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The long-awaited DVD of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's Unledded will be released Oct. 20, according to the project's mix engineer, Kevin Shirley. The DVD captures Plant and Page's historic 1994 reunion for an "MTV Unplugged" broadcast, featuring stripped-down performances of such Led Zeppelin touchstones as What Is and What Should Never Be, No Quarter and Kashmir.

"The tapes were in a real mess -- nothing marked or labeled, and nothing to sync the audio to already edited video," Shirley writes on his official Web site. "So it's been very cerebral on both left and right sides of the brain, as I weave [between] creativity and mathematical calculations to get audio running at a different speeds to lock to the picture." Beyond enhanced audio, the DVD is tipped to feature as-yet-unannounced bonus content. Shirley previously worked with Page to assemble the material for last year's Zeppelin archival blowout in the form of the "Led Zeppelin" live DVD and triple-disc live album How the West Was Won.

The VHS release of Unledded peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Top Music Video chart. The accompanying Atlantic album has sold more than 1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

- -- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin have refused their permission to allow their performance at fundraiser Live Aid to feature on a forthcoming DVD that hopes to raise even more money for the charity.

The original footage features Led Zep performing in Philadelphia with Phil Collins standing in for the late John Bonham. This was the first reunion performance since the drummer’s death in 1980.

Claims that the band were unsatisfied with their performance were reported in yesterday's Sunday Times. Rumours at the time of the performance indicated that Collins’ was left ailing with jetlag after having performed with Sting in London and then Led Zep in Philadelphia and this was one factor that caused their performance to be under par.

The first Gibson Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul guitar from Gibson Guitar Corp.'s Custom, Art & Historic Division has been sold for a reported $55,000 to an anonymous buyer. The figure, more than double its suggested list price, is a record for a new, first-run Gibson guitar.

Page signed and numbered each of the first 25 guitars of the series on the back of the headstock. The signature model replicates the dings, scratches, playing wear and unique shape of Page's "Number One," a 1959 Les Paul Standard that he acquired in 1969 and used on many Led Zeppelin recordings, including Whole Lotta Love and Rock and Roll.

Gibson's Custom, Art & Historic Division offers three version of the instrument: a first run of 25 signed guitars, a second run of 150 unsigned guitars, followed by an open run.

Jimmy Page Les Paul Sells for $55K

The last paragraph in today's diary entry from Ross Halfin indicates that Jimmy Page called Halfin from Morocco and that Jimmy wanted Halfin to "look for any Zep stuff for him."

The new DVD is getting close, eh?

The Datsuns have confirmed Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones will produce their second album.

The band have been writing new material after finishing their massive world tour this summer. The band will now start recording the follow up to their 2002 eponymous debut with the star in the coming months.


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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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