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2012 has been a big year for Led Zeppelin and their fans. On September 8, a cryptic countdown began on Led Zeppelin's official website, finally revealing what fans were waiting for -- Celebration Day, the concert film of Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion concert. It had a spectacular two runs in cinemas worldwide, October 17 and November 13, earning 2 million dollars on the first day alone.

There were multiple press conferences across the world, in which the members of Led Zeppelin as well as Jason Bonham were met with many diverse question, including the ominous reunion question, which was met with various negative reactions.

Celebration Day was released on November 19 on CD, DVD and BluRay, in multiple configurations. Vinyl audiophiles will have to wait until February 2013 for the 3-LP set to be released.

In December, Led Zeppelin was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors with their significant contributions to the cultural life of the nation and the world. Page, Plant and Jones had a busy week, with a White House dinner and reception, the Honors gala as well as three high-key television interviews -- one with fellow honoree David Letterman, one with Charlie Rose and one with Anthony Mason.

Aside from these major events and the ensuing reunion rumors, everyone in the Led Zeppelin world were very busy in 2012. Jimmy Page released Lucifer Rising and other Sound Tracks, on heavyweight vinyl, on March 20. This release was a musical diary of avant-garde compositions and experiments, one of which was to appear on the film Lucifer Rising. A total of 500 units were sold to those who registered on his website.

In May, Page offered up a Fine Art Photographic Print Collection. Page worked with five photographers to produce this highly-collectible (and high dollar) set.

In late October, Page's manager Peter Mensch told the Sunday Times that Page was holed up in a west London recording studio, creating 21st century versions of Led Zeppelin's nine-album body of work. Versions have been re-mastered for iTunes and released for the public in December to worldwide acclaim. New life has been given to the masters that deserved to be dusted off.

Page once again publicly voiced his desire to release new music and play live on stage in 2013.

Robert Plant, pushing ever onward, debuted his new band, the Sensational Space Shifters, a mixture of his old backing band, the Strange Sensation, plus his significant other Patty Griffin. Sounding somewhat similar to the Americana roots of the Band Of Joy, plus a scoch of world sounds, Robert Plant headlined the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi in August and then headed off in October and November to the South American continent for a proper tour.

In between all of the excitement of Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day theatrical showings and public release, Plant has made his new residence in the outskirts of Austin, Texas, home of Patty Griffin. There were several Griffin and Plant sightings in and out of public places in Austin, as well as a few benefit performances in December for a local Austin musician and friend of Griffin.

Robert Plant said that he was ready to write new songs in the future. In another interview he "might chill for a while", most likely to spend time with Patty Griffin. So, to further complicate and confuse fans, he announced an Australasian Tour in March and April 2013 with the Sensational Space Shifters and without Patty Griffin.

John Paul Jones continued his nomadic live career in 2012 by finishing up an 18-month tour with Seasick Steve. He also continued to perform with the Norwegian avant-garde/improvisation group Supersilent, even being part of a mini British tour in November.

Jones performed a handful of times with long-time collaborator Robyn Hitchcock, under the moniker of Biscotti.

Other artists that Jones performed with live in 2012 included John Cage's Musicircus, Howe Gelb, Rokia Traoré and Africa Express, as well as being part of the all-star jam at Sunflower Jam 2012.

John Paul Jones was asked by CBS This Morning's Anthony Mason whether the 2007 reunion concert would likely be Led Zeppelin's last performance, to which he replied, "It's likely, yeah, I think so, but I've said it before."

In June, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience announced some September dates in South America and Australia, which were later unexpectedly cancelled. To placate the JBLZE fans, seven US dates were performed in October. Canadian dates for January and February 2013 were announced in December.

Jason Bonham joined the rest of Led Zeppelin at the press conference for Celebration Day on October 9, staying relatively quiet. He also surprised Led Zeppelin, when he stepped onto the stage at the Kennedy Center on December 2 for the finale tribute performance of Stairway To Heaven, with Ann and Nancy Wilson.

Deborah Bonham continued to stay busy in 2012, touring throughout England, Germany, France and other points beyond. Her EP Take Me Down was released in September, with a full-length album Spirit to be released in March 2013. She also continued to support equine charities, such as The Racehorse Sanctuary.

In 2012, Logan Plant put down the microphone, as being the lead singer for Sons Of Albion to both step in front of the camera lens as a model for Mr. Porter's global campaign and start Beavertown Brewery that brews ales at Duke's Brew & Que in Hackney, London, England. Logan joined his father in November/December for the Kennedy Center Honors, and the two of them were spotted at Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware.

Here, at, I have had a busy year in maintaining the website. It's been a busy year with Led Zeppelin and the solo careers of the members. There hasn't been this much site traffic since 2007, with all the excitement of the reunion concert. I think that 2013 will be an even bigger year for Led Zeppelin, riding the wave of popularity in 2012.

Here is a list of the top ten news stories of 2012 at, as determined by popularity.

10. Texas Tornados Uproot Plant's Travel Plans

9. Led Zeppelin 4-in-1 Runes T-Shirt

8. Led Zeppelin Live at The O2 2007 (Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert) - Full show

7. Enzepplopedia Publishing Announces Release of Sonic Boom: The Impact of Led Zeppelin as E-book for Kindle, iPad and Mobile Devices

6. Pictures At Eleven Turns 30

5. 'Celebration Day' Press Conference Details

4. Jimmy Page BBC World News Interview

3. Atlantic Records founder bequeaths £26m to Oxford University students

2. Led Zeppelin III Cover Artist Zacron Died

1. Led Zeppelin on CBS Sunday Morning (Dec. 16)

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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