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  1. The Oxford Union’s term card for Michaelmas 2017 Rockstar Jimmy Page will top the bill of speakers at the Oxford Union this term Jimmy Page, Tom Daley and Amanda Holden are among the speakers of an Oxford Union Michaelmas term card which features a host of heads of states, sportspeople and celebrities. Today, Cherwell is exclusively releasing in full the details of the Union’s speaker events for the upcoming term. It follows a release of debates speakers – including Sir Vince Cable and Ken Livingstone – published earlier this week. Perhaps the most significant announcement will be the Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page who will speak on Monday 23 October at 8pm. It will be the first time the rock star has appeared at the famous debating society. Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg and 30-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish will join fashion designer Marc Jacobs and Trump’s former director of communications Anthony Scaramucci in the list of confirmed speakers. Sir Ian McKellen, Emeli Sandé and Liv Tyler were confirmed as speakers earlier this week. Actor Toby Jones, rock band Foals and McFly drummer Harry Judd are also set to speak at the debating society. Other highlights include: Five-time Olympic gold medalist Sir Ben Ainslie American economist Jeffrey Sachs Comedian and Have I Got News For You panelist Paul Merton Philosopher Sir Roger Scruton ITV journalist Robert Peston Attendance to events is members-only, but students can attend events for free during the Union’s open period which runs up to 19 October. 3rd Week: Alex Pettyfer, actor and model, Monday 23 October, 5pm Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin guitarist, Monday 24 October, 8pm President Heinz Fischer, former Austrian state president, Thursday 26 October, 1pm Cath Kidston, fashion designer and entrepreneur, Thursday 26 October, 5pm Michael Mansfield and Yvette Greenway, barrister and activist, Thursday 26 October, 8pm http://cherwell.org/2017/10/01/in-full-the-oxford-unions-term-card-for-michaelmas-2017/
  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.
  16. Interview – Robert Plant https://www.bluesmagazine.nl/interview-robert-plant/ There are stars, superstars and even megastars. Then there is Robert Plant, a guy who is, or has been, all three of them together, and who remains at the very top of the universal musical tree. Refreshingly, speaking with a relaxed Plant, on the near-eve of the release of his latest album, ‘Carry Fire’ on Warner/Nonesuch, the man himself is a genuine delight, a man with no axe to grind, no self-obsessed front to maintain, no precious barriers that all too often seem to come with the fame. Much to my relief, Mister Plant is an instantly likeable, friendly, chatty sort-of guy next door. Exactly the kind of guy you feel you’ve known most of your life. Which, if you’ve been listening to music for much of it, is pretty much the case. Catching up with the man himself, he is enjoying the beauty of the misty Welsh Mountain hill country, an area he is constantly drawn towards and where he clearly feels completely both at home and at ease. We joke about local highlights, having both lived in the area off and on for many years, about his love for a local tipple (a brand of organic Herefordshire cider) and then move on to the music and his love of life, travel, discovery and musical experiment and excitement. ‘About three weeks ago I was driving in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, near Fez. I was listening to FM radio when suddenly this wonderful music came on and I had to pull in, stop, and grab my phone so I could record it. It was fantastic,’ he says, highlighting his love of music and his own receptive nature to it generally. In many ways, this is probably a typical example of Plant’s thinking and his open-to-all-new-music-vibe way of working and thinking. Still repeatedly, and unnecessarily, viewed as Mister Led Zeppelin, since leaving the legendary band many years ago Plant has been carving out an immensely successful international solo career that has seen him gather huge international acclaim in the ever-harsh, demanding world of Nashville Americana with Alison Krauss and Band of Joy, where their joint efforts produced ‘Raising Sand,’ a release that swept the boards at the Americana Grammy end of the business and delivered clear evidence of a questing talent and voice that was up for more, much more, than just rock’n’roll music. If Plant still has a whole lotta love, it’s without doubt a passion focussed firmly on the music itself. Describing his current thinking and where he sees himself, he evidently remains locked into the possibilities of music and its power to move and excite: ‘This is not a job,’ he laughs in all seriousness. ‘It’s love, a love affair. A pleasure, a passion, pulsing to the heartbeat of music. To