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  1. Robert Plant Live: Phoenix

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    Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters Symphony Hall Phoenix, AZ https://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_header_search&user_input=robert+plant&q=robert+plant
  2. Robert Plant: le capitaine tranquille http://www.ledevoir.com/culture/musique/520576/l-ancien-chanteur-de-led-zeppelin-navigue-bien-au-dela-de-l-ombre-du-mythique-groupe Bien sûr, l’ombre de l’éternel Zeppelin planait dans la salle. Et une bonne partie de la foule était là pour lui rappeler ce qu’elle voulait entendre, à grands coups de chandails à l’iconographie criarde, enfilés le temps d’une soirée. Mais non, Robert Plant n’était pas là pour rejouer dans le film du mythique groupe britannique. Il est arrivé sur la scène de l’historique Massey Hall la dégaine décontractée et la crinière fournie, flanqué d’une solide troupe de six musiciens, ses Sensational Space Shifters. Et il a attaqué par la nouveauté, avec deux pièces de son plus récent album, Carry Fire, lancé en octobre, mais aussi deux du précédent, Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, sorti trois ans plus tôt. Un coup d’envoi où il y avait tout, et on reconnaissait le son de celui qui, à 69 ans, parvient toujours à produire une œuvre musicale originale, avec ses influences du Maghreb, du bluegrass et du country, en passant par quelques pointes d’électro livrées par un ancien membre de Massive Attack. Bref, on nage dans un univers riche et invitant. Robert Plant, lui, y navigue à l’aise, appuyé sur sa base, dont les deux guitaristes à qui il cède le plus souvent le devant de la scène, Justin Adams et Liam Tyson. Des musiciens qui prennent visiblement plaisir à ajouter leur touche personnelle au détour d’une improvisation, s’attirant des sourires du chanteur, bien souvent attentif, en retrait. Mais lorsqu’il reprend le micro, on se surprend à entendre une voix qui a certes vieilli, mais de belle façon. Il la pousse aux bons moments, et il atteint les bonnes cibles. C’est qu’il a su stopper les excès bien avant d’autres, lui, l’artiste qui pouvait facilement se dire : « been there done that ». Et cette voix, elle est touchante, presque monastique, sur Please Read the Letter, enregistrée avec son ancienne complice Alison Krauss sur Raising Sand. Revisiter le Zeppelin Il aura fallu attendre la cinquième pièce pour avoir droit à un morceau choisi du défunt Zeppelin, de « cette histoire qui ne semble pas vouloir se terminer », lance Robert Plant. Et encore, on restait dans le ton, avec une version au diapason de That’s the Way. Pas question ici de faire le juke-box. Il pourrait enfiler les succès dans des amphithéâtres de 20 000 places, et la foule exulterait. Mais non, il choisit volontairement de plus petites salles à l’acoustique intéressante, il brasse et rebrasse les arrangements des pièces enregistrées il y a plus de 40 ans, et il opte le plus souvent pour des surprises dans ce répertoire archi connu. Il fallait entendre Liam Tyson y aller de notes flamencos dans Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, une pièce du premier album de Led Zeppelin, mais jamais jouée sur scène à l’époque. Même volonté de bonifier le classique avec l’ajout d’un violon et d’une contrebasse sur une Gallows Pole revampée. Une belle idée pour cette autre pièce que Led Zeppelin ne livrait pas en spectacle. En beau joueur, Robert Plant a tout même conclu en lançant ses Sensational Space Shifters dans les premiers riffs de Bring it On Home, avant de balancer LE riff de Whole Lotta Love. La voix a suivi, puissante. Pourquoi bouder son plaisir, puisque tout était là, et sonnait puissamment? On espère d’ailleurs qu’il refera le coup de sa dernière tournée, au cours de laquelle plusieurs spectacles ont été enregistrés, pour ensuite être offerts en ligne, à petits prix. La belle idée. Maturité Bref, l’ensemble dégage une impression de maturité artistique, et impose le respect. Car Robert Plant aurait pu choisir la voie facile. Tout le poussait vers cela, à commencer par ses anciens complices de Led Zeppelin, dont Jimmy Page. La preuve ? Pour leur unique et ultime spectacle d’adieu, à Londres en 2007, pas moins de 20 millions de personnes de partout dans le monde s’étaient inscrites au tirage pour gagner le droit d’acheter un billet. Malgré les centaines de millions prêts à être cueillis en remplissant des stades, Plant a dit non. Il a refusé l’étiquette du dinosaure qui joue la carte de l’ultime tournée pour nous refaire le coup, encore une fois, d’un fade et forcé « gériatrique-rock ». Et dans ce domaine, les exemples sont légion. Robert Plant est ailleurs, et pour le mieux. -Le Devoir
