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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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Robert Plant Speaks On Another Led Zep One-Off Gig

UNCUT has issued the following report:

LED ZEPPELIN's ROBERT PLANT has said that it is still highly unlikely that the band will go on a full-blown world tour, but there is a chance of more one-off perfomances, if the reason was right.

Speaking in the new (May 2008) edition of UNCUT magazine, the singer says: "Hopefully, one day, we could do it again. Our profit is - it's metaphysical."

Read the full article at Uncut.

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Slash Says Velvet Revolver Will Tour Again

Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash has told the BBC that the bands current European tour will not be their last, despite comments made by front-man Scott Weiland stating otherwise. According to the article the band will be concentrating on their next studio album.

Rumors of a tour with Led Zeppelin, which were actually started by bassist Duff McKagen, have been circulating, however Slash said that, “We’ve got another record to do and we’re not even thinking about that.“

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Robert Plant Turns Down Led Zeppelin Tour

According to Sean Hamilton from the Sundaymirror.co.uk,

Robert Plant has turned down an extra £100million fortune to take LED ZEPPELIN on a world tour. The rock legend wants to concentrate on his new partnership with US country singer ALISON KRAUSS... spelling the likely end of the famous band.
Led Zep fans had been longing for a tour announcement since last year - when the 1970s superstars reformed for a one-off show at London's O2 Arena.

Surviving members Plant, Robert Page and John Paul Jones were offered a guaranteed £100m each for a tour of North America and Europe after a million fans applied for O2 tickets.
But after extensive talks Led Zep - best known for the song 'Stairway To Heaven'- decided against the moneymaking opportunity.

Guitarist Jimmy Page, 64, was keen to do the tour this year and was backed by bass player John Paul, 62.

But singer Plant, 59 - already worth an estimated £70million - wants to concentrate on his new success with US country singer Krauss. The pair's duet album Raising Sand went to No 2 in America and Britain and they are starting their own tour in April.

A band source said: "Despite the enormous offer, the decision did not come down to money. They always said they would do the one-off show and then see how they felt."

Read the full article at the Sunday Mirror.

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Led Zeppelin To Play Wales Millenium Stadium?

According to James McCarthy from Wales On Sunday, Millennium Stadium bosses are making an audacious bid to bring rock gods LED ZEPPELIN to Wales.

They are in talks with promoter Harvey Goldsmith amid rumours that the supergroup are planning a world tour in October.

WRU spokesman John Williams said: “They are represented by Harvey Goldsmith, who is bringing BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN to the stadium.

“We are talking to Harvey about what else he could possibly bring and Led Zeppelin has come up in conversation.
“There is no deal but we are asking and he is listening. We are at an early stage.” More...

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Led Zeppelin Won't Play Until At Least September

Billboard.com reports: Don’t expect to see LED ZEPPELIN on the road near you this summer. The current incarnation of the veteran rock act, which reunited for a triumphant Dec. 10 concert at London’s 02 Arena, has no plans to play live — until at least after September, says guitarist Jimmy Page.

Speaking in Tokyo today (Jan. 28), Page said, “The amount of work that we put into the 02, both for ourselves rehearsing and also for the staging of it, was probably what you’d put into a world tour anyway.”

He noted that ZEPPELIN vocalist Robert Plant “also has a parallel project running [with Alison Krauss], and he’s really busy with that project, certainly until September. So I can’t give you any news on anything at the moment.” Page and Krauss released their album “Raising Sand” on Rounder late last year and begin a world tour in Louisville on April 20.

Page admitted that the scale of media interest about LED ZEPPELIN’s O2 performance put the band under a certain amount of pressure during rehearsals, but insisted the LED ZEP chemistry was still there.

“We’d all agreed to take it very, very seriously and have a really good time at the same time,” Page said. “We worked out the songs we were going to play, and it was exhilarating, it was fantastic. Every week was a week to look forward to.”

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Led Zeppelin Guitarist To Hold Press Conference?

According to a posting on the LED ZEPPELIN fan site Royal-Orleans.com, ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page will hold a press conference at Park Hyatt Hotel in Shinjyuku, Japan on Monday, January 28. Park Hyatt is reportedly the hotel Jimmy stayed at during the 1996 PAGE & PLANT tour.

Times Online reported in December that LED ZEPPELIN could earn well over £100 million (approximately $200 million) if the hard-rock band went on tour this year in the wake of last month's triumphant reunion gig. The band is being pursued with offers from both Live Nation and AEG, the rival concert promoters, with each structuring bids in the form of a large upfront payment to lure the band to their venues.

One source said that "AEG put a bid in on the night" — although that could not be confirmed independently — but intense demand would probably make a ZEPPELIN reunion the most sought-after ticket in 2008.