be thrilled still. Hearing something that’s new. Something that still has the power to grab you, to literally stop you in your tracks; having to swallow hard, to hold back the tears, because of the beauty of the music,’ he explains with pleasure and the delight of fresh discovery. Who’d’a’thunkit? For Plant, music and its iridescent rhythms and rippling waves are what life is all about. There is no self-satisfied feeling or suggestion here. This is a musician who has ears always open, searching expectantly and knowingly for the next explosive surprise. A man who seems always to have the power to explore, ignite and excite. A musical flame few can match or carry with such evident passion or commitment. Once again currently working with his band of musical brothers, the Sensational Scene Shifters, Plant is quick to correct me when I suggest they are a ‘support band’: ‘They’re no support band. We all support each other. They support me and I support them. We work together as one, as musical equals. We each know now what the other might be thinking or about to do. It’s organic and immediate, a real musical understanding,’ he confirms. This time round the band is joined on tracks by young English folk-musician, Seth Lakeman, whom Plant adds, will be touring with them all later this year. ‘We’ll be working hard with the new album, on the road, where he seems to belong in many ways. I’m really looking forward to that,’ he says. And when I ask if the touring and travel doesn’t become onerously tiring, and if maybe age might begin to take its toll in that respect, he again swiftly rejects such thoughts: ‘I only do what I want to do and I love the touring and playing.’ Plant describes his current musical interests as being attuned to ‘music from the earth,’ by which he seems to mean world-music or indigenous, organic, roots music of whatever colour or stripe. Turning to his latest recording, ‘Carry Fire,’ (read the review here) we talk about the use of an electric oud as a lead string instrument, a heady change from driving electric guitar or blistering string-bending fretwork: ‘With the oud it really is music from the earth,’ he explains. ‘Because it’s fretless, there’s only one way to go with it and that’s got to be the right place. It’s delicate but with complexities. There’s shades of TBone Walker coming through, like Chuck Berry,’ he believes. ‘It’s all part of a musical journey, a way of life.’ ‘I remember at TBone’s funeral, Chuck Berry went up to TBone’s daughter and told her that if it hadn’t been for her late father, he wouldn’t have had a job. Music is really so important, central to life itself. I get that. I’m in much the same position myself,’ he quips. Looking back on his time with Alison Krauss, Band of Joy, and the world of modern Americana generally, a connection that gathered world-wide plaudits including multiple Grammy awards in 2009, Plant is happy to have moved on, hinting that the Sensational Space Shifters seem more open to fresh musical influences, inspirations and experiences: ‘It all became, well……just too American, if you know what I mean. Playing with Alison and Band of Joy was a joy. It was wonderful, a great time. We all enjoyed it, I know. But it was all centred on Nashville, Music City. They were never as keen on travel, as me. I still love getting out on the road, seeing and meeting new people, new cultures and experiences along the way. With Band of Joy it was different, more a studio band, maybe. They just didn’t have the same gypsy in them as I have, always happy to be out on the road working.’ And he also confirms that there is at least one more possible album he has squirrelled away in his personal archives from his time with the band. When I ask we’re likely to hear it any time soon by being put out on release, Plant is mildly cautious: ‘I have a second Band of Joy album but I’m not sure if it will see the light of day.’ And with a guy like Robert Plant there are always more than a few surprises in store. One track on the new ‘Carry Fire’ album harks back to an earlier age, a time before even rock’n’roll was king. From the mid-fifties, ‘Bluebirds over the Mountain’ is nothing short of simple, pure Rockabilly at heart. When I ask about this somewhat surprising inclusion Plant snorts with laughter and clear pleasure: ‘I love the song. Pure and simple. I’ve been singing it most of my life. I’ve been doing the song since I was a kid. It’s sort of cheery, part of the roundabout of life. I always pull it in at some time, maybe during rehearsals with every band. I can almost hear them all collectively groan, “Oh, no. Here we go again.” I always loved the Ritchie Valens version, I used to sing it at home in the West Midlands as a kid and I still enjoy singing it now,’ he jokes. On the latest newly recorded version of the number, Plant is joined by a surprise guest on vocals, ex-Pretender, Chrissie Hynde. ‘Chrissie has such a beautiful voice. She