Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Led Zeppelin Podcast, Episodes 131 & 132

Over the last two podcasts I looked back on Led Zeppelin's 1977 tour of America which ended in violence in San Fransisco and then tragedy back in England with the death of Robert Plant's son, Karak.

Episode 131 of The Led Zeppelin Podcast starts before the tour even began, with Robert Plant developing laryngitis and a number of shows having to be cancelled, and runs through to the 6-show residency at New York's Madison Square Garden.





Episode 132 of The Led Zeppelin Podcast picks up with the end of the second leg of the tour when the band moves from the East coast to the West. Shows in San Diego and then another 6-night run, this time at The Forum in Los Angeles draw the second leg of the tour to an end.  It then picks up in Seattle for the final leg of the tour, which would end after only four shows.





In researching this tour, I used a number of sources, most notably Dave Lewis' Led Zeppelin: The Concert File.

I also mentioned on part II that there is a full, professionally shot, multi camera video of the Seattle show on July 17. Here is it:







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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New Black Country Communion Song Available Now

Black Country Communion, is premiering a song from their upcoming album BCCIV this morning. Collide is the opening track on the new album, and can be heard on Joe Bonamassa's Soundcloud.

Glenn Hughes commented on Collide:

I had written the riff to this song in the morning of the first day of writing BCCIV. Joe came over and I played him the riff, and we finished the song before lunch. I had a feeling that Collide would set the pace for the record.

The album, BCCIV, will get a worldwide release on CD and 2-LP vinyl (including a cool looking orange vinyl) on September 22. The tracklistiing is:

1. Collide
2. Over My Head
3. The Last Song For My Resting Place
4. Sway
5. The Cove
6. The Crow
7. Wanderlust
8. Love Remains
9. Awake
10. When the Morning Comes

As well, the vinyl release will include a bonus track, With You I Go.

As well, the band has announced two UK in January. Details can be found at their official website.

Black Country Communion features Jason Bonham on drums, Joe Bonamassa on guitar and vocals, Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals and Derek Sheridan on keyboards. BCCIV is their fourth studio album, and fifth album in total.

Update:









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Friday, March 17, 2017

Robert Plant plays Kashmir

Robert Plant joined violinist Nigel Kennedy onstage at the Royal Albert Hall Sunday night, and performed two songs, Hey Joe and Kashmir. It was the first time in his career that Plant has performed Kashmir without Jimmy Page to his left.




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Ramble On Radio Episode 129 now up.

There's possibly big news coming up and I've got it. Listen to Episode 129 of the Ramble on Radio podcast to find out what is up for 2018.



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Friday, January 27, 2017

John Paul Jones = Uno Coyote

Last week it was announced that John Paul Jones would perform in Helsinki in April with composer Magnus Lindberg. It appears that in fact, Jones has formed a new group with Lindberg and cellist Anssi Karttunen called Tres Coyotes.

The band now has a logo, a webpage and it appears as though further dates will be coming.

Lindberg and Karttunen both come from the world of modern classical music. A listen to Karttunen performing Lindberg's Cello Concerto suggests a very modern approach, with soundscapes, fast, very fast runs and prominent use of dissonance, suggesting a group that will fall into the avant-garde style that Jones has previously worked in with Supersilent and Minibus Pimps.

However, with as much talent as will be assembled onstage, we can hold out hope for more than aural  soundscapes and controlled noise. Thinking back to the late 70's early 80's when classical guitarist John Williams with Cliff Richards' guitarist Kevin Peek and former T-Rex bassist Herbie Flowers formed Sky. The band featured players that were all session musicians well versed in many styles, and played songs ranging from Bach to rock, with some jazz and other influences thrown in.

Tres Coyotes offers similar multi-style promise, but we'll have to wait until April to see what these three talented musicians have to offer together.






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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy Birthday John Paul Jones

Happy 71st birthday John Baldwin. We look forward to the unveiling of your opera, Ghost Sonata, in 2017.


 











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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Merry Zeppelin Christmas

Episode 127 of Ramble on Radio is hitting the servers today. It is, I believe, the 4th annual Christmas episode where I offer Christmas gift suggestions for the Led Zeppelin fan in your life. If you are the family Led Zeppelin fan, feel free to forward the podcast to whoever might need to hear it. Below is the part of the list that includes links.

Many of the books or CDs mentioned can be got by clicking the sidebar links at this sight, and if your Amazon shopping for anything, if you start with a sidebar link, a portion of the final sale will be paid to keep this blog and podcast going.

Album Art mount
Tight But Loose #42, due out early 2017 -Plus a  Limited Edition Jimmy Page Collectors Cover Edition!
Jimmy Page Fine Art Prints
Train Does Led Zeppelin II
The Complete BBC Sessions Super Deluxe (3CD/5LP 180 Gram Vinyl)
Plus the remasters (please see the sidebar for links)
No Quarter: The Three Lives of Jimmy Page by Martin Power
Led Zeppelin Gear: All the Gear from Led Zeppelin and the Solo Careers by Jeff Strawman
Six In Through the Out Door Covers (don't forget the album art mounts for those)
Live on Blueberry Hill
Turntable Slip Mats:
Very cool In Through the Out Door promo tote bag
Radioactive EP
Band Of Joy/ lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar CD/LP
Sixty Six to Timbuktu




To play all this music on, how about a turntable.
Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable in Silver. Best turntable from The Wirecutter
Crosley turntables:


Object: I found three on EBay ranging from $16.99 - $59.99
1990 The Hermit Die Cast Pin
Led Zeppelin (Boxed Set) Platinum Guitar: Authentic Guitar TAB, Book (Boxed Set) (Alfred's Platinum Album Editions).

There are several Jimmy Page custom guitars, made to Jimmy's specifications to repicate his Led Zeppelin guitars. Amongst them are a Danelectro, a Gibson Doubleneck, a Dragon Telecaster and at least three Gibson Les Paul's. Prices can range from $600-700 for a Danelctro to $20,000 and upwards for the Gibsons.

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Charities:
Jimmy Page
ABC Trust (Action for Brazil's Children)
Robert Plant
Teenage Cancer Trust
Jesuit Refugee Service’s Global Education Initiative

And finally,  The Wayne Foundation run by Jaimie Walton and Kevin Smith. It's mission is to provide victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking with a means for leaving the sex industry.

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You can listen to Episode 127 of Ramble On Radio: The Led Zeppelin Podcast at Podbean:

You can download the podcast at Podbean or Spreaker. If you go to Spreaker, be sure to follow the episode.

You can also subscribe on iTunes. If you subscribe via iTunes, be sure to leave a review.

And just in time for Christmas, Ramble On Radio returns to YouTube:




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