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    50 Years Ago, Led Zeppelin Held Its First Rehearsal: ‘The Whole Room Just Exploded’ By Jem Aswad https://variety.com/2018/music/news/led-zeppelin-first-rehearsal-50-year-ago-anniversary-1202903005/ Sometime during the week of Aug. 12, 1968, the band that would take over the world as Led Zeppelin held its first rehearsal in a small basement room in central London. The preceding May, Yardbirds guitarist and session veteran Jimmy Page found himself without a band when the other three members — who’d seen some success since the group first formed in 1963, but had fallen out of fashion — abruptly quit. With a Scandinavian tour already booked, Page and manager Peter Grant united bassist/keyboardist and fellow sessioneer John Paul Jones (with whom the guitarist had performed on songs by Donovan and others) with two young musicians from the British Midlands, singer Robert Plant and powerhouse drummer John Bonham, both 20, who’d played together in a group called Band of Joy. Page’s initial choices had been singer Terry Reid — who he’d seen when Reid was a fellow opening act with the Yardbirds on a Rolling Stones 1966 tour — and Procol Harum drummer B.J. Wilson, with whom he’d played on Joe Cocker’s “With a Little Help From My Friends” album. Both declined — and how different would the world be if they hadn’t? As the new quartet launched into the R&B chestnut “Train Kept a’Rollin’,” a Yardbirds live staple that the group had recorded in 1965, the chemistry, according to all four members, was instantaneous. “We first played together in a small room on Gerrard Street, a basement room, which is now Chinatown,” Jones recalled in 1990, according to the band’s website. “There was just wall-to-wall amplifiers, and a space for the door — and that was it. Literally, it was everyone looking at each other, ‘What shall we play?’ Me doing sessions, I didn’t know anything at all. There was an old Yardbirds’ number called ‘Train Kept a’Rollin’.’ The whole room just exploded.” “I could feel that something was happening to myself and to everyone else in the room,” Plant remembered. “It felt like we’d found something that we had to be very careful with because we might lose it, but it was remarkable — the power.” While no recordings from the rehearsal have surfaced, that first song — which would be the group’s live opener for most of its first year of existence as well as its final 1980 tour, yet was never properly recorded — probably sounded like this performance from the San Francisco’s Fillmore West the following April. The arrangement hews to the late-period Yardbirds version, with some honking harmonica by Plant and an uncharacteristically brief but blazing solo from Page — albeit turbocharged by the band’s titanium-strength rhythm section. “At the end, we knew that it was really happening, really electrifying,” Page said. “We went from there to start rehearsals for the album.” Later that month the group did a session for singer P.J. Proby’s “Three Week Hero” album — Jones was already booked as the arranger and hired the others — and made their live debut with the aforementioned nine-date tour of Scandinavia as the New Yardbirds before heading into London’s Olympic Studios in September to record their debut with ace engineer (and Page’s longtime friend) Glyn Johns. While legendary for such songs as “Communication Breakdown,” the blues classic “I Can’t Quit You Baby” and the electrified folk song “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” the outtakes show that the group explored other territory in the sessions, such as the soul-inflected “Baby Come on Home,” which would have cast the album and the band in a different light. From that point on, the ascent escalated quickly. The band played its first U.K. show on Oct. 4 at London’s legendary Marquee (the group is pictured above performing at the club two weeks later), changed the name to Led Zeppelin by the end of that month, signed with Atlantic Records in November, launched its first U.S. tour on Dec. 26 and released the album in January. The group played an incredible 145 shows in 1969, and by the end of the year they had released their blockbuster “Led Zeppelin II” (featuring their breakthrough single “Whole Lotta Love”) and were headlining venues like London’s Royal Albert Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Boston Garden and Detroit’s Olympia Stadium. Of course, from there, Zeppelin went on to become one of the most popular rock bands in history, dominating the 1970s, influencing countless thousands of musicians and, according to unofficial estimates, selling more than 200 million albums worldwide. And it all started in that little basement room …