The reluctance of Robert Plant, the lead singer, still makes a tour far from certain, although the three other band members are believed to be willing to go ahead. Venues in America have been held open in the hope that Plant will say yes.

It is likely that the four-piece band would be able at least to match the estimated $212 million grossed by THE POLICE for their reunion last year, according to figures compiled by Billboard, the industry magazine.

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AC/DC Rumoured For Australian Stadium Show

According to News.com.au, speculation is mounting over who is next to take the Suncorp Stadium stage in Brisbane, Australia.

AC/DC fans, prepare to rejoice. An Acca Dacca tour has been rumoured for years, but industry insiders reckon the kings of hard rock will hit the road this year, including a Suncorp blitzkreig.

And local promoters salivating over LED ZEPPELIN are on the phones to Canada. Following the band's London reunion gig, Toronto-based promoter Michael Cohl is reportedly stitching up a Led Zep tour. The cost? $200 million for North America alone.

But with Zep singer ROBERT PLANT touring with recent collaborator ALISON KRAUSS in April and May, a Led Zep jaunt to Oz could take place next year.

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Metalunderground.com's Best of 2007 Awards

Looking back, 2007 was an interesting year in metal. The year started off great for tours - here in the US and seemingly everywhere from the news we reported all year - and continued to offer strong showings throughout the entire year. However, we lost quite a number of brothers in metal in 2007. Despite that fact and the fact that there were few truly big releases in 2007, it still seemed to be a good year for metal as a whole - a year in which the underground got to shine through just a little more than usual.

That said, let's reflect on some of the things that made 2007 such a good year for heavy metal by announcing the Metalunderground.com staff picks from 2006. As in previous years, I've polled the entire staff here at Metalunderground.com about their favorite albums and performances of last year.

Here are the Metalunderground.com staff picks for the following categories: Best Metal Album of 2007, Best Metal DVD of 2007, Best Metal Newcomer of 2007, Best Live Act of 2007, and Most Anticipated Release for 2008. More...

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Led Zeppelin Bassist Looks Back On Reunion Show

David Fricke of RollingStone.com recently conducted an interview with LED ZEPPELIN bassist John Paul Jones. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

RollingStone.com: What were your feelings the day of the show, in the hours before you went on stage?

John Paul Jones: I tried to keep the enormity of it all as far away as possible, until the last minute. I sat around playing banjo all day. It calms me down. For every show we've ever done, there is always hype, expectancy. For us, it was just "Let's get on and do it." Obviously, it was quite a reception when we did get out there.

RollingStone.com: There was a dramatic quality to opening with "Good Times Bad Times" — the first song on LED ZEPPELIN's first album.

John Paul Jones: That's the hardest riff I ever wrote, the hardest to play. But it was a good starter, because everybody had to focus. We soon figured out in rehearsals what the first three numbers would be ("Good Times Bad Times", "Ramble On", "Black Dog") and that we would play them straight through.

What gave us confidence was the week before [the show], we did a full production rehearsal, with the full screen set up. That was really good. It was a smaller room, and you could hear everything, which is the only thing I regret about those stadiums — you don't hear all of the subtleties. The groove is much tighter in the small room. I can only wish we could play 2000 seaters forever, because that's where it sounds great. But the excitement was there on stage [at the O2 arena], as it was in the old days.

RollingStone.com: At soundcheck, I was surprised to hear you, Jimmy Page and Jason Bonham play instrumental versions of "Good Times Bad Times" and "Ramble On". It was like hearing ZEPPELIN in dub — the subtleties and interplay that go into the background when Robert Plant sings over them.

John Paul Jones: He didn't do that much singing in rehearsal. Robert wanted to protect his voice. We did a lot of the songs instrumentally for quite awhile, especially when he was out doing promotion [for "Raising Sand", Plant's hit album with Alison Krauss]. And it was really good for us. It was us getting used to each other, which you have to do in order to bring this off. You want to be tight. But I like to be free in what I do. I hardly ever play the same bass line twice. Even in songs where it's mapped out, like "Good Times Bad Times", I swap it around a little bit. We all enjoy the freedom to do that. In order to have that freedom, you have to know each other so well.

RollingStone.com: How would you describe Jason's playing during the show? He was very much his father's son.

John Paul Jones: A lot of the fills were not what his dad did at all. He's as fearless as his dad, that's for sure [laughs]. But he did an amazing job, when you consider that he had to answer to every drummer in the world after that show. With that sort of pressure, to bring all that off was astonishing. "Kashmir" was absolutely wonderful, the way he led in and out of the choruses and bridges.

Read the full article at Rollingstone.

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Led Zeppelin Souvenir Hunters Raid Vicars Home

Polly Dunbar of the Daily Mail reports: For decades, the Rev John Dale has looked forward to retiring to the isolated 18th Century cottage he owns in the Welsh hills.