  3. Robert Plant keeps it interesting Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters Massey Hall | Saturday night | RATING: 4.5 out of 5 by Jane Stevenson When lead singer of blues-influenced British hard rock band Led Zeppelin is on your resume, you really don’t have much to prove any more. And with Zep celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year, Robert Plant — widely considered to be the best singer in classic rock — could be forgiven for just loading up his current set list with a lot of oldies for a crowd-pleasing night of music. Instead, the 69-year-old lion-haired belter is taking a different approach as he tours in support of his latest Americana-soaked solo album, 2017’s Carry Fire. Pulling into Massey Hall on Saturday night for the only Canadian stop of his current trek, Plant delivered a variety of the blues-world music on Carry Fire, some earlier solo work, a couple of blues and traditional covers, and Zeppelin material — reworked to various degrees. In other words, he kept it interesting for himself and the audience. And upping the musical ante were the aptly named Sensational Space Shifters — five musicians from England that include incredible guitarists Justin Adams and Liam “Skin” Tyson, plus the addition of fiddle player (and opening act) Seth Lakeman. Their combined talents were so powerful that Plant frequently just stood back and watched and listened while holding his mic stand. Opening with New World from Carry Fire, Plant — often banging a tambourine and chatting up a storm in between songs — also performed on a stripped-down stage save for the new album’s art work projected on a back screen. It was really all about the quality of music and the fact that we were in the presence of rock royalty as the audience leapt to its feet and remained there for most of the night. “Hey Toronto! Turn it up!” said Plant as he continued with Turn It Up from his 2014 album, Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar. There really wasn’t a weak link save for a questionable and drastically reworked version of Zep’s Misty Mountain Hop which ended the 90-minute show before a 15-minute encore that included the ‘80s solo song, In the Mood. Plant was otherwise in great voice on such standouts as The May Queen and the title track from Carry Fire, older solo tunes like Rainbow and All The King’s Horses, and Please Read the Letter from his time with bluegrass great Alison Krauss on the Grammy-winning Raising Sand collaboration. “That’s about as close to Nashville as we get,” said Plant of the Krauss song. That wasn’t necessarily true given the exhilarating bluegrass cover of Little Maggie that followed. But when Plant offered up his first Zep tune of the night, That’s The Way, the audience went nuts, and did so again for Gallows Pole, which he described as “an an old English folk tune captured by Lead Belly,” and Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You, the latter definitely the highlight of the entire night. Although, Zep’s Whole Lotta Love, preceded by the riff from Bring It On Home, during the encore came a close second as Plant and company finally let it rip. Every time the audience joined in with some clapping or singing, Plant seemed particularly jazzed and when he spotted some people sitting at one point he asked: “Do you need some Ovaltine?” Clearly, Plant — despite his advancing age — doesn’t yet. “The thing about being senior — sometimes you’re not,” he joked. SET LIST New World Turn It Up The May Queen Rainbow That’s the Way All the King’s Horses Please Read the Letter Gallows Pole Carry Fire Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You Little Maggie Fixin’ to Die Misty Mountain Hop ENCORE In the Mood Bring It On Home / Whole Lotta Love / Santy Anno/ Whole Lotta Love http://torontosun.com/entertainment/music/stevenson-robert-plant-keeps-it-interesting
