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Led Zeppelin News: 2012 Kennedy Center Honors recipients,’Celebration Day’ 2CD/2DVD 2007 London reunion show due for release, ‘Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page’ coming out Oct. 23rd

by on Sep.13, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Led Zeppelin News: 2012 Kennedy Center Honors recipients,’Celebration Day’  2CD/2DVD 2007 London reunion show due for release, ‘Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page’ coming out Oct. 23rd

Rock legends Led Zeppelin will be among the luminaries who will receive one of the most prestigious awards in the U.S. for the arts, the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. Zeppelin will be saluted at a December 2nd ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Event highlights will be part of a two-hour TV special on CBS on December 26th at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Although Led Zeppelin will be honored as a group at the event, singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones will be acknowledged individually with the award as well.

Kennedy Center Honors recognizes lifetime contributions to the arts. Along with Led Zeppelin, acclaimed bluesman Buddy Guy, Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman, longtime TV host David Letterman and Russian ballerina/choreographer Natalia Makarova will be honored.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein said, "With their extraordinary talent, creativity and tenacity, the seven 2012 Kennedy Center honorees have contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world," said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. "Buddy Guy is a titan of the blues and has been a tremendous influence on virtually everyone who has picked up an electric guitar in the last half century; Dustin Hoffman's unyielding commitment to the wide variety of roles he plays has made him one of the most versatile and iconoclastic actors of this or any other generation; David Letterman is one of the most influential personalities in the history of television, entertaining an entire generation of late-night viewers with his unconventional wit and charm; Natalia Makarova's profound artistry has ignited the stages of the world's greatest ballet companies and continues to pass the torch to the next generation of dancers; and LED ZEPPELIN's John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant transformed the sound of rock and roll with their lyricism and innovative song structures, infusing blues into the sound of rock and roll and laying the foundation for countless rock bands."

All honorees will be seated with President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, at the Honors Gala, where various celebrities will deliver tribute performances and presentations. A pre-gala reception and a post-event supper dance also will be held.

Rock n' rollers who have received Kennedy Center Honors in the past include Paul McCartney, The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Paul Simon and Brian Wilson.

It's official! 'Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day', a film documenting the 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion show at London's O2 Arena will be released on November 19th. The Sun tabloid in the U.K. yesterday cited a source saying the concert would be issued as a CD/DVD package and a Blu-ray disc "as part of a simultaneous global release." The source also said guitarist Jimmy Page is overseeing the project and "has been in the studio making sure everything is perfect." Now it is official.

Here's the press release from the band's website:

"On December 10, 2007,  Led Zeppelin took the stage at London’s O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. What followed was a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band’s signature blues-infused rock ’n’ roll that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin. Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalog including landmark tracks “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock And Roll,” “Kashmir,” and “Stairway To Heaven.”

Although 20 million people applied for tickets, the band’s first headline show in 27 years was seen only by the 18,000 ticket holders who were fortunate enough to have secured seats through the worldwide lottery.
The film of Celebration Day will see a worldwide theatrical release by Omniverse Vision on 1,500 screens in over 40 territories on October 17. The theatrical screenings will follow premieres in London, Los Angeles, New York, and other major cities. Tickets for the public screenings will be available on September 13 via ledzeppelin.com. Celebration Day will then be available in multiple video and audio formats on November 19 from Swan Song/Atlantic Records. Specific product details will be announced soon.

Led Zeppelin began a social media countdown on Saturday with the posting of the word "FIVE," leading up to today's announcement.

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An audio snippet of the song "Good Times, Bad Times" from the 2007 reunion show in London was also posted leading upto today's announcement.

Here's the Cineplex press release on the theatrical release:

"On December 10, 2007, LED ZEPPELIN took the stage at London's O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. What followed was a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band's signature blues-infused rock 'n' roll that instantly became part of the legend of LED ZEPPELIN.

"Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalogue including landmark tracks 'Whole Lotta Love', 'Rock And Roll', 'Kashmir' and 'Stairway To Heaven'.

"Although 20 million people applied for tickets, the band's first headline show in 27 years was seen only by the 18,000 ticket holders who were fortunate enough to have secured seats through the worldwide lottery.

"Now, for the first time, fans in over 40 territories worldwide will be able to get a front row seat to experience this historic event in glorious high definition and incredible surround sound. Experience it on the big screen for a strictly limited period only."

