 75% since they announced and later released their Celebration Day movie.

It's possible the Led Zeppelin remasters could be released in a format similar to Pink Floyd's Immersion series, which coupled the official album with demos, unfinished material and alternative takes. Floyd aimed to underline just why they deserve their high status - and Led Zep are well capable of making the same claim.

It's thought the re-release campaign will take place next year.

From: Classic Rock Magazine

Led Zeppelin singer signs for Byron Bay Bluesfest

FORMER Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is to make his first Australian concert appearance in 16 years when he headlines next year's Bluesfest at Byron Bay.

The singer, who has been a solo performer since the break-up of Led Zeppelin in 1980, will appear with his new band, the Sensational Shape Shifters.

The group has been touring in the US and including a handful of Led Zeppelin songs as well as material from Plant's recent album Band of Joy.

The singer's last Australian tour was in 1996 with his former Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin toured Australia in 1972.

Bluesfest promoter Pete Noble said he was honoured to have such a prestigious name on the five-day Bluesfest bill over the Easter holiday. Plant will perform on the Saturday night.

"Bringing Robert Plant to Bluesfest is a dream come true," said Noble, "not just for me, but for the thousands of fans who have been standing by patiently all these years."

Also announced on the bill will be a handful of rock veterans, including Yes singer Jon Anderson, Supertramp frontman Roger Hodgson, English ska/pop favourites Madness and the band currently enjoying a wave of success promoting an Australian supermarket chain, Status Quo.

They join other big global names on the Bluesfest roster, including Santana, Ben Harper, Iggy and the Stooges, reggae singer Jimmy Cliff, Chris Isaac, Bonnie Raitt and the American rock band Wilco.

Next year's Bluesfest, the 24th, at Tyagarah Tea Farm in Byron Bay, will be held from Thursday, March 28, until Monday, April 1.

From: The Australian

TBL Issue #33 Out Now!

Tight But Loose Issue #33

The new issue of the long running Led Zeppelin Tight But Loose magazine is out now and once again it's an action packed affair with exclusive news, views and features, edited and compiled by Dave Lewis.

Here's the line up:

* A full overview of the Celebration Day announcements plus review of the Press Screening and an on-the-spot report of the London Press Conference.
* Mike Tremaglio's comprehensive 1972 USA Tour Log, which is guaranteed to have you searching out those amazing recordings from that esteemed Zep era.
* Part One of Nick Anderson's Guide to the Led Zeppelin UK singles pressings, which provides a fascinating insight in to how these pressings surfaced, complete with rare illustrations.
* Part Two of the exclusive Warren Grant interview, which focuses on the post Zep years
* An intensive interview with Barney Hoskyns that digs deep to reveal how he collated his new book Trampled Under Foot - The Power and Excess of Led Zeppelin.
* Stephen Humphries offers a summary of recent Robert Plant activity from the release of the From The Artist Den DVD through to his Sensational Space Shifters activity.
* Latest John Paul Jones news with reports on the Sunflower Jam and Minibus Pimps appearances
* Add in Jimmy Page summer watch, Jeff Strawman's Instrument Watch, plus Gerard Sparaco's CD reviews and you have another packed TBL edition.

If you love Led Zeppelin - you will love this magazine.

In a word of websites and social media, the TBL magazine remains a true tangible Led Zeppelin artifact to be read, collected, stored and re-read time and time again.

TBL issue 33 is written, compiled and produced to enhance your appreciation of what is yet another great time to be Led Zeppelin fan.

So click on the order link and indulge yourselves in some essential Zep reading ..the arrival of the TBL magazine on your doorstep will add yet more enjoyment to these exciting Celebration Days...

You can pre order the new issue 33 as a single issue here:

You can subscribe for the three 2012 issues here for which you will receive issues 32 and 33 now with issue 34 to follow:

Are you ready to hear Kashmir from Celebration Day?

BBC Radio 2 played Kashmir from the upcoming Celebration Day this morning.

I, for one, am totally amazed at the sound that comes out of the computer speakers. I cannot wait until November 19.

If you want to listen to it, go and scroll to approximately 1:43:00.

Ertegun scholarship formally opened

A study house for humanities scholars, funded in part by Led Zeppelin, has formally opened on St. Giles this week.

The band pledged to donate money from their 2007 sell-out concert in the London O2 Arena to an educational establishment in honour of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, prompting his widow, Mica Ertegun, to donate £26 million to Oxford University.

The donation has been used to form The Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities. The scholarship will provide full funding for 16 world-class graduates in subjects including literature, history, music, archaeology, art history and Asian studies.

Ertegun was responsible for discovering and signing Led Zepellin in 1968, and the band paid tribute to him via video link at the opening of Ertegun House.

"Ahmet always said that it was his own education that gave him the foundation to broaden his vision and pursue great things in music," said guitarist Jimmy Page.

"It's a marvellous tribute to him that the Ertegun programme is now launched."

Speaking at the launch of the study centre, Mica Ertegun explained that she wanted to provide "enduring inspiration for brilliant and enthusiastic students from all over the world to devote themselves to the study of the humanities".

She added: "My dream is that, one day, Ertegun Scholars will be leaders in every field - as historians and philosophers, as archaeologists and literary scholars, as writers and composers, as statesmen and theologians."

Prof Andrew Hamilton, Oxford University Vice-Chancellor, has promised that the university will support Mrs Ertegun's financial contribution by funding an additional five Ertegun scholarships next year and extending the programme to at least 35 scholars in 2014.

He said: "The Ertegun Programme supports Oxford University's commitment to providing financial support that allows the brightest graduates to study at the University, whatever their personal circumstances.

"The University is pleased to provide additional studentships and augment Mrs Ertegun's extraordinary philanthropy.

"We are excited to be welcoming the inaugural class of Ertegun Scholars to the University of Oxford," added Hamilton.

Joe Snape, an Ertegun scholar studying at Musicology at New College, said: "It's an amazing opportunity to come to Oxford to study in such a fantastic facility, together with a bunch of really motivated, passionate people.

"In simple, financial terms, [the scholarship] makes the difference between being able to continue studying or not."

He continued: "I applied to Oxford because I knew there was more funding available than at many other places.

"I expected a lot when I arrived - it is honestly more amazing than I could have dared hope," he added.

All the Scholars are provided with a dedicated working area within Ertegun House for research and writing, and will be mentored by Dr. Bryan Ward-Perkins, Oxford historian and archaeologist, who is famous for his book The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization.

From: The Oxford Student Online

John Mclaughlin gave lessons to Jimmy Page

John McLaughlin talked in a recent interview with Hit Channel about his experiences with Jimmy Page.

You gave guitar lessons to Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin. How was Jimmy as a student?

He was great! You know, I was 18, he was 17. I knew a little more about harmony and jazz. Also, I know John Paul Jones the bass player. I used to teach him harmony. We were in a rhythm and blues band together. Then I knew Jimmy. We knew each other because..

You were very famous session players.

Yeah, we all were session players because that was how we could survive. Playing pop and rock. But we had a lot of fun. When Jimmy and John Paul, made Led Zeppelin, wow!! It was fantastic.

Bonham admits BCC frustration

Jason Bonham
Photo by Christie Goodwin

Black Country Communion drummer Jason Bonham admits he's frustrated over the band's inability to tour new album Afterglow.

He says he was told the supergroup would be hitting the road to promote its release - despite Joe Bonamassa's insistence that everyone knew he didn't have time to do so.

On Wednesday the guitarist broke his silence over the fall-out between him and Glenn Hughes, saying he was upset that the frontman had tried to "bully" him into playing live.

Now Bonham tells Classic Rock: "It is kinda sad that we do this product, then when it comes to touring there's no plans. I find that really amazing.

"When I started this project I didn't know what we were doing. As it took off I thought we were bound to start working more. I'm not blaming anybody in particular - but we should tour. I love everyone in the band and I'd love to take it on the road. Certain powers-that-be are holding us back."

The drummer says he wasn't aware that Bonamassa wouldn't be available - and if he wasn't, he wonders why BCC went into the studio to record Afterglow when they did.

"All I know is, when we did the album there was talk of touring to promote it," he reports. "I thought there would be.

"I can go on the internet and I can see Joe's schedule - he's booked up throughout the whole year. So I felt: what was the rush to start the album when we did? Surely we should have done it when we had time, and Joe had time, to promote it?"

Bonamassa has said he refused to appear at BCC's one-off show in Wolverhampton because he was worried Hughes would "make some stupid fucking announcement on stage" relating to whether the band had a future.

Asked if he can explain exactly what happened, Bonham says: "I have no idea. I've had no contact with the other guys except Glenn. I tried to get a reaction from Joe's management but they just said there were complications.

"I could sense there was something up - somebody was upset somewhere about something.

"It's very fucking frustrating: I absolutely adore Joe to bits. He's one of the best guitar players around. But I just wish we could tour.

"I know he's busy; I get it, I do get it. But Glenn, myself and Derek Sherinian, we'd love to tour. Maybe we'll figure out some way to do it. Who knows? I just hope we can work something out."

Afterglow, BCC's third album in two years, is released on October 29. Find out more at

From: Classic Rock Magazine

Videos from Robert's Oct. 18 Rio performance

Videos from Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifter's first performance in South America (Oct. 18) have surfaced on Youtube.

Robert Plant South American Gigs Available For Download

All gigs from 'Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters' current tour of South America will be made available for download. Pre-order is now online for last night's show in Rio.

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How a dream changed Deborah Bonham's life

Deborah Bonham
The sister of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham has spoken about why she turned to faith.

Deborah Bonham talks about her older brother John, her life and Christian faith in an interview with Nick Battle on Premer Christian Radio's Men@Work programme at 8pm on Saturday.

She shares how she had a dream about her two departed brothers and how it inspired her to stop drinking and partying, and change how she was living her life.

"I'd been through a few years of heavy alcohol and partying," she says.

"Then I had a real strange dream. My two brothers came to me, took me by the hand, and were leading me away.

"My mother was still alive then and I looked after her so it must have been in my head that I couldn't leave her. 'You're coming with us,' they said. 'We did warn you.'

"I said 'I'm not ready to go'. Then I woke up and said to myself 'that's it'. I sold my house in London, went down to the south coast and got my rescue horses and rescue dogs and started working with a charity."

She goes on to reflect about the impact of losing her father and two brothers, and how this shaped her view of life as borrowed time.

She also talks about how she tries to look for the good in all people.

"If you have faith, you do always look for good," says Deborah.

"It's important to find a fleck of light somewhere in other people. I hope I can trigger something for others to get faith.

"I believe that we see our loved ones again. I have no doubt in my mind that I'm going to see my family again."


This weekend (Saturday 20th - 20:00)

Nick Battle will be chatting to Deborah Bonham, the sister of Led Zeppelin rock legend John Bonham. She will be recalling memories of growing up with her brother and the world's greatest rock band, as well as talking about her faith and music too.

Premier Christian Radio broadcasts nationally on DAB Digital Radio, Sky Digital 0123, Freeview 725, online at and across London on 1305, 1332 and 1413 MW.

Could Celebration Day restart Page’s career?

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has vowed to record an album and tour next year.

It's not the first time he's said he's working on a new musical project - but he's hinted that seeing himself perform in the band's Celebration Day movie has re-energised him to deliver on his previous promises.

Page tells BBC6 Music: "I'm starting to work next year, to be seen to be playing live. I'll definitely be doing an album at that point in time.

"I want to be playing - I want to be out there playing. That's what you'll understand from seeing this."

After Led Zep's reunion show in 2007 to celebrate the life of Atlantic Records boss Ahmet Ertegun, the band considering continuing with John Bonham's son Jason - even after singer Robert Plant ruled himself out of the project and returned to his solo career.

When the concept fizzled out due to their inability to find a suitable frontman, Bonham went on to join Black Country Communion. Bassist John Paul Jones formed Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and Josh Homme.

Page appeared in 2009 music movie It Might Get Loud alongside fellow guitarists Jack White and the Edge. During filming he presented two compositions he called Embryo 1 and Embryo 2 - his first new pieces to be heard since 1999.

Later that year he said: "There's a lot of groundwork that's been going into that so I can be getting on with things next year. If you've got ambitious projects they take time to put together if you're going to do them properly.

"I really intend to be doing some playing, and be seen, if you like. I have every intention of playing music live - manifesting it."

From: Classic Rock Magazine

Quick interview with John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin and now Supersilent

Quick interview with John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin and now Supersilent
John Paul Jones was in our train carriage planning his forthcoming show with Supersilent I had to grab a chat. #collaboration #supersilent #howegelb #interview #inthecab #zeppelin


Nick Mason on Celebration Day

"Celebration Day - The film of the Led Zep concert at the O2 – Great the event was filmed, but a bit solid in dynamics, visual and sonic, and a shortage of cameras meant there wasn't enough detail for me. Not nearly enough of Jason Bonham in particular...I don't think I ever saw a single drum fill completed on screen, which is a shame for the rhythmic anoraks in the audience.

I now know I'm aging, as not only did it feel unrelentingly loud, but not loud enough to stop the guys behind me singing along (badly) talking (loudly) and slapping their legs (out of time) I wanted to turn around and say shhhh...But with 2,000 watts pumping out from the sound system it occurred to me they wouldn’t be able to hear me.... But if it was you row F block '9 thank you for eventually desisting when I gave my full angry head half turn."

John Paul Jones in Berlin for premiere of Celebration Day

B.Z.: Celebrations are being held in L.A., London, Tokyo and Berlin - why here?
John Paul Jones: This City is a real World Metropolis - more so than any other on the european continent. Berlin is open for everything, different languages, cultures, religions and arts.

What kind of sensation do you get seeing your reunion gig at the theatre?
JPJ: Luckily it's a good feeling ! (laughs) In the end we didn't know beforehand if we were able to pull off the songs in a good way after all these years.

Your secret of success?
JPJ: It's the Groove! That's what made sure that at our gigs there weren't only hanging out ugly boys, but lots and lots of beautiful, dancing women. What a great view - that's all a musician can dream of.

With a private Jet, destroyed hotel rooms, groupies galore and stadium shows you were role models for Guns & Roses, Mötley Crüe and many other bands.
JPJ: No question - we worked hard for getting that private jet - in the beginning we toured the states with a rickety car, then with a greyhound bus and afterwards with airliners.

The band myth - isn't it more like a monster to you, could you ever really walk out of it's shadow as solo artists?
JPJ: Not really. In the end Led Zeppelin enables me a secure life. This band earns more money to this day than i could ever be able to spend.

Were a lot of sex and drugs involved?
JPJ: Not as much as people say, at large. We all were married happily, why should we hold huge orgies? Of course you'd get involved with groupies when you were lonesome or felt homesick, but it wasnt a routine.

The song Royal Orleans on 1976's Presence lyrically deals with you inviting a Transvestite into your room.
JPJ: No, that wasn't me.

The 2nd part of the lyric describes how you fell asleep with a joint and started a nice fire.
JPJ: (laughs) That's more possible! Concerning the Transvestite: i knew him well. The mix-up did really happen, but to another band member.

In 2007, 20 million wanted to see you guys. Why didn't you keep on?
JPJ: We couldn't find a good agreement. Robert didn't want to do this.

So were you peeved at him ?
JPJ: No, one's gotta accept that. Even if i would have liked to continue.

B.Z. 2012/10/16

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Achilles Last Stand on "Words and Music Q&A Series"

Your esteemed webmaster has given an interview to Michael Anthony, author of Words and Music: Excursions in the Art of Rock Fandom, for his Q&A Series.

From the Q&A Series website:

Words and Music (the book) covers a wide range of themes and issues of interest to the rock fan. The Words and Music Q&A Series gets musicians, writers, DJs, and other ‘rock personalities’ commenting on these themes and issues and contributing to the discussion.

The series kicked off on 23 September 2012 with Del Bromham of Stray, and we’re very pleased with the way it’s shaping up.

Led Zeppelin's intense reunion - [Celebration Day London premiere]

Led Zeppelin were "really tense" when they reunited for a one-off gig in 2007.

The surviving members of the group, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant, performed at London's The O2 - for which they were joined by late bandmate John Bonham's son Jason - in tribute to late music executive Ahmet Ertegun, and though they weren't nervous about playing together after so many years, they found the experience intense.

Speaking at the UK premiere of 'Celebration Day' - the DVD concert film documenting the gig - at London's Hammersmith Apollo, Jimmy told BANG Showbiz: "My memories of the evening was that it was really intense. We had really worked towards it, and we knew we had this one shot, this window when we were going to in and let people know what our reputation was about in the first place.

"I wouldn't call it nervous, but the adrenalin tap went on really early and I was getting really sort of fidgety, and ready to get on. And that's it, I went in there and I just remember it being really tense. And then it was over all too quickly."

Although the band hadn't planned to release the footage of the gig, they are pleased they did because the finished film is so great.

Robert said: "When we did this gig we didn't know what we had done, so we kind of crept up on the movie as time went by, and realised we are getting that much older and stuff, and it sounds great and looks like we're having a good time."

Copyright © 2012

Richard Cole & Benji LeFevre, Photo by Dave Lewis

Led Zeppelin Concert Film Is Released; No Reunion Planned

The three surviving members of Led Zeppelin made it clear on a visit to New York City on Tuesday to promote their concert film "Celebration Day" that they have no plans to reunite for another concert, much less for a tour or for a new album.

"Sorry," said John Paul Jones, the bassist, when he was asked what he would say to fans who wanted to see the group play again "in the flesh." Jimmy Page, the band's guitarist and founder, said a reunion "seems unlikely," given the band's members have not worked together since the 2007 concert at London's 02 Arena that is the subject of the new film.

And Robert Plant, the vocalist, batted away another reporter's question about a possible reunion with a joke: "We've been thinking about all sorts of things," he said. He paused for a beat. "Then we can't remember what we've been thinking about."

"Expectations are horrific things," Mr. Plant added later. "To actually do anything at all together is such a kind of incredible weight."

The film will have its premiere tonight in New York at the Ziegfeld Theater. It is a no-frills record of the band's two-hour performance on Dec. 10, 2007, in honor of Ahmet Ertegun, the Atlantic Records founder. That camera captures the concert from start to finish, bringing the viewer close to the musicians, with very few shots of the audience and no backstage scenes.

The director, Dick Carruthers, who used more than a dozen cameras to film the concert, chose to stress closeups of the band members in action, giving fans an intimate look at their playing techniques, their nods and nonverbal cues to each other, and their boyish grins when the music came together. The film includes no interviews, nor backstory segments, nor archival footage of the group in the 1970s.

That concert was the first time Mr. Jones, Mr. Page and Mr. Plant had played together since the mid-1980s, and they were joined on drums by Jason Bonham, the son of the drummer John Bonham, whose death in 1980 from alcohol poisoning caused the group to split up. By most accounts, the aging rockers played extremely well, thrilling the crowd with 16 songs from their catalog, among them hits like "Stairway to Heaven" and "Whole Lotta Love."

Mr. Jones said he thought the 1976 documentary about the band, "The Song Remains the Same," never captured the subtle communication between band members onstage, nor did it show the skill of their musicianship, as the new film does.

"I'm really happy people can see what went on onstage, because it kind of puts you almost in the middle," Mr. Jones said in a short interview after the press conference. "'Song Remains the Same' was good, but everything was from the distance. It's a great opportunity for people to find out what went on on stage and how we've done this."

Mr. Page said the band members did not go into the concert thinking it would eventually become a movie. "Our main focus was to do the show and do it well," he said. It took years for the members to reach a consensus on producing the film. But in the end, he said, the performance turned out to be better than one in 1988 to mark the 40th anniversary of Atlantic Records, and seemed a fitting "testament" to their careers.

"We just really wanted to get it right and go out and play to people who maybe had never heard us, who had heard about this reputation, what we were about," Mr. Page said. "Basically to go up and stand up and be counted."

The film will be released to movie theaters on Oct. 17, and in December Led Zeppelin is schedued to be honored at the Kennedy Center for their contribution to popular culture.

As things stand now, however, "Celebration Day" may well mark the band's last joint project. All three original members have solo projects in the works and no plans to work together again. Both Mr. Page, 68, and Mr. Jones, 66, expressed misgivings about taking on the rigors of a full-blown Led Zeppelin tour.

"Just sustaining it over a long period of time and meeting expecations would be a tall order I think," Mr. Jones said. "It was such a high standard that particular night."

Mr. Page said he thought the band members could play with the same intensity as they had in the early days, but he acknowledged age was a factor. "Who wants to be on a two-year tour?" he said. Then he added: "That would tire you out just thinking of that."

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From: New York Times

Led Zeppelin Clash With Reporters at New York Press Conference

Led Zeppelin clashed with reporters at a press conference this afternoon at the Museum of Modern Art while promoting Celebration Day, an upcoming film capturing their 2007 reunion concert at London's O2 arena. The conference started out as congenial, with Plant jokingly singing lines from Elvis Presley's "Love Me" into the microphone, but turned contentious when an Associated Press reporter asked if the new film will possibly anticipate something bigger from the band. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham became uncomfortably silent. "I mean, we've been thinking about all sorts of things," Plant said. "And then we can't remember what we were thinking of. Schmuck."

From the beginning, Plant seemed uncomfortable. "There are some people in here who are not journalists," he said early on. "There's a masseuse in here who's not a journalist. I think that's ever so exciting." The room erupted in uncomfortable laughter.

Minutes later, a radio host praised the film but added, "I don't know if it's going to quench the thirst of those who wished to see you in the flesh." Again, the band was silent until Plant said simply: "Sorry!"

Later, Plant clarified himself. "We were so happy we were getting it right and taking it beyond what we thought we were about that night," he said of the O2 gig. "There were moments where we took off ... But the responsibility of doing that four nights a week for the rest of time is a different thing. We're pretty good at what we do but the tail should never wag the dog, really. If we're capable of doing something, in our own time, that will be what will happen. So any inane questions from people who are from syndicated outlets, you should just really think about what it takes to answer a question like that in one second. We know what we've got, you know."

Instead of looking ahead, the band looked back fondly of the reunion and its rehearsals, praising Jason Bonham and Ahmet Ertegun – and discussed current rock music. "I love Mumford & Sons," Plant said.

Page explained he felt the band still had unfinished business after previous reunions at Live Aid and Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary concert. "I think if we had the opportunity to get back together again, which is what we had there to do the O2, things had left us a little uncomfortable like Live Aid and the Atlantic 40th, etc. We just really wanted to get it right and go out and play to people who maybe never heard us, who had heard about this reputation and what we were about, and basically stand up and be counted for what we were. That's my feeling, anyway."

Plant added, "I think expectations are a horrific thing. If you go off and play in North Africa, you know you're going to have a good time and work with people and there's nothing else about it. That's how we started in a room with Jason's dad all that time ago. So to do anything at all together is such a kind of incredible weight, because sometimes we were fucking awful. And sometimes we were stunning and a couple of times we tried to get together in the meantime. I think we were really propelled by Jason [Bonham] and his enthusiasm and his dark glasses. He really brought the atmosphere and expectation because he knows far more about us than we do. He's got all the bootlegs, and he's in touch with the people who make the bootlegs."

From: Rolling Stone

Jimmy Page on Another Led Zeppelin Reunion: 'I Don't See It'

At one point in Celebration Day, the new film of Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion concert in London, the camera stays long and tight on Jimmy Page's hands as they execute the introduction to "Stairway to Heaven" on the six-string neck of his double-neck Gibson guitar. It is one of rock's most iconic riffs, played in full and close-up by the composer, at one of his band's greatest and most important shows.

"With Led Zeppelin, it has always been that mystique of how the music is done – how it works, why it works," Page says on the phone from London a couple of weeks before Celebration Day's worldwide theatrical premiere on October 17th. "The closer you can get in on that and the more lingering it is, the better."

Celebration Day, which will be commercially released in various audio and visual formats on November 19th, is nothing more or less than Zeppelin's entire two-hour performance on December 10th, 2007, at London's O2 Arena. The concert, a benefit and tribute to the late Atlantic Records chief Ahmet Ertegun, was the first full Zeppelin show by Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones since the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980. Bonham's son, Jason, took his father's place for the night, which is shown without backstage footage and includes minimal shots of the ecstatic audience. Instead, director Dick Carruthers – who shot the concert with more than a dozen cameras – provides extended close-ups of the band members in action: Plant in bluestrance moan during "Since I've Been Loving You"; Jones threading the folk-rock gallop of "Ramble On" with low-end countermelodies; everyone turning to Jason in admiration during his volcanic solo at the end of "Rock and Roll."

Celebration Day is "almost like being onstage with us," Jones says. "We always had that interaction," he adds, referring to Zeppelin's legendary concert prowess in the Seventies. "But nobody could see it, because the lighting wasn't there." Before the O2 show, Jones notes, "I remember Dick saying in one of the early meetings, 'I'm going to need 14 cameras.' Everybody went, 'What?' It paid off."

Page recalls walking off stage after the reunion concert feeling "really high. That's the truth. It was a serious test, and we passed it, all of us. And we had an extraordinary communion on the stage. That's alive and well when you see it." But it was quite a while – Page can't remember how long – before he saw a rough cut of Carruthers' footage ("We didn't rush into the editing suite to have it out for Christmas").

In fact, Plant and Jones viewed that cut first. "We came away raving," Jones says. "It was very fitting to the experience. We called Jimmy and said, 'You've gotta see this.'"

"The thing about Led Zeppelin was that it was always four musicians at the top of their game, but they could play like a band," Page says. "Even in the first couple of rehearsal days, running up to the O2, we were playing pretty good. But we really wanted to shine as a band." He cites the set list's opening sequence – from the surprise opener, "Good Times Bad Times," from 1969's Led Zeppelin, into "Ramble On" and the tortuous crunch of "Black Dog." "I wanted people to feel, 'They're taking this seriously.'

"And I have to tell you, the rehearsals were all quite different," Page says, "so much in that Zeppelin spirit and character." To prove it, a deluxe edition of the DVD will include footage from the band's only full-scale production rehearsal before the O2 concert. "You get the urgency of that night, but also the determination that was in rehearsal."

Inevitably, Celebration Day has set off more reunion talk. At a London press conference announcing the film, Plant raved about the O2 performance: "To get back in the middle of that music was a spectacular experience." But he and Page evaded questions about additional shows. When asked if the movie marks the end of Zeppelin, once and for all, Jones – who is busy writing an opera and collaborating with Robyn Hitchcock and the Norwegian group Supersilent – responds, "When I move house, I never look back at the house and go, 'Oh, that's the last moment I'll see there.' I always move forward."

"That's a good answer," Page says, laughing. But he is more direct. "I think if there had been any more concerts to be done, we'd already be talking about them. So I don't see it." Celebration Day, he adds, "is a testament to what we did in 2007. There it is."

From: Rolling Stone

Tribute to Big Jim Sullivan (1941-2012)

Big Jim Sullivan

Even Big Jim Sullivan, who died on October 2 at the age of 71, was taken aback by the sheer size of his back catalogue when this writer interviewed him in 2011.

Over 1,000 Top 10 entries. Fifty-five of those No.1 hits. Jim was a first-call musician on the London session scene by his early 20s. The first British guitarist to own a Gibson Les Paul [previously owned by blues icon Sister Rosetta Tharpe] and record with a fuzz box and a wah pedal, he backed rocker Eddie Cochran on the tour that changed British guitar playing overnight. He gave a leg-up in the session business to a young pre-Zep Jimmy Page and while touring with Tom Jones in the 60s and 70s became a close friend of Elvis. It all began when he was a teenager...

While other kids were trying to make sense of Bert Weedon's infamous Play In A Day tuition book in the 50s, Jim was out learning his craft playing country and rock'n'roll for homesick G.I.s at American army bases in the UK. For a lad growing up in austere post-war Britain, life inside the bases was an eye-opener.

"It was the first time I had a T-bone steak," he laughed. "It was the size of a family Sunday lunch and I had it all to myself. Jesus!"

A couple of years down the line, Sullivan's future as a professional musician was secured when pop impresario Larry Parnes picked him to join his protege Marty Wilde's backing band The Wildcats. This was 1959 and Jim was 18 years old.

"I was just a kid and all of a sudden I'd gone from earning £4 a week to earning £30 a week," he said. "I remember my uncle saying, 'Son. When are you gonna get a proper job?' I eventually bought him a car..."

When Larry Parnes [aka 'Parnes, shilling and pence'] booked American rockers Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran for a British tour in 1960, Jim found himself backing up a future rock'n'roll legend. Cochran took three steps to heaven and died later that year in a car crash but he left a lasting influence on Jim and a generation of guitar-obsessed kids.

Above: unphased by screaming fans, Big Jim teaches the Rollers a few tricks on their TV show

"Eddie enhanced British guitar playing," said Jim. "He didn't just affect me, Joe Brown, Colin Green and Joe Moretti, who were the other guitarists on the tour. It wasn't til later that I realised the historical value of us playing with Eddie. It really opened up a whole new field of playing. We'd no longer sit down copying records. People were copying what we were doing."

Jim began exerting his own influence on British rock when he fell into session work in the early 60s. This young rock-obsessed guitarist entered a session scene in London where engineers still wore white lab coats and musicians came suited and booted. Almost immediately he began making his mark. "Every player had their own particular sound. That's what you sold yourself on."

His use of a DeArmond volume pedal on Dave Berry's 1964 hit The Crying Game "made quite an impact all over," and a classic 'give it here' moment saw him introduce fuzz to British pop pickers: "I remember [session guitarist] Eric Ford coming into the IBC Studio opposite the BBC with this little Gibson fuzz box. He plugged it in and tried to play ordinary guitar stuff through it. It sounded awful. I said, 'That's not how it's supposed to be used, Eric. Let me have a go.' I'd heard Chet Atkins use a fuzz box on a track. Anyway, out of that came the solos on P.J. Proby's Together and Hold Me which were kind of a landmark of British rock guitar."

The other guitarist on The Crying Game was a young Jimmy Page. Little Jim to Sullivan's Big Jim, Page had first crossed paths with the session ace in early '64 when they were booked to play on Dave Berry's My Baby Left Me. "I had the lead part and solo in it," said Jim. "But I said to Jimmy, 'You do the solo and I'll do the riff.' He did and that's where Jimmy made his mark."

Giving young musicians like Page a leg-up was just part of the London studio scene ["There wasn't any nasty competitiveness..."] but Big Jim wasn't quite so charitable when it came to his apprentice's later work: "Jimmy was a good player," he said. "But I never really liked the stuff he did with Zeppelin. We'd done all that riff stuff in the late 50s and early 60s. And here they were, nicking our riffs, and earning millions of pounds! But that's the way of the wily world isn't it?"

Above: "The five years on the road with Tom Jones were the best 40-odd years of my life!"

Jim would later bump into Page and the rest of Led Zeppelin in LA while touring the world with Tom Jones. Beginning in 1969, he backed the Welsh wonder for five years, a period he cited as one of the happiest of his career.

"One night Tom says, 'Guess who's coming tonight?'" he remembered. "'Go on,' I said. 'Elvis,' he replied. At last I was gonna meet the guy who started it all. We sat up for a couple of days chatting and drinking. He looked fantastic."

One little-heralded phase of Jim's career is worth mentioning, as it's sure to strike a chord with a hard-core section Classic Rock's readership. Along with Derek Lawrence, Jim co-produced the first two albums by cult American glam metal band Angel: their self-titled debut (1975) and Helluva Band (1976). Recalling that adventure, Jim once said: "Yes, That was a great experience for Derek and me. We had to get the bass player Mickie [Jones] out of jail a couple of times, for wandering around hotels out of his brains. I remember [guitarist] Punky Meadows always carrying a pack of beers around with him. They were a great bunch of guys and we got on quite well considering the different planets we came from."

Big Jim Sullivan spent the final years of his life researching music in the study of his Surrey home [he was a keen subscriber to Spotify] surrounded by his favourite guitars, or bobbing around in the above ground pool in his back garden. After the incredible amount of records he'd played on he was obviously well aware of his importance in the history of British rock, without ever feeling the need to shout about it. The man was grateful for an interesting life spent in the company of good people. The one notable exception being Van Morrison, whom Sullivan famously detested ["He's all the nasty things that a human being can be," pretty much sums his feelings up].

Jim remained a highly skilled guitarist up to the end of his life but a combination of heart failure and diabetes had made playing live just about impossible. "The two working together totally knacker me," he sighed. "So, it's kind of come to a sad end I suppose but I've had a good life. Christ, I've been round the world a dozen times. I've met everybody from presidents to Mafia dons. In fact, the five years on the road with Tom Jones were the best 40-odd years of my life!"

From: Classic Rock Magazine

Celebration Day Premieres

Film To Debut At Ziegfeld Theater In New York On October 9; Press Conference With John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, And Jason Bonham To Precede New York Premiere

Hammersmith Apollo To Host London Premiere On October 12

Premieres In Berlin And Tokyo Also Scheduled In Advance Of Global Theatrical Release On October 17

Led Zeppelin have announced upcoming premieres in four countries for Celebration Day, which documents the band's 2007 concert at London’s O2 Arena.


