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Below is our complete Led Zeppelin news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Led Zeppelin members have made a few statements regarding the possibility of a tour and new album:
Robert Plant: 'I've got things I've been working on for the past four years that I'm proud of,' he says. 'Some of the songs I've got ready are as good as anything I've done in the past. I wouldn't necessarily save them for my solo career.'
John Paul Jones, 61, tells both Q and Rolling Stone magazine that he has no idea whether more concerts will follow. 'I guess the door has been left slightly ajar,' he tells Q. 'We'll have to see how we feel about it afterwards.'
Robert Plant, 59, tells Rolling Stone magazine in its Dec. 13 issue: 'If people don't talk about a tour, anything is likely. The more people talk, the more pressure it puts on everybody.'
Read the full article at StarPulse.com.
Jonathan Cohen of Billboard.com reports that the organizers of the 2008 Bonnaroo festival have quashed the rumors of LED ZEPPELIN and METALLICA headlining next year's event.
"The rumors that are out there about the Bonnaroo 2008 headliners are inaccurate," Superfly Presents and AC Entertainment said in a statement released to Billboard.com. "We're very excited about the lineup that we're putting together for this year's festival. We'll be announcing the confirmed lineup toward the end of January/beginning of February.
The source of the ZEPPELIN/METALLICA rumor was an anonymous email included last week in industry commentator Bob Lefsetz's newsletter.
LED ZEPPELIN will play its only planned show Dec. 10 in London as part of a tribute to late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.
In celebration of their greatest hits album Good Times, Bad Times - 10 Years of Godsmack, the band have issued a video for their cover of LED ZEPPELIN’s ‘Good Times, Bad Times’. You can view the cut over at Y! Music.
According to Scott Goldberg from Dmwmedia.com, an anonymous reader tipped Bob Lefsetz, author of the Lefsetz Letter, yesterday (November 30th) about an interesting development in the live music world: “Zeppelin just confirmed for Bonnaroo. They can't officially announce until after the London gig so pass it on! Also Metallica is confirmed on the bill too!”
Anyone who has experienced the unique event that is Bonnaroo (or its younger sibling Vegoose) knows the four-day Manchester, Tennessee show’s trademark is its eclectic mix of bands. Considered “the largest hippy festival in the world,” as Andrew Stockdale, lead singer of WOLFMOTHER said onstage last June, the festival organizers always manage to add plenty of non-hippy artists. In 2007 there was also the addition of a “classic” billing, the reemergence of THE POLICE.
According to Blender.com: "We salute rock & roll's most iconic tool of the trade since stuffed spandex - the multinecked, fur-lined, flame-throwing masterpieces that remain as influential as the shredders who strapped them on." Hard rock and metal legends featured include Les Claypool, Dave Grohl, Michael Anthony, Angus Young, Ace Frehley, Zakk Wylde, Jerry Only, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, Kurt Cobain, ZZ Top, Gene Simmons, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen among others.
Read the full article at Blender.com.
Led Zeppelin front-man Robert Plant has told Rolling Stone Magazine that he plans to hit the road with Alison Krauss in early 2008 to promote the pair's collaborative album, "Raising Sand."
In other Zeppelin news, the band is reportedly rearranging their songs for the big reunion show. Aging front-man Robert Plan has found he can no longer hit his classic high notes. They've been rehearsing in a lower key because his voice is deeper.
According to UK's The Sun, "He and guitarist Jimmy Page have had a few heated discussions about the upcoming gig."
"Jimmy is a bit rusty and Robert has been struggling with the high notes. To avoid any embarrassing vocal wobbles with the world watching, they decided it would be best to transpose the songs in a lower key."
According to The Sunday Mail, LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant backed the Tartan Clef awards by donating a signed guitar which raised £4000 ($8,230) at the fundraising auction.
He sent the Ibanez acoustic, while two tickets for LED ZEP's sold-out reunion show raised a staggering £25,000 ($51,436).
Plant will join guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones for the classic band's gig at the O2 Arena in London on December 10.
Single tickets have been selling on eBay for £1500 each.
