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Old BBC Report On Led Zeppelin Posted Online

Rare footage of a BBC television report on Led Zeppelin from 1970 has surfaced online and is available to view below. As previously reported, members of the legendary group will be doing a world tour together but will not be using the Led Zeppelin moniker. More...

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Led Zeppelin Members Will Tour w/ Different Name

Gigwise.com has issued the following report from Jason Gregory:

A band featuring Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham would not go by the name of LED ZEPPELIN, a spokesperson for Page has said.

Jones revealed last month that the former Led Zeppelin stars planned to tour minus their frontman after ROBERT PLANT ruled himself out of any further performances.

The revelation caused many fans to speculate whether the trio would be called Led Zeppelin or go by another name.

When asked about the collaboration, an unnamed spokesperson for Page’s management company, Qprime, told Rolling Stone: “Whatever this is, it is not Led Zeppelin. Not without the involvement of Robert Plant.”

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Cream Bassist Clarifies His Led Zeppelin Comments

Cream bassist recently did a radio interview in which he clarified what he meant by the remarks regarding Led Zeppelin he made at the Classic Rock Awards on monday night:

"I was just having some fun with the press gallery really... being fairly tongue in cheek... The thing about Zeppelin is obviously it's a little bit of jealousy on my part or more than a little bit because the audience was created by Cream and JIMI HENDRIX… this sort of very large audience... then Zeppelin came along and had a very easy ride in that way. We were the pioneers and pioneers don’t always get the recognition they deserve. On the other hand, let’s face it: Jimmy Page ain’t no Eric Clapton... no matter what anybody thinks.”

He also had this to say (jokingly) about Zeppelin:

“The only decent guy... the one good guy in that band is dead... so what are you gonna do? The trouble is if you say anything about the establishment... In Britain you mustn’t criticize the Queen or Led Zeppelin.”

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Cream Bassist Insults Led Zeppelin

The Classic Rock Awards last night played host to a number of honours bestowed upon legendary bands and Cream was no exception. The legendary blues rockers picked up the award for Classic Album with "Disraeli Gears" but bassist Jack Bruce had a few choice words for Led Zeppelin. An excerpt from a quick-fire interview reads as follows:

Classic Rock: The Million Dollar Question, Are Cream going to do anything again?

Bruce: Oh yeah, I’m sure we will. But we’ll have Todd Rundgren [who’s just walked by] in the band by then.

Classic Rock: It’s good news that there might be more from Cream.

Bruce: Well, the trouble is that I’m doing so many amazing things on my own. Cream is just a band from many, many years ago, and we did do something [referring to the reunion shows in 2005]… Everybody talks about Led Zeppelin, and they played one fucking gig – one fucking lame gig – while Cream did weeks of gigs; proper gigs, not just a lame gig like Zeppelin did, with all the [vocal] keys lowered and everything. We played everything in the original keys. [Becoming animated]: Fuck off, Zeppelin, you’re crap. You’ve always been crap and you’ll never be anything else. The worst thing is that people believe the crap that they’re sold. Cream is 10 times the band that Led Zeppelin is.

Classic Rock: That’s a bold opinion.

Bruce: What? You’re gonna compare Eric Clapton with that fucking Jimmy Page? Would you really compare that?

Classic Rock: To be fair, they’re different kinds of player, aren’t they?

Bruce: No! Eric’s good and Jimmy’s crap. And with that I rest my case.

Read the full article at Classic Rock Magazine.

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Led Zeppelin Among Winners At Classic Rock Awards

Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Paul Stanley, Ozzy Osbourne and Foo Fighters amongst others were all honoured at the Classic Rock awards last night. Led Zeppelin were presented the award of "Event Of The Year" for their reunion concert at London's 02 Arena which attracted over a million people applying for tickets.

Ozzy Osbourne also received braging rights as he was crowned with the Living Legend Award by ex- Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash.

AC/DC picked up the award for DVD Of The Year with their latest home video release "Plug Me In"

Whitesnake were able to pick the award for Best Album with their latest album, "Good To Be Bad" and KISS frontman Paul Stanley was presented Showman Of The Year award.

A short video about Ozzy Osbourne receiving the Living Legend award can be viewed below. More...