fitted the song perfectly, giving it a cheery sort of bounce,’ he says. But while Plant jokes about adding upbeat songs from his childhood to the mix, he always remains firmly and fully focussed on the need to keep up to date, to be open to new sounds and interests: ‘With music there’s got to be a sort of intimacy. The music might be old, traditional or whatever, but it must always be interesting and moving, emotive at times. I can put my spin on it, but not in a way that’s ever fraudulent. You have to be true to the vision, true to the music at all times. It doesn’t have to be fraudulent in any way. It’s always possible to make enough of an individual noise, I think. These songs are about what we do. They have a sort of synthesised good-feeling about them, I hope. They can be tender, moving, touch a spot. Music and my love of it is a given, it’s not going to go away.’ Considering his latest offering, and the writing process with the Space Shifters, Plant is in a philosophical mind frame: ‘The album was all done in a natural way. Someone will lead with an idea and we all add a bit, till we all end up in the same place. These days music – at least, how I see it – is like a Lingua Franca. Because of what we play and how we play it, the depth and kind of music we do, we’re never going to have to play, say, a night-club or even a strip-club sort of place. Everybody now knows the groove. In the 1960s, before Zeppelin was Zeppelin, there were great numbers of people around in London, in particular, interested in each other and their individual cultures. There was an open, supportive, mutual interest, that seems to be harder to find nowadays. I’m no anthropologist, I’m not trying to say I’m like Sir Richard Burton, but I’m intrigued by other cultures and their music. Music carries the message. If you listen to some of the African rhythms and instruments, they’re totally amazing. And yet, we all share this same musical love and foundation. Whether we’re in Africa or London or the Middle East, music has a sort of universality; a power to move and affect your life. I worry at times about an alienation that seems to be developing but I’m always optimistic about the music.’ In every way Robert Plant remains an iconic musical figure, no simple frontman or totemic figure-head, he is clearly central to the musical world he inhabits and roams the world with an open eye and ear, always aware of the possibilities that might just be waiting around the next corner. Nothing appears to be musically taboo to this guy, save perhaps thoughts or suggestions of a Zeppelin reunion, a subject we never broached, despite the near-constant media speculation. After all, Plant has been a soloist for something now approaching forty years during which time he has shown himself to be a towering musician with a huge global appeal and outlook. The time for backward glances are long gone, and Plant himself shows absolutely no interest or suggestion of ever looking back. There’s simply too much new, fresh stuff out there to be mined and explored.
  17. Why In Through The Out Door is a GREAT album

    Carouselambra is brilliant. Production could have been better on that but a raw live version that they could have performed in 1980 and beyond would have solved that, It could have been the new Achilles Last Stand showpiece in concert.
  18. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7998583/robert-plant-tom-petty-death-interview Robert Plant on Tom Petty's Death: 'It Was Premature, By Far' Robert Plant never worked with Tom Petty but the two had met a couple times and the Led Zeppelin frontman tells Billboard the icon's passing earlier this month at the age of 66 feels like it came far too early. “It’s a tough call to ask a musician how they feel about another musician passing,” says Plant, who turns 70 next August. “It was premature, by far, and really a sad departure from all these musicians who brought so much pleasure to people -- and for his family to have to go through any kind of public show of grief or sentimentality is very difficult." On Friday (Oct. 13), Plant released his latest solo album, Carry Fire, via on Nonesuch/Warner and said Plant's passing reminded him of the death of his former bandmate, drummer John Bonham. “I remember we lost John Bonham 37 years ago and that was the end of Led Zeppelin really,” he says. “We were only kids then and there’s no amount of talking or paying respects that can bring anybody back, especially somebody who goes so sadly with so many years left to roll really.” In related news, Bonham’s sister, Deborah, had received permission for a bronze statue in his honor to be erected in his hometown of Redditch, Worcestershire, in time to commemorate what would have been his 70th birthday next May.
  19. Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen - new photo book

    Cool book idea. James Fortune has so many iconic photos, of Zeppelin and other artists.
