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  1. Random Newspaper Articles

    Go-Set (Australia) Jan. 24, 1970 "To Turn Over a New Leaf, Pick a Page" - Jimmy Page Interview
  2. Robert Plant Guitarist

    1995 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  3. John Paul Jones @ the unveiling of The Adoration Trilogy

    that's correct
  4. John Paul Jones @ the unveiling of The Adoration Trilogy

    more pics:
  5. John Paul Jones attended the unveiling of 'The Adoration Trilogy: Searching For Apollo' by Alistair Morrison last night, also joining Donovan on mandolin. The event hosted by Roger Daltrey to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust included: Alice Cooper, Tom Jones, Peter Frampton & Bill Wyman. https://www.facebook.com/JohnPaulJonesOfficial/
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    Denver 1970
  7. New York, NY -Madison Square Garden- June 8, 1977

    Bonzo wearing glasses
  8. Zeppelin Mysteries Hosted by Steve A. Jones

    I haven't come across any coverage of the US '72 tour in Creem or Circus magazines, specifically. Been checking around... Anyone seen anything in these two publications?
  9. Not entirely true... I got this pick from one of the Page/Crowes shows at Roseland:
  10. The guitar pick will be available in an upcoming auction: https://www.backstageauctions.com/catalog/1483-jimmy-page-1986-the-firm-owned-used-vintage-guitar-pick/ai/0/27667/
  11. Random Newspaper Articles

