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  1. Next Soundboard Release

    They do have later than May '77 -- NY MSG June 7, 1977
  2. Hard To Find Photos

    Waste of time. From what I looked at, they're all taken from gettyimages.com
  3. John Paul Jones Solo Gig-ography

    Happy Birthday JPJ!
  4. Hopefully good things to come!
  5. Black Dog in film TSRTS

    When it first came out on VHS in the 80's, I bought a stereo VCR. The first thing I did was connect it to my tape deck to record all the missing songs from the soundtrack. Must have played that poor tape a thousand times
  6. Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Royal Albert Hall review: 'he blew the cobwebs away and cleansed the soul' by James Hall 9 December 2017 “You make a noise, you create a groove, and you have a good laugh,” said Robert Plant in a documentary earlier this year when asked about his music. And grooves were precisely what one of the most famous front men of all time delivered at his Royal Albert Hall show. If the set was reasonably low on Led Zeppelin numbers, Plant and his band, The Sensational Space Shifters, made up for it by weaving magical and multi-layered tunes. The show was something of a journey through the musical genres that have shaped Plant’s life. Taking in everything from blues to bluegrass and north African rhythms to folk, he served up a musical feast that was as rich as it was rewarding. Only soupy sound – strange for a venue that usually delivers sonically – stopped this show from being a total delight. Plant was half rock Santa, half musical shaman. In a red shirt, coiled in concentration, he delivered with gripping intensity from the first song, New World, from his new album Carry Fire. Plant doesn’t do past glories. He doesn’t do nostalgia. Resolutely against looking back, he instead tore through new tracks with the hunger of a musical explorer, each song building on those grooves he so loves. You got the impression that Plant, now 69, will never give up on his musical quest. Never give up on discovering. This was, after all, the man who turned down untold millions of pounds to reform Zeppelin a decade ago. The May Queen had a circular riff that lulled and mesmerised. The Moroccan vibe of Carry Fire, meanwhile, was underpinned with by a gentle techno shuffle. And when folk singer Seth Lakeman came on to add violin to various tracks, we heard a wonderful lavishness that is too often missing in rock music these days. There were a few Zeppelin songs, reworked and given unexpected musical flourishes. Misty Mountain Hop, nearly 50 years old, bounced along like a new track. Chrissie Hynde joined Plant for a mesmerising Bluebirds Over the Mountain. The pair then sang 2000 Miles, in what must have been one of the sweetest duets I’ve ever heard. Two legends and a heap of early festive cheer. And that was what this gig felt like: a celebration. One of the man and of the legacy but also of the here and now. And of the world of music that has informed this Black Country boy since he started writing songs half a century ago. The crowd lapped it up, relishing his band’s ability to jump between genres, always adding something new to what might have initially seemed familiar. And unlike many old rockers, his voice wasn’t tarnished and tired. Plant sounded invigorated and rootsy. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen him look happier or sound more accomplished. You can’t fake that, and it was wonderful to see. Whole Lotta Love bought things to a fine conclusion. It reinforced our belief that, in a world gone mad, there’s nothing more cathartic than loud and exultant rock music. It blew the cobwebs away and cleansed the soul. Make a noise, create a groove and have a good laugh? Yes please. And that’s precisely what this Father Christmas of rock delivered. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/concerts/robert-plant-sensational-space-shifters-royal-albert-hall-review/
  7. Led Zeppelin rocker Robert Plant worth £100 MILLION gets £300 OAP winter fuel payment FORMER Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant was left Dazed and Confused when he received his £300 winter fuel payment from the Government. by Ciaran McGrath, Tue, Dec 5, 2017 https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/888438/Led-Zeppelin-Robert-Plant-Baroness-Bakewell-Winter-fuel-payment Plant is estimated to be worth £100million and the 69-year-old rocker was so baffled by the handout - paid to pensioners to help them cope with winter fuel bills - that he even stopped Baroness Bakewell in the street to ask her about his Whole Lotta Cash, the peer told the House of Lords. Baroness Bakewell, formerly know as TV presenter and journalist Joan Bakewell, explained: "He said, 'Joan, I've been sent £300 by the Government. Why?" Arguing that the payment (actually likely to have been £200 rather than £300, give that the higher amount is only available to those over the age of 80) should be means-tested, the 84-year-old added that she herself had tried to send the money back when she first received