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Led Zeppelin on HBO's "Vinyl"



Vinyl, an American period drama television series on HBO premiered on February 14, 2016. It featured character Richie Finestra, a 1970s record executive in the fictional American Century record label.

Finestra had planned on signing Led Zeppelin and then selling the entire label. There is a scene that takes place backstage at Madison Square Garden, at a Led Zeppelin concert. Lead singer Robert Plant talks with Finestra that American Century was cutting their percentage of earnings. Drummer John Bonham floats in and out of the scene, as does a flock of groupies.

Possibly the most noteworthy character in the scene is manager Peter Grant arguing with someone, almost word-for-word as the actual Grant did in the Led Zeppelin film The Song Remains The Same.

Viewers of Vinyl have given both praise and distaste towards the Zeppelin scene, with everything from semi-accurate look of the actors to the songs that the band performed later in the scene. (Neither Somethin' Else nor You Shook Me were actually performed in 1973!)

Overall, the premiere episode did not fare so well, getting a 0.2 rating,with 764,000 viewers.

What do you think? View the Zeppelin scene at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdAwCLkpgUc.


Jimmy Page at the MPG Awards 2016

Jimmy Page also made a surprise appearance at the awards ceremony (on February 4), presenting John Davis with his award for Mastering Engineer of the Year, thanks to his work with Royal Blood, Lana Del Rey and The Prodigy. Page and Davis met during the mastering of Led Zeppelin’s Mothership, and have worked together several times since.

Full article at: SoundOnSound






Led Zeppelin Stumbles in ‘Stairway’ Lawsuit



Group is accused of infringing on Spirit song "Taurus"

Led Zeppelin has hit a bum note in the lawsuit over its mega-hit "Stairway to Heaven."

The group has lost a bid to obtain further information in a copyright infringement lawsuit claiming that "Stairway" infringes on the Spirit song "Taurus."

Attorneys for the band had sought information on the Randy Craig Wolfe trust, of which plaintiff Michael Skidmore serves as trustee. (Randy Craig Wolfe was the given name of Randy California, a founding member of Spirit and author of "Taurus." Wolfe died in 1997.)

Team Zep had claimed that the Wolfe trust is only valid if it is a qualified charitable foundation or other qualified entity, and claims that Skidmore’s legal team hasn’t provided evidence to that effect. Zeppelin’s lawyers asked Skidmore’s team to provide proof, such as Internal Revenue Service notices or correspondence.

Read the full story at: The Wrap

Robbie Williams continues building work on house after bitter battle with Jimmy Page

The singer had been accused of work being carried out on the property without the correct consent



Robbie Williams looks to be continuing work on his West London home following a long, bitter battle with Jimmy Page.

The former Take That singer has been faced with a lot of stumbling blocks as he sought to revamp the property, but now work appears to be finally underway again.

Pictures outside the 46-bedroom, £17.5 million property - which formerly belonged to Michael Winner - show scaffolding outside the house as building work continues.

Read the full story plus photos at The Mirror

[Robert Plant] Bert Inspired: a Concert for Bert Jansch review - fond renditions and a lot of guitar tuning

Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
Graham Coxon, Bernard Butler and Robert Plant join a diverse, stellar lineup and pay handsome tribute to the guitar hero

Jazz-folk veterans, Britpop pin-ups, classic rock icons, up-and-coming singer-songwriters – how many other musicians except Bert Jansch sit at such a spaghetti junction of influence? A stellar lineup assembles to remember the late Pentangle founder member and finger-picking guitar hero in his city of birth at the first of two Celtic Connections curtain-closing concerts in his honour. An evening of fond renditions and recollections, and a lot of guitar tuning.

Graham Coxon had written beforehand of how nervous he was on meeting Jansch. The Blur guitarist looks twitchy here, too, as he performs an affectionate One for Jo and a "Bert-imbued" solo composition Latte, but returns later, much more at ease, for a tricksy twang on Angie together with Martin Simpson. Elsewhere before the interval we get songs from Jansch's former fellow Pentanglers Jacqui McShee and Mike Piggott, and Jansch's one-time mentor Archie Fisher doing Down by Blackwaterside – Jansch's arrangement that he once famously accused Led Zeppelin of ripping off with Black Mountain Side.

Not one to bear a grudge, Robert Plant lends superstar magnetism to proceedings, backed by his superb five-piece band the Sensational Space Shifters. The opening notes of a whispered Babe I'm Gonna Leave You are met with an almost disbelieving collective intake of breath; his second set will end with an entrancingly amped-up Poison.

Plant's is the heavyweight contribution, but the lighter touches shine brightest, such as Bernard Butler and Ben Watt's shimmering electric guitar interplay on an opiated Soho. Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart jokes that she's here for "equalities" reasons, but her mellifluous reading of Tree Song feels anything but tokenistic. The largely unknown young American troubadour Ryley Walker will be widely Googled for his fearlessly breezy run at I Am Lonely.