  20. https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/music/led-zep-frontman-robert-plant-impresses-on-new-album-carry-fire-1.666799 Led Zep frontman Robert Plant impresses on new album Carry Fire Carry Fire, Plant’s 11th solo album, which is released today, is his second with his able backing band The Sensational Space Shifters James McNair October 12, 2017 On December 10, 2007, after Led Zeppelin had reformed for one-night-only to play the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert, Robert Plant escaped to the back room of a fairly humble Turkish eatery near his home in Chalk Farm, North London. “The rarefied air backstage at the O2 [Arena] was something you could only savour for moments,” the singer later told journalist Paul Rees. And so Plant, normally a gregarious beast, had opted to eat hummus alone at the Marathon Bar, thus avoiding the O2 after-show party where celebrities asked Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham, son of Zeppelin’s late drummer John Bonham: “Surely you’re going to do this again?” Famously, Plant’s unwillingness to pursue a Led Zeppelin reunion any further was a source of great consternation to his old bandmate Page. But Plant had just released Raising Sand, his much-lauded duets album with American country singer Alison Krauss. Ten years on, Page and Plant’s stances haven’t changed. Plant continues to look forward, while Page, seemingly only busying himself with the restoration and lionisation of Led Zeppelin’s back catalogue, continues to look back. Carry Fire, Plant’s 11th solo album, which is released on October 13, is his second with his able backing band The Sensational Space Shifters. With its Moog synthesiser, Arabic and African tropes, and its blues, folk and electronica elements, the record is exactly the kind of cross-cultural smorgasbord Plant watchers have come to expect. Building on certain stylistic adjustments that were already apparent on 2012’s Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, it also sees the singer, now pushing 70, dial down the testosterone, while retaining his edge. Though Plant’s voice still has impressive power on the record’s most Zeppelin-esque track Bones 0f Saints, elsewhere, his warm, husky vocals often pack deliberate vulnerability and a searching new intimacy. With its smouldering reds, meanwhile, the album cover’s painted portrait of the unselfconsciously weathered-looking singer has a certain gravitas, and one reviewer has already characterised Carry Fire as a collection of “lion-in-winter love songs”. There is certainly a sense of a man pausing to reflect on his life; of an old campaigner registering changes outwith his control. It is only within song, moreover, that Plant tends to do this. Not for him the tell-all autobiography that many would love to read. “Almost every other rock star but you has written a memoir,” noted Rolling Stone magazine last month. “Would you?” “Never”, replied Plant. “What I know between my ears here is priceless. It’s magnificent, sometimes tearful, but mostly cheerful. There have been highs and lows and a lot of adventure, and I keep it hid.” Consciously or otherwise, Plant was name-checking the song Keep It Hid, an unsettling electronic blues on Carry Fire wherein he makes cryptic reference to “a silver key in a golden cup”. Other songs on his new album are easier to interpret. On Season’s Song, where Plant clearly mourns the passing of the years, there is talk of “our summer’s slow farewell”, while Dance with You Tonight begins “And now the carnival is over”, and later references “Sweet dancing days and wondrous nights… ’til time conspired to steal our crown”. The significance of the latter lines won’t be lost on fans of Led Zeppelin’s 1973 album Houses of the Holy, which contains their song Dancing Days, but if Plant is reflecting on the end of Led Zeppelin’s reign, it is from a distance now. Quizzed by Rolling Stone about the 2016 court case which saw he, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones successfully contest claims that Page had ripped-off the opening chords of Stairway to Heaven, Plant characterised he and his former bandmates current relationship as “a cup of coffee from time to time, but nothing intimate”. The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, who duets with Plant on his new album’s propulsive cover version of Ersel Hickey’s 1968 hit Bluebirds over the Mountain, makes for a perfect, wholly simpatico guest. Like Plant, Hynde is a wily individual who has never been one for career comprises, and like Plant, she remains something of a lone wolf, in love with romance, but not necessarily commitment. Whether with English folk great Sandy Denny on Led Zeppelin’s The Battle of Evermore, or with the aforementioned Krauss, duetting with female singers has long been a source of inspiration for Plant. But as he documented on Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, songs such as Embrace Another Fall, Plant’s professional and romantic relationship with American folk singer Patty Griffin was to end in tears. The pair had set up home together in Austin, Texas, after collaborating on Plant’s 2010 album Band Of Joy, but “culturally and slightly spiritually” Plant began to experience a troubling disjunct which led him to “swing the wheel right around”. “Patty and I tried a sort of zigzag across the Atlantic,” Plant told me when I interviewed him in 2014, “but she didn’t share my penchant for cider and she used to marvel at the Black Country character I became after four pints of Thatchers. My feelings are very much ones of sadness and regret, but I also disturbed myself. I had to come back [to Worcestershire, England] to find out just how much I valued what I’d left behind – it’s an old song, I guess.” Plant’s love of Arabic and African musical forms is well to the fore on Carry Fire, an album that also explores themes such as nationalism, colonialism and the building of border walls. In Justin Adams, noted world-music connoisseur and sometime producer of revered African desert rockers Tinariwen, Plant has his greatest guitar foil since Page, while masterful Albanian cellist Redi Hassa joins the singer on another of the album’s stand-outs, A Way with Words. Though Plant is undoubtedly hugely proud of his work with Led Zeppelin, the singer has long been subject to a complex meld of emotions when considering his former band. “In the early part of my time in Zeppelin, I wrote naively, but I loved all that mystery of the dark past and the Queen Of Light,” Plant told me in 2014. “Unfortunately I had [that light and naivety] taken away from me bit by bit.” It wasn’t clear to me whether Plant was referring to the dark side of the Led Zeppelin story, as told in books such as Barney Hoskyns’ Trampled Underfoot, or to the unimaginable tragedy of his 5-year-old son Karac dying of a viral infection during Led Zeppelin’s 1977 North American Tour, but I immediately had a greater understanding of why Plant has been content to let Zeppelin lie since the death of his friend John Bonham, the band’s formidable drummer, in 1980. Some 40 years on, Plant does indeed carry fire. The fire of hurt, the fire of hard-won life wisdom and the fire of ongoing musical inspiration. Carry Fire is an impressive return. Forward-looking and vital-sounding, it proves a rock star’s passionate adjustment to his or her twilight years needn’t involve going down the crooning Great American Songbook route á la Rod Stewart or Bob Dylan.
