According to The Pulse Of Radio, several unreleased LED ZEPPELIN studio tapes will be auctioned next month at the Marvels Of Modern Music auction. The tracks are rough, early mixes from the band’s sole double studio set, 1975′s “Physical Graffiti”. The tapes come from the private collection of noted engineer Ron Nevison, who is best known for his groundbreaking work with Pete Townshend on THE WHO‘s 1973 “Quadrophenia” — and who helped design Ronnie Lane‘s Mobile Studio, which was housed in the 26-foot Airstream trailer, which ZEPPELIN used for a portion of the “Physical Graffiti” album.
During a key session for the album, John Paul Jones was late to the studio, leaving Jimmy Page and John Bonham to work out the riff and basic track for “Kashmir” — which was recorded under the working title, “Driving To Kashmir”.
Jimmy Page told The Pulse Of Radio that he knew from the beginning that the magic surrounding LED ZEPPELIN wouldn’t last forever. “I said, basically around the time of the first album, it’s all a race against time, and I think it is. It still is. It still is a race against time and trying to do good work and improve on what you’ve done. It’s more difficult as you get older because you know your days are numbered, really. Within ZEPPELIN, we had this amazing vehicle that we could continue and continue and just come up with amazing things — which fortunately we did continue, and we did come up with amazing stuff. But I still thought it was a race against time. I had no idea how prophetic it would be with the loss of John Bonham.“
John Paul Jones told The Pulse Of Radio that band politics never came into play when the band was working up new material. He said that ZEPPELIN always understood the importance of quality control. “We always made music in the same way — we all know whether something works or not,” he said. “When we wrote music together, y’know, if somebody came up with an idea, if it didn’t work, you didn’t have to be taken to a room quietly to say, ‘Y’know, we can’t use this,’ y’know? Everybody knows, ‘Hey, this is rubbish! Y’know, [laughs] let’s do something else!’ And we’d go on to something that does work, and then everybody knows it works.”
Ron Nevison is also auctioning other rough mixes from his collection, including tracks from OZZY OSBOURNE, BAD COMPANY, ERIC CLAPTON and THE WHO.
Veteran DJ Bob Harris has told how LED ZEPPELIN frontman ROBERT PLANT (pictured with Harris below in 2008) “really saw me through” after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The broadcaster, dubbed Whispering Bob because of his softly-spoken style, said it was “devastating” when he was diagnosed with the “aggressive” illness.
Appearing on today’s Desert Island Discs on Radio 4, he said: “I was fortunate, very, very fortunate to catch it in time and then it was a question of arresting the growth and then treatment”.
Harris, famous for presenting The Old Grey Whistle Test on TV, told host Kirsty Young that Plant helped when he started to get ill again.
He said: “Every now and again all the readings will go shooting up and that happened to me a couple of years ago when it looked as though it really got serious again and I really needed to talk to somebody about this and I phoned Robert Plant and he offers such unbelievably good advice and he really saw me through that moment and then when we got the all clear again he said ‘fine, OK well I’m not going to be phoning you every single day now’.”
Read more at Mirror.co.uk.
Legendary metallers BLACK SABBATH were honored with a Grammy in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category for their track ‘God Is Dead’ from their newest and come-back album,”13″ at Grammy Awards 2014. According to Blabbermouth.net, the BLACK SABBATH members did not personally accept the award at the pre-telecast ceremony because they were busy preparing to be one of the presenters during the main show. Pop singer Cyndi Lauper, who co-hosted the pre-telecast, said that she spoke with them prior to the event and that they were grateful for the honor. “I know that Ozzy is not here and I saw them last night,” she said. “They asked me to accept this award for them. It’s awesome. And I’m sure he thanks the Academy. They had to be next door to do something. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everybody.“
The bands ANTHRAX, DREAM THEATER and VOLBEAT featuring legendary vocalist King Diamond were also nominated for this category.