The full ensemble gathers at the end and, after a twangy cacophony of imperfect tuning, conclude with a wondrously wonky Dixieland jazz-dappled Strolling Down the Highway that doesn't so much stroll as sway.

From: The Guardian

Robert Plant Setlist:
Set 1
Go Your Way My Love
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down / In My Time of Dying

Set 2
Win My Train Fare Home
The Cuckoo
Poison

Finale
Strolling Down The Highway








[WATCH]Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant shows support for Wolverhampton Youth Zone

Robert Plant
Rock legend Robert Plant has appeared in a new video lauding Wolverhampton's £6 million Youth Zone as an opportunity for 'furthering the adventure of life'.

The West Bromwich-born singer and former Led Zeppelin frontman is one of several famous names to support The Way, which opened earlier this month.

Bosses have uploaded the video - which sees Plant apparently in a pub discussing the project - to YouTube. The two-minute clip also features footage of young people using the centre's facilities.

Plant, says: "I've been a life-time member of the Black Country community and I'm supporting the Wolverhampton Youth Zone. I think it's a very welcome and crucial addition to the life of kids in our area."

"I've been recently around the facility and it is all looking great. There are opportunities kids have got to come in from whatever lifestyle they have been living and actually spend a period of time in a whole new environment which is very optimistic, very get-up-and-go, very dynamic. I heartily support it."



Earlier this month youngsters and parents were given the first glimpse inside the one-stop, all-inclusive activity centre, featuring a 4G football pitch, boxing ring, dance studio, gym and sports hall. Wolverhampton council is investing more than £3m in The Way towards both the development and running costs of the project.

Other supporters include One Direction superstar Liam Payne, City of Wolverhampton College, Marston's and Carvers.

Within a week of opening The Way had signed up over 1,000 members.

From: Express & Star

[NAMM] Supro resurrects the Black Magick



Supro recreates one of the most legendary amp models in the history of rock&roll: the Black Magick.

This all-tube, high-gain blues machine harkens back to the dimensions, cosmetics and circuitry of the Supro amps from 1959 - just like the one loaned by Jimmy Page to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. In tribute to this legendary and extensively modified Supro combo, Supro based this new version on the actual cabinet dimensions from a '59 Supro 2x10, replacing the baffle with a 1x12, and arming this 25-watt combo with a custom, British voiced speaker specially developed for the Black Magick amp.

The preamp found in the Black Magick features two channels wired in parallel, with independent volume controls and a single, shared tone control. The vintage-correct front-end topology of the original 1959 Supro combos has been streamlined in the Black Magick, with automatic linking of channels 1&2 when using only the first input jack. This flexible arrangement provides double the gain when used with one instrument and also allows for two instruments to share the same Black Magick or for the use of an A/B/Y box to achieve channel-switching on the fly.

With more gain on tap than any other Supro reissue, the Black Magick is said to shine especially in heavy blues and classic rock guitar styles. This amp's traditional, cathode-biased "Class-A" power section uses a pair of 6973 tubes to achieve the instantly recognizable midrange grind and phenomenal touch dynamics that define the Supro sound. A complete range of tones from warm cleans to heavy distortion can be accessed by simply adjusting the volume knob on your instrument, while the signature Supro power tube tremolo adds footswitchable depth and dimension.

Features list:

Vintage Supro Cosmetics and Circuitry
Two channels with Parallel Link and shared tone control
Output Tube Tremolo with footswitch jack
25 Watts Cathode-Bias "Class-A" Power Amp
1×12 Custom Voiced Supro BD12 speaker
2×6973 power tubes
Gold Faceplate
Black Rhino Hide Tolex
Assembled in NY, USA


Pre-orders are being taken now at a price of $1,499 for a March, 2016 delivery.


More details to come at Supro's website.


Celtic Connections: Robert Plant leads Bert Jansch tribute concert



Celtic Connections reaches a crescendo at the end of the month with a spectacular array of talent coming together to honour the late Glaswegian guitarist, singer and songwriter Bert Jansch.

Former Led Zeppelin frontman and bona fide rock god Robert Plant pays tribute to his "enormous and longstanding" musical debt to the Scottish folk player by performing alongside an eclectic line-up.

Bert Inspired: A Concert for Bert Jansch takes place on 31st January at the Old Fruitmarket. A second date at the Royal Concert Hall on 1st February was added by the Celtic Connections festival due to the enormous demand for tickets.

Other performers will include Pentangle's Jacqui McShee, Ben Watt, Ryley Walker, Archie Fisher (Sunday only) and Martin Simpson.

