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  1. "What about David Coverdale?" HA! It's endearing how Dave's completely unconvincing as the navelgazing tool going solo in his new enlightened state. He just doesn't seem to have that kind of air about him at all. Glad they're together, but hoping for some TCV side projects as well . I've been watching their Sonic Highways series (about half way through) and am very much enjoying the musical journey. Interesting idea well done.
  2. Listen to an excerpt of Robert's contribution, "The Blanket of Night" (Elbow), on his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robertplant/
  3. Speaking of Tinariwen, they've also released a snippet on their Facebook about their part in The Long Road: https://www.facebook.com/tinariwenmusic/?fref=ts
  4. Some more info about Ayman Hirh and his family whose plight Kindness has recounted above and recorded for the forthcoming album: Powerful Street Art Mural Documents Family's Escape From Syria Ayman Hirh fled Damascus with his wife and two young sons in 2011. 03/01/2016 10:59 am ET Lee Moran Trends Editor, The Huffington Post A striking street art mural in England documents a family's escape from war-torn Syria. The poignant portrait of Ayman Hirh, who fled Damascus with his wife and two young sons in late 2011, was painted by London-based graffiti artist PANG on a wall in Camden in northern London. Hirh decided to leave his country after a crackdown on demonstrators in which nine of his friends were killed, reports the British Red Cross. He added his own hand-written and thought-provoking message just below his portrait in PANG's piece. "I was a successful businessman, selling marble and granite across Syria and living with my wife and two sons in the Jobar district of Syria's capital Damascus," he inked on the wall. British Red Cross/Andy Oliver/GoffPhotos.Com Ayman Hirh stands in front of the striking mural that he created with London street artist PANG "Every night before we go to sleep, we remember our home. I love my flat in Damascus more than Buckingham Palace," he added. The British Red Cross commissioned the artwork in a bid to raise the public's awareness about the plight of refugees. The U.K. is planning to take in 20,000 more Syrian refugees by the end of 2020. Eleven million people have been displaced by war in Syria and 4 million have left the country since 2011. Hirh arrived in England with his family on Jan. 1, 2012, and now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he's studying English and business part-time at Edinburgh College. It was "great to meet PANG and share my story," Hirh said in a statement. "I hope that my experience will encourage people to think about the reasons people like me are forced to leave home before they judge us," he added. British Red Cross/Andy Oliver/GoffPhotos.Com Ayman Hirh hand writes out his poignant messages on PANG's street mural in north London. PANG said it was "an honor" to be asked to create the artwork. "I hope that it spreads the message that refugees are all individuals, like you and me, who have no choice other than to seek sanctuary in the country that they arrive." Hirh's story has also inspired a song called "The Retelling" by the British musician Adam Bainbridge, known by his stage name, Kindness. It appears on an album coordinated by the British Red Cross called "The Long Road." Released on Friday, the album highlights migrants and refugees' experiences in the U.K. -- and also features music by rock star Robert Plant, hip-hop artist Scroobius Pip, and bands like Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars and Tinariwen. The British Red Cross is also asking famous artists, celebrities and members of the public to design postcards portraying the themes of home, hope or humanity. They will then be auctioned online, with all proceeds going to the organization's Syria Crisis Appeal. The deadline for submissions is March 7. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/street-art-refugees-london_us_56d57e29e4b0871f60eca190 I really like that postcard design idea and that everyone can participate.
