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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.
NME.COM reports that THE ROLLING STONES members Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts have denied that they will make a special guest appearance at LED ZEPPELIN's reunion show.
LED ZEPPELIN is set to reunite at the O2 Arena in London on December 10.
The bill will include Pete Townshend, FOREIGNER and Paolo Nutini with Bill Wyman and THE RHYTHM KINGS.
It was originally suggested THE ROLLING STONES' frontman might be playing with Wyman, but this was denied early on.
However, new rumors have emerged this week that both Jagger and drummer Watts would be playing.
However, the band have released a new statement today (November 8), declaring there will be no link-up.
They explained: "Contrary to media speculation, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts will not be participating in any way at the LED ZEPPELIN concert in December, but wish them well for a great gig."
Virgin Media reports that LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page has reassured fans he is making a speedy recovery after fracturing his finger.
The recent accident caused the postponement of the band's eagerly awaited first concert in two decades.
Jimmy, 63, who was honoured with a Living Legend Award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards in London on Monday night (November 5), told BBC Radio 5 Live he was walking in the dark when he tripped over a stone slab.
"I didn't just come down on my hand, I came down on other parts of my body as well. But of course it was the hand that had a bit of an injury to it," he said.
"It's got a fracture in the little finger of the left hand, which is a nuisance because it's really needed. It's just going to take a little while for it to heal, that's all.
"It's not permanent damage. I've broken fingers before, a lot worse than this."
AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler paid tribute to the guitarist, who also received video messages from LED ZEPPELIN's Robert Plant and guitar legend Les Paul.
LED ZEPPELIN were forced to postpone their reunion show due to an injury to guitarist Jimmy Page's finger. The show, which was originally scheduled for November 26th at London's 02 Arena, has been rescheduled for December 10th.
Guitarist JIMMY PAGE has issued the following message to ticket holders:
"As you all know by now I was regrettably put in a situation where I had to postpone my performance at the Ahmet Ertegun Benefit show, on November 26th, due to a fractured finger.
"We have now rescheduled this show to take place, at the same venue, on December 10th.
"In doing so I was very conscious of the fact that many people are travelling great distances to attend. I do want to let everyone know that this decision was unavoidable. My apologies to anyone who has been inconvenienced by this change.
"I would also like to thank everyone else involved for their help with making this change. Harvey Goldsmith, the trustees of the Ahmet Ertegun Foundation and, of course, the other artists who so willingly agreed to join us on the show.
"I look forward to the 10th December!"
LedZeppelinTickets.com is offering LED ZEPPELIN fans a chance to own a super-collectible ticket plaque featuring tickets from ZEPPELIN's slated performances at Chicago Stadium in November of 1980.
Devout fans know the unfortunate and tragic story of the late and great John Bonham. On September 24, 1980, it was announced by Chicago radio stations that tickets for four ZEPPELIN shows (November 10, 12, 13 & 15) would be going on sale the next day via a special mail-order form in the Chicago Tribune. On the day of sale, the excitement was extinguished as fans would learn of the sudden and tragic passing of John Bonham. The shows never happened, yet these tickets were printed for these appearances. The original ZEPPELIN as we knew it was done...
In 1986, Metro Pulse Inc. acquired them from Chicago Stadium and the rest is (even more...) history.
Earlier this year, VH1 Classic was so impressed with the offering that they did a major promotion with LedZeppelinTickets.com in conjunction with the station's airing of the classic movie, "The Song Remains The Same". Dozens of lucky winners now possess a rare ticket plaque as a result.
In addition, the ticket plaques were featured giveaways on the popular nationally-syndicated radio show, "Nights with Alice Cooper". The show's contest generated more than 1,700 entries and was easily the show's most popular contest to date.
For more information, check out www.LedZeppelinTickets.com or call 866-Led-Zepp (866-533-9377).
According to RollingStone.com, LED ZEPPELIN's November 26 reunion concert has been pushed back to December 10 because guitarist Jimmy Page fractured his finger. The injury, which he sustained this past weekend, will make him unable to play guitar for the next three weeks. "I am disappointed that we are forced to postpone the concert by two weeks," Page said in a statement. "However, LED ZEPPELIN have always set very high standards for ourselves, and we feel that this postponement will enable my injury to properly heal, and permit us to perform at the level that both the band and our fans have always been accustomed to." Tickets bought for the original show will be honored on the new date, and refunds will also be available.
The show, a memorial for late Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, will also feature performances by Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman, and FOREIGNER.