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    How ‘Sharp Objects’ Landed Led Zeppelin to Soundtrack the HBO Series Page and Plant have little problem saying no to filmmakers but said yes to lending four classics to director Jean-Marc Vallée. By Chris Willman https://variety.com/2018/music/news/sharp-objects-led-zeppelin-jean-marc-vallee-interview-1202901865/ The HBO series “Sharp Objects” benefits from one hell of a blunt object: the hammer of the gods that is Led Zeppelin, whose music recurs throughout all eight episodes. Director Jean-Marc Vallée (“Big Little Lies,” “Wild”) scored a coup by licensing four Zeppelin tracks for the Amy Adams-led mystery tale, which he considered an essential component, even though “Led Zeppelin II” played zero part of Gillian Flynn’s source novel. Getting a four-fer from Robert Plant and Jimmy Page was especially sweet after he was denied even one song for an earlier film, as he relates in an interview with Variety. Vallée also spoke about some of his other recurring music choices — including the electronic music quartet the Acid, and the roots-based indie rockers M. Ward and Hurray for the Riff Raff — amid a soundtrack that includes everything from LCD Soundsystem and the War on Drugs to Perry Como and Engelbert Humperdinck. Why go all-in with Zeppelin on this project? Did you grow up as a fan? I did, and I have always been trying to do something with Zeppelin, since it’s been so much part of my life, and because I’m always trying to put music in the center of the lives of the characters. I tried with “Café de Flore” and it didn’t work out for the rights, and I was wondering when there would be another good opportunity. When Amy invited me to do this with her, the more I read the book, I went, “Oh my God, I think if we can make ‘Sharp Objects’ and make it from beginning to end a Zeppelin sound, this will be it.” Because of the character, Camille. One of the big reveals comes when Camille, in an episode 3 flashback, discovers the band sharing earbuds with a fellow patient in rehab… Just before I started to shoot, I was trying to figure out Camille’s music library, and I couldn’t. Then I went, that’s it! — she’s not a music person, but she’s going to travel with an iPhone that belongs to someone else who is. And that person is the 16-year-old kid from the rehab center, Alice (Sydney Sweeney). It made total sense for this kid to be a Zeppelin fan, just like my kids. I have two sons, and at 16 they were into Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and a lot of British rock. So it travels from generation to generation. And I gave this kid an eclectic musical taste. Camille is learning to discover this other person through music. I thought that was a beautiful device, and that she would play music alone as she is investigating, trying to heal. There’s an ingenuity to the character picking up these tastes from someone else, because sometimes it feels like every leading character in a film or TV series just happens to have the same super-cool tastes that a music supervisor would have. Exactly. I mean, I always try to aim for the main character, but it happened also with Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in “Demolition.” He wasn’t a music person, but his wife was, and a kid that he meets was, also. But in “Wild,” (the Reese Witherspoon/Cheryl Strayed character) was music-oriented, so that was an easy one. In “Café de Flore,” I was following a DJ. It’s easy when the main character is the one. But “Sharp Objects” was trickier. Normally in prep, I find the tracks and I give them to the actors and I go, this is what you’ll play throughout, and I play music on the set. It was just at the last minute that it happened with Alice and Camille. Camille is out of control in some ways. Is that why Zeppelin made a good fit? With Zeppelin, there was something that fit both characters. With Camille, you don’t know how old she is, but let’s say she’s mid-thirties, and she’s a journalist, an intellectual. She doesn’t take care of herself. She has a rock and roll attitude. She’s doing it her own way, not only with the scars and how she harms herself, but the way she lives and works, and she’s single. There’s something sexy about the tracks that we chose, in the slowness of “What Is and What Should Never Be” and “I Can’t Quit You Baby.” And when it explodes and makes a lot of noise; this is the nature of rock and roll, to make it loud and tell the establishment and your parents, “F— off, I’m doing it my own way.’ That suited Camille pretty well. And then “Thank You” is such a beautiful, almost epic song. That’s the song Alice uses to introduce Camille to how she does an in-scape — she escapes, but within, with music; that’s how she gets out of the rehab center. She’s showing Camille how to use music, when Camille will use later on to do some in-scape, too. When this 16-year-old girl plays that to her new roommate, using her fingers to close her eyes, there’s something romantic about the way we used the music, almost like they’re having an affair, although we’ll discover that they’re not and it’s not about that at all. It’s about connecting to music, and how you use music in your life to heal or to love. Zeppelin was loud and brash and rebellious and over-the-top, but also with an inherent sense of mystery — and this is a mystery show… Exactly, and that’s why “In the Evening” is there. And it’s like it was meant to be in a film and be score music — almost a horror or suspense film score. For the Zeppelin fans it may be a torture, or at least a tease, not to hear more of “In the Evening,” but I wanted to save some of it for the last episode. That may be a spoiler. It’s been reported that you tried to get “Stairway to Heaven” for “Café de Flore” and Jimmy Page said yes but Robert Plant said no. What happened there? On that one, we worked with the label and publisher for about a year and half. Them we harassed Robert Plant when he came to Montréal, and he said no to our faces, live — with no explanation. I had written “Café de Flore” with “Stairway to Heaven” in mind. Because Vanessa Paradis’ character is living in the highest part of Paris, where you have to climb stairs all the time; she’s a poor Parisian with a Down Syndrome kid, and every day she brings him to a special school on the Left Bank, and the class is on the third floor where she has to climb more stairs. The whole concept of stairs in “Café de Flore” comes from “Stairway to Heaven,” because she is buying her stairway to heaven. And then I lost the f—ing track. I was destroyed!