Guests at the auction also bid for rock 'n' roll goodies including a Harley Davidson motorbike and a meal for 10 cooked at their home by Scots chef John Quigley.
Charity chairman Donald MacLeod said: "We want the Tartan Clefs to be Scotland's answer to The Brits...a tribute to our musical
According to Thesun.co.uk, LED ZEPPELIN are rearranging classic tracks for their big reunion - after ageing frontman Robert Plant found he could no longer hit the high notes.
The rockers - whose legendary 1976 live album was called The Song Remains The Same - have been rehearsing songs in a lower key because 59-year-old Plant’s voice is deeper.
A source revealed yesterday: “He and guitarist Jimmy Page have had a few heated discussions about the upcoming gig.
“Jimmy is a bit rusty and Robert has been struggling with the high notes. To avoid any embarrassing vocal wobbles with the world watching, they decided it would be best to transpose the songs in a lower key.”
Next month’s gig at London’s O2 arena - Led Zep’s first in 19 years - was postponed by two weeks after Page, 63, broke a finger.
MonstersAndCritics.com reports that LED ZEPPELIN have denied they are planning a world tour in 2008.
The legendary rockers claim "no decision has been made" as to whether they will follow up their comeback concert at London's O2 arena on December 10 with a globetrotting series of shows.
Excitement over a possible LED ZEPPELIN tour peaked this week after Ian Astbury, lead singer of British band THE CULT, told fans at a show in Cincinnati: "We'll be back next year because we're opening for a band you might have heard of. The name starts with 'L' and has a 'Z' in it."
When asked by an excited member of the crowd if he meant LED ZEPPELIN, Astbury reportedly nodded his head and raised a celebratory arm in the air.
But an aide for ZEPPELIN insists: "No decision has been made beyond the band's performance at the O2 arena.
"Maybe Ian got mixed up and they're supporting LIMP BIZKIT!"
LED ZEPPELIN have been sending out mixed messages concerning future shows.
Lead singer Robert Plant has been quoted as saying "there'll be one show and that's it", whereas guitarist Jimmy Page insisted: "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."
The band — which also features bassist John Paul Jones — have reformed for a tribute concert for the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, who signed the group.
Warner Bros. and Zannel, a mobile social network, are having a sweepstakes. The sweepstakes is for one pair of ticket to go see Led Zeppelin live in concert in London. You can find more information on the sweepstakes here.
Gil Kaufman of MTV.com reports: It was one of those moments where all you can do is look at the guy next to you and wonder, "Did he really just say that?"
Is it possible that Ian Astbury, lead singer of '80s rock powerhouse THE CULT, spilled the beans on the biggest secret in rock — during a club show in Cincinnati?
"We'll be back next year," a breathless Astbury said midway through the band's gig at Bogart's nightclub Saturday night. "Because we're opening for a band you may have heard of ... the name starts with an 'L' and has a 'Z' in it." Stunned looks bounced around the room until one sweat-drenched superfan shouted out the obvious: "LED ZEPPELIN!" Astbury, his eyes hidden behind dark shades, nodded affirmatively and stuck his hand in the air triumphantly before plowing into one of the band's signature Zeppelinesque rockers.
When asked about Astbury's seeming confirmation of the world tour, spokespeople for THE CULT and ZEPPELIN both declined to comment. ZEPPELIN's spokesperson added that no decision has been made on any LED ZEPPELIN tour and the band is focusing on its appearance at the Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert in London on December 10; a CULT spokesperson declined to answer questions about Astbury's comment.
According to NME.com, LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page has revealed that his band will perform a track they have never played live before at their forthcoming O2 Arena show in London on December 10.
Speaking to Reuters, Page gave a vague clue as to the period the song comes from - although he offered a 12-year time zone.
"There's one number that we rehearsed, I assume that it will make it to the Dome, that we never played at any point in time," he explained. "It dates from when the band was together between 1968 and 1980. It's a really intense number."
Legendary LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page was interviewed on BBC's "Breakfast" show yesterday morning (Monday, November 19) about his injured finger — which had been the cause of his band's O2 Arena show postponement — and ZEPPELIN's much-anticipated reunion. Watch the four-minute clip below.