Legendary rockers LED ZEPPELIN were also honored a Grammy in the “Rock album” category for the band’s live album, “Celebration Day,” which was released on 19 November 2012. LED ZEPPELIN celebrated their 45th anniversary last year on September 7, 2013. The bands and artists such as Neil Young, BLACK SABBATH and David Bowie were also nominated for this category at the Grammy Awards 2014.
The winners of the Grammy Awards 2014 were announced on Sunday during ceremonies at the Nokia Theatre and Staples Center.
According to ABC News Radio, LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page has revealed more details about the band’s forthcoming plans to release expanded and remastered versions of its albums.
In a message posted Tuesday on his official website (that’s since been removed), Page announced that the only the reissues of the group’s first three albums – the band’s self-titled debut, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III – “will be released this year.”
In an interview this past November with the UK’s Team Rock Radio, Jimmy seemed to imply that revamped versions of all of Led Zeppelin’s studio albums would arrive during 2014, but that no longer appears to be the case.
Page also reported in his New Year’s message that he’s “been working on some of my own material from the archives that will be unleashed in 2014.”
Read more at ABC News Radio.
Source: Classic Rock Magazine
The brand new issue of Classic Rock shines its spotlight on the year 1969 – the most momentous one in rock history.
In 300 days in 1969, Led Zeppelin released their first two albums, Ian Gillan and Roger Glover joined Deep Purple, UFO, Uriah Heep and Judas Priest formed, and Black Sabbath recorded their debut album. The course of rock had been changed for ever! Read the story from the people who were there.
Also in the new issue – Classic Rock issue 193, February, on sale January 2:
Our latest amazing free CD: Ones To Watch 2014 – 15 artists to keep an eye out for this year, including Long John Laundry, Blackberry Smoke, the Cadillac Three, Beastmilk, No Sinnerand more…
An incredible free 100-page book: Classic Rock 1998-2013 – 15 Years Of Dirty Deeds. Featuring 10 classic stories from our back pages including Guns N’ Roses, Deep Purple Mk IV, Alice Cooper, Fleetwood Mac, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath, Kiss…
Boston– For four decades, Tom Scholzhas been the band’s driving force. As they release their first album in 11 years, this controversial visionary gives his most revealing interview ever.
Peter Banks– Some musicians’ contributions to the development of rock have largely been forgotten and their passing unmarked or, worse, unnoticed. Yes’s original guitarist is one of them.
Jess Roden – A contemporary of Robert Plant and Steve Winwood, this virtually unknown blues/soul/rock singer is the Midlands’ best-kept secret.
Dream Theater – “Give me a frickin’ break. Of course we’ve got soul.” As terminally uncool as they are devotedly admired, DT tell of the travails of taking prog into the modern world.
The Story Behind The Songs: Scorpions – In Trance played a significant part in turning a successful-at-home band into a truly international one.
Q&A: Sheryl Crow – New sound, new label and a new start. After 20 years and eight albums, has she found her true home?
Fly On The Wall: Hear N’ Aid – When the hard-rock community muscled in on the charity-single bandwagon. Cue a heavyweight cast led by Ronnie James Dio, guitar battles and arguments over who had the biggest hair.
Buyer’s Guide: Ronnie Montrose – The San Franciscan guitar genius never quite lived up to his promise, yet he inspired a legion of imitators.
Heavy Load: Mike Rutherford – The Genesis man on plans to re-form the band with Peter Gabriel, hits, hellish schooldays and being uncool.
All this and more in the brand new edition of Classic Rock – in the stores and available digitally now.
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LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page has confirmed that the band’s forthcoming album reissues will include previously unreleased material.
In an interview with Team Rock Radio’s Nicky Horne earlier this evening (November 14th) at the ninth annual Classic Rock Roll Of Honour in London, England, Page revealed that “each of the (Led Zeppelin) albums has been remastered, but it also has a companion disc with it. So for example, Led Zeppelin III — that’s remastered from the analog, from the original thing. I know everybody does that, but what they don’t do is… I revisited all the working mixes that were done at the time.”