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Chris Cornell Denies Led Zeppelin Rumours

MTV News has issued the following report from Chris Harris:

Former SOUNDGARDEN and AUDIOSLAVE frontman CHRIS CORNELL has spoken out for the first time about rumors that he's been asked to fill in for ROBERT PLANT on a proposed LED ZEPPELIN reunion tour. The trek would feature original guitarist JIMMY PAGE, original bassist JOHN PAUL JONES and Jason Bonham taking over on drums for his late father, John Bonham.

Cornell has been mentioned - along with FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, former VAN HALEN frontman SAMMY HAGAR, WHITE STRIPES mastermind Jack White and ALTER BRIDGE's Myles Kennedy - as a potential Plant fill-in. Plant has already said that he wouldn't take part in the tour.

"I have not been approached so far to fill in for Robert Plant on the upcoming Zeppelin tour, but that isn't to say I won't be," Cornell told MTV News. "I've heard that from about 200 people now, and it might be one of those situations where it's just an online rumor or it might be true. But if you see anyone from Led Zeppelin around, let me know. I think I should actually fill in for Jimmy Page on the Robert Plant/ Alison Krauss tour."

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Steven Tyler To Tour With Led Zeppelin?

Rumours are beginning to circulate that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has been jamming with members of Led Zeppelin in preparation for a world tour. A source told the Daily Mail; "Steve was jamming with Zep. They had a great time but Steve kept fluffing (messing up) his lines. He got quite flustered about it."

In other news, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones has confirmed that he, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Jimmy Page will be heading out for a tour with a different singer. You can check out the Q&A session with Jones below. More...

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Zeppelin Members To Tour With Alter Bridge Singer?

Blabbermouth.net reports: TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider, whose manager apparently also works with Robert Plant, has told MuchMoreMusic's Matt Wells that LED ZEPPELIN members Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonhman have tapped ALTER BRIDGE singer Myles R. Kennedy to sing with them on the road tour if Plant refuses to join them for the much-rumored ZEPPELIN reunion tour. "They're saying [to Robert], 'We're all rehearsed, we're ready to go, here's a gazillion dollars on the table," Snider told MuchMoreMusic. "If you don't do it, we're going out with this kid. And he can sing the shit out of ZEPPELIN.' And they're gonna, like, hope that Robert, at the last minute, will go, 'OK,' and step in, before having the lead singer of ALTER BRIDGE out with John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Jason Bonham."

A short video clip of Snider talking to MuchMoreMusic about the possibility of Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonhman touring with ALTER BRIDGE singer Myles R. Kennedy can be found at this location.

Plant recently shot down reports that he has signed on to team up with LED ZEPPELIN for a reunion tour. In a message posted on his web site, the singer said that he had no road plans after his recent tour with Alison Krauss, which wrapped on October 5 in Saratoga, Florida.

The message read in part: "Robert has no intention whatsoever of touring with anyone for at least the next two years. Contrary to a spate of recent reports, Robert Plant will not be touring or recording with LED ZEPPELIN. Anyone buying tickets online to any such event will be buying bogus tickets."

Plant himself was quoted as saying, "It's both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward. I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects."

Page, Jones and Bonham have reportedly been rehearsing with a series of other vocalists, including Kennedy. There has been no official announcement as to whether the band is planning to tour or record together without Plant's involvement.

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Plant Issues Official Statement: No Zeppelin Tour

Robert Plant has denied rumours that Led Zeppelin is set to tour next year, releasing a statement stating that the he will not be touring or recording with the band.

In the statement the singer said that following his current tour with Alison Krauss he will not be touring with any band or project for at least two years.

Last week (September 26) it was claimed that Plant had agreed to a Led Zeppelin tour.

However, the singer's statement read: "It's both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward.

"I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects."

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Led Zeppelin Reunion Tour Planned For Next Summer

Led Zeppelin is planning a full tour for next summer, with singer Robert Plant set to rejoin the band, according to reports in The Sun today (September 26).

Despite their massively-successful reunion gig at London's O2 Arena last winter, the band has so far declined to confirm whether they will plan any more shows together.

Initially, it was believed that singer Plant was against a full tour with the band.

