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  1. Robert Plant fans collapse at gig amid overcrowding complaints 'Small number' of audience members fainted Angry Robert Plant fans complained of overcrowding after some members of the audience collapsed at a Midland gig . Officials confirmed a “small number” of people fainted due to the heat during the West Bromwich-born Led Zeppelin frontman’s performance at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Monday night. The city council said ventilation and heating improvements were planned at the 80-year-old venue. Fan Scott Campbell paid more than £50 for his ticket but gave up and went home after finding himself unable to get inside the main hall. “In the first 20 minutes I saw six or seven people being carried out of the hall after collapsing,” he told the Express and Star. “I go to a lot of concerts but I had never seen anything like it. “There was a large team of St John Ambulance people who were all kept busy. “We tried the balcony but the only place to stand was behind a big pillar which blocked our view. “We left after half-an-hour because we couldn’t see anything.” Mr Campbell went on: “There were a lot of people in their 60s in the audience – the conditions can’t have been good for them. “I asked to see a manager because if there was a fire and you were in the middle of the hall, there would be no way of getting out. “She said the fire doors would be opened but it looked to me as if they were already open. “I’ve seen Robert Plant before but I was looking forward to seeing him on his home turf. “I’ve not been to the Civic for a gig before and I don’t think I’d go again after that experience.” Several other fans heaped praise on the gig. A City of Wolverhampton Council spokesman said: “The Robert Plant gig at the Civic Hall was a sell-out and the venue was at capacity for this music legend. “Just under 3,000 people attended. “Unfortunately, as sometimes happens at busy, crowded indoor gigs, there was a small number of people who fainted due to the heat. “St John Ambulance were on hand to provide first aid to anyone who required attention. “While the Civic Hall meets the required health and safety standards, it is an 80-year-old building and improvements to the ventilation and heating system are part of the planned refurbishment scheme.” http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/robert-plant-wolverhampton-collapse-gig-13938131
  2. is there a thread for concert reviews? Crowd has a Whole Lotta Love for legend – Robert Plant at Wolverhampton Civic Hall – Review By James Driver-Fisher | Wolverhampton entertainment Anyone who was at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall last night would vouch for the fact that, despite approaching his 70th year, his voice is still crystal clear and sends shivers down your spin when he hits the ridiculously high notes. Music fans from across the country flocked to the famous music venue to see their prodigal son return – and what a night it was too as Plant soothed, excited and thrilled the audience. The tour is backed up by his stunning new album, Carry Fire, which has everything from traditional rhythm and blues, to bluegrass, Asian-enthused ballads and straight-up rock. Plant’s 11th solo album is just a joy to listen to and he opened the civic hall gig with the first track from Carry Fire, The May Queen. The fantastically melodic beat, simple acoustic guitar and the singer’s hauntingly-beautiful voice just makes you nod your head in appreciation, and in time to the beat. With the band lit up green on the stage, a single purple beam shone down on Plant – just to remind everyone the Black Country lad had returned home and, as he spoke fondly of his childhood, he then broke straight back into song. Having never been privileged enough to have seen him live before, the civic gig was certainly one for the bucket list. Growing up listening to the great rock icons of the 1960s and 1970s, courtesy of my dad, musicians like Plant have always been the benchmark – and to be honest it’s not really fair on the next generation to do that because no-one can touch him. One thing you can never be sure of, however, is if such an music icon can be as good as you imagined in real life and, more importantly, if his voice will up to all the hype. Well, any fears were soon allayed because his vocals and pitch were immaculate from the opening track. The gig also included plenty of foot-stomping rhythm and blues, and there was even some lovely African drums thrown into the mix for good measure. Season’s Song, off his latest album, was another beautifully sung number that just stopped everyone in their tracks – and then it was time for a bit of led Zeppelin. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You is just one of all the time classics, and it also suits 69-year-old Plant's voice perfectly. Perhaps the hedonistic rock days are behind him but I’m sure both he, and fans, don’t care when he can still a sing a song like that so beautifully. And just when you thought he couldn’t top the night, he broke straight into another Zeppelin classic, That’s The Way. With finger-picking acoustic guitar and Plant’s stunning voice, once again the venue fell silent and just watched in complete awe. He still had time to for a few shout outs to some of his heroes – blues legends Bo Diddley and Little Richard being just two examples, who both inspired pretty much all the rock and heavy metal stars that formed in the 1960s and 1970s. Plant then brought it back to his solo work, with Please Read The Letter, which he originally sang with Alison Krauss – and it was made even more memorable thanks to the accompanying guitar. There was still time for a little bit of Country and Western, with a touch of bluegrass, before everyone settled back for Babe I’m Gonna Leave You. But Robert Plant gig wouldn’t be complete without a shout out to the Black Country and he found time to thank the audience for their never ending support, praise the local music festivals – and Merry Hill even got a mention. There was still time for a couple more Zeppelin songs, the first being What Is and What Should Never Be. A lovely, bluesy track and you can’t help bopping your head too, before the rock guitar kicks in. Plant then reverted to his new album, singing Bones of Saints, another catchy tune, before returning with Whole Lotta of Love after his fans demanded an encore. It was the perfect way to end a wonderful evening and, I’m proud to say, I can finally say I saw the great man live. Plant clearly loves the Black Country – but the Black Country loves him more. Next year marks his rock icon's 70th birthday and also 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin. It seems 2018 is already going to be a very special year. https://www.expressandstar.com/entertainment/wolverhampton-entertainment/2017/11/21/crowd-has-a-whole-lotta-love-for-legend--robert-plant-at-wolverhampton-civic-hall--review/
  3. Congratulations!! I've visited LZ.COM since the beginning and love the whole site-- amazing concert timeline, photos and of course the forum. Finally signed up here about a couple of years ago. Hoping for some activity next year for the 50th.
  4. Robert Plant To Be Honoured At 2018 UK Americana Awards By Tim Peacock November 7, 2017 Robert Plant is to be awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 UK Americana Awards. Next year’s event, which is the third of its kind, is scheduled for Thursday, 1 February 2018 at London’s Hackney Empire. The ceremony is moving to a larger venue in 2018 due to the increasing popularity of the event. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the UK Americana Awards’ highest honour and it is being presented to the iconic former Led Zeppelin singer in recognition of his contribution to the Americana genre over the span of his career and life in music. “We are so excited to announce that Robert Plant will be accepting our Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018,” said Stevie Freeman, CEO of the Americana Music Association UK. “The award is our highest honour and it couldn’t be going to a more deserving recipient. Over the course of a legendary career, from his early love of blues and rock’n'roll, through the seventies with rock pioneers Led Zeppelin, to a solo career that has never stood still, Robert Plant has introduced countless millions of music lovers to American roots music. In 2007 he released the iconic Raising Sand album with bluegrass star Alison Krauss, creating new fusions in the Americana world and garnering six Grammys along the way. His latest album, Carry Fire, continues to combine elements of American roots and blues with folk styles from the UK and beyond.” The Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award will be given to up and coming London based four-piece The Wandering Hearts. Newly-established for 2018 and selected by the AMA-UK board members, The Grass Roots Award celebrates the sometimes un-sung heroes of the UK Americana scene. It is presented to people working in the industry (in a capacity other than as artists) who have made outstanding efforts to support Americana music from the grass roots up and its first winners are Come Down & Meet The Folks, Alan Tyler & Big Steve. The nominations shortlist for the seven membership-voted Awards was also announced (see below) and the winners will be revealed at the third annual Awards show at Hackney Empire. The show will be hosted by legendary broadcaster Bob Harris and will feature performances from nominees and award winners, including Robert Plant and The Wandering Hearts. The Awards show coincides with the second anniversary of the Official Americana Albums Chart, which was launched in 2016 by the Official Charts Company in partnership with the AMA-UK and is published each week on OfficialCharts.com. To celebrate the occasion, the best-selling UK Americana album of 2017 will be recognised with a special award. Americana UK Awards 2017 Nominees: UK Album of the Year: Brilliant Light - Danny & The Champions of The World I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins - Robert Vincent Proud Disturber Of The Peace -William The Conqueror Sweet Kind Of Blue - Emily Barker International Album of the Year: A Deeper Understanding - The War