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Last update: August 04, 2016
Led Zeppelin's 'The Complete BBC Sessions' To Include Previously Unreleased Recordings
[August 04, 2016]
source: blabbermouth.net

Nearly 20 years ago, LED ZEPPELIN introduced "BBC Sessions", an acclaimed two-disc set of live recordings selected from the band's appearances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971. Later this year, the band will unveil "The Complete BBC Sessions", an updated version of the collection that's been newly remastered with supervision by Jimmy Page and expanded with eight unreleased BBC recordings, including three rescued from a previously "lost" session from 1969.
"The Complete BBC Sessions" will be available in multiple formats from Atlantic/Swan Song on September 16.
"BBC Sessions" was originally released in 1997 and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. "The Complete BBC Sessions" builds on that collection with a third disc that boasts eight unreleased performances. In addition, the set includes extensive session-by-session liner notes written by Dave Lewis. For the first time ever, it provides accurate details and notes about all of the band's BBC sessions.

Led Zeppelin cleared of plagiarism in Stairway case
[July 29, 2016]
source: bbc.com

Led Zeppelin did not copy the opening chords of Stairway to Heaven from the US band Spirit, a US jury has found.
It said the riff Led Zeppelin was accused of taking from Spirit's 1967 song Taurus "was not intrinsically similar" to Stairway's opening. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant said they were grateful to "put to rest questions about [its] origins... confirming what we have known for 45 years".
The case was brought on behalf of Spirit's late guitarist, Randy Wolfe.
During the trial, defence lawyers argued the chord progression in question was very common and had been in use for more than 300 years.
The plaintiff's lawyers had argued Led Zeppelin became familiar with Spirit's song after the two bands played on the same bill at a club in Plant's hometown in Birmingham in 1970, a year before Stairway to Heaven was released in 1971.

Spirit's bassist Mark Andes testified last week he met Plant at the show and played snooker with him afterward. Plant insisted he had no memory of that night, saying that in all the "hubbub and chaos" it would be hard to remember a one-off meeting 40 years ago. Plant partially attributed his lack of memory to a bad car crash on his way home from the club. Both he and his wife suffered head injuries in the accident, he told the court, after the windscreen of his Jaguar was left "buried" in his face. However the jury rejected the defence Page and Plant would not have been familiar with Taurus, saying they had "access" to it.

The singer-songwriter also spoke at length about the creation of Stairway to Heaven. He reiterated the assertions made by his band mates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones that the song had begun at the country estate Headley Grange and not the Welsh cottage Bron-Yr-Aur, contradicting decades of Led Zeppelin mythology.

Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven may be partly stolen, judge says
[April 12, 2016]

Led Zeppelin's lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page must face a US jury trial over whether they stole opening chords for their 1971 classic Stairway to Heaven.
In a decision on Friday, US district judge Gary Klausner in Los Angeles said the song and the 1967 instrumental Taurus by the band Spirit were similar enough to let a jury decide whether Plant and Page were liable for copyright infringement.
A trial is scheduled for 10 May.
The lawsuit was brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Randy Wolfe, also known as Randy California, who was Spirit's guitarist and the composer of Taurus. Skidmore said Page may have been inspired to write Stairway to Heaven for Led Zeppelin after hearing Spirit perform Taurus while the bands toured together in 1968 and 1969, but that Wolfe never got credit. The defendants said Wolfe was a songwriter-for-hire who had no copyright claim, and that the chord progressions were so clichéd that they did not deserve copyright protection. But the judge said a jury could find "substantial" similarity between the first two minutes of Stairway to Heaven and Taurus, which he called "arguably the most recognizable and important segments" of the songs. "While it is true that a descending chromatic four-chord progression is a common convention that abounds in the music industry, the similarities here transcend this core structure," Klausner wrote. "What remains is a subjective assessment of the 'concept and feel' of two works ... a task no more suitable for a judge than for a jury." Klausner dismissed claims against Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and Warner Music Group. He also said the trustee could get only 50% of any damages awarded, citing a 1967 contract that Wolfe signed.