Join John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant at London's Hammersmith Apollo for a special premiere screening of Celebration Day on October 12th 2012. Very limited number of tickets available here:

The film of Celebration Day will see a worldwide theatrical release on 1,500 screens in over 40 territories on October 17. Celebration Day will then be available in multiple video and audio formats on November 19 from Swan Song/Atlantic Records.

From: Ramble On Radio

How To Sound Like Jimmy Page From Led Zeppelin

The guitar lesson site, StrumSchool, has posted an article about How To Sound Like Jimmy Page From Led Zeppelin that I'd like to share with you. It covers some background on Jimmy Page and the other band members from Led Zeppelin as well as the gear they use to make their distinct sound.

Awesome Led Zep merch for sale!

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Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience adds more fall dates

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience has announced the addition of new dates to the band's fall North American tour.

The band will play a series of US shows starting October 5 in Napa Valley, CA; concerts are currently scheduled to November 20 in Milwaukee.

"The Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience," says Jason, "was something that came about through my passion and love of the music. To cut a long story short, after I stopped working with Jimmy [Page] and John Paul Jones in late '08, I was so 'Zeppelined-up,' if you know what I mean, everything was Zep for me at that time. I had just done the reunion so, after about twelve months of persuasion, I put together a show – cause I didn't want to just go out there and play Led Zeppelin music...I didn't want to tarnish the fact that I had just played with them."

Jason will be featured in the new Led Zeppelin package, Celebration Day, which presents the band's December 2007 reunion at London's 02 Arena, with the drummer sitting in for his late father, Zeppelin legend John Bonham.

The film of Celebration Day will see a worldwide theatrical release on 1,500 screens in over 40 territories on October 17. The theatrical screenings will follow premieres in London, Los Angeles, New York, and other major cities.

Celebration Day will then be available in multiple video and audio formats on November 19.

Jason will also appear on the third Black Country Communion album, Afterglow, which is due October 30.

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience
2012 North American Tour

Oct 05 - Napa Valley, CA - The Uptown Theatre
Oct 06 – Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Casino
Oct 11 – Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre
Oct 12 – Las Vegas, NV - Aliante Casino
Oct 13 – Indio, CA - Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Oct 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
Oct 16 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre

Nov 09 - Westbury, NY - Theatre at Westbury
Nov 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Nov 11 - York, PA - Capitol Theatre
Nov 12 - Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre
Nov 14 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
Nov 15 - Montclair, NJ - The Wellmont Theatre
Nov 16 - Wilmington, DE - Grand Opera House
Nov 17 - Munhall, PA - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
Nov 19 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov 20 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater

From: hennemusic

Tribute to John Henry Bonham

Today, on the 32nd anniversary of the passing of the greatest drummer of all time, John Bonham, I'd come up with my top five Led Zeppelin drumming songs. I know that it's hard to narrow down the list and even earlier work in Band Of Joy contained some powerful work. I know that today's playlist is all Bonham. Take a second today and pay your own tribute to Bonzo.

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.

Bonzo's Montreux

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.
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Kevin Shirley apologises for Black Country Communion

Kevin Shirley, the producer who's acted as the fifth member of Black Country Communion, has spoken out after the band shocked fans by cancelling their one-off show in Wolverhampton. Shirley says: "I like to leave these things alone, but I feel an apology is in order for the cancellation of the January BCC gig. When you're thrown a lifeline, it doesn’t serve you to steal the rope! And tweeting doesn’t make it history, or true. Your call will be answered – please enjoy the music..."

From: Classic Rock Magazine

Want to pre-order 'Celebration Day'?

Want to pre-order 'Celebration Day'?

Celebration Day is now available for pre-order on the official Led Zeppelin website. All different flavors, listed below, will be released on November 19, 2012.

Celebration Day Releases:

· 2 CD - 16 Audio Tracks on 2 CDs
· 2 CD + 1 DVD - Concert Film On DVD + 2 CDs
· Deluxe Edition 2 CD + 2 DVD - 2nd DVD features bonus material including footage of full dress rehearsal at Shepperton Studios
· 16 Track Digital Edition - 16 Audio Tracks
· 3 LP 180g Vinyl
· 2 CD + 1 Blu-Ray - Concert Film On Blu-Ray + 2 CDs
· Deluxe Edition 2 CD + 1 Blu-Ray + 1 DVD - Bonus DVD features bonus material including footage of full dress rehearsal at Shepperton Studios
· Blu-Ray Audio - High-resolution 48K 24-bit PCM stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound

'Celebration Day' Press Conference (VIDEO)

Absolute Radio has posted video from today's (Sept. 21) press conference for 'Celebration Day'.

Oh yes, it's full and unedited.

Click here to watch it.

'Celebration Day' Press Conference Details

The surviving members of Led Zeppelin have refused to rule out another reunion.

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones made a rare public appearance today (September 21) to launch their new Celebration Day concert film of their 2007 show at the London's 02 Arena. After a screening of the film at the Odeon West End, the bandmates answered questions from the assembled press.

But when pressed on the possibility of coming together again for more shows, the band remained evasive. When asked if the 02 show had excited them enough to regroup once more, Jimmy Page answered, "Can I just ask you all if you enjoyed the film?"

When the journalist in question retorted by asking if he could have his question answered, Robert Plant replied, "That would be kiss and tell."

Elsewhere in the Q&A session, Plant declared that, "Mumford and Sons excite me."

The DVD release comes five years after their legendary 02 performance, which saw them reunite to honour late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. The surviving members were joined by Jason Bonham - the son of their late drummer John Bonham, for a two-hour set, which included classics 'Whole Lotta Love,' 'Rock And Roll,' 'Kashmir,' and 'Stairway To Heaven'.

As many as 20 million people applied for tickets to the gig - the band's first headline show in 27 years – but only 18,000 were lucky enough to win in the lottery.

Celebration Day will screen in cinemas from October 17, following premieres on September 13. The film will then get a general DVD release on November 19.

Led Zeppelin‘s December 2007 tribute concert to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun – now known as Celebration Day – will be released on 19 November 2012 across a large number of formats including an AUDIO ONLY Blu-ray version featuring high-resolution 48Khz/ 24 bit PCM stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound.

In addition there will be two deluxe editions, a 2CD+DVD set and a 2CD+Blu-ray+DVD package. Both will feature audio and video of the concert, plus bonus material, including footage of the full dress rehearsal at Shepperton Studios.

There will also be a standard 2CD+DVD and a 2CD+Blu-ray release which omit the video bonus material on the deluxe editions, as well as a music-only 2CD edition.

On December 10th will come a 3LP release on 180g heavyweight vinyl.

Full format details

• 2CD Music Only Edition (CD digipak)
• 2CD + 1 DVD (two versions: CD size digipak or DVD size digipak)
[Pre-order 2CD+DVD in DVD Digipack - UK]
[Pre-order 2CD+DVD in CD Digi-pak - UK]
• 2CD + 1 Blu-Ray (two versions: CD size digipak or Blu-ray size digipak)
[Pre-order 2CD+Blu-ray in Blu-ray Digipack - UK]
• Deluxe Edition 2CD + 2 DVD (CD sized digipak – Bonus DVD features bonus material, including footage of the full dress rehearsal at Shepperton Studios)
• Deluxe Edition 2CD + 1 Blu-Ray + 1 DVD (CD sized digipak – Bonus DVD features bonus material, including footage of the full dress rehearsal at Shepperton Studios)
•Blu-Ray Audio release featuring high-resolution 48K 24 bit PCM stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound audio only (no video content)
[Pre-Order Blu-ray Audio Only - UK]
• 3LP 180g Vinyl (December 10th Release Date)

Track listing

1. Good Times Bad Times
2. Ramble On
3. Black Dog
4. In My Time Of Dying
5. For Your Life
6. Trampled Under Foot
7. Nobody’s Fault But Mine
8. No Quarter
9. Since I’ve Been Loving You
10. Dazed And Confused
11. Stairway To Heaven
12. The Song Remains The Same
13. Misty Mountain Hop
14. Kashmir
15. Whole Lotta Love
16. Rock And Roll

From: NME and Super Deluxe Edition

23 Things John Bonham Did During The Quiet Part Of "Stairway To Heaven

There are simply no words to describe this list.

Please, just make the jump.

Led Zeppelin Members to Reunite for "Celebration Day" Press Event in London

Led Zeppelin's surviving members will be in London this Friday to participate in a press event promoting Celebration Day, the film capturing the band’s December 2007 reunion concert that will premiere in theaters around the world next month. Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones all will be on hand to meet with the media, and also will attend a screening of the movie.

As recently reported, the film will be screened in about 1,500 cinemas on October 17 after gala premieres are held in several locations, including London, New York City and Los Angeles. Then, on November 19, Celebration Day will be released to retail in multiple video and audio formats.

Led Zeppelin’s one-off reunion set took place at London’s O2 Arena, and was the finale of a concert held in memory of the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

From: WFJA Classic Hits

Black Country Communion's only UK show is cancelled

Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American rock group featuring Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals), Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Jason Bonham (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), today announced that their only UK concert at the Wolverhampton Civic on Saturday January 5th has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Planet Rock Radio launched a 48-hour ticket pre-sale on Wednesday 19th September. Customers who purchased tickets will receive a full refund, however if you have any queries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The one-off concert was originally intended to be Black Country Communion's only UK appearance in 2013. The band chose Wolverhampton due to their geographical and spiritual ties to the area (Glenn Hughes was born in Cannock, Jason Bonham was born in Dudley).

In 2011, Black Country Communion's last studio album, "2", scored the No.1 spot in the Official UK Rock Album Chart. The band's upcoming third album Afterglow, produced by Kevin Shirley, will be released in the UK by Mascot Records on Monday October 29th.

Review of John Paul Jones at Sunflower Jam 2012

Tight But Loose's Graeme Hutchinson gives an excellent firsthand report of yesterday's (September 16) Sunflower Jam 2012 at the Royal Albert Hall.

John Paul Jones was in the house band, accompanying various singers.

The Sunflower Jam was founded in 2006 and raises money to support holistic and alternative healing programs in the United Kingdom.

For those that remember, Robert Plant participated in the first Sunflower Jam 2006, although it took place at a much smaller venue, to a smaller crowd.

The spirit of Led Zeppelin was also present as opera singer Alfie Boe (Robert Plant guested with Boe on Song To The Siren on Alfie's self-titled album) opened with Zep's Rock And Roll. (Check out the vibrato at 3:49!!!

Black Country Communion announces rare concert in Wolverhampton

Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American rock band comprising Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals), Jason Bonham (drums) and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), have announced their only concert of 2013 at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Saturday 5th January 2013. The concert is significant, as it is based in the heart of the Black Country, where both Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham grew up as kids.

To celebrate the news of this rare, one-off concert, the UK’s leading classic rock radio station, Planet Rock, will launch an exclusive 48-hour ticket pre-sale from Wednesday 19th September. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public at 9am on Friday 21st September from the 24 Hour ticket hotline 0844 478 0898,

When fans visit from Wednesday 19th September, they’ll also be eligible to receive a free download of the new BCC track Confessor.

This unique concert marks Black Country Communion’s only UK appearance in 2013. Given BCC’s geographical and spiritual ties to the area, when discussions arose about where in the world the band would perform this one-off show, there was only ever going to be one outcome. Black Country Communion is very excited to come home for this ultra rare live performance.

From: Noble PR

A New Bonham!

Congratulations to Zoe Bonham, daughter of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, and her partner Adrian on the birth of their daughter, who was born on September 13, 2012!

Zoe & Adrian, may I recommend the following?


Led Zeppelin Announce ‘Celebration Day’ Concert Film Details

Led Zeppelin have confirmed that their 2007 reunion concert at London’s O2 arena will be released in “multiple configurations” as ‘Celebration Day’ on Nov. 19, 2012. Prior to this, the film will screen at movie theaters across the globe on Oct. 17.

This official announcement brings a happy and expected end to a five-day countdown that began over the weekend on the band’s official Facebook page. Although some fans speculated (or hoped) that the group would instead announce a new studio album or tour, many details about their actual plans to release the 2007 concert leaked over the following days.

The press release does not specify which formats — CD, DVD, Blu-ray, vinyl, etc. — ‘Celebration Day’ will be released on, promising that such details will be revealed “soon.” Tickets for the Oct. 17 theater screenings go on sale Sept. 13 (hey, that’s today!) and can be purchased through the band’s official website.

From: Ultimate Classic Rock

LED ZEPPELIN - CELEBRATION DAY (official announcement)

Official News Release:

Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day
September 13, 2012

Audio And Video From Legendary 2007 Concert
To Be Available In Multiple Configurations On November 19

Concert Slated For Global Theatrical Release On October 17

(Los Angeles, Sept. 13, 2012) – On December 10, 2007, Led Zeppelin took the stage at London’s O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. What followed was 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 film of Celebration Day will see a worldwide theatrical release by Omniverse Vision on 1,500 screens in over 40 territories on October 17. The theatrical screenings will follow premieres in London, Los Angeles, New York, and other major cities. Tickets for the public screenings will be available on September 13 via

Celebration Day will then be available in multiple video and audio formats on November 19 from Swan Song/Atlantic Records. Specific product details will be announced soon.


Possible O2 DVD Cover???

Possible O2 DVD Cover???

Could this be the cover to the highly anticipated O2 Concert DVD/Blu-Ray/CD release?

It looks like Shepard Fairey's work on the 2007 Led Zeppelin compilation Mothership.

Led Zeppelin to receive Kennedy Center Honors



CBS Has Broadcast The Kennedy Center Honors Each Year Since Its Debut 35 Years Ago

CHEAT TWEET: Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Natalia Makarova & Led Zeppelin are 2012 #kchonors! Watch Dec. 26

Bluesman Buddy Guy, actor Dustin Hoffman, comedian and television host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova and rock band Led Zeppelin will receive honors for 2012 on THE 35TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, to be broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 26 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The special has been broadcast on CBS each year since its debut.

In a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, the 2012 Honorees will be saluted by great performers from Hollywood and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with President and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees will accept the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.

"With their extraordinary talent, creativity and tenacity, the seven 2012 Kennedy Center Honorees have contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world," said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. "Buddy Guy is a titan of the blues and has been a tremendous influence on virtually everyone who has picked up an electric guitar in the last half century; Dustin Hoffman's unyielding commitment to the wide variety of roles he plays has made him one of the most versatile and iconoclastic actors of this or any other generation; David Letterman is one of the most influential personalities in the history of television, entertaining an entire generation of late-night viewers with his unconventional wit and charm; Natalia Makarova's profound artistry has ignited the stages of the world's greatest ballet companies and continues to pass the torch to the next generation of dancers; and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant transformed the sound of rock and roll with their lyricism and innovative song structures, infusing blues into the sound of rock and roll and laying the foundation for countless rock bands."

The President and Mrs. Obama will receive the Honorees, as well as members of the Artists Committee who nominate them and the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees, at the White House prior to the gala performance on Dec. 2. The 2012 Kennedy Center Honors Gala concludes with a dinner dance in the Grand Foyer.

The Honors recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts - whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures or television - and are selected by the Center's Board of Trustees. The primary criterion in the selection process is excellence. The Honors are not designated by art form or category of artistic achievement; the selection process, over the years, has produced balance among the various arts and artistic disciplines.

Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser expressed the national cultural center's continued gratitude to the many individuals involved in the success of the Honors program. "In addition to recognizing some of the world's most treasured artists, the Kennedy Center Honors supports a wide variety of artistic programming, as well as the Center's educational and national outreach efforts."

George Stevens, Jr. will produce and co-write the Honors for the 35th year. Stevens and his Honors producing partner Michael Stevens received three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety, Musical or Comedy Special and are nominated again for the sixth consecutive time. The KENNEDY CENTER HONORS telecast has also been recognized with the Peabody Award for Outstanding Meritorious Service to Broadcasting and seven awards from the Writers Guild of America. Nick Vanoff was co-creator of the Honors with George Stevens in 1978.

RATING: To Be Announced


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5, 4, 3, 2, 1... What's up?

Someone woke up the sleeping Led Zeppelin giant. On September 7, at 4:12 PM, there was a status update on the Official Led Zeppelin Facebook page, simply saying, "Hello.", 45 minutes later, the first tweet from the official Twitter account was posted, saying the same.

On the next day, Saturday, September 8, instead of another word, an image was posted online.

And then on Sunday, September 9, this was posted.

And again, this morning, Monday, August 10...

The three images sure make you think that this is some sort of a countdown. As a sidenote, you may notice that the font in each image is identical to it's corresponding Led Zeppelin studio album, ie: FIVE for Houses Of The Holy, FOUR for , and III for Led Zeppelin III.

In addition, later in the day today (Sept. 10), a video was posted to the Official Led Zeppelin Youtube channel.

I think that it's a safe assumption that we shall see a II image and a I image here in the next few days, but what does it all mean? I can think of 3 possibilities. 1. A reunion tour. Robert Plant is booked up through the end of November 2012. Jason Bonham's Australian dates got cancelled, er rescheduled. John Paul Jones' live appearances seem to be limited to one-offs and Jimmy Page.... let's just say he is free. The is an old rumor. It's been going on for, oh say, five years. There was even talk of a Led Zeppelin/Foo Fighters supergroup.

2. New studio material. Despite Robert Plant leaving post-O2 to form the Band Of Joy, new material was worked on by Page, Jones and Bonham Jr. and they even auditioned singers, such as Myles Kennedy and Steven Tyler. Maybe that will come to light here. For a laugh, take a listen new album single. from led zeppelin 2012 *cough*fake*cough*, entitled ??????3.

3. 2007's O2 Led Zeppelin Reunion concert officially released on DVD/Blu-Ray. We all know that it was filmed. Robert Plant was said to have taken a viewing of it and had it shelved. One rumor said that the O2 footage was being worked on up until May 2011, then stopped for an unknown reason and now it just got picked up and resumed being worked on. In July, Peter Mensch, Jimmy Page's manager tweeted, "today, [Alan] Moulder continues with his stellar mixing of the O2 show. it's been 5 years coming and it's almost here." This past Saturday, September 8, he tweeted, "it's almost here. I've seen it and heard it. almost 5 years to the day." Pretty strong words.

No matter what we will see this week and in the coming months, it shall prove to be interesting.

What do you think?

Led Zeppelin Make Their Live Debut - September 7, 1968

Led Zeppelin Make Their Live Debut - September 7, 1968
Photo by: Jørgen Angel

Led Zeppelin performed together for the first time on Sept. 7, 1968, but not under that now-famous name.

By the summer of 1968, the once-mighty Yardbirds had all but fallen apart. Their then-lead guitarist Jimmy Page picked up the pieces and put together an all-new version of the band for an already booked tour. This combo would include vocalist Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. The site of their low-key (but clearly now history-making) debut was the modest Gladsaxe Teen Club of Gladsaxe, Denmark.

In a newsletter from the venue, writer, Bent Larsen stated, "Their performance and their music were absolutely flawless, and the music continued to ring nicely in the ears for some time after the curtains were drawn after their show. Let me in particular give my praise to Jimmy Page who has made a great job with the three new men. They really succeeded and in particular the guitar solo by Page created huge applause... we can therefore conclude that the new Yardbirds are at least as good as the old ones were."

"It's only a short while before the concert that we realized it wouldn't the 'real' Yardbirds that were going to play," photographer Jorgen Angel told Kashmir Magazine, "Gladsaxe Teen Club had booked the Yardbirds a few months before, but the Yardbirds broke up and Peter Grant and Jimmy Page came with other musicians to fulfill those commitments. They signed a contract for a small tour in Scandinavia. Jimmy recruited three other guys and they played all the clubs where the Yardbirds were supposed to play." Angel's photos from the show, one of which you can see above, are now legendary.

This first show was a late afternoon gig, beginning at 5:30, and was followed with a second show that evening at the Brondby Pop Club in Nørregårds-hallen, Brondby, Denmark. Though no set list survived, it is safe to say the show included songs such as 'White Summer,' 'You Shook Me,' 'Dazed And Confused,' and 'Train Kept A Rollin,' all of which were Yardbirds staples at the time. Support acts for the first show were Fourways and Bodies, and no, we're not sure what became of them! Page soon changed the name of the group, either because of legal claims from other former Yardbirds members or out of a desire to start fresh, and the rest is history.

From: Ultimate Classic Rock

Rhythm Magazine Presents 100 Drum Heroes

Rhythm Magazine Presents 100 Drum Heroes
Oh yes, another list of tops.

Rhythm, the UK's best-selling drum magazine, has compiled a list of the 100 drum heroes for a bookazine that is in shops now.

Of course, John Bonham topped the list. John Bonham's forceful personality and no-nonsense approach to life both helped shape his drumming philosophy and underpinned his success as a performer. He hit hard and drove his bands with relentless energy.

In an era when drummers were as famous as singers and guitarists, Bonham was rated alongside his peers Ginger Baker, Keith Moon and Mitch Mitchell. His showcase solo Moby Dick was a concert showstopper, while his contribution to Led Zeppelin's recordings underpinned and shaped many of their greatest hits. He combined power with simplicity, emphasised time-keeping and insisted the drums should be loud, forceful and resonant, thereby laying down the law for rock drumming.

For more Drum Heroes, get yourself a copy of Rhythm Presents 100 Drum Heroes on Apple Newsstand, in the shops, or online right now! It's got loads of interviews and profiles with a ton of drummers, plus it's beautifully illustrated with classic and new photographs!

From: Rhythm Magazine

November Release?

November Release?
A radio station blog out of Belgium, Classic 21, is reporting this morning that Led Zeppelin will release a DVD and CD of their December 2007 performance at the O2 arena in London. Here is a translation of the main body of the post:
The famous Led Zeppelin concert in London at the O2 Arena in 2007 double DVD released in November.

According to Warner Music, a double DVD, accompanied by two CDs, the resume legendary concert which took place in 2007 at the 02 Arena, where 9 million people had tried to buy 18,000 tickets available.

No complete set had been given since 1979. Among the crowd, there were Paul McCartney, Noel and Liam Gallagher, David Gilmour, Arctic Monkeys, Kate Moss and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters.
Note that Classic 21 is saying it will be a double DVD/Blu-Ray and a CD release as well - presumably a vinyl issue will be in the mix as well.

A representative from Robert Plant's management office couldn't confirm the release and queries to Warner Brothers, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones representatives have so far been unanswered.

As of now, this is strictly a rumour.

Classic 21 is one of Belgium's largest radio stations, formerly part of the Belgium public radio network RTBF (Belgian Radio and Television of the French Community). It is the largest chain of radio traffic in French speaking Belgium and is listened to widely in the north of France.

I will update this story as more information emerges.

Update: a change has been made removing writing credit for the Classic 21 post as it may have been inaccurate. The original post is, in fact, unsigned.

From: Ramble On Radio

'Trampled Under Foot: The Power And Excess Of Led Zeppelin' Book Due In September

'Trampled Under Foot: The Power And Excess Of Led Zeppelin' Book Due In September

Faber has set a September 6 release date for the Trampled Under Foot: The Power And Excess Of Led Zeppelin book by British music critic Barney Hoskyns.

The 624-page book is described as follows: "A unique look at the history, adventures, myths and realities of this most legendary and powerful of bands, it is a labor of love based on hours of first-hand and original interviews. What emerges is a compelling portrait of the four musicians themselves, as well as a fresh insight into the close-knit entourage that protected them, from Peter Grant to Richard Cole to Ahmet Ertegun, giant figures from the long-vanished world of 1970s rock. Featuring many rare and never-before-seen photographs, it is also the first book on Led Zeppelin to cover such recent events as their triumphant 2007 O2 Arena gig and Robert Plant's Grammy-winning resurgence of recent years."

In a recent interview with, Hoskyns stated about Trampled Under Foot, "Most [existing Led Zeppelin books] recycle tales of groupies and mudsharks and chucking TV sets out of windows. For me, this is terribly boring. I wanted to demystify the band but, at the same time, I uncovered stuff that's even more shocking. Zeppelin were the biggest band on Earth in the 1970s and were a law unto themselves. They drove through red lights in limousines, there were many brutish incidents of physical violence. Any mess was cleaned up very efficiently."

He added, "[I interviewed] nearly 200 people [for the book] and I had earlier interviews with [Jimmy] Page, Robert Plant and [John Paul Jones] in the bank. The sheer number of interviews persuaded me to repurpose it as an oral history, without an overarching narrator."


Glenn Hughes Says 'Afterglow' May Be Black Country Communion's Final Album

Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, will release its third album, Afterglow, on October 30 (one day earlier internationally).

During an interview last Thursday with ABC News Radio, Hughes revealed that Afterglow may be Black Country Communion's last CD due to Bonamassa's heavy solo touring commitments. "I hate to break it to you, but it just may be, because I need to be in a band that tours on a regular basis," he said.

"If I had a magic wand," he added, "I would wave it over everybody's head and go, 'Hey, you guys, we're gonna go and do 200 shows [in 2013] and we're gonna be a huge rock 'n' roll band globally. It's not gonna happen."

Hughes explained that the prospect of Afterglow being Black Country Communion's swan song helped inspire him to write what he believes are some of the band's strongest tunes for the new record.

"I figured that if this was to be the last album...then I need to come in with some pretty wild and epic tracks," he noted. "So, I'm really proud of this album."


Black Country Communion: Complete 'Afterglow' Album Details Revealed

Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, will release its third album, Afterglow, on October 30 (one day earlier internationally).

Just like its two predecessors, Afterglow was overseen by Kevin Shirley, whose catalog of hit records for Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Journey, The Black Crowes and many more has made him one of the hottest producers that rock music has to offer. Shirley - who had the idea of putting Hughes and Bonamassa together in a band together after seeing them jamming onstage in Los Angeles back in November 2009 - is the group's unofficial "fifth member."

The additions of Jason Bonham, esteemed son of Led Zeppelin's John, who took his father's place when the legendary group made musical history by reuniting at London's O2 Arena in December 2007, and the in-demand Derek Sherinian, made them a force to be reckoned with. An air of expectancy and excitement greets the unveiling of Afterglow.

When issued in September 2010, BCC's self-titled debut was described by Classic Rock magazine as "possibly the best hard rock album of 2010," while Mojo magazine awarded it 4 stars. Music Radar hailed the disc as "a potent and stomping collection of riff-heavy rockers that will undoubtedly stun listeners."

During its first week of release in the U.K., the album hit the #1 spot in the official Top 40 Rock Albums chart. It was voted #3 in Classic Rock magazine's "Critics Album Of The Year" poll, and listeners of Planet Rock radio crowned BCC as the "Best New Band" of 2010.

Issued a mere nine months later, in time for a well-received slot at the High Voltage festival in London, Black Country Communion 2 was darker and deeper than its predecessor. Once again it topped the U.K.'s Rock Albums chart. The band were also the recipients of the "Best Breakthrough Act" award at Classic Rock magazine's prestigious Roll Of Honour ceremony. Acknowledging that more than a single listen was required to fully appreciate its "depth and artistry," the same magazine rightly called BCC2 "one stone-solid classic song after another."

This time, with Bonamassa busy notching up the miles to promote his biggest solo record to date - Driving Towards The Daylight reached No. 2 in the U.K.'s Top 40 Albums chart - Black Country Communion (the distinctive name is a reference to the industrial area in the Midlands of Great Britain where both Hughes and Bonham were born and raised) had far more time to prepare... and it shows.

"There were six months to write this album, and I'm really excited by the way it came out," comments Glenn Hughes, the man responsible for the bulk of its contents. "I wanted to make a record that stood up to the first two, but not to repeat either of those records. There would be absolutely no point beginning it with a song like 'Black Country' [the distinctively energetic track that kicked off the debut]."

The band assembled to record Afterglow in a studio in Westlake Village, about 70 miles outside of Hollywood, during five supremely productive days. Its 11 songs are set to delight all fans of high quality hard rock, also those that admire singers of distinction. Hughes is not known as The Voice Of Rock for nothing.

In terms of content, Afterglow expands upon the progression that took place between BCC and BCC2. Rich in hooks, melodies and choruses, it's nonetheless another of those highly rewarding albums that bears additional fruit with repeated spins.

"I wanted this album to have more acoustic moments than the previous two," explains Hughes. "I wanted to hear more of Derek [Sherinian] and I wanted the more angelic voice of Glenn as well as the more aggressive one which is there on songs like 'Crawl' and 'Midnight Sun'. Above all, I wanted more drama."

Hughes shares lead vocals with Bonamassa on the song "Cry Freedom". "The vocal sound that Kevin got on this record is second to none - it's his best work yet with BCC," believes Hughes. "We butted heads a little on the first and second albums, simply because we're both control freaks, but this was the record on which Kevin and Glenn became friends."

Indeed, Hughes speaks of Shirley in the most glowing terms. "Kevin only needs three hours of sleep per night; he's hyper and super-intelligent," says Glenn. "He cracks the whip but he also knows exactly what he's talking about when it comes to music."

Black Country Communion hopes to tour Afterglow at the start of 2013.

Here's a breakdown of the album's contents in the words of Glenn Hughes:

"Big Train": "It's very quirky and British-sounding. Jason Bonham is an incredible timekeeper. I love the way he provides the engine room on that song."

"This Is Your Time": "Let's give Jason Bonham a little more love. He writes his songs on an iPhone whilst driving his car, which is completely nuts. It really helps the groove factor. He emailed me some footage of him playing this song. He wrote the music and I wrote the lyrics. It has a huge chorus, too. Jason is not just a brilliant drummer - he's a great songwriter."

"Midnight Sun": "I had my wallet stolen in a Starbucks and arrived late at the studio. When I got there, the guys were fooling around with a song that sounds quite a lot like The Who, thanks to those Rabbit Bundrick-style keyboards. I picked up my bass and joined in. It's quite a romp; there's a definite vibe of Moon and Entwistle."

"Confessor": "The first album had No Time, which was slow and groovy. I wrote 'Confessor' that way too, but when Jason heard it he insisted upon playing it - in his own words - like his dad would have done. We're a democratic band and I went along with that. When he turbo-d it up it really came to life."

"Cry Freedom": "I sang this one alone originally until Kevin pointed out that the album didn't have a song with split vocals. Joe and I sing well together. I've never had a problem sharing a microphone with other great singers. We really let rip off one another on this one, which has a ZZ Top/Humble Pie kind of a vibe."

"Afterglow": "[At more than six minutes long] it's an epic song. I was adamant that this album should have a proper title instead of a number. I played it to the band right at the end of sessions - purposely so. When they heard it on acoustic guitar, everybody agreed that it should name the album."

"Dandelion": "I wrote it slower than we recorded it; maybe I had too much coffee that day. Had we done it that way then maybe it would have sounded a bit dirge-like. Jason sets the tempos - he's got a really good ear for the way that a song should sound."

"The Circle": "It's one of my favorites on this record. It gives me the chance to use my 'breathier' voice. Kevin asked me to sing it an octave higher than I intended, and it worked. The high voice in the chorus is not my falsetto, it's my upper register natural voice. I'm singing about being powerless; being in a dreamlike state. People have spoken about my voice and bass playing for so many years, I hope that this time they notice my lyrics because I'm very proud of them."

"Common Man": "That's another of the songs that came from Jason. When he sang me its melody acapella, I could hear myself singing it. It could have been a song from Deep Purple's Stormbringer album; he wrote it for my voice."

"The Giver": "When you listen to the end of the song, if people are trying to figure out what key it's in, I'm playing a capo [a device that raises the pitch of notes] on the fifth fret. When I wrote it, I deliberately held back from completing it because it needed Joe's input. Kevin helped as well."

"Crawl": "Some people may know that this song was going to be on BCC2 but we held it over because there simply wasn't enough room. To me, it fits this album a lot better. It's a really aggressive song - it's dangerous and angry. I love it. It's a great way to finish the record."


'Led Zeppelin: The Oral History Of The World's Greatest Rock Band' Book Due In November

'Led Zeppelin: The Oral History Of The World's Greatest Rock Band' Book Due In November
John Wiley & Sons has set a November 6 release date for Led Zeppelin: The Oral History Of The World's Greatest Rock Band, a new book by Barney Hoskyns, a contributing editor at British Vogue who is the author of the bestselling book "Hotel California" and the co-founder of online music-journalism library Rock's Backpages.

The 576-page hardcover is based on more than 200 interviews with everyone from Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones to road manager Richard Cole, their late manager Peter Grant, and many others central to the Zeppelin story.

With Plant on lead vocals and Page on guitar, Led Zeppelin is one of the most iconic, legendary, and influential rock bands in musical history. Tales of their indulgence in sex, drugs, and excess have swirled for decades. In this definitive oral history of the band, Hoskyns finally reveals the truth about Led Zeppelin, paring away the myths and describing what life was really like for four young men on top of the world, enjoying fame on a scale that not even The Beatles experienced as a touring live act. Through fresh new interviews with the surviving band members, close friends, their tour manager, and scores of other fascinating characters, Hoskyns provides deep insights into the personalities of the band members and chronicles the group's dramatic rise, fall, and legacy.

Other notes:

* Features striking photos of the band both on and offstage, many published here for the first time
* Takes a fresh look at Led Zeppelin's music, cultural significance, and legend, as well as the highs and lows of the sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyle on the road
* Analyzes the way the band wrote, arranged, and recorded, from how they created the stupendous sound and dynamics on Dazed And Confused and Whole Lotta Love to the group's folk-suffused acoustic side embodied in songs like Friends and That's The Way.

