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  1. Madonna, John Mellencamp and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are among the nominees for the 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame. They are joined by a number of top acts, including Ray Davies, Sade, Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry. The Songwriters Hall of Fame gave The Associated Press a list of nominees in advance of the official announcement, set for Thursday. The gala will be held June 12 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Also nominated are Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Vince Gill, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, Donovan, Cat Stevens and Harry Wayne Casey. Nonperforming songwriter nominees include "Midnight Train to Georgia" writer Jim Weatherly, Motown songwriter William "Mickey" Stevenson and country music songwriters Bobby Braddock and Bill Anderson. Mark James, the writer behind "Always on My Mind" — covered by Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson — is also nominated alongside Don Robertson, Graham Gouldman and Tony Macaulay. Writing duos Hugo & Luigi, Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, and Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham will also compete. Eligible voters can select two nominees from the list of songwriter-performers and three nonperforming songwriters. Voting ends Dec. 16. Source: ABC News - http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/madonna-davies-songwriters-hall-fame-20515653
  2. I swear I heard him say it on the bonus DVD of Celebration Day, just like he did on BBC Sessions!!!
  3. The purpose of this thread is to archive the tweets sent from the official Robert Plant Twitter feed (@RobertPlant). The account became active on Tuesday 6th August 2013.
  4. http://twitter.com/RobertPlant/status/364676248024268801
  5. This article was published on BBC Worldwide today. I've pasted the copy here so that UK readers can see it. Original URL: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20130802-why-wont-led-zeppelin-reform On the Record | 2 August 2013 Why won’t Robert Plant reform Led Zeppelin? Reunions are big business. But one ‘70s superstar – Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant – is bucking the trend. Greg Kot explains why. It’s just a wild guess, but the Rolling Stones’ recent run of paydays, er, concerts, are not likely to have gone unnoticed by the former members of Led Zeppelin. The Stones have been away for a while, are all around 70 years old, and are playing songs from three and four decades ago on their current tour. But with tickets going for as high as $600, they’re pulling in millions of dollars in revenue each night. Somewhere, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones are thinking: “This too could be ours.” A 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion concert at the O2 Arena in London with original members Page, Jones and Robert Plant, joined on drums by Jason Bonham (the son of the late John Bonham), was a success artistically and commercially. The show set a record for ticket demand, with 20 million fans wanting in, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. But the reunion proved to be a one-off, largely because Plant wanted no part of doing something more, despite tour offers ranging as high as $200m (£132m) from concert promoters. Page and Jones even started working with other vocalists in Plant’s stead in hope of keeping Zeppelin afloat, but never took it beyond the rehearsal stage. Plant instead focused on touring in 2008 with country singer Alison Krauss and producer T Bone Burnett, with whom he made a Grammy-winning album, Raising Sand. It didn’t sound anything like Led Zeppelin – a guiding feature behind most of Plant’s music in the three decades since Zeppelin imploded after John Bonham’s death in 1980. Once more with feeling It’s the era of reunions, with everyone from classic-rockers to the first generation of Lollapalooza bands pulling together one more time for the big bucks, but Plant is no bandwagon jumper, despite the eye-popping revenue potential. Consider that the Police raked in more than $340m(£225m) on a 2007-08 comeback tour, the Eagles collected $250m (£165m) in 2008-11, and the Pixies have played to audiences five to ten times bigger in the last decade than when they were releasing ground-breaking albums in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. This year, it’s The Replacements’ turn – or what’s left of them. Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson have signed up to play three dates at Riot Fest in Toronto, Denver and Chicago, after rejecting lucrative offers from festivals such as Coachella and Lollapalooza for years. The exceptions to the trend are dwindling. So far, the Smiths have resisted a big-bucks rapprochement, with Morrissey steadfast in his contention that it will never happen. Ditto for a victory lap from indie-rock favorites Hüsker Dü, with Bob Mould in no mood to commingle assets with Grant Hart. But Plant is the most notable hold-out of all. The singer has his reasons, which he has rephrased countless times over the decades, turning many of his responses into punch lines: “It would be like sleeping with your ex-wife again without having sex.” Engage Plant more deeply on the subject of what it means to play music, and he’ll tell you it’s all about discovery, new challenges. He sees a Zeppelin reunion as a nostalgia piece “fired by youth and a