Monday, January 28, 2008

Jimmy Page: See You In September?

Well, not quite what he said. What Jimmy Page seems to have said at his press conference this morning in Tokyo, ostensibly to announce the Japanese release of Mothership, was that Zeppelin may tour, Zeppelin could tour, but not until September at the earliest.

Those ineternets are full of headlines today such as: Jimmy Page: Zeppelin world tour is on. But fans will have to wait!; Led Zepp plan world tour, says Page; Led Zeppelin Guitarist Wants World Tour; Led Zeppelin concert off until at least September. The last is the most accurate, but here's what is being reported that Jimmy Page actually said on the subject:

"I can assure you the amount of work that we put into the O2 (concert), for ourselves rehearsing and the staging of it, was probably what you put into a world tour."

"Robert Plant also had a parallel project running and he's really busy with that project, certainly until September, so I can't give you any news."

"It was exhilarating, fantastic, every week was a week to look forward to. We did the show and it was great. That is what was so thrilling really -- to come together after all this time and find that there was so much chemistry and so much electricity involved in these four characters."

"We wanted people who might not have even been alive in 1980 when we finished to understand what we were."

"But we did the show, and it was great. It was instant in terms of chemistry."

To add further to the speculation Chris Goodman from The Outside Organisation, Led Zeppelin's PR firm, said: “Jimmy has said that the band will be meeting up in August to talk about it.

“The band meet all the time.

“There is something in it but I can’t give you any more news at the moment.”

Jimmy Page: See You In September?

Well, not quite what he said. What Jimmy Page seems to have said at his press conference this morning in Tokyo, ostensibly to announce the Japanese release of Mothership, was that Zeppelin may tour, Zeppelin could tour, but not until September at the earliest.

Those ineternets are full of headlines today such as: Jimmy Page: Zeppelin world tour is on. But fans will have to wait!; Led Zepp plan world tour, says Page; Led Zeppelin Guitarist Wants World Tour; Led Zeppelin concert off until at least September. The last is the most accurate, but here's what is being reported that Jimmy Page actually said on the subject:

"I can assure you the amount of work that we put into the O2 (concert), for ourselves rehearsing and the staging of it, was probably what you put into a world tour."

"Robert Plant also had a parallel project running and he's really busy with that project, certainly until September, so I can't give you any news."

"It was exhilarating, fantastic, every week was a week to look forward to. We did the show and it was great. That is what was so thrilling really -- to come together after all this time and find that there was so much chemistry and so much electricity involved in these four characters."

"We wanted people who might not have even been alive in 1980 when we finished to understand what we were."

"But we did the show, and it was great. It was instant in terms of chemistry."

To add further to the speculation Chris Goodman from The Outside Organisation, Led Zeppelin's PR firm, said: “Jimmy has said that the band will be meeting up in August to talk about it.

“The band meet all the time.

“There is something in it but I can’t give you any more news at the moment.”

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Robert Plant: You Never Know What's Around The Corner,

Robert Plant was interviewed by Jill Martin of MSG TV during the halftime of the New York Knicks - Philadelphia 76ers basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York Friday.



During the short interview Plant said:

regarding the Dec 10 show at the 02 arena in London, "We got it right this time";

regarding a Zeppelin tour, first, a long pregnant pause then, hopefully for Zepplein fans, "You never know what's around the corner." Finally he commented, un-hopefully for Zeppelin fans, "right now my whole energy is on another project (Alison Krauss/Raising Sand)". (emphasis mine)

A mixed message for sure, but when Robert Plant doesn't rule out a Zeppelin tour, you have hope.

h/t Blabbermouth.net

Robert Plant: You Never Know What's Around The Corner,

Robert Plant was interviewed by Jill Martin of MSG TV during the halftime of the New York Knicks - Philadelphia 76ers basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York Friday.



During the short interview Plant said:

regarding the Dec 10 show at the 02 arena in London, "We got it right this time";

regarding a Zeppelin tour, first, a long pregnant pause then, hopefully for Zepplein fans, "You never know what's around the corner." Finally he commented, un-hopefully for Zeppelin fans, "right now my whole energy is on another project (Alison Krauss/Raising Sand)". (emphasis mine)

A mixed message for sure, but when Robert Plant doesn't rule out a Zeppelin tour, you have hope.

h/t Blabbermouth.net

Article on "The New Yardbirds"

The day we picked up our tickets to the Led Zeppelin reunion, my brother and I had dinner and drinks at an "American" restaurant at the 02 arena. We ended up sitting, and chatting, next to a couple from Denmark. He was The New Yardbirds tour manager during their first Scandinavian tour in 1968 and the second tour, as Led Zeppelin this time, in 1969.

