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Jimmy Page Plans on Starting New Band

Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page got a wee bit bent out of shape at all the “Led Zeppelin reunion” questions being posed at London’s Olympic Studios.

Page, who was there to discuss and preview the upcoming remasters of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy, answered one reunion question like this:

“I don’t think it looks as though that’s a possibility or on the cards, so there’s not much more I can say about that. I’m not going to give a detail-by-detail account of what one person says or another person says. All I can say is it doesn’t look likely, does it?”

When asked if Robert Plant was the reason for the holdout, Page responded, “I’ve just said it doesn’t look very likely.”

Page also discussed the idea of hitting the road.

“If I was to play again, it would be with musicians that would be…some of the names might be new to you. I haven’t put them together yet, but I’m going to do that next year. If I went out to play, I would play material that spanned everything from my recording career right back to my very, very early days with the Yardbirds. There would certainly be some new material in there as well…

“I love playing live, I really do. Live concerts are always an interesting challenge because it means you can always change things as you’re playing every night. You can make it even more of an adventure. I would play all of the things I’m known to play — instrumental versions of ‘Dazed And Confused’ etc., etc.”

The new Led Zeppelin remasters will be released October 28.

From Guitar World article.

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Karen Carpenter – Best Drummer In The World

Karen Carpenter

Yes, Karen Carpenter is the best drummer in the world – according to Playboy magazine readers.

In a readers’ poll conducted by Playboy in 1975, they crowned Karen Carpenter the “Best Drummer in the World” – beating out the likes of Carmine Appice, Ringo Starr, Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, and John Bonham – who came in second!

Apparently, Mr. Bonham was not exactly pleased with the outcome either, stating “I’d like to have it publicised that I came in after Karen Carpenter in the Playboy drummer poll! She couldn’t last ten minutes with a Zeppelin number.”

Looks to me like maybe readers of Playboy back in ’75 weren’t necessarily “tuned in” to the whole drumming scene, but maybe I’m too quick to judge…..have a listen and decide for yourself…

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Led Zeppelin accused of plagiarism over Stairway to Heaven

Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven

Led Zeppelin are being sued for plagiarism over their iconic hit Stairway to Heaven

The band have been served legal papers on behalf of late Randy California for the song which had earned a reported $562 MILLION

Iconic rockers Led Zeppelin are being sued for plagiarism over their hit Stairway to Heaven.
The band have been served legal papers on behalf of late song-writer and guitarist Randy California from the band Spirit, who claimed for years the track’s opening notes were lifted from their track Taurus.

Attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy, who is representing a trust for Randy, told Bloomberg Businessweek: “It’s been a long time coming. The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on Stairway to Heaven.”

Businessweek quotes an estimate that by 2008 the track had earned at least $562 million.

Spirit played shows with Led Zeppelin in 1969 and fans have talked about the similarities between the songs for years, claiming Jimmy Page used the band’s riff. He allegedly wrote Stairway to Heaven in 1970, two years after Taurus was released and a year after the band shared stages at gigs across the America.

According to the band’s bass player Mark Andes, Spirit always included Taurus in their sets. He said: “It was such a pretty moment. It would typically come after a big forceful number and always got a good response.”

In 1997, Randy went public with his claims and said Stairway to Heaven was a “ripoff”. He said: “The guys made millions of bucks on it and never said, ‘Thank you,’ never said, ‘Can we pay you some money for it?’ It’s kind of a sore point with me.”

Those close to Randy say he never sued because he didn’t have any money back then and the band “thought the statute of limitations was done.”

As Led Zeppelin prepares to release re-mastered deluxe versions of their original albums, including the track, Randy’s trust is taking action with a copyright-infringement suit and an injunction that would block the reissue.

The similarities start at 0:45.

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New Led Zeppelin Remasters Will Include Unreleased Material

Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page has confirmed that the soon-to-be-released Led Zeppelin remasters will include previously unreleased material.

Speaking to TeamRock Radio’s Nicky Horne at the Classic Rock Awards in London last night, Page said:

“Each of the albums has been remastered but it also has a companion disc with it. Let’s take, for example, Led Zeppelin III. That’s remastered from analog from the original thing. I know everybody does that, but what they don’t do.. I revisited all the working mixes that were done at the time.

“There’s different versions. Say, for example, there’s ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’ — there’s an incredible version of that which is totally different, it’s really raw in its approach, it’s quite dramatic, it’s cool.

That’s one little item of it, but what it gives is a companion disc to Led Zeppelin III. It’ll come out in its own box and all the rest of it. Each disc will give a really intimate picture of the group. That’s the idea that I’ve had with it and I think it’s successful.”

“It’ll come out next year,” he added. “When I say ‘it’ — each box comes out separately.”

Page, when asked if the reissues will contain unreleased material, revealed: “Oh yeah. I can’t tell you … It’s got to be a little bit of a surprise, I can’t give all the games away.”

The new Led Zeppelin discs will be released in early 2014.

– reposted from the Guitar World article HERE

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Robert Plant Discovers Zeppelin Rarities

Robert Plant

It’s been just under a year since Jimmy Page announced that he was raiding Led Zeppelin’s vaults and remastering his band’s entire back catalog for a series of reissues, but we haven’t heard much about the project’s progress in 2013. Which is a bit of a bummer, especially since Page stated his intention to start releasing the remastered box sets this year.

“There are a number of Led Zeppelin projects that will come out next year because there are different versions of tracks that we have that can be added to the album,” Page explained last October. “So there will be box sets of material that will come out, starting next year. There will be one box set per album with extra music that will surface.”

While it looks like we won’t be seeing any of these sets until next year at the earliest, Robert Plant recently revealed that he’s unearthed some pretty fascinating stuff that he’s hoping Page will include in the reissues.

“I found some quarter-inch spools recently, and I had a meeting with Jimmy, and we baked them up and listened to them, and there’s some very, very interesting bits and pieces that probably will turn up on these things,” Plant said. “I’m desperately trying to get this one track–or the two tracks of John Paul Jones singing lead. And so far he’s up to giving me 2 cars and a greenhouse not to get them on the album. Oh, John, wherever you are…you can’t wait to hear yourself singing all over the world! La la la la la la la…”

Head on over to Rock Square to see the article.

I would dearly LOVE to hear this stuff! Here’s hoping that it actually does get released!

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Happy Birthday Jimmy Page!

Jimmy Page

Mr. James Patrick Page turns 68 today. Probably one of the most influential guitarists ever, and still kickin’ it! Page was one of my first ‘guitar heroes’ and Zeppelin will always hold a special place in the CD rack! To this day I am still in awe when I see him perform. If you haven’t seen the documentary ‘It Might Get Loud’, there are some great candid moments with Page in it that are just phenomenal. I just love the guy… ;)

Anyway….Happy Birthday Jimmy! Here’s to many, many more!