In other news, NME.com reports that Page has explained that his finger is now better and the band will resume rehearsals this week.
The guitarist, speaking to Reuters, assured fans that his finger would be fine for ther concert, scheduled to take place on December 10.
"I suppose something like a ZEPPELIN reunion wouldn't be right without a bit of drama," he joked.
"This is two to two-and-a-half weeks from the injury and there we are, it's doing that," Page continued, wiggling his finger. "It's going to be fine for the concert. It's just a bit bruised and a bit painful, but it's going to be fine." More...
The following press release has been issued:
On Tuesday, November 27 in select movie theatres across the country, thousands of music fans will get to simultaneously experience LED ZEPPELIN - The Song Remains The Same in its ultimate viewing and listening environment when Warner Home Video, Rhino Entertainment and D&E Entertainment roll out the digital red carpet for the legendary rock film. The one-night-only event will utilize D&E's digital cinema technology to simultaneously premiere a completely re-mastered and re-mixed high-definition print to nearly 50 US cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Seattle. Showtime will be at 8:00 PM PST.
The screening of the film coincides with Warner Home Video's (WHV) November 20 DVD release of Led Zeppelin's famed concert film with all 16 song performances for the first time together on DVD and more than 40 minutes of extra material. The DVDs include never-before-released performance footage of 'Over The Hills And Far Away' and 'Celebration Day'; plus performances of 'Misty Mountain Hop' and 'The Ocean'. Special features also include a rare 1976 BBC interview with Robert Plant and Peter Grant; vintage TV footage from the infamous hotel robbery during the New York concert stand and the original theatrical trailer.
Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains The Same will be available in two DVD editions with identical extra material: a Two-Disc Special Edition ($20.97 SRP) and a Collector's Edition ($44.98 SRP). The Collector's Edition also includes an exclusive Led Zeppelin t-shirt and rare memorabilia such as news articles, concert reviews, reproductions of original premiere invitations, collectible lobby cards and free poster offer.
Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains The Same will also be available on December 11 in HD DVD and Blu-ray versions, each available for $28.99 SRP.
Filmed during the band's legendary three-night stand at Madison Square Garden in July 1973 and released theatrically in 1976, Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains The Same features Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and the late John Bonham in a mesmerizing movie with classic music performances that include the hits 'Dazed And Confused', 'Stairway To Heaven', 'Whole Lotta Love' and more. The film has been newly re-mixed and re-mastered in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound, personally supervised by the band.
Atlantic/Rhino Entertainment has also given The Song Remains The Same soundtrack the deluxe reissue treatment, with the band members overseeing the remixing and remastering of the original release. The new version of the soundtrack will also be available November 20 and includes six songs that were not on the original release - 'Black Dog', 'Over The Hills And Far Away', 'Misty Mountain Hop', 'Since I've Been Loving You', 'The Ocean', and 'Heartbreaker'.
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According to NME.com, LED ZEPPELIN entered the UK Top Forty singles chart today (November 18) at No. 37 with their legendary song "Stairway To Heaven". The band had made their back catalogue available to download earlier this week, hence the new chart entry. LED ZEPPELIN's "Mothership", a 24-track, two-CD comprehensive collection that spans the band's illustrious career, entered the UK Top Albums chart at No. 4.
As previously reported, "Mothership" is on track to sell around 100,000-105,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut in the Top 10 of The Billboard 200 chart, according to Hits Daily Double.
"Mothership" contains material from all eight of the band's classic studio albums, with the tracks being personally selected by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones. "Mothership" includes landmark songs such as "Whole Lotta Love", "Immigrant Song", "Kashmir", "Rock And Roll", "Dazed And Confused", "Stairway to Heaven". The set also includes new liner notes.
AOL Music and Spinner have a few new releases of interest available for streaming in their entirety this week including:
Led Zeppelin may embark on a full scale tour after their reunion gig, according to guitarist Jimmy Page.
The band, who are gearing up for their one-off show at the O2 arena in honour of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, are considering doing a string of dates as Page thinks it would be selfish of the band to put all their energy into just one gig.