  21. Robert Plant interview: 'Re-form Led Zeppelin? You can't ever really go back' by Neil McCormick, Music Critic 12 October 2017 • 9:00pm At 69, with a new album out, Robert Plant is as busy as ever – but Led Zeppelin may now be a thing of the past Grey bearded, long haired, wrinkly and twinkly, at 69 Robert Plant still comports himself with a vivacious energy. On a street on Primrose Hill, his London stomping ground, he greets passers-by with friendly cheer, hailing a bald, stooped man many years his senior with a hearty “How are ya, kid?” He stops in Sam’s Café, a retro diner, where (a waitress proudly tells me) Plant chose all the records on their vintage Rockola jukebox. Plant studies the playlist: Roy Orbison, Etta James, Ray Charles, and it seems to briefly give him pause. “How many voices are disappearing? The contributions to our time of listening and wonder,” he says with a typically poetic turn of phrase. “There’s always a trip going to say goodbye.” Then he laughs. “Maybe that’s how people think about me! ‘F------ hell! Better go and see Planty! How much longer can he keep it up?’” Plant has a new album out today, Carry Fire – a wonderful record from perhaps our most adventurous rocker. It’s with the same multi-instrumental line-up he has been working with, on and off, since 2005’s Mighty ReArranger. The Sensational Space Shifters craft a dazzling weave of psychedelic polyrhythmic grooves, meshing country, blues, folk and rock’n’roll with North African scales and beats, to which Plant contributes lyrics and melodies. “I think I’m getting better,” he enthuses. “My ability to mould my frame of mind to the temperature, tempo and temperament of the music, it’s getting closer.” He describes the album as “a declaration of how best I am to myself, which is in flux. I mean, I love flux. When I open my car, I go ‘Yeah!’ To the Jurassic Coast or the Cambrian Coast? Is there water and a woman? I don’t know. And off I tootle.” It’s also his “15th collection of songs since Bonzo passed away” as he puts it. The death of his oldest friend, drummer John Bonham, in 1980, brought an end to Led Zeppelin, perhaps Earth’s greatest rock group. Since then, his former musical partner, Jimmy Page, has released just five original albums, the last of those with Plant in 1998. “To be a sought-after musical entity, first of all you’ve got to be good. Secondly, you’ve got to have some kind of allure. Thirdly, you have to keep your distance. So you should really only appear once every seven or eight years. Sadly, if I don’t have a gig, I’d be playing birthday parties, weddings and bar mitzvahs. I’ve got to do this. I feel the beat.” It is a theme he returns to throughout the interview, describing himself as “an ageing sexagenarian who’s still on the fly. I can’t give up this stuff because I love what I do.” A lot of veteran musicians seem worn down by constant travelling, but Plant genuinely delights in the itinerant life. “It is not that I can’t settle, it’s that I shouldn’t. I have a fantastic family, and they give me leave to be what I am.” Plant has four adult children, by two different partners, who are sisters. His romantic life has been complicated, to say the least. “With the amount of time that’s left before the long silence, I just keep light-footed. It doesn’t mean to say I’m taking advantage or in the middle of a romance or a tryst. On the contrary, I’m just in the middle of living.” He was involved with country singer Patty Griffin between 2012 and 2014 but the relationship foundered because he says he found it impossible to settle in Austin, Texas. “I couldn’t deal with celebrity. I became public property.” In England, he says, fans tend to respect his space. “In America, it was quite bludgeoning.” He has other concerns about America, expressed on some of Carry Fire’s more sonically aggressive songs. New World and Carving Up The World Again look at the fear of immigration through a lens of history. “The lunatics have taken over the asylum,” says Plant. “But it’s an old story. It’s an ancient song. It’s not America, it’s a song of the Europeans and before them the Greeks and the African kings of Timbuktu. It’s time immemorial. We’re devils.” It’s a theme he has addressed before: on Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song, from