Jimmy Page Plans to Record Solo Album in 2016
[November 25, 2015]

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Jimmy Page wants to start recording his next solo album in 2016. If this is true, it will be Page's first solo album since 1988's Outrider, which featured vocals and writing by Page's old Led Zeppelin band mate, Robert Plant. "Next year I'm just going to working on the guitar," Page told Bang Showbiz. "It's time for me to go out there and do a solo album. My last solo album was 1988. I haven't really milked the situation; it's time to do another one. I'm known for playing many styles of guitar, and I need to re-visit all the different styles I can play. "I'm not thinking about singers, I'm thinking of an instrumental thing. I want to work with my strengths rather than my weaknesses. I want to work with myself, I want to get myself up and running and once I'm ready, I'll think about whether I need someone to sing on the music… I want to be playing live again, but that won't be until next year, I've planned all this a while ago. I want to start in the U.K. I've got ideas, but I want to wait to see what happens. I'd like to do Glastonbury. I could do a sort of karaoke night with Led Zeppelin songs." .

[September 14, 2015]

Deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin’s final three studio albums: Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda are now available. As with the previous deluxe editions, all three have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release selected and compiled by Page. Originally released in 1976, Presence was recorded during a whirlwind 18-day session at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany. The album—which peaked at #1 in both the U.S. and UK and was certified triple platinum—crackles with energy on Zeppelin classics like “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” and “Achilles Last Stand” and delivers powerful jolts of the group at its visceral best. The companion audio disc that accompanies Presence has five unreleased reference mixes from the sessions, which reveal works in progress. Along with alternate incarnations of “For Your Life,” “Achilles Last Stand,” and “Royal Orleans,” there is also the previously unheard instrumental curiously titled “10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod).” On its release in the summer of 1979, In Through The Out Door topped the U.S. and UK album charts and has since been certified six-times platinum. Sadly, it would be the last album that Led Zeppelin recorded prior to drummer John Bonham’s passing the following year. Among the seven album tracks are “Fool In The Rain,” and “All My Love,” two songs that remain rock radio staples to this day. The album’s companion audio disc features an unreleased rough mix of every track from the original album, including early versions with working titles such as “The Hook” (“All My Love”), “The Epic” (“Carouselambra”), and “Blot” (“I’m Gonna Crawl”). The appropriately titled Coda was Led Zeppelin’s final album of studio recordings. Released in 1982, it was comprised of eight unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. It peaked at #6 on the album charts and has been certified platinum in the U.S. The reissue campaign ends with a double-barrel blast of Led. Coda will be the only Led Zeppelin deluxe edition to include two companion discs, featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974. The oldest song in the collection is also perhaps the most interesting. The frenetic blues jam “Sugar Mama” was recorded in 1968 at Olympic Studios during sessions for the band’s eponymous debut. The song was completed but never officially released until now.

Led Zeppelin Continue Reissues With 'IV' and 'Houses of the Holy'
[October 22, 2014]

Less than a year after reissuing their first three albums as deluxe sets, Led Zeppelin plan on putting out two more in the fall. On October 28th, the group will release deluxe editions of its 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV, and its next record, 1973's Houses of the Holy. Like the previous deluxe reissues, each album will include the original LP, newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page, alongside a second disc of previously unreleased audio culled from the band members' vaults. Additionally, each release will also be available as a single album, a single vinyl LP, a deluxe double-LP, digital download and a super deluxe box set, the latter of which features the CDs, LPs, a download card, an 80-page hardbound book with previously unseen photos and memorabilia and a high-quality print of the album cover.

First Three Albums Newly Remastered By Jimmy Page
[April 17, 2014]

With the June 3 release of deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III, the band will launch an extensive reissue program of all nine of its studio albums in chronological order, each remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin will also open its vaults to share dozens of unheard studio and live recordings, with each album featuring a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album. "The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin,” says Page. “It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time”. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III will each be available June 3 from Atlantic/Swan Song.