it to no avail. She added: "The Government spends £140 billion on old people." "Six per cent of that goes on social care. "This is bad economics and bad social care. Will the Government please sort it out.” It's all a far cry for the heady days of Plant's youth as vocalist for the all-conquering Zeppelin, together with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. Formed out of the wreckage of guitarist Page's previous band The Yardbirds in 1969, West-Bromwich-born Plant only got the job after Page's first choice, vocalist Terry Reid, turned it down, at which point Plant then recruited friend Bonham to play the drums. Seizing his chance, Plant helped write many of the band's more famous songs, including Stairway to Heaven and Black Dog, as the band racked up in excess of 200 million in worldwide record sales and smashed numerous concert records, with Plant's high-pitched vocals a key reason for their success. However, it all ended in tragedy in 1980 when Bonham was found dead in a bed at Page's house, having choked to death on his own vomit following a drinking session earlier in the day, and Led Zeppelin disbanded shortly afterwards. Since then, the founding members have reunited on a handful of occasions most notably in 2007 at the 02 Arena for a one-off show in memory of music executive Ahmet Ertegun, with Bonham's son Jason playing the drums. Plant, who was awarded a CBE for services in music in 2009, lives in Worcestershire, and is estimated to worth more than £100 million.
  8. Robert Plant at Newcastle City Hall: Did ex-Led Zeppelin frontman manage to wow Newcastle crowds? Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters played a sold-out show at Newcastle City Hall on Friday night Robert Plant set Newcastle crowds alight on Friday night, as he toured with new album, Carry Fire. For an almost-septuagenarian (Plant is now 69), the former Led Zeppelin frontman was in spectacular voice and – rather crucially for an ageing rock god – managed to avoid any sense of being a past-it old rocker. A lot of that is because he achieves a clever balance in his set between the old and the new. Though he was at times a little coy about the band which probably won him the vast majority of the fans present – at one point referring to Led Zeppelin as “some chaps I used to know” - he nonetheless kept the crowd happy with a few of the legendary rock band’s numbers, putting as much energy and passion into these as his newer pieces. That said, at no point did it feel like he was just paying homage to past glory. The older songs he chose were all those that fit well with the more folky sound he’s developed in his later years, and they gelled perfectly with the rest of the set. His voice may no longer hit the ear-splitting screams of yesteryear, but a deeper, mellower tone suited the songs he chose and the way he played them. The likes of Gallows Pole and That’s The Way went down well, while Plant’s newer work was complimented by a few well-chosen covers – a version of ‘House of Cards’ by Richard Thompson stood out. As a solo performer, Plant has followed his own distinctive path across a range of fields: country, bluegrass, soul and trance, and much of that journey was on show in this set. Some of the eastern drum and guitar rhythms of the new album, Carry Fire, are reminiscent of some of his work with Jimmy Page, without feeling derivative – the title track of this new album proved one of the stand-out moments of the show. Meanwhile Plant’s band, The Sensational Space Shifters, do much more than just fill in the backing track, bringing real personality, as well as serious musical skill, to the stage. Guitarist Justin Adams deserves a special mention for a number of excellent, energetic solos and work with a range of instruments. Joining the band was folk artist Seth Lakeman, who opened ably, filling the large stage with just his voice and violin or guitar. But it was with Plant and his Space Shifters that Lakeman really shone, adding joyful, foot-stomping fiddling to the line up. Chatting to the sold-out crowd between songs – the patter was brief, but good-natured – Plant reminisced about playing in Newcastle in 1969. Plenty will have changed since then, not least the average age of his audience. But by the end of the night, that wasn’t at all obvious. After a rapturous encore, a crowd which began the night settled neatly in their seats were almost all on their feat. They danced and roared their approval for a performer who is clearly still in his element on stage, and who remains very much a rockstar. http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/robert-plant-newcastle-city-hall-13952550
  9. 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
  10. 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/
  11. 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.
  12. 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/
  13. 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
  14. 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.”
  15. " 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. "