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Paul Rodgers, who toured and recorded with Queen from 2004 to 2008 and Bad Company from 2008 to 2010, is at long last returning to the U.K. with his solo band.

"Playing with Queen was brilliant they interpreted my songs on an entire new level," says Rodgers. "With Bad Company the musical fireworks were still there but creating and touring solo is where my heart is."

Paul's last U.K. solo tour, in 2006, culminated with the recording of his debut solo DVD, Live In Glasgow, which charted at #1 in Canada, #2 in Japan, #3 in the U.S., #4 in the UK and is now certified gold.

Rodgers has announced that drummer Jason Bonham (Black Country Communion, Led Zeppelin) will be joining him on tour. Rodgers states, "Jason played with Joe Perry and myself in L.A. recently and was so hot that I asked him to join us for the U.K. tour."

Also in the band the familiar faces of Howard Leese (Heart guitarist), Lynn Sorenson (bass) plus some surprise guests.

Rodgers will perform new songs from his upcoming solo CD, making it 31 album/CD releases since 1968, plus hits from his expansive back catalogue such as Free's All Right Now, Bad Company's Feel Like Makin' Love and The Firm's Satisfaction Guaranteed.

Says Rodgers: "Developing the set-list is always a bit of a balancing act but in the U.K. it will be FREE-heavy for the fans."

Supporting Rodgers are very special guests Down 'N' Outz. Fronted by Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and backed by The Quireboys, Down 'N' Outz will be an evening of music by Mott The Hoople and its collective works.

Tickets are priced at £34.50, in advance, regionally, and £32.50, £37.50, £40.00, £50.00 in London (subject to booking fee) and are available from Livenation.co.uk.

Dates for the tour are as follows:

April 15 - Blackpool, UK - Opera House
April 16 - Sheffield, UK - City Hall
April 18 - Newcastle, UK - City Hall
April 19 - Glasgow, UK - Clyde Auditorium
April 21 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
April 22 - Nottingham, UK - Royal Centre
April 24 - Bournemouth, UK - Internation Centre
April 25 - Southend, UK - Cliff Pavilion
April 27 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall (plus Joe Perry)
April 28 - Birmingham, UK - NIA

Photo below courtesy of PaulRodgers.com

Robert Plant on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans tomorrow
Robert Plant is set to co-host the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 tomorrow morning (February 18) beginning at 06:30AM GMT.

Host Chris Evans says that he will be talking to him, playing songs by him, playing songs for him, making him tea, and talking to him some more. Then we'll have our pictures taken with him. Then make him some more tea. Everyone is going home happy!

Plant was interviewed by BBC Radio 2 prior to his performance at Electric Proms last October, which you can view below.



Listen live tomorrow at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00p2d9w

Led Zeppelin released their legendary double album Physical Graffiti on February 24, 1975. The album was Zeppelin's sixth studio offering and was nearly three years in the making.

The group convened in November 1973 to record the follow up to Houses of The Holy, which they had released earlier that year. However, with bassist John Paul Jones threatening to quit the band and move to a position as a church choirmaster, Zeppelin decided to take some time off time to give him a break.

Though Physical Graffiti was recorded during a point of relative turmoil for the band, it once again affirmed their place in at the top of the rock world. It hit number one on the Billboard 200 chart on March 22, and held the top spot for six weeks.

Physical Graffiti included songs like Kashmir, In My Time Of Dying and Houses of The Holy. The album also included tracks laid down during earlier recording sessions that hadn't been released yet. The oldest, the instrumental "Bron-Yr-Aur," dated back to 1970.

From: RTTNews

Black Country Communion - the Anglo/American rock supergroup featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa - has joined forces with Planet Rock, the U.K.'s leading classic rock radio station, to offer rock fans the opportunity to download two exclusive free live Black Country Communion tracks.

The songs, Black Country and One Last Soul, were originally recorded live in front of a specially invited audience at John Henry's in London, England on September 20, 2010. The live recordings have been exclusively mixed for Planet Rock by Black Country Communion's producer Kevin Shirley.

To be eligible to download the live tracks, rock fans are being asked to become VIP members of Planet Rock's web site by signing up to www.planetrock.com/vip. Once free membership has been activated, fans will have access to the free download, along with other VIP offers. Additionally, fans will also be able to order tickets for Black Country Communion's forthcoming U.K. summer concerts in July.

Black Country Communion is currently mixing its sophomore album for a June release.

Black Country Communion performed two long-awaited U.K. concerts in December. Fittingly, the first concert took place right in the heart of the Black Country at the legendary Wolverhampton Civic Hall on December 29, followed by a concert at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on December 30.

The self-titled debut album from Black Country Communion sold 7,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 54 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD, which was made available in Europe on September 20, 2010 via Mascot Records and North America on September 21 through J&R Adventures, was produced and mixed by Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin), and mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig. It was recorded at Shangri-La Studios in early 2010.

Black Country Communion initially came to fruition when Shirley saw Hughes and Bonamassa join forces on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar Center's King of the Blues event. Shirley then recruited Bonham and Sherinian for the project, which is named after the industrial area in the British Midlands where both Hughes and Bonham were born and raised.

From: Blabbermouth
Black Country Communion - the Anglo/American rock supergroup featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa - has scheduled two dates in California in early June:

June 09 - Civic Theatre - San Diego, CA
June 10 - The Grove - Anaheim, CA


Black Country Communion has joined forces with Planet Rock, the U.K.'s leading classic rock radio station, to offer rock fans the opportunity to download two exclusive free live Black Country Communion tracks.

The songs, Black Countryand One Last Soul, were originally recorded live in front of a specially invited audience at John Henry's in London, England on September 20, 2010. The live recordings have been exclusively mixed for Planet Rock by Black Country Communion's producer Kevin Shirley.

To be eligible to download the live tracks, rock fans are being asked to become VIP members of Planet Rock's web site by signing up to http://www.planetrock.com/vip. Once free membership has been activated, fans will have access to the free download, along with other VIP offers. Additionally, fans will also be able to order tickets for Black Country Communion's forthcoming U.K. summer concerts in July.

Black Country Communion's sophomore album is scheduled for a June release.

Black Country Communion performed two long-awaited U.K. concerts in December. Fittingly, the first concert took place right in the heart of the Black Country at the legendary Wolverhampton Civic Hall on December 29, followed by a concert at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on December 30.

Fan-filmed video footage of the London show can be viewed below.

The self-titled debut album from Black Country Communion sold 7,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 54 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD, which was made available in Europe on September 20, 2010 via Mascot Records and North America on September 21 through J&R Adventures, was produced and mixed by Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin), and mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig. It was recorded at Shangri-La Studios in early 2010.

Black Country Communion initially came to fruition when Shirley saw Hughes and Bonamassa join forces on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar Center's King of the Blues event. Shirley then recruited Bonham and Sherinian for the project, which is named after the industrial area in the British Midlands where both Hughes and Bonham were born and raised.

From: Blabbermouth
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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