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  1. With new music, Robert Plant still pleases Zeppelin fans But he pulled out some Zep classics, too, at the Orpheum on Thursday. By Jon Bream Star Tribune February 22, 2018 http://www.startribune.com/with-new-music-robert-plant-still-pleases-zeppelin-fans/474922963/ Looking like some kind of Olympic god who descended from a misty mountaintop, Robert Plant landed at the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday and declared that no song remains the same. When he deigned to dip into the Led Zeppelin catalog, he re-imagined his old works. But that's been the story throughout his solo career ever since Zeppelin crashed after the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980. But on this tour, Plant had a different vibe, especially compared to his last Twin Cities concert in 2011, when he was backed by the Band of Joy, featuring Americans Buddy Miller, Darrell Scott and Patty Griffin. This time, Plant was supported by the Sensational Space Shifters, his all-British band of six years. The music felt more romantic than mystical, more jam-band than genre-blending, more fun than satisfying. At 69, with his lion-like mane in a man bun, Plant was friendly, talking about having played at the Orpheum before. He thanked the sellout crowd for coming out in this weather in "the land of ice and snow," echoing a lyric from Zep's "Immigrant Song." Plant's opening number, "New World" from his new album "Carry Fire," could be an update of that 1970 Zep tune; but that song was about Vikings and the new piece is vague, fitting for these times, heightened in concert by glistening guitars. The first four selections on Wednesday came from the two albums Plant has made with the Space Shifters. Fueled by rudimentary drums, rock guitar riffs and fascinating rhythms, "Turn It Up" found Plant singing in his midrange. On the ensuing "May Queen," a musical meeting of Middle Eastern and West African guitars, Plant made it clear that his voice is more about nuance than forcefulness these days. No one seemed to complain. Like Paul Simon, Plant pushes forward, learning about new sounds from around the world and assimilating them into his music. He doesn't ignore the past, but just reinvents it. And that was OK with the fans, who responded loudest to Led Zeppelin songs. The first line of Zep's "Going to California" drew a wild reaction as Plant played this acoustic classic for the first time on this current U.S. tour. (Other cities got "Misty Mountain Top" instead.) Moreover, Plant suddenly seemed more intense, with the Zep material requiring the Space Shifters to play with more precision compared to the deliciously organic looseness of their recordings. Another Zep highlight was a tremendous treatment of "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You," the folk song made famous by Joan Baez and heard on Zeppelin's first album in 1969. Thursday's performance was deeply emotional, with Plant unleashing high notes (embellished by echo effects) and guitarist Liam Tyson providing a flamenco flurry in the middle of this over-the-top blues song. This tune was the musicality of Plant in a nutshell. Of course, the encore was devoted to Zeppelin — "Whole Lotta Love" with Plant struggling for his high notes, mixed with the fiddle-fueled sea shanty "Santianna." Odd but crowd-pleasing. The fans warmed up to plenty of non-Zep songs. The ever-adventurous Plant dusted off "Little Maggie," a ditty from 1929, and dressed it up with banjo, oud and a burbling keyboard EDM-style solo. The earthy Americana reading of "Please Read My Letter" was closer to Plant 2007's version with Alison Krauss than the one he did with Jimmy Page, his old Zep partner, in their duo days. The best non-Zep number was "Carry Fire." Built around the Middle Eastern twang of guitarist Justin Adams, the piece combined the romantic with the mystical, talking about finding love in the Promised Land. And that's what you can hope for at a Robert Plant concert these days.
  2. He doesn't want to talk about Zep during the 50th anniversary?? - With Robert Plant, the song never remains the same By Stephen Humphries Globe correspondent February 14, 2018 It’s the last question of the interview. The one that this reporter has been dreading to ask Robert Plant. After a gulp of breath, the words tumble out: “On the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin, what is your fondest memory of the chemistry and camaraderie between the four of you?” There’s a second’s pause over the phone line and then the singer starts to laugh . . . and laugh . . . and laugh. Until then, it had been going so well. Plant’s publicist forewarned that the singer may feign memory loss in response to this question. (That might have been preferable to the laughter.) The rock star, who plays a show at the Orpheum Friday night, is often reticent to talk about the colossus of a band he fronted between 1968 and 1980. He’s not one for nostalgia. Plant articulated that ethos in the 2005 song “Tin Pan Valley” when he sang, “My peers may flirt with cabaret/some fake the ‘rebel yell’/Me — I’m moving up to higher ground/I must escape their hell.” That desire not to be defined by the past, coupled with an innate artistic curiosity, fuels the singer’s intrepid post-Zeppelin career. Plant is more comfortable talking about “Carry Fire,” the critically acclaimed album he recently made with his longtime band, the Sensational Space Shifters. “I was just carrying on in a jagged line using the musical ideas that we had started to develop and then taking them on a stage further,” says Plant, who produced the record. “Just bit by bit piecing something together that is evocative and has some kind of mystic lope to it.” Plenty of artists talk about changing up every album, but few do so to the extent of Plant — each of his 11 solo records is distinctly different. “Carry Fire” exemplifies his pioneer spirit. Its songs find liminal connections between Appalachian bluegrass, Saharan blues, Celtic folk, Arabian trance, West Coast psychedelic rock, and British trip-hop. The band’s five musicians aren’t called shape shifters for nothing. Several songs also showcase guest viola player Seth Lakeman, one of Britain’s biggest folk music stars. “He really relished the idea of moving over a step from his characteristics that he normally employs when he does his own shows,” Plant says. “He really did add something to the tracks, never more intensely than the track ‘Carry Fire.’” The title track’s smoldering sensuality flares up with a Lakeman solo whose scorching effect lingers like a vapor trail. “He’s still coming up with new material that’s as exciting as something that was written in 1969,” enthuses Lakeman, who has since been recruited as a touring member of the Sensational Space Shifters and