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Led Zeppelin star John Paul Jones was given the Outstanding Contribution award at the Marshall Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards last night (10.11.10).

The bass player received the prestigious accolade at the annual event - which was hosted by Alice Cooper and Sarah Cawood at London's Roundhouse venue - for his body of work and revealed during his acceptance speech his career could have gone in a very different direction if had taken his dad's advice.

He said: "I went to my dad and said, 'Dad I really want to play the bass guitar.' He said, 'It won't be around in a couple of years, learn the saxophone then you'll always be in work.' So thanks for that dad."

After collecting his statuette, Jones - who is also a member of rock super-group Them Crooked Vultures, along with Dave Grohl and Josh Homme - admitted he found it more nerve-wracking accepting his prize than playing live to thousands of people.

He told BANG Showbiz: "Things are alright if you've got a guitar in your hands or a bass, or you're playing the piano. The hardest thing is actually being up there with only an award in your hand, stood there going, 'Um, OK.'

"But it's been good tonight I've been having my picture taken with lots of bass players which has been fun!"

Other winners included Slash who took home the Album Of The Year prize for his self-titled solo album, Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler was named Metal Guru and was presented with his gong by his bandmate Tony Iommi, while AC/DC were named Band Of The Year.

Ronnie Wood was on hand to collect the prize for Reissue Of The Year for the Rolling Stones' classic album 'Exile On Main St'.

He joked in his acceptance speech: "So this is another album I didn't play on, there's been a few of those so not to worry.

"But I was just with Mick [Jagger] and Charlie [Watts] this afternoon and they said to say thanks a lot - and why weren't they invited? And I said, 'Because you were on the album! There's no point to these awards if you were actually on it.'

"But I have played these songs for the last 30 years and it's about time that I collected one. So thanks a lot!"

Late Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio - who passed away in May aged 67 from stomach cancer - was posthumously given the Tommy Vance Inspiration award.

It was collected by his widow Wendy who revealed she is trying to raise $10 million for a cancer charity in his honour.

Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2010 in association with currencies.co.uk http://currencies.co.uk - full list of winners:

Best New Band (sponsored by Sonisphere): The Union

Album Of The Year (sponsored by Mascot Label): Slash - 'Slash'

Band Of The Year (sponsored by Live Nation): AC/DC

Event Of The Year: Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing' goes Top 10

Reissue Of The Year (sponsored by Alchemy: Rolling Stones - 'Exile On Main St.'

DVD/Film Of The Year (sponsored by Entertainment One: Oil City Confidential

Breakthrough (sponsored by Universal catalogue / Lost Tunes): Imelda May

Spirit Of Prog (sponsored by Mean Fiddler): Rick Wakeman

Childline Rocks Award (sponsored by Childline): Glenn Hughes

Marshall '11' Award (sponsored by Marshall): Michael Schenker

Innovator (sponsored by Fender): Killing Joke

Classic Songwriter (sponsored by Rock Radio): Roy Wood

Outstanding Contribution (sponsored by Monitor Audio): John Paul Jones

Metal Guru (sponsored by Kawasaki): Geezer Butler

Classic Album (sponsored by Eagle Vision): 'Cheap Trick Live at Budokan'

VIP Award (sponsored by currencies.co.uk): John Jackson

Tommy Vance Inspiration (sponsored by Metropolis): Ronnie James Dio

Living Legend (sponsored by Marshall): Rush



TCVultures album update

John Paul Jones says give them 'a year or so'


A massive tour with Them Crooked Vultures this year now behind him, bassist John Paul Jones says the rest of the band have 'gone back to their day jobs', but the promised second album is in the pipeline.

Fans can expect a follow up from the supergroup, or 'super-duper group' as the Led Zeppelin legend describes them.

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme will be getting together with Jones soon and according to the bassist the new material won't take them long: "Some stuff we've worked on, but we're gonna write pretty quickly and just put it down... we may be a year or so.

"It will mainly be excess material from the first album, material we started and never finished because we had to go and play the stuff we already recorded!"

"I might gate crash one of their gigs"

John Paul Jones eyes up Foo Fighters 2011 dates

The band spent much of this year on the road as part of a world tour, which the bassist admits has been a 'whirlwind', he also says it was much like being on the road in the old days: "Better hotels", he laughed, "But great music, so that part was always the same, a really good band... I try and pick 'em".

Bandmate Dave Grohl has announced two Foo Fighters gigs set for July 2011, Jones told 6 Music he's be happy to make a guest appearance: "I might gate crash one of their gigs I think... if he asks!"

John Paul Jones also revealed he will be playing bass at the Royal Opera House in February 2011, for the Anna Nicole opera.

The piece will be based on the life of the former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith who died in 2007. It is written by Jerry Springer The Opera co-creator Richard Thomas... watch this space for more details.


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