On Drugs Honest Life - Courtney Marie Andrews So You Want To Be An Outlaw - Steve Earle & The Dukes The Nashville Sound - Jason Isbell UK Song of the Year: ‘Devon Brigade’ - Police Dog Hogan ‘Endless Road’ - Worry Dolls ‘Home’ - Yola Carter ‘Moonshine’ - Foy Vance International Song of the Year: ‘Pa’lante’ - Hurray For The Riff Raff ‘Ready To Die’ - Aaron Lee Tasjan ‘Thirteen Silver Dollars’ - Colter Wall ‘Tenderheart’ - Sam Outlaw UK Artist of the Year: Danni Nicholls Danny & The Champions of The World Emily Barker Laura Marling International Artist of the Year: Angaleena Presley Courtney Marie Andrews Imelda May Rhiannon Giddens UK Instrumentalist of the Year: Georgina Leach Kit Hawes Harry Harding Thomas Collison https://www.udiscovermusic.com/news/robert-plant-uk-americana-awards/
  5. A few quotes on the Oxford union page https://twitter.com/OxfordUnion They've posted full videos in the past so maybe we'll see it eventually
  6. Yardbirds '68 out Nov 5th

    Reading the new Mojo just out with Jimmy's interview about Yardbirds 68 release. This point was interesting: Q: Another key player at that time was Peter Grant, who started managing The Yardbirds in that final year. Obviously, that partnership between you and him was key to getting Zeppelin the deal with Atlantic. JP: Yes. That’s a fair assessment because he was so important. So was the fact that I’d worked with [producer, songwriter and Atlantic exec] Bert Berns. He had asked me to come over to America to become a studio musician. I didn’t but I stayed with him in New York, and he took me down to meet the people at Atlantic. The deal was nothing to do with [the fact that] Dusty Springfield recommended us. That’s a load of nonsense. It was the fact that we went to see Mo Ostin [at Warner Bros] on the West Coast, but that was really just to build it [and say to Atlantic], “We’re already talking to someone else.”
  7. " If there was a hill, we surmounted it and kept on going. We were so good, we owed it to ourselves to keep growing musically. "
  8. pics: https://twitter.com/OxfordUnion
  9. pic from someone in the audience
  10. Plant on Stern - 10/17/17?

    Robert Plant Talks Losing John Bonham, Meeting Elvis Presley, and the Prank Led Zeppelin Once Pulled on The Who Rock legend’s new album “Carry Fire” is available now Oct. 17, 2017 Photo: The Howard Stern Show Howard welcomed one of the greatest voices in rock and roll into the Stern Show studio for the first time on Tuesday morning — the one and only Robert Plant. As the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, Plant and his band sold hundreds of millions of records and influenced not just their own generation but countless fans who’ve listened to their music throughout the years. Check out the highlights from Howard and Robert’s wide-ranging interview (below), including what it was like to meet his idol Elvis Presley, the prank Led Zeppelin once pulled on The Who, and what fans can expect from his new album “Carry Fire,” available now. Elvis Has Entered the Building Photo: Shutterstock Music was an interest of Plant’s from a very early age and he recalled for Howard how he would pretend to be rock superstar Elvis Presley as a kid growing up in England. “I didn’t know what he danced like, to be honest. I just knew the voice … it just was celestial,” Robert said, explaining he had no access to video of Elvis’s moves — he could only hear his music on the radio. Fast forward a few years to Led Zeppelin hitting it big and actually catching the King’s attention. “He knew that we were selling tickets faster than him and he wanted to know what kind of phenomenon this was,” Robert told Howard. The band was invited to meet with Elvis at his Los Angeles hotel room — Presley was staying in the royal suite on the top floor. Robert can still recall how the room slowly but surely filled with female fans who all seemed to resemble the actress Sandra Dee. “When the room was suitably full … when the room was buzzing with anticipation, the door opened and this guy just, I don’t know what the word is. It’s not sashay, it’s not slink … he just grooved his way through the people,” Robert said. Despite worshipping Elvis in his youth, Robert told Howard he wasn’t nervous on the night he met him. Rather, he remembers them standing around his hotel room for hours, talking about music. As for whether Robert and Led Zeppelin ever hosted their own sumptuous fan meet-and-greets, Plant told Howard they were more likely to just avoid people altogether. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner The Who's Roger Daltrey in 1969Photo: Shutterstock Some of the most celebrated albums in rock history were released in 1969, including the Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” the Rolling Stones’ “Let It Bleed,” the Who’s “Tommy,” and the massively successful “Led Zeppelin II.” After Howard brought up “Tommy,” Robert recalled a prank he and his bandmates once pulled on the Who way back when. “I looked a little bit like Roger Daltrey but a bit taller,” Robert said of the Who’s lead singer with a laugh. “Sorry, Roger.” After seeing the Who live at a New York concert, Robert admitted he and Led Zeppelin left before the encore and wound up at the famed restaurant Max's Kansas City. Turns out that’s where the Who was scheduled to eat after their show. “We walked in the door and they said, ‘Wow, you’re early,’” Robert continued. “And we said, ‘Yeah, yeah it was an early show.’ So we went in and ate all the band’s food and ran away.” Howard wondered if Zeppelin ever felt competitive with the Who or any of the other big rock acts of the day, but Robert explained they were all just “kids” who hadn’t any time to think about matters like that. Losing John Bonham In 1975, Robert and his then wife Maureen were involved in a serious car wreck while visiting Greece. “I was in a wheelchair for seven months,” Robert told Howard, adding that his injuries put Zeppelin’s plans for a seventh studio album on hold. Though the accident could have killed him, it gave Robert a new perspective on how precious his life is. “Why waste a second of time after that?” he said on Tuesday. Living life to the fullest meant avoiding doing drugs for Robert. “Drugs, I have no interest in … It got in the way of joy,” he told Howard. However, Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonham, often regarded as the greatest drummer who ever lived, struggled with substance abuse and addiction throughout the band’s history. In 1980, Bonham died in his sleep after a full day of heavy drinking. Rather than replace him, Zeppelin ultimately decided to break up “He was my brother,” Plant said of Bonham. “He was a loose cannon but he was a spectacular guy.” During the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors, the band Heart performed “Stairway to Heaven” live in tribute to Led Zeppelin, whose three surviving members were being honored. Joining them on stage behind the drum kit was John’s son Jason Bonham. The performance (above) brought tears to Robert’s eyes as he watched from his seat in the audience. “What it was was his boy was playing drums,” he told Howard. “I thought, all those years later, you know, that it was just one ridiculous loss.” Phil Collins in the Hot Seat Phil Collins in concert in 2004Photo: PRPhotos With Led Zeppelin deciding to disband, Robert set out on a solo career beginning with 1982’s “Pictures at Eleven.” His second solo studio album “The Principle of Moments” came just a year later and Robert told Howard he was approached by Phil Collins with an offer to play drums on the record. “He loved John Bonham so much, he said, ‘You need someone in the hot seat and I want to do it,’” Robert recalled. He credits Phil with helping him “dig out of the pit” following the death of his friend. Collins played drums on six of the album’s eight tracks including the hit song “In the Mood.” Plant Can ‘Carry Fire’ Photo: The Howard Stern Show October marked the release of Robert’s 11th solo studio album “Carry Fire.” To be making music more than 50 years after Led Zeppelin’s first record is no surprise for Plant — the thrill of being a rock star is far from gone. “I love everything that I do now. Otherwise, you know, I’d be growing vegetables somewhere,” Robert said. “This is no struggle, mate. This is all I want to do.” Howard thanked Robert for coming in and told him how much it meant to sit with him as a lifelong Led Zeppelin fan. “I’ve got another record coming out in three years. I’ll be back,” Robert replied. Robert Plant’s new album “Carry Fire” is available now. Go to RobertPlant.com for more info. https://www.howardstern.com/show/2017/10/17/robert-plant-talks-losing-john-bonham-meeting-elvis-presley-and-prank-led-zeppelin-once-pulled-who/
  11. Plant on Stern - 10/17/17?

    90 minute interview!
  12. Plant on Stern - 10/17/17?

    It was mentioned on the Stern show today.
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  14. Was this one posted already? starts about 51min in https://player.fm/series/the-danny-baker-show-1301418/with-robert-plant BBC Radio 5 Live, Episode ID: 189468583, Robert Plant interview
  15. Robert Plant hasn’t forgotten his past. He’s just not going to live in it. By David Bauder Associated Press October 14, 2017 NEW YORK - The question hangs over an interview with Robert Plant, an obligation for the journalist and a depressing inevitability for his subject. Might as well get it over with. Are you ever going to make music again with Alison Krauss? All right, so there are probably other questions. The downside — admittedly small — to having an illustrious past in the music world is that many fans want you to live in it. Today, it’s easier and more lucrative for artists to recycle work and jog pleasant memories from the stage. For some, it’s the only way to earn a living. The former Led Zeppelin singer has the luxury of choice and, at 69, he’s chosen to dwell among the handful of artists producing challenging new work late in their careers. His album “Carry Fire,” which was released Friday, continues his collaboration with a band whose name, the Sensational Space Shifters, speaks to its versatility. Plant’s voice is a more intimate instrument now although he shows, in a duet with Chrissie Hynde, that he can summon the old wail.