    Superstars - Zeppelins were flying high at £1,000 a night. Express & Star, February 27, 1969 SUPERSTARS Zeppelins were flying high at £1,000 a night Superstars… They play one night stands - for at least £1,000 a gig – to audiences of over 4,000. Each concert is attended by representatives of the top music papers and prominent officials of their record company. Advance orders for their albums reach staggering proportions. One of the latest additions to this elite set is Led Zeppelin, the group formed by former Yardbird Jimmy Page and featuring local artists Robert Plant, vocalist, of West Bromwich and drummer John Bonham, who played for a time in Robert’s old group, the Band of Joy. Recently returned from America where the superstars mostly work, they are to spend a short time in this country before starting a tour of Scandinavia. After this, they set off again for America in April, for more gigs, including the one that’s staggered even them – a date at the Newport Jazz Festival. The fact that their LP is breaking into the charts over here was obviously pleasing to them, but they were bound to take it calmly after hearing that advance orders in America had reached 125,000. Led Zeppelin are flying really high, despite their name and at last Robert Plant feels fulfilled. Yet just before he got the job he was thinking of packing in the whole business. He’d formed a number of bands which quickly became idolized locally – but somehow they all fell through. His most notable group was Listen, which entered the Top 50 for a week with a song called You Better Run. He formed several Bands of Joy, but they didn’t get far outside the Midlands and eventually he joined another group – which was where his first break came. While doing one concert he found himself playing on the same bill as Terry Reid. After the concert, they complimented each other’s singing and had a long talk about styles of music. Three months later, Terry met a despondent Robert in London and told him: “The Yardbirds want to see you”. Eventually Robert joined them, then formed a new group with Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones, who had produced several Donovan records. Then came the choice of a drummer. Robert suggested John Bonham, who was at that time backing Tim Rose. Jimmy was pleased with him and the group was together. Ten hectic days followed during which they got the sound together, cut an album and prepared for a tour of Scandinavia. At the end of those ten days, Led Zeppelin was an established fact. The Scandinavia tour was a hit. They came back to Britain for a time. “Living on the name of the Yardbirds” as Robert say, then they set off for America. As a group they were unknown, although Jimmy had won an American audience with The Yardbirds. Tapes of their album had been sent to the radio stations in advance and that served to whet the appetites of the fans. They started off in Los Angeles, before an enormous audience who gave them a great burst of applause when they were announced. Says drummer John: “When they clap you like that you drive yourself to play well.” He adds: “In America, the audiences are tremendously interested in what you’re doing. They listen very carefully and if they life it, you’re made”. They liked it! The music papers gave them rave reviews and they went on to San Francisco for several dates. They started off unbilled, but finished by playing above established groups like Taj Mahal and Iron Butterfly. Says Robert: “By the time we got to the east coast, we were getting standing ovations. At the Fillmore in New York, we did better than anyone. We were booked immediately for three times the amount. It was incredible. We were earning about £1,000 a night. Everyone was saying we were the next Cream and the next God knows what. Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records, was so pleased that he came to every gig we did after that.” Robert’s final words were that he doesn’t care what happens now that he’s been booked for the Newport Jazz Festival. From now on he’s satisfied. [by John Ogden | Tops In Pops, Express & Star | February 27, 1969]
  12. Plant life Robert Plant on being a happy-go-lucky football fan, a dad and his wardrobe of personalities The one-time swaggering, full-throated Led Zeppelin frontman releases new album Carry Fire which demonstrates a restless man of the world with serious questions about what’s going on By Simon Cosyns IMAGINE the lifestyle of a rock god... five-star hotel suites, private jets, Cristal champagne on tap. So Robert Plant, one-time swaggering, full-throated Led Zeppelin frontman who wore impossibly tight jeans, what are you doing this weekend? “I’m heading to Burton-on-Trent to watch the Wolves play away,” he laughs, throwing back his shaggy mane of greying blond curls. The main thing that sets 69-year-old Plant apart from most of his peers is that he keeps his feet on terra firma. The life-long Wolves fan, and honorary club vice-president along with his heroes Steve Bull and Ron Flowers, is loving the current Championship season. His gold and black team are sitting pretty at the top of the table... “although we did lose miserably to Sheffield Wednesday,” he’s at pains to point out. “And the guy who scored was an ex-Wolves player we couldn’t wait to get rid of!” Plant’s love of the beautiful game yields this telling insight: “Music is almost an intimacy that I creep back into. “It’s for the other me that has always existed in parallel to this happy-go-lucky football fan, proud dad and now proud grandfather.” No doubt his trip to Burton was accompanied by a pint or three of the local ale, for the singer has always preferred beer and boozers to anything more salubrious. These days he’s partial to a drop of Neck Oil, a popular craft beer produced by his son Logan’s rapidly expanding Beavertown outfit. “Neck Oil is my favourite one of his. That’s called the session beer, a gentle five per cent, but there’s a really good one called Gamma Ray with a bit more bang to it,” he informs me. “My son makes a lot of beer these days. He can’t stop. He, like me, is surrounded by fantastic people and makes for a great front man. “He may be there at the vanguard of this (craft beer) stuff along with his pals but his dedication to variety and taste is insane.” Widening the chat to all his offspring, he adds: “It’s a good family. The kids are following their dreams and they’re ably doing it under their own steam. They could wait for me to croak... but that’s not happening.” I’m meeting Plant in his North London local, naturally, to mull over his latest album, the richly atmospheric, worldly-wise Carry Fire, his first since 2014’s Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar. It’s the