… I wasn’t pissed — I was devastated. I wanted to quit. I was like: How could they? That song belonged to me, too! I grew up with this f—ing song and it gave me wings to fly and to imagine and to come up with this story, and they refuse? I go, why would a fellow artist do this to another fellow artist that uses his work to inspire? It’s just sharing, and it’s using art to try to tell stories that can touch the heart. Anyway… Going into “Sharp Objects,” having that Zeppelin-related trauma in your past, were you thinking, what if we get to the end only to have Robert Plant say no again? Well, we made sure that it wasn’t the end. … We went for four tracks, and we sold the idea to them that they will be the sound of this series, so of course that was something special and different. I didn’t do that with “Café de Flore,” but I should have. We sent the script and very specific descriptions of how we’re using their music, and the in-scape element coming from Alice. And it worked. So we had the news pretty soon in the process, but I had a back-up plan. I was ready to go to another rock band if Zeppelin wouldn’t work. But I was hoping that it would, because it was perfect for this dark story. And there’s beauty in the darkness of the story, because Camille is a beautiful soul who just doesn’t know how to love. You have a lot of “mother” songs in the series, too. That maybe doesn’t require much explaining, since Patricia Clarkson’s character looms over everything. At one point I asked Sue [Jacobs, music supervisor] to hear every single song that has the word “mother’ or “mama.” I knew “I Love You Mama” from Snoop Dogg and “Dear Mama” from 2Pac and “Motherless Children” (heard via the Steve Miller Band’s rendition). We soon found about a hundred of them. Since this mother relationship is so singular and powerful, in a sharp and dangerous way, it made sense to see this young girl, Amma (Eliza Scanlen), connecting to these songs, more than Camille. Amma is talking to herself, using music in a similar way to Camille, but in her own fashion. And it wasn’t written. We ad-libbed this beautiful moment and said, “Why don’t you (Scanlen) play ’Dear Mama’ and go to your mother and hug her and dance with her?” It’s using the lyrics to tell your mom that you love her – and in this context, it’s pretty crazy, since she’s being physically, mentally and emotionally abused by her mother. But there is unconditional love from children to their parents even in abused situations. Zeppelin is not the only musical act popping up more than once. M. Ward and the Acid also recur. Did you just like those artists and songs, or were there deeper thematic ties? Sometimes I pick a song for the lyrics. That was the case with M. Ward. There was something beautiful and simple about this guitar, the voice and what he says [in “There’s a Key”]: “So I’m losing my marbles, one marble at a time, it’s true,” and “I’m conquering an ocean, one wave at a time.” Through Alice, Camille relates to this intelligence of connecting to poetic lyrics, and to Hurray for the Riff Raff’s lyrics, too [in “Small Town Heroes,” which describes a single female protagonist with “a no-good mom” and a drug problem who “wanted love… but she just couldn’t get enough”]. The Acid was for the vibe and the electronic, modern thing, and the dangerous, mysterious core quality of one of their tracks, “Tumbling Lights,” that became a recurrent theme from episode 1 till the end. That came from giving Alice a very wide musical taste. There is solo piano and some more traditional music on the soundtrack, too. Alan (Henry Czerny) is a rich audiophile with an amazing sound system, and I loved giving him this old-school Hollywood romantic score, whether it’s French and coming from Michel Legrand (“Les Moulins De Mon Coeur”) or coming from “A Place in the Sun,” the George Stevens film. Well, at one point that was in the series, with Alan playing the (“Place in the Sun”) track, but I took it out of the series because I wanted to use it in the main title sequence instead [which differs from episode to episode]. Page and Plant may not be the types to send effusive telegrams. Have you hear anything from them about your use of their music since the show premiered? Not yet. We invited them to the premiere, but Plant was touring and the two others weren’t in the States. When all eight episodes will be out, I’ll see if Sue will call the publisher and the label, or see if we heard from them first. They’re tough to read. I’m curious.