"It's a bit silly not to because there is such massive demand," said Jimmy, who is resting up his injured finger, to Guitar World magazine.
"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."
The band's rescheduled gig at the O2 Arena will take place on December 10.
According to The Sun, banned LED ZEPPELIN classic 'Stairway To Heaven' returned to its spiritual home in London thanks to a gang of committed air guitarists. The track, which features on the rockers’ new Mothership greatest hits collection, has long been unwelcome on Denmark Street – home to the capital’s largest concentration of guitar shops.
Frustrated staff have consistently refused permission for wannabe axe Gods to perform the track while testing new instruments because punters regularly mangle the extraordinary solo – perfected on record by Jimmy Page.
Guitarists across the country were invited to take part in the performance.
Embarassingly however, just one intrepid guitar-slinger took his life into his own hands by setting up shop on the venerable thoroughfare in order to blast the song out once more.
More happily scores of supportive passers-by lent moral support to the hapless strummer by joining in on air guitar.
The Pulse of Radio reports: LED ZEPPELIN tour rumors continue to circulate. The latest speculation comes after Jimmy Page hinted he would consider additional reunion shows. ZEPPELIN is set to play a one-off reunion in London on December 10. The date was just pushed back after Page broke his finger. Now Yahoo! Music is reporting that Page said, "At the moment, I'm told we're doing one gig. That's a bit unfortunate for all the people that would have liked to have seen us, but I can understand why some of the other members don't want to be touring."
Page's finger is expected to get better soon. He told London's Mirror how it happened, explaining, "The light was very dim and I tripped over something and I landed on various bits of my anatomy but of course the crucial part was left hand, little finger. It's unfortunate but what can you do?"
The show will feature Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones performing together for the first time in 18 years, with Jason Bonham, son of late ZEPPELIN drummer John Bonham, sitting behind the kit. Bill Wyman and the RHYTHM KINGS, Paul Rodgers, Paolo Nutini, and FOREIGNER are also scheduled to appear.
LED ZEPPELIN will release the CD/DVD set "Mothership" on November 13.
XM Radio launched a new channel dedicated to the music of rock icons Led Zeppelin yesterday. The new channel, "XM LED: The Led Zeppelin Channel" (XM 59), will feature the band's complete audio catalog, interviews with band members and other unique content that celebrates the musical contributions of Led Zeppelin. On the day the channel launches XM will also offer the U.S. premiere of the forthcoming re-issued two-disc soundtrack for the band's landmark concert film "The Song Remains the Same," which features six previously unreleased songs from Led Zeppelin's 1973 Madison Square Garden shows.
XM's U.S. premiere of "The Song Remains the Same" soundtrack reissue will air in its entirety at 12 midnight ET on November 8 with encore broadcasts airing all day to kick off "XM LED."
"With this channel, XM has curated the comprehensive Led Zeppelin experience," said Eric Logan, executive vice president of programming, XM. "Often cited as a primary influence for a who's who of modern day musicians, Led Zeppelin is one of the most important rock acts from the last half-century and 'XM LED' will provide fans with the sounds and insights that have made them such enduring rock icons."
The launch of "XM LED" is the first of several highly-anticipated milestones for Led Zeppelin. In addition to the re-release of "The Song Remains the Same" soundtrack and DVD, the band is also issuing "Mothership," a 24-track re-mastered career retrospective; making its entire musical catalog available digitally; and taking to the stage for a reunion performance headlining the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute concert in London.
Led Zeppelin is one of music's most celebrated rock bands. They produced some of the greatest albums in recording history and are constantly considered amongst the greatest popular musicians of all time, both collectively and individually. The band formed in 1968 from the then recently disbanded group "The Yardbirds," when guitarist Jimmy Page brought in Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones and began touring as "The New Yardbirds" before changing their name to Led Zeppelin.
In 1969, their self-titled debut album was released and is regarded as one of the pivotal records in the creation of heavy rock. They have sold over 300 million albums worldwide and, in 1995, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"XM LED" will be available through May 8, 2008. XM's Lou Brutus will serve as program director for the channel. Programming information for the channel will be available online at http://www.xmradio.com/ledzeppelin.