Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Zep Tour Might Happen

Led Zeppelin Will Tour … But Not Now

by Paul Cashmere - January 29 2008

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has confirmed that a Led Zeppelin world tour will happen, but not until after a few solo things are out of the way.

Speaking at a press conference in Japan, Page admitted that he would like to take Led Zeppelin on a world tour.

However, an announcement for the tour is unlikely before later this year. "Robert Plant also has a parallel project running, and he's really busy with that project, certainly until September, so I can't give you any news," Page said at the conference.

Jimmy also said that the amount of work that went into the one-off O2 gig in London last December was the equivalent of what a band does for a world tour.

Plant will be touring his latest album 'Raising Sand' with Alison Krauss in the USA and Europe from April.

(Good news, it's looking more and more like a reality of a Zep tour coming late in the year or possibly in '09! Sometimes you just have to believe and things do happen even the unthinkable sometimes ends up happening!!)

Sunday, January 27, 2008

New Version Of Doors Classic

Ray Manzarek Records New Version Of Doors Classic

by Paul Cashmere - January 27 2008

Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek has recorded his all-time favorite Doors song 'Riders On The Storm' with slide guitarist Roy Rogers.

The track will appear on the instrumental album 'Ballads Before The Rain'. It also features 'Crystal Ship', another Doors' song.

'Ballads Before The Rain' features songs by both Manzarek and Rogers.

Rogers has two Grammy nominations to his name and has produced John Lee Hooker and Ramblin' Jack Elliott.

The pair took to the stage last week in Redwood City, California to perform the album live.

As well as the two Doors tracks on the album, there are seven other originals.

'Ballads Before The rain' will be released on Friday Music through the Warner imprint Ryko in the USA, by Universal in Canada and through Pinnacle Entertainment in other territories.

(This should be a good listen. I love slide guitar so will be interesting to hear what this version of the songs will be like. I love Riders On the Storm and Crystal Ship. I do love it when artists re-vamp and use songs that they love again in a new way or form.)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Vids

Enjoy these Vids from Robert n Alison, they make such beautiful music together :)

Rich Woman

Stick With Me Baby

Fortune Teller

Gone Gone Gone

Polly Come Home

Trampled Rose

Killing The Blues

Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us

Robert Plant Rants

VETERAN LED ZEPPELIN rocker ROBERT PLANT doesn’t have a Whole Lotta Love for all this new music nonsense.

And the grumpy singer made his feelings well known in a bar in Camden, North London, last week.

Chilis ... like 'nursery rhymes'

Wrinkly Robert showed his age with the rant at two of the world’s biggest bands as they were played over the stereo at Fifty Five Bar.

He rubbished RADIOHEAD and the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS — and then demanded to hear weirdo rocker CAPTAIN BEEFHEART instead.

A source said: “He was drinking with a woman and didn’t like the choice of tunes playing.

“Radiohead was on and he started complaining. He said, ‘What’s this rhyming c**p?’

Strange ... Captain Beefheart

“The staff were obviously keen to please him so they changed the music. They put on the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who they thought might be more up his street. But he didn’t like their stuff either and said it was like a ‘nursery rhyme.’

“He then said he wanted to listen to Captain Beefheart.”

Led Zep’s brilliant reunion at London O2 Arena last year won them a new generation of fans.

I was gutted when I had to miss it to watch the SPICE GIRLS launch their tour in America. But it seems Robert doesn’t have much time for modern-day musical heroes.

Okay, so he might not like po-faced Radiohead and I don’t think they and Led Zep have much in common.

The 1970s rockers travelled the world in their fuel-guzzling jet — while THOM YORKE’s lot would probably prefer transport fuelled by recycled teabags.

But comparing Chili tracks to nursery rhymes? Has old Percy finally lost the plot?

Radiohead ... not good enough

You’re unlikely to hear Beefheart — AKA DON VAN VLIET — in your average bar. He wrote strange songs with odd timings and surreal lyrics.

His best-known album was 1969’s Trout Mask Replica, considered a masterpiece by fans.

He recorded with his Magic Band and also collaborated with fellow oddball FRANK ZAPPA.

But if Radiohead and ANTHONY KIEDIS and the Chilis, are c**p, I would hate to hear what Robert has to say about most of the rest of the current chart. He obviously judges everyone by his own band’s high standards.

source added: “Radiohead and the Chilis are two of the biggest and best groups in the world. But it seems they don’t compare to Beefheart in Plant’s mind.”


(Go Robert :) glad to hear him speak his mind! He's right on about the sad state of todays music. We need artists that can weave good poetry into their lyrics and showcase those words against a beautiful backdrop of interesting musical instruments.)