will also open the shows by playing his new album “Ballads of the Broken Few.” “He hasn’t got a huge ego. He’s one of the hugest rock stars in the world. When you’re hanging out with him he’s like one of the lads having a drink.” The album features another distinguished guest: Chrissie Hynde. The charismatic leader of the Pretenders (one of the few people who can rock a leather jacket as stylishly as Plant) duets on “Bluebirds Over the Mountain,” a ballad about a long-distance relationship that was popularized by the Beach Boys and Ritchie Valens. “There’s a sort of wistful nature to the song,” Plant says. “It needed somebody else, the other side of the romance, to come into it as almost an answer to this worry and concern about whether or not this is going to work. She’s got such fantastic character in her voice. You never get one demi, semi quaver that’s not necessary.” During “Bluebirds Over the Mountain,” Plant deploys one of the ejector-seat wails that were his stock-in-trade with Led Zeppelin. When the singer turns 70 this summer, his powerful throat won’t have any trouble blowing out all the candles on his birthday cake. But these days the vocalist’s most dynamic range lies in his ability to convey intimate emotions. On “A Way with Words,” Plant picks at the memory scars of a failed relationship and lets confessional asides hang in the air. The surprise of “Carry Fire” is how often this most progressive of artists looks back, for once, to take stock of his life now. “It’s quite cathartic,” he says. “It’s me, surveying the scene that I’m in. I guess the adventures in romance, there’s a great sort of flourish and great harvest. Sometimes the harvest has many colors. I think about Roy Orbison or even George Jones or Charlie Rich — great, white singers in that great kind of melodramatic, romantic character.” Plants also revisits a different kind of past — world history — on several protest songs including “Carving up the World Again . . . a Wall and Not a Fence.” The lyrics contextualize the global backlash against today’s immigrants and refugees as a cyclical phenomenon that arises out of nationalism. “I don’t know how old a country’s got to be before it stops being a pathway or destination for people who are on the move. The United States encouraged more and more central and Eastern Europeans, who were already being hounded out in different eras and periods of time, to come and populate this magnificent land,” muses the singer. “People are on the move for their own betterment and their own opportunity. Nobody said that the world was sacrosanct for any group of people to say, ‘This is mine, keep out.’” In 2016, Plant joined Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, and the Milk Carton Kids on the Lampedusa tour, a revue-style benefit for refugees worldwide. “For me it was the charm and the absolute beauty of those voices. Steve Earle’s records quite often don’t do him justice as a live singer. He’s got such a great tone,” Plant marvels. “I’m not part of that movement of great musicians and singers so, for me, it was just such a trip.” He’s being modest. Plant made a splash in the Americana music world with “Raising Sand,” the 2007 blockbuster he recorded with Alison Krauss, and his 2010 alternative-country album “Band of Joy.” During his career, Plant has pulled off more unpredictable moves than Bobby Fischer. What he hasn’t done is reunite Led Zeppelin for a tour, though he did organize a one-off show for charity in 2007. But his reluctance to embrace nostalgia shouldn’t be mistaken for a lack of pride in what he achieved with bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page, and drummer John Bonham. After all, he includes radically rearranged Zeppelin songs in his shows. Once Plant stops laughing at how he can’t get through any interview without his past getting dredged up, his voice softens. “Some of those fantastic festivals in the early ’70s were magnificent because we were playing under remarkable circumstances,” he reminisces. “You fell afoul to all sorts of technical issues and stuff but we just played through the whole thing and just laughed! That’s what it was about. Kick ass, until it became a slog. So the early days were something that I really relished as four guys almost bending down against some invisible weather.” Now, as then, Robert Plant still tosses back his curls, uses the microphone stand as a fulcrum, and changes the weather inside concert halls with vocal squalls. But he’s less interested in stardom than just being a part of the fraternal bond of the Sensational Space Shifters. “You can’t just turn up and become ‘that guy.’ It’s a lonely place to be for a singer to be just there, waiting to get in the way of musical passages. How do I spend my time during a two-hour set? Well, a lot of the time I am watching and listening to what my brothers are doing. “It’s a great affinity that we have. We keep it going because everybody does other things when they feel like it and so will I. Who knows what’s around the corner?” ROBERT PLANT at the Orpheum Theatre, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: From $49.25, www.ticketmaster.com https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2018/02/14/with-robert-plant-song-never-remains-same/UZ0o6jnSBo3VfnpSmcEWXN/story.html
  3. Planet Rock interview: 50th celeb Page

    Another multi-track, Japan 71? Southampton 73? or ??? Hoping for some new video as well.
  4. 9/29/71 Immigrant Song sb release

    dang, it's cut though
  5. Backstage rehearsal, Japan 72

    Thanks for the info! Always wondered when/where that photo was taken.
  6. I wish they would do a bootleg series like so many other artists, Elvis, The Doors, Hendrix. Full tapes unedited even if they're not perfect sounding.
  7. The bluray version is what I'm most looking forward to hearing.
  8. They announced an official book a few weeks ago http://www.ledzeppelin.com/news/led-zeppelin-official-illustrated-book-coming-2018-1260556

    Please crawl back under the rock you came from, troll.
  10. Next Soundboard Release

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

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

    Happy Birthday JPJ!
  13. Hopefully good things to come!
  14. 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
  15. 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/
  16. 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.
  17. 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/
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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/
  21. 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.
  22. 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/
  23. 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
  24. 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.”