Recently he sent me an article about that first tour from a website called Teenclubs:

http://www.teenclubs.dk/Led_Zeppelins_first_gig_UK_version.html

If you look down the right hand side bar, you will notice a small article on Jerry Ritz, our friend from the 02, and his wife Annie:

When 20,000 people gathered in London's 02 Arena on 10 December 2007 to witness Led Zeppelin's first concert since 1980 it is a qualified guess that only 5 of those 20,000 also were present at the very first concert in Gladsaxe. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones were there of course; but then there was also Jerry Ritz and his wife Annie.

Annie and Jerry were among the lucky few to win the right to buy tickets for the London concert. And nothing could be more appropriate. Back in 1968 Jerry was working for Bendix Music and was the tour manager for Led Zeppelin during their Scandinavian Tours in 1968 and 1969.

Jerry met Annie in Gladsaxe Teen Club in 1968 where she was one of the voluntary staff members. They have stayed together ever since and were married in 1972. It all started - like for Led Zeppelin - in Gladsaxe Teen Club!

Also on the page is a copy of the contract from the Gladsaxe Teen Club on Sept 7, 1968.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Article on "The New Yardbirds"

The day we picked up our tickets to the Led Zeppelin reunion, my brother and I had dinner and drinks at an "American" restaurant at the 02 arena. We ended up sitting, and chatting, next to a couple from Denmark. He was The New Yardbirds tour manager during their first Scandinavian tour in 1968 and the second tour, as Led Zeppelin this time, in 1969.

Recently he sent me an article about that first tour from a website called Teenclubs:

http://www.teenclubs.dk/Led_Zeppelins_first_gig_UK_version.html

If you look down the right hand side bar, you will notice a small article on Jerry Ritz, our friend from the 02, and his wife Annie:

When 20,000 people gathered in London's 02 Arena on 10 December 2007 to witness Led Zeppelin's first concert since 1980 it is a qualified guess that only 5 of those 20,000 also were present at the very first concert in Gladsaxe. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones were there of course; but then there was also Jerry Ritz and his wife Annie.

Annie and Jerry were among the lucky few to win the right to buy tickets for the London concert. And nothing could be more appropriate. Back in 1968 Jerry was working for Bendix Music and was the tour manager for Led Zeppelin during their Scandinavian Tours in 1968 and 1969.

Jerry met Annie in Gladsaxe Teen Club in 1968 where she was one of the voluntary staff members. They have stayed together ever since and were married in 1972. It all started - like for Led Zeppelin - in Gladsaxe Teen Club!

Also on the page is a copy of the contract from the Gladsaxe Teen Club on Sept 7, 1968.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Jimmy Page Press Conference:

ContactMusic.com is reporting that Jimmy Page will hold a press conference in Japan on Monday January 28th (next Monday). The presser will at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Shinjyuku, in west Tokyo.

Details of the conference have not been announced, but as Page is, and always has been, a bit press shy speculation is running that he will announce more Zeppelin dates.

Personally, I would think Led Zeppelin dates would be announced by the whole group, or at least more than just Jimmy Page. My bet is something to do with Page's Action for Brazil's Children (ABC) charity, but that's mere speculation, as is any suggestion this presser has anything to do with any Led Zeppelin shows.

Jimmy Page Press Conference:

ContactMusic.com is reporting that Jimmy Page will hold a press conference in Japan on Monday January 28th (next Monday). The presser will at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Shinjyuku, in west Tokyo.

Details of the conference have not been announced, but as Page is, and always has been, a bit press shy speculation is running that he will announce more Zeppelin dates.

Personally, I would think Led Zeppelin dates would be announced by the whole group, or at least more than just Jimmy Page. My bet is something to do with Page's Action for Brazil's Children (ABC) charity, but that's mere speculation, as is any suggestion this presser has anything to do with any Led Zeppelin shows.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Music Dot Biz: "Led Zeppelin Will Tour."

I tend to agree:

Prediction: the Led Zeppelin tour will happen, and it will happen in 2008.

Nevermind the rumour mill with all its uncertainties... As sure as the sun comes up tomorrow, Led Zeppelin will go on tour.