  5. HA! Have you tried it?! Sounds like great fun, BUT only if it doesn't have to be preceded by a naked roll around in the snow. Now a streak across the snow to the sauna in the dead of night maybe... Compared to the last time I posted here, it's a balmy -1C with some 'wintry mix' setting in later this morning. Far too warm for any Finnish shenanigans
  6. A couple of shows have been booked for August: Meersburg Schlossplatz, Meersburg, Germany (2-8-2016): 02.12.2016 LED ZEPPELIN SINGER ROBERT PLANT IS IN SUMMER IN MEERSBURG BE SINGLE GERMANY CONCERT! Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant are in the summer in Meersburg his only concert in Germany! All good things come in threes: Meersburg Open Air was first expanded this summer to a total of three concert days. Besides Sarah Connor (3:08.) And Rea Garvey (04:08.) Will be his only concert in Germany in the summer of 2016 on the Palace Square, the legendary Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant (02:08.). Robert Plant gained with the hard rock band Led Zeppelin world fame. From its foundation in 1968 to 1980, he was the lead singer of British rock band with more than 300 million albums sold the most successful groups of hard rock era. Song classics like "Whole Lotta Love", "Black Dog", "Looking For Love" and "Stairway To Heaven" set the benchmark in rock history. After dissolution of the band Robert Plant launched a versatile solo career, during which he was repeatedly awarded prizes, including five Grammys 2009 for collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss. Next summer, the exceptional singer, who is known for his distinctive vocal style, present in Meersburg alongside his new songs of course unforgettable Led Zeppelin classic. MEERSBURG OPEN AIR - Meersburg, Schlossplatz ROBERT PLANT - The only concert in Germany! Tue, 02 August 2016 | 20:00 | 62, - Euro - TICKETS AVAILABLE http://www.koko.de/de/news/842 Tickets available either via http://www.koko.de/de/event-details/639/robert-plant or http://www.robertplant.com/#road Check out Meersburg Open Air Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meersburgopenair/ (It's in German). and Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, UK (runs August 4 -7, 2016): Robert Plant, The Flaming Lips and Crystal Fighters to headline Oxfordshire's Wilderness festival - while Raymond Blanc cooks for punters Tim Hughes, Features and Music Editor / Tuesday 23 February 2016 LED Zeppelin star Robert Plant and American alternative rock band The Flaming Lips have been named as headliners of this year’s Wilderness festival. They join an impressive line-up at the music gathering, held at Cornbury Park, Charlbury, which also includes electro-folk band Crystal Fighters, Grammy-nominate soul-pop singer Lianne La Havas, jazz-house artist Parov Stellar, Oxford’s Glass Animals, and drum and bass DJ Goldie – who performs with the Heritage Orchestra – famous for performing rave and dance classics on classical instruments. Also unveiled for the four-day event, which takes place from August 4-7, are singer-songwriter Matt Corby, Shura, Tourist, Georgia, Rosie Lowe, Elias and the Hackney Colliery Band. As in previous years, there will also be a strong culinary line-up, with banquets catered by Oxford’s Raymond Blanc of double Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons at Great Milton, Skye Gyngell and Virgilio Martinez. More intimate chef’s table dinners will be presided over by Christian Puglisi (of Relae, Copenhagen), Robin Gill (The Dairy), Tomos Parry (Kitty Fisher’s) and Lee Westcott (Typing Room). Late night parties will be hosted in the festival’s secluded valley by Andrew Weatherall, Chjcago house maestro Derrick Carter, Jackmaster, PBR Streetgang, last year’s star DJ Tom Middleton, and the aforementioned Goldie. There will also be performances by Rambert, Ronnie Scott’s and the Wilderness Orchestra – who will present a tribute to David Bowie, along with special guests. Vocalist Robert Plant will play the festival with his Sensational Space Shifters on what will be the only UK date on his 2016 tour. He said: “In recent times The Space Shifters and I have found a natural home for our music in beautiful places that often carry their own unique resonance. “I know the Wilderness Festival is one of those places and I’m really looking forward to summoning our madness there.” The Flaming Lips will be performing their seminal album The Soft Bulletin. Sebsatian Pringle, frontman of Crystal Fighters said he was also looking forward to playing the picturesque site: “Wilderness is the quintessential English countryside music festival, done properly,” he said. “There are amazing bands, art, food, drink, comedy and so much more. Crystal Fighters played there in