Grammy Awards 2014: Led Zeppelin wins Best Rock Album
[January 27, 2014]

The Grammy Awards are being handed out tonight, which means we will finally learn what was truly the best that music had to offer in 2013. From amazing rap albums to brand new stars on the scene and even some undeniably catchy pop tunes, this year in music was one that we couldn’t help but sing along to.
In the most literal sense, we have seriously vintage acts as rock gods Black Sabbath, Neil Young and Led Zeppelin are all up for Grammys in the year 2014. That’s a true testament to their legacy and how amazing they truly are as musicians.
Ultimately, the winner fittingly ended up being rock legends Led Zeppelin, who walked home with the Grammy for best Rock Album.

Robert Plant discovers unreleased Led Zeppelin tapes
[October 19, 2013]

Robert Plant has found unreleased Led Zeppelin tapes. After digging up some of the band's long-neglected demos, Plant said he can't wait to put them out – as long as John Paul Jones will give the OK. "I found some quarter-inch spools recently," Plant told BBC 6 Music, "and there's some very, very interesting bits and pieces that probably will turn up [soon]." The recordings are intended for a series of remastered and deluxe Led Zeppelin reissues, due some time in the next year. "Hidden gems – now that should be the name of [our] band, really," Plant said. Plant has already gone over this material with Jimmy Page: "I had a meeting with Jimmy," he recalled. "We baked them up and listened to them." But it's not the band's guitarist who is the obstacle to their release. "I'm desperately trying to [use] this one track – or the two tracks – [with] John Paul Jones singing lead," he revealed. "And so far [Jones is] up to giving me two cars and a greenhouse [to leave] them [off] the album."

Jimmy Page Celebrates His 69th Birthday
[January 9, 2013]

Today Jimmy Page celebrates his 69th birthday. Page began his career as a studio session musician in London and by the mid-1960s, had become the most sought-after session guitarist in the UK. He was a member of The Yardbirds from 1966 to 1968. He achieved worldwide fame as the lead guitarist, record producer and founder of the English rock band Led Zeppelin.

[Jimmy Page and his skills here]

John Paul Jones Celebrates His 67th Birthday
[January 3, 2013]

Today John Paul Jones (birth name John Baldwin) celebrates his 67th birthday. John Paul Jones is an English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer. Best known as the bassist, keyboardist, and co-songwriter for English rock band Led Zeppelin, Jones has since developed a solo career. A versatile musician, Jones also plays guitar, koto, lap steel guitars, mandolin, autoharp, violin, ukulele, sitar, cello, continuum and the three over-dubbed recorder parts heard on Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven". According to Allmusic, Jones "has left his mark on rock & roll music history as an innovative musician, arranger, and director."

[Jonh Paul Jones and his skills here]

John Paul, Jimmy and Robert interviewed by Charlie Rose for CBS
[December 21, 2012]

Led Zeppelin: Rock legends get real about "the best band".

[interview for CBS here]

Led Zeppelin on CBS Sunday Morning
[December 16, 2012]

John Paul, Jimmy and Robert talk to Anthony Mason on CBS Sunday Morning.

[interview here]

Led Zeppelin Interviewed On 'The Late Show With David Letterman'
[December 3, 2012]

[Watch David Letterman's Interview With Led Zeppelin]

Obama honors Led Zeppelin at Kennedy Center event
[December 2, 2012]

President Obama has a whole lotta love for Led Zeppelin and four other performers he honored Sunday night at the White House. Speaking in the East Room, Obama touted David Letterman's comedy, Dustin Hoffman's acting, Buddy Guy's music and Natalia Makarova's dancing.

[Kennedy Center Honors]

[Kennedy Center Honors Reception]

Celebration Day Out Now
[November 19, 2012]

New album "Celebration Day" is released now.

[buy now]

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