However, today's report claims that Plant is now ready to join guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham in rehearsals for a tour set to start next summer.

An unnamed source told the newspaper: "He [Plant] realised he couldn't face the thought of not being involved. The band were over the moon when he told them the news."

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Led Zeppelin Auditioning A New Singer?

UK-based website The Sun is reporting:

LED ZEPPELIN frontman ROBERT PLANT is to be given an ultimatum by his bandmates – join us on tour or we’ll replace you.

Zep guitarist JIMMY PAGE, bassist JOHN PAUL JONES and drummer JASON BONHAM have been busy recently rehearsing in West London’s Ritz Studio and using stand-in vocalists.

And one American singer has been so impressive the other band members are confident they could hit the road next year WITHOUT their iconic frontman. More...

Read the full article at The Sun.

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Classic Rock Hits The Road With "Flashback" Tour

Billboard.com reports: Music by Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Janis Joplin and Deep Purple, among others, will be performed live by the Mystic Orchestra as part of "Flashback -- the Classic Rock Experience." The nearly 50-date U.S. arena tour launches Wednesday (Aug. 27) at the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, AL.

Inspired partly by Paul O'Neill's Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), which features a full rock band, a string section, multiple vocalists and a laser/light show, "Flashback" boasts 14 musicians and singers, along with an 11-piece string and horn section. The concert's approximately 30-song set features such classics as Hendrix's "Purple Haze," Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," Pink Floyd's "Money," and the Doors' "Light My Fire."

The first leg of "Flashback" will visit 6,000- to 25,000-seat U.S. arenas through the beginning of November. Tickets cost between $17-$55.

The second leg of "Flashback" will tentatively begin in mid-February 2009, and run through early spring, hitting mostly the central part of the country and the West Coast.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Led Zeppelin Enters The Studio

Drummer Jason Bonham has confirmed that he is working on new material with original Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, although lead singer Robert Plant has not been working with the band.

Bonham states: "At the moment, all I know is I have the great pleasure to go and jam with the two guys and start work on some material,” he said.

“When I get there [in the studio] I never ask any questions. If I get a phone call to go and play, I enjoy every moment of it.

“Whatever it ends up as, to ever get a chance to jam with two people like that, it is a phenomenal thing for me. It’s my life. It’s what I’ve dreamed about doing.

“Lots of politics [would need to] get ironed out [before an album could be made].”

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Jason Bonham Quits Foreigner, Working With Led Zep

Blabbermouth.net reports: The eight-minute audio interview with drummer Jason Bonham conducted this past Friday morning (August 22) by the "JJ & Lynne" morning show on the 94.7 WCSX station in Detroit, Michigan is available for download as an MP3 file at this location. During the interview, Bonham revealed that he is leaving FOREIGNER at the end of this month and that he has been jamming with LED ZEPPELIN Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones.

Jason, who was born in England and now lives in Florida, said, "I've been over [to England] a couple of times. I've been working with Jimmy and John Paul and trying to do just do some new material and some writing. I don't know what it will be, but it will be something. . . At the moment, all I know is I have the great pleasure to go and jam with the two guys and start work on some material. When I get there, I never ask any questions. If I get a phone call to go and play, I enjoy every moment of it. Whatever it ends up as, to ever get a chance to jam with two people like that, it is a phenomenal thing for me; it's my life, it's what I've dreamed about doing."

Jason added, "My time with FOREIGNER is coming to an end. This is the first time I've talked about it. I leave at the end of this month . . . I'm looking forward to taking some time out to be with the family really. Since I moved to America I've been on the road, so my first priority is to go and watch my kids grow up, because they've grown up way to fast in the last four years."

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Metallica Still Not Signed On For Guitar Hero Yet

Billboard.com reports: Although rumors continue to buzz, Metallica and the Beatles aren't headed to the "Guitar Hero" franchise just yet, according to Kai and Charles Huang, the sibling founder of game publisher RedOctane.

Speculation abounds that Metallica will be the next band featured in their own version of "Guitar Hero," much like the just-released recent Aerosmith-centric game.

"We're not ready to comment about Metallica yet, but what I will say is that we'd love to work with all of the top rock bands of all time, whether it's Aerosmith or Metallica or AC/DC or Led Zeppelin," Kai Huang tells Billboard. "If we get an opportunity to work with those bands, we would love to do that."