the 1970 album Led Zeppelin III, the immigrants were invading Vikings, wielding “the hammer of the Gods”. “I have always been interested in history,” says Plant. “I think it softens up the message a bit, if you can put that context. I am not a social commentator but it feels like we are running out of love. There’s not much joy or hope. There’s an arrogance that’s not even following political doctrine. Someone has to put the brakes on.” Plant rarely objects to talking about Led Zeppelin, and remains deeply proud of their achievements (“It was never simplistic, what I did with Jimmy and Zeppelin, there was always twist and turns, it was pretty, it had moves and grooves”), but there is a strong sense that it really is over for him. There’s none of the “you never know” teasing of possible reunions that often accompanies his public statements. “You can’t ever really go back. It’s tough enough repeating yourself with something that’s a year old, never mind 49 years old. I’ve got to keep moving.” He speaks about musicians who won’t give up touring and who go through the motions with a tone of horror, although discreetly won’t give any names. “That look of abject boredom… I can’t imagine anything worse.” His singing style has changed over the years. There’s a soft, whispery sensuousness to much of Carry Fire, with just hints of the fierce old roar. “The sound of an aggressive full-powered 150-volt piece of rock music has to be meant, the intention has to be absolutely spot on. Otherwise it’s a phoney thing. Right now, I like the sound of intimacy. I can still let it go, almost the same as I did years ago. I know how to do it. It doesn’t mean to say I gotta do it all the time.” There are frequent mentions of age, the merciless march of time, his sense that he still has things to do while he can. He jokes of “waking up, looking in the mirror, and going ‘who the hell is that?’ It’s not only my dad, it might be my granddad too! So I guess vanity… it’s over!” “You were the Golden God,” I say, alluding to his famous description of himself in his Led Zeppelin glory days. “I still am,” he proclaims, lifting his head up, widening his shoulders, grey locks falling around him. “So when did vanity end for you?” “Oh I am just generalising for every other f-----,” laughs Plant. “I’m not done with that s--- yet!” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/artists/robert-plant-interview-re-form-led-zeppelin-cant-ever-really/
  22. What is And What Should Never Be was grooving. Loved that one. Didn't like In The Light at all.
  23. Redditch to erect a statue of John Bonham in his honour

    Hope to visit this one day! http://www.redditchadvertiser.co.uk/news/15592371.Redditch_rock_legend_John_Bonham_to_be_honoured_with_town_statue/ Redditch to finally get a statue of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham after plans given green light by councillors REDDITCH rock legend John Bonham will finally be honoured with a statute in the town centre. A large bronze memorial depicting the Led Zeppelin drummer will be built in Mercian Square, off Church Green. The main bulk of the funds for the memorial, by renowned British sculptor Mark Richards, have been raised thanks to a private donation. The memorial will have an arc shaped footprint and be approximately 180cm high (at its highest point), 490cm wide by 125cm deep and weigh more than 2,500kg. The statue, featuring a wheelchair friendly path around it, will be fixed onto a concrete foundation. The striking design is intended for 360 degree viewing. It is hoped the statue will be revealed before what would have been the iconic drummer's 70th birthday in May next year. The plans were given the go-ahead at a Redditch Council meeting last night. It is the culmination of years of hard work and fundraising by The John Bonham Memorial Fund, formed in 2013 to raise cash for a permanent memorial. Bonham was born in Redditch and was the drummer for Led Zeppelin until he died at the age of 32 in 1980.
  24. Jimmy Page Vs Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams LOSES his three-year battle to build a summerhouse in the garden of his £17m London mansion after a row with neighbours http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4950926/Robbie-Williams-LOSES-battle-build-summerhouse.html