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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

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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