“There’s various different versions. Say, for example, ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’ – there’s an incredible version of that which is totally different – I say totally different, it’s the same song. But it’s really raw in its approach, it’s quite dramatic, it’s cool. That’s one little item of it, but what it gives is a companion disc to Led Zeppelin III. It’ll come out in its own little box. Each disc will give a really intimate picture of the group. That’s the idea that I’ve had with it and I think it’s successful. It’s all done, all the sonic side of it. It’ll come out next year. When I say ‘it’ — each box comes out separately.”
Asked if the reissues will contain any recordings we haven’t heard, Page replied: “Oh yeah, yeah. I can’t tell you… It’s got to be a little bit of a surprise, I can’t give all the games away.”
According to Bravewords.com, On Tuesday, October 1st, The Gathering Storm – The Album Art Of Storm Thorgerson will be released by StormStudios and De Milo.
Storm Thorgerson wrote and compiled this book over the last year of his life, and it covers his entire career in album cover design from the 1960s and his days with Hipgnosis through to StormStudios, and includes his artwork for PINK FLOYD, LED ZEPPELIN, BLACK SABBATH, PETER GABRIEL, 10CC, AUDIOSLAVE, GENESIS, RAINBOW, STEVE MILLER and MUSE amongst others.
The Gathering Storm – The Album Art Of Storm Thorgerson features 256 pages and according to Pink Floyd, “Storm managed to see, and approve, a finished copy a few days before he died – working right until his untimely and sad passing.”
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According to Sun News, LED ZEPPELIN legend Jimmy Page is still fighting for his right to protect what he has created.
It was back in July of 2007 that the former Led Zeppelin guitarist was the star witness in the Glasgow trial of Robert Langley, a long-time Zeppelin fan accused of selling bootleg CDs and DVDs of live performances by the band.
Langley, who was ultimately convicted of trademark and copyright infringements, had been caught selling the items at a popular Scottish music fair, according to reports by the BBC.
“The legitimate part is where fans trade music, but once you start packaging it up and you do not know what you are getting, you are breaking the rules legally and morally,” Page, now 69, reportedly told the court. “If you have something like this that appears legitimate, then it is just not right.”
Page‘s lawyer, George Fearon, told QMI Agency this week Page remains steadfast in protecting the LED ZEPPELIN brand and its music, as well as his own solo work and collaborations.
Read more at Sun News.
Legendary Rock Interviews: You’ve said before that your current touring band, JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE, was in part inspired by the LED ZEPPELIN show at O2 Arena. How so?
Jason: It was, but there was also a considerable amount of time between when the actual concert took place in ’07 and when the “Celebration Day” CD/DVD was released late last year where I gave it lot of thought. I really started considering it but I was of two minds. At first, I thought I would really just leave playing those songs with those guys at that and I was really worried about what people would think — not critics, but fans in general. I gave it a tremendous amount of thought, and it was a couple of years before I actually took it out on the road and it was well-received. Then, when the actual O2 concert was finally released, I would have never imagined that I would still be playing the material and doing the shows, but it’s still doing well. I think the DVD of “Celebration Day” helped, though, people seeing me performing with John Paul [Jones], Jimmy [Page] and Robert [Plant]. It’s definitely helped with people coming out to the shows. I think if you were a non-believer before, I feel confident that my performance on that show was me giving my best at that time. I think that my performances with LED ZEPPELIN got better with each performance and I think that our performances as LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE have also gotten better with each show. The more relaxed we play, the better it sounds.
Legendary Rock Interviews: There is a lot going on visually during these shows. I don’t wanna give it all away, but how much fun is it for you to work with the show elements of the LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE tour?
Jason: It’s been fun, and it’s important to me to have something in addition to the music; that was the whole point of it. When I first started doing this, I was working with some of the people behind some of the biggest tribute tours like THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE, THE BEATLES and now I’m doing it. It’s imperative that I continue putting together the best shows and take it to the next level. I’m talking to people about holograms, and my dream is to do the hologram drum solo with dad next to me.