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    On Decca? Doubtful, as they didn't have anything to do with that label.
  4. Great show and nice audience recording. One of my favs from way back
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    Jimmy Page Vs Robbie Williams

    gorgeous house, a living art museum.
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    New Jimmy Page Biography Released

    Looks like a bunch of trash. I'll be avoiding this book. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-6015987/Cocaine-groupies-searing-riffs-new-biography-Jimmy-Page.html
  8. French interview, google translate https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.leparisien.fr/paris-75/robert-plant-les-chansons-de-led-zeppelin-sont-plus-fun-a-jouer-aujourd-hui-22-07-2018-7829868.php Robert Plant: "Led Zeppelin songs are more fun to play today" Ile-de-France & Oise > Paris | Michel Valentin | July 22, 2018, 11:11 pm The former singer of the legendary rock band is visiting France for three concerts, including this Monday in Paris. Almost 70 years old, he still has fun. He plays this Sunday at the Vieilles Charrues , Monday evening Salle Pleyel in Paris, and on the 25th at the festival of Carcassonne (Aude). While celebrating his 70th birthday next August, Robert Plant remains creative and eager to share his joie de vivre on stage. We joined him by phone in his Breton hotel to talk about his current career, but also the group that made him known, a certain Led Zeppelin, which is expected an illustrated book and a reissue of the live "The Song Remains The Same "for the end of the year. You play this Sunday in the largest French festival (70 000 people per day) and Monday Pleyel Hall in Paris (3000 seats). What are the advantages and disadvantages of a festival and a normal hall? ROBERT PLANT. It's like on the Richter scale. By seeing what kind of environment we are going to have, what sort of building, infrastructure, we can say how things are going to be. We adapt our music according to the place, festival or hall. Besides, I choose the rooms where we play. The Pleyel Room was recommended to me. I wanted to give a show in Paris, but I also want to continue exploring, and I have already performed in so many places in your capital. And, if I aim too high, I may not sell all the tickets, so I prefer to stay in smaller, but also more intimate. You give two concerts in two days, another in three days, you do not spare your voice! No. I can not complain. It seems that the more I use it ... (He pauses to clear his throat and resumes, in a tone of derision) ... The sea air is extraordinary here in Roscoff ... No, if my voice works , everything is fine. If it does not work, we do something else. Your latest album, "Carry Fire", goes beyond rock, pop or folk. There are musical atmospheres from different countries, even continents ... Yes. We are 7 on the album and on stage, we each have different tastes and interests, we are not trying to make our "world music" (Editor's note: he says it in French) . The musicians are younger than me, but they are not kids either, they are not born of the last rain. There is trip hop in Massive Attack, Justin Adams, guitarist, brings with him his work with Tinariwen, Jah Wobble or what he did in Algeria or Morocco. Skin, also guitarist comes from a brit-pop band; Cast. Billy Fuller, the bass player, plays in Beak, a derivative of Portishead. All this mixes naturally. During your tours, you have already played in Mali, recently in Turkey ... Want to perform in as many countries as possible? The first time we went to Turkey, we also went through Romania, Bulgaria. But the promoters put us rock bands in the first part. This is not what we wanted. We got instead gypsy music bands ... On one of your tours with Led Zeppelin's former guitarist Jimmy Page, you performed with an Egyptian orchestra. Would you like to repeat this experience? I am not sure. Everything was very repeated, programmed, it was always the same thing, because of the arrangements. What I play today allows greater freedom. I loved doing that at the time, but I prefer what I do today, it's more "wild" (in French). Play seven with your group The Sensational Space Shifters allow you more freedom? Yes, to me, but also to them. It is a kind of free expression, not like in contemporary jazz, but as a kind of regular progression. Does the formula seem to work, since you regularly release albums? Yes, it's a three-year cycle. Next October, I will play with Van Morrison at O2 in London, marking the end of 13 months of touring. And after, holidays, then the writing of the next album? Life is only vacation, you know, right? At the end of the year, it is cold and dark in Europe. It may be time to change the environment ... I write when I travel. Critics of your latest albums