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Alice Cooper has rounded on Robert Plant for his unwillingness to reform Led Zeppelin.

Plant had recently reiterated his lack of enthusiasm for reuniting Led Zeppelin after their one-off show in 2007, stating that there is "nothing worse than a bunch of jaded old farts".

And Alice Cooper, of similar "old fart" age, has criticised the singer for "playing folk music" and not getting back out on stage with his old bandmates.

He told the Palm Springs Boxing Examiner: "I go out on stage and say 'turn it up'. I never get tired of playing my songs."

"They are just standing there. What is so hard? Jimmy Page wants to do it. John Paul Jones wants to do it. And they got Bonham's son, who is a killer drummer. All they need is Robert Plant. But what is Robert Plant out there doing? Playing folk music! What is he doing?"

Perhaps Alice Cooper's persistence and love of performing throughout the latter years of his career is paying off. As previously reported, Cooper was announced as one of the 2011's inductees into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, alongside fellow newbies Neil Diamond and Tom Waits. Led Zeppelin however joined the illustrious list of inductees back in 1995.

(Ed. note - Led Zeppelin co-headlined some of their earliest US Tour Dates with Alice Cooper, at the Whisky A Go Go, on January 2-5, 1969.)

From: MUSIC.AOL.UK
Stu Hamm, noted bass guitar player, has covered Led Zeppelin's Going To California, from , on his latest CD release Just Outside Of Normal, which dropped into stores on December 1, 2010.

Hamm is known for his slapping, popping and two-handed tapping techniques and Going To California displays an phenominal bass-centric performance.

In a recent MusicRadar interview at NAMM 2011, Hamm said, "When I was growing up, I really didn't listen to a lot of Led Zeppelin. My family was more interested in classical music. The heaviest music I was exposed to was The Beatles, and then later I got into bands like Yes and ELP and Pink Floyd and stuff like that. I discovered Zeppelin later in life.

"A while back, I did a benefit with Jude Gold for Muscular Dystrophy, and Going To California was one of the songs we played. It really stuck with me, and I loved the groove of the song. I started doing this arpeggio thing with it, and playing kind of a drone on it and harmonics, and I thought, Wow, this works really well. I can do something with this.

"Over the years, I've continued to play it live, but on the record I played it at a much faster tempo. I did all the basses first, and then I had Alan come in and do the drums. All the things that sound like guitars are basses except for the slide solo, which is played by Mark McGee, who did a phenomenal job. He really killed it. I'm really happy with it; it's so spiritual sounding. Everybody equates Zeppelin with heavy stuff, but they did a wide range of music and much of it was quite beautiful."

It's time to turn the noise all the way up to eleven in our lead up to the Grammy Awards as we take a look at the category for Best Hard Rock Performance.

The category this year is largely dominated by the guitar-shredding veterans who have been there and done it many times before.

Last.fm Trends looks at who might come out on top come the night of February 13th.

The winner of the category last year was AC/DC with their track "War Machine". Also amongst the nominees then was Alice in Chains for their track "Check My Brain". Nominated again this year for "A Looking In View", their odds don't look too bad when compared to the other nominees' scrobble counts on Last.fm.

Two of the nominees, Soundgarden and Stone Temple Pilots, have won the award before, however their low scrobble counts for their tracks "Black Rain" (45,787 total scrobbles) and "Between The Lines (96,700 total scrobbles), respectively, don't bode well for them this year.

It is the supergroup that is Them Crooked Vultures that look to be favorites to pick up the award for their track "New Fang". Featuring Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters/Nirvana, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, the song has gained 826,125 scrobbles so far, over double the amount of Alice in Chains' "A Looking In View".

Make sure to check in with Last.fm Trends every weekday as we run up to the Grammy Awards. You can watch the show on CBS on February 13th.

From: LAST.FM

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant won the Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy in 1999 for their song Most High.

Josh Homme and Brody Dalle Expecting Second Child
Photo by Eric Charbonneau, WireImage
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme will become a proud papa again this year. The baby will be the second for the rocker and his wife, Brody Dalle, of Spinerette and Distillers fame.