its inaugural year, and you could just tell it was the beginning of something so magical. I have been checking out the poster every year since and the each time the line-up is unquestionably brilliant. Viva Wilderness!” Mr Blanc's banquet was one of the highlights of last year's festival. He said: "Last year I presented two bustling banquets at Wilderness. We had over 800 lively guests, with smiles on their faces and costumes at the ready. "What a fabulous experience and an awesome way to party! Cooking up a flavour: Raymond Blanc OBE "It was a first for me, and I can't wait to come back. It is such a fantastic way to bring together music lovers who celebrate food. "For me, Wilderness is where you can spend time with family and friends, with so much to see, hear and taste. A brilliant way to spend a weekend in Oxfordshire.” More names are still to be announced. Tickets cost from £164+booking fee from ticketmaster.co.uk/wilderness http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/14295347.Robert_Plant_and_The_Flaming_Lips_to_headline_Wilderness_festival____and_look_who_s_doing_the_cooking_/?ref=rss In fact, more names have been announced, and there's a more detailed write-up about the performers and events here: http://www.efestivals.co.uk/news/16/160223a.shtml From the Wilderness Festival site: Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters The Main Stage One of a generation of British kids, drawn without rhyme or reason, to sounds from a far away world. A world of field holler, despair, Levee camp and chain-gang moans; of Saturday night fish-fry and Juke Joint foot stomp. A million miles lay between the brooding pulse of Mississippi Delta life and the sanitized shelter of the timid English boy, circa 1962. 50 years on – drawing from a lifetime of adventures, tracking the dark, beautiful resonator, Plant follows his heart and lifts his voice higher and joyous ever away and beyond. A voice of experience and learning from the sounds of Southside Chicago Electric Blues; of Griot mantras from West Africa; from Louisiana Dance Halls; Greenwich Village Folk hangover; Haight Ashbury indulgences; Moroccan medina breakbeat; the early English radical techno materials, Texas two-step and Bristol dubstep. Before his recent projects in Nashville with Alison Krauss and Band of Joy, Plant worked alongside the very interesting force, “Strange Sensation”, recording the critically acclaimed, multi-Grammy nominated albums – “Dreamland” and “Mighty Rearranger”. From this platform, Sensational Space Shifters has developed. Now together these confederates and conspirators dig deeper and more intensely, always twisting and turning, bringing the past into a brilliant technicolour present. https://www.wildernessfestival.com/product/robert-plant/?location=43390# Wilderness Festival 2016 Programme listing performers and activities: https://www.wildernessfestival.com/2016-programme/ (A Shakespeare play will be performed!) TICKETS: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/wilderness Wilderness Festival Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wildernessfestival/ and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/WildernessHQ The article states that this is their only UK stop (though I wonder whether that just means up to this point? Seems like more dates keep sprinkling the summer tour here and there...).
  7. Somehow I forgot to add extra info about the July 1 show which will be part of the Rock Werchter Festival in Belgium (June 30 - July 3, 2016): Robert Plant will always be known as Led Zeppelin’s frontman. From 1968 until 1980 the British foursome was the ultimate rock band; successful, influential, and loud. In his solo career, Plant has chosen adventure as often as possible. His life mantra: ‘Dig deep and celebrate the past. But beware of nostalgia and keep it fresh’. No sooner said than done. ‘Raising Sand’ (2007), a collaboration with American singer and violinist Alison Krauss, was reckoned to be one of the best country albums of the century, and won six Grammy Awards. With The Sensational Space Shifters, Plant delves into African music, Delta blues and gospel. He also comes up with new interpretations of Zeppelin classics. Standards include ‘Black Dog’, ‘Going to California’ and the eternal crowd-pleaser ‘Whole Lotta Love’. The Sensational Space Shifters have accompanied Plant since 2012 on a pretty much uninterrupted world tour. Various ticket options available here: http://www.rockwerchter.be/en/tickets Extra ticket info: http://www.rockwerchter.be/en/practical-info/tickets Check out the other eclectic acts throughout the festival: http://www.rockwerchter.be/en/line-up
  8. ^ That's awesome! It's self-serving, but I mean it sincerely when I say good luck to the Rangers!