often talk about you as a shaman. Does it suit you ? I do not have a title to award me. I like the concept of shaman, but I do not fit the description. I like football, I like cycling, I love my life, I do not think I am particularly mysterious or profound. I think I'm just a traveler within multiple musical universes. How did Chrissie Hynde from the Pretenders come to sing on your last album? She intervenes on a song (note: "Bluebirds over the mountain", a cover of rockabilly singer Ersel Hickey) that I sang by car or walking in the street when I was 12 years old. I always thought she might have a second life in another era. So we worked on her rhythm, but I was aware that it was a walk for teens about insecurity, love, so I needed a female voice. So I called Chrissie. In 2007, you released an entire album in collaboration with a singer, Alison Krauss. You could republish the experience? This kind of album only works because you sing old songs. But sitting down and composing new songs for a female voice would be very difficult, and would take a lot of time. A concert of Robert Plant without a reprise of Led Zeppelin, is it possible? I did it in 1981 and 1982 (note: at the very beginning of his solo career) . I was suffering from the death of my friend (Ed: John Bonham, drummer Led Zeppelin, died in 1980) . Today, I am a stage artist. I have to create a kind of myth, or propagate it. Nobody could have imagined, when you were writing your songs with Led Zeppelin, that fifty years later, people would still be applauding them on stage, right? That no! And these songs, they are much more fun to play now than at the time. At the time, it was necessary to respect the score. Now they are moving into another dimension!
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    Sir Edmund Hillary

    You may need to seek help for T.D.S.
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    New Peter Grant Book

    Looking forward to this one and the official book
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    Led Zeppelin stuff on Ebay

    Just a heads up, this guy has been selling fake Zep ticket stubs on ebay. There's also been some discussion about it around social media. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1972-LED-ZEPPELIN-CONCERT-TICKET-STUB-BRUSSELS/292644395620 https://www.ebay.com/itm/1971-LED-ZEPPELIN-CONCERT-TICKET-STUB-ULSTER-HALL-UK/292644051060 https://www.ebay.com/itm/1973-LED-ZEPPELIN-CONCERT-TICKET-STUB-MUSIC-HALL-ABERDEEN-UK/292644051508
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    Is it true that Keith Moon named Led Zeppelin?

    few more from the timeline this one is amazing! Moon actually on the kit with Bonzo watching There's a few more in Ross Halfin's book by another photographer.
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    Hadn't seen this one before. What's the origin?

  14. Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page Showing Up At Pearl Jam Show Is Incredible By Brett Buchanan - Jun 20, 2018 Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page dined with Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron for Father’s Day. Cameron wrote on Instagram, “Rock Dads Lunch. Happy Fathers Day! #rockdads.” The legendary musicians were joined by Ross Halfin and Jesse Calleros. Vicky Cornell commented, “Sending so much love – happy Father’s Day to a few of the coolest dads we know #jimmypage @themattcameron @rosshalfin and super happy to see #jessecalleros – #loudlove.” Page showed up to Pearl Jam’s show in London at the O2 Arena the next day. Led Zeppelin’s 2007 reunion show took place at the O2. Mike McCready shared a photo backstage with Page, “Always an honor to have a moment with one of my idols and greatest influences, @JimmyPage.” In 2014, Matt Cameron’s late Soundgarden bandmate Chris Cornell did a live Q&A with Jimmy Page. Rolling Stone reported at the time that Cornell didn’t hit Page with heavy-duty questions about band discord or plagiarism – or anything, really. A typical query was “You’re a multifaceted artist – where did that come from?” But the worshipful vibe facilitated a relaxed atmosphere: The 70-year-old Page, looking dapper with gray hair, a black scarf and a leather jacket, proved to be a charming raconteur, not addled by any of his past misadventures. If he didn’t have any new revelations, he at least kept the enthusiastic audience entertained for over an hour and a half. Looking at a famous photo of Zeppelin on an airport runway, adorned with Hawaiian leis and clutching the boxes that held the tapes for an in-progress Led Zeppelin II, Cornell remarked, “Of all the records I’ve ever made, I don’t think I’ve ever held a tape box.” Page talked about how the photo was partially staged, but that the band was indeed schlepping around their own tapes as they did sessions