It might not be a very extensive tour. They will probably limit it to a small handful of large population centres (who knows about a Canadian appearance), but it will happen. Led Zeppelin will set foot on this continent.

We can take that for granted because in the music industry, anything that makes money tends to happen, and such a tour would make more money than Microsoft. No other tour, recent or upcoming, is even in the same ballpark... In the rock world, at least in terms of sheer bankability, Led Zeppelin has no peer. Only a reunited Pink Floyd (or the Beatles, which is most unlikely) would even be remotely comparable to the cash cow unleashed.

We’ve seen a sample of it already. Last year, when the Zeps hit the O2 Arena in London, about a million people applied for 7000 tickets. Some fans paid up to £7,525 online.

That’s $14 742 US ladies and gentlemen!

Granted, part of the demand comes from perceived scarcity. That’s why they will probably keep the tour small. It adds to the mystique... Led Zeppelin have wisely stayed aloof, cultivating an almost supernatural aura with the help of the relentless classic rock radio hype machine.

The time to do it is certainly now, while the demand is there and while they’re still healthy enough to do it...


Get ready.

From the Rumour Mill

Here's something I have heard, but it is no more than a rumour:

Led Zeppelin could do up to 20 dates at New Yorks Madison Square Garden, with apparently 10 dates booked (as in, will happen), and five dates on either side of the ten tentatively set as add on dates if necessary.

Music Dot Biz: "Led Zeppelin Will Tour."

I tend to agree:

Prediction: the Led Zeppelin tour will happen, and it will happen in 2008.

Nevermind the rumour mill with all its uncertainties... As sure as the sun comes up tomorrow, Led Zeppelin will go on tour.

It might not be a very extensive tour. They will probably limit it to a small handful of large population centres (who knows about a Canadian appearance), but it will happen. Led Zeppelin will set foot on this continent.

We can take that for granted because in the music industry, anything that makes money tends to happen, and such a tour would make more money than Microsoft. No other tour, recent or upcoming, is even in the same ballpark... In the rock world, at least in terms of sheer bankability, Led Zeppelin has no peer. Only a reunited Pink Floyd (or the Beatles, which is most unlikely) would even be remotely comparable to the cash cow unleashed.

We’ve seen a sample of it already. Last year, when the Zeps hit the O2 Arena in London, about a million people applied for 7000 tickets. Some fans paid up to £7,525 online.

That’s $14 742 US ladies and gentlemen!

Granted, part of the demand comes from perceived scarcity. That’s why they will probably keep the tour small. It adds to the mystique... Led Zeppelin have wisely stayed aloof, cultivating an almost supernatural aura with the help of the relentless classic rock radio hype machine.

The time to do it is certainly now, while the demand is there and while they’re still healthy enough to do it...


Get ready.

From the Rumour Mill

Here's something I have heard, but it is no more than a rumour:

Led Zeppelin could do up to 20 dates at New Yorks Madison Square Garden, with apparently 10 dates booked (as in, will happen), and five dates on either side of the ten tentatively set as add on dates if necessary.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Band Meeting in Near Future

Reports are that John Paul Jones has, under duress we are sure, admitted that a Led Zeppelin band meeting will be held sometime in January. It sounds like so little, but the meeting is reportedly to weigh their options and their are really only three credible options:

1)It was fun, lets do it again in thirty years
2) lets do a few shows
3) lets tour

So let the speculation begin.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Band Meeting in Near Future

Reports are that John Paul Jones has, under duress we are sure, admitted that a Led Zeppelin band meeting will be held sometime in January. It sounds like so little, but the meeting is reportedly to weigh their options and their are really only three credible options:

1)It was fun, lets do it again in thirty years
2) lets do a few shows
3) lets tour

So let the speculation begin.

Happy Birthday Jimmy Page

Born this day in 1944 he's the founder and musical heart and soul of Led Zeppelin and the model that millions of guitarists have used in their own playing, both as a player and a performer.


He is, in the opinion of this blog, the greatest rock and roll guitarist and one of the most interesting and intriguing people alive today. Furthermore:


video

Happy 64th birthday Jimmy, and thanks for the memory.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Happy Birthday Jimmy Page

Born this day in 1944 he's the founder and musical heart and soul of Led Zeppelin and the model that millions of guitarists have used in their own playing, both as a player and a performer.