Suede guitarist and indie stalwart Bernard Butler will also play at the concert alongside Graham Coxon, founding member of Blur. Both were influenced by Jansch who emerged from the British folk revival of the 1960s to form the band Pentangle which toured extensively between 1967 and 1972. Jansch was born in Glasgow before moving to Edinburgh, busking in Europe and settling in London to hone his improvised guitar playing style. In 2001 Jansch received a lifetime achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. He died in 2011.

The shows are in aid of the Bert Jansch Foundation, which works to support emerging acoustic musicians.

From: The Glasgowist

John Paul Jones onstage with Wilco, Jan 16, 2016

John Paul Jones was on stage last night (Jan 16) with Jeff Tweedy and Wilco, at the Todos Santos Music Festival, in Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico.

John played mandolin, bass guitar and keyboards on his mini three-song set, which included the Tweedy song World Away, a cover of the 1969 Neil Young song The Losing End (When You're On), and the Wilco song Airline to Heaven.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Palapa Society of Todos Society A.C.











Wilco (kinda) and JPJ covering "Airline to Heaven" - just one of many magical moments from Week 1.

Posted by Todos Santos Music Festival on Sunday, January 17, 2016

Fire at house formerly owned by guitarist Jimmy Page 'not suspicious'



A fire which destroyed a mansion formerly owned by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and occultist Aleister Crowley was not started intentionally, investigators say.

The blaze broke out at Boleskine House on the eastern bank of Loch Ness at around 1.40pm on December 23.

Around 60% of the B-listed mansion was destroyed in the fire, which took hours to bring under control.

Investigators are confident the fire was not suspicious but have been unable to establish its cause.

Crowley, who became infamous for his books on the occult, lived at Boleskine House between 1899 and 1913.

Former Led Zeppelin guitarist and Crowley memorabilia-collector Jimmy Page bought Boleskine House in 1970 but spent less than six weeks there before selling the mansion in 1992.

It has since been used as a private residence and a guest house and was put up for sale in 2009 for £176,000.

From: STV News

Did you go to Led Zeppelin's historic Boat Club gig?



The night Led Zeppelin played a free gig at the Boat Club is part of Nottingham rock and pop history.

It was more than 40 years ago but now a film maker is hoping to find Nottinghamshire people who remember that show.

As part of a major BBC project called People's History of Pop, producer Rob Whitehouse is making a short film for the East Midlands magazine programme Inside Out focusing on fans' memories in the East Midlands.

And he is particularly interested in hearing from anyone who was at the Led Zeppelin gig.

He said: "It would be wonderful if I could find someone who took photographs, even better if anyone had some film or a sound recording of that night.

"Unfortunately, there were no mobile phones back then but you never know."

Rob will be filming an interview with Boat Club president Keith Atkinson, who first booked Led Zeppelin to appear on Trentside in 1969 before they achieved worldwide fame - for the princely fee of £80.

The free Led Zeppelin gig of 1971 is still regarded by many as Nottingham's finest rock hour.

Led Zeppelin became the biggest stadium band in the world, breaking attendance records in America held by the Beatles.

Yet, in March 1971, they returned to the Boat Club for an extraordinary gig.

Keith, speaking about a night he will never forget, said: "They played for free that time. They wanted to put something back to the venues that had set them on the road to success."

He said the queue of fans hoping to get a ticket snaked back across Trent Bridge, adding: "Ironically, although we were raking in the cash at the time, we hardly made anything that night because it was so rammed that people couldn't get to the bar because no-one could move."

There were other high-profile visitors to Trentside, including Rod Stewart, Elton John, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, Motorhead – led by the legendary Lemmy who died this month – and Ozzie Osborne with Black Sabbath.

Rob is hoping to hear from anyone who was at these gigs, especially if they have memorabilia from the time.

His film is part of a nationwide project in which the BBC is crowd sourcing photographs and audio/video of fans' cherished music memorabilia – ticket stubs, diary entries, teen band recordings, wrist bands, rare footage and more – to tell the story of British rock and pop music from the 1950s to the noughties.

A BBC spokesman said: "Whether you were into skiffle, punk, hip hop or anything in between, we want to see your stuff and hear your stories.

"What was the first record you bought? Do you still have the ticket stub to your all-time favourite gig? Were you in a teen band and do you still have the recordings?

"If you've been inspired by British sounds and you still have the memorabilia in your attic, under your bed or in the recesses of your computer, dig it out and go to www.phop.co.uk to take part.

"All you need to do is join up by creating a profile with our partners, History Pin, and follow the links to share your stuff. If you have an object, just take a photo of it and upload that. If you have audio or video, you can embed that too.

"Everything sent in to People's History of Pop will be part of an incredible online archive and will culminate with a television series for BBC Four, featuring the best of what's been uploaded to the site."

