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Robert Plant, the world famous ex-singer of supergroup Led Zeppelin, is the patron of the record label, MAS Records, and has been integral to the development of this innovative project. BBC Hereford and Worcester's Web Producer Dan Johnson asked the legendary rocker what it was all about.

From: HEREFORD & WORCESTER
Many, many emails with various websites that talk about a reunion tour - http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2002471692,00.html & http://www.relix.com/cgi-bin/content_list.cgi?type=news.
When it comes to classic rockers, teens' musical tastes span many decades, as seen by the 37 percent of teens who are listening to rock legends Led Zeppelin and the 32 percent that listen to the Beatles. Moving ahead to the 1980s, one quarter of teens surveyed predict that Boston is the 80s band most likely to make a comeback. Boy George was second on the list with 22 percent expecting his triumphant return to the stage.

From: YAHOO.COM
Rumors of a Led Zeppelin reunion tour in 2003 are rampant, but drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late Zep pounder John Bonham, says he has not been contacted by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, or John Paul Jones. "No. Not even approached," he said in Toronto recently, while on tour with Indiana rock band Healing Sixties. "I spoke to Jimmy briefly before I came on tour. I was telling him what I was doing. I'm playing in England with some other friends of mine called the London Quireboys and he was just inquiring what I was up to and wishing me luck in what I was doing. So there was no word from there and I haven't spoken with Robert in quite a long time." Jason Bonham first joined the remaining members of Led Zeppelin onstage at a 40th anniversary concert for Atlantic Records in 1988, then at the 1995 induction of the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also drummed on Page's Outrider Tour in 1988. His last group, the Jason Bonham Band, included a Zep Set. Asked if he would abandon his Healing Sixties plans for a Zep tour, Bonham responds, "Would I? If they asked me, of course. Anyone would look to play with them." Meanwhile, a Led Zeppelin DVD is being readied for release next year in 5.1 surround sound. --Karen Bliss
Christmas already! How the time flies.

As you may have noticed I have not been touring this year as hoped. Events and builders have conspired against it for the past months but I hope to get back on course in 2003. I have meanwhile been honing various musical skills and working on some new instruments. I have also been singing quite a bit more and will soon unleash a value added JPJ!

Work also continues on the forthcoming Led Zeppelin DVD, it all looks and sounds very exciting and should be coming out soon. I am still reminded what an incredible band it was, (excuse the modesty;-) I think that sightings of us meeting for this project have given rise to many rumours of reunions etc., but rumours they are.

In the meantime I hope that you all have pleasant and peaceful holiday and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Best Wishes
John Paul Jones
Christmas 2002
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

April 24, 1969 - 2nd US Tour begins (1st as headliners) at the Fillmore West
April xx, 1970 - Robert comments about the violence in the audience near the end of the fifth tour
April 04, 1970 - Jimmy Page performs White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the Julie Felix BBC show
April 16, 1970 - Whole Lotta Love was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK, Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a "no-singles" approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK and he halted the release.
April xx, 1971 - Untitled is rumored to be released this month
April xx, 1972 - Recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy at Stargroves and Olympic studios
April xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin rehearse their new stage show in preparation for their huge 1973 US Tour
April xx, 1974 - Swan Song concentrates its efforts on signing new acts
April xx, 1975 - Jimmy does some mixing at Electric Lady studios for TSRTS soundtrack
April 19, 1975 - 51,000 tickets sell in two hours for three nights at Earls Court, two added dates see another 34,000 tickets sold
April xx, 1976 - The band decide they will release their film to theaters
April 30, 1977 - Led Zeppelin breaks the record for the largest attendance for a single-act show in the Pontiac Silverdome with 76,229 in attendance
April xx, 1978 - The band hold a meeting, this time with Robert, to discuss Zeppelin’s future
April 03, 1979 - Page, Bonham and Plant jam with Bad Company again in Birmingham
April 27, 1980 - The band rehearses at Rainbow Theater for an upcoming European tour
April 26, 1988 - James Patrick Page III’s birthday. He is named after his father is the only son of Jimmy and Patricia Ecker. Jimmy spoke of his son saying: "He is wonderful. He has made a big difference to my life."
April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.
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