  4. Here are some never-before-seen fan photos from Led Zeppelin's legendary Carnegie Hall (October 17, 1969) appearance. A group of 15 year-old fans captured their experience at the 8:30pm (early show) from the 10th row. They describe a lack of security, except for Carnegie Hall ushers and were free to venture up to the front of the stage for a few pics as well. Amazingly, these photos also reveal Jimmy Page's first photographed live use of his Black Beauty Les Paul during Led Zeppelin and confirms it was brought to North America for this fall 1969 tour. http://www.ledzeppelin.com/show/october-17-1969
  5. The Song Remains The Same is still occasionally screened in independent theaters around the world. Here's a few upcoming events: -------------------------------- Théâtre Outremont Montréal, Québec Wednesday, January 3 at 9:30 PM Thursday, January 4 at 9:30 PM http://www.theatreoutremont.ca/en/event/led-zeppelin-the-song-remains-the-same/ --------------------------------------------------------------- Alhambra - Keswick (UK) Alhambra Cinema Fri, 5th Jan Time: 20:00 https://www.keswickalhambra.co.uk/cinema-listings/led-zeppelin-the-song-remains-the-same/alhambra-keswick-1 --------------------------------------------------------------- Palace Theatre Movie Series: The Song Remains The Same Monday, March 5, 2018 @ 7pm The Palace Theatre Albany, Albany, NY https://www1.ticketmaster.com/palace-theatre-movie-series-the-song-albany-new-york-03-05-2018/event/00005344C72F39D9?artistid=2423309&majorcatid=10005&minorcatid=59 ---------------------------------------------------------------
  6. Dumb question regarding the EC footage

    The screen was way above the stage:
  7. Carnegie Hall 1969 review by Chris Welch (Melody Maker): zoom in to read
  8. Chicago Tribune - February 16, 2018 by Dan Hyman Robert Plant is hell-bent on making the most of his remaining years. “You’ve got to keep moving,” says the 69-year-old Led Zeppelin singer who when calling on a recent morning from New York City, while en route to a chess lesson, excitedly explains how in in the nearly 40 years since his most famous band’s dissolution he’s been on a “rampant search” and an ongoing “quest for creating great sound.” “I’m told you get a certain time in your life to do something and then after awhile maybe you just start repeating yourself,” Plant says, but the renowned singer has no intention of following that path. It’s why Plant, who plays the Riviera on Tuesday, has made it a priority in recent years to remain open to new and unexpected creative collaboration. “I’m always changing the picture,” the Welsh singer says before noting how in the past 15 years alone he’s veered from 2007’s “Raising Sand,” a sweet and shadowy Grammy-winning collaboration with the bluegrass singer Alison Krauss, to 2010’s “more psychedelic and trippy” “Band of Joy,” recorded with an entirely new band and assistance from close friend Buddy Miller and former girlfriend, Patti Griffin. Beginning with 2014’s “Lullaby… and the Ceaseless Roar,” and continuing with last fall’s “Carry Fire,” Plant reunited with a diverse collection of world musicians, dubbed the Sensational Shape Shifters, many of whom he’s worked with in various capacities for nearly 20 years. “But it starts with the will to combine various little bits and pieces of ideas that constantly appear,” Plant explains of what binds together his various projects. “Just keep exploring this amazing workshop of ideas and sounds and idioms.” “Carry Fire” draws from Plant’s longtime equal-parts embrace of Celtic, roots and Middle Eastern music, and it’s also one of his most timely works to date: “Bones of Saints" is an anthem against mass shootings while “New World” attempts to make sense of the unfortunate human impulse towards xenophobia. “Out here the immigrant takes hold/ Across the plains and over mountains/ Put flight to all who came before/ They're barely human,” Plant sings in his trademark banshee