He will be the recipient of the Living Legend award at the third Classic Rock Roll of Honour. Classic Rock magazine publisher Chris Ingham said: "Every year, the Roll of Honour further cements its position as the awards that the stars really care about. "The list of stars attending last year's ceremony was unsurpassed and with the awards taking place in the exclusive surroundings of the Landmark Hotel, this will once again be the event of the year."
The Classic Rock Roll of Honour will be held in London on November 5.
According to Uncut.co.uk, Planet Rock will host a "LED ZEPPELIN Month" in the run-up to the legendary rock band's one-off reunion at the Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert on November 26.
As part of the station's programming, which includes exclusive interviews with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Planet Rock has also secured exclusive broadcasting rights to six new LED ZEPPELIN live tracks.
The tracks are the new additions to "The Song Remains The Same" concert film soundtrack reissue this year. The six newly published live songs are: "Black Dog/Bring It On Home", "Over the Hills and Far Away", "Misty Mountain Hop", "Since I've Been Loving You", "The Ocean" and "Heartbreaker". Programming also includes a buyer's guide to the band, a guide to memorabilia, the LED ZEPPELIN Top 20, and competitions throughout the month to win the band's back catalogue.
According to BW&BK sources, strong rumors suggest that LED ZEPPELIN live dates are being planned for next spring. A block of dates at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey have been reportedly put on hold for June.
The surviving members of Led Zeppelin - singer Robert Plant, guitarist JImmy Page and bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones along with the late John Bonham's son Jason on drums - will reunite in aid of the Ahmet Ertegun education fund for a show at The O2 in London on November 26th.
The Pulse of Radio reports: Robert Plant insists that LED ZEPPELIN's reunion show next month in London is not a dry run for an upcoming world tour. Plant told Uncut, "There'll be one show and that'll be it. We need one last great show because we've done some (reunion) shows and they've been crap."
When asked if the one show will lead to the temptation to take the show on the road, Plant said, "Not for me, but I can't speak for anyone else."
Plant was asked if he ever thought about touring with ZEPPELIN, if only to blow the band's longtime competitors THE WHO and The ROLLING STONES away: "We weren't in competition with anybody. We were LED ZEPPELIN. We were at that time the biggest band in the world. There wasn't anyone else. There was no one near us. We were out there on our own. And blowing everybody away isn't the issue anymore. Blowing myself away is the issue. That's what it's all about now."
He went on to knock THE WHO and the STONES, who have carried on pleasing fans over the years despite losing founding members: "They're doing what they're doing. It keeps them off the streets, I suppose."
Robert Plant's album with Alison Krauss, called "Raising Sand", is out today (October 23).
Tomorrow (October 24) Plant and Krauss will appear on the "Today" show. An appearance on PBS' "Charlie Rose" is scheduled for later this month.
LED ZEPPELIN will perform their first full-length concert since 1980 on November 26 at London's O2 Arena.
The show, a memorial for late Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, will also feature performances by Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman, and FOREIGNER.
Apple Inc. has announced that a special digital box set containing LED ZEPPELIN's entire discography, "The Complete Led Zeppelin", is now available for pre-order exclusively on the iTunes Store.
Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of iTunes, said, "Now you can get all of the band's albums with one click for a $99."
In addition to "The Complete Led Zeppelin" and "Mothership", LED ZEPPELIN's entire catalog of songs and albums will also be available for individual purchase and download beginning November 13.
iTunes Store customers who order either collection will automatically be entered to win a chance to see LED ZEPPELIN's reunion performance at London's O2 Arena on November 26. The winner receives two tickets to the show, round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations.
Sun Media has issued the following report from John Kryk:
The three surviving members of LED ZEPPELIN are reuniting next month for their first full concert since disbanding 27 years ago.
What everyone wants to know, though, is this a precursor to a world concert tour? Or a new CD of original material? Or both?
Neither guitarist Jimmy Page nor bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones ruled out anything yesterday, in separate telephone interviews with Sun Media.
Page, Jones, singer Robert Plant and drummer Jason Bonham - son of the fourth member of Zeppelin, John Bonham, who died in 1980 - are playing a two-hour set November 26th at the 02 Arena in London, England, as part of a tribute concert in aid of the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund. Ertegun was the forward-thinking Atlantic Records executive who signed Zeppelin to a record deal in 1968.
So is this show actually a, well, trial zeppelin for a full-blown reunification?
"Basically, we are concentrating on this show," Jones, 61, said. "That's where all the energy is going. I mean, who knows, but one step at a time."
