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  1. Photos of various theater marquees for The Song Remains the Same:
  2. Robert Plant Talks 'Wild' New Solo LP, Looks Back on 2007 Led Zeppelin Gig The frontman on writing about Trump, his relationships with his former bandmates and returning to the U.K. In a candid chat, Robert Plant discusses how he's fighting nostalgia with new music, and looks back on Led Zeppelin's "magnificent" 2007 reunion. Ed Miles By Patrick Doyle "Hold on a minute, the little doggy's about to run away," Robert Plant says as he puts the phone down at his home in England, on the Welsh border. After a vacation in Morocco, Plant sounds antsy as he prepares to release his new album, Carry Fire. He recorded it with a group of musicians under the name the Sensational Space Shifters, many of whom he first worked with in 2002, and returned to in 2014 after projects with Alison Krauss and the Band of Joy and, of course, a one-off Led Zeppelin reunion in 2007. Featuring a diverse crew of world musicians, the band blends Middle Eastern, American and Celtic roots music. "It's a little wild, a little bit crazy in concept," says Plant, 69, who plans to tour the world with the Space Shifters in 2018. "We've got a kind of communal drift, which has stayed with us no matter what other projects we do. It's like a brotherhood, really." Plenty of your Sixties contemporaries are still on the road, but most aren't regularly releasing new music. Anyone who gets tangled up in music and performance wants to keep it going. But by which means do you do it? Cramming the stuff into the suitcase again and playing live? Or is it creativity, another adventure, and trying to impress people who often want to hear how it was rather than how it is? That's what I've been trying to do. After we lost John [Bonham] in 1980, I waited two albums before I went on tour, and when I did, I didn't play any Zeppelin stuff. How did it feel touring without Zeppelin for the first time? Like my world had collapsed. But what happened in the first place when you didn't have a game? You had to go out and make one. So I've shifted around over the years. That way, I keep interested and excited in what I do. One new song repeats the line "a wall and not a fence," a direct quote from Trump. When he first said that, I thought, "Oh, fancy that, where have we heard that before?" Everyone with a certain neurosis has said ["build a wall"], from the first caveman with a stick to the Great Wall of China and on and on. He was only the most recent character to go to the same place. How do you view Trump? I got to a point where I could no longer watch. The media makes it such a garish feast. I just decided that there's a process that will sort itself out and rectify itself in due course. Which it will. I keep my head down and dissolve into books. You lived in Austin before returning to the U.K. three years ago. What was that time like? Wonderful. I was embraced by the community there and exposed to so many great musicians and played a lot of great gigs. Patty Griffin and I started a band called Crown Vic. I bought an old cop car and we drove to play a festival in Marfa, Texas, listening to all the appropriate music. But maybe I was a bit too old to make the move. It was with a very heavy heart I had to come back to Wales. It felt like a major defeat. So why did you leave? I missed my family, and I wanted some peace. Without being too cheesy, I missed the misty mountains – the wet Welsh climate. I like weather people run away from. What's your life like in Wales? I've got great friends and a really good dog. I play tennis. I play soccer every Wednesday at 7 p.m. I play till someone says, "Go in goal – it looks like you're gonna die." Then somebody brings the defibrillator quick. Last year, you spent two weeks with your old bandmates to fight for the writing credits of "Stairway to Heaven." Did it feel like old times? [Laughs] Um, well, what was once a steady date becomes a cup of coffee. That's basically how it turned out, a cup of coffee from time to time. But nothing intimate. We're coming up on the 10-year anniversary of Zeppelin's Celebration Day. How do you look back on that night? It was magnificent. We hit a home run that night, which is something that we were really fearful of. There was probably more riding on that than we would care to believe. Our performance was crucial, but we could reproduce sound in a much more reliable way, so we could be kickass, and sound kickass. Some of those horrific gigs way back were lacking in quality. Gene Simmons recently said that rock is dead. Do you agree? I haven't any idea of where rock begins and ends. Did it begin with Link Wray? Did it begin with Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88"? Did it end with Black Flag? I think it's still here, it's just morphing. And long may it morph. Almost every other rock star but you has written a memoir. Would you? Never. 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. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/robert-plant-on-carry-fire-album-2007-led-zeppelin-show-w504489
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    Hampton Roads Coliseum 1971 ad http://www.ledzeppelin.com/show/september-9-1971
  4. Atlanta 1973 soundcheck photos