howl. To hear him tell it, Plant’s search and passion for musical discovery is hardly a new phenomenon. The soft-spoken singer recalls traveling to Bombay, India (now Mumbai) in 1971, with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, and being utterly inspired by the sights and sounds of the then-foreign land. “Page and I ended up there with a small orchestra with a two-track Revox tape recorder recording “Friends” and “Four Sticks,” he says referencing a pair of Zeppelin songs that appear on the band’s third and fourth albums, respectively. “Apparently we were the first European rockers to play in Bombay. We went to this club and I played drums, Jimmy played guitar. We did ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and other songs like that. It was all very fun.” “There’s all sorts of music everywhere,” Plant says, “and everybody of a certain stature is always looking for the next hike into the next great musical adventure. I just figure, considering I was supposed to just be a rock singer I’ve been very fortunate to modify what I do and give bits and pieces of my energy to people to change it around a bit.” A prime example, he says, was his participating in the 2016 Lampedusa benefit tour alongside Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and the Milk Carton Kids to raise awareness of the refugee crisis. Not only was it for a good cause, he says, but Plant recalls how the stripped-down nature of the performances allowed him to utilize his notoriously versatile voice in thrilling new ways: “It was so moving to sing with such beautiful voices around me and for me to play and sing where there’s nowhere to hide.” Even Plant however will admit some of his classic-rock contemporaries — many of whom seem perpetually on a greatest-hits tour with songs made famous several decades back — have not taken the same course as him. “Older musicians who get famous for one thing, I think they all want to do different things,” he says. “But if you’re not on the pipeline or if you can’t hear the subterranean drumbeat it’s not quite so easily found.” As for the constant speculation and media hype about a potential Led Zeppelin reunion tour — a prospect only amplified by the group’s remaining members reuniting for a one-off benefit show in 2007 to honor late Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun — Plant can only laugh. As he sees it, by Zeppelin disbanding following drummer John Bonham’s death in 1980, they’ve better preserved their legacy. “The reason that I feel strongly abut the beauty of Led Zeppelin and that other people do too is because we didn’t overblow it,” Plant says. “We didn’t end up getting a new drummer. We didn’t end up really going into super cliche characters lumbering along. If your heroes continue in the same vein forever the whole thing is just taken for granted and it becomes some dreary old Tin Pan Alley that needs some new blacktop. We knew that Bonham was irreplaceable. By bowing out at the right time we didn’t mess it up. “Nobody in the band really knew what the hell we were about at all anyway,” Plant says with a laugh. “You can hear those Zeppelin songs and there’s quite a lot of naivete. I don’t think I’ve sang about Gollum or Frodo for about what seems to me about 47 years and yet still I’m castigated for it.” Plant says he has no plans to slow down anytime soon, but he feels it’s not entirely his decision. “If there’s no creative renaissance then you don’t write new songs. And if you don’t write new songs then you must think about doing something else with the years that are left.” “Plus,” he adds with a laugh, “if I couldn’t do any of this anymore I’d just be following my soccer team.” Dan Hyman is a freelance writer. Twitter @chitribent When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Where: Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave. Tickets: $69.75; 773.275.6800 or www.rivieratheatre.com