at various American studios, which let them record as they toured and kept the music out of the hands of record executives. It was an extension of how they handled their debut: “The record was recorded, and then it was taken to the record company. That’s why we were able to say ‘no singles.'” The Led Zeppelin aversion to singles was born from Page’s time in the Yardbirds, when the band would regularly would get derailed by needing to produce their contractually obligated non-album singles. Soundgarden were photographed with Jimmy Page backstage at a European show 6 years ago. Below are photos of Cameron and McCready with Page, followed by an album of photos from the London Pearl Jam show, with the fourth one being a shot of Page watching the performance. Always an honor to have a moment with one of my idols and greatest influences, @JimmyPage. pic.twitter.com/MT41gcDHfd — Mike McCready (@MikeMcCreadyPJ) June 19, 2018 https://www.alternativenation.net/led-zeppelin-jimmy-page-showing-up-pearl-jam-show-incredible/
  15. RP interview on CBC 'Q' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW3O04kOo3k
  16. Watch Robert Plant's reaction to 8-year-old girl playing Led Zeppelin on drums The jaw-dropping video of the young girl went viral — then we showed it to the legendary Zep frontman Last week a video of eight-year-old Japanese drummer Yoyoka Soma playing Led Zeppelin on drums went viral — and now Robert Plant is reacting to her incredible performance. Yoyoka Soma has been drumming since she was two years old, and by five had formed a band, Kaneaiyoyoka, with her musically-minded parents. But it was a video contest entry for Hit Like a Girl, an international drumming contest for female percussionists, that put her on the world stage. In it, she drums along to the Led Zeppelin classic "Good Times Bad Times," and it's astounding to watch. The video has since garnered more than 2.5 million views. But what does Led Zeppelin co-founder and front man think? When he stepped into the q studio with Tom Power, we had to ask. "Listen to that," says Plant, amazed as he watches the video. "And the thing is, it's like falling off a log for her." He also says what the late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham would think if he could see it. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/blog/watch-robert-plant-s-reaction-to-8-year-old-girl-playing-led-zeppelin-on-drums-1.4710849
  17. Robert Plant Revisits Led Zeppelin And Examines The Blues Tradition On Father's Day In Chicago Jim Ryan , Contributor As the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant sold nearly 300 million records worldwide during a recording career that stretched from 1969 to 1982, making the group one of the best-selling in the history of recorded music. But it’s his desire to push the music forward at all times that has defined his solo career. Plant rarely looks back. And when he does it’s strictly on his own terms. At only 69 years of age, he’s a bit younger than some of his contemporaries. For the sake of comparison, Paul McCartney turned 76 today, while Daryl Hall, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and Sammy Hagar are all 70. That’s right – the lead singer of Led Zeppelin is younger than the singer of Hall & Oates. One of the great frontmen in rock and roll history, Plant commands the stage with a youthful exuberance, twirling the mic stand and working the crowd into a frenzy during a set that revisits Led Zeppelin while shining a light on his vastly underrated solo catalog. On stage at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park yesterday, temperatures climbed to nearly 100 degrees on a humid Father’s Day outdoors in Chicago. But Plant remained in stunning voice throughout. “Now come on, Chicago! Let’s go!” he said midway through “Four Sticks” second in the set. From 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV album, Sunday night marked the first time Plant has dusted off the Zeppelin track so far on this tour. Not only did he premiere “Four Sticks,” he actually opened the show with three straight Led Zeppelin classics. “The Lemon Song” (complete with closing scream) and “What Is and What Should Never Be” bookended the premiere. The frontman teased the crowd with a reference to Zeppelin’s “Misty Mountain Hop,” before launching into “What Is and What Should Never Be” instead. “Suckers!” he joked as the crowd began to catch on to the ruse. “What do you think about Mexico today? Slapped those Germans around the back of the head!” he exclaimed excitedly in response to the stunning soccer upset which had unfolded earlier in the day on the World Cup pitch. The “Golden God” was in affable spirits throughout. Over the course of ninety minutes in Chicago, Plant and his six-piece backing band, the Sensational Space Shifters, put a surprising emphasis