Tag: Whole Lotta Love
Led Zep Connection: Jimmy Page feeling shunned by London Olympics, Robert Plant featured on Fats Domino Tribute album
After helping promote the 2012 London Olympics as part of the closing ceremony of the Bejing games, Jimmy Page is feeling snubbed by his home country. You may remember Page promoted London 2012 by performing 'Whole Lotta Love' next to a red double-decker bus.
The guitarist is, however, very "upset" that he has not been invited to attend, let alone perform at, the opening ceremony of the London Games. “Of course, I’m feeling rather hurt,” Page told the British Telegraph. "We put so much into Beijing, but weren’t helped by the Chinese giving us next-to-no practice time."
Robert Plant will be featured on an upcoming album paying tribute to rock 'n' roll pioneer Fats Domino by Louisiana's The Lil' Band o' Gold. Plant lends his vocal talents to 'It Keep Raining' and 'I'll Be Around' on 'Lil' Band o' Gold Plays Fats,' which is due out on June 8th. Plant previously collaborated with The Lil' Band o Gold on the Promised Land DVD, which featured the rock legend performing Cajun-style renditions of some Led Zeppelin tunes.
Queen News: American Idol takeover recap, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ kids, Freddie Mercury Marvel Comic submission
The music of Queen took over this weeks episodes of American Idol, with Wednesday nights show kicking off with Brian May and Roger Taylor performing with the remaining contestants, and then the two returning last night (Apr. 26) to perform 'Somebody To Love' with the Queen Extravaganza ensemble, including look and sound alike Marc Martel on lead vocals, with assistance by Jeff Scott Soto . Check out both performances below.
Elise Testone was the latest contestant voted off, even though I though she had the best solo performance of the season on Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love.' In Elise's farewell tribute video, she said that her favorite part of her Idol journey was connecting with the other contestants. "I want to be an inspiration for people," she said. "That's what this is all about." She may be on her way — Stevie Nicks wants to hire her. Sweeeet!
The Queen Extravaganza North American Tour kicks off May 26th in Quebec, with 25 dates throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Queen Extravaganza touring band includes four vocalists and five musicians (two guitars, bass, drums and keyboards), who were hired after an intensive 12-week online audition search. The buzz surrounding the public auditions sparked worldwide interest, with video submissions generating more than 10 million views. Television host Ellen DeGeneres was so impressed with the level of talent that she invited one hopeful contestant to perform his audition on her show. That contestant, Nashville's Marc Martel, secured himself a place in the final band. The rest of The Queen Extravaganza band includes vocalist and QE contestant Jennifer Espinoza, along with addition vocalists Yvan Pedneault and Jeff Scott Soto; bassist Francois Olivier Doyon; guitarists Brian Gresh and Tristan Avakian; drummer Tyler Warren; and keyboardist & musical director Brandon Ethridge.
A You Tube video has been posted by a dad with his three children, belting out 'Bohemian Rhapsody' on the way to school. The video’s description states:
“It has become a morning habit to sing Bohemian Rhapsody on the way to school in the morning. Depending on traffic, we can usually start the song as we pull out of the driveway, and pull into the school just as the song ends.”
This is the coolest, keep rocking kids!
This from Rollingstone.com: Sci-fi blog io9 has unearthed a comic book page featuring Wolverine and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury drawn by an unknown artist as a submission to Marvel Comics at some point in the Nineties. The page depicts the X-Men antihero prowling through the woods only to stumble upon the Queen singer standing in a confident pose.
The only dialogue on the page has Wolverine uttering "Freddy [sic] Mercury?," because, really, what else would you say if you unexpectedly ran into the Queen singer a few years after his death? Also, obviously, Wolverine must be wondering what Mercury is doing in a comic book to begin with.
The page has been in circulation online for some time. Back in 2010, former Marvel Comics staffer Steve Bunche shared the page on his blog, saying that while the art was not up to snuff for the top superhero comics publisher, he admired the artist's imagination. "Seriously, how the fuck does someone even make the leap in narrative logic from depicting Wolverine stalking through the forest to having him run into Freddie Mercury of Queen for no apparent reason?" Bunche wrote. "That, dear readers, is a sign of true creativity."
On last night's (Mar. 28) 'American Idol,' Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks served as a mentor (along with her long time friend Jimmy Iovine) for the remaining contestants, and that was a highlight. But despite past years contestants Chris Daughtry and James Durbin bringing hard rock to the show, we may have seen the best performance of a rock track last night. If not the overall best, then definitely the best by a female contestant.
Before Seacrest went to commercial, mentioning that contestant Elise Testone would be performing a Led Zeppelin song, I was skeptical, but during the mentoring segment, Stevie Nicks showed overwhelming approval on her rehearsal of Led Zeppelin’s 'Whole Lotta Love', and so did I. Nicks and Testone also did some great harmonizing on Fleetwood Mac’s 'Dreams,' with Nicks stating, "If I needed a singer, I’d hire her in a second."
Testone then proceeded to nail her performance, doing Robert Plant and Zeppelin justice, and that is certainly saying something. Her vocals kicked ass, as did her confidence, stage movement and even what she was wearing. I was shocked it was so good. Keep rocking Elise!
Micheal Winslow. That name rings a bell....he's known as "Man of 10,000 Sound Effects", and played Sgt. Larvelle "Motor Mouth" Jones in The Police Academy series of movies back in the 1980's. Even if you've seen the movies (or saw him in that Geico commercial), you probably have never seen him do something like this. The '80's pop culture effects man, completely ROCKS Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" This is a must watch!
Appearing on Norwegian talk show, "Senkveld med Thomas og Harald," Winslow recreated "Whole Lotta Love" using only an acoustic guitar accompanist. This is amazing! Winslow does a mean Jimi Hendrix too!
Here's Winslow from his Police Academy days and more:
Check out this YouTube video with this rockin' little Italian boy. He's strapped in his car seat in a vehicle and his Dad talks to him, presumably asking him what music he’d like to hear. It's in Italian, so I assume that is what he is asking. The little guy yells, “No, no, no” to all the music that is played for him. Then he hears Led Zeppelin‘s ‘Whole Lotta Love.’ Check it out.
Robert Plant's vocal kicks in and this little rocker nods his head and smile about as big as he can. He also puts a finger up and plays air drums on his legs. This little guy kicks butt! He has great taste in music!