  9. http://torontosun.com/entertainment/music/we-cant-hold-our-breaths-forever-says-robert-plant-of-zep-50th-anniversary-reunion As British rock giants Led Zeppelin celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, lead singer Robert Plant reflects on the good times, (not the) bad times, of what he likens to a former marriage. “It’s 50 years since I got married and sadly I only managed 13 of those,” joked Plant, 69, referring to Zep’s 1980 breakup after drummer John Bonham died. “So it is kind of 37 years since I got divorced. And the marital status of the music, yeah I guess it is something like sometime this September we (first) got together in a room.” First up is the March 23 re-release of Zep’s 2003 triple-disc live album, How the West Was Won, followed by a new coffee table book by the remaining three members in October. More importantly, Plant, who brings his latest solo tour (with the Sensational Space Shifters) to Toronto’s Massey Hall on Saturday night for the only Canadian tour stop of his Carry Fire trek, says no one should hold their breath for a Zep reunion. “It’s (2017’s) Carry Fire and that’s it really,” said Plant. “You’ve got to stay in the groove of ceaseless creativity. When I sang the way I did when I was 17 or 18, when Bonzo, my buddy played the way he did with me, we just did what we did. And that’s what I do now and I think that’s the way forward. (Bassist) John Paul Jones is finishing off his opera, he plays with Them Crooked Vultures. Everybody does what they want to do. And if it becomes incredibly exciting inside the gold mine, so be it. But we can’t hold our breaths forever.” We caught up with the singer down the line from a New York hotel. Zep guitarist Jimmy Page has promised “all manner of surprises,” for the 50th anniversary including another live album re-release. Can you spill? There’s a lot of stuff rolling around. It’s a bit like water in the bottom of a paddle boat. But the thing is we didn’t even play together ‘til September so we have a couple of months to connect and say, ‘What’s going on?’ But hopefully the impact of the band will be recognized? It should capture the whole impact that we were oblivious to in the beginning where it was like a ground moving, ground shaking thing going on and interestingly we were so close into it that we didn’t even feel the tremors to begin with. And that’s a great thing before bands lock into a public persona or anything like that. So that kick off, 50 years ago, was something great, unexplainable, and so full of power and energy. It was brilliant. In the meantime, Carry Fire continues your love of Americana. Does that affect your performances which have both solo and Zep material? That means the way you play either has to be tempered according to that, or in my case, I couldn’t give a hoot. I just do what I do. That’s it. It’s a good time to be me because I haven’t dropped the ball at all. I just keep trying to open up the inside of, I suppose, a combined gift. Because the band and myself have sort of got this thing going on, which is really powerful. And what was it like working with Chrissie Hynde on a cover of Bluebirds Over the Mountain on the latest album? I realized that my voice all the way through was not enough. It wasn’t exactly (Zep’s) Battle of Evermore but it needed a response from a female. And I think Chrissie’s got beautiful, great character in her voice and the vocal effect and her timing and phrasing is special. She’s what they call in America, ‘a pistol.’ So many artists from the classic rock era have announced farewell tours recently. Will you know when the right time is for you? There’s no such thing as knowing when. Look there’s so many different ways of expressing one’s self and doing what I really love to do. The thing about retirement is that you can retire for a month or a week or a day or you can just go to the movies and call that retirement and come up inspired. Send some of these people to some beautiful places where there is lovely music and they’ll probably change their mind. Are you getting more political as songwriter with a new tune like Carving Up the World Again…a wall and not a fence from Carry Fire? I don’t think what I’ve sung about is at all unusual. It’s what everybody talks about on the street. There’s a lot of grumbling and mumbling going on but in high places there’s not a lot of opposition in the Senate or wherever it is. The voice of reason just seems to be stifled.