But his dreams of tranquillity have been shattered — by hundreds of LED ZEPPELIN fans.

For the property, Bron-Yr-Aur, overlooking the Dyfi Valley on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, is where Robert Plant and Jimmy Page penned the band's third album, "Led Zeppelin III", in 1970 and ever since it has attracted hundreds of their followers.

Some have even stolen "souvenirs" from the grounds of the house, after which Plant and Page named a track on the LP.

Mr Dale, 65, the vicar of St Michael's in Michaelston-y-Fedw in South Wales, bought the stone-built cottage in 1972 as a country retreat for his family and, eventually, as a retirement home.

But with renewed interest in LED ZEPPELIN following their recent reunion gig in London, he is pleading to be left alone.

Mr Dale, who is not a LED ZEPPELIN fan and did not know of the cottage's connection to the band when he bought it, said:

"I've lost count of the number of people we've had up here when I'm staying with the family."

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Bonnaroo Spokesman Denies Led Zeppelin Rumour

According to The Daily News Journal, the president of Big Hassle, a publicity firm for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, says that reports of LED ZEPPELIN appearing at the festival in Manchester this summer are inaccurate.

The Mirror, an English newspaper, reported Dec. 31 that the rock group would headline Bonnaroo in June.

“It’s still a rumor and the information in the Mirror is inaccurate,” said Ken Weinstein, president of Big Hassle. “I speak on behalf of (promotor) Superfly and AC Entertainment.”

An early December internet report of Led Zeppelin’s pending appearance at Bonnaroo in June was denied by Superfly and AC Entertainment.

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Dave Grohl Involved In Led Zeppelin Reunion Tour?

RollingStone.com has issued the following report from Erica Futterman:

It’s a new year, with new LED ZEPPELIN tour rumors:

The latest speculation has FOO FIGHTERS' Dave Grohl waiting on an invite to drum on an alleged reunion tour. Grohl, who has expressed his willingness to do the job, was allegedly up for Jason Bonham’s gig at last month’s one-off show."

As previously reported, on December 31st, 2007, Mirror.co.uk exclusively revealed "that Led Zeppelin - who staged a triumphant "one-off" gig at the O2 (that) month - will be the headline act at the Bonnaroo festival in the US next year. The festival runs from June 12th to 15th in Tennessee - and if all goes smoothly they may even hit the road and tour.

An insider told us: "This is the news that will drive their fans absolutely wild. They have been bombarding their website to get back together for good but only Robert Plant wasn't keen to commit. Now he's had a change of heart and if it goes well they are also talking about touring."

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Led Zeppelin Confirmed For Bonnaroo Festival 2008

Mirror.co.uk can exclusively reveal that LED ZEPPELIN - who staged a triumphant "one-off" gig at the O2 this month - will be the headline act at the Bonnaroo festival in the US next year. The festival runs from June 12 to 15 in Tennessee - and if all goes smoothly they may even hit the road and tour.

An insider told us: "This is the news that will drive their fans absolutely wild. They have been bombarding their website to get back together for good but only Robert Plant wasn't keen to commit. Now he's had a change of heart and if it goes well they are also talking about touring."

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Led Zeppelin To Headline Glastonbury 2008

According to Monstersandcritics.com, LED ZEPPELIN are to headline next year's Glastonbury Festival.

The legendary rock group - who played a sensational comeback concert at London's O2 arena earlier this month - will take to the stage for the world-famous musical extravaganza, in Somerset, England, before embarking on an 18-month world tour.

A source close to the band - Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham, who has replaced his late father John Bonham - said: "It will kick off at next year's Glastonbury after Robert has finished touring with American country star ALISON KRAUSS."

Led Zeppelin first inspired Michael Eavis to organise the Glastonbury Festival after he saw the band perform an open air concert in 1970. It has also been reported the rockers plan to return to New York's Madison Square Garden - where they played three historic sell-out concerts in 1973 - as part of the globetrotting tour. Although the group has previously hinted at playing further shows together, there has still been no official announcement.

Earlier this month, frontman Plant said: "It wouldn't be such a bad idea for Led Zeppelin to play together from time to time."

Guitarist Page has previously stated: "It's a bit selfish to do just one show. If that's it, we probably shouldn't have taken the genie out of the bottle."

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Jason Bonham Talks About Led Zeppelin Reunion Show

The following story is courtesy of Gary Graff from Billboard.com:

Still buzzing from LED ZEPPELIN's reunion show on December 10 in London, drummer Jason Bonham says he's the wrong guy to ask about any future plans for the group.

"I'm still the new guy, and I wouldn't know," Bonham - whose late father, John Bonham, was Zep's original drummer - tells Billboard.com. "There's been no talks except to Jimmy (Page) and Robert (Plant) and John Paul (Jones), just to say thanks for the best Christmas present I could ask for. It really meant a lot to me."

