Read the entire article at http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/sep/10/robert-plant-led-zeppelin-classic-interview
Once you get past the name, it is a decent cover and a decent voice. This version definitely has the whole light and shade thing going on.
What could Jimmy Page and Justin Timberlake possibly have in common?
Her name is Helene Freeman, an entertainment lawyer who litigated a series of victories for Timberlake’s former boy band, NSYNC, and is now defending Page and fellow members of Led Zeppelin in a dispute over Stairway to Heaven‘s authorship. As we’ve reported, Led Zeppelin faces a copyright infringement suit that alleges parts of the 1971 hit were filched from an obscure song by the band Spirit.
By hiring Freeman, a partner at New York law firm Phillips Nizer, Led Zeppelin has gone for an industry specialist who has also done work for singer Diana Ross and corporate clients that include record distributors and advertising agencies. In NSYNC cases from the late 1990s and 2000s, Freeman secured the band’s ability to leave its old record label and won dismissal of a copyright suit over pictures on concert merchandise, according to her firm bio. She declined to comment for this story.
In the Zeppelin case, the crux of the claim is that, to many ears, the opening notes of Stairway to Heaven sound a lot like Taurus, an instrumental piece by the late Spirit guitarist Randy California, released on his band’s debut album in 1968. At the end of that year and through 1969, Spirit and Led Zeppelin shared the bill at several concerts. Randy California’s trust filed the complaint on May 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, citing as a cause for action the “Falsification of Rock N’ Roll History.”
Lawyers for Led Zeppelin and its record company, Warner Music, have until Sept. 22 to respond to the suit. (Led Zeppelin is also represented in the Philadelphia court by local counsel Michael Eidel of the firm Fox Rothschild.) A spokesman for the band and Warner Music has repeatedly declined to comment on the dispute. Page, speaking to France’s Liberation newspaper in May, called the infringement claim “ridiculous.”
The lawsuit comes just as Led Zeppelin prepares to cash in anew on the epic hit. On Oct. 28, it plans to re-issue the untitled album that contains Stairway to Heaven, known as Led Zeppelin IV. According to a Warner Music news release, the deluxe edition will contain a “fabled, alternate version” of Stairway that “lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before.”
by Vernon Silver
Measuring 1.5 by 1.5 metres each, the 9-piece line has been inspired from the artwork on the covers of the legendary nine albums, which have been reissued in chronological order after being re-mastered by the group’s producer and lead guitarist Jimmy Page.
Made from luxurious fabrics, the monochromatic themed Led Zeppelin cover image has been replicated using a photographic weaving technique while the bright eight coloured impression of Led Zeppelin II cover has been achieved through the usage of four different yarns.
The psychedelic effect of Led Zeppelin III album cover has been reproduced by combining boucle and merino wool fibres and Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of Holy have been recreated with woven jacquard.
Each of the exclusive scarf designs will include limited 50 pieces only and will be available for sale at London’s Paul Smith store and online at PaulSmith.co.uk from October 23rd, 2014 onwards.
Before his latest music collaboration, the designer had earlier teamed up with the 1980s rock legend synonymous for his quirky fashion choices David Bowie to celebrate his latest album The Next Day. The designed had created a printed T-shirt featuring the album’s artwork.
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000, the 68-year-old designer Sir Paul Smith is internationally famous for his menswear designs.
Formed in 1968, the Led Zeppelin band members include the guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones. (PB)
NPR.com has Robert Plant's tenth studio album lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar streaming, in its entirely, at http://www.npr.org/2014/09/01/343144827/first-listen-robert-plant-lullaby-and-the-ceaseless-roar.
Robert Plant's 2014 album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, his label debut for Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records, was produced by Plant and features 11 recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam "Skin" Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals.
lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar is Plant's first record since 2010's Band of Joy, which followed 2007's six-time Grammy Award winning collaboration with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand. Justin Adams and John Baggott of The Sensational Space Shifters appeared on Plant's 2002 release Dreamland, while all but Camara and Smith appeared on 2005's Mighty Rearranger. The 2014 line-up toured the world before recording lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Real World Studios in Bath, UK. The track "Rainbow" was recorded in Contino Rooms in London. Tchad Blake mixed all but three tracks on the album.
"It's really a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep," Plant says. "The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood. I am very lucky to work with The Sensational Space Shifters. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music...I have been around awhile and I ask myself, do I have anything to say? Is there a song still inside me? In my heart? I see life and what s happening to me. Along the trail there are expectations, disappointments, happiness, questions and strong relationships," Plant explains, "... and now I'm able to express my feelings through melody, power and trance; together in a kaleidescope of sound, colour, and friendship."