different kind of exuberance,” as he once said. Part of his response suggests that it would be difficult to do anything Zep-related on his terms; that is, to create and perform new music rather than rely on rehashing the past. Even if Plant, Page and Jones reunited to make a new album, would fans want to hear them play it in concert at the expense of Whole Lotta Love and Stairway to Heaven? And if the band was somehow persuaded to crank up the ‘70s jukebox, could Plant hit those high notes and conjure the bravado of the bare-chested “golden god”? Reinventing the past Plant certainly has his doubts. Call it integrity, common sense or just plain old distaste for reliving the past, the singer is that rare ‘70s superstar whose second act is as artistically rewarding – if not as financially lucrative – as his first. Even when he performs Zeppelin songs these days in concert, it’s with a twist, taking the music back not only to its roots in Mississippi Delta blues, but to the shores of West Africa. At a recent show in Grant Park on Chicago’s lakefront, Plant and his genre-bending band, the Sensational Space Shifters, refashioned Whole Lotta Love around a droning, one-string African fiddle rather than an electric guitar. A trance-inducing mix of keyboards and stringed instruments supplanted the flying metal shards of another Zep warhorse, Black Dog. Plant wasn’t trying to shout so much as snake through the songs, darting and diving between the syncopated beats and finding melody lines inside the band’s shadowy interplay. With his greying hair tied up in a Miami Vice-style bun, he looked like he was having a blast, shimmying as the Space Shifters reshaped time. His fans – who have been trained to expect the unexpected from him – danced. The 64-year-old singer smiled devilishly and thanked the audience for indulging him “an evening of soft rock.” He poked fun at the days when he wrote lyrics filled with “mad hobbits and Vikings“. How much did Plant get paid to have all that fun? According to city records, $125,000 (£82,400)– a tenth of what he might have hauled in had he been performing with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. Sure, Plant doesn’t need the money. But it appears he needs Led Zeppelin even less. Greg Kot is the music critic at the Chicago Tribune. His work can be found here If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture, head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter.
  6. http://youtu.be/LAZyNS6DVeQ http://youtu.be/iyhtCR9wUY4 http://youtu.be/--hkNo0JEow http://youtu.be/sV5mBxCAFfo http://youtu.be/_0ifmBs8VgA
  7. Hello again Forum members "new" and "old". It's been a while for me. I've finally managed to find some free time to attempt/create a thread specifically for Led Zep and related (Plant solo, Page solo, Jones solo, Page/Plant, The Firm, etc) - archives, strictly dealing with New Orleans. There is "The New Orleans thread" that I assembled way back when, but I prefer this to deal with Zep and related material, "ONLY". Please feel free to contribute (as long as it's New Orleans based) if at all possible. Thanks in advance. With all of the audio/video footage, articles (new and old) that's out there from the New Orleans area, I thought it would be cool to try and archive all of this stuff into one thread. *** 1971 *** Led Zeppelin's first concert (to my knowledge) in New Orleans was August 29th, 1971 @ The Municipal Auditorium. The date ironically was the same as Hurricane Katrina, 34 years later. How strange is that?!! Based off of the incredible audio footage available of the show following this date (in Orlando Florida - 8/29/71) the band must have been "smokin"!!! I wish to God, this was available. I have had no luck in finding it. If anyone has something to add from this performance, please post (Articles, reviews, newspaper clippings, etc.) Side note* A friend from High School told me that his dad saw Zep here earlier than 71' on a Natchez River Boat or something....He swears to this. I don't believe they visited before 71'. There is no evidence of it. If anyone can prove or disprove-please add. *** 1973 *** Led Zeppelin perform @ The Municipal Auditiorium on May14th. The best known bootleg of this show is "The Drag Queen". Below is a clip. Again, feel free to add anything to this. (vids, articles, etc) That goes for any show. *** 1975 *** Led Zeppelin perform @ the LSU Assembly Center on February 28th. The best known bootlegs of this show are "Rampagin' Cajun" and "Freeze". http://youtu.be/XNYjQNixs60 http://youtu.be/QjjqynVQ5-A *** 1977 *** Led Zeppelin perform @ the LSU Assembly Center on May 19th. Only video footage of this show exsist. No audio has surfaced. http://youtu.be/-1J8BGt2968 Later that year, while in New Orleans preparing to play their biggest concert yet - to a sold out show @ The Superdome - Robert Plant receives the phone call that would change his life,,,and the band. It would be very time consuming (more than I have the patience for) to do a chronological deal. Maybe it will turn out that way......with your help? Here (below) is the most recent show from Robert Plant, which happened two nights ago @ the Mahailia Jackson Theatre. July 17th, 2013. I was hoping to write a first hand essay/summary about the show, but there are some really amazing videos- (I'd like to share) that speak for themselves, so there really is no use in me describing the tunes, since this footage is available.