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The Rolling Stones O2 Arena London ’50 Years and Counting’ 2nd show recap (video)

by on Dec.03, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

The Rolling Stones O2 Arena London ’50 Years and Counting’ 2nd show recap (video)

The Rollins Stones rocked the O2 Arena in London last Thursday night (Nov. 29) for the second of two shows there on theie '50 Years and Counting' mini-tour, joined by former band members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor once again, as well as special guests Eric Clapton on 'Champagne And Reefer' and Florence Welch of Florence And The Machine on 'Gimme Shelter.'

Mick Jagger also laughed off the Rolling Stones’ £100,000 ($160,000) fine for breaking curfew at their O2 Arena show in London last Sunday. Joking to the crowd, Jagger told fans: “We’re more relaxed tonight. We’ll get to play the whole thing. We had to pay £100,000 because we went on too long. That’s like...ten seats!”

Former band members BIll Wyman and Mick Taylor once again made appearances and Eric Clapton took the stage for Champagne And Reefer while Florence Welch of Florence And The Machine sang on 'Gimme Shelter.'

The setlist on Thursday included new additions "The Last Time" and "Live With Me," and the band played "Lady Jane" live for the first time since 1967. They closed with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," which they weren't able to perform last Sunday. The Stones now head across the Atlantic for three shows: New York’s Barclay Center on December 8th, and the Prudential Center in Newark N.J. on December 13th and 15th.

The final show will be telecast live via pay-per-view at 9pm ET. The pay-per-view entitled “One More Shot” will be distributed by WWE.

Rolling Stones 11/30/12 setlist:

Get Off Of My Cloud
I Wanna Be Your Man
The Last Time
Paint It Black
Gimme Shelter (with Florence Welch)
Lady Jane
Champagne And Reefer (with Eric Clapton)
Live With Me
Miss You
One More Shot
Doom And Gloom
It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It) (with Bill Wyman)
Honky Tonk Women (with Bill Wyman)
Before They Make Me Run (sung by Keith Richards)
Happy (sung by Keith Richards)
Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
Start Me Up
Tumbling Dice
Brown Sugar
Sympathy For The Devil

Encore
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction


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Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones hold press conference to promote ‘Celebration Day’

by on Sep.23, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones hold press conference to promote ‘Celebration Day’

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, the three living members of Led Zeppelin held a press conference on Friday (Sept. 21) to promote 'Celebration Day,' the upcoming new DVD and Blu-ray release of their 2007 show at London’s O2 Arena. Watch the nearly 35-minute long press conference below, where Plant, Page and Jones talk about the show, the new release and are asked questions about the possibility of a reunion.

A few press conference highlights:
On playing 'Stairway to Heaven' Plant said he’s struggled with the lyrics over the years, answering why he’d previously avoided the song. “Maybe I’m trying to still work out what I was talking about. Every other f**er is.”

Plant talked about playing with the late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham's son Jason previously:
“We played with him before, at his wedding. But sadly he decided to go to bed at his wedding reception. Because I was a friend of the family from way back, I was the one who had to go to his room and get him out of bed.”

On the current relationship between band members:
Plant: "We don't see each other too often, but we've just spent about an hour together...and no sooner we start talking, than some little innuendo creeps in. It's just what happens when you've spent a lot of time together."

On why it has taken five years for the concert film to be released:
Jones: "Five years is like five minutes in Zeppelin time. I'm surprised we got it out so quickly."

On the contribution of drummer Jason Bonham at the concert:

Page: "Jason was absolutely monumental in his performance and his playing. From the very first rehearsal right through to the 02. He was incredible. His spirit and his enthusiasm and his knowledge of what made Zeppelin tick musically. It was just really wonderful to be able to work with him in that amount of time, as far as I felt, to do a proper full set, and really communicate musically with him. It was really good. Nobody else could have done it."

Plant: "We'd played with him before, at his wedding. Sadly, he decided to go to bed during the reception, and because I was a friend of the family from way back, I was the one that had to go up to his room and get him to get out of bed. Then he played with us."

"It was peculiar, it was strange at times,” Plant said about the O2 show with Jason Bonham. "But at the same time it was very rewarding for all of us."

There was minimal overdubbing for the audio release of 'Celebration Day,' but Plant admitted he ran out of gas towards the end of 'Kashmir,' so there was some retouching done there.

'Celebration Day' will be released in six different formats:

-Standard edition: one DVD or Blu-ray and two CD set
-Deluxe edition with bonus video from rehearsals and news footage from the BBC.
-Music-only CD set
-Music-only Blu-ray that features high-resolution HD sound but no video.
-3LP vinyl set
-Digital release

The package is available for pre-order now, and all configurations will be released on Nov. 19th. Omniverse Vision has also arranged a screening of the concert in theaters on Oct. 17 on 1,500 movie screens in 40 cities worldwide.


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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.

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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Rolling Stones News: Sources say Stones to play four shows in November, 1965 film to be part of N.Y. Film Festival followed by November commercial release, London photo exhibit extended

by on Aug.30, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Rolling Stones News: Sources say Stones to play four shows in November, 1965 film to be part of N.Y. Film Festival followed by November commercial release, London photo exhibit extended

The Rolling Stones will play four dates in November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a source tells Billboard.biz.

Richard Branson and Australian promoter Paul Dainty will promote, and the source says the Stones will be paid $25 million for the four shows.

New York Film Festival and the Rolling Stones are both turning 50 this year, and the festival will be saluting the Stones by announcing the world premiere of ‘The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965′ concert film. Footage from the film has surfaced over the years, but it has never been seen in full form until now.