on the Zeppelin canon, adding their unique spin to eight tracks Zeppelin put to tape, plus one more that exists primarily amongst the bootleg community (Bukka White’s “Fixin’ to Die”). The full set consisted of 13 songs, only two of which - "The May Queen" and "Carry Fire" - came from his latest studio album, October's Carry Fire (his eleventh). In addition to his role as band frontman, Plant seemed to take equal pride in his role as de facto emcee. His storytelling on stage Sunday night was particularly sublime. “Just south of Memphis on Highway 61 was a town called Tunica, Mississippi,” he explained in his intro to the 2014 solo track “Turn it Up.” “It was the home to so many people who came to Chicago in the 30s, 40s and 50s and brought the music to us all,” he continued, adding a local connection to the story, referencing the origins of Chicago blues that were of particular influence on Led Zeppelin. “Just a little further south from Tunica across the river to Shreveport, Louisiana…” said Plant, picking the story back up a few songs later and establishing a breathtaking rendition of “Gallows Pole. “His name was Lead Belly and this was one of his songs." Plant’s fascinating story of the blues tradition made the connection between his Zeppelin output and his solo catalog through a pair of songs released nearly forty-five years apart. Led Zeppelin recorded their version of “Gallows Pole” for release in 1970 on Led Zeppelin III. On album, the track is powered by a bevy of acoustic and electric guitar. Sunday night, however, it more closely resembled a blues based, fiddle-fueled hootenanny driven as much by live violin. The best example though of Plant’s ability to put a contemporary spin on a familiar tune was in his live handling of “In the Mood.” From his second solo album The Principle of Moments in 1983, the cut is one of his most well-known solo tracks. But on-stage Sunday night, keyboards and violin drove the performance in front of a drumbeat that lent it a shuffle, rendering it nearly unrecognizable but no less satisfying. In terms of the Led Zeppelin material tackled, it was the softer moments that revealed the true power of Plant’s still remarkably strong voice. He’s notorious for the care he takes of his instrument and it was most obvious during “Going to California” and “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You.” While the trademark scream unleashed at the climax of the latter would be impressive from a vocalist half his age, it was the pure delight he took in uttering lines like, “Someone told me there’s a girl out there / With love in her eyes and flowers in her hair,” that was palpable during the former. But while the show’s more tender moments may have belied Plant’s vocal strength, it was the more rocking moments that seemed to resonate most with the crowd. Robert Plant performs at Fox Theater on February 28, 2018 in Oakland, California. Space Shifters guitarists Justin Adams and Liam “Skin” Tyson team up on guitar to offer their interpretation of many a well-known song and Jimmy Page guitar part. Sunday’s set closed with a spirited, amped up take on a medley which weaved seamlessly between “Bring it on Home” and “Whole Lotta Love.” The latter, in particular, stayed surprisingly close to the Zeppelin original. It speaks volumes on Plant’s catalog that one of the most rocking songs in the history of rock music didn’t even necessarily seem like the obvious, hands down choice as show closer. In a solo career where Robert Plant has consistently tried new things, nostalgia be damned – and seldom failed – there’s inspiration to be taken in his steadfast refusal to reform what’s left of Led Zeppelin merely to make the quick buck. Things are far more interesting when he follows his muse wherever it leads. Jim Ryan is a Chicago based writer/broadcaster who's interviewed a Ramone and a Rolling Stone. Follow him on Twitter @RadioJimRyan or visit online at radiojimryan.com. radiojimryan@gmail.com https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimryan1/2018/06/19/robert-plant-sensational-space-shifters-led-zeppelin-fathers-day-jay-pritzker-pavilion-millennium-park-chicago/#267e797d7f67
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    Jimmy Page Vs Robbie Williams

    Also remember that it's officially a Listed Building – Grade I, 'Heritage at Risk' by the government.
  19. Photos: Robert Plant, Sheryl Crow @ Budweiser Stage https://aestheticmagazinetoronto.com/2018/06/16/photos-robert-plant-sheryl-crow-budweiser-stage-toronto/ http://www.thatericalper.com/2018/06/16/photo-gallery-robert-plant-and-the-sensational-space-shifters-at-torontos-budweiser-stage/
  20. Robert Plant - Rock 'n Roll (with Sheryl Crow, Toronto, June 15, 2018) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbIND2jgyhY edit: Can't get youtube links to play anymore?
