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NEW YORK (Billboard) - The 3-CD Nirvana boxed set With the Lights Out, due in stores Nov. 23, will take a chronological look at the Seattle band's brief but enormously influential career, beginning with a Led Zeppelin cover from its debut show in 1987 to solo acoustic performances by frontman Kurt Cobain just prior to his 1994 suicide.

A fourth disc, a DVD, includes nine tracks captured during a 1988 rehearsal at the home of bassist Krist Novoselic's mother.

Kicking off with a run through Led Zeppelin's Heartbreaker, disc one of the Geffen Records set sports early versions of familiar tracks like Floyd the Barber, Polly and About a Girl, demo recordings of the Leadbelly tracks Grey Goose, They Hung Him on a Cross and Ain't It a Shame and undated tracks presumed to have been recorded in 1987 or 1988, such as Beans, Clean Up Before She Comes and Don't Want It All. [more]

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant will deliver the keynote address at the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin on March 17.

He will also perform during the conference, marking his first shows in the United States since his opening slot on the Who's summer 2002 tour. Next year will also bring reissues of Plant's solo catalog via Rhino/Atlantic.

Plant can be heard guesting on the Big Town Playboys' new album, Roll the Dice, along with fellow veteran British artist Jeff Beck, and will be on hand for a Nov. 7 concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland to celebrate the legacy of legendary bluesman Leadbelly.

His 1994 MTV Unplugged performance with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will be issued on CD and DVD Tuesday via Rhino.
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Got Any Spare Change?

Scott Muni knew music and musicians. According to his obituary in The New York Times, the deejay was once interviewing Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin when the rocker passed out in the studio.

Muni calmly tossed on a record, "revived the guitarist and finished the interview with Mr. Page lying on the floor."

Taken from article regarding Scott Muni's death

Coming later this month is the long awaited DVD release of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's No Quarter: Unledded MTV special that first aired on October 12, 1994, and reunited the guitarist and singer from Led Zeppelin. It's a fitting sequel to last year's best selling Zeppelin DVD.

Both projects proved to be challenges to Kevin Shirley, their mixing engineer. In the case of the Led Zeppelin DVD, Shirley had to restore live performances, some of which were 35 years old. In the case of Unledded, while it was only recorded ten years ago, he had surprisingly little original documentation to work with, and ended up remixing the project from scratch. [more]


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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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