"Is it gonna be again? Don't be greedy," he continues. "Just take it for what you've done and be proud to be part of that. If they do it again, of course I would love to. But that's up to them. Only time will tell. If you'd have asked me a year ago, 'Are they gonna do a date next year?,' I'd have gone, 'No way!' So I was proved wrong once before."

Bonham says that even a week after the show, the experience "still ... kinda feels surreal, like it never really happened in some way." But he does feel that the show, part of a tribute to the late Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, provided some vindication after what he felt was a sub-par performance with Zep at the Atlantic Records' 40th anniversary concert in 1988 in New York.

"I had to work at it, really prove that I could do it and not just say, 'Hey, I'm John Bonham's son. I should be doing it,'" he explains. "I put a lot of work into it ... listening to all the different live versions I had. You've got to earn this, 'cause there's a million drummers out there that would love to cut your throat right now and take over."

"I'm amazed. I pulled it off," he enthuses. "So it's very special for me, just ... everything. If you'd have wanted a moment for everyone to get it right at one point, that was it."

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Led Zeppelin Ticket Stubs Going For Huge Prices

According to Sara Nelson from Dailymail.co.uk, LED ZEPPELIN fans are paying up to £125 for ticket stubs from the band's reunion gig at the O2.

One seller wrote on eBay: "I was one of the lucky ones. This is the ticket from the show 20 million wanted to see."

Another concert goer said he saw touts paying £20 for ticket stubs and wristbands after the gig where Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones played together for the first time in decades.

Tony McLearie, 44, told a national newspaper: "It was bizarre - now I know why. But there's no way I'd sell, no matter how much I was offered."

The rush for souvenirs means the ticket stubs are now selling for the same value as the tickets themselves.

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Millenium Stadium Desperate For Led Zeppelin

According to Icwales.icnetwork.co.uk, Millennium Stadium (national stadium of Wales, located in the capital Cardif) bosses are desperate to lure reformed rockers LED ZEPPELIN to the venue if they announce a tour next year.

The band received rave reviews for their performance last week at London’s O2 Arena – the first time they had played together in 19 years.

It has led to speculation and rumours they could be set to take to the road on a money-spinning world tour.
And now WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis – a personal friend of the group’s bassist John Paul Jones – is intent on making sure they make Wales will be a stop-off on any tour.

He told Wales on Sunday: “We would love to welcome Led Zeppelin and we have already put out a request to Harvey Goldsmith [the band’s promoter].

“We have a good relationship with Harvey who also handles BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, who is coming to the stadium. Initially Harvey said they were only going to do a one-off gig, but now they are considering a tour.

“The thing is, we are the only stadium in Britain with a retractable roof and we can guarantee a perfect event for 70,000 people.
“There’s nowhere else in the country that can do that.”

Tickets for the 02 gig were made available via a lottery system, costing £125. The website exceeded its bandwidth allowance and crashed almost immediately following the announcement, with Mr Goldsmith predicting that the gig would cause the “largest demand for one show in history."

The ticket request site receiving one billion page impressions and one million people registered for fewer than 20,000 available tickets. A Millennium Stadium gig would be a guaranteed instant sell-out. The band’s guitarist, Jimmy Page, has recently suggested the band may start work on new material.

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Can YouTube Evict Led Zeppelin?

This is the question that PC World poses. An excerpt from the article follows:

The company recently implemented digital fingerprinting technology to identify videos that the company has been asked by the copyright owner not to post on the site.

The technology compares posted clips with reference videos supplied to YouTube for analysis.

It relies on identifying consistent qualities in a video, said Struan Robertson, senior associate with Pinsent Masons and editor of the legal Web site Out-law.com.

But the technology doesn't work as well with batches of different clips with different characteristics, even if the clips are all from the same event.

"That's more difficult when you are dealing with a live performance because the sound quality is poor and the image quality is similarly poor and probably very varied according to who was filming and where they were in the crowd," Robertson said.

Video clips of legendary rock band Led Zeppelin's reunion show in London on Monday are reappearing hourly on YouTube despite efforts to remove the material due to alleged copyright infringement. YouTube warns users in its "help center" that they may not own the rights to upload concert footage to its site.

Some links to videos of the band's performance lead to a red warning that says the video has been removed "due to a copyright claim by Warner Music Group."

According to a reliable southern Ontario-based BW&BK news source, the band's management "has requested the removal of any clips of the event", even though the Warner Music Group has a licensing agreement with YouTube that would technically allow fans to upload material, because Led Zeppelin own the rights to the footage.

Note that despite some of these links being shut down the day of the posting, they are ALL working now.

Read the full article at PC World.

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