A new book 'Light And Shade: Conversations With Jimmy Page' is lated for release on October 23rd. The book is a collection of conversations Brad Tolinski, the Editorial Director of Guitar World, Guitar Aficionado and Revolver has had with the illusive Jimmy Page. Tolinski has had more interview opportunities with Page than any other journalist over the years. Here’s the first in a series of excerpts of the book given exclusively to CBS Local.

In this quote, Page discusses his early vision for the band. After spending years as a session musician (playing on records for The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Brenda Lee and Petula Clark, among others), and as a member of The Yardbirds, he had a plan to lead Led Zeppelin, to get the band complete creative control and to make sure they wouldn’t be in financial debt to their record label.

“I wanted artistic control in a vice grip, because I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the band. In fact, I financed and completely recorded the first album before going to Atlantic. It wasn’t your typical story where you get an advance to make an album—we arrived at Atlantic with tapes in hand. The other advantage to having such a clear vision of what I wanted the band to be was that it kept recording costs to a minimum. We recorded the whole first album in a matter of 30 hours. That’s the truth. I know, because I paid the bill. [laughs]“

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Beatles News: ‘Beatles Stories’ documentary out next month, Paul McCartney receives Legion of Honour award, jams with John Paul Jones

by on Sep.12, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Beatles News: ‘Beatles Stories’ documentary out next month, Paul McCartney receives Legion of Honour award, jams with John Paul Jones

Cinema Libre Studio is releasing a new documentary digitally and on DVD this October 2nd featuring heartfelt memories told by the group's fans. Rollingstone.com posted a new preview clip from 'Beatles Stories' with Graham Nash looking back on the first televised broadcast of "All You Need Is Love" in 1967. It all happened spontaneously as on the morning of the taping, Paul McCartney invited Nash down to the EMI recording studio, and he joined other rock legends Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Keith Moon at the session.

"Any excuse to have a party in the Sixties was taken at the drop of a hat. 'You want to party? Let's go!'" recalls Nash. "I just have a great, warm feeling about that day. We were safe, we were in a recording studio."

'Beatles Stories' will also screen on Oct. 2nd at Los Angeles' Egyptian Theatre. For tickets, showings and more information, visit the Egyptian Theatre's website and the Beatles Stories' website here

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Paul McCartney joined Damon Albarn of Blur's Africa Express tour this past Saturday (Sept. 8th), which features musicians traveling by train and performing in different locations to raise awareness of African music and culture. The train rolled into London’s Granary Square and not only did McCartney participate, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones appeared multiple times throughout the lengthly five-hour set. Check out this footage of the two onstage together:

Paul McCartney was also in Paris earlier on Saturday (Sept. 8) to be awarded a prestigious Legion of Honour, the highest decoration in France.

He was promoted to the rank of Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (the Légion d’honneur) by President Francois Hollande in a private ceremony this morning at the Élysée Palace. President Hollande personally decorated Paul with the insignia of the Legion of Honour himself in front of an audience of Paul’s family and friends.

During the presentation the President praised Paul for his contribution to the arts, not just in France but all over the world. The award is a huge honour for Paul as the order is usually only conferred to French nationals, chiefly those who have served France in military or civil life. The award was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. Foreign nationals may only receive a distinction of the Legion of Honour in extraordinary circumstances and British recipients of the order in the past have included Queen Elizabeth II, Laurence Olivier, author Graham Greene and war veteran Henry Allingham.

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Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart release new autobiography this Tuesday, ‘Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll’

by on Sep.12, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK BOOKS, ROCK NEWS

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart release new autobiography this Tuesday, ‘Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll’

Ann & Nancy Wilson are legendary figures in the world of rock, who undoubtedly have some more than interesting stories to share of their over four decades in the music business. This Tuesday (Sept. 18) their book 'Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll' hits shelves (Harper Collins) and tells the stories behind their ascent in the world of rock, the inspiration and making of their classic tracks, and shares juicy details about some of the connections with other artists they've made over the years. Here's a full description and some of what you can expect to find in the book:

The mystery of "Magic Man." The wicked riff of "Barracuda." The sadness and beauty of "Alone." The raw energy of "Crazy On You." These songs, and so many more, are part of the fabric of American music. Heart, fronted by Ann and Nancy Wilson, has given fans everywhere classic, raw, and pure badass rock and roll for more than three decades. As the only sisters in rock who write their own music and play their own instruments, Ann and Nancy have always stood apart—certainly from their male counterparts but also from their female peers. By refusing to let themselves and their music be defined by their gender, and by never allowing their sexuality to overshadow their talent, the Wilson sisters have made their mark, and in the process paved the way for many of today's female artists.