  10. Random Newspaper Articles

    ATLANTIC RECEIVES OUTSTANDING ACHEIVEMENT AWARD FOR "LED ZEPPELIN" DISPLAY Atlantic Records VP-Marketing, David Glew and VP-Advertising and Publicity Bob Rolontz with the award winning Led Zeppelin display. Atlantic Records Vice-President of Marketing, David Glew, announced today that Atlantic Records had received an outstanding achievement award in the 30th annual exhibition of the Metropolitan Printing Industries for its Led Zeppelin display. “We are honored to have this recognition for our merchandising services”, noted Mr. Glew, “Atlantic has long tried to maintain the utmost quality in all our retail and point of sales advertising materials.” Selected for outstanding achievement in design and manufacture, “Led Zeppelin” was the work of George Alexander Displays Inc. of New York City. The display survived an exhaustive three month competition in which many thousands of submissions were screened and scored by a panel of distinguished graphic arts experts and designers. George Alexander accepted the award for Atlantic. [Atlantic Bulletin 1/72]
  11. Led Zeppelin are pleased to announce that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones are collaborating with Reel Art Press to publish the official illustrated book celebrating 50 years since the formation of the group. Coming 2018. For updates please visit reelartpress.com
  12. Memphis 2-10-69 gig

    A tidbit of info adding some further evidence to the rumoured Memphis 2/10/69 gig. http://www.ledzeppelin.com/show/february-10-1969 State University (Field House) So far, the main source of this date was from from an interview/article with Jimmy Page in Boston, January 1969: "From Boston, the LZ goes to the Fillmore East, Toronto, Chicago, (would you believe) Memphis and a closing date in Miami." There are a few fan comments on the Timeline page, but still unclear. Additional confirmation: I recently noticed, in JP's interview in ‘ROCK’ 1970 he mentions wanting to record at Sun Studios: “I wanted to, but old Sam Phillips wouldn't do it. It was on the first tour and I suppose he thought who the Christ are they and he wasn't really interested. It had always been a dream of mine to record at Sun.” April 1970: Detailed account by Atlantic rep Phillip Rauls describes RP and JP going to Sun (taking into consideration JP's comment above, apparently now for the second time), but it was closed. http://www.ledzeppelin.com/lzprogrammes/lzrauls.html
  13. Memphis 2-10-69 gig

    I believe his statement in '70 is accurate and I think it's reasonable to conclude they were in Memphis on 2/10/69. Along with the other reference in the Boston interview (Jan. '69), they were passing right near Memphis driving towards Miami from Chicago. Whether a gig actually occurred is still up for debate... could have been a tentative date that fell through in the end. Or, they may have done a show, but was a small/forgettable gig and since they had no luck at Sun, decided to drive direct to Miami afterwards, for the next gigs at the Image Club.
  14. Memphis 2-10-69 gig

    Yes, that's about their 1970 date.
  15. Robert Plant Kicks Off North American Tour In Raleigh By Jeffrey Greenblatt On Friday night Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters kicked-off an eleven date North American run at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina. The former Led Zeppelin frontman, who is touring in support of his most recent studio album Carry Fire, treated the sold-out crowd to a mix of material from throughout his career offering up Zeppelin classics alongside new material and traditional folk and blues tunes. The 69-year-old singer got the night underway with a string of material from his last two solo efforts delivering takes on “New World…” and “The May Queen” from Carry Fire, while also looking to 2014’s Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar for “Turn It Up” and “Rainbow.” Plant than offered up his first Led Zeppelin tune of the night turning to the iconic band’s 1970 psychedelic-folk-tinged third release for “That’s The Way,” staying faithful to album’s version of the song. “All The King’s Horses” from 2005’s Mighty ReArranger proceeded Plant’s biggest hit in the last forty years – “Please Read The Letter.” The tune, which was originally recorded for his 1998 album with his former band mate Jimmy Page – Walking into Clarksdale, later appeared on Raising Sand, Plant’s Grammy-winning collaboration with Alison Krauss. Plant than filled out the majority of his 13-song main set with a mix of traditional blues and folk tunes. Zeppelin fans were treated to takes on the centuries-old English folk song “Gallows Pole” and the more contemporary “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” – which they covered for their 1969 self-titled debut album. “Little Maggie,” which has its roots in the bluegrass world and Bukka White’s Delta blues classic “Fixin To Die” followed before Plant brought things to a close with