(thankfully) However, I will tell you guys that the energy level was very high. I believe it was a sold out show. I have seen Plant roughly 5-6 times since 1988. I've seen better performances from him, but that's not to say this was a "bad" gig. He never disappoints. The band (as good as they are) seem to play a low-key role, making Plant the star of the show, more than the instruments/virtuosity - taking precedence. Some songs were better than others. My favorites from the night were, "The Enchanter", "Tin Pan Valley", 'Fixin to Die", "Friends", "Four Sticks" and "Whole Lotta Love". His voice was strong throughout, and he teased the crowd with some chants and wails from back in the day- giving reference to "that confounded bridge" and screaming "push. push"...The Golden God was there to please. Fell free to add anything to the Archives "new" and "old"..(New Orleans).. and please enjoy the footage from Wednesday night. It "twas" amazing! In the meantime-I'll do my best to keep up with this. See Ya'll. RH
  8. Here's a pencil drawing from back in the day...around 1978 or so (high school art class)
  9. Robert Plant, Van Morrison, more for London Royal Albert Hall Bluesfest Robert Plant, Bobby Womack and Van Morrison have been announced for a four-day blues-inspired festival at London's Royal Albert Hall. Other artists to play Bluesfest 2013 from Tuesday, October 29 to Friday, November 1 include Gregory Porter, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mavis Staples and Chris Rea. Festival director Leo Green said: "I am thrilled that Bluesfest London 2013 lineup includes some true icons of Blues & Soul, as well as some of the greatest artists the following generations have to offer. "We look forward to welcoming you all to the Royal Albert Hall for a superb BluesFest London 2013." Tickets for the third Bluesfest go on sale this Friday, July 19 at 9am and are priced from £30 for headline shows, with daytime stroller tickets available for £10. In addition to performances in the main hall, events will take place in other rooms around the venue during the day, including intimate sessions from James Hunter, Marcus Bonfanti, Georgie Fame, Huey Morgan, Dr Feelgood and others. Journalist David Hepworth will also conduct a series of "in conversation with..." events. An all-star lineup will perform on Friday in honour of the late Bobby Bland. The full lineup is as follows: Tuesday, October 29 1pm: Ray Gelato Giants, Oli Brown Band, Matt Schofield Band, Smoove & Turrell, Nate James 6.15pm: Tedeschi Trucks Band & Special Guest Mavis Staples & Her Band 10.30pm: Bobby Womack Wednesday, October 30 1pm: James Hunter Six, Dr Feelgood, Marcus Bonfanti Band, Jo Harman, Natalie Williams, Lianne Carroll 6.45pm: Van Morrison 10pm: PM Show: Gregory Porter & His Band Thursday, October 31 1pm: Royal Southern Brotherhood, Georgie Fame, Ian Seigal, Ben Poole, World Party 6.45pm: Chris Rea 10pm: Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters Friday, November 1 1pm: Huey Morgan & The New Yorkers, Cerys Matthews, Nell Brydon, The Motives feat Matt Taylor, Jess Roberts 6.45pm: All Star Tribute to Bobby Bland SOURCE: Digital Spy - http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a498672/robert-plant-van-morrison-more-for-london-royal-albert-hall-bluesfest.html
  10. A SIGNED guitar belonging to rock legend Robert Plant will soon be up for grabs at auction. Plant, who was schooled in Stourbridge, donated his Ibanez guitar to prolific fundraiser Tony Meehan after they met at a Terry Reid gig at the Robin 2 in Bilston. The two bonded over their birthplace of West Bromwich but when Plant found out about Mr Meehan’s fundraising activities over the past few years he was eager to help. Mr Meehan, who has raised £85,000 through marathons and other sponsored activities, said: “Following our meeting I was absolutely blown away that on the spot Robert agreed to donate the signed Ibanez guitar. “What a thoughtful and kind gesture by such a legend. An amazing opportunity to own a guitar from such a great man, surely not to be missed.” A date and place for the auction is yet to be finalised but all proceeds will be split between Macmillan Cancer Support and the neonatal unit at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. To make a bid on the guitar, email katatonia@hotmail.co.uk Source: Dudley News http://www.dudleynews.co.uk/news/10535179.Rock_legend_Robert_Plant_donates_guitar_for_charity_auction
  11. Hi Friends Below are the links to two of the paintings I recently made as a tribute to the legends. Hope you all will like them. If you like it please help me to grow as an artist by making a small contribution. Grab a print today. Thanks in advance http://www.sen6.net/gallery/details?source=myshop&frame=agdzZW42YXBwcikLEg9QaG90b2dyYXBoeUZpcm0YwYuOAQwLEgpQaG90b0ZyYW1lGLoXDA http://www.sen6.net/gallery/details?source=myshop&frame=agdzZW42YXBwcikLEg9QaG90b2dyYXBoeUZpcm0YwYuOAQwLEgpQaG90b0ZyYW1lGKEfDA
  12. July 5, 2013 8:59 am Robert Plant in homecoming gig at Wolverhampton Civic Rock legend Robert Plant today announced a homecoming gig in the Black Country. The star will perform with his latest band Sensational Space Shifters at Wolverhampton Civic Hall. The gig on September 2 is one of just two UK dates. The Led Zeppelin frontman, who was born in West Bromwich and is vice-president of Wolves, last played at the Civic in 2005. He is currently touring in America and his only other date in the UK will be in Bristol, while he will also fit in a show at Irish Festival Electric Picnic. Civic spokesman Jonn Penney said: “Obviously we’re absolutely delighted that we’ve got such a world class name such as Robert Plant coming back to the Civic. “We know he’s fond of the region and effectively he’s decided to drop in on a hometown show. “We’re chuffed to have a name like that associated with the venue.” Tickets for the show go on sale at 10am today and cost £40 for standing or £45 for the balcony. http://www.expressandstar.com/entertainment/music/2013/07/05/robert-plant-in-homecoming-gig-at-wolverhampton-civic