"I am up the duff 3 mo's aka bun in the oven, seed in the pumpkin, quid in the ocean, lotion in the basket, hole in the donut," tweeted the Australian-born Dalle. "Thank you for all the well wishes. Due Aug 11th -– Leo's are cool cats."

The couple already has a 5-year-old daughter, Camille Harley. Homme -– also of Them Crooked Vultures fame -– and Dalle married in 2007.

From: SPINNER.COM

An official DVD/Blu-Ray release of Led Zeppelin's performance at the O2 Arena in London, England on December 10, 2007 may actually happen here soon.

Backstage at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on January 30, 2011, Robert Plant had mentioned that he had spoken with Jimmy Page on Friday and that a commercial release of the concert is being finalized.

Up until now, the performance of Black Dog (which can be viewed below), has been released, which was given to the press. The entire performance's audio was multitracked as well as being captured on video with 17 cameras, for possible future release, according to director Dick Carruthers.

At the Mojo Magazine Awards on June 16, 2008, Jimmy Page was asked if the reunion concert was going to be released. "I hope so one day, yeah," Page told BBC 6Music. Although John Paul Jones echoed Page's sentiment, he said that at the moment "there is no hurry" to release it. "It was a special occasion you know and we really wanted that just to be it really," he added.

It was even thought that Page, Plant and Jones may review the footage and not allow it to be released. In August 2004, as Bob Geldof was preparing a DVD release of 1985's Live Aid, Page, Plant and Jones quickly released a statement, saying that the sound and general reproduction of their performance at Live Aid was sub-standard and they nixed inclusion on the DVD. Page & Plant offered proceeds from their October 26, 2004 re-release of No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded and John Paul Jones offered proceeds from his US Tour with the Mutual Admiration Society to Live Aid Trust.

In November 2007, Page once again blasted the Live Aid performance, calling it "shambolic".

Any specific release date is currently unknown, but a Fall/Christmas 2011 timeframe would be ideal. Led Zeppelin's performance may be part of a larger Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert release.

Thanks to Frederic Traube, Terry Stephenson and Steve A. Jones

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

August xx, 1968 - Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham hold their first rehearsals in Gerrard Street, London
August xx, 1968 - Page, Grant and Chris Dreja go see Robert Plant perform at a Birmingham Teachers College. Page invites Plant to his Pangbourne house and offers him the vocalist position
August xx, 1969 - Peter Grant starts enforcing the 90/10 split in favor of the band
August 31, 1969 - The third US tour ends at the Texas International Festival in Dallas
August xx, 1970 - Zeppelin earn no less than $25,000 per show
August 17, 1970 - Page completes mixing of the Led Zeppelin III in Memphis
August 19, 1971 - The seventh North American tour opens in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
August xx, 1972 - Jimmy Page purchases Plumpton Manor in Sussex
August xx, 1973 - Jimmy starts arranging ideas for the next album
August xx, 1974 - Film maker Peter Clifton has the band re-enact scenes at Shepperton Studios
August 31, 1974 - John Paul Jones appears with David Gilmour and Steve Broughton as Roy Harper’s backing band for the night
August 04, 1975 - Robert Plant and his family are seriously injured as their car veers off the road on the island of Rhodes
August 08, 1975 - Rehearsal for Zeppelin’s Eleventh North American tour postponed after Robert is involved in a serious car accident
August xx, 1976 - Arrangements are made to show the upcoming Zep film in theaters
August xx, 1976 - Jimmy Page finishes mixing the soundtrack for the movie The Song Remains The Same
August 14, 1977 - Jimmy jams with Ron Wood at a charity golf tournament for underprivileged children
August xx, 1978 - Robert plays with Dr. Feelgood and Phil Carson in Ibiza, Spain while on holiday
August 11, 1979 - Led Zeppelin perform a second show at Knebworth due to overwhelming ticket demands
August xx, 1980 - Jimmy moves into his new Windsor home, which was purchased from Michael Caine
August 14, 2009 - It Might Get Loud opened in select theatres in NY, WA & CA.
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