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In the recent movie Ocean's Twelve, Matt Damon's character recites the opening lines of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir in a scene where George Clooney, Brad Pitt and he are speaking "code" to a possible heist. He says:

"Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream. I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been."



From: OCEANS12.NET

Thanks to Alfredo Arroyo
Brighton, U.K.'s daily newspaper The Argus reported in its Nov. 24 edition that Led Zeppelin stars Jimmy Page and Robert Plant came along to Deep Purple's sold-out gig at the Brighton Centre last month. After being "begged to get on stage and join their old mockers," they declined, preferring to watch along with the fans.

From: BLABBERMOUTH.NET
Minor planet number 44016 has been named in honor of Jimmy Page, lead guitarist with Led Zeppelin.

(44016) Jimmypage is in a 4.30-year elliptical orbit around the sun ranging in distance from 332.5 million km (at perihelion, closest point to the sun) to 458.9 million km (at aphelion, furthest point from the sun).

Thanks to David Cothern

From: INDIANASTATESMAN.COM
Jeff Ocheltree transitioned from replaceable “roadie” to invaluable “drum tech” by being the first person to take complete care of all aspects of the drums, in the glory days of such legends as Bonham and Cobham. In his first instructional DVD, he discusses his experiences and teaches techniques valuable to drum techs and all drummers – with hands-on examples using nine different kits and nine drummers. Jeff also discusses the unique bronze drums he makes from recycled cymbals. As a special bonus, John Bonham's kit used in Zeppelin recordings appears on screen for the first time ever, and Bonzo's settings, tunings and mic placements are revealed!

Jeff owns a drumset that was given to him by Bonham (one of the green sparkle Ludwigs) and he features it in the video. He talks about all of the pertinent details including sizes, heads, cymbals, tuning/dampening, and even studio vs. live mic'ing. However, the DVD is not entirely focused on Jeff's work with Bonham. That's only one section of it. It's really about him and how he was partially, if not wholly, responsible for the evolution of the job of "drum tech", and it features playing and interviews with notable drummers including Danny Carey, Steve Smith, Lenny Whie, and Dean Butterworth.

A short clip can be found at http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/John_Bonham.html

Thanks to Mark Romans
From: SAMASH.COM
The majority of the songs on "eMOTIVe" are cover songs of politically motivated protest singers. Various artists covered include John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin (who made the song When the Levee Breaks famous even if credit goes to Memphis Minnie), Depeche Mode, Devo and Black Flag. While the band competently covers all of the songs, the majority of them didn't need to be covered.

Thanks to David Cothern

From: INDIANASTATESMAN.COM
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

May 31, 1948 - John Henry Bonham was born at Redditch, Worchestershire
May xx, 1969 - The band’s debut album enters the US Top 10
May xx, 1969 - Recording sessions for Led Zeppelin II begin
May xx, 1970 - The band works on new material at Bron-Y-Aur
May 03, 1971 - Richard Cole jams on Whole Lotta Love playing congas
May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
May 22, 1979 - It is officially announce that Led Zeppelin will headline at the Knebworth Festival in August
May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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