He is, in the opinion of this blog, the greatest rock and roll guitarist and one of the most interesting and intriguing people alive today. Furthermore:







Happy 64th birthday Jimmy, and thanks for the memory.

Led Zeppelin Hottest Event of 2007

The Led Zeppelin reunion concert at the 02 arena in London, England was the hottest even of 2007, according to Joe Cohen, CEO of Seatwave, an online fan-to-fan ticket exchange. The average ticket price was £7,525, which is roughly $14, 890.

Led Zeppelin Hottest Event of 2007

The Led Zeppelin reunion concert at the 02 arena in London, England was the hottest even of 2007, according to Joe Cohen, CEO of Seatwave, an online fan-to-fan ticket exchange. The average ticket price was £7,525, which is roughly $14, 890.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Led Zeppelin 2008 Tour Advertisement

You have to wonder what this Israeli ticketing web site knows that the rest of us don't.

h/t Product Shop NYC and Rolling Stone

Led Zeppelin 2008 Tour Advertisement

You have to wonder what this Israeli ticketing web site knows that the rest of us don't.

h/t Product Shop NYC and Rolling Stone

Friday, January 4, 2008

Zeppelin at Bonnaroo: a rumour: inaccurate

The man in charge of publicity for the Bonnaroo festival this June says reports that Led Zeppelin will play there this summer are "inaccurate."

Ken Weinstein, president of Big Hassle, a publicity firm for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival says:

It’s still a rumor and the information in the Mirror is inaccurate... I speak on behalf of (promotor) Superfly and AC Entertainment.”

Zeppelin at Bonnaroo: a rumour: inaccurate

The man in charge of publicity for the Bonnaroo festival this June says reports that Led Zeppelin will play there this summer are "inaccurate."

Ken Weinstein, president of Big Hassle, a publicity firm for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival says:

It’s still a rumor and the information in the Mirror is inaccurate... I speak on behalf of (promotor) Superfly and AC Entertainment.”

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Will Plant/Krauss Tour interfere with Zeppelin fans plans?

With mid to late June dates being thrown around as "confirmed" Zeppelin dates, it seems a good idea to watch the dates for the Alison Krauss and Robert Plant "World Tour." So far, according to the Raising Sand website, there are 11 dates, all in May.

This world tour takes Plant/Krauss from England to Whales, Germany, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, and back to London.

Small world.

The tour ends May 22nd, giving three weeks before the Bonnaroo Festival on June 12 - 15th. Or if you are like me, and don't buy the Bonnaroo rumour, but think maybe the Glastonbury festival on June 27 - 29 is more likely, that gives Plant 5 weeks to ready for a tour.

All this, of course, assumes that Plant and Krauss will not add any dates to their world tour. That's the thing to watch for: once Krauss and Plant book into June, all those Zeppelin speculations go out the window, at least for the summer.

Happy Birthday John Paul Jones.

Born this day in 1946, he put the Mellow in Yellow and the Led in Zeppelin. A soft spoken man with a bass that growls, and a deft touch on the keyboard, John Paul Jones today turns 62.

A very happy birthday Mr. Jones. My birthday wish for you is that you get to spend the year travelling the world with some old friends, and making a big pile of money in the process.

Will Plant/Krauss Tour interfere with Zeppelin fans plans?

With mid to late June dates being thrown around as "confirmed" Zeppelin dates, it seems a good idea to watch the dates for the Alison Krauss and Robert Plant "World Tour." So far, according to the Raising Sand website, there are 11 dates, all in May.

This world tour takes Plant/Krauss from England to Whales, Germany, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, and back to London.

Small world.

The tour ends May 22nd, giving three weeks before the Bonnaroo Festival on June 12 - 15th. Or if you are like me, and don't buy the Bonnaroo rumour, but think maybe the Glastonbury festival on June 27 - 29 is more likely, that gives Plant 5 weeks to ready for a tour.

All this, of course, assumes that Plant and Krauss will not add any dates to their world tour. That's the thing to watch for: once Krauss and Plant book into June, all those Zeppelin speculations go out the window, at least for the summer.

Happy Birthday John Paul Jones.

Born this day in 1946, he put the Mellow in Yellow and the Led in Zeppelin. A soft spoken man with a bass that growls, and a deft touch on the keyboard, John Paul Jones today turns 62.

A very happy birthday Mr. Jones. My birthday wish for you is that you get to spend the year travelling the world with some old friends, and making a big pile of money in the process.