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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 www.led-zeppelin.org, 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 www.led-zeppelin.org, 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)
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November 21, 1968 - Robert becomes a father to a baby girl named Carmen Jane.
November 09, 1968 - Robert marries Maureen in London. Their reception is a performance at the Roundhouse in London
November xx, 1969 - Tempers flare over Atlantic in the UK wanting to release singles
November xx, 1969 - Recording for Led Zeppelin III begins at Olympic Studios in London
November xx, 1970 - Plans are in motion for a Yardbirds reunion
November 08, 1971 - Finally after much anticipation, Untitled is released
November xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy is mixed and completed
November 10, 1972 - Led Zeppelin sell out 120,000 tickets in one day
November xx, 1973 - Initial recordings for Physical Graffiti commences at Headley Grange
November 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finalize the purchase of Headley Grange to be their new corporate headquarters
November xx, 1974 - The band makes plans and rehearses for the tenth North American tour
November xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin records Presence in a mere 18 days
November xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin book into Ezyhire Studios to rehearse new material for an upcoming tour
November 04, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same movie premieres in Europe
November xx, 1977 - Jimmy dispells rumors of Led Zeppelin’s break up
November 06, 1978 - Led Zeppelin purchase and ship new gear to Polar Studios to begin work on a new album
November 10, 1979 - Led Zeppelin and their entire entourage attend an ABBA concert
November 07, 1980 - The band meets with Peter Grant to announce the retirement of Led Zeppelin
November 29, 1999 - The RIAA announced that Led Zeppelin were only the third act in music history to achieve four or more Diamond albums, a Diamond album being awarded for accredited sales of more than 10 million units in the US.
November 01, 2007 - An announcement was made that Jimmy Page had fractured his finger on his left hand after a fall in his garden and the reunion show would be postponed to December 10, 2007.
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