In Kicking and Dreaming, Ann and Nancy, with the help of critically acclaimed and bestselling music biographer Charles R. Cross (Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain), recount a journey that has taken them from a gypsy-like life as the children of a globe-trotting Marine to the frozen back roads of Vancouver, where they got their start as a band, to the pinnacle of success—and sometimes excess. In these pages, readers will learn the truth about the relationship that inspired "Magic Man" and "Crazy On You," the turmoil of inter-band romances gone awry, the reality of life on the road as single women and then as mothers of small children, and the thrill of performing and in some cases partying with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Stevie Nicks, Van Halen, Def Leppard, and other rock legends. It has not always been an easy path. Ann struggled with and triumphed over a childhood stutter, body image, and alcoholism; Nancy suffered the pain and disappointment of fertility issues and a failed marriage but ultimately found love again and happiness as a mom. Through it all, the sisters drew from the strength of a family bond that trumps everything else, as told in this intimate, honest, and uniquely female take on the rock and roll life.

Throughout their career, Ann and Nancy have never found an answer to the question they are most frequently asked: What is it like to be a woman in rock and roll?" Kicking and Dreaming puts that question to bed, once and for all.

Rollingstone.com  has posted some of the stories found in the book, and by all indications, it looks like it will be an amazing read:

During Ann's junior year in high school, their parents became aware that their daughters were regularly smoking pot. Having hit a bit of a counterculture experimental phase, one night after dinner, the Wilson parents suggested that the whole family toke together. Ann recalls it being rather embarrassing: "It wasn't the best pot, but I wasn't about to share my connection with my parents."

"Crazy On You" was inspired by Ann's first serious romance, with Michael Fischer, who would soon become Heart's iron-fisted manager. The pair shacked up on a hippie commune in Canada. Wilson writes that while the lyrics "were straight out of the scenes of wild sexuality that went on in the cottage," they were also about her feminist awakening and finding empowerment through her music.

During Heart's earliest incarnation they were primarily a cover band, cementing their reputation in the Vancouver club scene with their set of Led Zeppelin songs. In March 1975, Heart was onstage performing "Stairway to Heaven" when Zeppelin themselves walked in, fresh from their show at the Pacific Coliseum. Wilson writes that the foursome seemed oblivious, disappearing into the club's inner-sactum, where Jimmy Page was tended to by "his doctor" before promptly passing out.

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When Nancy was on location with her then-husband (and former Rolling Stone scribe) Cameron Crowe while he was directing the 2001 bomb Vanilla Sky, the film's star, Tom Cruise, gave the couple a personally guided tour of Scientology's Celebrity Centre.

The early radio success of "Magic Man" was paid for with hookers and cocaine. The band's publicist would ferry the Wilson sisters to radio appearances where they would meet the DJ, do a station ID and then be told to go wait outside. According to Nancy, "When we were out of the way, he'd pass the DJ a gram of cocaine or the number of a hooker he'd lined up and say 'She's yours, on Heart.' It wasn't until years later that the Wilson sisters found out about the shady dealings that had gone on behind their backs.

The photo negative for a topless picture of Ann Wilson, taken surreptitiously by Annie Leibovitz, is rotting in a safe deposit box. When a shoot with the photographer for the band's Bebe Le Strange-era Rolling Stone cover went south, the band demanded the famed rock photographer destroy her copy; when she refused, Heart took her to court. The judge ordered the negative to be kept in a safe deposit box that could only be opened with two keys – one belonging to Wilson and the other to Leibovitz – insuring it would never see the light of day.

In the fall of 1982, Heart had a brush with the legendary ego of John Cougar Mellencamp. The young singer was opening the band's tour behind Private Audition, Heart's first album that wasn't an immediate million-seller, when Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane" went to number one. He came to the band with a proposition: "Seeing as your album is a turkey and mine is a hit, care to swap places?" The Wilson sisters declined, reminding him that the tour had sold out before he'd even been announced as the opening act.

While Heart was on tour with Van Halen, Alex and Eddie, in their own fumbling, wasted way, suggested a four-way-of-sorts between them. The sisters declined, but later that night, when Nancy learned that Eddie didn't own an acoustic guitar she was incredulous, and she gave him one of her own before sending him on his way. The next morning, after a night-long binge, he called her hotel room and serenaded her over the phone.