To contact Rob, email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/BBC-search-fans-attended-Led-Zeppelin-s-historic/story-28522398-detail/story.html

Led Zeppelin Accused of ‘Pure Fishing Expedition’ in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Lawsuit



Attorneys for group blasted for requesting "irrelevant" documentation in copyright dispute

As any Led Zeppelin fan knows, the group has long been associated with one legendarily impure fishing expedition. And now they're being accused of engaging in a pure one.

In the latest turn in the "Stairway to Heaven" copyright saga, the group was accused of undertaking a "pure fishing expedition" in legal papers filed Tuesday.

In the filing, attorneys for plaintiff Michael Skidmore - trustee for the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust which, according to the papers, owns Wolfe's copyrights - blast Team Zeppelin for questioning the validity of the trust.

"There is no evidence to cast even the slightest bit of shade on the validity of the Trust, nor have Defendants argued that there is any real reason to doubt the validity of the Trust," the papers read. "This is a pure fishing expedition."

Skidmore brought the suit, claiming that Zeppelin's rock classic "Stairway to Heaven" infringes on the song "Taurus" by the group Spirit, of which Wolfe (nom de rock: Randy California) was an original member. Wolfe died in 1997.

Led Zeppelin's camp contends that the Wolfe trust is only valid if it is a qualified charitable foundation or other qualified entity, and claims that Skidmore's legal team hasn't provided evidence to that effect. Zeppelin's lawyers are asking Skidmore's team to provide proof, such as "all Internal Revenue Service notices or correspondence qualifying the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust as a charitable foundation or other qualified entity."

The plaintiff's side contends that it has already provided all the proof that's necessary, and that the Zeppelin team's request for further documentation is "overly broad, vague, irrelevant, not calculated to lead to the discovery of relevant evidence, and unduly burdensome."

They also say that nobody has ever questioned the validity of the trust, and "because Defendants are not the beneficiaries of the Trust they have no legal authority or standing to challenge the validity of the Trust."

According to the filing, Skidmore claims that the trust's receipts "are used to donate musical instruments for schoolchildren in Ventura County."

From: The Wrap

That one time David Bowie got stoned with John Paul Jones

Jones/Bowie

(from September 1976 Playboy)

PLAYBOY: Do you remember the first time you got stoned?

BOWIE: On grass? I'd done a lot of pills ever since I was a kid. Thirteen or fourteen. But the first time I got stoned on grass was with John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin many, many years ago, when he was still a bass player on Herman's Hermits records. We'd been talking to Ramblin' Jack Elliott somewhere and Jonesy said to me, "Come over and I'll turn you on to grass." I thought about it and said, "Sure, I'll give it a whirl." We went over to his flat–he had a huge room, with nothing in it except this huge vast Hammond organ, right next door to the police department.

I had done cocaine before but never grass. I don't know why it should have happened in that order, probably because I knew a couple of merchant seamen who used to bring it back from the docks. I had been doing it with them. And they loathed grass. So I watched in wonder while Jonesy rolled these three fat joints. And we got stoned on all of them. I became incredibly high and it turned into an in-fucking-credible hunger. I ate two loaves of bread. Then the telephone rang. Jonesy said, "Go and answer that for me, will you?" So I went downstairs to answer the phone and kept on walking right out into the street. I never went back. I just got intensely fascinated with the cracks in the pavement.

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

September 07, 1968 - The band fulfills some old Yardbirds dates in Scandanavia
September xx, 1969 - Jimmy Page is reported saying the second album will be harder than the first
September 19, 1970 - Led Zeppelin gross over $100,000 for two performances at Madison Square Gardens on the same day
September xx, 1971 - Jimmy Page is furious over a live Yardbirds release. It was forced off the shelves
September xx, 1971 - The band vacations in Hawaii
September xx, 1972 - Discussions to play various countries ends with a decision to play Japan again
September xx, 1973 - Jimmy Page considers a live release of material before releasing a new album
September 14, 1974 - Led Zeppelin and CSN&Y jam at an after party
September xx, 1975 - Jimmy meets up with Robert in Malibu, where he is staying on a tax exile
September 12, 1976 - Page and Bonham return to Switzerland and record a drum piece title Bonzo’s Montreux
September 08, 1977 - Page takes to the stage with other well knowns at a WEA records sales conference
September 15, 1978 - Zep road manager Richard Cole and Bad Company’s Simon Kirke get married in a double ceremony
September 17, 1979 - Promoter Fred Bannister forced into liquidation over Knebworth Sales with Led Zeppelin
September 18, 1980 - Jimmy reviews a new stage set up and technical details for the Eighties Part One tour at Swan Song offices
September 25, 1980 - John Bonham is found dead in Jimmy Page’s Windsor mansion by sound technician Benji Le Fevre
September 12, 2007 - It was announced at a press conference by Harvey Goldsmith that the remaining members of Led Zeppelin would reunite with Jason Bonham on drums.
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