In a recent interview with, Hoskyns discusseed some of the shocking details he uncovered about the band during its 1970s heyday.

"Zeppelin were the biggest band on Earth in the 1970s and were a law unto themselves," he explained. "They drove through red lights in limousines, there were many brutish incidents of physical violence. Any mess was cleaned up very efficiently."

John Paul Jones And Supersilent Touchdown For UK Tour

In one of the most boundary breaking jazz-rock collaborations of recent times former Led Zeppelin bass hero John Paul Jones and cult Norwegian industrial-ambient-noise group Supersilent (all pictured left) join forces for a major UK tour this November. Jones has been pursuing his love of the ever-expanding Norwegian prog-improv scene with an initial gig with the group at the Molde Jazz Festival in July 2011, as well as popping up as a guest with drummer Martin France's Spin Marvel alongside trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer at last year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Comprised of Arve Henriksen (trumpet, electronics, drums, vocals), Ståle Storløkken (keyboards) and Helge Sten aka Deathprod (electronics) Supersilent have carved their own distinctive sonic niche across 11 wildly divergent albums on Rune Grammofon and ECM, building a dedicated global following who relish their uncompromising and unpredictable approach to making music which has but one rule: no rehearsals. Jones' prolific post-Zeppelin career has included two solo albums Zooma and The Thunderthief, a string of diverse collaborations with the likes of Seasick Steve and composer MarkAnthony Turnage, and his role in the acclaimed rock trio Them Crooked Vultures alongside stadium rockers Dave Grohl and Josh Homme.

The Supersilent gigs may test fans of Jones' usual rock settings as he leaps headlong into some no holds barred performances that can veer from spectral minimalism to churning electronic onslaughts in an instant. Support comes from experimental Japanese composer/field recording artist Aki Onda who will open each concert.

Dates are as follows:

Town Hall, Birmingham (14 Nov) - Tickets
The Arches, Glasgow (15 Nov) - Tickets
RNCM, Manchester (16 Nov) - Tickets
Arnolfini, Bristol (17 Nov) - Tickets
Village Underground, London (18 Nov) - Tickets

From: Jazzwise Magazine

How The Darkness Got Jimmy Page's Guitar

Gibson caught up with The Darkness guitarist Dan Hawkins to discuss their comeback album but we also learn about how Dan got his hands on Jimmy Page's guitar.

Gibson: And you have a Gibson Custom Shop "Black Beauty" Les Paul especially made for Jimmy Page – but he returned it because it was too heavy for him? And you got it?

Dan Hawkins: Yep. I call that my "Love is More Than a Feeling" guitar. It wasn't on that first album track, but it's on both other albums since and live for the song. I had the Bigsby taken off, and a hardtail put on. I had a Fishman Powerbridge pickup put on so I could switch to an acoustic sound.

It's had an interesting life already, that Les Paul. I was waiting for delivery of a different humbucker to fit on it, but my then-guitar tech said he had a 'bucker that he'd taken out of one of Angus Young's SGs. He fitted Angus's old pickup, it sounded awesome, so I left it in. It's become my Page-enstein Les Paul.

From: AntiMusic

Why The Kinks Used Jimmy Page and A Common Myth Debunked

On Friday Why The Kinks Used Jimmy Page and A Common Myth Debunked was a top story. Here is the recap: The producer of one The Kinks biggest hits debunks a common myth about Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page's role in the recording of "You Really Got Me," and explains the real reason Jimmy was brought in to record with the band.

Finding Zoso this week published an extensive interview with producer Shel Talmy, who not only produced early albums by The Kinks and The Who but also worked with David Bowie and had a favored studio guitarist by the name of Jimmy Page.

Below is a small excerpt from the interview where Talmy is asked to rate The Kinks Dave Davies as a guitarist, but we also learn the truth about why Jimmy Page recorded with the band and a common myth is struck down:

FZ: How would you rate Dave [Davies] as a guitarist?

ST: I think he's one of the more under-rated guitarists there are. He was an extremely good guitarist.

FZ: He doesn't quite get the credit that he deserves.

ST: Never, I don't think he ever got the credit. His inventions of the solos and stuff, I mean, Jimmy Page did not play the solo on "You Really Got Me" which I've said about 5,000 times to people who insist that he did. The reason I used Jimmy on The Kinks stuff is because Ray didn't really want to play guitar and sing at the same time. In fact, Jimmy was playing rhythm guitar.

The interview is filled with great exchanges like the above, read it in full here.

From: AntiMusic

Robert Plant Writing Again

Is Robert Plant set to release two albums in the upcoming year or so? That seems to be the logical conclusion as Plant tells The Telegraph's Paul Sexton that he has almost completed an album with The Sensational Space Shifters.

This comes on the heels of telling The Independent that he had completed a new Band of Joy record, "with psychedelic pedal steel and all sorts of stuff."

Besides recording two new albums, Plant appears to be writing songs again, as he told Sexton of the Space Shifters recording:
12 tracks (completed), 11 originals and no sentimental stuff.
If true, the album will be Plant's first album with new, original material since 2005's Strange Sensation album Mighty ReArranger. Last year, Plant told Rolling Stone that he was through writing new songs and hadn't written anything since "Tony Blair became a Roman Catholic (Dec 2007)".

I have contacted Plant's management to verify whether he actually has two new albums coming up, but they have so far not responded to my emails.

From: Ramble On Radio

Five-year-old drummer nails "Rock And Roll"

A five-year-old School Of Rock student drummer nailed Led Zeppelin's Rock And Roll at a filmed performance at Brother's Lounge in Cleveland, Ohio on August 19, 2012.

Although the camera has it's automatic focus setting on and working like crazy, you can still get a good look at this mini band.

So.... what do you think of the performance?

Thanks to the missus for cluing me into this video.

John Paul Jones: “Live with Zeppelin, I often had no idea what I was going to do”

John Paul Jones: 'Live with Zeppelin, I often had no idea what I was going to do'
Ståle Storløkken, Helge Sten, John Paul Jones, Arve Henriksen. Photo by Oscar Garcia Suarez

John Paul Jones has revealed that his latest project shares some live similarities with Led Zeppelin. In the new issue of Uncut, out Friday (August 24), the bassist explained that his work with Norwegian noisemakers Supersilent features improvisation in the same way his legendary group’s shows did in the late ’60s and ’70s.

“There were great unplanned improv sequences in Led Zep songs: ‘Dazed And Confused’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’,” Jones says. “Quite often I found myself on stage with absolutely no idea of what I was going to do, and that’s the fun of it.”

Unlike Zeppelin, though, his performances with Supersilent use complex electronic processing: “I love this style of playing – it can be extraordinarily delicate and beautiful, or it can sound like the end of the world.”

Supersilent Featuring John Paul Jones tour the UK in November.

The new issue of Uncut (October 2012, Take 185) is out on Friday, August 24.

Robert Plant: How I got my ‘big voice’ out again

At a Mississippi Delta festival, Robert Plant discusses the blues, Africa and his latest band.

Robert Plant stands on a small stage 4,500 miles from his birthplace, and yet he's never been so close to home.

We're in Clarksdale, in the very heart of the Mississippi Delta, which the former Led Zeppelin frontman has appointed as the setting for the American debut of his latest musical shenanigan, with his new band, the Sensational Space Shifters.

Plant is headlining the 25th annual Sunflower Blues Festival, topping a bill that features such stalwarts as James "Super Chikan" Johnson and Charlie Musselwhite. With his new confederates, he's mixing and mashing songs from a lifetime of devotion to this heartland, once known as the golden buckle in the Cotton Belt.

In a blinding performance, the band roars through retooled versions of Zeppelin's Black Dog, Bron-Yr-Aur and even a burst of Whole Lotta Love, also making selections from his solo catalogue alongside nods to Howlin' Wolf, Bukka White, Willie Dixon and other blues titans.

This place lent its name to the 1998 collaboration that marked Plant's first studio work with Jimmy Page in two decades, Walking Into Clarksdale, and it's a true spiritual home from home. That's obvious from the minute he sits down the following morning on the front porch swing of one of the festival's organisers, a personal friend who got him to take up their longtime invitation.

"The whole reason for coming to America right now was that I've been asked a zillion times to play at this festival, and I wanted it to be Africa returning to Africa," he tells me, acknowledging the extraordinary flavours of Space Shifter Juldeh Camara. The Gambian master musician adds to the feeling of a music that came out of African-American pockets of the South, now being sent back there.

Plant says he has almost completed a new album with the Space Shifters, "12 tracks, 11 originals and no sentimental stuff". If they deliver on disc as they do on stage, it'll be a record to savour. The group, who made their British debut at Womad last month, boasts lusty guitar lines from both the longtime collaborator Justin Adams and Liam "Skin" Tyson, with some vocals by Plant's partner Patty Griffin.

The frontman's working choices of recent years have been peripatetic. After he and Alison Krauss had taken bluegrass and Americana to a massive new audience by selling three million copies worldwide of the 2007 collaboration Raising Sand, he constructed the Band of Joy, featuring Griffin, guitarist Buddy Miller and others, for a tour and self-titled 2010 album. For Plant, a change is better than a rest.

"The events between 1968 and 1980 were the kind of cornerstone for everything I've been able to do, they gave me the springboard," he says, referring to the Zeppelin era. "All I'm doing is using the same amount of licence, with different people, to what we did in 1969.

"That was the great thing about the adventures with Alison, and singing with Patty and Buddy, that I started singing differently. Somebody said to me in London when we played the Forum recently, ‘You had your big voice back.' I put the big voice away for quite a long time because I thought, we know how to do that. So it was good to get it out again. It's all the same really, you just have to use the right colours for the right picture."

Plant is on sharp and thoughtful form. The lines on his face may be trying to betray his 64 years, but his unquenchable inquisitiveness is infectious, as he joins the improbable dots between the Delta and his West Midlands heritage with a level of knowledge that's scholarly but never showy.

"I don't know when it was that I first came here," he muses. "If I said I came looking for Robert Johnson… I was actually just looking for clues. And I found clues.

"When I came here in the 1980s, before the museum was here, when RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough were still playing, there was still an actual scene for that grinding [blues] stuff, so it was very easy for white kids to get on to that. I suppose that was the last really great flurry."

More recently, Plant visited Clarksdale's reopened Roxy club. "I went there in winter and saw Lightnin' Malcolm with Kimbrough's grandson, playing hip hop drums against this grinding, excessive guitar thing. It was really good, fire baskets blazing and the stars over the Mississippi. Suddenly I thought wow, how did I get here?"

For a boy from West Bromwich, the route might seem serpentine, but in inspirational terms, it was really a direct route from the Black Country to the Mississippi River. On Plant's earliest recordings, long before Zeppelin and even before the original Band of Joy, you can hear that he had answered the call of the Delta, and it's been in his bones ever since.

"I've got friends I went to school with, back home in Worcestershire, who've still got their programmes from going to see those festivals at the Birmingham Town Hall or wherever it was they played - Manchester Free Trade Hall - where you'd see Howlin' Wolf, Hound Dog Taylor. We're talking about 48 years ago. It doesn't figure, really, but maybe that's why it works. Maybe that was the draw for me."

I remind him of a favourite tale he has told before of one particular British visit by another of his heroes, Sonny Boy Williamson, who tried to cook up his favourite repast, rabbit, in the only thing he could find in his hotel room, a coffee percolator, and promptly fell asleep. Legend has it that the whole floor had to be evacuated. "It was a bit of a stink," says Plant with some understatement.

"But the connections for me were just those voices, drifting through West Midland adolescence. Unexplainable, really. In the British racial exchanges, we learned a lot from Studio One and all that great stuff coming out of Kingston, for sure, thanks to people like Chris Blackwell at Island Records. But this stuff was foreign."

It informed Plant's earliest ambitions and never budged, even when he and an early collaborator, drummer John Bonham, first met up with Page and bassist John Paul Jones. "It seemed to go hand in hand with a kind of underground, bohemian sub-culture coming along, that wanted to get as far away from the Cliff Richard world," he says.

"So much Zeppelin did come from here. Almost subconsciously, just through the floor of the room where we were recording. With Jimmy's enthusiasm and knowledge and record collection, between the two of us, on that level, we had such a mutual preference towards that stuff, and the wild side of rock 'n' roll."

The festival date featured a fine version of John Mayall's I'm Your Witchdoctor, with Plant recognising how the blues went from the US to Britain and back again in an "upside down" reimagining.

"Without the people from around here, where would we have been? What would Mick and Keith have done?" he wonders. "It's all a long way back, even to go back to Led Zeppelin or the Stones or whatever, but it did shape, and still does shape, the music from around here. It goes through to the Black Keys, to Jack White, to all over the place. There's nothing new under the sun - you just get a can of paint out."

For more information about music trips to Mississippi and other Southern states see

by Paul Sexton

From: The Telegraph

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience postpone September concerts

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience have postponed a series of shows previously announced for next month.

The dates include concerts in Chile and Australia during the first half of September.

The band posted the news, saying, "Hey Zep fans, we are sad to announce that unfortunately our September dates have been postponed for the moment. But not to worry, we are working on rerouting! We hope to see you all soon!"

A series of October dates in North America remain on the band's schedule.

Postponed shows:

Sep 05 - Caupolican Theatre - Santiago, Chile
Sep 07 - La Tortuga - Concepcion, Chile
Sep 12 - Enmore Theatre - Sydney, Australia
Sep 14 - Forum Theatre - Melbourne, Australia
Sep 15 - Challenge Stadium - Perth, Australia

Active dates, as previously announced:

Oct 06 - Silver Legacy Casino - Reno, NV
Oct 07 - The Warfield - San Francisco, CA
Oct 08 - The Uptown Theatre - Napa Valley, CA
Oct 09 - Crest Theatre - Sacramento, CA
Oct 11 - The Greek Theatre - Griffith Park, Los Angeles
Oct 12 - Aliante Casino - Las Vegas, NV
Oct 13 - Fantasy Springs Resort Casino - Indio, CA


South American Tour 2012 - Robert Plant Presents The Sensational Space Shifters

South American Robert Plant fans will have a chance to see their hero this November when Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters perform in Argentina, Chile and Peru. This is the first time that Plant has performed in South America since he performed with Jimmy Page in throughout January 1996. Tickets are on sale now for the following dates below.

South American Tour Dates:

November 1, 2012 – Luna Park
Argentina, Buenos Aires

November 2, 2012 – Luna Park
Argentina, Buenos Aires

November 4, 2012 – Orfeo Superdomo
Argentina, Cordoba

November 7, 2012 – Arena Movistar
Chile, Santiago

November 9, 2012 – Jockey Club
Peru, Lima

Happy Birthday Robert Plant

Happy Birthday Robert Plant

Born on this day 20th Aug 1948, Robert Plant, singer with Led Zeppelin who had the 1969 US No.4 single Whole Lotta Love. The bands fourth album released in 1971 featuring the rock classic Stairway To Heaven has sold over 37 million copies. Plant had the 1983 solo hit single Big Log. Also a member of The Honeydrippers, (with Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck & Nile Rodgers), who had the 1984 US No.3 single Sea Of Love. Robert also had the Grammy award winning 2007 album Raising Sand with bluegrass star Alison Krauss.

Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' is the biggest selling piece of sheet music in rock history, selling over 15,000 copies every year. The song has been broadcast on radio over three million times.

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the first time in 1968, when they rehearsed at a studio in Lisle Street in London's West End. The first song they played was "Train Kept A-Rollin." Released in 1951, written by Tiny Bradshaw and co-produced by Ahmet Ertegun - the man who would sign Zeppelin to his Atlantic label and who eventfully would be the reason that the greatest rock band ever would reform over 40 years later for a tribute to the great man.

Funny how things work out.

According to John Paul Jones, the room "exploded" on that day in 1968 as they kicked into the song - they knew they had something. They subsequently played the song as their show opener on tours during 1968 and 1969.

It's hard, even with hindsight, to describe the impact that Zeppelin had on music. Jimmy Page had grown up in the safe haven of post-war suburban Surrey, England, the same breeding ground that had spawned two other guitar colossi, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, and his devotion to the guitar had led to him leaving school at the age of fifteen to take it up as a career.

Having become a highly-regarded session musician by 1965, he recommended his friend Jeff Beck as Eric Clapton's replacement in the groundbreaking Yardbirds, only to join the band alongside Beck in 1966.

Two tough years of gigging followed, mostly in the USA, and after Beck quit to form the first of a line of Jeff Beck Groups, Page carried on the torch. His fellow band members wanted to go in a different musical direction, but ceded Page the group name, so in the Summer of 1968 he set about creating the band to crystallise his musical vision, who initially fulfilled Yardbirds live dates as The New Yardbirds.

The story has been told many times of how the group came together: Page's first choice vocalist Terry Reid recommended the young singer Robert Plant (who had already been in three bands); Plant pushed for his friend John Bonham, who was drumming for artists of the calibre of Tim Rose and had several offers to juggle.

Fellow session player and veteran pop arranger/bassist John Paul Jones called up Jimmy Page and the lineup was set. Even so, things might not have jelled, but they did.

Bonham's solidity and Jones' fluidity, coupled with a mutual love of soul music, proved the ideal bedrock for Page's structured folk and blues influences, combined with a talent for rock song arrangement that ensured the audience's interest. On top of that came Robert Plant's unique vocal style, rooted in blues but with incredible power in the upper range, plus a range of lyrical interests that extended beyond the straight pop and blues references of the time.

If you consider that the UK Number One singles of Autumn 1968 included Mary Hopkin and Hugo Montenegro, it gives some idea of the alternative that Zeppelin offered, one that was gratefully received by the nation's concert goers. They wouldn't be hearing much of Zeppelin on UK radio, but the band were to travel the breadth of the country, offering their phenomenally powerful show to anyone prepared to put them on, conquering Britain and the US in short order with drive, excitement, and most of all, musicianship.

Led Zeppelin's debut album took only 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of just £1,782, with most of the tracks being recorded 'live' in the studio with very few overdubs.

The album exploded on the rock scene in January 1969 and arguably rock music has never been the same since. Zeppelin have been much maligned for their allegedly one-dimensional approach to rock music - mostly from people who've never properly listened to them. The blame for the many sub-Zeppelin imitators who have taken only the hard riffology of Page's vision and added none of the band's additional funk, soul, blues and folk influences can't be laid at Zeppelin's feet. But that is also why their music and their albums are still listened to in 2011, when that of their younger copyists has fallen by the wayside. Zeppelin's performances still remain supreme, long may the train keep a-rollin'.

Happy birthday Robert.

From: Music Room blog

What is up with the Aussie JBLZE dates?

After Australian Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience fans jumped in joy that the show was being brought down under, their joy is now turning into sadness that two of the 3 dates have now been cancelled.

By August 7, 2012, Ticketmaster showed on their website that the September 14 Melbourne date had been cancelled due to "unforseen circumstances".

A few days later, after a fan had saw on Ticketmaster's website that the Perth date of September 15 no longer existed in the database, they called Ticketmaster and was told that the show may be scheduled to another date & that they were waiting on the promoter to get back to them.

Later that day, an email was sent out saying that the Perth show was relocated to Metro City Concert Club in Northbridge and switched to November 24, 2012.

Unfortunately, today it was officially announced by Ticketmaster that the Perth date was completely cancelled.

This begs the question whether the Sydney show will go on as scheduled or if it will be cancelled. Hopefully, the Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience can reschedule more dates in Australia this fall and not disappoint its fans.

What is up with the Aussie JBLZE dates?

Led Zeppelin DVD hits 13x Platinum

The RIAA announced their Gold and Platinum Awards for July on Thursday with the number of awards rather light compared to past months.

In Long Form Video, it was all Led Zeppelin as their self-titled video received three awards, its 11th, 12th and 13th (Platinum).

The full list can be seen at the RIAA site.

From: Vintage Vinyl News

VP hopeful Ryan likes Led Zeppelin

VP hopeful Ryan likes Led Zeppelin

Amongst the favorite music listed on vice president hopeful Paul Ryan's Facebook page, is Led Zeppelin. He's been known to walk past reporters with headphones and an iPod listening to Page, Plant, Jones & Bonham.

I don't know about his views on the political issues, however, if it were up to his musical choices, he'd get my vote.

What is the greatest ever rock song? CONTEST

Here's a very simple, very basic, no-brainer little question for you. It's so simple, in fact, that we're a bit embarrassed to ask but here we go anyway...

What's the greatest ever rock song?

See, it's dead easy, right... naming the single greatest rock song of all time? The one song that is better and more important than all others. You probably don't even have to think about it right?

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Darren Redick will be revealing the results of the poll in a grand countdown on Bank Holiday Monday (27 August), revealing once and for all which rock song can rightfully be called "The Greatest".

Go to the this month's poll at Planet Rock website to enter.

Robert Plant still has what it takes to thrill at Birmingham's Alabama Theatre

When you're the 63-year-old lead singer of one of the most legendary bands on the planet, you can pretty much do whatever you want to.

That's why, while his homeland of England was showcasing U.K. rock 'n roll groups during the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, Robert Plant rode through Alabama in the midst of a brief U.S. tour with his newest group, Sensational Space Shifters.

Just how brief was their tour? Birmingham was the band's second – and final – performance.

So when the infamous Led Zeppelin frontman came to the Alabama Theatre for what he called "the second and final gig of the second and final leg of the first ever Sensational Space Shifters U.S. tour," Birmingham thanked him with a sold-out crowd and enthusiastic support.

After a brief but enjoyable set from country rock singer Hayes Carll, Plant hit the stage at 9:05 backed by a band of musicians hand-picked from other bands.

Right from the start, it was clear that this performance would be one that avoided being pigeonholed into a specific genre.

Guitarists Justin Adams (of Juju and Jah Wobble) and Liam "Skin" Tyson (of Cast) moved about with rock 'n roll fervor while keyboardist John Baggott (of Massive Attack and Portishead), bassist Billy Fuller (of Juju and Beak) and Dave Smith (of Juju and Outhouse Ruhabi) held down the rhythm on "Tin Pay Alley," Led Zeppelin's "Friends," and a cover of Howlin' Wolf's "44."

A few songs in, Plant brought out one of the outfit's most talented – and most unique – members in Juldeh Camara to wield a pair of fascinating instruments: the ritti (a one-stringed African violin) and the kologo (an African banjo). The Sensational Space Shifters' line-up was solidified one song later as Grammy-award-winning singer/songwriter Patty Griffin came out for "No Bad News" and "Standing," a pair of her own songs.

Camara and Griffin came and went throughout the show, but the band was at its strongest when they were present to expand the sound.

This was especially evident as the group brought new life to a pair of Led Zeppelin songs. Griffin and Plant's voices meshed perfectly on the folksy "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp," and Camara began a completely overhauled version of "Black Dog" with a lengthy kologo solo.

Plant ended the proper set with a cover of John Mayall's "I'm Your Witchdoctor" and a medley that included George Thorogood's "Who Do You Love" and Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" among others.

The band came back for a two-song encore that included "Win My Train Fare Home" and "Gallows Pole," which wrapped up a nearly 90-minute set that ran a musical spectrum from rock 'n roll, blues, and soul to world and Americana.

The audience stood and clapped throughout the encore as an ovation. But it's what Plant did before the encore began that seemed to define the performance.

The singer asked enthusiastically for the house lights to come up – "up, up, up, up, up!" – so that he could see the packed theater. "Is there anybody out there?" he joked as he smiled and soaked in the moment.

It was as if Plant wanted to see if he's still got what it takes to charm a crowd. And that would make sense; it's hard to think of a two-date U.S. tour in relatively small markets (the other city being Clarksdale, Miss.) as much more than a test drive for his brand new band.

Robert Plant may not be as young as he once was. He may not be able to hit the highest levels or hold out the longest notes. And he probably didn't trash whatever hotel room he stayed in.

But the fact that the singer can continue to conjure new projects and mesh well with just about any musician is proof: he's still got it.


How Robert Plant Song Became Theme Song For Kelsey Grammer Show

Robert Plant's recording of 1930s track Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down is being used as the theme music for Frasier star Kelsey Grammer's TV show Boss following a discussion between the two friends.

Grammer explains: "We had drinks one night in New York and I had just seen his concert with the Band of Joy. He said, 'You know, Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down is a great song.' I said, 'Yeah, it is a great song.' I fought for it – I think it's remarkable as a piece to open the show. It leaves a mystery open."

The second season of Boss, telling the story of a city mayor with a severe brain illness, starts on cable network STARZ on Friday, August 17.

Robert Plant walks into Clarksdale and wows huge crowd

Robert Plant proved to Clarksdale, Mississippi that he is a master of the blues. Saturday, August 11, 2012 was a beautiful night in Clarksdale as Plant, along with his band the Sensational Space Shifters, headlined the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival. He hit the stage about 10:15. During the show he talked about how much the Delta Blues meant to him and he showed it in his setlist, covering a couple Howlin’ Wolf songs, “44” and “Spoonful,” and the old John Mayall song “I’m Your Witchdoctor.”

Plant may be a legend, but he’s not afraid to step aside and let his band mates shine too. Patty Griffin sang a couple songs and West African acoustic virtuoso Juldeh Camara played some amazing music for the crowd that packed the park and left many watching from the road.

Of course, Plant satisfied his Led Zeppelin fans with a few songs from Led Zeppelin’s third album, “Friends,” “The Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp” and the show encore, “Gallow’s Pole.” The crowd favorite was his more subdued version of the classic “Black Dog.” The show ended with a medley of “Who Do You Love,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Steal Away” and “Bury My Body.”

Before the encore, Robert Plant was honored with an award for his dedication to the festival and the music of Clarksdale, Mississippi. This was the first of only two shows Plant will be playing in the United States this year.

Photo by Jerry Tucker

Photo by Jerry Tucker

Photo by Jerry Tucker

Photo by Jerry Tucker

Photo by Jerry Tucker

Photo by Jerry Tucker

From: The Examiner

New Book, 'Light & Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page,' Coming October 23

New Book, Light & Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page Coming October 23
Over the past 20 years, Brad Tolinski, editorial director of Guitar World, Revolver and Guitar Aficionado magazines, has interviewed guitarist Jimmy Page more than any other journalist in the world.

Those interviews have led to a new book, Light & Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page, which will be published October 23.

While there is no shortage of written material on Led Zeppelin, no surviving member of the band has written his own memoir, and they've rarely cooperated with the press or biographers (Page in particular). For the most part, the band's exploits are the stuff of legend. On the rare occasions Page has opened his doors to journalists, he has done so with caution.

Light & Shade is drawn from the best of more than 50 hours worth of conversations that touch on everything from the music scene of the '60s; Page's early years as England's top session guitarist working with The Who, The Kinks and Eric Clapton; his time with The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin and his post-Zep projects. The book provides readers with the most complete picture of the media-shy guitarist ever published.

"This is the most comprehensive and compelling collection of interviews, insights and historical anecdotes of one of rock and roll's premier guitarists, songwriters and producers ever compiled. A fascinating must-have for Jimmy Page fans like myself." -- Slash

"Light & Shade illuminates the haunted genius of Jimmy Page in an original and completely satisfying way. The conversational dynamic between the author and the subject reveals a wealth of info about the man, the music, and the magic." - Kirk Hammett, Metallica

"Jimmy Page ... the one and only! From mild to wild, Jimmy sez it all. This fine work will rock you!" -- Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top

From: Guitar World

John Paul Jones, Brian May to Perform at Sunflower Jam in September

Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones and Queen's Brian May are among the revered rockers who will perform at the 2012 edition of the annual Sunflower Jam Superjam benefit concert, which takes place September 16 at London's Royal Albert Hall. The event's lineup also will feature Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickenson, ex-Whitesnake guitarist Micky Moody and a house band featuring former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth and longtime Paul McCartney keyboardist Paul “Wix” Wickens, among others.

During the show, May will be performing with actress/singer Kerry Ellis, who was an original cast member of the Queen-themed musical We Will Rock You. More performers will be added to the bill soon.

The Sunflower Jam was founded in 2006 by Paice's wife, Jacky, and raises money to support holistic and alternative healing programs in the United Kingdom. Jacky Paice reports that this year's jam will feature a tribute to late Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, who was married to her twin sister, Vickie.

From: WFJA

Led Zeppelin III Cover Artist Zacron Died

Led Zeppelin III Cover Artist Zacron Died

Led Zeppelin III Cover Artist Zacron Died

Noted artist Zacron, whose vast collection of creative work includes the iconic gatefold sleeve for Led Zeppelin's 1970 album Led Zeppelin III, has died.

Though known in art circles as Zacron, his real name was Richard Drew. According to Classic Rock Magazine, he passed away at age 69 after a battle with bowel cancer last January, but his death is just now being reported.

The artist attended Kingston College Of Art in the late 1950s and his classmates included Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. In 1969, Zacron was commissioned to do the art for the third Zeppelin album, based on an idea from Page. The sleeve became legendary due to its die-cut cover, which combined with a rotating circular-shaped panel underneath to allow viewers to reveal different images.

For more information on Zacron and his art, be sure to check out his website.

From: Ultimate Classic Rock

Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters at WOMAD: 'Ain't It Great To Have Fun'

Plant's Roots Wows Womad Crowd:

There may have been doubters after Robert Plant's London Forum show, but the crowd at Womad certainly got it, and the Sensational Space Shifters responded with a show of controlled dynamism and power.

Patty Griffin was absent for this show (she had commitments in the US), and there were new Space Shifter set list additions of The Enchanter and Down To The Sea. Overall the show was closer in feel to the Strange Sensation era.

Plant prowled the stage, relaxed and at home, wearing the same striped shirt as seen at the Forum and a black hoodie for the first few songs, his hair tied back in a ponytail.

Fears that he has lost his "Plantness" were utterly unfounded as he connected with the crowd, cracking jokes about Peter Gabriel being a cheat at tennis and how they were going to play Gallows Pole Hawkwind style.

Fires were burning hot at the heat of the show, with blasts of rock conjuring up the golden god days of old, particularly on Tin Pan Valley where Plant's vocals stretched effortlessly into upper register.

The set was tempered with the type of reworked versions of Zep classics fans should have come to expect by now: moody, dark psychedelia replacing the strut and theremin of yore.

There were plenty of smiles and lots of eye contact between Robert, Justin and Skin in particular as the band realised it was all working. They returned for an unexpected encore of Gallows Pole after it was announced proceedings were over.

As the band bid farewell to the ecstatic crowd, Robert summed it all up... "Ain't it great to have fun."

Indeed it is – and was...

Simon Cadman for TBL/Web

How Led Zeppelin's First U.S. Show Almost Didn't Happen

Led Zeppelin made their North American concert debut in Denver in December of 1968 as the first band on a three band bill that also featured Vanilla Fudge and Spirit, but as concert promoter Barry Fey recalls, it's a milestone that almost happened in a different city.

Writing in his memoir Backstage Past, Fey remembers getting the call from Vanilla Fudge's booking agent Ron Terry a little more than a week before the show, asking him to add another group to the Denver date, which was already sold out. Fey refused at first, but Terry was persistent and said "Barry, this group is called Led Zeppelin, they're going to be huge."

Still unwilling to cave in, Fey got another phone call from Terry, who told him "Vanilla Fudge has agreed to take $750 of the money you were going to pay them and they'll give it to Led Zeppelin if you'll pay them $750, too."

Considering this, Fey thought about the fact that Vanilla Fudge was offering to give some of their money to a group that "no one's ever heard of, that's never played in North America." That must be something that's worth taking a look at, right? He made the deal with Terry and booked Led Zeppelin for their first North American show for the now-unbelievable sum of $750 out of pocket.

Led Zeppelin did not disappoint the Denver crowd with their debut American performance. After introing the group, Fey watched the band deliver a stunning set. To this day, he's still amazed that Spirit managed to go on after Zeppelin finished their show. He immediately saw the future success that the group would have. "You didn't have to be a genius to know that Zeppelin was going to be a smash. Oh, my God. People were going crazy!"

The following morning, Fey got a phone call from Max Floyd, the program director at Denver's rock station KLZ. "Who did you have on last night? Our phone lines are jammed!" Luckily, Fey had in his possession a copy of the band's unreleased debut album, which he took over to the radio station. They immediately put it on the air, playing it nonstop that day.

The moment would never be forgotten by Robert Plant, who spent time backstage with Fey in 2011 following a concert performance in the area, reminiscing how important that Denver date and the subsequent radio play was to his old band's early success.

From: Ultimate Classic Rock

Legendary Designer Storm Thorgerson Recalls ‘Climbing Towards A Fiery Dawn’ With Led Zeppelin Album Cover

Through the years, artist Storm Thorgerson has contributed a lot to musical pop culture with his album artwork pieces designed for a wide variety of artists and bands such as his more recent work with bands like the Mars Volta and Audioslave and most notably, his classic sleeves for Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Genesis.

Some of Thorgerson's best work is the subject of a new London exhibit featuring pieces he has constructed, including a newer piece which was rejected by an unnamed record label who didn't feel that it was "commercial enough."

It must take quite a set of stones to reject artwork from the man who brought you the album art for Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy. Those did okay, right?

Thorgerson recalls that for Houses of the Holy, the band embraced an idea that he had conjured after reading Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke.