    The venue of these soundcheck photos have long been debated, which most fans narrowed down to Atlanta or Tampa. I don't think there was a soundcheck at Tampa, so Atlanta was the likely place. Confirmation from the photographer reveals that it was indeed Atlanta. Unfortunately, he only has one outtake photo left in his collection (the first pic below). Curious to note that the band played Beatles songs during the soundcheck. "Sad to say that this out take is one of the few Led Zeppelin photos I have left. The rest were sold to magazines and were kept on file for future use. The photos were never returned. This photo was taken during an afternoon sound check. It was pretty cool hearing Led Zeppelin warm up playing Beatles numbers!" http://www.ledzeppelin.com/show/may-4-1973
  5. Robert Plant to headline 2018 Byron Bay Bluesfest

    http://forums.ledzeppelin.com/calendar/1-community-calendar/2017/12/
  6. Just added to Vintage Swag section:
  7. ROBERT PLANT & THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS ARE PLAYING BLUESFEST ON FRIDAY 30TH MARCH 2018 BOOK TICKETS HERE http://www.bluesfest.com.au/schedule/detail.aspx?ArtistID=485 The legendary singer of Led Zeppelin returns to Bluesfest along with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters. With his new album ‘Carry Fire’ due out next month, and the incredible milestone of 50 years since Led Zeppelin’s first album was released, it promises to be a powerful show, that’s not to be missed for any true fan. Robert Plant made his first commercial recordings in 1966. In 1967, he had also formed a group called the Band of Joy, with drummer John Bonham. Soon, Bonham, Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, and bassist John Paul Jones assembled to become The New Yardbirds which became Led Zeppelin. The Led Zeppelin era ended in 1980 when John Bonham died. Since that time, Plant has put his wide-ranging musical fascination to good use on solo albums, with Jimmy Page, and in recordings with bands like The Honeydrippers, Priory of Brion, and Strange Sensation. His performances have reflected his embrace of West Coast psychedelic rock, roots blues, African music, and traditional folk. Plant continued to expand his horizons with 2007′s Raising Sand, a collaboration with Alison Krauss. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the album’s unlikely but magnificent blend earned innumerable critical raves as well as six Grammy® Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year (for “Please Read the Letter,” a Plant/Page song). In 2010 he released an album with the Band of Joy co-produced by his bandmate Buddy Miller (electric guitar, baritone, 6-string bass, mandoguitar) and with fellow musicians Darrell Scott (acoustic guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, banjo, accordion, pedal steel and lap steel guitar), Byron House (bass), Marco Giovino (drums and percussion) which also received 2 Grammy® Award nominations. The Sensational Space Shifters are his latest project, a loose band "inspired by the roots music of Mississippi, Appalachia, Gambia, Bristol and the foothills of Wolverhampton and drawing on influences collected in a lifetime of meander and journeying." Along-side Robert are his semi-regular guitarist Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara from Gambia, Justin's Ritti - playing partner in their duo Juju. Robert Plant and his band will bring to Bluesfest an incredible journey through his unique musical life that will include some of his Led Zeppelin hits. The festival and fans alike welcome them with open arms.
  8. Tampa 1970 - Curtis Hixon Hall

  9. Tokyo 10-3-72 8mm Rare Footage

    sound is dubbed : )
  10. Tokyo 10-3-72 8mm Rare Footage

    Here you go... This will be new footage to most: http://www.ledzeppelin.com/video/tokyo-10-3-72-8mm-film
  11. Jimmy Page / Robert Plant - Bangkok, Thailand Oct. 1972 - RARE PICS

    Here's another batch of rare photos:
  12. Redditch to erect a statue of John Bonham in his honour

    Plans have been put forward for a statue of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham in Redditch town centre \ REDDITCH rock legend John Bonham could finally be honoured with a statute in the town centre, the Advertiser can exclusively reveal. Plans have been put forward for a large bronze memorial depicting the Led Zeppelin drummer in Mercian Square, off Church Green. Ros Sidaway, from The John Bonham Memorial Fund (JBMF), said the main bulk of the funds have been raised thanks to a private donation. Ros, who runs record shop Vintage Trax, said the plans had been a long time coming. "We started this in 2013, so to get to this stage is amazing," she said. "I'm both pleased as well as relieved." She said that the memorial should mean a lot for the town, as well as help raise the profile of John among younger people who may not be fully aware of who he was, or that he was born in Redditch. She added: "It will help bring a sense of pride back to the town." The memorial, by renowned British sculptor Mark Richards, 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. To ensure the quality and stability of the memorial is preserved, the bronze will be coated with an anti-graffiti paint. Campaigners from JBMF plan to set up a Friends of the John Bonham Memorial group that will have "guardians" responsible for its cleaning and general upkeep. 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 will be decided upon at a meeting of Redditch Council on October 11. A special event will be taking place at Vintage Trax, in Headless Cross, on September 22 and 23 to mark John's death where people can view the plans in more detail and comment on them. 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. http://www.redditchadvertiser.co.uk/news/15530015.Redditch_rock_legend_John_Bonham_set_to_be_honoured_with_memorial_in_town_centre/
  13. I was searching for photos for this project last year, but haven't found any in the UK. There's a few pics from the Marquee 1968, but it looks like the Slingerland kit?
  14. Spokane 1968: I also have a couple of unpublished color pics from the Whisky that I'll try to dig up.
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