Led Zeppelin IV (Remastered Original CD)
Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition MP3)
Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition CD)
Led Zeppelin IV (Remastered Original Vinyl)
Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl)
Led Zeppelin IV (Super Deluxe Edition Box) (CD&LP)
Texas Monthly has an excellent article in which Plant discusses his departure from Austin, TX, Patty Griffin, as well as a little quip about his dislike for Whole Foods (he's more of a Fiesta type of man).
Read the entire article at Texas Monthly.
On September 9th, Robert Plant returns with his latest solo album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar. In support, the former Led Zeppelin frontman is taking his new band, the Sensational Space Shifters, out on a North American tour. Following previously announced appearances at Glastonbury and Japan’s Summer Sonic, Plant and co. will embark on a seven-show jaunt in late September/early October. From there, they will return to the UK for a series of engagements in mid-November.
As a preview, Plant has shared a live video of the album’s lead single, “Rainbow”. Watch it below (via Rolling Stone), followed by Plant’s full tour schedule.
Robert Plant 2014 Tour Dates:
08/09 – Glastonbury, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
08/16 – Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic
08/17 – Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic
09/08 – London, UK @ London Roundhouse
09/25 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theater
09/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
09/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
09/30 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
10/02 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
10/04 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
10/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
11/09 – Newport, UK @ Newport Centre
11/10 – Bournemouth, UK @ O2 Academy
11/12 – London, UK @ London Roundhouse
11/14 – Hull, UK @ Hull City Hall
11/15 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
11/17 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy
11/18 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy
11/20 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
11/21 – Wolverhampton, UK @ Civic Hall
11/23 – Belfast, UK @ Ulster Hall
11/24 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia
11/26 – Blackpool, UK @ Blackpool Tower
11/27 – Llandudno, UK @ Llandudno Venue Cymru Arena
From: Consequence Of Sound
Page will also make a second guest appearance, this time on November 5, 2014 at the Union Square Barnes & Noble, on East 17th Street, in New York City.
Page's author event will begin at 7:00PM. For more info, go to the event's page.
Jimmy Page's pictorial autobiography is being re-released in hardback format on October 14, 2014. To pre-order Jimmy Page, go to Amazon's website.
Prepare to hear one of the most overplayed songs in rock history in a new way.
In October, Rhino Records will release an album containing a never-before-issued version of “Stairway To Heaven.”
It’s part of the huge reissue project for Led Zeppelin, which began in June with the release of alternate takes on the storied band’s first three albums.
They’ll be followed on Oct. 27 with alterna-views of the untitled, fourth Led Zeppelin album (commonly referred to as “Led Zeppelin 4”) and “Houses of the Holy.”
As with the band’s first trio of reissues, the new ones will pair a remastered version of the official disc with a set of alternate takes on every track.
The fourth Led Zep disc - the third best-selling album in U.S. history - will not only contain the unheard “Stairway” but also specially reimagined runs at the acoustic songs “Going To California” and “The Battle of Evermore,” with more guitar and mandolin.
The alterna version of 1973’s “Houses of The Holy” will feature rough mixes of “The Ocean” and “Dancing Days,” as well as an interpretation of “The Rain Song” sans John Paul Jones’ piano.
Both new sets will be available in multiple formats - as the original single CD, in a deluxe edition which includes the alternative tracks, in vinyl form, or as part of elaborate box sets, including snazzy booklets and artwork.
Fans who want to cherry-pick just the previously unheard songs can do so through iTunes.
The first three Zep reissues each made the top 10 upon their release in June. The rest of the band’s catalogue will see alternate releases over the coming year.
From: NY Daily News
CALIFORNIA BREED members Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watt have chosen Joey Castillo (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL) to play drums for the band for all upcoming dates when it became clear that Jason Bonham's professional commitments would prevent him from being able to tour with the group.
CALIFORNIA BREED will support ALTER BRIDGE in the U.S. before heading to Europe and will close out the run supporting Slash featuring MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS on their five U.K. arena dates.
Says Hughes: "We're just excited to play live, to tour, to be in front of and with our fans.
"We're very proud of our debut record and we can't wait to share it, live and loud, with you."
CALIFORNIA BREED's self-titled debut album sold around 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"California Breed" was recorded at producer Dave Cobb's Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits from Hughes, Watt and Bonham. "It's proper rock," Hughes told Classic Rock magazine, "but at the same time it's very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page." "This kid is amazing," said Bonham. "The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. And he plays in the studio like he's on stage!"
"What we've got here is a kid who isn't a hammer-on, virtuoso," said Glenn, "but a whole new entity. This kid grew up listening to Mick Ronson on Bowie's records, as well as Jimmy Page in LED ZEPPELIN. He has a completely different take. And it's fresh and bold and so exciting. It just gets into your blood."
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