He tells Classic Rock that in the book, "kids from the future were imagined to coalesce spiritually in mass mutation and leave the Earth as a tower of flaming energy. Yup, that should be big enough for Zeppelin. Our variant was to have blonde and blue-eyed kids (Midwich Cuckoos) clambering across the rocks in some magical location, Giant's Causeway, climbing towards a fiery dawn."

Houses of the Holy was one of three album covers which Thorgerson would design for Led Zeppelin, with his memorable design work also gracing the covers for Presence and In Through The Out Door.

The artwork for In Through The Out Door contains a bit of an Easter egg that many might not be aware of. As Thorgerson shares in his book Eye of the Storm, if you applied liquid to the album cover, such as spittle or a few drops of water, the cover would change color. It was a secret design element that Thorgerson didn't even share with the band.

Thorgerson's London exhibit runs through the end of next week and admission is free.

From: Ultimate Classic Rock

Led Zeppelin Live at The O2 2007 (Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert) - Full show

This is the legendary, triumphant return to the stage of Led Zeppelin, after 27 years of silence - It is cobbled together from video and audio clips collected from interested audience members. While the show was videotaped in HD multicam video that night, those recordings are not yet slated for formal DVD production ... Kinda sad, considering this was Page's best performance in years ...

I had heard about it then, and looked in vain for decent quality clips ... I guess I wasn't alone ....

(yeah yeah .. I know about the plagiarism claims, but I don't buy into it .... EVERY guitarist uses riffs he picked up somewhere else ... They embrace them, tweak them, and breathe new life into them .... Led Zeppelin is a seminal rock band that created a genre that still echos today .... Page is the guitarist that launched a 100 million guitarists .... Still revered as a guitar god .... Enjoy! ...    )

From: Democratic Underground

Robert Plant 'Has Not Married Patty Griffin'

When Robert Plant said he'd eloped with Patty Griffin, he didn't actually mean he'd married her. That's what a rep for the former Led Zeppelin singer tells the Hollywood Reporter. In an article in the Independent last week, Plant seemed to confirm marriage reports that have been circulating for months.

"Robert has not married Patty Griffin" the rep says, adding that Plant was "just referring to the fact that he's been residing in Texas." Technically to elope is to run away and marry without permission from one's parents. It doesn't seem likely the 63-year-old Plant would have to hide such an arrangement with his Band of Joy bandmate.

Plant and Griffin have been dating for over a year, and they spend half of their time together in Austin, Texas. "I tap my hand on the table and (bugs) fly out the walls in this huge cloud, like something from a Disney film," Plant tells the Independent about their (or maybe just his) modest accommodations.

As previously reported, Plant and Griffin are planning a Band of Joy album for 2013 that will be "far, far out with psychedelic pedal steel and all sorts of stuff." They are also part of a "spacey, trippy" group called the Sensational Shape Shifters, who have been performing this summer.

From: Ultimate Classic Rock

Concert by Robert Plant’s New Band Available for Purchase as Digital Download

Robert Plant has made the audio from a recent concert by his new group The Sensational Space Shifters available for purchase at his official website. The entire show, which took place at London’s HMV Forum last Thursday, is available as a digital download at in a variety of formats. An MP3 of the concert costs $9.95, while the higher quality FLAC and FLAC-HD versions run $14.95 and 19.95, respectively.

Fans also can sample 30-second clips of the tunes Plant and company played that night. The set featured The Sensational Space Shifters renditions of several Led Zeppelin songs, including “Black Dog,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Gallows Pole” and “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp.”

Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters currently have three more gigs on their 2012 itinerary. They headline the WOMAD Festival in Malmesbury, England, on July 29, then head to the U.S. for a concert in Clarksdale, Mississippi, on August 11 and a show in Birmingham, Alabama, the next day.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

From: WFJA

Robert Plant Hints at Marriage, Discusses New Band

For several months, unconfirmed media reports have circulated suggesting that Robert Plant may have gotten married to his Band of Joy collaborator Patty Griffin. Now, in a new interview with The Independent, the founding Led Zeppelin frontman hints that he may have indeed tied the knot with the Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter.

In midst of discussing his new group, The Sensational Space Shifters, with the newspaper, he admits, "I eloped and ran off to Texas. So now I spend half my time there and half [in England]."

Whether or not Plant and Griffin are married, the two are continuing to make beautiful music together in The Sensational Space Shifters, whose lineup also includes several members of the 63-year-old rocker’s former band The Strange Sensation, as well as other musicians. The collective’s music incorporates many of the influences Plant has delved into over the years, including Americana, African and Middle Eastern sounds, psychedelia and, of course, hard rock. Plant tells The Independent that he really enjoys the sonic flexibility of the Shape Shifters, which recently began playing their first gigs.

"People come together to do what they want to do, and what they can," he explains. "The sound [guitarist] Justin [Adams] and [Gambian multi-instrumentalist] Juldeh [Camara] make melds into one beautiful thing. The space-shifting is a natural movement. It’s wild."

He adds, "We could switch to bendirs [North African frame drums] and go off into some Arabic folk song in the middle of ‘Whole Lotta Love.’ I take chances and I risk, but I don’t study…With this spacey, trippy s**t, I get in the middle of it and go."

While he’s just beginning his journey with the new outfit, he also has plans to release a second record with The Band of Joy in 2013. He describes the upcoming record as "far, far out with psychedelic pedal steel and all sorts of stuff."

As for The Sensational Space Shifters, their next appearance will take place July 29 at the WOMAD Festival in Malmesbury, England. The band also has two U.S. dates lined up, on August 11 and 12 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and Birmingham, Alabama, respectively.

From: WFJA

Caught live... Robert Plant: Patty Griffin steals the show in dodgy HMV Forum

I was gutted when I missed the tour in 2010, but no matter. Two years later I go to see them with high expectations. And... I just wish I hadn't bothered.

Robert Plant did a fine and brave thing when he turned down squillions of dollars and refused to continue the Led Zeppelin reunion after their one-off gig in 2007.

He had just made the best album of his post-Zep career, a series of cover versions with country star Alison Krauss called Raising Sand.

There was no sense in giving up this bold new direction to reconstruct the glories of 40 years ago with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones.

So even when a Raising Sand follow-up with the demanding Ms Krauss didn't work out, Plant dived straight into a new collaboration with producer Buddy Miller which brought in singer-songwriter Patty Griffin (an enormous talent) as his new vocal foil.

The result was Band Of Joy, another album of carefully chosen covers.

When it came out in 2010 it didn't set the world on fire like Raising Sand, but I loved it, and was disappointed when I had to miss the tour. But no matter.

Two years later, Ms Griffin is still part of his new band the Sensational Space Shifters. So off I went to see them on Thursday night with high expectations.

And... I just wish I hadn't bothered.

Mostly because the sound from my seat four rows back on the balcony was dire. Truly terrible. Booming bass, muddy middle and very little treble to speak of.

It was at least five years since I'd been to the Forum and I'd forgotten how bad its acoustics can be.

I spent half of the show wandering around the venue trying to find a sweet spot where it sounded better You could hear a few more high notes from the bar at the very top of the building, but people were standing three-deep at the rail.

The wall of aural mud was slightly thinner at the back of the crowd downstairs too, but by that time it was too jam-packed to force my way to a point where I could see. But it wasn't just the sound.

For me, Plant's choice of songs signaled a lurch back into the style of his earlier solo career, which I'm afraid I had never rated. Not a single track from Raising Sand or Band of Joy.

Instead, the band began with a plodding Bukka White blues and continued with one of his older solo tracks.

When they got as far as the fifth number with no sign of Patty Griffin, I began to think that going home and catching up with the ironing would be a better use of my evening. But then she did come on, and things looked up a bit.

First her voice cut through the mud to the give the old Led Zep tune Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp some definition.

Then Plant stepped out of the spotlight while she sang three of her own numbers. This was the high point of the evening for me, particularly when they played her gorgeous gospel song Standing.

Incidentally, the internet is awash with reports that Robert Plant and Patty Griffin are an item and may even be married. I can only report that there were no clues to this in their body language on stage.

The set included no less than five Led Zeppelin songs played in fairly radical re-interpretations with acoustic and African instruments.

I had been looking forward to these because they sound thrilling on an Artist's Den DVD that Plant has recorded in Nashville with substantially the same band.

Sadly, the Forum's formidable sound barrier filtered out anything remotely thrilling from Friends, Black Dog, and a medley including Whole Lotta Love.

The final encore of Gallows Pole was much better in its sheer walloping drive, but it was too late for me. I was still thinking of all the shirts I could have ironed. To add a little perspective, I spoke to two sets of friends who were also at the gig.

One whole family of Zep/Page/Plant diehards loved the whole thing, though they conceded that the sound upstairs wasn't the best they had heard.

And a couple who were crammed like sardines four bodies from the stage said it all sounded wonderful to them.

Memo to self: never darken the door of the HMV Forum again. And don't let the ironing get so far behind.

From: The Mirror

Man with a whole lotta talent

Robert Plant is back to his bluesy roots as his latest project gears up to close the Womad festival. It seems he's happy to put his rock god days behind him.

I'm due to meet him in a Russian tea room in Primrose Hill, but find the man instead in the local wine shop, pondering the chiller cabinet. Across the road, there's a café crowded with a half dozen pavement-cramming prams. He makes a joke about fertility cults – you could say he was the centre of one, once – and chooses another café, on the sunny side of the street.

With his straggly hair pulled back, a goatee and a family of well-lived in wrinkles marking out several lifetimes, there's nothing plastic about Robert Plant; he has lived fully through several reincarnations, from midlands Beatnik to new Yardbirds singer, priapic 1970s rock god, 1980s survivor, 1990s reviver, and in the last decade, evoking rootsy Americana with 2007's hugely successful Raising Sand with Alison Krauss and the recent Band of Joy project with Buddy Miller and co-vocalist Patty Griffin, to whom he is rumoured to have married. "I eloped and ran off to Texas," is all he'll say, "So now I spend half my time there and half here." There, he lives in what he describes as 'an old crack house in Austin', a rented place infested with termites. "I tap my hand on the table and they fly out the walls in this huge cloud, like something from a Disney film."

Band of Joy was Plant's first band in the 1960s, and it's joy, rather than legacy that his next project is all about, for with The Sensational Space Shifters, Plant, with Griffin and a fresh band of brothers, including JuJu's Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara, and ex-members of Portishead, Cast and Massive Attack, will close Womad's 30th year, with Khaled, Jimmy Cliff and Femi Kuti among the line-up.

"I've been lucky to meet some really stimulating people, and Justin is the key to so many doors," enthuses Plant. "But sadly, in the life I led" – within Led Zeppelin, he means – "it was a closed circle, and I suppose it was because everyone was much younger and there was a competitive aspect. And I'd missed that; the revelry has only come in the last 10 years".

The Led Zeppelin reunion is only five years gone, but are those days of being a rock god further away for him than for the band's listeners? "Absolutely!" he cries. "When you're a big fish in a small pond, way back when, we were better than anyone around us, then suddenly we're playing with doyens of the time. There was such charisma and mood at the festivals in America. You had to really dig in. It was quite an experience – and there was Janis Joplin to give you a tincture for your throat afterwards. It was pretty overwhelming and very exciting, but yes, it was a long way from here."

These days, Plant plays his game with a different stack of cards. "You can grow or you can get so far that you seize up and say, 'this is it, this is my fate, I'm staying with it'. Stick or twist like blackjack." Which must have been the cards he was dealt around the Led Zep reunion at the O2. So what if 20 million fans applied for tickets – Plant wouldn't stick, and there was to be no Zeppelin tour.

Plant's winning hand – this sense of finding a new music that refreshes those parts the back catalogue can't reach – has its roots in his elopement to Texas. "I made Raising Sand just before the Zeppelin O2 gig and this new dawn, if you like, gave me a whole new view of music and musicians and application and joy – because it didn't have any of the Sixties-Seventies hangover in it. The last vestige of pin-up had gone. I was working with people who were steeped in their stuff, Appalachian, whatever it may be. They'd made that choice as to where they wanted to go. It was a new dawn, entirely, for me. It trickled through and Buddy Miller and I created Band of Joy, which was tougher than Raising Sand. And we've recorded a new record that's far, far out with psychedelic pedal steel and all sorts of stuff."

And with the Space Shifters, Plant is pushing the boat out even further. "It has eight people in it now, it's like a review," he grins. "It's so joyous and the great thing is that it's not a precious metal at all. People come together to do what they want to do, and what they can. The sound Justin and Juldeh make melds into one beautiful thing. The space-shifting is a natural movement. It's wild, and to stand back in the middle of it, especially with Patty singing alongside me, she looks at me and raises her eyebrows as if to say, 'this doesn't happen in Texas'."

To limber up for Womad, the Space Shifters are testing their abilities at the HMV Forum tomorrow. "And what is it really, but people who can do what they do, allowing other people to join in? The exchange is there." That little chuckle again. "I can't believe my luck. It could have been so different." Quieter, more to himself: "Fuckin' murder."

That's not to say he's wiped the past from his repertoire. Far from it; it's just that he'll turn it inside out. "We could switch to bendirs and go off into some Arabic folk song in the middle of 'Whole Lotta Love'," he says. "I take chances and I risk, but I don't study. I'm trying it on. With this spacey, trippy shit, I get in the middle of it and go."

Letting go has been his working method since the beginning, along with a passion for the roots of rock 'n' roll in the Blues, and beyond, in African music. "In 1972," he remembers, "I took Jimmy Page to this part of Morocco called the sub-Sahara, between the Atlas Mountains, and when you go into the market and start buying cassettes, you're listening to the lone voice, the one bandir and the violin. The Berbers and hill tribes –what was left of the tribes of the Lords of the Atlas – were making this music that was eternal. Jimmy and I took a tape machine, recording people on our way. While at the same time still being Led Zeppelin."

Some 40 years on from those field trips, Plant will revisit the music of the Atlas – as well as the roots music of Gambia, Mississippi, and Appalachia, when he hits the stage and lets it all go at Womad. With that voice peeling into the night air around the festival grounds and the band pushing, grinding and shapeshifting around him, you may be forgiven for imagining yourself back on some free festival field of the early Seventies, at the apogee of the Zeppelin live experience.

"It was a bit overcooked at times," he admits, "and a bit self indulgent but it was part of the times and actually, back in the Sixties and Seventies, people played great, and why not extend it, why not enjoy it? It's what the quality and the psyche of the audience in those days demanded. It did go on and on but no one was looking at their shoes while they were playing. It was like, 'this is fucking great; excuse me, I'm gonna be a while'."

With the second Band of Joy album due for release next year, it's down to the Space Shifters to keep Plant testing his boundaries as a solo artist. "So long as it feels good, that's what matters, really. I'm not trying to break the bank and I'm certainly not trying to play Wembley Stadium," he laughs, adding quietly, almost matter-of-fact, "though I do know how to do that." He laughs again, and shoots an impish, well-weathered look, as if considering, once again, the roots of it all. "I was the guy who replaced Keith Relf in the Yardbirds," he says, almost in wonder, "with a voice that fitted with the time." That grin again. "Now I'm all ears."

The Sensational Space Shifters play the HMV Forum, London, tomorrow. The 30th Womad from 27-29 July at Charlton Park, Malmsbury, Wiltshire, with tickets £25-£135, and headliners including Robert Plant and Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club.

From: The Independent

Chart Watch America: Digital Mega-Sales Push Led Zeppelin to Number 20

The mega-sales at Amazon and Google Play are changing the face of the sales charts. Last week, Amazon was offering the formally 2-CD set Mothership by Led Zeppelin for just $2.99 and it obviously generated quite a few sales as the album jumped from 157 to 20 on the Album chart, becoming the biggest selling album for the week by a veteran artist. The sale also generated sales and a return to the charts for Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and George Harrison among others.

Four albums by veteran artists are new to the Albums chart this week led by Joe Jackson's salute to Duke Ellington, The Duke. It's his first trip to the top 200 in 21 years, going back to 1991's Laughter and Lust.

At 139 is the Flaming Lips collaboration album, The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends, their best since 2010's Dark Side of the Moon cover.

Jerry Douglas has been to the Albums chart a number of times in the past with Alison Krauss and Union Station along with support on other albums, but has made it for the first time with an album under his own name. Traveler starts at 168. At 178 is the first appearance on the chart of the Bob Dylan album Super Hits.

Chart Date July 14, 2012

Top 200 Albums:

TW LW Title Artist
1 N Living Things Linkin Park
2 N Overexposed Maroon 5
3 1 Believe Justin Bieber
4 N Maybach Music Group Presents Self Made Volume 2 Various Artists
5 N Write Me Back R. Kelly
20 157 Mothership Led Zeppelin
26 10 Clockwork Angels Rush
36 22 Tuskegee Lionel Richie
41 28 Americana Neil Young & Crazy Horse
46 23 That's Why God Made the Radio Beach Boys
59 167 Greatest Hits Queen
65 R Greatest Hits Fleetwood Mac
74 R Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd
78 63 Slip Stream Bonnie Raitt
79 69 Analog Man Joe Walsh
80 R Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison George Harrison
93 N The Duke Joe Jackson
97 40 Greatest Hits Journey
99 113 Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys
108 101 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Donna Summer
111 121 Whitney: The Greatest Hits Whitney Houston
113 R Number Ones Michael Jackson
123 78 Apocalyptic Love Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators
125 82 Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits Creedence Clearwater Revival Featuring John Fogerty
128 123 The Very Best of Beach Boys

The Veteran Artist Index tracks the impact of albums by veteran artists on the Billboard Top 200. Any album that is by or, in the case of soundtracks and various artists albums, have a majority of track by artists who have been recording for 25 years or more is included in the index. Points are awarded on a reverse basis with a number 1 album receiving 200 points and a number 200 album receiving 1 point.

From: Vintage Vinyl News

The Story Behind Led Zeppelin's 'Swan Song' Revealed

Led Zeppelin boasts one of the most impressive - and successful - discographies of the rock era. But the songs that made it to their albums don't necessarily tell the whole story, as evidenced by a feature in a recent issue of Classic Rock Magazine that traces the evolution of Jimmy Page's Swan Song, which never appeared on a Zeppelin record - but came awfully close.

The Swan Song story starts in 1974, when Page brought elements of what was meant to become a four-part suite about the seasons to the sessions for Physical Graffiti. At the time, it was an instrumental featuring what Page is quoted as calling "a number of sections and orchestrated overdubs, and while the band spent time developing it in the studio - you can find pieces from the sessions on YouTube - it was ultimately cast aside.

But as the article explains, the band's decision to table Swan Song had less to do with the quality of the song than the strength of the material they already had - and Page continued to return to it throughout the rest of Zeppelin's career, incorporating some of its chord changes into live performances right up until their final tour in 1980.

Page's fascination with Swan Song continued beyond Led Zeppelin, manifesting during the 1983 ARMS tour in the new song Bird on a Wing, which used elements from the older composition, and again in 1985, when it was repurposed as Midnight Moonlight, a track from the first album Page cut with vocalist Paul Rodgers as the Firm. Compare the '74 Swan Song with Midnight Moonlight, both embedded below:

From: Ultimate Classic Rock

Supersilent & John Paul Jones To Tour UK

Supersilent & Join Paul Jones To Tour UK

Arve Henriksen, Ståle Storløkken, John Paul Jones and Helge Sten

The collaboration of Norwegian avant-improv unit Supersilent and Ex-Led Zep man John Paul Jones might seem unlikely at first - but it makes perfect sense when you consider Jones’ long-term engagement with experimental music of many forms, from trying his hand at contemporary classical composition through to participating in John Cage happenings.

This collaboration - executed with no preparation or rehearsals, as with all of Supersilent's performances - was debuted at Sonar festival in Barcelona earlier this month. The decision to take the show on the road suggests it must have been a success. Five dates are planned for the UK in November, with support coming from the Walkman-toting Aki Onda. Details below.

14th - Birmingham, Town Hall
15th - Glasgow, The Arches
16th - Manchester, RNCM
17th - Bristol, Arnolfini
18th - London, Village Underground

From: The Quietus

Pictures At Eleven Turns 30

Pictures At Eleven Turns 30
Pictures at Eleven is the debut solo album by Robert Plant, released on this date in June 1982.

Led Zeppelin fans dazed from the 1980 death of drummer John Bonham and the breakup of the group shortly thereafter didn't have to wait long for Robert Plant's first solo album, 1982's Pictures at Eleven. Following in the more modern rock direction that Zep was headed on their final release In Through the Out Door, Pictures at Eleven remains one of Plant's best solo albums.

By downplaying his former band's penchant for stomping, guitar-based hard rock, Plant comes up with a pretty original sound and direction overall - as proven by such highlights as "Moonlight in Samosa," "Slowdancer," and "Burning Down One Side." Genesis drummer Phil Collins played drums for six of the album's eight songs. Ex-Rainbow drummer Cozy Powell handled drums on "Slow Dancer" and "Like I've Never Been Gone".

Pictures at Eleven signaled the return of Robert Plant, who spent the rest of the 1980s issuing solid solo albums.

REVIEW by Mike DeGagne, allmusic
For his debut solo album, Robert Plant doesn't exactly succumb to everyone's expectations. With a less-potent vocal style, Plant manages to carry out most of the songs in smooth, stylish fashion while rocking out rather convincingly on a couple of others. He gets some pretty good help from guitarist Robbie Blunt, who truly comes to life on "Worse Than Detroit," and both Phil Collins and Cozy Powell give Plant enough of a solid background to lean his sultry yet surging rock voice against. Plant channels his energy quite effectively through songs like "Pledge Pin" and "Moonlight in Samosa," while the single "Burning Down One Side" is a creditable one, even though it failed to crack the Top 50 in both the U.K. and the U.S. The most apparent characteristic about the album's eight tracks is the fact that Plant is able to escape most of his past and still sound motivated. Without depending too much on his Led Zeppelin days, he courses a new direction without changing or disguising his distinct vocal style whatsoever. Pictures at Eleven peaked within the Top Five on both sides of the Atlantic, successfully launching Plant's solo career.

All songs written by Robert Plant and Robbie Blunt, except "Burning Down One Side," "Fat Lip," and "Far Post," written by Plant, Blunt and Jezz Woodroffe.

Side One
1. "Burning Down One Side" – 3:55
2. "Moonlight in Samosa" – 3:58
3. "Pledge Pin" – 4:01
4. "Slow Dancer" – 7:43

Side Two
1. "Worse Than Detroit" – 5:55
2. "Fat Lip" – 5:05
3. "Like I've Never Been Gone" – 5:56
4. "Mystery Title" – 5:16

From: All Things Music Plus+

New Dates for Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience

If you missed your chance to see Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, you will get your chance this fall...... that is if you're willing to travel.

If you live in the countries of Chile or Australia, you will be able to see guitarist Tony Catania, vocalist James Dylan, bassist Michael Devin and keyboardist/pedal-steel guitarist Stephen LeBlanc, as well as percussionist Jason Bonham perform the music of Led Zeppelin, accompanied by video treatments and home movies from the Bonham family.

They will be performing in Santiago, Chile's Caupolican Theatre on September 5, Concepcion, Chile's La Tortuga on September 9, Sydney, Australia's Enmore Theatre on September 14 and Perth, Australia's Challenge Stadium on September 15.

Those fans that are in the United States are in luck because JBLZE is playing two dates (so far) in the US, Los Angeles, California's Greak Theatre on October 11 and the Access Showroom at Aliante Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas on October 12.

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The Top 5 Near-Led Zeppelin Moments

I know what you're thinking: "What the hell is a 'near-Led Zeppelin moment'?"

Good question.

Four out of five scientists agree that a near-Led Zeppelin moment is a post-1980 live performance by one -- or two -- members of Led Zeppelin that captures -- in any number of ways -- some intangible spark of a classic Led Zeppelin performance.

Note that this does not include group performances by all three living members of the band, because that particular collection of musicians -- whether it's Live Aid in 1985 or the O2 Arena in 2007 -- is actually billed as Led Zeppelin. And something can't be "nearly" something if it is that thing.

The criteria I used to compile this list involves song choice, gear, the element of surprise, the quality of the performance and, of course, that intangible "cool" factor.

Anyway, here they are: The Top 5 Near-Led Zeppelin Moments:

05. John Paul Jones with Paul Gilbert and Nuno Bettencourt: Nobody's Fault But Mine

Here's John Paul Jones fronting a talent-packed lineup featuring Steve Hackett (Check out that harmonica solo!), Nuno Bettencourt, Paul Gilbert, Mike Szuter and Pat Mastelotto.

Simply put, this is a rocking performance of a classic Presence tune. You've got a very happy-looking Jones wailing away on steel guitar in front of some Marshall stacks -- plus it's an instrumental, so you don't have to deal with the whole "Robert Plant doesn't quite sound like Robert Plant anymore" issue.

04. Coverdale/Page: "Black Dog"

This 1993 performance of "Black Dog" by Coverdale/Page in Osaka, Japan, benefits from several factors:

First, you get some bonus Zeppelin, since the band teases the audience with several bars of Out On the Tiles from Led Zeppelin III (just like Zep used to do it). Then you have the ageless David Coverdale's very convincing vocals.

Last but not least, there's the presence of one Jimmy Page, who launches into a lengthy -- and very Led Zeppelin-esque -- solo on a Gibson Les Paul at around 5:37.

03. Page & Plant: "Kashmir"

In the 1990s, still-brooding, still-misty-eyed Led Zeppelin fans were treated to a nice surprise: two albums (one live, one studio) and two tours by the officially-working-together-again Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (No comment on how John Paul Jones felt about all this).

In 1994, the duo, dubbed Page & Plant, took part in a 90-minute MTV project called UnLedded, which was recorded in Morocco, Wales and London. In addition to a few new songs and several other Led Zeppelin classics, the show featured this brilliant rendition of Kashmir.

It features a fine-voiced Plant, a massive string section, a group of percussionists and Jimmy Page -- with another very nice Les Paul.

02. Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones: "Rock and Roll"

One thing the previous songs on this list lack is the distinctive, heavy bass playing of John Paul Jones. That's not the case with this one.

Throw in Jimmy Page (with yet another Les Paul) and the kick-ass drumming of Dave Grohl (Check out the spot-on drum solo at the end of the song), and you've got something that sounds quite a bit like Led Zeppelin -- at least in terms of the instruments!

Grohl sums it up nicely near the end of the video when he says, "Welcome to the greatest fucking day of my whole, entire life." I'm sure he spoke for all the random Zeppelin fans who happened to have been in the audience at London's Wembley Stadium that night in 2008.

01. Robert Plant with Jimmy Page: "Wearing and Tearing"

Before there was Page & Plant, there were the increasingly frequent late-'80s Page-and-Plant pairings, including Tall Cool One and Heaven Knows from Plant's 1988 Now and Zen album and The Only One from Page's Outrider album, also from 1988.

From that same era comes this note-perfect rendition of Led Zeppelin's Wearing and Tearing from the In Through The Out Door sessions, finally released on Coda.

Led Zeppelin never performed this tune live, but Plant -- with special surprise guest Jimmy Page -- more than made up for it at Knebworth in 1990.

Imagine you're in the audience, and you've come to see Plant's band, when all of a sudden, Page comes walking out with a red Les Paul ...

From: Guitar World

Alfie Boe Gives Robert Plant A Classical Hit

Alfie Boe's number one debut with Alfie on the Billboard Classical Chart has given Robert Plant his first ever Classical number one in America.

Plant is better known for Classic Rock than Classical, but the Alfie album features a duet with the former Led Zeppelin singer on Song To The Siren.

This is how it came about. "I was sitting in this bar in London checking out the room, seeing who was there in the middle of Soho," Alfie Boe tells "The doors opened, smoke through the door, bright lights and Robert Plant walked in and it was (sings) 'Dream Weaver'. He walked to the bar and I thought 'I can't miss this opportunity. I can't miss this guy and not speak to him'. He is one of my heroes."

Continuing the 'a rock star walks into a bar story' Alfie says, "I went up to him and told him I was a big fan of his work. We happened to be with the same label. What I thought would be a 5-minute conversation turned into an hour talking about his days in Led Zep and his days with the other guys with Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones."

It became a surreal moment for Alfie. "He was telling me all these fantastic stories of being on tour and all that was going through my mind was "hey hey mama see the way you move gonna make you sweat gonna make you groove."

After that the two became friends. "We kept in touch and I took some courage to phone him and we started talking about football and I'm like 'I can't believe I'm talking to Robert Plant about football'. Then we got onto the real reason that I phoned and that was for him to duet with me on 'Song To The Siren' because its on one of his albums. He said 'send me a demo'". Cutting a long story short, Plant liked it and they recorded it for Alfie's album.

Alfie debuted at number one on the Billboard Classical Chart last week.

Watch the interview with Alfie Boe here.

From: Noise11

The Artists Den And Universal Music Group To Release Live Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy DVD

The Artists Den And Universal Music Group To Release Live Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy DVD
New York, NY (June 25, 2012) -- Artists Den Entertainment and Universal Music Group will release Robert Plant & the Band of Joy: Live from the Artists Den on 5.1 BluRay and DVD in the US on July 10th and internationally on July 9th. Selections from the show, which was filmed at the historic War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee aired nationwide on public television’s Live from the Artists Den. Now released in full for the first time, the DVD features bonus interview clips and concert footage not included in the television broadcast, including six Led Zeppelin classics. The DVD will also be presented for public television’s national pledge, starting July 26th.

In 1967, Robert Plant formed the Band of Joy with drummer John Bonham, before the two joined with guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones the following year to form Led Zeppelin. After his 2007 Raising Sand collaboration with Alison Krauss garnered him six Grammy Awards, Plant created a new Band of Joy, which features Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin. Their widely acclaimed album, Band of Joy, was nominated for Best Americana Album and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

In the DVD's liner notes, Plant explains the excitement of the evening in his own words: "Some years back I was propelled by chance, with little planning or expectation into an American way...a lean and pull into a new direction...voices and harmony, restraint and explosion, tight and loose, great joy in great company... in a blizzard in Nashville. My thanks to one and all for aiding and abetting this exciting bend in the road."

Watch video clips from this DVD at

Track List: Robert Plant & the Band of Joy: Live from the Artists Den

1. Black Dog
2. Angel Dance
3. Houses of the Holy
4. House of Cards
5. Cindy, I'll Marry You Someday
6. Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down
7. Somewhere Trouble Don't Go
8. Tangerine
9. A Satisfied Mind
10. Move Up
11. Down to the Sea
12. Ramble On
13. Gallows Pole
14. In the Mood
15. Rock and Roll
16. I Bid You Goodnight

Black Country Communion's third studio album is finished

Black Country Communion, a supergroup comprised of bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist Joe Bonnamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, recently finished their third studio album at Westlake Village Studios in Westlake Village, California, west of Los Angeles.

Kevin "Caveman" Shirley posted two pictures on his official Facebook page on June 17, 2012 of the band in the studio & posing outside (see below).

Black Country Communion's third studio album is finished Black Country Communion's third studio album is finished
Back in January 2012, in an interview with Artisan News, Hughes said that he had already had song songs ready for the next album.

"We just did two albums back to back, both successful records. And our live DVD is out now. We're really, really happy with the progress of where we're going musically. So we're sort of on course now.

"It's kind of a continuation... There's gonna be some darker stuff on there, because the lyrics I'm writing are kind of dark. There may be some moments of drama in there, I like drama in the music. So the songs I have ready are definitely a continuation of [the first and the second albums]." 

On a video that was posted on June 14, 2012 to Youtube, Hughes said that the album would be recorded in 6 days.

On June 17, 2012, Kevin Shirley also posted to his official Facebook Page that vocals by Glenn, Joe and Jason would be recorded in late July and that they were going to released the new album by October 2012. Engineer Jared Kvitka tweeted on June 20, 2012 that the initial tracking for the album was done.

Robert Plant at Jim Capaldi book launch

On Tuesday June 19th, Robert Plant was amongst the guests at the launch of the Mr Fantasy - The Lyrics of Jim Capaldi, a new limited edition Genesis Books publication which celebrates the work of the late Traffic drummer and songwriter. The launch, staged at the BBC Madia Vale Studios in London, was attended by friends and family gathered including Robert, Steve Winwood and Bob Harris. Saint Jude, Steve Balsamo and Rosalie Deighton provided musical entertainment.

Classic Rock's Kylie Olsson conducted an interview with Robert in which he talked of his memories of Jim Capaldi, and revealed he is working on a new album in Nashville. The revelant part of the interview begins at approximately 3:00.

The limited edition book of Mr Fantasy - The Lyrics of Jim Capaldi is strictly limited to only 900 copies and available via Genesis Publications. Each copy is individually signed by Aninha Capaldi and by Robert Plant and Steve Winwood.

"Some ten years ago I encouraged Jim to gather all his favourite lyrics together into a book. He had started selecting songs and writing notes to go with them and had asked his friend Robert Plant to write a foreword but, sadly, in 2005 he ran out of time to finish. One of his last wishes was for me to complete what he had started and I promised him I would." - ANINHA CAPALDI

"Traffic's songs and Jim Capaldi's lyrics brought us adventures and characters that vibrated through the psychedelic underground." - ROBERT PLANT.