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Zeppelin's Page, Jones Join Foo Fighters In London

Billboard.com reports: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones turned an already high-profile Foo Fighters show into a once-in-a-lifetime event Saturday night (June 7) at London's Wembley Stadium, joining the Foos for covers of Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" and "Ramble On."

Drummer Taylor Hawkins took the microphone for the former, while frontman Dave Grohl sang the latter. Grohl, a lifelong Zeppelin fanatic who was on hand for the group's one-off reunion last December in London, told the crowd Satruday's experience constituted "the greatest day of my entire life."

The Foo Fighters' summer European tour continues Wednesday in Bergen, Norway, and wraps June 22 at Germany's Southside Festival. A North American run begins July 9 at Seattle's Key Arena.

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Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitar Songs

The June 12th 2008 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine features the cover story 'The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time'. Explaining the feature is the blurb:

This is what makes a great rock & roll guitar sound: an irresistible riff; a solo or jam that takes you higher every time you hear it; the final power chord that pins you to the wall and makes you hit "play" again and again. Every song here has those thrills. But these are rock's greatest guitar moments because of what's inside the notes: hunger, fury, despair and joy, often all at once. You hear the blues, gospel and rockabilly that came before, transormed by the need to say something new and loud, right away. Rock & roll has been the sound of independence for half a century. The guitar is still its essential, liberating voice. These are the 100 reasons why.

The top 10 guitar songs according to the article are:

1. "Johnny B. Goode" - Chuck Berry
2. "Purple Haze" - Jimi Hendrix
3. "Crossroads" - Cream
4. "You Really Got Me" - The Kinks
5. "Brown Sugar" - The Rolling Stones
6. "Eruption" - Van Halen
7. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - The Beatles
8. "Stairway To Heaven" - Led Zeppelin
9. "Statesboro Blues" - The Allman Brothers Band
10. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Nirvana

Read the full article at Rolling Stone.

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More Led Zeppelin Toronto Rumours Spread

The following report is courtesy of Brad Wheeler from the Globe And Mail:

It's been a long time since LED ZEPPELIN did the stroll in front of a Toronto audience, but a return by the grand British band of blues rock could happen, possibly at Rogers Centre.

Rumours of a Zeppelin reunion have floated freely since the band's ballyhooed one-off performance at London's O2 Arena last December. Current speculation, however, has foundation. "It's my understanding that some preliminary discussions are going on," said Nadia Flaim, the stadium's communications manager .

Earlier this week, a MuchMusic blogger reported that a "reliable source" had provided details. "No fancy tour of the U.S.," the online dispatch reads, "but Toronto will have four dates at Skydome/Rogers Centre this coming August."

According to Ms. Flaim, August concerts are unlikely, due to Blue Jays and Argonauts games already in place. "Just based on the time needed for conversion purposes, it would be a very tight squeeze."

Since the London concert, the group - which broke up in 1980, and last played here in 1971 - have done little to quell rumours. "You never know what is around the corner," guitarist Jimmy Page said early this year. More recently, singer ROBERT PLANT, who is touring with bluegrass singer ALISON KRAUSS this summer, spoke of "unfinished business."

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Led Zeppelin To Perform In Toronto In August?

Rumours are circulating that Led Zeppelin will be coming to Canada in August to perform four concerts at the world famous Skydome/Rogers Centre. Although no other details have been revealed, there is apparantly no plans for a full North American tour.

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Led Zeppelin May Record A New Album

NME.com reports: LED ZEPPELIN bassist John Paul Jones has hinted that his band may record a new studio album, following their reunion show on December 10th last year at London's O2 Arena.

Speaking in the May 2008 issue of our sister title Uncut, the bassist said he was uncertain about the future of the band but refused to rule out heading into the studio to work on a new album with his bandmates.

"I'd have to think about that," he said, when asked if he'd like to make another Led Zeppelin album. "We spoke afterwards [after the O2 Arena show] and we thought the same - it felt like the first night of a tour. You think, 'oh, I could do that a bit better, or change something in that song'. And we didn't get a chance to do any more."

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