In a new interview with BBC Radio 2 (and transcribed by Blabbermouth) Jimmy Page says that it’s “really unlikely” that Led Zeppelin will ever play any more concerts. The guitarist discussed the possibility of a reunion of his legendary band during an appearance this morning (Wednesday, July 22) on BBC Radio 2 after his previously unreleased collaboration with The Rolling Stones, “Scarlet”, premiered on the “Zoe Ball Breakfast Show”.
Led Zeppelin has partnered with YouTube for a special streaming event of “Celebration Day”. Recorded live at London’s O2 Arena on December 10, 2007, the film captures 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”, “Stairway To Heaven”. “Celebration Day” and more will be streamed in its entirety for three days only on the official Led Zeppelin YouTube channel, premiering this Saturday, May 30, at 8 p.m. GMT / 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PST. Continue reading
On this day forty years ago, Led Zeppelin signaled the begging of the end when they released their final studio album, In Through The Out Door (Atlantic). That title alone should have been then first clue really, that this was not your older brother’s Zep album. The turmoil stricken members fought through loss, and injury, and drugs, and excess, but wound up still making fine music. ITTOD is a solid album with moments of greatness. It’s definitely a late-era gem in their catalog in many ways, but also a signpost to the fatigue they were feeling after over a decade on top of rock’s peak. Drummer John Bonham would pass away just thirteen months and two weeks after this release, more or less ending the band as a regular unit. Continue reading
Kerrang! Magazine held their annual awards ceremony and party last night Islington Assembly Hall as the world’s biggest rock stars came out in force. Winners and attendees included legendary artists such as Metallica, Motörhead, Jimmy Page, Skunk Anansie, current Kerrang! cover stars Ghost, FEVER 333, Architects, IDLES, Enter Shikari, and Don Broco. Jimmy Page was honored with the Icon Award, while Metallica again won Best International Act. Motörhead won the inspiration award. The Kerrang! Hall of Fame in association with Marshall added Brit Rockers Skunk Anansie The full list of winners can be seen below. Continue reading
Covers are a funny thing in music. Nowhere else in art is this level of flattery both respected and derided. Copies or recreations of painting or sculpture are often labeled as “influenced by” or worse, a forgery. All the remakes Hollywood keeps ramming our eyeholes with are mostly flaming hot garbage at summertime in New York City. With cover songs, the best ones are often not a note for note recreation of the original, unless it is an underrated artist or a little known song. From ‘Yesterday” to ‘Cum On Feel The Noise’, Covers have earned a place in our musical culture not only as a novelty. Others can take a well-known song and take it to new heights. Mastodon has done some stellar covers (‘The Bit’ from Melvins, ‘Emerald’ by, Thin Lizzy) and has now added all-time classic rock anthem ‘Stairway to Heaven’ by Led Zeppelin to the mix. Done in tribute to their late manager Nick John on the Stairway To Nick (Reprise Records) 10″ single for Record Store Day 2019, since Nick was a massive Zep fan. Tragically he passed away after a bout with pancreatic cancer in 2018. Mastodon will donate the proceeds from this release to research for that very disease. You can actually say they did it “because Nick John would have wanted it that way”. And you’d be right. He’d be touched. Continue reading
Led Zeppelin has few peers on record in their fiery but brief career. Born from the crowded blues-rock wave, post-British Invasion 1960s, the band expertly and cleverly guess the tastes and whims of the growing music world and capitalized on them. Long gestated in Jimmy Page’s brain as a way to create his own band with a distinct identity that could touch many music bases, but not be commercial and weak. Page created Led Zeppelin and the album Led Zeppelin I (Atlantic) on the back of years of writing, planning, and plotting. The marriage of Jimmy Page’s writing and Robert Plant’s voice, in particular, is the secret sauce of the album and the early era of the band and what makes their debut one of the all-time greats. Continue reading
The 1980s was a truly golden age for rock music. As a lot of the successful bands from 1970 transitioned to new era of music competing with heavier styles of rock, New Wave, Punk, Post-Punk and Pop music, many acts had to step up their game to stay alive. While some adapted to new sounds to stay a float and reach for ears and hits, others fell by the wayside. One band that managed to changed while keeping true to what made them great was Van Halen. As proved by their definitive work on 1984 (Warner Bros.), released thirty-five years ago on January 9th, 1984, the album would not only mark the final chapter (at the time) for the David Lee Roth led period of the group, but set a new bench mark for them at the same time.
San Diego trio Earthless is no stranger to live recordings and From the West (Silver Current/Nuclear Blast), recorded just before the launch of last studio album Black Heaven (Nuclear Blast), seems to laud that album’s release and the band’s new deal with the larger label. Continue reading
Led Zeppelin has made public another rare unreleased outtake: a blues jam entitled ‘Sugar Mama’ from 1968. Hear the track at this link:
‘Sugar Mama’ comes from the deluxe edition of CODA (Atlantic) which was the last official Led Zeppelin album, full of unreleased songs at the time of John Bonham’s death in 1980. Other deluxe editions arriving in stores and online next month are Presence and In Through The Out Door. Jimmy Page personally oversaw the creation of these re-issues, each with exhaustive archival audio, special packaging versions, custom vinyls and extras in each package, never previously available.
Other never-before released material include ‘Baby Come On Home’ from the same session as ‘Sugar Mama’, recorded at Montreal’s Olympic Studios. is also included in the set. Also previously unreleased is ‘St. Tristan’s Sword’, an instrumental recorded during the Led Zeppelin III sessions in 1970.
You can pre-order these and other deluxe editions at www.LedZeppelin.com
Austin rock trio The Wyldz has booked an upcoming US tour supporting their new studio album Interstellar Troubadours, out later this year. Stream a video of behind the scenes in the studio recording sessions of the new album below.
Interstellar Troubadours was recorded by engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page) at his famed Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, and the entire 12 track album was done in six days, completely analog. Additional mixing handled by Grammy-nominated engineer Mark Needham (The Airborne Toxic Event, Scott Weiland).
The Wyldz are Mitch Bassoul (vocals and bass), Alex Dhee (guitar), and Oliv Porrini (drums).
The Wyldz 2015 confirmed tour dates:
Apr 03: The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO(*4 pm in-store at Mills Record Co)
Apr 04: Jackpot Music Hall – Lawrence, KS
Apr 05: Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
Apr 09: Red Line Tap – Chicago, IL
Apr 11: The New Vintage – Louisville, KY
Apr 12: The Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN
Apr 14: The Pond – Franklin, TN
Apr 24: Acadia – Houston, TX
Apr 25: The Saxon Pub – Austin, TX
May 09: The Foundry – Dallas, TX
May 30: Pinballz Kingdom – Buda, TX
Jul 04: Pinballz Kingdom – Buda, TX
Jul 30: Whisky a Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 01: Whisky a Go Go – Los Angeles, CA