Legendary Rock Interviews: Holy shit.
Jason: [laughs] Yeah, so…. That is my goal, my dream and we’re just trying to figure out everything that we can do with this show. There’s so much more that I would love to do, but obviously, I am limited somewhat as far as the footage that I have and the quality of the footage. These guys were operating in the 1970s, and it’s not at all like it is today where everybody can record everything with a phone or digital camera. Back in those days, if you had a camera that could record video, you were well off, and to be able to be proficient enough to edit or work with it or process it and release it was a whole other matter. It wasn’t as instant of a thing as it is now. [laughs] I am trying to work with the limited footage I have, to put it together in a way that works and is purposeful. I did not want to go onstage and play LED ZEPPELIN songs; there has to be more than that. I wanted to create a complete experience of what LED ZEPPELIN means to me, growing up around them and being part of it all my life. Believe me, it can also be a hindrance but it has mostly been a pleasure, and if anything, playing their music and performing this show has simply been a pleasure. It’s definitely less stressful for me, because I am way less critical of this music, obviously, than I am when writing or recording new material for myself of my band. I am notoriously hard on myself in terms of working on new material and while I am critical of my performance on the LED ZEPPELIN material, I am way more critical of my own stuff. I’m pretty hard on myself.
Legendary Rock Interviews: I think you got some of the best advice in general from Robert Plant when he told you if you’re going to do it you need to do it with a big smile on your face.
Jason: Yeah, and just his advice to enjoy playing in general. Even moments before we went onstage at O2, he was telling me, “Remember to enjoy it, Jason, because it will be over before you know it, and no one can ever take that away from you.” Sometimes when you play these gigs, shows you’ve been looking forward to all of your life, you can get caught up in the moment or caught up in the playing and forget to enjoy it. [laughs] It was around my third song in (at the O2 ZEPPELIN show) where I really started to relax and take it all in and it was amazing. It still is. Who wouldn’t enjoy playing this music? I’m very lucky, I’m working with some truly great musicians who are passionate about LED ZEPPELIN, as I am and it’s fun.
Read the entire interview at Legendary Rock Interviews.
According to Classic Rock magazine, WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale wants to personally apologize to Robert Plant for the “ugly things” he said about the LED ZEPPELIN singer nearly two decades ago.
Plant and Coverdale famously traded verbal jabs after the former DEEP PURPLE vocalist teamed up with LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page for the short-lived 1993 COVERDALE-PAGE album and tour,
In interviews at the time, Plant openly expressed his disdain for the WHITESNAKE singer, referring to him as “David Cover-version.” Coverdale was equally vitriolic in his response, saying about the LED ZEPPELIN frontman, “There’s certainly no love lost between myself and Robert… I wouldn’t send him cat food if he was starving.”
During an interview set to be broadcast next Wednesday (June 19) on TeamRock Radio‘s “Classic Rock Magazine Show”, Coverdale offered an olive branch to Plant.
“My last words to Jimmy in London were: ‘I’d love to buy Robert a drink,’” Coverdale told “Classic Rock Magazine Show” host Nicky Horne. “I said, ‘When you speak to him, offer my sincere regrets for any negative things I’ve ever said, which were mostly defensive.’”
Coverdale continued: “I hold him [Plant] in the highest esteem as a human being, and as an artist, and I really would like to, you know, sit down, buy him a drink, shake hands and say: ‘I’m really sorry,” you know, “Can we be friends again?’
“[Out of] my love and respect for Jimmy, I know he’ll pass that on to Robert — and Robert might go and tell him to [expletive] himself, who knows, but I don’t hold any animosity, just disappointment in myself that I took the bait and ran with some ugly things. Because it’s not appropriate for somebody I respect so much.”
Listen to Coverdale‘s comments below.