Tuesday, August 29, 2006

ZEPPELIN Author Announces Special Book Signing In California

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - LED ZEPPELIN Author Announces Special Book Signing In California

Ralph Hulett, local author and photographer whose work has appeared in Relix, Goldmine and Vintage Guitar magazines and on the television programs VH1 "Behind the Music" and ABC News Downtown, will sign copies of his book, "Whole Lotta Led, Our Flight with Led Zeppelin", answer questions and give limited edition 4x6 LED ZEPPELIN photographs to the first 20 people to purchase books that day at The Rock and Roll Emporium at 205 Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach Saturday, September 2, 2006 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Another book for the library :)

Monday, August 28, 2006



FLOYD track COMFORTABLY NUMB has topped a poll of the world's greatest guitar riffs. The song beat off competition from GUNS N' ROSES hit SWEET CHILD O' MINE and LYNYRD SKYNYRD's FREEBIRD, in second and third place respectively. The chart was conducted by UK digital music channel Planet Rock in honour of a return to guitar-based rock - with sales of the instrument in the country rocketing to a staggering GBP100 million ($189 million). The top five guitar riffs are as follows: 1. PINK FLOYD, COMFORTABLY NUMB 2. GUNS N' ROSES, SWEET CHILD O' MINE 3. LYNYRD SKYNYRD, FREEBIRD 4. VAN HALEN, ERUPTION 5. GUNS N' ROSES, NOVEMBER RAIN.
28/08/2006 12:11

What...NO Zeppelin at all in there? The list is just not right without Zeppelin first then Floyd etc, etc, etc. IMO :)

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Box Sets For The Doors & Robert Plant

Rhino Boxes Up The Doors, Robert Plant

Rhino is devoting massive new boxed sets to the careers of the Doors and Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, both of which will arrive in time for the holiday season.

First up on Nov. 14 is the Plant box, "Nine Lives," which includes all nine of his post-Zeppelin solo discs as well as a DVD. Each album has been expanded with bonus tracks, beginning with 1982's "Pictures at Eleven," which includes the non-album cut "Far Post" and a 1983 live version of "Like I've Never Been Gone."

Three live tracks, including a cover of Bob Marley's "Lively Up Yourself," plus the previously unreleased studio cut "Turnaround," are found on 1983's "The Principle of Moments." Two rarities and the B-side "Oompa (Watery Bint)" enrich 1990's "Manic Nirvana," while five non-album tracks and demos will be found on 1993's "Fate of Nations."

Plant's Universal debut, 2002's mostly covers "Dreamland," includes the international-only track "Dirt in a Hole," while last year's "Mighty Rearranger" sports two non-album tracks plus remixes of "Tin Pan Alley" and "The Enchanter." The DVD rounds up 20 music videos as well as a comprehensive interview with Plant, testimonials from artists and admirers and a performance of "Song to the Siren" from a VH1 "Storytellers" taping.

The cleverly named Doors box, "Perception," arrives Nov. 21. It includes the band's original six studio albums remastered on CD, as well as a DVD with a new 5.1 DTS Surround Sound mix, rare audio and video tracks, photos and lyrics.

Highlights from the set include a previously unreleased version of "Indian Summer" from the band's self-titled 1967 debut, unissued takes of "Love Me Two Times" from the same year's "Strange Days" and the 17-minute "Celebration of the Lizard," which has been tacked onto 1968's "Waiting for the Sun."

"The Soft Parade" will include an unreleased take of "Touch Me," the previously unreleased track 'Push Push" and two live performances tapes for New York TV station WNET in 1969. The new version of 1970's "Morrison Hotel" sports eight alternate takes of "Roadhouse Blues" and a brief attempt at Chuck Berry's "Carol," while rehearsal footage of "Crawling King Snake" sees the light of day on the band's swansong, 1971's "L.A. Woman."

In conjunction with "Perception," Hyperion will on Nov. 7 release the Doors' first authorized autobiography, "The Doors by the Doors."