a take on Zep’s “Misty Mountain Hop.” Plant closed out the tour opener with a two-song encore offering up a take on John Lee Hooker’s “I’m In The Mood” and the Led Zeppelin classic “Whole Lotta Love.” Watch fan-shot video captured by Rico Suave and check out the full setlist below: https://www.jambase.com/article/robert-plant-kicks-off-north-american-tour-raleigh Setlist Robert Plant at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Feb 9, 2018 Raleigh, NC New World... Turn It Up The May Queen Rainbow That's the Way All the King's Horses Please Read the Letter Gallows Pole Carry Fire Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You Little Maggie Fixin' to Die Misty Mountain Hop Encore In the Mood Whole Lotta Love --------------------------------------------------------------- Robert Plant kicks off US tour. His show ranks as the coolest musicology on the road. By David Menconi RALEIGH - Robert Plant will turn 70 years old this August, an age where most rock stars seem content to coast on past glories. And while the iconic Led Zeppelin frontman could get by doing that, he has taken a far different course over the past decade – crafting one of the more improbable late-career resurgences in recent memory. Friday brought Plant to Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium to open the U.S. leg of his “Carry Fire” tour, accompanied by the aptly named Sensational Space Shifters backup band. The tour’s second stop is Sunday in Charlotte. And while anybody who wanted to hear “Stairway to Heaven” came away disappointed, the show was indeed pretty sensational. Plant hit a post-Zeppelin high point with 2007’s Alison Krauss/T Bone Burnett collaboration “Raising Sand,” an Americana landmark. And since then, he has seemingly dedicated himself to demonstrating that the album’s “Old Weird Americana” aesthetic can work just as well when expanded to include the rest of the world. Friday night’s 100-minute set ranged from jam-heavy blues-rock along the lines of late-period Bob Dylan to intercontinental world-beat space-rock with a little of everything. I found myself scribbling phrases like “flamenco spaghetti-western beatbox” and “interstellar drumline” in my notebook, trying to describe various songs. It wasn’t all change-ups, however. Some of the show’s loveliest and best-received moments were songs where Plant played it pretty straight, especially an unplugged acoustic version of the old Led Zeppelin ballad “That’s the Way.” The soldout crowd was, of course, adoring – almost too much so, because a few people kept screaming during the quiet parts. One husky male voice yelled repeatedly, “I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.” And when Plant got to the “I’ve got to ramble” line in “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You,” a delirious “WHOO” went up from the crowd. You also got the sense that a lot of the crowd would have preferred more of the Zeppelin oldies. Those songs certainly received the most enthusiastic response (and the most camera time on everybody’s mobile phones). Expectations aside, however, it was a show that ranks as the coolest musicology on the road today. Selections included Mississippi bluesman Bukka White’s “Fixin’ to Die,” during which guitarist Justin Adams did a very cool solo where he hit the body of his instrument as much as the strings; fascinating interpretations of the folk songs “Gallows Pole” and “Little Maggie”; and Zeppelin’s “Misty Mountain Hop” arranged as a hoedown fiddle tune. The encore closer was “Whole Lotta Love,” another Zeppelin song that Plant has put through some changes on past tours. This version started out pretty straight up before veering into more idiosyncratic territory with a fiddle solo and sea-shanty chorus of “Santianna” that Plant threw in between verses (“Heave her up and away we’ll go, down to the Gulf of Mexico”). Then it was back to that signature dive-bombing guitar riff. Sometimes, after all, you just wanna rock. http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/article199479734.html
  16. Led Zeppelin Live Album How The West Was Won To Be Reissued With New Remastering Supervised By Jimmy Page Including The Album’s Debut Release On Vinyl And Blu-ray Audio, Along With Super Deluxe Boxed Set, CD, And Digital Versions On September 7, 1968, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant first took the stage together in Gladsaxe, Denmark. Then billed as “The New Yardbirds,” the band would assemble in the studio for the first time later that month to start recording their debut album as Led Zeppelin, and rock ‘n’ roll would never be the same again. Before the band’s 50th Anniversary celebration officially begins in September, Led Zeppelin will continue their reissue campaign with a new edition of their celebrated live album HOW THE WEST WAS WON, originally released in 2003, featuring newly remastered audio, which was done under the supervision of Jimmy Page. Details of