For further info and ordering details visit:
Robert Plant at Jim Capaldi book launch

From: TBL Web

Led Zeppelin to be part of London Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony

Led Zeppelin is slated to be part of the opening ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, held in London, England next month. No, no, the three remaining members are not going to performing live, the studio track Trampled Under Foot from Physical Graffiti.

Trampled Under Foot and 85 other songs by British artists have been selected by Creative Director Danny Boyle, who has been previously known for directing such films as Trainspotting, The Beach and Slumdog Millionaire.

Jimmy Page said recently that he was angry about being snubbed from performing live at the Olympics' opening ceremony.  “Of course, I’m feeling rather hurt,” he tells Mandrake at the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the Arts at the Royal Academy. “We put so much into Beijing, but weren’t helped by the Chinese giving us next-to-no practice time.”

Led Zeppelin to be part of London Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony

Robert Plant to perform in Birmingham in Summer 2012

Birmingham's Historic Alabama Theatre will be hosting a show featuring Robert Plant this summer.

Red Mountain Entertainment says the show will focus on Plant's latest venture, The Sensational Space Shifters, and will be accompanied by Miss Patty Griffin.

Griffin has won a Grammy for her album Downtown Church, and has partnered with Plant before.

The two joined together on the successful Band of Joy project.

The event will take place on Sunday, August 12, 2012. Tickets start at $35 and they go on sale beginning June 22, 2012 at 10AM

From: Alabama's 13

Led Zep Tribute Band - Led Zepagain's Equipment Stolen!

My name is Brenda Wootten, I am the wife of Jim Wootten, who is the bass player for a well known Southern California based tribute band, Led Zepagain.

On June 9, 2012, LED ZEPAGAIN, were victims of one of the worst crimes a band could face. As they slept at the Microtel Inn and Suites in Morgan Hill (Northern California) Tens of Thousands of dollars of music gear was stolen from their van. The alarm was cut and years of investment and sentimental value was lifted from the van. This is a major setback as it puts the band in immediate jeopardy of lost revenue as well as capital investment.

The boys are devastated...

The band is going to slowly start to replace the stolen equipment so they can continue to keep the magic alive.
Thank you so much for all your support!

List of Led Zepagain's stolen Gear...
Gibson Les Paul Standard 1950's reissue guitar, Light Burst - Ser# 020560474
Gibson Les Paul Classic 1960 reissue guitar, Cherry Sunburst - Ser# 009649
Gibson EDS1275 guitar, Heritage Cherry - Ser# CS-52190
Danelectro 59-DC guitar, black & white
Taylor 514CE Acoustic guitar - Ser# 980915107
Mojave Coyote amp head
Janal Cases Custom pedalboard case
TC Electronix Polytune
Ibanez Turbo Tube Screamer
Boss Octaver
Boss Giga Delay
Small Stone Phase Shifter
Boss Chorus
Cry Baby Wah Pedal
BBE Frequency Boost Pedal
Morley A/B Switcher
Burns Theramin
Electro-Harmonix 22 Caliber Power Amp
Janal Cases Custom guitar flight case
Multi 7-guitar stand
Guitar cables
Flight briefcase
Boss tuner
3 brass slides
Custom guitar picks
Gaffer's tape
Misc tools
9 volt batteries

1 Ensoniq Kt -76 Keyboard
1 Gator GK-76 Keyboard Case
1 Gator GR-4PL-US Rack Case
1 E-mu Vintage Pro Sound Module w/sound card upgrades
1 E-mu Vintage Keys Plus Sound Module
1 Ensoniq MR Rack Sound Module
1 Kurzweil PC-2R Sound Module w/Orchestral and Classic Keys Upgrade
1 Midiman 6-Channel Mixer
4 6' Midi Cables
4 8' Monster Rock Instrument Cables with angled connectors
3 Live Wire 1.5 Foot Power Cables
1 12 foot Monster Midi Cable
1 Fender Jazz Bass w/active pick-ups
1 Markbass CMD 102P 2x10 Tilt-back Bass Combo
1 Markbass Standard 151HR rear ported Neo 1x15 bass cabinet
1 10 Foot Monster S-100 Speaker Cable with Speakon Connectors
1 15 Foot Live Wire Power Cable
1 Customized banner with John Paul Jones symbol
1 Boss A/B-2 2 Way Switch
2 10 Foot Keyboard Instrument Monster Cables

2 Shure SM 57 Mics
1 Shure SM 58 Mic
1 AKG D112 Kick drum mic
1 Sennheiser e602 kick drum mic
3 Sennheiser e 604 Drums mics
2 Sennheiser e 504 Drums mic
1 Sennheiser e835 Vocal Mic
1 Oktava MK-012-01 Cond mic
1 Boss DD6 Digital Delay pedal
1 Sansa Fuze MP3 player 4 GB
3 25' Live wire Mic cables
1 Bag of Misc adapters and connectors

24" Zildjian ride cymbal
(2) 20" Zildjian crash cymbals
(2) 15" Hi-hat cymbals
SBC Cymbal case
26" Ludwig Amber Vistalite Bass Drum
26" Bass drum case

Shure PSM 900 in ear monitor system
SKB rack case
SKB molded case
Shure green bullet mic
Furman 15 Amp Power Conditioner with Pull-out Lights
Yamaha SPX990
7 blues harps
AKG C 535 mic
3 mic cables
3 balanced qrt cables
Steam inhaler
1 Customized banner with Robert Plant symbol

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Whole Lotta Stitchin'

Artist Peter Crawley has created an Stitched Visualization of the waveform of the song Whole Lotta Love from Led Zeppelin II.

The illustrations are created by hand piercing various stocks of paper with a pin and then stitching the paper with a needle and cotton thread.

The illustrations have been used commercially by world leading brands, publications and advertising agencies.

Illustrations are held in private collections in the UK, Europe and North America.

Peter's work has been featured in leading art and design publications and exhibitions.

Whole Lotta Stitchin'

Each horizontal line represents 1 minute of audio. The piece measures 420 x 594mm.

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Robert Plant and Band of Joy's Artist's Den Show to Be Released on Video

Robert Plant and Band of Joy's Artist's Den Show to Be Released on Video
The Artist's Den show with a performance by Robert Plant and Band of Joy is slated for release on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 10 (July 9 outside North America) via Universal Music Group. It is the first time that UMG has released any of the Artist Den's programs.

The Artist's Den premiered in February 2009 and has, so far, broadcast four seasons. The concept of the show is to have an artist perform a small, intimate concert in a non-traditional space such as at cathedrals or museums. For example, Elvis Costello played at the main branch of the New York Public Library and Adele at the Santa Monica Bay Women's Club.

In the case of Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, they were filmed at a more traditional venue, the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Included in the performance are versions of six Led Zeppelin songs (Black Dog, Houses of the Holy, Tangerine, Ramble On, Gallows Pole, Rock and Roll), four songs from the album Band of Joy, Page and Plant's Movin' Up and a few songs from Plant's solo work.

Plant created Band of Joy with guitarist Buddy Miller and singer Patty Griffin after his success with Alison Krauss on Raising Sand, his 2007 release that led to five Grammy wins. Plant's Band of Joy album (the title is a reference to the group he formed with John Bonham prior to Led Zeppelin) peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 in October 2010. It has sold 232,000 copies, according to Soundscan figures.

Full song list from the original Artist's Den program:
  • Black Dog
  • Angel Dance
  • House Of Cards
  • Cindy, I’ll Marry You Someday
  • Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down
  • Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go
  • A Satisfied Mind
  • Move Up
  • Down To The Sea
  • Ramble On
  • Gallows Pole
  • Harm’s Swift Way
  • Rock And Roll
  • I Bid You Goodnight

From: VVN/News

Jimmy Page: Whole lotta anger at London Olympics snub

Jimmy Page: Whole lotta anger at London Olympics snub
At the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, Jimmy Page promoted London 2012 by performing Whole Lotta Love, one of the biggest hits by his band Led Zeppelin, next to a red double-decker bus.

The guitarist is, however, very “upset” that he has not been invited to attend, let alone perform at, the opening ceremony of the London Games.

“Of course, I’m feeling rather hurt,” he tells Mandrake at the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the Arts at the Royal Academy. “We put so much into Beijing, but weren’t helped by the Chinese giving us next-to-no practice time.”

From: The Telegraph

Tight But Loose issue 32: the magazine that takes you closer to the world of Led Zeppelin - past and present...

Tight But Loose issue 32: the magazine that takes you closer to the world of Led Zeppelin - past and present...

The new issue of the Tight But Loose magazine is simply one of the best issues ever with a host of news, views and features, all guaranteed to take you closer to the world of Led Zeppelin.

If you are new to TBL – this is the ideal issue to step on board!

If you a past subscriber - don't miss out –re-subscribe now!

TBL 32 kicks off the three issue TBL 2012 subscription. By subscribing to the magazine you will never miss out (past sold out back issues are in regular demand on eBay) and each issue will be sent to you as published (TBL 32 May, TBL 33 September and TBL 34 January 2013).

Tight But Loose – The essential Led Zeppelin Magazine 32 page all colour content. Beyond mere websites – this is the tangible printed word you will want to collect and read again and again...

Here's the expansive line-up for the new issue:

TBL Investigates: Exactly when and where did Led Zeppelin stage their first band rehearsal? Mike Tremaglio gathers the facts in an extensive research feature that offers the most accurate timeline ever published of The Yardbirds transistor into Led Zeppelin. Plus the TBL editors step out onto the streets of Chinatown in search of more proof of when history was made in August 1968. The end result is one of the most insightful features in this magazine's long history. Warren Grant: "My father was the man who Led Zeppelin - these are my memories": Warren Grant relays his memories of being right in the centre of the world of Led Zeppelin as the son of the man who just happened to be their manager and one of the most powerful figures in the music industry. In the first part of the interview, Warren recalls his early years at their Horselunges manor house in East Sussex as his family reaped the rewards of their father's many years of hard work plus his experiences of being at the curtailed Tampa show and Oakland Coliseum show in 1977 – all illustrated with photos from Warren's personal collection.

Led Zeppelin 1972: Thunder Down Under: Mike Tremaglio tracks Zep on tour in Australia and New Zealand 40 years on – every show of the tour analysed and illustrated with rare photos and images. Plus Gerard Sparaco highlights the unofficial CD releases that capture key Zep live on the road moments during their Australian and New Zealand tour dates.

The Taping of the Thunder Down Under - The Live in Sydney TBL interviews: A revealing insight into how the Led Zeppelin February 27th 1972 Sydney Showgrounds concert was recorded by a member of the audience on a National Panasonic tape deck – and how the tape was subsequently restored nearly 30 years later.

John Paul Jones: The TBL Interview: Talking Led Zep, bass guitars, opera and guest appearances and the Kettle's Yard Composer Portrait event in an exclusive TBL interview.

John Paul Jones News Reports: At the London Bass Guitar Fair, Floating in Warwick with Robyn Hitchcock, down under with Seasick Steve, at the John Cage Musicircus and the Kettle's Yard Cambridge Composer Portrait event. Website Watch: Simon Cadman reports on the Jimmy Page web site activity of the past three months.

Jimmy Page Lucifer Rising and other Soundtracks: Dave Lewis steps in through the soundscapes to dissect the recently released great lost Page soundtrack album of the 1970s.

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters in Gloucester: The live debut of Robert Plant new line up caused the biggest Zep related ticket rush since the 02 reunion. Dave Lewis reports from down the front on the welcome return of the old witchdoctor.

Plus Justin Adams in another exclusive TBL interview, Justin Adams relays his thoughts on the Gloucester Guildhall gig, Ju Ju summer festival dates and a decade of working with Robert Plant.

Multi-tracking Led Zeppelin II: Ian Avey dissects the recently surfaced multi-track recordings of four songs from the Led Zeppelin II album.

Jeff Strawman's Instrument Watch: The first of a regular TBL series by Jeff Strawman from the Achilles Last Stand website, focusing on the instruments and gear deployed by the members of Led Zeppelin. In this issue, Jeff chronicles Jimmy Page's Gibson EDS 1275 double neck guitar.

Underground Uprising: Gerard Sparaco of the Collectors Music Reviews website, rounds up the latest underground CD releases including Berkeley Daze First Night, LZ Riders in AZ and The Calm & the Storm.

From a Whisper to a Scream – The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin: Details of the new book by Dave Lewis due out in July via Omnibus Press., This is an extensive album by album track by track analysis of every Led Zeppelin recording. The book is guaranteed to take you make to the music with fresh perspective and there is also news of the exclusive TBL signed by the author edition with individually numbered insert - only available via the TBL website.

Plus News Round Up: Jimmy Page in attendance at Genesis David Bowie book launch and comments on his plans ahead to BBC 6 Music, : Ross Halfin Jimmy Page photo the 100,00 digitised shot in National Gallery, Neal Preston's Gods And Rockers London Exhibition, BCC Live In Europe CD and Bonzo's Birthday Bash all star rock drumming event, Mica Ertegun Oxford Scholarship, Peter Grant memorial Scholarship and latest Robert Plant news roundup - Plus Loose Talk – a quick snapshot of latest Zep related happenings

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Led Zeppelin II dies of a heart attack

Led Zeppelin II dies of a heart attack

Led Zeppelin II has died.

Not the album ... the man.

Zeppelin, of downstate Bethalto, near St. Louis, was known most of his life as George Blackburn before officially changing his name last fall.

"He and Mom got divorced and he wanted to start his life over, like a new chapter," said his daughter Mindy Baker of Seattle, adding that her father had seen Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's English band probably about 20 times in its heyday of the late 1960s and early '70s. "He had always liked Led Zeppelin since they came out, and it was just time to do it.

"My mom says that he talked about it for probably five years before the divorce."

The 64-year-old Zeppelin "climbed the Stairway to Heaven" May 18 at Alton Memorial Hospital, according to a death notice published in newspapers, including the Tribune. He died of a heart attack, his daughter said.

Zeppelin was born in Milwaukee in 1947 and was raised in Chicago. He worked 32 years for TWA in Chicago until about 1983, his daughter said, and then in St. Louis. He retired in 1997.

Led Zeppelin II, released in 1969, included such familiar songs as Whole Lotta Love and Ramble On. It was the band's second studio album and the first to reach No. 1 in the U.S.

"That's the one he just really related to," his daughter said, "just the whole thing."

She said her father redid his living room in album covers following the divorce, his third. That included, of course, Led Zeppelin's, but also those of AC/DC, Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd, among others.

"I reinvented myself," Zeppelin told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last fall, after the name change was made official in Madison County court. "Since I became Led Zeppelin, my life has improved a thousand fold."

Zeppelin told the newspaper that he was enchanted by zeppelins as a child, and grew equally fascinated with the band that took its name from the large airships. He cited a 1960s performance in Chicago as a personal turning point.

"They changed my life forever," Zeppelin said, "and that's my whole reason for doing this.

"I don't want to appear to be some off-the-wall, drug-addict idiot. I just changed my name from the standpoint that I can be a better person than I used to be."

Zeppelin is also survived by another daughter, Melissa Gray, of Phoenix.

From: Chicago Tribune

Robert Plant Sings For Lil Band O Gold

Robert Plant and Lucinda Williams Sing For Lil Band O Gold
Lil Band O' Gold's next album Plays Fats has a crack line-up of guests including Robert Plant and Lucinda Williams as well as Australia's Jimmy Barnes and Tim Rogers.

Plant first teamed up with the Louisiana supergroup for their Promised Land DVD and performed some of his Led Zep classics Cajun style with Lil Band O Gold.

On this Fats Domino tribute Plant will sing lead vocal on It Keeps Raining and I've Been Around.

Lil Band O' Gold Plays Fats will be released by Dust Devil Music via EMI on June 8, 2012.

1. Blue Monday – Warren Storm
2. It Keep Raining – Robert Plant
3. Let's Talk It Over (Don't Lie 2 Me) – CC Adcock
4. I'm Ready – Lucinda Williams w/ Ani DiFranco & Kenny Bill Stinson
5. I'm In Love Again – R. David Egan
6. Going Home – Warren Storm
7. Ain't That A Shame – Jimmy Barnes
8. What A Price (Grand Prix) – Steve Riley
9. 4 Winds Blow – Warren Storm
10. Poor Me – CC Adcock
11. I'm Walkin' – Tim Rogers
12. Rosemary – Warren Storm
13. I've Been Around – Robert Plant

From: Noise11

Hugh Laurie and Led Zeppelin's Starship

After eight seasons and 177 episodes, "House" ends with an outbreak of poignant goodbyes. In the emotional run-up to the series finale - the episode, titled "Everybody Dies," aired last night - each shooting day brought cheers, standing Os and misty-eyed send-offs.

Ever the English gent behind the scenes, Laurie leaves the series like a rock star and, in fact, is spending his summer playing piano on tour with Copper Bottom, the actor's acclaimed blues and jazz band (he has no definite plans beyond that). TV Guide Magazine reported Laurie's final-season salary as $700,000 per episode, and he's been generously dispensing thank-you gifts, including replica House canes for everyone on the cast and crew. On the last day of filming, Laurie chartered a private jet - "like the one Led Zeppelin used," he laughs - and flew the production to an undisclosed location 26 minutes outside L.A. for the final shoot. "The flight attendant gave me control of the microphone so I could bid everyone farewell," Laurie says. "Then, frankly, there was more man-hugging than you want to know about."

From: Fox News

thanks to the missus!

Dan Mullen can play Led Zeppelin on the piano

How much would you pay to see an SEC coaches talent show? We're betting Steve Spurrier can do a killer stand-up comedy set. With shirts like these, you know Gene Chizik has already perfected his Vegas lounge singer act in his spare time. Would you be surprised if you found out James Franklin can break six one-inch boards with a single karate chop?

But even if all that's more guesswork than fact, as of Monday we know what act Mississippi State's Dan Mullen would perform: rock pianist. Making his first stop on the meet-and-greet "Our State Tour" in Hattiesburg, Mullen flashed a talent even State media relations director Joe Galbraith didn't know he had:

Dan Mullen can play Led Zeppelin on the piano

The Hattiesburg American and photographer Bryant Hawkins even provided photographic evidence of Mullen tinkling the proverbial ivories:

Dan Mullen can play Led Zeppelin on the piano

From: CBS Sports

Up Extremely Close And Personal With John Paul Jones On A Sunday Lunchtime At The Kettle’s Yard Cambridge

We arrived at the Kettle's Yard Gallery around 11:30. John was setting up inside the gallery - his laptop was lined to various devices and his iPod. His five-string Manson bass was upright and waiting. I had a quick word with John before hand - he told me he was currently working on his Ghost Sonanta opera project and added that he had enjoyed his recent Australian tour with Seasick Steve. "Seasick went surfing most days!" he laughed.

The gallery was full to capacity with fans overflowing onto the upstairs balcony. John's wife Mo looked down from her vantage point above the stage area.

Stephen Montague -the American freelance classical composer based in the UK and long time friend of John explained the format. This was to be informal conversation with John interspaced by various examples of his work including the Contemporary Music Group (Trinity Laban Conservatoir of Music & Dance,London) performing his 2005 composition Co-Motion. The ensemble consisted of John Heeley bass trombone, Christopher Tanton tenor trombone, Helen Whittaker flute , Victoria Puttock saxophone and Andreas Papapetrou piano.

Stephen proved to be an excellent interviewer keeping the conversation flowing freely and with much humour. He was quick to point out the fact that Led Zeppelin was "Only a small part of his life... though a rather major part."

Stephen first relayed how he first met John at an electric and acoustic music event.

"When he told me his name was John Paul Jones, being American I thought he was naval captain!"

"He said he played bass ....I said in one of the London orchestras?"

"No - he said he played in a rock group..."

"Would I have heard of them?"

"He said maybe ..It's Led Zeppelin"

"Even I had heard of Led Zeppelin!"

"However somehow I introduced him to my fellow composers as John Paul Jones bass guitarist with The Rolling Stones. All these rock'n'roll bands were the same! I hope he's forgiven me since!"

John began explaining about his mother and father's musical comedy act.

"I began playing music when I took up the organ - then I heard a couple of records on those big juke boxes at the seaside - one of them was Johnny Kidd and The Pirates Shakin' All Over. I heard these huge bass lines and I thought I want to make a sound like that. So I asked my Dad if I could get a bass guitar - he said ‘Bass guitar? Take up the saxophone you'll always get work.... in two years time no one would have heard of the bass guitar!'"

He then explained how he was involved in the session scene and arranging.

"I knew I didn't want a real job - I just wanted to play music every day. I learned orchestration - basically I got a book called Forsyth's Orchestration - an old stand by written a hundred years ago.”

Stephen told the assembled: "A group was formed ...not The Rolling Stones..."

JPJ: "Another session musician who was the youngest session musician until I turned up - Jimmy Page you may have heard of him! He was forming a new band and a read little item in a music paper Disc and Music Echo - My wife Mo said ‘Jimmy's forming a band you should ring him'. By then I was as doing hundreds of sessions and needed a change. So I called him up and Jimmy said ‘Im going to see a singer who knows a drummer in Birmingham. I'll tell you what they are like and we'll do something' -and that's what happened.

"In composing in a group, I was very lucky because this band had very good musicians. We all knew if something didn't work- there were no toys and no prams. We knew what worked and what didn't work."

Asked when Led Zeppelin performed their first gig. "Not sure," he replied, looking in my direction - I therefore only too happy to jog his memory and relay that that it occurred on September 7th 1968 in Gladsaxe Denmark. I know these things!

John then explained how he came to write the riff to Black Dog:

"I was on a train coming back from rehearsals where Jimmy lived near Reading. This riff came into my head. I really wanted to write something that meandered around and didn't really go where you thought it might go. My Dad had taught me notation system where you can write down number numbers for notes- so I wrote them on a ticket - next time we were at rehearsal I showed them the ticket."

Stephen: "From a train ticket to beyond - this is considered one of the all-time great rockn'roll tunes"

It was absolutely exhilarating to hear Black Dog bursting forth from the speakers and to watch John feeling the music and jigging along to the chord changes as only musicians can.

Stephen: "I was hoping John would do some air guitar then"

JPJ: "No.... air bass guitar !"

John then explained how he met Mo in Hampstead.

JPJ: "She was the one who made me make that call!"

Stephen : "Mo you were the one that made it happen - throughout history women are the ones who quietly make it happen."

Asked by Stephen what he did after the demise of Zep, John said:

"I it was time to reacquaint myself with my family and we moved down to Devon and got more into more new music. I I couldn't get arrested after Zeppelin. I think when you are in a band of that stature everybody's afraid to ask you anything. I actually had to go out and find people to paly music with."

Stephen then asked what happened in the 80s and 90s and John mentioned his work on the Scream For Help soundtrack and The Mission and Diamanda Galas

Explaining the Millennium piece, John said:

"I was asked to contribute to a record called Miniatures - you have one minute to do a piece - it must be one minute only. I basically multi- tracked on a bass lap steel guitar and built up this track."

John actually selected the wrong track to play on his iPod . "That was the wrong piece - that was another piece I did for Red Byrd."

The Fanfare For The Millennium opened with John exclaiming, "Its coming!” ...and then it went into a glorious short spiralling piece.

The Contemporary Music Group then performed two versions of his 2005 composition Co-Motion which illustrated how John had written the piece to be improvised -something that he said was unusual in classical performance. John went onto explain about his current opera project The Ghost Sonata before finally taking to the Manson five-string bass to perform excerpts from Nearly Ninety - the composition he performed at the "Merce Cunningham at 90" event in 2009.

This was bass guitar playing, but as he put it, "Not as we know it."

It was right out on a tangent as John played against his electronic devices which gave out differing sequences for him to improvise against. It was simply astonishing watching him do this right in front of my very eyes -and a memory that can instantly take its place high on my list of all time Zep related thrills.

Talking about his prowess as a multi-instrumentalist, John said "Basically I play anything with strings - I like the mandolin. In fact a lot of bass players play mandolin. It's the liberation of having a small instrument! I also play bluegrass, I can play old time music. I can play old time fiddle and my daughter is also a fiddle player.”

The Composer Portrait ended with a rousing reception for John. He then graciously signed autographs and posed for photos for fans.

This whole experience of being extremely up close and personal with a member of Led Zeppelin on a Sunday lunchtime was utterly surreal...and utterly wonderful.

He really is the master musician and this was evidence once again of the quiet dignity John Paul Jones displays in doing what he has been doing for nigh on 50 years - producing challenging and memorable music. Long may he continue...

Dave Lewis, May 21 2012.

From: Tight But Loose

Photos by Dave Lewis

Nicole Scherzinger's Led Zeppelin help

Nicole Scherzinger listened to Led Zeppelin to get her in the mood for 'Men In Black 3'.

The singer-and-actress made her big screen debut as antagonist Lily Poison in the sci-fi movie and she found it "inspiring" to tune into "heavier music" to portray the villain.

She told BANG Showbiz: "I listened to my heavier music and I listened to Led Zeppelin and I kind of got in that frame of mind because music is what inspires me most.

"I worked with my acting coach a lot and she told me about lots of crazy things to think about while I was in character, but I better not tell you what she said."

Nicole, 33, is hoping the movie will kick-start her acting career, but she found it "fricking scary" having the camera focused on her while she was shooting the film.

She added: "It's fricking scary being on a film set, it's much easier to perform in front of a live audience because you feel all that energy. But when you just have a camera on you everything is focusing on you.

"I grew up doing theatre and working a lot on stage and this is the first time being in front of the big screen so hopefully it's the first of many."

Nicole starred alongside Will Smith (Agent J), Tommy Lee Jones (Agent K) and Josh Brolin (Young Agent K) in the movie, and she admits her close friend Will was "very inspiring" to be around.

She explained: "I didn't have any scenes with Will but he's a close friend and he is one of the most brilliant people that I know, he's very inspiring to be around. I worked a lot with Jemaine Clement and he's unbelievable."

From: Winnipeg Free Press

Why Led Zeppelin Kicks The Everloving Shit Out Of Every Other Rock Band, Ever

For those of you who are mentally retarded or have been living in a coma on the surface of the sun for the last forty years, Led Zeppelin is an utterly kick ass rock band that dominated the 1970’s, and rocked so fucking hard that groupies are still walking funny to this very day. Seriously, rock and roll scientists at the Institute For Killer Riffs And Blown Minds estimate that if every Zeppelin fan on Earth were to play Communication Breakdown at top volume simultaneously, the resulting blast would tear a hole in the fabric of spacetime, ending the universe as we know it. And that would still be less intense than seeing them play live.

Needless to say, all other bands are mere pretenders to the title of Rock Gods. But rather than continue to sing the praises of Led Zeppelin (instead preferring to save this for my upcoming book, “Fuck You, Led Zeppelin Rules”), let us compare Led Zeppelin to some lesser bands. Please note that I do not dislike any of the following bands, it’s just that it’s like comparing a serviceable Honda Accord to a Lamborghini with a trunk full of double necked guitars, drugs, and loose chicks.

The Beatles – The Beatles are the most commonly named “best group of all time” other than Led Zeppelin.

Notable Accomplishments: Making millions of teenage girls do that shrieking thing they do when they see a friend they haven’t seen in a long time; Ordered Charles Manson to kill a bunch of people; Somehow got people to love a song that ends with 28 minutes of “naaa-naaa-na-nanana-naaaa-nanana-naaaa”.

Why They’re Good: The almost single-handedly created the rock band as we know it today. Before the Beatles, everyone had Pat Boone posters on their walls and huffed freshly mimeographed test papers for a buzz. After the Beatles, everyone grew their hair down to their knees and dropped acid in doses so large that people not only forgave all the filler in the White Album, but thought it was pretty good.

Why They’re Not As Good As Zeppelin: Paul McCartney, talented as he was, kinda had a vagina when it came to writing rock songs. It was almost as if you took a good rock band and then threw in Jewel just to see what would happen. “Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play.” Yeah, I guess so, Miss. Now if you don’t mind, the fucking playoffs are on.

John Lennon was cool until he started running around nude and shrieking with Orientals. George Harrison was an incredible guitarist who learned how to write great rock songs, and so the Beatles limited him to 2 or 3 per album so we could listen to Golden Slumbers. Thanks, guys. And studies have shown that the Beatles would have been no different if they had replaced Ringo Starr with a ham sandwich.

The Who – The Who are a classic rock band best known for their mega-selling album, Tommy.

Notable Accomplishments: Married the thrill of rock and roll with the yawn inducing boredom of opera; Managed to continue touring after every founding member had died of an overdose; Wrote a classic song for television crime drama CSI: Miami consisting entirely of the following lyrics, “YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!”

Why They’re Good: Who’s Next is a stellar rock album, and a perfect example of what bands should aim for when in the studio. Track after track of blistering rock played loud and well. Also, Keith Moon played drums like a six-armed alien from planet Fuckyeah.

Why They’re Not As Good As Led Zeppelin: Pete Townshend. You can ignore his idiotic public interviews and statements (although if you do, don’t ignore the one where he claims to be a woman), and although I don’t understand why people would do this, I guess you can also ignore the fact that he was caught purchasing child pornography. Seriously. He claimed he was “doing research”. Uh-huh. Try this line the next time you get caught playing with yourself and see how believable that is.

But what you can’t ignore is the fact that Pete Towshend was batshit insanely in love with the dreaded “concept album” (cue scary music). After Tommy, he attempted a reprise with Lifehouse, which was so fucked up and incomprehensible that he finally admitted that even he didn’t know what it was about. They stripped away the bullshit, and Who’s Next was the result. Yet he somehow never quite figured out that the retarded concepts he kept coming up with got in the way with what little good music he had left in him. Hey, Pete, here’s a concept for you: A bunch of good, loud, rocking songs that are held together by the fact that no one has to listen to you screech some bullshit narrative about a crippled kid while enjoying them. That, by the way, is called a rock album.

Pink Floyd – Pink Floyd are known for popularizing a genre known as space rock.

Notable Accomplishments: Making 14 year old suburban kids think life is so horribly painful; Having a founding member so profoundly fucked up on drugs that a 10 mile area around his cemetery plot is designated a toxic danger zone; Writing a song consisting entirely of an awesome explosion, which my college roommate and I played at top volume at 3:00 AM, convincing everyone else in the building that the apocalypse was at hand.

Why They’re Good: One of the few rock bands able to pull off 13 minute songs while never losing sight of the melody or veering off into oddball musical tangents. Also, holy shit, have you ever listened to Dark Side of the Moon while on mushrooms and nitrous oxide?

Why They’re Not As Good As Led Zeppelin: Something about ascending the ladder of rock stardom forces some people to impose some sort of deeper meaning on their work. If the Who dabbled in concept albums, then Pink Floyd guzzled the concept album Kool-Aid by the barrel full. Listen to any random song on The Wall or The Final Cut. Now listen to a random five minute snippet of the Military Channel. Now tell me the difference between the two. Yeah, Roger, we get it. War sucks and can fuck your head up.

Also, the whole lawsuit thing in the 80’s and 90’s got pretty old. And it’s hard to fit, “David Gilmour presents Pink Floyd Without Roger Waters, Featuring the Music of Pink Floyd, But Not Anything Roger Wrote” on a marquee.

The Grateful Dead – The Dead were a legendary West Coast jam band popular in four different decades.

Notable Accomplishments: Somehow making following a band on tour carry more of a stigma than it had previously; Marrying country, folk, rock, acid, and a total lack of basic hygiene and turning it into a sound all their own; Introducing bad acid trips to kids in rural Iowa.

Why They’re Good: At their best, the Grateful Dead reintroduced classic Americana songs to a new generation, while updating them with rock flourishes and extended jams. That was cool. Plus, they made it possible to get drugs in bulk quantities every summer if you were lucky enough to have them play shows nearby.

Why They’re Not As Good As Led Zeppelin: Comparing the Grateful Dead to Led Zeppelin is like comparing Oreos to Bazookas. They’re too different to compare and contrast in any meaningful way. So, being creatures of modern day society, let’s resort to violence. Anyone who honestly thinks that John Bonham couldn’t have killed, raped, and/or skullfucked every member, spouse, or roadie associated with the Dead while in the middle of a 78 hour drinking contest involving heroin and Everclear, please raise your hand. Anyone? Anyone?

Also, it’s hard to claim the status of Rock God when your music could just as easily have been played on a rocking chair on the porch. Led Zeppelin, on the other hand, could only be properly appreciated while playing on a burning Viking ship festooned with the bodies of all the women they violated before lunch.

Bruce Springsteen – “The Boss” is known for his workmanlike concerts and songs that inspire middle class America.

Cause, you know, nothing says middle class America like a rock star who makes 47 trillion dollars a second and drives cars that cost more than the GDP of Ecuador. Notable Accomplishments: Successfully associating an anti-American song (Born in the USA) with American patriotism; Providing employment for Clarence Clemons; Making my asshole boss in high school somehow come across as more douchey when he showed up at work on his way to a Bruce Springsteen concert dressed in pressed jeans, a white t-shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and a folded baseball cap in his back pocket. Yeah, Steve Coren, I’m talking about you!