The screening, showcasing a completely new edition of the film with never-before-seen footage, will take place Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7PM at the Walter Reade Theatre in New York City. An encore screening will follow at the same theatre Oct. 3 at 8:30PM.

ABKCO Films has been meticulously restored this documentary that shows the early days of the band. The footage primarily comes from the band’s trip to Ireland in 1965, and provides an intimate, behind-the-scenes diary of life on the road with the band mere weeks after ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ hit No. 1 on the charts. The professionally shot video features the frenzy surrounding the band as they were being mobbed at each stop. An announcement date for a national broadcast is expected soon, and Nov. 6 is the official commercial release date. Included in the super deluxe box Set packaging will be the director’s cut, the producer’s cut, and the new 2012 version.

The Rolling Stones: 50 exhibition originally had been scheduled to close its doors this Monday, but the run has been extended until September 2.

The free exhibit opened on July 13, exactly 50 years and one day after the rock legends played their official first gig. All of the band's current members, as well as former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, attended an opening gala on July 12 at the Somerset House art space. The display debuted in conjunction with the release of the Rolling Stones: 50 photo book, and features images that also can be seen in the tome. Limited-edition prints of many of the pics can be purchased at the Somerset House gallery, as well as at RollingStones.com.

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Guns N’ Roses European Tour: Axl Rose gets ripped off in Paris, bans T-shirts of Slash and joined by Izzy Stradlin at UK concert

by on Jun.09, 2012, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Guns N’ Roses European Tour: Axl Rose gets ripped off in Paris, bans T-shirts of Slash and joined by Izzy Stradlin at UK concert

Police say Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose was robbed of three gold-and-diamond necklaces worth some $200,000 after the hard rock band's recent concert in Paris.

A Paris police spokesman said Wednesday (June 6) that Axl Rose was fuming after the theft during a private gathering after the band's show at Bercy stadium the previous night. Police investigated but the spokesman said it didn't appear Rose was wearing the necklaces at the time. Later in the day, a woman returned the items to French police and was arrested, according to Agence France-Presse.

The woman, who is a young model, says she wasn't sure how she had come to leave with the jewelry. Rose's management did not comment.

The hilarity of the animosity Axl Rose apparently has for former GnR bandmember Slash has reached new heights, with the band's management banning anyone who came to their recent UK tour dates from wearing a Slash t-shirt.

During the band's gig at London's O2 Arena on May 31, an NME source noticed that a member of the crowd was bare-chested under his jacket. When asked why, 18-year old James Revell said he was told to remove his top because no one was allowed in wearing a Slash t-shirt.

Security was then asked if this was the case and was told by a member of the venue's team: "We were told by the management not to allow anyone into the O2 Arena who is wearing a Slash t-shirt and we are asking anyone who is to remove it and if they refuse they will be turned away."

Then asked what about the people sitting at the back who cannot be seen from the stage, the security guard replied: "This is what we were told."

The next day Revell described what had happened, saying: "I felt very angry because I was looking after my little brotther at the time and felt as though my freedom to wear what I want had been taken away from me, however i did not react angrily as I didn't want to spoil the show for him."

Then asked why he thought the band had acted in this manner he said: "I believe they asked me to do this because Axl Rose has some problem with Slash and if he saw me wearing the shirt he might have stormed off stage."

Revell then spoke of his anger about the request and said that the band came onstage so late that he only saw three songs. "I have never experienced anything as insulting as that at a concert before and I had to sit there in my little brothers jumper and wait for Axl to turn up well over an hour late, which we could only stay to watch 3 songs as we had to catch a train back. I think that Axl Rose doesn't appreciate his fans or anyone for that matter, he needs to grow up and stop acting like a child."

At least everybody else who did get into the arena, did see Izzy Stradlin join GnR onstage. Stradlin performed on six songs: 'You Could Be Mine,' 'Dead Flowers,' 'Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,' 'Nightrain,' 'Paradise City,' and '14 Days.' GnR hadn't performed '14 Days' live since 1991, which coincidentally also was at a London show. Stradlin hadn't been onstage for this long since 2006, when he served as a surprise special guest at a New York show before hitting the road with the group for 13 European concerts.
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The following night (again at the 02 Arena), Guns N’ Roses was reportedly pelted with money and pint glasses, resulting in bassist Tommy Stinson telling the crowd, "If you throw any fucking thing on stage, we'll go home." NME reported that Axl "took regular breaks to visit an oxygen tent during the gig," and that the gig was 50 minutes late getting underway. At least it wasn't an hour and a half late, like the night before. It's been an eventful European tour to say the least.

Remaining GnR European tour dates:
Jun. 10 - Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon, France
Jun. 11 - Zenith, Strasbourg, France
Jun. 14 - Zenith, Toulouse, France
Jun. 16 - Hellfest, Clisson, France
Jun. 18 - Park & Suites, Montpellier, France
Jun. 19 - Zenith, Toulon, France
Jun. 22 - Gods of Metal, Milan, Italy
Jun. 24 - Graspop, Dessel, Belgium
Jun. 27 - St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland
Jun. 29 - Seerock festival, Graz, Austria
Jul. 1 - Rock the City Festival, Bucharest, Romania
Jul. 6 - Istanbul Open Air, Istanbul, Turkey
Jul. 8 - Sofia Rocks, Sofia, Bulgaria
Jul. 11 - Mosir Stadium, Rybnik, Poland
Jul. 13 - Topfest Plus Festival, Trenčín, Slovakia
Jul. 15 - Exit Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia
Jul. 17 - Spaladium Arena, Split, Croatia
Jul. 20 - Costa de Fuega Festival, Benicassim, Spain
Jul. 22 - Son Fusteret, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

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