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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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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)

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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‘Trampled Under Foot: The Power And Excess Of Led Zeppelin’ book due next week

by on Aug.30, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

‘Trampled Under Foot: The Power And Excess Of Led Zeppelin’ book due next week

"Trampled Under Foot: The Power And Excess Of Led Zeppelin," written by British music critic Barney Hoskyns, will be released September 6th. Hoskyns meticulously tracked down everyone involved with the band during its early years, at the height of its power, and during its dramatic decline.

The 624-page book is billed as the inside story of what went on behind the music, lifting the lid on the parties, the fights, and the unmitigated, unapologetic bad behavior of rock gods at the pinnacle of world stardom.

"Led Zeppelin was unobtainable and unattainable and we very seldom talked about it,” Robert Plant told Hoskyns in May 2003. “Basically, the myth propagated itself."

“Trampled Under Foot” will present a unique look at the history, adventures, myths and realities of this most legendary and powerful of bands, based on hours of first-hand and original interviews. What emerges is a compelling portrait of the four musicians themselves, as well as a fresh insight into the close-knit entourage that protected them, from Peter Grant to Richard Cole to Ahmet Ertegun, giant figures from the long-vanished world of 1970s rock.

The first book on Led Zeppelin to cover such recent events as their triumphant 2007 O2 Arena gig and Robert Plant's Grammy-winning resurgence of recent years, it will also feature many rare and never-before-seen photographs, it is also the first book on Led Zeppelin to cover such recent events as their triumphant 2007 O2 Arena gig and Robert Plant’s Grammy-winning resurgence of recent years.”

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Robert Plant reveals that he’s recorded 12 tracks with his new band The Sensation Space Shifters

by on Aug.29, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

Robert Plant has told the U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that he's completed "12 tracks, 11 originals" for the forthcoming studio album with his latest group, The Sensational Space Shifters.

Plant says the album features "no sentimental stuff" and he credits his time in Led Zeppelin with helping inspire his recent musical projects, such as the Americana-flavored albums he recorded with Alison Krauss and The Band of Joy.

"The events between 1968 and 1980 were the kind of cornerstone for everything I've been able to do," he explains. "They gave me the springboard. All I'm doing is using the same amount of license, with different people, to what we did in 1969."

Plant also suggests that his recent blues- and folk-influenced projects have help him recapture some of the vocal power that awed fans back in Zeppelin's heyday. "The great thing about the adventures with Alison, and singing with [Band of Joy's] Patty [Griffin] and Buddy [Miller], was that I started singing differently," he maintains. "Somebody said to me [during a recent London concert], 'You had your big voice back.'"

He adds, "It was good to get it out again. It's all the same, really, you just have to use the right colors for the right picture."

The Sensational Space Shifters includes Griffin, members of Plant's early 2000s outfit The Strange Sensation and Gambian multi-instrumentalist Juldeh Camara. The band is a blend of hard rock, psychedelia, blues, American and British folk, Middle Eastern and African music.

The group has just announced a series of South American tour dates that run from October 18th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to November 9th in Lima, Peru. Let's hope with see U.S. tour dates in the near future as well.

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