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Huffington Post recently presented a list of the the Top Ten bands that shook the world. Included in the list, in no particular order other than alphabetical, is The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Doors, Greatful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, U2 and The Who.

Speaking on Led Zeppelin, writer Jeff Pollack said: "Plant, Page, Jones, and arguably the best rock drummer of all time, John Bonham, exploded on the scene with probably the best debut album ever, with 'Good Times Bad Times,' 'Dazed and Confused,' 'Babe I'm Going to Leave You'... a musical shot across the bow to ignore them at your own peril.

Zeppelin toured endlessly and became one of the best live bands ever with the musicians improvising their songs and the shows lasting more than four hours.

Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven,' became one of the most popular rock songs and guitar solos of all time (truly "a hundred year song"), and the band attained legendary status.

Never loved by the critics, Led Zeppelin was always underestimated in their originality as well their ability to embrace different musical forms and styles. Today they are now widely seen as one of the most important bands of all time."


From: Huffington Post
An iconic building in New York City's East Village, which served as the subject of one of rock's great album covers, is undergoing a facelift. The building at 96 St. Mark's Place was made famous in 1975 when designer Peter Corriston and cover artist Mike Doud photographed it (and the neighboring 98 St. Mark's Place) for the cover of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti album. The building later served as the backdrop of The Rolling Stones' Waiting on a Friend video.

Over the years, the building has housed a variety of establishments, most recently a vintage boutique. Now, the shop is being reinvented once again, in full celebration of its Zeppelin connection. The new store, Physical Graffi-tea, will be a tea emporium specializing in loose lea blends and powdered Japanese matcha. The store is scheduled to open in March.

There is no word, at this time, on any specialized custard pies, "wanton" soup or lemon squeezes. Tea for one, though, seems a likely menu choice.

From: Gibson Lifestyle
The popular magazine Rolling Stone has finalized its list of the "Best Drummers of All Time." The magazine took readers' opinions from last weekend to help compile the list. Rolling Stone is well-known for its lists, having previously created ones for "The Greatest Singers of All Time," "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time," and many other topics.

The 10 drummers that are on the list are Santana's Michael Shrieve, Cream's Ginger Baker, The Roots' ?uestlove, The Police's Stewart Copeland, Buddy Rich -- who played for many great jazz singers like Tommy Dorsey, Benny Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong -- The Beatles' Ringo Starr, Nirvana's Dave Grohl, Rush's Neal Pert, The Who's Keith Moon, and Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, who topped the list.

Each of these drummers have been extremely well-known for their unique styles and techniques, and they have stepped out from behind the drum kit to become musicians of interest to the public. A few drummers, like Ringo Starr and Dave Grohl, have even jumped successfully into the lead singer's role. Starr heads Ringo Starr and His All-Star Band, while Grohl is the frontman for The Foo Fighters.

You can go to RollingStone.com to watch video clips of all the drummers and mini-biographies of their careers.

From: The Celebrity Cafe

Joan Bonham, mother to John, Mick and Deborah Bonham, died early morning today (February 09, 2011) at the age of 81, after battling an illness since Christmas. She was preceeded in death by her husband John Henry Sr. (Jack) in 1998, son John Henry Jr. in 1980 and Michael (Mick) Bonham in 2000.

A musician just like her children John and Deborah, Joan was a singer, most notably one of the principal lead vocalists of The Zimmers, a 40-piece British band originally created by BBC television for a 2007 feature documentary on the conditions and feelings of the elderly, as part of the Power to the People series. In September 2008, the band released its first full-length album Lust for Life. Joan was also a fan of big band music, such as the Benny Goodman, and Harry James bands. She also ran a newsagency business in Hunt End, Redditch, Worcestershire, England.

One of her most last notable appearances was on November 02, 2009, accompanied by daughter Deborah, to accept the Tommy Vance Inspiration Award at the Classic Rock Awards Cermony from Paul Rodgers at the Park Lane Hotel, London, England.

We here at Achilles Last Stand - The Led Zeppelin Website would like to extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to the entire Bonham family.

Deborah Bonham, Joan Bonham and Paul Rodgers
Deborah Bonham & Joan Bonham, accepting the Tommy Vance Inspiration Award from Paul Rodgers, Classic Rock Awards, Park Lane Hotel, London, England, November 02, 2009
Joan, Deborah, Pat and Zoe Bonham
Joan Bonham (Bonzo's mother), Deborah Bonham (Bonzo's sister), Patti Bonham (wife), and Zoe Bonham (daughter) attending the New York Premiere of Led Zeppelin`s new live DVD, at the Loews 34th Street Theatre, on May 27, 2003



Thanks to Citizendum - The Citizens' Compendium for all the info!

No Grammys for Plant, TCV wins for 'New Fang'
Robert Plant and the Band Of Joy failed to win either of the Grammys for which they were nominated for in last night's Grammy Award ceremony. They were up for Best Americana Album (Vocal or Instrumental) and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for Silver Rider, a track from the Band Of Joy album.

Them Crooked Vultures won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for New Fang, a track from their self-titled album.
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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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