additional Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary releases and events will be announced later this year. HOW THE WEST WAS WON will be released on March 23 in multiple formats from Atlantic/Swan Song, including the first ever vinyl and Blu-ray Audio editions (with the Blu-ray containing hi-res 5.1 surround sound). · CD - Remastered audio on three CDs · Vinyl - Remastered audio on four 180-gram vinyl LPs. · Blu-Ray Audio - 96kHz/24 bit 5.1 (DTS-HD Master Audio Surround) and stereo mixes (PCM Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo). · Streaming & Digital Download – Remastered audio. · Super Deluxe Boxed Set o Remastered audio on three CDs and four 180-gram vinyl LPs. o DVD of album in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo, plus photo gallery. o High-def download card of all stereo audio content at 96kHz/24 bit. o A book filled with rare and previously unpublished photos of the band at each of the concert locations, plus memorabilia and ephemera. o High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered. Originally released in 2003, HOW THE WEST WAS WON highlights the best performances from Led Zeppelin’s legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972. Melded together and sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end, the three-CD and four-LP collections capture the band at the height of its formidable powers. Standouts include a 25-plus minute version of “Dazed And Confused” and a 21-minute medley based around “Whole Lotta Love.” The performances also capture the band introducing songs from its then-unreleased album Houses Of The Holy, which would be released nine months later. ### http://www.ledzeppelin.com/news/live-album-how-west-was-won-be-reissued-new-remastering-supervised-jimmy-page-1261051
  17. LZ II Reel to Reel - The Only Way To Fly?

    "The Only Way To Fly" ad/slogan actually first appeared in March 1969 (attached). As mentioned, some early copies of LZ II reel-to-reels contain the tag line on the spine only, but was then removed. I've also seen some early record store ads for LZ II mistakenly calling the album "The Only Way To Fly".
  18. A Walk Down Memory Lane: The Houses of the Holy

    Saving the Oakland Coliseum The fading reputation of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum has damaged its ability to survive, let alone compete with newer Bay Area facilities. Here's how the sports complex's image, and perhaps its future, can be salvaged. https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/saving-the-coliseum/Content?oid=13112916
  19. Forty years gone: I was 12 when a Led Zeppelin concert turned into a riot Reliving my first rock concert four decades later. by Dan Goodin - Jun 3, 2017 https://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2017/06/40-years-gone-in-the-brief-presence-of-led-zeppelin-when-i-was-just-12/
  20. Wolves legend Steve Bull surprises Robert Plant with award - VIDEO By Russell Youll Rock legend Robert Plant was left speechless at a glittering music awards ceremony in London – when he was presented with an honour by surprise guest Steve Bull. Organisers of the UK Americana Awards at the historic Hackney Empire knew Black Country-born former Led Zeppelin frontman Plant was a huge Wolves fan – and secretly arranged for the club’s record goalscorer to present the 69-year-old with his lifetime achievement award. Plant was left gobsmacked on Thursday night as legendary DJ Bob Harris called Bully to the stage in front of hundreds of fans at the iconic east London theatre. And Bull’s wife Kirsty told the Express & Star: “The organisers kept it a big secret from Robert – Steve’s name wasn’t even on the guest list as they wanted to keep it as a real surprise. “We were just named as ‘surprise’ and we were put in a private box to watch the show away from the stage so Robert couldn’t see us. “We couldn’t be too near the stage because everyone knew if Robert heard Steve’s accent, he’d guess immediately. “Robert was astonished when Steve was called on to the stage to present his award.” She added: “It was a fantastic night – afterwards we gave the after-party a miss and we all ended up in the foyer of the Premier Inn having a glass of wine and a bag of crisps from the local off-licence with Robert Plant and his band!” Plant was also presented with the award for Best Selling UK Americana Album of 2017 for his album Carry Fire. It has sold 54,580 copies, according to the Official Charts Company. https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/football/wolverhampton-wanderers-fc/2018/02/02/wolves-legend-steve-bull-surprises-robert-plant-with-award---video/
  21. The cancelled World Tour August 1975

    Yes, moved again to March 13. Here's an interview with RP from late January '76 (published in Feb.), just before heading back home (Feb. 4):
  22. From Amelda May: Amazing night at the Americana Music Association UK Awards with an amazing man Robert Plant X.
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