  9. I'm having 'submit reply' issues. The first time was in the 'Stairway lawsuit' thread where I posted two replies but the second (an article) ended up being a copy of the first (response to two posters). Just now I was in the 'classical music thread' and upon pressing the reply button ended up in the 'Rival Sons' thread with nothing posted in the classical one. In both instances a repost was necessary. Just a head's up for people to save their wordier posts lest they lose their thoughts.
  10. Appreciate it, FavouriteTipple, my pleasure . It's fun to get a glimpse of the atmosphere and music. The next best thing to being there (even if the heat we have to imagine).
  11. Decades Later, 'Stairway to Heaven' Still in Dispute Commentary by James G. Sammataro, Daily Business Review February 19, 2016 Randy California always said so. A guitar virtuoso discovered by Jimi Hendrix at age 15, California plucked a distinct guitar line on his band's 1968 instrumental "Taurus" that reminds some of a guitar line from Led Zeppelin's 1971 smash hit "Stairway to Heaven." Until his death in 1997, California refused to sue. He just wanted an artist's fair recognition: a liner credit, a thank you and a significant footnote in rock 'n' roll lore. Unconstrained by his quaint magnanimity, California's estate sued Led Zeppelin for infringement in 2014. Can the estate climb this stairway to a judgment in its favor? It's a steep climb. The estate's first step was to overcome a seemingly preposterous delay of 43 years before filing suit. They made it thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 "Raging Bull" decision in Petralla v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which eliminated the defense of laches (undue delay) from copyright cases and sanctioned a revolving three-year look back in copyright infringement actions. The estate's next step is to demonstrate it has enough of a case to survive a summary judgment motion. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has set forth an unforgiving substantial similarity test, but the estate appears capable of marshaling some favorable facts. In 1968, a then-unknown Led Zeppelin opened for and shared the bill with California's band, Spirit — a pioneer of the psychedelic rock sound that incorporated delay and distortion effects to bend minds and alter moods. Zeppelin covered Spirit's tune "Fresh Garbage" during their sets. In early interviews, Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page stated how Spirit's music moved him "on an emotional level." Further, Zeppelin, long accused of boosting classic blues songs, is no stranger to infringement actions, having settled at least six claims involving "Dazed & Confused," "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" and "Whole Lotta Love" (a prejudicial fact unlikely to be presented to a jury but likely to embolden plaintiffs counsel). Summary Judgment Yet compelling evidence of access and copying will not be enough. To prevail, the estate must prove that any copying was quantitatively and qualitatively sufficient to support the legal conclusion that infringement has occurred. Inspired parrotting is one thing; misappropriated piracy is another. The latter requires more than a subjective "I know it when I hear it," but an objective examination of protected and copyrightable elements of expression. The estate, likely aided by a musicologist's expert testimony, must identify specific and independently protectable notes, chord progressions, tone and structure that were pilfered. In order to survive summary judgment, the estate will likely need to prove more than merely a shared A-minor chord and a descending bass line, conspicuously present in earlier works including Zeppelin's "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" and George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps). If the estate can survive summary judgment, it needs to convince the jury that protected expression was infringed. Given the human element, this is often easier than surviving summary judgment as evidenced by the 2015 "Blurred Lines" jury verdict. There, Marvin Gaye's estate prevailed based on perceived similarities between Robin Thicke and Pharrell William's "Blurred Lines" and Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give it Up," despite never proving Gaye owed any of the borrowed elements: a shared baseline and the use of percussions, hand claps, falsetto signing and party sounds). The final step is proving damages. Too bad for California's estate, the lookback is only three years: as of last count in 2008, "Stairway to Heaven" had earned $562 million. Nonetheless, real dollars could still be in play as "Stairway to Heaven" was included on a recent re-release album, a battle of the experts would be likely. The estate's damages expert would testify for a generous share of those album sales on the