Why He’s Good: He eschews flash and hype for a simpler method of songwriting and puts his all into every show. I mean, Bruce knows you just paid $400 for a good seat and you have to look at Clarence Clemons and Steven Van Zandt a lot of the time, so he’s gonna make it up to you by pulling some random chick out of the crowd and forcing her to dance to Dancing In The Dark while everyone compares her to Courtney Cox (wait till the end) and decides that looks-wise, she resembles Courtney Cox less than she does a buttplug in a dumpster. Thanks, Boss!

Why He’s Not As Good As Led Zeppelin: If Robert Plant gargled razor blades with a chaser of battery acid, he’d still sound better than Bruce Springsteen, who apparently prepares for studio sessions by swallowing small woodland creatures. Seriously dude, have you considered a lozenge?

Also, The Boss’ lyrics are all too often predictable. Anyone can write a classic Bruce Springsteen lyric. Simply describe what you did in the first couple of hours during the day, sandwich in a chorus that mentions old model automobiles, a slightly out of fashion woman’s name, and perhaps the fact that your house has been foreclosed on, then describe what you did the last couple of hours during the day. Repeat chorus, sax solo, guitar solo, sax solo, play live for three and a half hours. Remember, I get 10% of your earnings.

The Doors – An incendiary yet provocative late 60’s band that progressed from being an oddball arty band to a mean and muscular blues band.

Notable Accomplishments: Informed lead singer’s mother that he would enjoy having sexual intercourse with her; Lead singer exposed himself to a crowd in Miami, directly resulting in every lewd act to ever occur in Southern Florida; Wrote songs that allow carnival organ players to believe that they too have a shot someday (they don’t).

Why They’re Good: More than any other band, the Doors embodied paradox. A drunken, buffoonish loudmouth was considered a poet; a simple four piece band (without a bassist) could plunge a love song into a madhouse nightmare of profundity and despair; and Ray Manzarek could star in a rock band instead of playing Take Me Out To The Ball Game at minor league games. Plus they wrote songs about waking up and drinking beer.

Why They’re Not As Good As Led Zeppelin: Besides the fact that it’s hard to claim the number one spot in rock band history after you drunkenly wet your pants on stage (and yeah, Fergie, that goes for you too), when the rest of your band resembles a nerd, a serial killer, and someone who just stuck his junk in a wall socket, you’re at a huge disadvantage to start with. Throw in marathon slurred diatribes aimed at the very people who paid good money to see you after you spent said money on booze and narcotics, and it’s even tougher. Become the subject of an Oliver Stone movie, and you’re shit out of luck.

The Rest – I could go on, but I’m running low on beer, so I’ll cut to the chase:

The Rolling Stones – Do not qualify as a rock band since they technically predate music itself.

U2 – Contemporary band best known for having 1,000 songs that go “chinga-chinga-chinga-chinga-chinga-chinga-chinga-chinga”, and employing the Pope on vocals.

Metallica – Lords of Heavy Metal, they are responsible for fooling people into thinking sped up Bach-riffs are original. Also recorded St. Anger.

Rush – Canadian

Black Sabbath – The original Heavy Metal band, now associated with Alzheimer’s, reality TV, and octogenarians that throw devil’s horn salutes.

Styx, Journey, Foreigner, et al. – Get the fuck out of here.

The Black Crowes – Shampoo, guys. Also, invest in a calendar.

Everyone New – If you honestly believe Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Coldplay or any of this ilk belong on the list, I’d like to cordially invite you over to my house so I can kick you in the vagina.

From: Dogs On Drugs

Robert Plant Performs Led Zeppelin Classics On New Concert Benefit DVD

Robert Plant Performs Led Zeppelin Classics On New Concert Benefit DVD
In September 2009 a handful of famous British rock musicians, including Robert Plant, performed a concert at London's O2 Arena as a benefit for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation. A DVD of highlights of the show, which was called Rockwell, will be released on June 19 by MVD.

Plant performs three songs on this DVD, two of which, Whole Lotta Love and Black Dog, are from his days fronting Led Zeppelin. The third, Fixin' to Die is a cover of a blues song by Bukka White that Plant released on his 2002 album, Dreamland. Bob Dylan also released a version of the song on his 1962 debut.

The DVD also features Tom Jones (It's Not Unusual, Sex Bomb and It's Your Thing), Joss Stone and David Grey. For the finale, all the acts gather on stage to sing the Beatles Let It Be.

Nordorff-Robbins uses music therapy as a form of treatment for such conditions as autism, dementia, stroke, brain injury and depression. According to their website, they "deliver over 50,000 music therapy sessions per year in care homes, day centres, hospitals, schools and our own centres. We are also developing a range of other music and health projects aimed at bringing music to more and more people in local communities."

From: Ultimate Classic Rock

Jimmy Page offers fine art photo collection for sale

Jimmy Page has announced the release of the official Jimmy Page Fine Art Photographic Print Collection, a collaboration between the iconic Led Zeppelin guitarist and five noted photographers who have captured his image through the years.

The photo set contains three live shot of Page performing with Led Zeppelin, a photo of the guitarist's axes before a gig in 1977, and a 2009 portrait shot. The prints, taken by Neal Preston, Jorgen Angel, Dick Barnett, Baron Wolman and Ross Halfin, are available on Jimmy Page's official website.

According to the website, "This museum-quality collection has been produced to the highest standards to be framed and displayed as pieces of art. Under strict supervision, each silver gelatin black and white photograph has been traditionally printed by hand from negative in a laboratory dark room on Ilford premium quality fibre-based paper, the color photograph is printed on Fuji Crystal archival paper. Jimmy Page and each photographer have worked closely together with the dark room technicians and printer to produce this highly-collectible collection."

Jimmy Page offers fine art photo collection for sale

The photos will be limited to 50 prints each. Each photo is numbered and signed by both Page and the photographer. The prints are currently available individually or as a Deluxe Portfolio boxset. Only 10 Deluxe Portfolio boxsets have been produced.

The price for each print is £1,000 (approx. $1,600 US) or £7,000 for each boxset (approx. $11,172 US).

From: Music Radar

Led Zeppelin - The Drink

Drinkify has a drink that they've labelled "The Led Zeppelin". Their recommendation is not to listen Led Zeppelin alone. Enjoy this cocktail below:

"The Led Zeppelin"
  • 8 oz. Canadian Club Whiskey
  • 8 oz. Coffee

  • Combine in highball glass and serve.

    Led Zeppelin - The Drink

    Hindenburg disaster, 75 years later, still a horror for humanity

    Hindenburg disaster, 75 years later, still a horror for humanity

    In hindsight, filling an 804-ft.-long, 15-story-tall airship with a highly flammable gas might not have been the safest way to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

    But in the 1930s, hydrogen-filled dirigibles, first developed by the Germans, were the fastest way to travel between America and Europe.

    The airship era came to an abrupt and fiery end May 6, 1937, with the sudden explosion of the LZ 129 Hindenburg as it attempted to dock at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in southern New Jersey with 97 people aboard.

    Thirty-six people died - 13 passengers, 22 crew members and one person working on the ground.

    Three days earlier, the Hindenburg, festooned with Nazi swastikas on the tailfin, left Frankfurt. After an uneventful trip across the Atlantic, the airship passed over Boston in the morning, then circled lower Manhattan, where office workers flooded the streets for a glimpse of the dirigible as thunderstorms delayed the Hindenburg's attempt to land in Lakehurst until about 7 p.m.

    The last surviving passenger, Werner Doehner, was just 8 when the airship suddenly began to tilt.

    "Instantly, the whole place was on fire," Doehner told the Associated Press. "My mother threw me out the window. She threw my brother out. Then she threw me, but I hit something and bounced back. She caught me and threw me the second time out."

    Doehner, his brother and his mother all survived - but his father and younger sister were not so lucky. To this day, Doehner is still so pained by the memories he rarely grants interviews.

    Robert Buchanan was a 17-year-old grounds crew member in 1937.

    "The ship came in much higher than normal and I was under engine number one," he said. "This 12,000 horsepower engine with no muffler suddenly went full-throttle and I looked up as soon as I heard it roaring. I saw sparks and flames coming out of it. Two or three seconds later the whole sky was just one huge flame. The ship was coming down on us. By instinct, I turned perpendicular to the ship and ran as fast as I could. Finally, when the heat diminished, I turned around. The last thing I saw of the Hindenburg was the stern in the ground, the nose sticking up in the air and fire was shooting out of the bow. Then it all came crashing down and became just a burning skeleton."

    Now 93, Buchanan attributes his survival to that fateful night's heavy rains, which soaked his sweater, preventing falling debris from lighting it on fire.

    "Terrified, that's the only word I can think of that describes how terrible it was," he said. "The heat was very intense, but the heavy wool sweater that my grandmother made for me was soaking wet from the rain and that kept me from getting burned. All it did was singe my hair, but the smell bothered me that night and for the next couple of days. Even when I took showers, the smell just lingered."

    The Hindenburg made 37 transatlantic trips, safely carrying 2,798 passengers a total of nearly 200,000 miles.

    Dr. Horst Shirmer, 81, whose father designed the aeronautics for the Hindenburg, is one of the last people alive to have ridden on the doomed airship. He was five when his father took him on a test ride over Lake Constance in Switzerland in 1936.

    "The ship was huge and looked like a grand hotel," he remembered.

    "One experience still sticks in my mind. My father had me stand under the ship, which was weightless and suspended in a hanger. He said, 'Raise the ship with your hands.' The ship was so giant I couldn't even see the tail or bow, but I could raise it up like a toy balloon."

    Less than a year later, a thousand sightseers, journalists and photographers, including Charles Hoff of the Daily News, were on hand to witness - and record - the horrifying images of the very same dirigible as it burst into flames and fell to earth.

    "The Hindenburg is so prolifically remembered because it was the first disaster filmed as it happened," says Carl Jablonksi, President of the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society, which will host a memorial ceremony today. "We know about what happened to the Titanic, but there's no film. We know by word of mouth. But this was filmed."

    The most famous report came from radioman Herbert Morrison, whose lugubrious "Oh the humanity!" became one of history's most recognized broadcasts.

    The cause of the tragedy, however, is still unknown.

    Some believe static sparked the fire. Others think it was lightning.

    Buchanan believes engine failure ignited the airship's outer skin.

    "At the time, none of the officials, or even my cousins, took much stock in the backfire I witnessed," he said. "Now, 75 years later, that's changing. I will never forget those red-hot burnt pieces of carbon leaping from the engine moments before the explosion."

    "A small fire became a big fire," Jablonski said. "Once it got through 16 cells of hydrogen, it only took 34 seconds for the ship to become engulfed and fall."

    From: New York Daily News

    Led Zeppelin front cover

    Of course, artist George Hardie was commissioned to design the sleeve of Led Zeppelin's eponymous début album by manager Peter Grant, in October 1968. Hardie had previously worked on Jeff Beck's album Truth, whom Grant had also managed, and his original concept was to have a sequential image of a zeppelin with clouds and waves. Guitarist Jimmy Page wasn't entirely convinced and asked him to swap the design to a single facsimile image of the Hindenburg (LZ-129) going down in flames. Hardie's original concept however was later reused in part, on the inner gatefold sleeve of the next album, Led Zeppelin II.

    Beastie Boys and Led Zeppelin

    Beastie Boys and Led Zeppelin
    The world mourned the loss of Beastie Boys' vocalist & bassist Adam "MCA" Yauch on Friday, May 4, 2012, after he died from a three year battle with cancer. On the surface, the Beatie Boys could be thought of as a punk band or a hip hop band, however they were fans of classic rock, including Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.

    As a nod, they sampled three Zeppelin songs on their first two albums. The Beastie Boys' Rhymin & Stealin from Licensed To Ill sampled the main drum beat from When The Levee Breaks, She's Crafty from Licensed To Ill sampled the main guitar riff from The Ocean and What Comes Around from Paul's Boutique sampled the snare drum intro from Moby Dick.

    Allegedly, Led Zeppelin sued Beastie Boys for the use of When The Levee Breaks, which may have led Paul's Boutique engineer Mario "Mario C" Caldato, Jr. to say in a March 2001 interview that "We had spent about a $1/4 million in rights and licensing for samples."

    I would like to think that Led Zeppelin compliments Beastie Boys songs (or vice versa). Check out these mashups below.

    BIMM Bristol to offer scholarship in memory of Led Zeppelin manager

    BIMM Bristol to offer scholarship in memory of Led Zeppelin manager
    BIMM Bristol, the college of popular music, is offering a Peter Grant Memorial Scholarship in memory of the legendary figure best known as the manager of Led Zeppelin.

    The scholarship is for a place on the brand new BA (Hons) degree course, Music Industry Management, which is being launched by BIMM Bristol from September 2012. The Peter Grant Memorial Scholarship will cover approx £16,000 of course fees across the three-year undergraduate programme.

    BIMM Principal Vaseema Hamilton explained: "BIMM have created this scholarship in memory of the one of the most influential figures of the modern music industry."

    Peter Grant's daughter, Helen Grant, added: "My father would have been both touched and honoured that this scholarship has been created in his name. He was a great inspiration to many people in the business; not only on the management front, but also in the way he looked after his artists in his own, infamous way! A charismatic personality coupled with great humor, means he is never far away. This is a long overdue accolade."

    Mark Clayden, BIMM Bristol College manager commented: "We have designed the BA (Hons) Music Industry Management to support up and coming young professionals eager to make their mark in the music industry. We will be training students in all areas of this ever changing industry including: Live Event Management, Retail, Promotion, Record Labels, A&R, Working With Musicians, Finances and Music Law."

    As well as managing Led Zeppelin, Peter Grant also worked closely with Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, the Animals and the Yardbirds, to name a few.

    In 1996, The MMF award for outstanding achievement in management was renamed the Peter Grant Award in his honour.

    From: Music Week

    Former Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC drummers join John Bonham tribute concert

    Former Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC drummers join John Bonham tribute concert
    Led Zeppelin's John Bonham was always a drummer's drummer, and more than 30 years after his death, Bonzo's beats are still leaving their mark on percussive musicians.

    A notable list of Bonham disciples — among them Steven Adler (formerly of Guns N' Roses), Simon Wright (ex-AC/DC) and Vinny Appice (a Black Sabbath veteran) — are scheduled to perform in West Hollywood, California, during the Bonzo's Birthday Bash tribute concert on May 31, which would have been Bonham's 64th birthday.

    Backed by a band dubbed The Moby Dicks, each celebrity drummer will have the chance to play a favorite Zeppelin song on a Bonham replica drum kit. "There are no rules other than to have fun putting your own groove and character into your song choice," says event host/drummer Brian Tichy, whose credits include albums by Foreigner and Whitesnake. "It's such a unique night, seeing how all these great drummers approach the same drum set making it their own."

    Other scheduled participants include Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper) and Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart).

    Tickets for Bonzo's Birthday Bash, taking place at West Hollywood's House of Blues, go on sale May 3.

    From: Ultimate Classic Rock

    Robert Plant Featured on new Amy Cook Album

    Robert Plant Featured on new Amy Cook Album
    Austin-based singer-songwriter Amy Cook will release her new album, entitled Summer Skin, on August 28 via Roothouse Records/Thirty Tigers. The 12-song release features an all-star list of guests including Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, Ben Kweller and an equally star-studded band consisting of David Garza (guitar), Me’Shell N’Degeocello (bass), Chris Bruce (guitar) and Jonathan Wilson (drums). Plant performs on two tunes, “It’s Gonna Rain” and “Airplane Driver.” Summer Skin comes as the followup to 2010's Let The Light In.


    Robert Plant announces one-off London show for July

    Robert Plant will be play a one-off London show on July 12 at London's HMV Forum.

    The show will see the former Led Zeppelin man performing with his new project, the Sensational Space Shifters, with whom he will also be appearing with at a show at Gloucester Guildhall on May 8 and at this year's WOMAD festival at Wiltshire's Charlton Park on July 27-29.

    The Sensational Space Shifters are said to "draw inspiration from the roots music of Mississippi, Appalachia, Gambia, Bristol and the foothills of Wolverhampton" and are made up of Robert Plant on vocals, harmonica, Juldeh Camara of JuJu on the ritti, kologo, talking drum and vocals, Justin Adams also of JuJu and Jah Wobble on guitar, bendir and vocals, John Baggott of Massive Attack and Portishead on keyboards, Liam 'Skin' Tyson of Cast on guitar and vocals, Dave Smith of JuJu and Outhouse Ruhabi on drums and percussion and finally, Billy Fuller of JuJu and Beak on bass guitar and vocals.

    Tickets for the London show go on sale May 4 at 9am (BST). Head to for further information on WOMAD.

    Robert Plant released his last album, Band of Joy, in 2010. It was his ninth solo record.

    To check the availability of Robert Plant tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.


    Jimmy Page Digitized

    England's National Portrait Gallery began digitalizing it's collection in 1996, and began making it's portraits available online a year later.

    By 2009 the Gallery had digitized 70,000 images. Today, the figure stands at over 100,000 images.

    The 100,000th portrait digitized by The National Gallery was a picture of Jimmy Page, taken by acclaimed rock photographer Ross Halfin.

    The photograph was taken in 2009 and was donated to the gallery by Dave Brolen. Both Page and Halfin have signed the limited edition print, and it is part of a collection of five photographs of Page signed by photographer and artist. The other pictures in the portfolio are by Jorgen Angel in Copenhagen in 1970, Dick Barnatt at Earls Court Arena in 1975, Neal Preston at Chicago Stadium in 1977, Baron Wolman at Oakland Coliseum in 1977.

    Page appears in six pictures in total at the portrait gallery, including one of him with the Yardbirds in 1966. The gallery also has a single Robert Plant picture, as well as a Sandy Denny portrait.

    From: Ramble On Radio, by Brian Gardiner.

    Aerosmith Tops Zeppelin in Top 100 Song Poll

    With unusual precedence, Aerosmith's Sweet Emotion hit the number one spot in a Top 100 Classic Rock Song Poll on What is so unusual about that is that Aerosmith topped the usual top bands, such as Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones and that Led Zeppelin's entry was not Stairway To Heaven or Whole Lotta Love, but Kashmir.

    Don't get me wrong, Kashmir is an epic song. It was performed over 200 times by Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page solo and Page & Plant in 4 different incarnations.

    Robert Plant said that Kashmir was the one of his favorite songs because it had all the latent energy and power that was not heavy metal. Also, in a January 2008 television interview, he also said that Kashmir was his first choice of all Led Zeppelin songs to sing.

    Jimmy Page said that he thought that Kashmir was one of the best compositions.

    John Paul Jones suggested that it contains all of the elements that composed the sound of Led Zeppelin.

    In 2004, Kashmir was ranked 140th in a list of Rolling Stones' 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time & in 2009, it was ranked 21st Greatest Hard Rock Song Of All Time by VH1.

    What do you think?

 is Promoting an Exclusive and Rare Opportunity to Own a Piece of Led Zeppelin History is Promoting an Exclusive and Rare Opportunity to Own a Piece of Led Zeppelin History is Promoting an Exclusive and Rare Opportunity to Own a Piece of Led Zeppelin History
    Chicago,IL (PRWEB) May 01, 2012 is promoting an exclusive and rare opportunity to own a piece of Led Zeppelin history: its limited edition 20th anniversary numbered Led Zeppelin Hindenburg collector's certificate with an original memorabilia ticket in the mezzanine section of the now demolished Chicago Stadium.

    This exclusive package includes a hand signed numbered custom certificate issued by the President of Metro Pulse on antique parchment stock, the original documented purchaser of all the original tickets accompanied with 1 mezzanine ticket. This limited edition collectible spans the best of both worlds, an original Led Zeppelin memorabilia item and an original Chicago Stadium item.

    The package allotted for this promotion will be released on a first come first served basis with no individual limits on quantity while supply lasts and each individual purchase (including multiple entries for individual purchases in quantity) will qualify to win a signed Robert Plant promotional photo from the 1980s. The photo, black and white and 5 x 7 size, is accompanied by a forensic examination certificate featured here verifying it's authenticity.

    Follow us on Twitter (@ledzeptickets) and Facebook ( for updates and more information.

    'Heart Zeppish' disc title in Heart's new boxed set

    The upcoming Heart box set Strange Euphoria will deliver an embarrassment of riches for both hardcore fans and casual fans alike, thanks to the inclusion of a number of previously unreleased or hard to find tracks.

    Strange Euphoria is set for a June 5 release and a newly released tracklisting reveals that the set will feature 56 tracks on four CDs plus a DVD of the rare 1976 ‘Dreamboat Annie’ television performance.

    The audio will be spread across three discs, with exciting news that an additional fourth bonus disc titled ‘Heart Zeppish’ will contain five of the legendary Led Zeppelin covers that have become a staple of the Heart live shows.

    It’s hard to think of an artist better equipped to sing the Led Zeppelin catalog than Ann Wilson. Zeppelin tracks have been a familiar sight in the Heart setlist for decades and Ann shared with us her particular admiration for the ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ album during an interview last summer.

    “I felt that that album just had it all – I think it was the most original album that they had done so far then. Before then, they’ve always been a blues band, you know. So, I think when ‘Zeppelin IV’ came, they were still a blues band, like on ‘When the Levee Breaks’ and ‘Black Dog.’ But they really took it to their own new original level. A song like ‘Stairway’ and ‘Going to California,’ those things were just ... that ‘When the Levee Breaks,’ ‘Going to California’ and ‘Battle of Evermore’ could all exist on the same album was pretty brilliant to me.”

    Strange Euphoria include many of the expected hits, but often, they’re either live or demo versions, offering a new twist on familiar favorites. The career-spanning box features songs from many of the Heart albums, including their two most recent, ‘Jupiter’s Darling’ and ‘Red Velvet Car.’

    One of the most interesting inclusions might be the song ‘Through Eyes and Glass,’ one of Ann Wilson’s earliest compositions from the pre-Heart ‘Ann Wilson & The Daybreaks.’ She sang vocals and also played flute on the track, which was released independently in 1969.

    Tracks from Ann and Nancy’s Lovemongers side project, a collaboration with longtime associate Sue Ennis, will also be included and additionally, Ann and Nancy’s solo work is represented with a track apiece.

    Previously unreleased studio recordings and live tracks round out the set, with highlights including a live version of the band’s ‘80s hit ‘Never’ featuring a guest appearance from former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.

    The Wilson sisters contribute track-by-track commentary for the new set, which will be a nice precursor to the band’s summer tour and the new ‘Fanatic’ studio album, which is set for release this fall.

    Their timeless anthem ‘Barracuda’ recently landed at No. 41 on our list of The Top 100 Classic Rock Songs.

    Strange Euphoria Track Listing:

    Disc 1:
    1. ‘Through Eyes And Glass’ (by Ann Wilson & The Daybreaks)
    2. ‘Magic Man’ (demo)
    3. ‘How Deep It Goes’ (demo)
    4. ‘Crazy On You’ (demo)
    5. ‘Dreamboat Annie (Fantasy Child)’ + ‘Dreamboat Annie Reprise (edit)’
    6. ‘Love Alive’
    7. ‘Sylvan Song’
    8. ‘Dream Of The Archer’
    9. ‘White Lightning And Wine’ (live at the Aquarius)
    10. ‘Barracuda’ (live from BBC Radio Concert)
    11. ‘Little Queen’
    12. ‘Kick It Out’
    13. ‘Here Song’ (demo)
    14. ‘Heartless’ (demo)
    15. ‘Dog & Butterfly’ (acoustic demo)
    16. ‘Straight On’
    17. ‘Nada One’

    Disc 2:
    1. ‘Bebe le Strange’
    2. ‘Silver Wheels II’
    3. ‘Even It Up’
    4. ‘Sweet Darlin”
    5. ‘City’s Burning’
    6. ‘Angels’
    7. ‘Love Mistake’
    8. ‘Lucky Day’ (demo)
    9. ‘Never’ (live, with John Paul Jones)
    10. ‘These Dreams’
    11. ‘Nobody Home’
    12. ‘Alone’
    13. ‘Wait For An Answer’
    14. ‘Unconditional Love’ (demo)
    15. ‘High Romance’ (demo)
    16. ‘Under The Sky’ (demo)
    17. ‘Desire Walks On’ (“Beach demo” version)

    Disc 3:
    1. ‘Kiss’ (by The Lovemongers)
    2. ‘Sand’ (live) (by The Lovemongers)
    3. ‘Everything’ (live) (by Nancy Wilson)
    4. ‘She Still Believes’ (live)
    5. ‘Any Woman’s Blues’ (demo) (with the Seattle Blues Revue Horns)
    6. ‘Strange Euphoria’
    7. ‘Boppy’s Back’ (demo)
    8. ‘Friend Meets Friend’ (live) (by The Lovemongers)
    9. ‘Love Or Madness’ (live)
    10. ‘Skin To Skin’
    11. ‘Fallen Ones’
    12. ‘Enough’
    13. ‘Lost Angel’ (live)
    14. ‘Little Problems, Little Lies’ (by Ann Wilson)
    15. ‘Queen City’
    16. ‘Hey You’
    17. ‘Avalon’ (Reprise)

    Disc 5:
    1. ‘Going to California’
    2. ‘Battle Of Evermore’
    3. ‘What Is And What Should Never Be’
    4. ‘Immigrant Song’
    5. ‘Misty Mountain Hop’

    From: Ultimate Classic Rock

    John Bonham in list of 25 iconic snare drum intros

    John Bonham made a list by the A.V. Club of drummers that have "iconic" drum intros. Their Bonham submission in the list is Whole Lotta Love from Led Zeppelin II. The list on the webpage is not in order, however, but the first reader to correctly name the song order of their snare solo supercut will receive a surprise. Email your guess and address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Here is what they had to say about Whole Lotta Love:

    The kick drum may be where the beat lives, but generally speaking, a song doesn't truly begin until the snare enters. It's the most valuable player of any drum kit, the anchor of every rhythm, the make-it-or-break-it force behind a song's respective strength, the thing listeners tap their steering wheels to—and yet, it often goes unsung, likely disregarded as too utilitarian or ordinary to be of note. But under the right hands, the snare drum can be every bit as iconic as a guitar solo. Led Zeppelin's John Bonham was one such master of precise snare work, and while he's rightly celebrated for his hard-hitting double-bass thundering on “Immigrant Song” or the frenzied multi-headed cacophony of “Moby Dick,” he also demonstrated the arresting power of a simple snare drum intro on songs like “D'Yer Mak'er” and especially the muscular, minimalist wonder that kicks off “Whole Lotta Love.” After 30 seconds of seduction from Jimmy Page's slow-vamping guitar and Robert Plant talking the audience's pants off, Bonham breaks the mounting tension with a swaggering series of snare drum sixteenth notes so ballsy it's like he's rapping them out with his testicles, then rolls off down the toms like lovers tumbling into bed. Plant and Page may have set the mood, but—as with any solid rock tune—it's the arrival of Bonham's swaggering snare that announces it's time to get down to business.

    A more suitable choice might have been a Zeppelin song that began with drums, rather than guitar, bass, keyboard or organ, such as Moby Dick or Rock And Roll. What do you think?

    Highly Anticipated Led Zeppelin Guitar Method Released by Alfred Music Publishing

    Highly Anticipated Led Zeppelin Guitar Method Released by Alfred Music Publishing
    Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 23, 2012

    Alfred Music Publishing, the world leader in educational print music publishing since 1922, releases Led Zeppelin Guitar Method Book & Enhanced CD set, the first ever guitar method to feature songs from the legendary band, with instructional material by award-winning authors Ron Manus and L. C. Harnsberger.

    The highly anticipated Led Zeppelin Guitar Method teaches the essentials required to play guitar right away, applied to 26 time-honored songs from the iconic band, written in standard notation and TAB. Beginning with the vocal melodies, the method book quickly moves on to teach authentic-sounding guitar parts of such classics as Stairway to Heaven, Immigrant Song, Whole Lotta Love, Misty Mountain Hop, Over the Hills and Far Away, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, and many more. Zeppelin songs are used to illustrate and teach concepts such as popular chord forms, major and minor scales, power chords, hammer-ons and pull-offs, and much more. Carefully arranged to capture the essence of their original recordings, some song arrangements have been simplified to facilitate a faster, more enjoyable learning process.

    To view the official Led Zeppelin Guitar Method trailer, visit

    The included enhanced CD demonstrates every song and exercise found in the book, playable on any conventional CD player. Computer playback of the disc delivers Alfred's exclusive Tone 'N' Tempo Changer technology, allowing users to easily slow down, speed up, change keys, and loop sections of the songs for practice—an invaluable tool in the journey to learning how to play the guitar. The book also includes a helpful chord and guitar fingerboard chart. As a bonus, historical facts and photos of Led Zeppelin are featured throughout the method book.

    The Led Zeppelin Guitar Method Book & Enhanced CD set (00-33568) is available for $24.99 at music retail stores and at
    Titles: Babe I'm Gonna Leave You * The Battle of Evermore * Boogie with Stu * Bring It on Home * Bron-Y-Aur Stomp * Communication Breakdown * Dazed and Confused * Going to California * Good Times Bad Times * Heartbreaker * How Many More Times * Immigrant Song * The Lemon Song * Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman) * Misty Mountain Hop * Moby Dick * Out on the Tiles * Over the Hills and Far Away * Rock and Roll * Stairway to Heaven * Thank You * What Is and What Should Never Be * When the Levee Breaks * Whole Lotta Love * You Shook Me.

    Review Copy Available Upon Request

    About Alfred Music Publishing
    Alfred Music Publishing is the world's largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level. Alfred's home office is located in Los Angeles, with domestic offices in Miami and New York as well as offices around the world including Australia, Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Since 1922, Alfred Music Publishing has been dedicated to helping people learn, teach, and play music. Alfred currently has over 90,000 active titles. Alfred represents a wide range of well-known publications—from methods like Alfred's Basic Guitar, Alfred's Basic Piano Library, Premier Piano Course, Sound Innovations, and Suzuki, to artists like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, Green Day, Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Eagles, Cole Porter, and George and Ira Gershwin, to brands like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Billboard.

    In addition to its own titles, Alfred distributes products from over 50 companies, including Belwin, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Dover Publications, DW Drums, Faber Music, Highland/Etling, Kalmus, National Guitar Workshop, Penguin, TASCAM, Ultimate Support, and WEA.

    From: PRWeb

    Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters At Guildhall Gloucester On Tuesday May 8 2012

    Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters At Guildhall Gloucester On Tuesday May 8 2012

    The following concert has just been announced:

    “Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters” performing at Guildhall, Gloucester on May 8th 2012. Tickets on sale at 10 am, Friday April 20. (Maximum 4 per applicant). Gloucester Guildhall box office: 01452 503 050

    24hr CC Hotline: 0844 811 0051


    Memories of Led Zeppelin in Tolworth (April 16, 1969)

    A music fan has remembered the gig 43 years ago this week where he saw rock superstars Led Zeppelin take to the stage in a "grotty" Tolworth pub.

    The legendary rockers would go on to have one of the biggest selling albums in history, playing to millions of fans across the globe on the back of classics such as Stairway to Heaven and Whole Lotta Love.

    But rock fan Steve Duffy remembers seeing them while 'out on the tiles' in the less-than-glamorous surroundings of the Toby Jug, in Hook Rise South, on April 16, 1969.

    The band - made up of frontman Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham - had already hit the big time with their self-titled debut album, a top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic, and were poised to embark on a huge American tour.

    Yet despite their imminent domination of the rock world, Mr Duffy didn't remember having any trouble getting into the venue, having been driven there, with friend Peter Graham, by his dad.

    Posting on fan page, he wrote: "To think they played 152 gigs that year, would be in San Francisco just two or three weeks after playing the grotty Toby Jug.

    "They must have been paid less than £10 each to perform there.

    "Great memories. Those were the days."

    However, the music fan was a little 'dazed and confused' about the song list the band played that night.

    He said: "The band was already so well known, but I don't remember any problems with crowds being kept out. It was a tiny room, about 100 to 120 people.

    "The stage was about six inches high at most.

    "I'm sure they did Dazed And Confused, Communication Breakdown and Babe I'm Gonna Leave You.

    "But I can't remember as much as I'd like."

    The Toby Jug had a reputation for breaking new bands, having played host to the likes of Traffic, David Bowie and Jethro Tull.

    It was torn down in 2000 over fears it might become a home for squatters and now makes up part of the site for a proposed new Tesco superstore.

    Rock and roll.

    From: Your Local Guardian

    John Paul Jones feat. Nick Beggs - Live in the USA Video Footage

    KajaFax prides itself on quality content and likes nothing better than to trawl its archives as often as possible to bring you the very best in all things 'Goo – both old and new.

    Today's footage was recorded live at Jaxx Nightclub, Springfield, Virginia on March 29th 2000, and features Nick on stage with Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.

    Audience shot, the show is complete and shows the Beggion at his absolute best!

    Without further ado, may we present part one of this great show. At one hour and thirteen minutes, it's probably a good idea to grab a drink and settle down to an absolute treat...


    Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Steel Guitar, Keyboards

    Chapman Stick


    The Smile of Your Shadow
    Nosumi Blues
    No Quarter
    Spaghetti Junction
    That's The Way (intro)-Going To California
    Steel Away
    Snake Eyes
    Nobody’s Fault But Mine
    Triple Neck
    Crack Back
    Bass n Drums
    B Fingers
    Jump Blues
    When the Levee Breaks
    Trampled Underfoot

    Black Dog

    From: KajaFax

    John Paul Jones at Bluesfest this weekend

    The Britain-based, US-born bluesman Seasick Steve is returning to Australia. His career took off only this past decade after being on Jools Holland's show. Seasick Steve has since appeared at all the big British festivals, been nominated for Brit Awards and his most recent, fifth studio album, You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks, was released by Jack White's Third Man Records in the US on May 31, 2011. Seasick Steve plays Bluesfest this weekend and The Corner Hotel on Tuesday. As if you need further incentive to see him, his touring band includes former Led Zeppelin bassist and Them Crooked Vultures member John Paul Jones.

    Seasick Steve is performing on the Mojo Stage at Bluesfest on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 5:00PM and on the Crossroads Stage on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 7:15PM. Tickets are still available at the Bluesfest Website. Tickets are sold out for next Tuesday's performance at The Corner Hotel.

    From: The Age

    Jim Marshall, Founder Of Marshall Amps, Passes Away Aged 88

    Jim Marshall, Founder Of Marshall Amps, Passes Away Aged 88

    Marshall Amps have today announced that founder and legendary innovator Jim Marshall has passed away aged 88. Metal Hammer would like to join the music industry, artists and fans around the world in paying tribute to a man that truly helped shaped our world and was a defining influence on music itself over the past 50 years.

    The Marshall website has released the following statement:

    "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved founder and leader for the past 50 years, Jim Marshall. While mourning the Guv'nor though, we also salute a legendary man who led a full and truly remarkable life.

    Jim's ascent into the history books as 'the Father of Loud' and the man responsible for 'the Sound of Rock' is a true rags-to-riches tale. Cruelly robbed of his youth by tubercular bones, Jim rose to become one of the four forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born. The ground breaking quartet also includes the late, great trio of Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover – together with Jim, they truly are the cornerstones of all things rock.

    In addition to the creation of the amps chosen by countless guitar heroes and game changing bands, Jim was also an incredibly humble and generous man who, over the past several decades, has quietly donated many millions of pounds to worthy causes.

    While the entire Marshall Amplification family mourns Jim's passing and will miss him tremendously, we all feel richer for having known him and are happy in the knowledge that he is now in a much better place which has just got a whole lot louder!

    Rest in Peace & thank you Jim.

    Your memory; the music and joy your amps have brought to countless millions for the past five decades; and that world-famous, omnipresent script logo that proudly bears your name will always live on."

    Jeff's Note: Jimmy Page was an avid user of Marshall amplifiers and cabinets, at least as early as March 1969 at Egegård Skole, Box 45 Teen Club, Gladsaxe, Denmark and continuing up through the 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion concert at the O2 Arena in London, England.

    From: Metal Hammer

    TBL Issue 32 in progress

    TBL Issue 32 in progress

    The new issue of the Tight But Loose magazine issue 32 is now in production for publication in May. This issue launches the TBL 2012 subscription and once again there is an array of essential Zep reading to soak up. Here's what's in store:

    John Paul Jones: The TBL Interview

    Talking Led Zep, bass guitars, opera and guest appearances – plus preview of Cambridge Kettle Yard Composer Portrait show

    Led Zeppelin 1972: Expanding their horizons in Australia and New Zealand

    Mike Tremaglio tracks Zep on tour down under 40 years on

    TBL Investigates: When and where did Led Zeppelin stage their first band rehearsal?

    Warren Grant: "My father was the man who Led Zeppelin - these are my memories" Part One of an exclusive interview

    Robert Plant – Space shifting to Womad and beyond

    Jimmy Page – Lucifer Rises!

    Plus Led Zep II multi-tracks, Jimmy Page website watch, Neal Preston photo Exhibition, Jeff Strawman profiles Jimmy's Gibson EDS-1275 double neck, Gerard Sparaco's CD reviews, latest news and more.

    If you are a 2011 TBL subscriber and have yet to re- subscribe (and looking at the subscription renewal rate, there are a fair few of you yet to do so) – now is the time to do so. All subscriptions received before May 30 will be at the current subscription price rate which with impending Royal Mail price increases will be reviewed ongoing after that date. Many thanks to all those who have so far subscribed.

    If you have yet to indulge in the TBL reading experience, or are a lapsed previous subscriber – I welcome you on board for the Zep fix you can rely on. Here is just one of many satisfied subscriber feedback comments:

    "TBL 30 arrived in my letterbox on Friday. Once again, it's a fantastic effort. Congratulations! I'm an avid reader of Mojo, Q, Uncut, Record Collector and Rolling Stone but my subscription to TBL is far and away the best value for money." (Michael Rae, Australia)

    Here's some initial reaction from the last issue TBL 31:

    "Have to say the new mag is exceptional. So many fantastic articles (the turquoise Zep 1 piece a particular fave). Highly enjoyable from first page to the last. I cannot praise this issue highly enough." (Andrew Ricci)

    "Another great read. Loved Mike Tremaglio's 1971 tour watch. The Japanese dates are a firm favourite in this household. Well done on another great magazine Dave." (Steve Harrison)

    "Read with interest the article on the first ever Led Zeppelin gig, great investigative work. Loved the Zep 1 piece as well." (Colin French)

    "TBL 31 arrived in the post yesterday. Another great read – well done to everyone who helped put it together. For those of you enjoy the TBL web site but have never tried the magazine, I strongly urge you to give it a go. Make it a New Year's resolution for 2012!" (Dave Linwood)

    "I'm about halfway through reading it, and a great read as always! Your research on the first LZ Gig is fascinating." (Ian Avey)

    "TBL issue 31 is a great way to start 2012. The level of printing quality and reproduction of the photos, both colour and black & white, is right up there. This is one of the many reasons that I so enjoy reading a proper, printed, magazine (or book for that matter), rather than looking at a PC monitor for hours. Relax in a comfy chair with a beer, listening to the world's best group, is a great way to spend the afternoon. All in all yet another highly enjoyable read, with something for every Zep fan." (Underground Uprising web site)

    As I have stated in the past, in an era of here today gone tomorrow instantly digested info, the Tight But Loose magazine remains a true tangible collectable – with exclusive content all pleasingly presented in an all colour format that can be stored, and re- read time and time again.

    To order the TBL 2012 Subscription go to the TBL 2012 Subscription link here

    This will cover the next three issues –TBL 32 (due May), TBL 33 (due September) and TBL 34 (due January 2013)

    Please note I advise you point your browser at (and save as favourite) as opposed to ongoing until futher notice.

    Here's a final endorsement:

    "Tight But Loose is a great magazine" John Paul Jones – March 2012

    Many thanks in advance for all your support.

    Dave Lewis

    Don't forget you can follow Dave Lewis/TBL on Twitter – @LedzeppelinTBL

    and Facebook (add us as a friend) at:!/profile.php?id=1611296783

    Texas Tornados Uproot Plant's Travel Plans

    Texas Tornados Uproot Plant's Travel Plans
    Robert Plant consented to a brief interview with YNN whilst delayed at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas. He can be seen and his comments heard from 1:55 onwards in the video report below:

    Thanks to Steve A. Jones!

    American Idol contestant Elise Testone sings Whole Lotta Love

    American Idol, Season 11 contestant Elise Testone sang a cover of Whole Lotta Love this evening, giving a rousing performance. In Season 8, Adam Lambert along sang Whole Lotta Love. What do you think of Elise?

    Underscore brands Robert Plant’s son’s Beavertown Brewery

    Underscore has designed the branding for Beavertown Brewery, an artisan brewery in east London’s De Beauvoir established by Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant’s son, Logan.

    Underscore brands Robert Plant’s son’s Beavertown Brewery

    The consultancy was appointed to the project last summer following a creative pitch against four or five other consultancies, according to Underscore director Neil Stanhope.

    The Beavertown Brewery brand will initially comprise three products - 8Ball Smogrocket and Neckoil, an IPA, a Porter and a session beer. These will be sold in the Duke bar in east London that opened last month, established by Plant and Off Broadway cocktail bar owner Byron Knight. The Duke interiors were created in-house, and feature works from local artists and bespoke-made furniture.

    Underscore brands Robert Plant’s son’s Beavertown Brewery

    Underscore’s branding draws on the heritage of Plant and Knight, from the Midlands and America respectively, as well as taking cues from the east London location. The Beavertown name is a by-gone Cockney colloquial reference to De Beauvoir.

    Stanhope says, ‘It’s deeply rooted in the east end - we were looking to create something that had depth that would be resonant of the place Beavertown.’

    Underscore brands Robert Plant’s son’s Beavertown Brewery

    The identity features hand-drawn bespoke typography, and sun and moon icons alluding to the ‘past and future calling’ of the brand owners.

    Stanhope says, ‘The typeface has a distressed, American feel to it to link in with the history and make it feel more established. It’s driven by the idea that [the owners] are maverick traditionalists - that juxtaposition creates something unique. The sun represents the creative energy - it’s the message that they’re ignited a fire that can’t be contained.’

    Underscore brands Robert Plant’s son’s Beavertown Brewery

    The identity will be shown across the bottles and bar pulls, as well as a website designed by Underscore which is due to launch over the next couple of weeks. It is hoped that following the initial range, Underscore will work on branding for further products with a view to launching them into mainstream retailers.

    From: Design Week

    Red Hot Chili Peppers Want Jimmy Page To Join Them On Stage

    Red Hot Chili Peppers are hoping they can persuade Jimmy Page to join them on-stage when they play at Knebworth Park in the U.K. on June 23. Speaking to London’s Daily Star, Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith said, “Jimmy Page has come to our shows before but we haven’t had a chance to play with him. That would be really cool, so maybe that can happen. Maybe we can get Page to come out to Knebworth. I saw him come on with Foo Fighters at Wembley.”

    Smith went on to say performing at Knebworth held special meaning for the band. “I first heard about Knebworth when Led Zeppelin played there in 1979,” he said, “so to me it’s hallowed ground and pretty cool. Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, The Stones and Queen and The Who – I grew up listening to all of them. To be accepted where these guys play blows our minds. It’s like a bucket list kind of thing. We can tick that one off.”

    From: Gibson Lifestyle

    Jimmy Page uses the box

    Whenever guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin decides to place one of his pieces of priceless rock memorabilia in storage, he relies on a business which is based in Yorkshire’s former mining heartland.

    Page uses storage boxes made by Really Useful Products, a company which was started in a spare bedroom and is set to reel in £30m this year. The company was founded more than a decade ago by former accountant Mike Pickles, who is proud of the role he has played in bringing jobs to an area that suffered badly when the coal mines closed.

    Really Useful Products, which is based in Normanton, West Yorkshire, employs 190 people and is set to hire more as the company increases its market share.

    It produces storage boxes for the home and office market and has won big contracts with major companies including Staples and Walmart.

    Mr Pickles, who is the managing director, bought the company name for £100, 12 years ago. It has a manufacturing base in Normanton and warehousing in the West Midlands and Chicago, along with sales outlets in Europe.

    Mr Pickles said: “My strategy is to take advantage of opportunities. I’d learned how to count money. I then learned how to make money. I thought, ‘Why not create a plastic storage box, that could be used for maintaining your archive records?’ ”

    Using the equity from his house, Mr Pickles embarked on a business career.

    He recalled: “Twelve years ago it was a new business in a new market. I had never been involved with plastic boxes in my life. In the first 12 months of trading we achieved about £1m of turnover. Now, 12 years on, we should do around £30m this year.”

    In the early days, he delivered the boxes to stores in places like Hull in a car with a trailer attached.

    Mr Pickles believes innovators are likely to achieve greater success during a period of economic turbulence.

    He said: “If everything is good in retailing, why should a buyer take a chance? But if sales are tough and they’ve got to fight for every pound of sales on the high street, they’re going to make sure their selection is optimised.

    “A recession shakes people out of complacency. People are much more open to new ideas in a recession. Great ideas sell, but as Apple have shown, you’ve got to be able to market it. You’ve got to have a route to market. We sold to Staples in Germany, Canada and America.

    “We are continually looking to recruit additional people. But we are a global business.

    “We are almost at full capacity here. The next stage is to look at other opportunities. The next thing we will do is manufacture directly in America.”

    Last year, Really Useful Products was the winner of the award for Yorkshire SME of the Year, sponsored by Santander Corporate Banking, at the Variety Club’s Yorkshire Business Awards.

    Mr Pickles said: “Although my mum describes me as an entrepreneur, I’m just an average guy, from an average area, and I’ve just been lucky.

    “The great thing about storage is that everybody needs it. Staples tell me they have famous footballers coming in to the store and buying boxes.

    “Jimmy Page keeps all his archive in our boxes. He’s a great guy, very down to earth. It creates a buzz for the employees, because it really endorses the product.

    “I’ve invested my money in a product that everybody needs. It’s a massive market. If I get one per cent of it, I’m smiling. There are many opportunities out there, it’s just a question of seeing them.”

    The latest phase in the company’s development is the Boxes Made with Love logo. Mr Pickles recalled: “I was at an industry event and the MD of a leading Japanese electronics company asked me why our boxes were different. I said that they were made with love. He said that sounded good and we should use the tag line.”

    From: Yorkshire Post

    Plant sighting in Austin, Texas

    Plant sighting in Austin, Texas
    Photo by: Olga Campos
    Robert Plant was seen in the crowd at the Austin Music Hall in Austin Texas on March 14, 2012.

    He was there to watch the 30th Anniversary Austin Music Awards & Bruce Springsteen perform with Joe Ely.

    Lucifer Rising: The Collection Has Been Exhumed

    Lucifer Rising: The Collection Has Been Exhumed

    16 MARCH 2012


    "On March 20th, the Spring Equinox 2012, the title music for Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks will have its premiere and release.

    The title music, along with other musical pieces recorded at my home studio in the early Seventies, have been revisited, remixed and released for the first time.

    This is a musical diary of avant-garde compositions and experiments, one of which was to appear on the film 'Lucifer Rising'.

    The collection has been exhumed and is now ready for public release. This will be available exclusively on the website.

    There will be a standard release on heavyweight vinyl.

    In addition there will be a special run of 418 numbered copies. The first 93 copies will be signed and numbered.

    There are liner notes and commentary to each track. The tracks are:

    Side One
    1) Lucifer Rising - Main Track

    Side Two
    1) Incubus
    2) Damask
    3) Unharmonics
    4) Damask - Ambient
    5) Lucifer Rising - Percussive Return"

    Lucifer Rising: The Collection Has Been Exhumed
    Jimmy Page, March 2012

    There are three versions of Lucifer Rising available:

    Standard edition - £20
    Deluxe edition - £30
    Signed Deluxe edition - £195

    'Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks' will be available exclusively from at 14:00 GMT (UK time) on Tuesday 20th March 2012.

    As with Death Wish II, we anticipate a high volume of traffic to the website on release day and, while we shall provide additional hosting support, we appreciate your patience in advance if is slower than normal during this period.

    Visit at 14:00 GMT on Tuesday 20th March 2012 to buy 'Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks'.

    In addition to the standard release of 'Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks' there will be a Deluxe edition of the album available, limited to just 418 copies. The Deluxe edition is distinguishable from the standard album by its subtle artwork variations and each copy is individually hand-numbered.

    Jimmy Page has signed the first 93 copies of the Deluxe edition.

    For fairness, Deluxe and Signed Deluxe editions of 'Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks' will only be available through a pre-registration system in advance of the release day.

    On Monday 19th March 2012, will randomly select 418 registrants from these lists - 93 from the Signed Deluxe list and 325 from the Deluxe list - to gain exclusive access for 48 hours to purchase the corresponding product.

    Those wishing to purchase either a Deluxe or Signed Deluxe edition can register their interest below. Only successful registrants will be able to purchase a Deluxe or Signed Deluxe edition within the 48-hour window. Any remaining Deluxe or Signed Deluxe editions not purchased by successful registrants during this period will then go on general sale at 14:00 GMT on Thursday 22nd March 2012.

    1. Register
    Register your interest in purchasing a Deluxe or Signed Deluxe edition between now and 23:59 GMT on Sunday 18th March 2012.

    Click here to register for a Deluxe edition
    (325 available priced £30)


    Click here to register for a Signed Deluxe edition
    (93 available priced £195)

    Please note: You can register for both products - once for the Deluxe edition and once for the Signed Deluxe edition - but duplicate registrations per product, per account will be invalid.

    2. Selecting 418 registrants
    We will randomly select and email 418 successful registrants by 18:00 GMT on Monday 19th March 2012 to confirm that a Deluxe edition or Signed Deluxe edition of 'Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks' has been reserved for them.

    Please note: Due to expected volume it will not be possible to notify unsuccessful registrants.

    3. Exclusive 48-hour access
    Each successful registrant will automatically be assigned exclusive access for 48 hours to purchase either the Deluxe or Signed Deluxe version of the album in the shop and be able to purchase their copy from 14:00 GMT on Tuesday 20th March 2012 until 14:00 GMT on Thursday 22nd March 2012.

    Please note: Only successful registrants will be able to gain access to these products during the 48-hour window.

    Amanda Barokh speaks to Madhukar Dhas of jamming with Led Zeppelin

    Tell us some tales from your days at the Slip-Disc and Blow Up. Led Zeppelin visited Slip-Disc. Did you jam with them?

    MD: Slip-Disc was a very small venue, about thirty feet deep by eighteen feet wide. No tables, nothing. The ceiling height might have been about fourteen feet maybe. I used to climb on the speakers, touch the ceiling and jump off the top of them. The atmosphere was always very dark with psychedelic lava lamps, strobes and UV lights. The ideal place for teenagers to come in and neck as much as they wanted without being recognized.

    I was at Slip-Disc one evening, just hanging out. I was not on contract to perform there. It was nothing out of the ordinary until three gentlemen walked in. Some of their faces seemed unbelievably familiar. It was Robert Plant and Jimmy Page and another guy who I later learnt was Richard Cole.

    Amanda Barokh speaks to Madhukar Dhas of jamming with Led Zeppelin

    Ramzan [owner of Slip-Disc] was one of the shrewdest businessmen I knew. But he had no clue who Led Zep were. I can recall him snapping his fingers at Jimmy and calling him Plant. "Come on Plant, Plant, Plant, have another drink.” The beer was pretty bad. It was called "Bombay Beer", when you opened a bottle it had no head. It looked more like soap bubbles. Nevertheless Plant and Page had quite a few and got tipsy.

    I was commanded by Ramzan to go and talk to them. My feet were colder than ice but I did it. I looked like a total geek. I was introduced to Plant as India's No. 1 rock singer. Plant asked me. "What kind of music do you do?" And I went,"Hummana... hummanaa... hummanaaa... we try to copy you." Clearly Plant was not impressed. His next question to me was, "Where are the chicks man?" I promised that a few would show.

    Ramzan's next command to me was, "Sing."

    Amanda Barokh speaks to Madhukar Dhas of jamming with Led Zeppelin

    Not being under contract, and also with such cold feet, I refused. He dug his fingers into my left ribs, commanding me, "Go sing, you bastard!" And I did. I sang ‘Honky Tonk Women'. Robert Plant was sittings about ten feet away from me. When I was done, he gave me a thumbs-up. That image is forever etched in my mind and perhaps why I will never stop singing.

    Amanda Barokh speaks to Madhukar Dhas of jamming with Led Zeppelin

    I have a faint feeling I enthused Plant and Page to get up and jam with the band after my cover rendition. Plant went into a wild ad-lib and after a ten-minute ramble, went into ‘Whole Lotta Love'. Jamal who was drumming and Xerxes were very familiar with the song and did a great job backing them. Keith Kanga's rented equipment was very inadequate for the power of the Zep. Richard Cole fed one amp into another and managed to get a pretty good sound. I used a guitar amp to sing through, a Fender Super-Reverb and my mic was Indian made and had to be screwed on to the stand. Not the kind where one could whisk the hand-held off the stand. Towards the end of that song, Plant tried to do so and realized it was screwed on and began to spin it off the stand, wrapping the mike cord around the stand. The soldering broke loose and just as he was doing his famous "Loooooooooooooooooove" it started cutting off. I wish I could vocally express how it went, but in type, more like "Looo" I went to his rescue and held the mic wire to the mike to keep it from cutting out. I was shoulder to shoulder with Plant and wished someone had taken a photograph. I even tried to get the attention of the photographer, but he was looking the other way.

    The evening ended weirdly. I think Plant and Page had quite a bit of booze. This also ended my 'hero-worshipping' them. They went upstairs to a whore-joint where then you could get a dozen women for a few bucks. I waited outside for a few hours. Richard was talking to me. I was asking him if they would ever consider playing in India. His answer to me was, "Fuck man, the Government of India cannot afford us." I felt let down and went home because I also had to be at work at my advertising job in four hours.

    The next night Rumzan capitalized on the incident. Slip-Disc was packed to capacity and beyond. Plant and Page had promised to show and eventually did but I think they were hugely disappointed. The first night was so tranquil and innocent. The second night was a fiasco. Girls were trying to sit next to them. I remember Plant shoving a few off his row. Plant threw a glass of beer into a photographer's camera and both of them left in a huff.

    From: The Quietus

    John Paul Jones part of John Cage's Musicircus

    John Cage devised his first Musicircus in 1967, at the University of Illinois. In the spirit of the summer of love, it was a "happening" in which dozens of musicians and artists wandered amid a bustling audience, performing all at once. Since his death in 1992, the concept has been revived dozens of times, but it's hard to imagine any being as much fun as this one, which took place around three floors of bars, foyers and walkways of the ENO's Coliseum.

    It's a very structured kind of anarchy. The assembled musicians – some static, some wandering – each have more than a dozen pieces of prepared music. They decide what, when and where to play by throwing dice or tossing coins. They may move among us, close enough for us to smell, gawp at and photograph, but they do not interact: instead, they perform like automata.

    You almost take for granted the abundance of virtuosity standing inches from you. A woman in an usher's uniform will suddenly belt out a complex operatic aria. All around you are brass bands, choirs, avant-jazz ensembles, toy piano recitals. In one annexe sits Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, virtually unrecognised, playing a curious three-necked mandolin. There are weirder fringe attractions, too: chess grandmasters; a mycologist lecturing on fungi; two women in orange wigs playing clapping games.

    Most of the time, the venue is a sonic Babel, with your brain trying to process two or more separate pieces of music at once. Occasionally, rhythms interlock, harmonies coincide, like a Charles Ives symphony, and the effect is sublime.

    When Cage developed these ideas 50 years ago, they were part of his utopian desire to break down barriers and re-engage with music. Nowadays, for a multimedia age soaked in "free" music, the Musicircus takes upon a range of different meanings – perhaps less utopian, but no less challenging, and certainly no less entertaining.

    From: The Guardian

    If There’s a Bustle in Your Hedgerow...

    Forty one years to this day [March 5th], at a gig at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, Led Zeppelin aired what would go on to become one of the best loved rock tracks in the world ever, for the very first time. Four decades later, the brilliance of “Stairway To Heaven” refuses to fade away.

    The statistics admittedly are mind-boggling. Aired on radio over 2,874,000 times, and regularly cited as one of the greatest rock songs of all time, Led Zeppelin’s epic – the astonishingly engaging “Stairway To Heaven,” is a definitive slice of rock & roll immortality. And yet, as with most instances of creativity that transcend the time frame they were created in, “Stairway To Heaven” took its time before setting the world on fire. It had to wait till popular imagination caught up with the avant-garde compositional brilliance that underscores every facet of the song.

    According to Stephen Davis, author of Hammer Of The Gods, the official Led Zeppelin biography, “Stairway To Heaven” took almost two years from the time of its release in 1971, before acquiring anthemic status. A fact concurred by Zeppelin guitar god, Jimmy Page. “I knew it was good,” he once stated in an interview. “But I didn’t know it was going to be almost like an anthem.”

    “Stairway To Heaven” is much more than just a good song. It is an encapsulation of an era and of a mindset that defined the Seventies. Social historian and culture critic Erik Davis nails it perfectly when he describes “Stairway To Heaven” as not just the greatest rock song of the 1970s but “the greatest spell of the 1970s.” He further goes on to state that the track “is not just number one. It is The One, the quintessence…”

    Considering the monumental impact it has had across decades and over generations, “Stairway To Heaven” didn’t really take long to come together. The genesis point of the track was at the 18th century cottage Bron-Yr-Aur in Wales where Jimmy Page and Zeppelin powerhouse vocalist Robert Plant had gathered after a gruelling tour of America. Page had a lot of guitar pieces which he wanted to put together as a song and he was perennially armed with a cassette recorder which faithfully captured all the little bits and pieces that went on to make the classic.

    The band subsequently relocated to Headley Grange in East Hampshire to work on IV, the album which would go onto to become one of the most abiding testimonials of Led Zeppelin’s illustrious legacy. It was during the writing sessions at the Grange that Plant came up with about 80% of the lyrics while sitting next to a log fire. It was pretty smooth sailing from that point onwards as all the sections – the quiet meditative intro, the 12-string power strum in the middle and the full-on rip-roaring rock crescendo that marks the grand finale – segued into the enduring classic we all know as “Stairway To Heaven.”

    The epic proportions of the song and Plant’s lyrics about a lady “buying a stairway to heaven” and “a bustle in your hedgerow” which was actually a “spring clean for the May Queen” stirred up a veritable hornet’s nest of speculation. This ensured that “Stairway To Heaven” quickly entered that rarefied pantheon where creative compositions lend themselves to multiple interpretations and new meanings decades after they have been first made available for public consumption.

    “Stairway crystallized the essence of the band,” says Page. “It had everything there and showed the band at its best. Over the passage of years people come to me with all manner of stories about what it meant to them at certain points of their lives. About how it’s got them through some really tragic circumstances … Because it’s an extremely positive song, it’s such a positive energy, and, you know, people have got married to the song.”

    From: NME

    Robert Plant to headline 2012 Sunflower Blues & Gospel Festival

    Robert Plant to headline Sunflower Blues & Gospel Festival
    According to the official Facebook page, Robert Plant is the headliner at the 25th Annual Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival on Saturday, August 11, 2012 in downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi.

    It is unknown whether Robert Plant will appear with the Band of Joy, Crown Vic or with his newly announced band, the Sensational Space Shifters.

    The Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival showcases the unique cultural heritage of Mississippi Delta blues and gospel music.

    Also, performing on the main stage on Saturday night is harp player Charlie Musselwhite, with Bobby Rush headlining the night before (Friday).

    For more information go to the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival website.

    Robert Plant to headline Sunflower Blues & Gospel Festival

    John Paul Jones To Appear On Manson Guitars Stand At London Bass Guitar Show

    We are delighted to announce that the legendary John Paul Jones will be making an appearance at this year’s show. The Led Zeppelin bass superstar will be appearing on Manson Guitars stand (number D5) at approximately midday for just one hour on the Sunday. John will be available to meet and greet fans and talk about his 5 star rated John Paul Jones signature bass, which will be available for purchase at the show! This is a rare chance to meet a living legend, so make sure you get to the Mansons stand for his appearance from 12:00 to 13:00.

    To buy tickets for the show, follow the link below.

    Band Reunions: The 7 Best And Worst, From Led Zeppelin To The Spice Girls

    Bow Wow Wow announced they will be reuniting for the first time in 30 years for a UK tour. The band best known for "I Want Candy" gained its charm partially from lead singer Annabella Lwin's 15-year-old girl vocals. At 45, will she, and the rest of the band, be able to recreate the hype they had in the past?

    Bow Wow Wow certainly isn't the first band, and it's guaranteed they won't be the last, to venture back into their old ways -- many a popular-gone-defunct band has toured, from Led Zeppelin to Pinback. And, while these reunion shows and tours can stir excitement for many a super fan, they sometimes strike the wrong nerve. Some argue these tours stall creativity with the reliance on old hits instead of original material.

    With that in mind, here are our picks for the best, and the best of the worst, reunion tours:

    #2 - Led Zeppelin's stint as rock 'n' roll group ended in 1980 when drummer John Bonham died. Despite the loss of one of their key members, Led Zeppelin went on to do four different reunion shows and tours in 1985, 1988, 1995 and 2007. This is definitely one of the best. Robert Plant's voice refuses to alter after more than 50 years of performing.

    Led Zep concert boosts scholarships

    Led Zep concert boosts scholarships
    Mica Ertegun, pictured with John Paul Jones, has given the biggest
    ever donation to humanities at Oxford

    Led Zep concert boosts scholarships Led Zep concert boosts scholarships

    (UKPA) - Oxford University has been handed £26 million to create scholarships for humanities students - with help from Led Zeppelin's comeback concert. The donation, made by Mica Ertegun, widow of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, is understood to be one of the biggest in Oxford's 900-year history.

    It will be used to set up the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities.

    The scheme will see students worldwide compete for an award to study subjects including literature, history, music, art history, Asian studies, Middle Eastern studies and archaeology. There will be 15 scholarships to start with, and eventually at least 35 will be awarded each year.

    As founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun was responsible for helping to shape the careers of musicians such as Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.

    At an event announcing the donation, it was revealed that Led Zeppelin's 2007 comeback concert at the 02 in Greenwich, London, had helped lead to the creation of the Ertegun Scholarships. The concert, staged in memory of Mr Ertegun, who died in 2006, was the first time the band had played together for 19 years.

    More than 20 million fans from across the globe rushed to register for the £125 tickets, which were allocated by lottery. It is understood that profits from the show went to the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which pays for student scholarships to universities in the UK, US and Turkey.

    Oxford vice-chancellor Andrew Hamilton said: "The money from the concert was a magnificent moment that allowed the funding, a number of years ago, of both undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships."

    That was the start of a partnership was has led to the creation of the Ertegun Scholarships, which are due to the "immense generosity" of Mrs Ertegun, he added.

    Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones said he was "very proud" that the concert had led to the new programme. The donation, which will ultimately be worth more than £26 million, is the biggest made to humanities students in Oxford's history, and understood to be one of the largest generally.

    Led Zep concert boosts scholarships
    Event Producer Harvey Goldsmith, Mica Ertegun, Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones and Lord Chris Patten,
    The Chancellor of the University of Oxford, at the launch of The Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme

    From: The Press

    Atlantic Records founder bequeaths £26m to Oxford University students

    Atlantic Records founder bequeaths £26m to Oxford University students
    Oxford University has announced a gift amounting to £26m from the late founder of Atlantic Records and his widow.

    Some of the fortune left by Ahmet Ertegun – who helped shape the careers of Led Zeppelin, John Coltrane, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, and the Rolling Stones, to name a few – will go to a major new graduate scholarship programme and represents the biggest donation for humanities students in the university's 900-year history.

    Ertegun and his widow, Mica, will give their name to a programme offering 15 scholarships a year and will eventually be endowed in perpetuity to award at least 35 graduate humanities scholarships annually.

    The gift will ultimately amount to £26m, the university said. Friends of Ertegun's, including Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones and the promoter Harvey Goldsmith, were expected at the British Academy in London on Wednesday where the announcement was being made.

    Lord Patten, the chancellor of the University of Oxford, said: "Through the generosity of Mica Ertugun, the best humanities graduate students in the world will have the opportunity, in perpetuity, to undertake high-quality research, to interact with other fine minds, and to increase the sum of human knowledge and understanding.

    "This kind of support for postgraduates is vital for the future of research and human understanding, and vital for the future of great universities like Oxford. It allows us to ensure that the very best minds are supporting the university's research endeavour now and will be the cutting edge researchers of the future."

    Mica Ertegun, a New York-based interior designer, said: "For Ahmet and for me, one of the great joys of life has been the study of history, music, languages, literature, art and archaeology.

    "I believe it is tremendously important to support those things that endure across time, that bind people together from every culture, and that enrich the capacity of human beings to understand one another and make the world a more humane place.

    "My dream is that, one day, Ertegun scholars will be leaders in every field – as historians and philosophers, as archaeologists and literary scholars, as writers and composers, as statesmen and theologians."

    Oxford's vice-chancellor, Andrew Hamilton, said: "This is a significant moment for the study of the humanities and the largest donation specifically for the humanities in the 900-year history of Oxford.

    "At a time when, in the UK, government support for the humanities is under intense pressure, vision and generosity like this is going to be what saves the field for future generations."

    All recipients of the award will get exclusive use of the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun House for the Study of the Humanities, a five-story building in the heart of Oxford.

    From: The Guardian

    Robert Plant to unveil new band at 30th anniversary of Womad festival

    Robert Plant to unveil new band at 30th anniversary of Womad festival

    Robert Plant and his new band the Sensational Space Shifters will make their live debut as headliners of this year’s Womad, as the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary. The group comprising the former Led Zeppelin frontman, members of his former backing band Strange Sensation and regular collaborator Justin Adams say they draw inspiration “from the roots music of Mississippi, Appalachia, Gambia, Bristol and the foothills of Wolverhampton”.

    The first Womad – an acronymn for World of Music, Arts and Dance – was conceived by Genesis singer Peter Gabriel, and took place at the Royal Bath & West showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, in 1982. The first bill featured Echo & the Bunnymen, the Drummers of Burundi, Don Cherry, Simple Minds, Suns of Arqa and the Chieftans.

    Over the intervening 30 years, the organisation has hosted festivals across the globe, from Sicily to Seattle, Adelaide to Abu Dhabi. For the sixth time, its flagship UK festival will be at Charlton Park, near Malmesbury in Wiltshire.

