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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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Take a Picture of This - Part Two

In the spring of 2012, Jimmy Page made five portraits available for sale as fine art prints. Today, JimmyPage.com made another five prints available. Fair warning Christmas shoppers, once again, they are not cheap.

The five photographs, by Chris Dreja, Janet Macoska, Neal Preston, Tony DeFilippis and Claude Gassian, retail for £1,000 each - although the Macoska print of Page in 1977, strolling towards the camera with sunglasses on is sold out. A portfolio set of all five, limited to 10 sets, is also available for £7,000.



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Monday, November 28, 2016

The Led Zeppelin Podcast, Episode 125

I made it to the one-and-a-quarter mark for the podcast last week (or as I call it, one-hundred in Canadian episodes). Due to time between podcasts, I went back to the old school were a went over what each member of Led Zeppelin was up to the last few weeks.


 I opened the podcast with a clip of Robert Plant singing In My Time of Dying from the Lampedusa Concert for Refugees, October 13, 2016, The Vic, Chicago, IL.



Amongst the topics mentioned where John Paul Jones playing a gig with country artist Sara Watkins. Here's a clip from that show:




I also talked about the new Jimmy Page biography, No Quarter: The Three Lives of Jimmy Page by Martin Power, Jeff Strawman's Led Zep Gear and the 45th anniversary of Led Zeppelin IV.






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.


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