  13. First impressions from the concert last night... The sound quality and my view of the stage was not as good as the Houston show. The Shrine is a deceptively larger and more cavernous venue than its seating capacity (between 4,000-5,000) would suggest, and there were times when I felt the sound should have been louder...particularly Robert's vocals, which got buried in the mix on a couple occasions. The sound balance between the instruments was also off at times. So, sound quality-wise, Houston was better. Performance was still good, though...although again I think Houston was a notch above. The setlist was exactly the same as Houston with one exception...instead of "Angel Dance" they played "Another Tribe". A quick check of the internet shows that it's the same set they played at Austin, June 23. Whether this portends a permanent change in regards to Angel Dance being booted in favour of Another Tribe, time will tell. The crowd atmosphere was great...lots of freaky people getting their freak on amid the crowd. I think there was a sizable contingent of former consorts of the days of the Riot House and Rodney's English Disco. The crowd went apeshit over "Going to California" of course. But I think the Houston crowd sang along more and louder than the LA crowd. The opening act, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals made a good impression...she's got a great presence and rocked the shit out of her Flying V. Her drummer was good, too, and later they did one of the coolest drum solos I've ever seen and heard when the whole band joined the drummer on his kit. Everyone picked a part of the kit and started banging away. So I thought the opening band in LA was better than in Houston. But Denver has the best opening band of the entire tour: The Black Angels. If you're going to the Denver show, make sure you get there early. Sound problems aside, Robert was in great voice again, bringing out his "rock and roll voice" many times and treating the audience to some vintage, epic moans and howls and wails of yore. It appeared he was wearing similar, if not the same, clothes he wore at Houston. The highlights for me remained the same as from the Houston show: "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" getting the crowd into it immediately..."Tin Pan Valley" and the excellently psychedelic "Enchanter" showing the skill and chemistry between Skin and Justin...the trio of acoustic Zep gems, "Going to California", "Friends", and "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp"...the "Whole Lotta Love/Who Do You Love" closer, proving that that WLL riff is eternal. It's just such a Juggernaut of a riff...it will not be denied. You cannot resist banging your head and stomping your feet to that riff. Actually, I enjoyed the whole set..."Please Read the Letter" is really growing on me; it's much better in concert than on the studio album. "Spoonful" and "Fixing to Die" are great blues reworkings. And "In the Mood" is just a good upbeat tune and groove...it fits perfectly coming immediately after the opening "Babe...". I'll expand on these thoughts and more another time. It's back to work and the daily grind for me now. I'll leave you with a photo that I took so you can see the difference between my vantage points in LA and Houston.
  14. June 21, 2013. The Summer Solstice. Robert Plant & the Sensationall Space Shifters rocked the Bayou Music Center in Houston earlier tonight. I'll write about the show another time but here's the setlist for the Houston show. I'll post whatever I can as soon as possible. For now, I'll just say it was a great show and we had a great view.
  15. In advance of the Shrine Auditorium concert, there was a short but interesting Robert Plant interview in the LA Weekly that came out today, including reminiscences about the first time he came to Los Angeles and the Kennedy Center Honors. Click on the link for the article. "This is me...how did this happen?" http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2013/06/robert_plant_shrine_los_angeles.php
  16. Dan Hinton, son of the sadly-departed Led Zeppelin roadie Mick Hinton, is looking for the photo attached here in a decent resolution. I've searched the forums but can't find anything larger than this: 600x437. Is anybody able to provide something better for Dan?
  17. Which do you think is better Stairway to Heaven or Kashmir?
  18. Do you guys think the o2 Kashmir was the best ever? Or was it the 1979 Knebworth?
  19. What do you think is Led Zeppelin's best rendition of a song. My personal opinion is this:
  20. Does Led Zeppelin sound best on vinyl?
  21. Of the two Knebworth performances which was better? Also, which performance was on the Led Zeppelin DVD.
  22. In terms of the music produced who do you think had the best solo career post Led Zeppelin.
  23. What year or show do you think Robert was at his vocal peak?
  24. What do you guy think is Led Zeppelin's finest moment. For me it's this:
  25. Who else here thinks Rival Sons-Pressure and Time is a ripoff of Out on the Tiles.
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