Page, 63, was much more circuitous in answering the tour question. He said that all three surviving band members, as well as Jason Bonham when he tours with Foreigner, always play Zep material whenever they perform live.
"So you've got the four individual members playing Led Zeppelin in four different capacities," Page said. "When they unite, you've got the key members. You can't play it any better, as they're the people who actually played it and wrote it in the first place ...
"(The Nov. 26 concert) is what we're working toward ... That's what we have on our horizon at this point. I know you want to hear other answers, but I'm afraid that's all I can give you."
According to Gigwise.com, frontman ROBERT PLANT has ruled out hopes of a full LED ZEPPELIN reunion tour.
It had been hoped that the band would extended their one-off show at London’s O2 Arena on November 26th to allow more people to see the veteran rockers make their comeback.
Plant has now definitely ruled out the prospect of more dates, however, saying: “We need to do one last great show, because we've done some shows and they've been crap."
The frontman also told the Daily Express that he’s planning to take it easy after the tribute show for Ahmet Ertegun.
"I know I'm getting on. When I do come back from touring I'm shocked to find a lot of my mates tend to be going to bed far too early and that means I should probably be doing the same. Maybe I should stop having a good time and get old," the singer confessed.
Almost twenty million people applied for tickets to the band’s show in London. Successful applicants will be notified by October 1st.
Available November 13, Atlantic Records/Rhino Entertainment will honor Rock & Rock Hall of Famers Led Zeppelin with the release of "Mothership," a 24-track, two-CD comprehensive collection that spans their illustrious career. All eight of the band's classic studio albums are represented here, 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," and "Stairway To Heaven." The set will also include new liner notes by famed rock writer David Fricke.
Originally released in 1976, "The Song Remains The Same" soundtrack album of the concert film features songs from the band's three-night stint at Madison Square Garden in July 1973. On November 20, "The Song Remains The Same" soundtrack gets the deluxe reissue treatment, with the band members overseeing the remixing and remastering of the original release. The new version of the soundtrack 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," plus new liner notes by Academy Award-winning director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous).
Slated for a simultaneous release, Warner Home Video debuts brand-new DVD editions of "The Song Remains The Same," now for the first time with all 14 songs from the original concert. The DVD features newly remixed and remastered sound, 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound, and boasts more than 40 minutes of added bonus material*, including never-before-released performance footage of "Over The Hills And Far Away" and "Celebration Day"; plus performances of "Misty Mountain Hop" and "The Ocean"; a rare 1976 BBC interview with Robert Plant and Peter Grant; vintage TV footage from the Drake Hotel robbery during the New York concert stand; and a Cameron Crowe radio show.
One of the most eagerly awaited concerts of the decade will celebrate the life and work of Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records and much missed mentor to some of the greatest names in music. Profits from this amazing show will go to the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund which provides students with annual scholarships to universities in the UK, USA and Turkey. In addition, a music scholarship open to all will be established at Ravensbourne College in the UK.
Led Zeppelin will headline the tribute to the man who founded Atlantic Records in 1947. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones will be joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham.
Tracklistings for both upcoming releases follow: More...
Tickets to LED ZEPPELIN's comeback gig have sparked an unprecedented rush with around 20 million fans clamouring for a glimpse of nostalgia.
The legendary British rock band, who have sold more than 300 million albums, are performing together for the first time in 19 years.
Fans are attempting to register for tickets to the event at London's O2 Arena at a rate of 80,000 per minute, according to service provider Pipex.
The website for the arena has crashed due to the huge demand for the chance to see the band joined by other big name artists such as Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman, Foreigner and Paolo Nutini.
Tickets for the concert on November 26 will be allocated via a lottery.
A spokesman for the gig said: "The message is to be patient. The website will be open until midday Monday September 17 for anyone wanting to register.
"It is not 'first come, first served' and all successful applicants will be entered into the ballot for tickets to be drawn at random."
Led Zeppelin's three original members - singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones - will be joined by Jason Bonham, son of the late drummer John Bonham.
The group are reforming to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records, who died last year.
LED ZEPPELIN will reform for a one-off show at the O2 arena in London it was confirmed today (September 12th).
The band will reunite for the show on November 26th, topping a bill that also includes PETE TOWNSHEND, FOREIGNER and PAULO NUTINI with BILL WYMAN AND THE RHYTHM KINGS backing those three acts as well as playing themselves.
The show is being held to raise money for the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which pays for university scholarships in the UK, US and Turkey.
The fund was created in honour of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun who died last year. He worked helped further the career of a host of acts including Led Zeppelin.