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    Jimmy Page Vs Robbie Williams

    Video interview at JP's house & great photos http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5849983/Jimmy-Page-reveals-treasures-works-art-says-Robbie-Williams-putting-risk.html
  22. Robert Plant played Forest Hills Stadium w/ Sheryl Crow By Lou Montesano http://www.brooklynvegan.com/robert-plant-played-forest-hills-stadium-w-sheryl-crow-pics-review-setlist/ Robert Plant held back the rains last night at Forest Hills Stadium for a memorable performance with the Sensational Space Shifters. The ageless and ever-evolving Plant will turn 70 later this year, continuing to move forward with new music and updated takes on classic Led Zeppelin tunes. Plant and the Space Shifters came into being in 2013 and have released two albums, 2014’s Lullaby and . . . The Ceaseless Roar and last year’s Carry Fire. Like their mystic front man, the band draws on global roots, with West African rhythms, Eastern strings and hard-rocking guitar that stands up to Jimmy Page’s original riffs that made Zeppelin’s music the powerhouse of its day. Clouds and light rain lingered over New York since early morning, but the skies began to brighten by the time tour mate Sheryl Crow was ready to open. Crow performed an upbeat set of familiar hits and paid proper homage. “Robert Plant is an architect of everything we do,” she said. Then, as the sun went down, Plant and crew took the stage, wasting no time setting a bluesy tone with “The Lemon Song.” From the Space Shifters’ first album, “Turn It Up” did just that, showcasing guitarists Justin Adams and Liam Tyson. Shifting to acoustic guitars, the pair supported Plant on “Going to California” and a rousing “Gallows Pole.” From his 2007 collaboration with Alison Krauss, Plant sang “Please Read the Letter,” another reminder of just how varied his career has been. Alternating between old and new, “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” from Zeppelin’s first album was followed by “The May Queen” (no relation to “Stairway”) from the current Carry Fire. Due to local noise restrictions, the show had a hard stop of 10 pm, but no one went home disappointed after encores of “I’m in the Mood for a Melody” and “Whole Lotta Love.” Plant’s legendary pipes are still capable of scaling heights, and the Sensational Space Shifters are an impressive collection of multi-instrumentalists more than capable of living up to one of rock’s most enduring legacies. Forest Hills Stadium is also a venerable venue. Home to the U.S. Tennis Open until 1978, its musical legacy includes The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and local boys Simon and Garfunkel. After a long hiatus as a performance space, it now offers an impressive lineup of concerts during the summer months. Upcoming shows will feature Roger Daltrey, Arctic Monkeys, Van Morrison and Willie Nelson, David Byrne and The National. — SETLIST: Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters @ Forest Hills Stadium 6/13/2018 The Lemon Song (Led Zeppelin song) Turn It Up The May Queen Rainbow Going to California (Led Zeppelin song) Please Read the Letter (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss cover) Gallows Pole ([traditional] cover) Carry Fire Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You (Joan Baez cover) Little Maggie ([traditional] cover) Fixin’ to Die (Bukka White cover) Encore: In the Mood Bring It On Home / Whole Lotta Love / Santianna / Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin song)
  23. Robert Plant Busts Out ‘Hot Dog’ In Richmond Jun 13, 2018 - By Scott Bernstein Vocalist Robert Plant is currently on the road for the latest North American leg of a tour in support of his Carry Fire album. Plant and his band The Sensational Space Shifters brought the run to Virginia Credit Union Live! At Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia on Sunday, where they had a big surprise in store to begin their encore. Robert Plant led his ensemble through “Hot Dog” to start Sunday’s encore. Plant hadn’t played the country-tinged song from Led Zeppelin’s 1979 album In Through The Out Door since January 28, 1994 as per Setlist.FM’s records. Guitarists Justin Adams and Liam Tyson, drummer Dave Smith, keyboardist John Baggott, fiddler Seth Lakeman and bassist Billy Fuller do a fine job of backing Plant on the long-lost gem. The band went on to end the show in Richmond with a medley that incorporated parts of “Bring It On Home,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “Santianna.” Next up for Plant is a performance in New York City tonight. Hot Dog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6tL3k3-xg8 https://www.jambase.com/article/robert-plant-busts-hot-dog-richmond
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    Robert Plant - Pre-Zep History

    BOJ with Plant went past March 1968. This post above billed as their "last appearance" of the BOJ w/Robert Plant was from May 28, 1968.