Nice....will have to get both of these box sets when they get released. I tell you classic rock is alive and well.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Syd Barrett's Bike Auction


Two customised bicycles belonging to the late SYD BARRETT are to be auctioned off in Cambridge, England. Barrett, who founded legendary rockers PINK FLOYD in the 1960s, died last month (JUL06) at the age of 60. The musician quit the music industry in 1972 and lived a reclusive life until his death. The bicycles on auction are two that Barrett hand-painted himself and rode every day. Paintings and furniture made by Barrett as well as his writing, art materials will also be up for auction. A spokesperson says, "The auction will consist of items left by Syd in his Cambridge house."
24/08/2006 17:20

Nice to have one of his paintings. I bet they are as vibrant as he was.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

ROBERT PLANT And Current And Former DEEP PURPLE Members Sign On For Charity Event

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ROBERT PLANT And Current And Former DEEP PURPLE Members Sign On For Charity Event: "ROBERT PLANT And Current And Former DEEP PURPLE Members Sign On For Charity Event - Aug. 15, 2006

Launch Radio Networks reports: Robert Plant has signed on for a benefit concert in London that will also feature DEEP PURPLE drummer Ian Paice and former PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord. They'll perform with a house band that includes ex-WHITESNAKE guitarist Bernie Marsden, ROXY MUSIC guitarist Phil Manzanera, and former PAUL MCCARTNEY keyboardist Paul 'Wix' Wickens. The September 14 event at the Porchester Halls is billed as The Sunflower Jam, and it will raise money for complimentary therapies like spiritual healing, therapeutic touch, reflexology, and aromatherapy massage, which will be administered alongside more traditional cancer treatments, both for patients and their families.

PINK FLOYD's David Gilmour and PROCOL HARUM's Gary Brooker have also been invited, but there's no confirmation yet as to whether they will attend. "

Sounds like a great gig!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

CBGB Goes West


LATEST: New York punk mecca CBGB is moving to Las Vegas, Nevada. After months of speculation as to the future of the club, CBGB boss HILLY KRISTAL - who lost his lease last year (05) - has confirmed he's heading for Sin City. Kristal, who will close CBGB after 33 years on 30 September (06), says, "I intend to take everything out of there that represents CBGB. "We're going to take the bars, the toilets, the urinals, even the doors. We want to re-create the essence of the club." CBGB hosted the New York punk revolution in the mid to late 1970s, staging regular shows for the RAMONES, PATTI SMITH, BLONDIE and TALKING HEADS, among others.
08/08/2006 03:16

They can re-create and take the club to Vegas, but it still wouldn't be the same CBGB that Blondie, The Ramones, Patti Smith and others performed at. What about the actual street where it's located that was part of the whole coolness of CBGB. I am however glad that they are going to try and at least still have it somewhere...long live CBGB and what it represented for us that actually lived the times and were lucky enough to venture into the club when the Punk bands of yesteryear were in full swing. I got my Patti Smith autograph there, how cool is that!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Arthur Lee Passes On


Legendary LOVE star ARTHUR LEE died in a Memphis, Tennessee hospital yesterday (03AUG06) following a battle with leukaemia. He was 61. The ALONE AGAIN OR singer/guitarist passed away at the city's Methodist University Hospital at 5pm local time. His wife DIANE was by his side. Lee's manager MARK LINN says, "His death comes as a shock to me because Arthur had the uncanny ability to bounce back from everything, and leukaemia was no exception. "He was confident that he would be back on stage by the fall." Lee described himself as "the first so-called black hippie" and formed Love in 1965 after moving from his native Memphis to Los Angeles. The psychedelic group's third album, 1968's FOREVER CHANGES, sold few copies on its initial release but has since come to be regarded as one of the most accomplished albums of all time. During the 1990s Lee was imprisoned for six years after firing a gun into the air. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia earlier this year (06) and underwent three rounds of chemotherapy, all of which failed. In May (06), he became the first adult in Tennessee to have a bone marrow transplant using stem cells from an umbilical cord. A series of benefit concerts were staged for him, including one headlined by ex-LED ZEPPELIN singer ROBERT PLANT, a long-term Love fan, in New York City in June.
04/08/2006 12:22

That big gig in the sky is getter grander and grander...RIP Arthur Lee.