"During the Zeppelin years, Ahmet Ertegun was a major foundation of solidarity and accord. For us he was Atlantic Records and remained a close friend and conspirator," explained Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant of the band's decision to reform. "£his performance stands alone as our tribute to the work and the life of our long standing friend."
Tickets for the show cost £125 each and they are limited to two per person and will be distributed by ballot only.
Those wishing to go must register on Ahmettribute.com to be in the ballot. Registration closes on Monday (September 17th), while any tickets that appear on online auction sites afterwards will be immediately cancelled.
A big after show for the gig is set to take place on the night at the O2's Indigo venue.
Led Zeppelin will feature original members Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, while Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, will play with the band.
The band will also release a new best of compilation, Mothership, on November 13th.
Promoter Harvey Goldsmith said at the moment the band "have no plans to tour but hopes they will". He added they were enjoying working together again and were currently planning a two hour for the gig.
According to NME.COM, LED ZEPPELIN will officially announce its reunion gig during a press conference on Wednesday, September 12 at the O2 Arena in London beginning at 4:00 p.m. BST.
Singer Robert Plant reportedly confirmed last week that the rumors about LED ZEPPELIN reforming were in fact true.
He explained that the band had a meeting about show on September 5 and said the reunion will be for one night only.
"There's not a lot to work out as it's only going to be one-off gig," he explained.
According to NME.COM, the show will be held at O2, possibly on November 26, and is a charity gig being organized by legendary promoter Harvey Goldsmith.
There has been talk that tour producers AEG Live and Michael Cohl's CPI (ROLLING STONES, GENESIS) have put in offers on a ZEPPELIN tour featuring founding members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones with late drummer John Bonham's son Jason on drums, according to Billboard.com. But it is also well known in the industry that standing offers have been on the table for a LED ZEPPELIN tour for more than a decade.
Billboard.com has issued the following report from Ray Waddell:
Talk of a LED ZEPPELIN reunion just refuses to go away.
Billboard reported in July that the band may get together for a proposed tribute to the late producer/record mogul Ahmet Ertegun at the O2 in London in November,
Now on Ledzeppelin.com the date 11.13.07 mysteriously appears with the familiar Zep symbols. And several people saw the band touring the O2 during Prince's recent stand at the new 20,000-seat London venue. A press conference next Wednesday (September 12th) in London may clear everything up.
There has been talk that tour producers AEG Live and Michael Cohl's CPI (ROLLING STONES, GENESIS) have put in offers on a Zep tour featuring founding members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones with late drummer John Bonham's son Jason on drums. But it is also well known in the industry that standing offers have been on the table for a Led Zeppelin tour for more than a decade.
According to MetalSucks, LED ZEPPELIN has a hold for a possible reunion show on November 26 at the O2 Arena in London. For those who aren't familiar with the way booking works, an artist's agent will generally place a "hold" on a venue when considering doing a show there; this prevents the venue from booking any other artists on that date, but the venue does not yet have to pay a deposit (typically 50 percent) to the artist because no formal offer has been made and the show is not officially confirmed. So while this latest bit of news certainly doesn't confirm that the show is happening, it absolutely lends credibility to the notion that this show is being seriously discussed. There is no word on whether any other venues in London are being held by LED ZEPPELIN on that date.
LED ZEPPELIN reformed for Live Aid in 1985 but its members were apparently so disgusted with their own performance — guitarist Jimmy Page famously blaming stand-in drummer Phil Collins — that they refused to allow it to be included in the concert DVD.
Page and singer Robert Plant have played together occasionally since then.
Ellie Davis of BBC 6 Music reports that promoters are taking action after tickets for a rumored LED ZEPPELIN comeback gig are being advertised.
Despite no official confirmation from the band, hotel and ticket packages are being sold for upwards of £269 for gigs at London's O2 Arena.
The company offering the deal has now been reported to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Promoter Harvey Goldsmith has issued a statement to warn the fans not to fall victiom to ticket touts.
"There have been at least four events advertised which I suspect either don't exist or where no tickets are on sale or indeed dates finalized," he said. "These are the very people whom our industry has spent over a year trying to convince the DCMS to instigate outlawing.
"The media should consider the consequences of giving credibility to those who rip the public off.
"There are NO packages or tickets for some the events advertised at all, nor do some of the events even exist. We are concerned that the public will be fleeced. The bottom line is that unless official adverts have appeared for concerts, tickets are not on sale. Do not buy from unauthorized sources."
There is still no official word on whether LED ZEPPELIN's rumored comeback will happen.