rationale that Stairway's iconic status drove profits not merely for that single song but for the entire re-released album, Zeppelin merchandise and perhaps any gold that glittered down upon Zeppelin subsequent to Heart's stirring rendition of Stairway at the band's Kennedy Center Honors. For counterarguments, Zeppelin's damages experts would advocate for modest damages based on a handful of musical notes constituting a small fraction of the song's popular virtues, which include Robert Plant's lyrics, the song's other layered tidbits and Zeppelin's enduring success. Because this is the first meaningful copyright claim over a work thought to be legally dead until resuscitated by the "Raging Bull" decision, many in the music industry will be watching this case scheduled for a May trial, wondering if a new day will dawn for those who stand long. James G. Sammataro is an entertainment lawyer, managing partner of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan's Miami office and the author of "Film and Multimedia and The Law." http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/id=1202749946973/Decades-Later-Stairway-to-Heaven-Still-in-Dispute?slreturn=20160118180247 It doesn't matter whether Spirit's music moved Jimmy on an 'emotional level' or that Zep lifted songs from others in their tunes. These may be used to influence perceptions, but they don't have anything to do with this specific case concerning STH. "The estate, likely aided by a musicologist's expert testimony, must identify specific and independently protectable notes, chord progressions, tone and structure that were pilfered. In order to survive summary judgment, the estate will likely need to prove more than merely a shared A-minor chord and a descending bass line, conspicuously present in earlier works including Zeppelin's "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" and George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps)." And there's the rub. They have to prove that 'Taurus' note sequences are 'independently protectable' and this is specious given that so many other songs that preceded it have them, too (and Zep lawyers could argue, influenced the creation of 'Taurus' as well. Too bad they can't ask Randy California...). As TheGreatOne noted, the huge time span that has passed also works against the plaintiffs, as does the fact that Randy California never sued. Given these points, this suit should be exposed for exactly what it is - an attempt at a money grab based on weak evidence. A familiar tactic, but based on familiar notes not 'protectable' or exclusive to any of the songs that have them. That STH reached a pinnacle speaks to the ingenuity of what could be done with this note sequence.
  12. Thanks for the suggestions, I will. There's a video posted a couple of times in this thread that chronicles that progression going back to classical music compositions, I just don't have the time to peruse and find it at the moment. But it speaks to your point and that of several others who have given examples of similarities not only with this particular note sequence, but others as well, none of which drew law suits. Even Randy California himself didn't sue, but he thought he ought to have been given some form of recognition, which, with all due respect, I still disagree with given that sequence's repeated appearance in music history. When Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" was released, fans immediately pointed to Madonna's "Express Yourself" - LG's was FAR more similar to Madge's, so much so that Madonna incorporated "Born This Way" seamlessly into "Express Yourself" when she performed it live. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, she said, tongue firmly in cheek. She was above suing, even though this was blatant. On the opposite end of the scale, you have a few notes in sequence appearing throughout many compositions, easy to display, and even though Randy flattered himself with credit, sorry, these were around for a long time already, even if 'Taurus' was one of the places he heard it. I'm not sure Spirit will get the attention they maybe think they will get, certainly not the coin. People tend to put down such attempts at money grabs. If 'Taurus' a rather monotonous tune gets more airplay, they should just send a fruit basket with a thank-you note. There's no comparison in it to the greatness that is "Stairway to Heaven". Here's the thing, too. Jimmy may have heard it from Randy and went, hey that's interesting, and gone off and worked on whatever his imagination dictated, or said to himself, hey that reminds me of... and went off composing. But lawsuits don't legislate what's in someone's heart; the fact remains that even if it sounds similar to a layman's ears, it's not nearly enough to sue for credit. More similar songs have lost in court.
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