Order your copy of 'Kicking & Dreaming' at amazon.com

Ann & Nancy have the upcoming book signing appearances scheduled:

Sept. 17 - 7pm - Barnes & Noble(Union Square) - New York, NY
Sept. 18 - 7pm - Book Revue - Huntington, NY
Sept. 27 - 7pm - Barnes & Noble (The Grove) - Los Angeles, CA

Ann & Nancy continue their 2012 tour with dates into November, and will release their 14th studio album 'Fanatic' (via Legacy Recordings) on October 2nd.

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Celebrity Networth unveils list of richest singers in the world

by on Sep.10, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Celebrity Networth unveils list of richest singers in the world

After recently giving us the richest drummers in the world, Celebritynetworth.com is back with the compiled list for the richest lead singers in the world. It could be obvious to you who is #1, but check out the rest of the top 25 below and the complete list here. The list compiles all information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements to come up with the figures. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager’s fees, agents fees, and lifestyle. We can't wait for CelebrityNetWorth.com's next list.

1. Paul McCartney - $800 Million (The Beatles)
2. Bono  - $600 Million (U2) - There was a time when Bono’s net worth could have topped $1 billion. Through his private equity venture Elevation Partners, Bono purchased a 1.5% private stake in Facebook long before the IPO. Had the company achieved a $100 billion market cap, Bono may have been the first billionaire rock star. Currently Facebook’s market cap is $44 billion.
3. Jimmy Buffett - $400 Million
4. Elton John - $320 Million (Solo)
5. Mick Jagger - $305 Million (The Rolling Stones)
6. Sting  - $290 Million (The Police, Solo)
7. Phil Collins - $250 Million (Genesis, Solo)
8. Dave Matthews - $250 Million (Dave Matthews Band)

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9. Prince - $250 Million
10. Dave Grohl - $225 Million (Foo Fighters, Nirvana on drums)
11. Rod Stewart - $220 Million
12. David Bowie - $215 Million
13. Bruce Springsteen - $200 Million (The E Street Band)
14. James Hetfield - $175 Million (Metallica)
15: Axl Rose - $150 Million (Guns N’ Roses)
16. Roger Waters - $145 Million (Pink Floyd)
17. David Gilmour - $130 Million (Pink Floyd)
18. Steven Tyler -  $130 Million (Aerosmith)
19. Jon Bon Jovi - $125 Million (Bon Jovi)
20. Anthony Kiedis - $120 Million (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
21. Sammy Hagar - $120 Million (Van Halen/Chickenfoot)
22. Robert Plant - $120 Million (Led Zeppelin)
23. Bruce Dickinson - $115 Million (Iron Maiden)
24. Eric Clapton - $115 Million (Cream, Solo)
25. Ozzy Osbourne - $90 Million (Black Sabbath, Solo)

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‘Led Zeppelin: Live at London’s O2 Arena’ reunion show rumored to be released on CD/DVD

by on Sep.08, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘Led Zeppelin: Live at London’s O2 Arena’ reunion show rumored to be released on CD/DVD

A rumor has been circulating online that Led Zeppelin's historic set at London's O2 Arena for the Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert in December 2007 may soon be released as a double DVD and double CD package and be out by Christmas.

A report on Belgian classic rock radio station site rtbf.be (via FindingZoso) siting sources at Warner Music claiming that ‘Led Zeppelin: Live at London’s O2 Arena’ will be released in November. That posting has since been removed.

Others have mnentioned a possibilty of some Led Zeppelin activity in the past, with 'That Metal Show' co-hosts Eddie Trunk tweeting a few months back, "Heard from a very reliable source backstage at AEROSMITH show that there will be some sort of LED ZEPPELIN activity around Christmas."

Drummer Jason Bonham, who took part in the reunion, told the Mark & Brian Show of Los Angeles radio station KLOS in December 2010 in regards to the possibility of the concert being released on DVD, "Nothing is official, as yet. I only know that because Robert had said that he'd watched it. I really do hope that it eventually will see the light of day. It's just nice to know that Robert had seen it, so I knew something, but it was nice that he rang up and said, 'Wow, it sounded great.' Fingers crossed, everybody...fingers crossed."

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Tickets for the one-night only show were more valuable than gold, with an estimated nine million people millions applying online for one of the 18,000 seats inside the O2. Let's hope their is truth to this. We'll keep you updated as information on a possible release date becomes available.




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