latest chapter in his forward-facing career and explains why a Led Zeppelin nostalgia fest remains an unlikely prospect. “Hang on, what’s the date?” he asks when the inevitable reunion question pops up. “September 29,” I tell him. His thoughts turn immediately to his great Black Country mucker, late Zep drummer John Bonham. Plant says: “Well, John died 37 years ago. The date of his passing was a few days ago. “You can’t pitch yourself at another era because you HAVE to be as good as that might have been. “You have to be responsible artistically, creatively and you have to believe in everything that you do during that performance.” Basically, he’s suggesting that if he, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones got back together minus the powerhouse that was Bonham, they couldn’t do their younger selves justice. “So who would we be performing for exactly? Ourselves?” he says, putting the subject to rest. One nod to the old days is Plant’s opening track on Carry Fire, The May Queen. Led Zep devotees will know she gets a mention in Stairway To Heaven but there the comparison ends. Another reminder of times past is his duet with musical soulmate Chrissie Hynde on a cover of Bluebirds Over The Mountain... because he gets to sing his favourite word “baby” one more time. “I haven’t done enough of that for a while,” he muses. “In 1972, I think somebody in the back of Melody Maker counted the number of ‘babys’ that were uttered on one of our albums. “As a kid, I was into the Ritchie Valens version of Bluebirds Over The Mountain. It’s stunning and so simplistic. “I was born in 1948, so in the middle of everything else happening today, what a relief to just sing a song that goes, ‘Bring my baby back to me’.” So how come he was joined by the indomitable Ms Hynde? “We’ve always been aware of each other and our individual bodies of work,” he says. “I knew the song needed a voice with some allure and she’s got truckloads of it. “She’s brilliant, she’s inflammatory. She ploughs her own furrow and she’s got a style that is so unique and beautiful. She’s a wonderful, delicate toughie.” Plant’s albums tend to weave a rich tapestry of sound, incorporating rock ’n’ roll, folk, soul, North African rhythms, subtle washes of electronica and those incomparable vocals. This time out, his band the Sensational Space Shifters led by long-time cohort Justin Adams, are joined by folk singer and fiddle maestro Seth Lakeman on three tracks. “Seth’s brought cheer and eloquence,” says Plant. “And also his knowledge of folk music, which means he can teach us some stuff. It’s not exactly Fairport Convention!” There’s also a distinct Bristol vibe because of that city’s trip-hop pioneers like Portishead, Massive Attack and Tricky. “It’s all the trippy s**t, the drum and bass stuff,” says Plant. “Bristol’s a very lucky place to come from, a real 21st century city. There’s more of a rub between black and white music.” Carry Fire also bears the influence of another of Plant’s haunts, rural Wales, with scenery that summons mysticism, romanticism and love of nature. This harks back to the bucolic atmosphere of Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp from Led Zeppelin III, named after a cottage he shared with Page to get away from the mayhem. He says: “My latest contributions were conceived along those small rivers on the Welsh borders, the Arrow, the Lugg and the Teme. Those places unlock me, open me up. “I drove down from Aberystwyth yesterday and for the first two hours I was in raptures. I had my dog in the back and we had the windows open and I thought, ‘Look at this, it’s heaven.’ “You follow the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons and the colours and the resonance changes your mood.” Plant is and has always been a hopeless romantic and this is borne out by ethereal new ballad Dance With You Tonight. Like so many songwriters, he’s unashamed that love is a familiar theme in his work. “One of the best ones was Rain Song in Zeppelin,” he says. “Because it was so beautiful, the music just told me what to write.” Yet on Carry Fire, there’s a new element to Plant’s lyricism, created by his dismay at a world going off the rails. It’s not overt finger-pointing but it demonstrates this restless man of the world has serious questions about what’s going on. He describes Carving Up The World Again... as a “very quick glimpse at what we’ve had to do because we have no faith in mankind. We’re strange animals because we can do so much good. “I heard this morning that someone is intent on colonising Mars, the red planet, and yet if that’s possible, how come we’re not able to take in the ebb and flow of humanity, brother to brother, side by side, the different languages? We haven’t got things right so people are ready to bail.” More questions are posed on the fired-up Bones Of Saints which looks at who buys the bullets, who sells the guns. “And yet we know very well that if there were no armament factories, nothing would be happening,” says Plant. “We have to watch it all like some prolonged TV serial... somebody in an opium den somewhere writing the next episode.” Another song, New World, is about “colonialism, imperialism” and speaks for all humanity yet was specifically inspired by Plant’s time in Austin, Texas, where he lived with then girlfriend, singer Patty Griffin. There he learned about the plight of the Comanche people and their leader, Quanah Parker, how they were driven out of Texas to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, which then became a massive US military base. Plant found visiting the fort “a crippling” experience. “In the middle of it all, past the McDonald’s and the movie halls and once you’ve gone through the wire fences and presented your passport, you come to the graves of the Apache scouts. “There you will also find the grave of Quanah Parker yet nobody from his tribe can visit because of where it is.” Finally, we return to Plant’s own situation, what drives this single-minded artist. “You know, this is not a career,” he says. “It’s an assembly of remarkable gifts and experiences. “If I’m going to weave some words around three or four-minute pieces of music, it’s got to be what’s going on in me and around me. “I’ve tried a lot of guises as a man and it’s been like having a wardrobe of attempted personality changes. “They’ve all had great flurries and flushes... then sometimes the wheel spins...” I can’t help interjecting: “You really have had an amazing life.” “Apparently,” he replies. “I’d like to find out what the f*** has been going on!” https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/4724773/robert-plant-new-album-carry-fire-led-zeppelin/
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