    The 2012 lineup will also include Indian breakthrough star Raghu Dixit, the Buena Vista Social Club, French collective Lo’Jo, “funk orchestra” Grupo Fantasma and the Alaev Family from Tajikistan, with many more acts to be announced. Last year’s event saw performances from Baaba Maal, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Fatoumata Diawara and more.

    Womad takes place at Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, 27–29 July.

    History made: Led Zeppelin, Western Springs

    In 1972, Roy Colbert was writing a column for The Evening Star in Dunedin, earning $4 a week less tax, and spending $150 going up to Auckland to see rock concerts. And he flew north to see Led Zeppelin play Western Springs on Friday 25 February 1972.

    History made: Led Zeppelin, Western Springs
    Photo by Jed Town

    When Led Zeppelin came to Auckland they had already been denied entry to Singapore because of local laws banning males from wearing long hair. The good thing about coming up for concerts was that I got to talk to the bands. The promoters knew me, and that I'd spent all this money coming a long way, so they made sure I got interviews.

    I was playing cards when the promoter Barry Coburn called up and invited me to co-promoter Robert Raymond's Remuera house. I thought he was just making conversation, and I realise now they needed pot.

    All the band and Peter Grant were there. Robert Plant opened the door - he had a woman in each hand; he literally was balancing a girl in each arm. "I'm Robert Plant and I'm the greatest rock'n'roll singer in the world," was his greeting.

    Peter looked evil, just a huge man in a huge chair. John Bonham was very big as well and making a lot of noise. I spoke to Jimmy Page a lot. I was a record geek so I had millions of anal questions about recordings he played on, obscure bands like Cartoone. They were all pretty shattered - they were at the bottom of the world. I didn't know about the whips in the guitar cases.

    These were the drug years - me and my mates constructed the concert around drugs, and I thought we should have some nitrous oxide because they didn't do it in Auckland - we did it in Dunedin all the time. So I remember we had to drive some distance to get a huge cylinder of NO2. We were seated on the bank and got a good seat halfway up the hill, and passed the blue cylinder backwards and forwards along the row until it was empty.

    An MC introduced Led Zeppelin. They opened with Immigrant Song - I can't think of a better song to open. Breaking into the opening rumble when the opening vocal started up, it was like a lion roaring in a jungle.

    Not too many years earlier The Rolling Stones and The Beatles played 25-minute shows and now a near three-hour show was like a whole life experience. I like all types of music. I liked folk music, and they did folk as well. At the show Plant thanked the crowd for "makin' this the biggest thing that's ever happened in New Zealand".

    There were sound effects for Dazed and Confused, and Rock and Roll was much better live. The finale medley in Whole Lotta Love included an extended Boogie Chillun, an excellent Hello Mary Lou, and a riotous rendition of Elvis Presley's Let's Have a Party.

    It was an enormously long experience, way longer than anything I had seen before. It was all Page and Plant really - totally complimentary, their two bodies slinky and curving like snakes. Page held the guitar really low and Plant was strutting. They bent into each other.

    I was about 22. I'd like to think I was 18 because then I wrote about it for Rolling Stone and I thought I was just like Cameron Crowe, but he was like 16 and I was a grown-up.

    I wasn't a huge Led Zeppelin fan - I liked them, but I didn't love them, but it may be the best concert I've ever seen.

    From: NZ Herald

    Robert Plant Article In American Way Magazine Wins Graphis Gold Award

    American Way, the in-flight magazine of American Airlines and American Eagle, was named in the 100 Best in Design 2012 by Graphis, the international journal of visual communication. "The Reinventor", a December 15, 2010, article in American Way featuring Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, won a Graphis Gold award.

    "It's an honor to be recognized alongside industry legends such as Gensler, Pentagram, and Sagmeister Inc.," said American Way Design Director David Radabaugh.

    Each year Graphis invites leading professionals across the photography, illustration, and graphic design communities to be considered for inclusion in their annual books in each of those visual arts fields. Among the thousands of submissions, the Graphis panel selects the most compelling work of the year in each category and the winning entries are featured in the hardback annual.

    The entire Robert Plant article can be found at this location.

    Robert Plant Article In American Way Magazine Wins Graphis Gold Award


    Listening to Zeppelin While Getting a Massage

    A massage being introduced this month at Bliss spas in New York and Hoboken enables clients to get kneaded while listening to Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam and U2.

    The new Rhythm and Bliss massage rejects the notion that New Age is the universal soundtrack of relaxation. Its recipients sample and then select one of four musical playlists (rock, classical, world or electronic); don Bluetooth headphones (which also block out noise in the hallways), then spend the next hour being massaged in sync to the music.

    "We're really trying to push the boundaries," said Ben Brown, a massage therapist who created the playlists as well as the more traditional ones for Bliss spas across the country. The rock version begins with the Kinks (no pun intended) and includes college favorites as well as new artists.

    "People were like 'You can't do a massage to rock,' " Mr. Brown said. "But it's very possible." (And at $155, cheaper than some concert tickets.)

    Rhythm and Bliss is part of a new wave of specialty massages that go far beyond hot stones, oils and mud to soothe bodies and transport minds. These extreme massages are intended to affect all of the senses, using music, colored lights, vibrations, spinning tables, gemstones - even live snakes at one spa in Israel. And while reptiles are not a spa standard (yet), therapists say the amped-up services are taking off, thanks to a new generation of savvy spa-goers who are willing to be more adventurous, especially if there's a promise of unwinding faster.

    Read the entire story here.

    From: New York Times

    Led Zeppelin 4-in-1 Runes T-Shirt

    Led Zeppelin 4-in-1 Runes T-Shirt

    These 4-in-1 Runes are not for the average fan! Everyone knows about Led Zeppelin's mystical symbols, The world's greatest rock band had one of the biggest selling albums in history, without even having their band name on the album jacket!

    This combination of all four symbols into one is something that only a true Zeppophile will recognize, and it is pretty sure you might hear the words "Where did you get that?" a few times at any Zep-related show! This has never been available to the public before on a t-shirt, and supply is limited, so get it while you can!

    Condition: New with tags: A brand-new, unused, and unworn item (including handmade items) in the original packaging (such as the original box or bag) and/or with the original tags attached.  Size Type:  Regular
    Shade:  Black Brand:  Gildan 
    Sleeve Length: Short-sleeved  Style  GraphicTee
    Material: 100% Cotton  Color:  Black 

    If you are interested in a LARGE or XL sized t-shirt, go to

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    Rainn Wilson's bad Led Zeppelin-related joke

    Some topics are off-limits for comics -- just ask Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight Schrute on NBC's The Office. On Monday, the 46-year-old jokingly tweeted that "if I were ever date raped, I would want it to be to 'Whole Lotta Love' by Led Zeppelin."

    The off-color remark was later deleted, with Wilson offering an apology Tuesday. "Apparently my poorly conceived date rape tweet upset a lot of folks," he wrote. "Not a good topic to joke about. Sorry and won't do that again."

    From: US Weekly

    Nicolas Cage wants to be just like Led Zeppelin

    Who wouldn't want to be compared to Led Zeppelin? Well, Nicolas Cage sure doesn't mind, and while promoting his latest film, Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, the Oscar-winning actor found a way to note similarities between himself and the iconic rock band.

    "I would like to find a way to embrace what Led Zeppelin did, in filmmaking," Cage told the Huffington Post. "Right now, what I'm excited about is trying to create a [pauses] kind of a cultural understanding through my muse that is part of the zeitgeist that isn't motivated by vanity or magazine covers or awards. It's more, not countercultural, but counter-critical.

    "[Led Zeppelin] were the biggest band in the world and they remained intimately mysterious - because they just went about it their own way, or against what the advice might have been or what the council might have been.

    "And I admire that. And I would like to tap into more exploration of horror films and just everything that I shouldn't be doing, according to representation."

    From: Music Radar

    Why The Yes And Led Zeppelin Supergroup Did Not Happen

    The shortlived Yes and Led Zeppelin supergroup XYZ never got off the group because it was the wrong timing for Robert Plant.

    XYZ stood for eX-Yes and Zeppelin. The band featured Yes' Chris Squire on bass and Alan White on drums as well as Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page on guitar. The three recorded the demo tracks for a possible album in the early 80s. All they needed next was to lay down the vocals from Robert Plant.

    "Robert Plant was going to come in and join with us and do the singing at some point but it was really a bit too soon after John Bonham departed this world for Robert to get back into it. That is why it didn’t come together," Chris Squire told

    Over the years some of the demo tracks have been leaked and some have made their way online. "You can find them on YouTube," Chris says. "They were only demos. Nothing was ever finished but somehow they got snuck out of the studio by some engineer or somebody at some point. They are not finished demos if you track them down. They are quite exciting. It is worth having a look for them if you are interested."

    From: Noise11

    Ronnie Wood Snubbed Led Zeppelin Offer

    Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood turned down the chance to join Led Zeppelin in the group's early days after dismissing them as a "bunch of farmers".

    The guitarist's former manager Peter Grant urged him to join another act, The New Yardbirds, which he was also looking after in the 1960s.

    Wood snubbed the offer after being left unimpressed by the band - who went on to become one of the world's greatest rock acts under their new name, Led Zeppelin.

    Speaking on his Absolute Radio show, Wood says, "Peter Grant used to manage myself and Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart and Mickey Waller and Nicky Hopkins back in the good old days. He was behind a band that was going to be called The New Yardbirds.

    "I had an offer to join, and I said 'I can't join that bunch of farmers'. Anyway, they eventually changed their name and turned out to be Led Zeppelin, and he managed them as well."

    From: Contact Music

    Logan Plant takes centre-stage for new Mr Porter campaign

    They cut fine figures, their dark sweeps of hair, chiselled features and confident strides more than justifying their roles as models. But the stars of the new Mr Porter campaign are not your average male models: Their screen and rock royalty ancestors set them well and truly apart from most young men.

    Marlon Brando's grandson Tuki Brando, 21, Ethan Peck, 25, grandson of Gregory Peck, and Logan Plant, 33, son of rock-god, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, take centre-stage in the new fashion ads, showing the older generations how it's done.

    Going live on Tuesday, the global campaign follows in the footsteps of last season's which saw Ed Stoppard, Bruno Senna, Isaac Ferry and John Hemingway - 'heirs of stylish lineage' as the men's site puts it - facing the online shopping brand.

    Photographed by Laurence Ellis and styled by Mr Porter's Dan May, the shoot unfolded on a picture-perfect white sand beach, away from the lights, cameras and action of screen and stage.

    According to the brand, the new set of bold young men 'have truly inherited a bit of myth and swagger from their forefathers, and ... aptly represent the campaign's slogan: you can inherit style.' They also hope, however, that it can be purchased on the site. Sons and grandsons of 'style icons' can be no easy label to live with, but their backgrounds make for fascinating A-list tales.

    The site's Editor in Chief Jeremy Langmead said: 'At Mr Porter, we're interested in style, talent and story-telling.'

    He explains that the shopping site 'chose three people who encompass all three. Mr Brando, Mr Peck and Mr Plant not only look good, have an individual sense of style, and three very different career paths, but they are descendants of style icons, too.'

    The men may well have inherited style acumen, but they have also created a sense of their own aesthetic - with fame in their blood, they do not seem shy in front of the camera, despite none making modelling their full-time work.

    Mr Plant has left his days of long locks - a look to which his father is famously firmly devoted - behind, sporting a neat and suave short hair style in the new shoot. A brewer by trade, the London local tweets about his new beer ventures and East End life.

    He is, of course, not the first rock 'n' roll progeny to grace a fashion campaign. Last year, Elvis' granddaughter Riley Kough starred in a Lee denim ad while the Geldof, Jagger and McCartney children are all busy in the world of fashion and design.

    Hollywood flows through the veins of Mr Peck, who is an actor, most famous for his role in ABC's 10 Things I hate About You series. With a smile that gives away his lineage immediately, Mr Peck's toothy grin recalls Peck Senior's Golden Era roles, down to the fine nose and smiling eyes.

    Mr Brando may also have his roots in Hollywood, but lived a rather different, if tragic, childhood. Orphaned by the age of five, his world-famous grandfather died when he was 13, leaving him no mention in his will.

    Now studying medicine in Bordeaux, the hard-working student juggles his studies with time in front of the lens, having starred in Versace's 2007 menswear campaign and having been shot by Mario Testino and Bruce Webber.

    He is blessed with his Tahitian mother, Chayenne Brando's, dark looks and tropically tanned skin - features that smouldered in a TechnoMarine watches campaign last April.

    Logan Plant
    Logan Plant

    From: Mail Online

    John Paul Jones performing w/ Robyn Hitchcock & friends in Warwick on Feb. 12th

    The Floating Palace

    Butterworth Hall
    Sun 12 Feb 2012 - 8pm

    An evening of musical delight featuring Robyn Hitchcock, Krystle Warren, KT Tunstall, Eliza Carthy, John Paul Jones and Howe Gelb.

    Curated by renowned English eccentric Robyn Hitchcock, The Floating Palace is an intimate evening of free-wheeling musical collaboration.

    It’s a simple concept: musicians admire each other, are a little envious of each other, and given the chance, like to play with each other. But normally they only get the chance to do this in the studio, or after hours.

    For the first time before a paying audience, we present a carousel of exceptional ‘roots’ artists; all lit within by their passion for music, accompanying each other on songs they know and songs they’ve only just met.

    Robyn Hitchcock is joined on stage by award winning Scottish songstress KT Tunstall, folk legend Eliza Carthy, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Krystle Warren and alternative country experimentalist Howe Gelb.

    Unfortunately Abigail Washburn has had to withdraw from The Floating Palace due to unforseen changes in her touring schedule, she will be replaced by Kansas born singer-songwriter Krystle Warren.

    Enjoy 10% discount off ice creams and sorbets when you pre-order when purchasing your ticket from Box Office or online. Add an ice cream to your basket now or mention to our Box Office when you call to book your ticket. Find out more here.

    From: Warwick Arts Centre

    Led Zeppelin conquered the USA

    How The Brits Rocked America: Go West BBC4, 9pm

    The Seventies was a decade of rock 'n' roll excess.

    Groupies would indulge bands' every whim, hotel rooms would be smashed up, and Leo Sayer routinely consumed a whole bottle of Tizer before going on stage.

    How The Brits Rocked America, celebrating the 50-year history of British popular music in America, looks at this decade of change when FM radio emerged as an experimental frontier, concerts attracted never-seen-before crowds of more than 200,000 gig-goers (that's the lure of Brotherhood Of Man), and a new rock royalty including Black Sabbath and Deep Purple begin to cash in.

    Decadence ensued (personalised jets with dancefloors were the order of the day) as the 70s produced a cosy cartel of monolithic rock bands that looked like they were here to stay.

    Cream may have paved the way but it was Led Zeppelin who come to own the USA, conquering it in less than a year.

    Contributions come from Sir Paul McCartney, Jack Bruce, Jimmy Page, Nick Mason, Tony Iommi and many more, plus there's archive footage of their respective bands The Beatles, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. The Wombles were unavailable.

    Don't expect mention of one famed incident of Seventies excess, however. The story that, at the height of Queen's fame, Freddie Mercury hosted a party at which the waiting staff included dwarves with bowls full of cocaine strapped to their heads, is in fact an urban myth.

    From: This Is Staffordshire

    Alabama Shakes Cover Led Zeppelin

    "How Many More Times" Alabama Shakes (Led Zep cover) by somevelvet

    Breakout Athens, Alabama quartet Alabama Shakes may be most noted in the press for being the freshest dose of retro-soul around, but - as they've made an effort to point out in a first round of interviews - influences from a range of genres, namely rock, are either beneath the surface on their debut or in store for future releases. There's no need to tiptoe around the label adjustment, however, as frontwoman Brittany Howard and Co. just kicked the door open by taking on classic-rock royalty: Performing for NPR recently, they covered Led Zeppelin's epic “How Many More Times,” appropriately off that band's debut.

    Howard and guitarist Heath Fogg (who originally left a classic-rock cover band to join the Shakes) sink their teeth into channeling Robert Plant and Jimmy Page in their hungry heyday while drummer Steve Johnson and bassist Zac Cockrell hold down the rhythm section with steady confidence. All told, it's an impressive take and one which bodes well for this promising group taking their sound in any direction in the years to come.

    So, without further ado, check out their full set here and the Zeppelin cover above (thanks to NPR affiliate WXPN's The Key).

    From: TwentyFourBit

    Phill Brown: 'Sessions With Led Zeppelin Were Claustrophobic And Scary'

    Phill Brown

    Legendary record producer and engineer Phill Brown has worked with some of the biggest and influential names in rock music; Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and countless others. His insights into the world of studio recording, provides a fascinating look behind the scenes of the world of a recording engineer. In Ultimate Guitar’s continuing series, "The Producers and Engineers" Phill Brown speaks to Joe Matera about his illustrious career, recording Led Zeppelin, how he captured some of those classic guitar tones on many classic albums and working with analog tape.

    What was it like working with Led Zeppelin in the studio?

    The full band were there - John Bonham, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and east end heavy, Peter Grant, with a couple of minders. Peter was vast, probably 20 stone, and had difficulty squeezing into the luxurious, high-backed leather chairs that were positioned on the riser behind the Helios desk. To me he appeared very seedy, with thinning long hair, sweaty skin and ill-fitting clothes. He dealt with me and the other minions around him in an off-hand manner and gave off a somewhat threatening vibe. Control room 2 was not a large room, measuring only 15 by 20 feet. With the brown-carpeted walls on the floor and ceiling, dull lighting, desk and machines, nine people (band, manager, minders, myself and an assistant) and this strange aggressive attitude, the sessions were immediately claustrophobic and scary.

    The members of the band, apart from Bonham, had long flowing curly hair - looking like Jesus or some Greek gods. Jones was friendly and polite and on another planet altogether. Bonham and Plant were relaxed and relatively easy to deal with, but Page was dark, moody and difficult. I found him particularly hard to communicate with. He was self-centered and into some form of weird spiritual crap. A great fan of the writings of Aleister Crowley, he owned Crowley’s old residence, Boleskine house.

    We worked mainly on two songs; “Four Sticks” and “Stairway to Heaven.” The backing tracks had drums, bass and some electric guitars already recorded and there were good vocals on both tracks. We spent most of our time working on “Stairway to Heaven” - trying out flute parts on the introduction with John Paul Jones and overdubbing guitar ideas and solos with Jimmy Page. We worked on lead guitar parts to “Stairway to Heaven” endlessly, trying out different styles, sounds and effects. We tried the guitar through Leslie, desk distortion and various pedals and recorded takes continuously. The guitar overdubs took days to perform and get right. Listening to the final version of “Stairway to Heaven,” it’s hard to imagine how bad some of the playing and tuning was. There were many loose timing mistakes and wrong notes from Page, and the control room atmosphere remained intense.

    There was very little direct communication from any of the band, and having Peter Grant sitting beside me did not help. I found him belligerent and rude, and aware of the many stories about Grant’s well-known bullyboy techniques, I was disturbed by his presence. On his death in 1996 there were glowing obituaries in newspapers and music magazines, describing him as “always being on the side of the artist” and “fair.” I would have first hand knowledge of this so-called “fair” attitude to artists later, while working with Jeff Beck.

    The sessions with Zeppelin were long, with no convenient breaks and I would be at the desk for some 15 to 18 hours a day. I had to maintain a constant high level of concentration and vigilance during this time - it was not easy. You couldn’t fuck up on projects like these. It was very tiring and the severe atmosphere generated by Peter, his minders and the band, did not leave me with warm memories. I thought Page was a good guitarist but not on a par with Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton. I was relieved when the Zeppelin sessions were over and I could return to projects that were more laidback and easygoing.

    Was it hard capturing Jimmy Page’s guitar tones?

    I set up an AKG D20 and a Neumann u87 on the guitar amps. The Helios desk had limited EQ so we relied on a good sound in the room from Jimmy. Also we did what the band or Peter asked. I was still young and learning.

    When it came to drums, how important were they to how a band and the guitar sounded on record, for example Led Zep’s sound was totally built from John Bonham’s drum sound.

    You always need a good drum sound – this is often the bedrock of any recording. My set-up in the ‘70’s was AKG D12 on bass drum, Shure 57 on the snare, and Neumann u87’s on toms and overheads. I now use Coles on overheads, and Seinnheiser 421 mic’s on the toms – a good sounding room with a high ceiling is very important. Since Talk Talk I have used more room mics to create ‘air’ and ‘space’ – usually a Sony c48.

    Read the entire interview at: Ultimate Guitar

    Enzepplopedia Publishing Announces Release of Sonic Boom: The Impact of Led Zeppelin as E-book for Kindle, iPad and Mobile Devices

    th sonic boom

    British rock band, Led Zeppelin, took flight in August 1968 and crashed in September 1980 with the untimely death of its drummer, John Bonham. Founded by lead guitarist, Jimmy Page, the group also included seasoned session man, John Paul Jones on bass guitar and keyboards and a then-unknown vocalist named Robert Plant, now a multiple Grammy-winner.

    Author Frank Reddon – a long-time lover of Led Zeppelin’s music and a devoted collector of the band’s official and unofficial recordings – based this, his first book of several planned, on research he conducted for more than a decade. His quest was to explain how and why the band’s music has endured for over forty years, rather than delve into the tabloidesque details of rock’n’roll excess.

    Sonic Boom: The Impact of Led Zeppelin. Volume 1 – Break & Enter was officially published on September 7, 2008 – the fortieth anniversary of the band’s first-ever public performance, at Gladsaxe Teen Club in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    In February 2009, Reddon’s book was given a home in the Curatorial Library of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

    The e-book version, which was created from the hardcover and formatted by, contains the majority of Reddon’s interviews with deejays, musicians, promoters and concert attendees who helped Led Zeppelin “break” in Scandinavia and “enter” the North American market.

    It provides readers with over 500 “pages” of proprietary information about Led Zeppelin, much of which appeared for the first time in print in Reddon’s hardcover version.

    This electronic version contains a foreword by renowned Led Zeppelin author and editor of the all-Zeppelin magazine Tight But Loose, Dave Lewis of the United Kingdom. Upon reading the original hardcover, Mr. Lewis declared: “When it comes to solid research, Sonic Boom is as good as it gets.”

    The e-book version of Sonic Boom: The Impact of Led Zeppelin. Volume 1 - Break & Enter is available as a PDF as well as in formats for Kindle, iPad, Kobo, other e-readers and mobile devices. It may be purchased through online e-book retailers or ebookit.

    In February 2012, Enzepplopedia will release another e-book title: "J.J. Jackson Remembers Led Zeppelin: The Music and The Guys Who Made It".

    Enzepplopedia Publishing, Inc. is co-owned by author Frank Reddon and his sister, editor Lou Anne Reddon. The company is based in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. Other e-books about Led Zeppelin are planned for release throughout 2012.

    Enzepplopedia is a registered trademark of Enzepplopedia Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Book and e-book titles are copyrighted and registered with Library Archives Canada and the United States Library of Congress. Other brand names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the intellectual property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

    From: PRWeb

    John Paul Jones to Perform with Spin Marvel at Conexions Event in Oslo, Norway on Feb 4, 2012

    John Paul Jones, April 30, 2011
    John Paul Jones, April 30, 2011, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Arena,
    Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Photo by Richard Grubb for TBL
    John Paul Jones is set to perform with Spin Marvel at the first night of the Conexions series of concerts staged in Oslo, Norway on Saturday February 4, 2012.

    The Conexions is a brand new concert series curated by Fiona Talkington that celebrates Norwegian & British musical partnerships with performances in both countries.

    UK/Norwegian outfit Spin Marvel kick-starts the Conexions series with their Feb 4th gig at Oslo’s Victoria venue. The inaugural concert features some true high profile guest performers that includes John Paul Jones and trumpet icon Nils Petter Molvær.

    The rest of the Conexions series features equally impressive partnerships: Sidsel Endresen & Philip Jeck, Christian Wallumrød & Garth Knox, In The Country with BJ Cole, Food with Eivind Aarset and Prakash Sontakke and last but not least Jaga Jazzist teaming up with Britten Sinfonia.

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    From: TBL

    Black Country Communion to Release Rip-Roaring Double Concert CD "Live Over Europe" on February 28, 2012

    BCC to go back into the studio for third record this Summer

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Black Country Communion, the English-American rock band featuring the talents of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Sabbath), blues rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), will release their first concert CD Live Over Europe on February 28, 2012 on the J&R Adventures imprint. This 2-disc CD follows up the October 2011 release of the 2-disc DVD by the same name. The album is available for pre-order at: Get your free download of the single "Cold" from the live album at:

    Recently named by Eddie Trunk and co-hosts as "Best New Band of the Last 10 Years" on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show, BCC taped Live Over Europe during its debut tour in the summer of 2011. On the album, the band blazes through 17 tracks, recorded in surround over three nights, playing to packed venues in Hamburg, Munich and Berlin. The set list includes songs from both of BCC's albums – 2010's self-titled debut and 2011's sophomore release 2 - including "Black Country," "One Last Soul," "Save Me," "Man In The Middle," "Cold," and "Song of Yesterday." Also included in the mix is "The Ballad Of John Henry," from Bonamassa's 2009 solo album and the Deep Purple classic "Burn."

    Producer Kevin Shirley explains, "We saw that this live act could be an awesome force of nature to behold; one that promised legendary performances like those of our heroes of Classic Rock. The plan was to get them out there for the entire world to hear. Records allow a certain musical finesse, but live performance promises so much in the very transient nature of a gig; chances are taken, boundaries are crossed and the most exciting performances explode. Two studio albums built a repertoire big enough for a full concert which allowed us to unleash the monster for all the world to see and feel."

    Guitar World named BCC's 2 as #12 in their Top 50 Albums of 2011. In November, BCC scooped up the Breakthrough Award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. called BCC the "Great Last Hope for Classic Hard Rock."

    BCC debut tour took the band around the world, playing to cities in North America and Europe.On June 10, at Anaheim, CA's Grove of Anaheim, The Orange County Register exclaimed, "The four members of BCC truly recast the heavy rock of the '60s and '70s and yank it into the 21st century as well as anyone in recent memory."

    Live Over Europe Track List:

    Disc 1
    1. Revolution of the Machine
    2. Black Country
    3. One Last Soul
    4. Crossfire
    5. Save Me
    6. The Battle For Hadrian's Wall
    7. Beggarman
    8. Faithless
    9. Song of Yesterda
    10. I Can See Your Spirit

    Disc 2
    11. Cold
    12. The Ballad of John Henry
    13. The Outsider
    14. The Great Divide
    15. Sista Jane
    16. Man In The Middle
    17. Burn

    Ringo Starr was never "knocked out" by John Bonham's drum solos

    The Beatles drummer was never a fan of the late Led Zeppelin sticksman's lengthy mid-song workouts, as he believes the drummer shouldn't be the focus of rock tracks.

    He told USA Today newspaper: "I don't listen to records for the drums. John Bonham's incredible solos didn't knock me out. I don't feel you need solos.

    "You need to feel emotion in the track. It's no good calling me if you like modern jazz. I play pop and rock. I support the song. I can hold steady time."

    The 71-year-old star - who was in The Beatles with Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon - also thinks he has been more appreciated since remastered versions of their albums were released in 2009.

    He added: "I love the remasters because now people can hear me.

    "It used to be John, Paul, George and Ringo. And why not? Look at those writers. Now people say, 'Oh, maybe he could play.' It never stopped me because I knew from hanging out with musicians that my part on those records was always appreciated.

    From: MusicRooms

    Robert Plant left Dazed and Confused by hotel bar

    Legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant was refused dinner at one of Glasgow's plushest hotels, a new book reveals.

    The band was performing in the city at the height of their fame in the early 1970s.

    But that cut no ice with staff at the Grand Central Hotel who refused to serve Plant – because he was not properly dressed.

    The story of how Glasgow brought Plant back to earth is revealed in a book about the hotel and how it played host to some of the biggest celebrities of the 20th Century, including Laurel and Hardy, Bob Hope and Gracie Fields.

    But the book, which is subtitled “Glasgow's most-loved hotel”, reveals that Plant got short-shrift for breaking the strict dress rules in the dining room. The group were in Glasgow for a gig at Green's Playhouse in December 1972 as part of a world tour.

    According to the book, Plant and a group of his friends turned up in the dining room to enjoy some fine dining.

    Despite being one of the most celebrated rock stars on the planet, touring by private jet, unyielding staff flatly refused to serve Plant and his friends because none of them were wearing ties.

    The aggrieved singer and his entourage eventually gave up and stomped off in to the Glasgow night to find somewhere else to eat, reveals the book.

    From: Deadline News

    John Paul Jones to Perform in Cambridge, England on May 20 2012

    John Paul Jones to Perform in Cambridge, England on May 20 2012
    A Cambridge art gallery has unveiled its 2012 New Music Series featuring 12 cutting edge concerts performed by world class musicians.

    John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin is widely considered as one of the most influential rock bassists of all time.

    He will be the big draw for the Kettle's Yard series on May 20, 2012 when he joins Stephen Montague in an exclusive interview and concert. The evening will end with the Cambridge University New Music Ensemble performing his original works.

    This year's series begins on January 29 with four tubas, YouTuba, who meet in the woods for a Tuba Bears' Picnic. This musically diverse show is accompanied by text from BBC Radio 3 presenter and poet, Ian McMillan.

    On February 12, Kettle's Yard presents the Irish duo, violinist Darragh Morgan accompanied by pianist Mary Dullea.

    On February 27, Flam by Orlando Gough comes to Kettle's Yard. This work is performed by virtuoso singers/actors Melanie Pappenheim and Rebecca Askew.

    The full programme can be viewed at

    Tickets are available online or by phone on (01223) 748100. Sunday Coffee Concerts are only £7/£4 concessions and the two evening concerts £10/£6 concessions.

    Led Zeppelin Legend John Bonham's Drumstick Fetches Big Money

    Promuco 5B Drum Sticks

    Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s original ’70s drumstick sold for over a thousand British Pounds earlier this month in an eBay auction. Only three people were involved in the one week auction, and the buyer who placed the first bid ended up winning the prize. The final amount, you ask? Drum-roll please: the drumstick sold for the equivalent of $1625.37 dollars.

    It’s not often that a ‘used’ item is more desirable than a ‘new’ item but when it comes to something such as this, it’s the ‘used’ label that commands the high price tag. One close look at the picture reveals that this drumstick was definitely used. The fact that it’s said to be used by the late, legendary John Bonham during a Led Zeppelin concert gives it mammoth value.

    The seller claims that this drumstick was purchased from a collector and was originally made for Bonham by a custom drum builder named Eddie Ryan. He commissioned the company, named Promuco, to manufacture these sticks for Bonham.

    Bonham’s name is embossed in scripted silver print across the stick (but the silver is beginning to fade) and the ‘Promuco’ stamp is still legible. Apparently, Ryan made custom drumsticks for Simon Kirke from Free and Bad Company as well.

    The seller insisted that this drumstick would make an “ideal present for a fan of the late Bonzo.” Clearly that depends on how zealous you are to bang on your drum with a very expensive drumstick.

    From: Ultimate Classic Rock

    John Paul Jones Speaks About What Could Have Been With Led Zeppelin

    Bassist John Paul Jones, who turns 66 in a few weeks, spoke to VH1 Radio about what could've been had John Bonham not died in 1980. JPJ said, "We were optimistic. I knew it would have been interesting. It would've been musically interesting and it would've been nice to see us happy again. We were getting happy again. There were a few dark moments at the end of the '70s."

    JPJ is also in Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and Josh Homme. They are working on their second album.

    What is your theory on how Led Zeppelin would have "gone" had Bonham lived?

    From: Artist Direct

    Led Zeppelin Not Planning Summer Olympics Reunion, According To Jason Bonham

    In 2007, when Led Zeppelin performed a one-off show at London’s O2, fans began buzzing about the “what ifs” and the possibilities of a full-blown reunion of the band. Unfortunately, singer Robert Plant laid those dreams to rest when he bowed out of signing up for a full-scale reunion tour with his former bandmates.

    With the Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London in the near future, fans are now anticipating confirmation that the Rolling Stones may be the entertainment, as they realize the chances of Led Zeppelin playing are unlikely.

    “I haven’t spoken to Robert for about six months, but he is really enjoying himself,” Jason Bonham, son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, tells the Sun.

    However, Jason remains hopeful that someday Plant might have a change of heart.

    “For me you can never say never,” says Jason. “If you ask me today is it gonna happen immediately, well no, there is no talk of it. But if you said to me in 2007 I would play with Led Zeppelin in December [of] that year, I would [have said] you’re nuts, so you never know.”

    Others confirmed to appear for the 2012 Olympics include Paul McCartney, who will either play the opening or closing ceremonies. Organizers reportedly still are in need for a few more British singing legends to sign up before July 2012.

    From: Ultimate Classic Rock

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    This Month in
    Led Zeppelin History

    February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England
    February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.
    February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
    February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.
    February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
    February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
    February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
    February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
    February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
    February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
    February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
    February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
    February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
    February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
    February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
    February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
    February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
    February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
    February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
    February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
    February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
    February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
    February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
    February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
    February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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