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Led Zeppelin branded as ‘hollow’ by Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards

October 12, 2015

Keith Richards -2012-12-13_2 Photo by SolarScottThe Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards has laid into fellow Sixties bands Led Zeppelin and The Who during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

The 71-year-old Stones legend reportedly described Led Zeppelin as “hollow” and said The Who were a “crazy” band and their frontman Roger Daltrey was “all flash”.

Richards revealed he has never been a fan of Led Zeppelin and while he thinks Jimmy Page is a great guitarist he doesn’t like him when he’s performing with the other members of the band.

“I love Jimmy Page,” he told Rolling Stone magazine, “but as a band, no, with John Bonham thundering down the highway in an uncontrolled 18-wheeler … Jimmy is a brilliant player. But I always felt there was something a little hollow about it, you know?”

Meanwhile, Richards also wrote off The Who. “I always thought Roger Daltrey was all flash,” he told Rolling Stone in the same interview. “I love Pete Townshend, but I always thought the Who were a crazy band anyway. You would say to Keith Moon, if you were in a session with him, ‘Just give me a swing,’ and he couldn’t … He was an incredible drummer, but only with Pete Townshend.”

Rolling Stone magazine has credited Keith Richards as the creator of “rock’s greatest single body of riffs” on guitar and ranks him fourth on its list of 100 Best Guitarists. Jimmy Page is ranked third …

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Black Sabbath reveal title of new album, ’13’

February 3, 2013

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Black Sabbath have announced that the title of their new album will be ‘13’. Original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler recorded the album in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin.

‘13’ is their first studio album together since 1978’s Never Say Die!. It will be released in June and marks the band’s return to their original label Vertigo.

Black Sabbath were recently crowned the most influential British hard rock act of all time in a survey of 3,600 hard rock fans. Nearly half the fans (45%) voted for the Birmingham heavy metal pioneers, while Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin came second (both with 20%).

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Led Zeppelin IV turns 40

November 8, 2011

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Forty years ago today, Led Zeppelin released their legendary fourth album, featuring their classic track ‘Stairway To Heaven’.

No title was printed on the sleeve, so it became known as Led Zeppelin lV, following the naming standard used by the band’s first three studio albums. However, it is also often referred to as The Runes or Four Symbols because of the ancient runes and symbols depicted on the cover.

On its release, Led Zeppelin IV became an instant success. It entered the UK album chart at No. 1 and stayed on the chart for 62 weeks, becoming the greatest critical and commercial success of the band’s career.

The album is now recognised as one of the most successful albums of all time, having sold some 32 million copies worldwide. It has sold over 23 million copies in the United States alone, making it the third best-selling album ever in the US.

In 2003, the album was ranked 66th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

In 2010, the British postal service, Royal Mail, included Led Zeppelin IV in a new set of stamps featuring classic album covers from the last 40 years.

Guitarist Jimmy Page, who also helped to design the artwork for the album, says: “Forty years after the album came out, nobody knows the old man who featured on the cover, nor the artist who painted him. That sort of sums up what we wanted to achieve with the album cover, which has remained both anonymous and enigmatic at the same time.”

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Led Zeppelin ‘Stairway To Heaven’ beaten by Take That as most uplifting song

March 20, 2011

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Led Zeppelin’s 1971 classic ‘Stairway To Heaven’ has been beaten by Take That’s feel-good song ‘Greatest Day’ as the best tune for giving listeners a morning boost, according to a new study of mood enhancers by US scientists.

Researchers monitored body and brain reactions to 30 different pieces of music and measured which ones made listeners most excited. The Top Five songs most likely to make us smile included ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA (No. 3), CeCe Peniston’s ‘Finally’ (No. 4) and Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ (No. 5).

Dr David Lewis Hodgson, of Mindlab International Laboratory which conducted the research, said: “Music affects people in different ways, and monitoring brain and body activity allowed us to determine the best song to give people the perfect start to the day.”

Scientists have also found that listening to just 50 minutes of uplifting music a day can help the over-50s to keep their immune system in top shape – especially during the health-threatening winter months.

Studies have shown that mood-enhancing music increases the release of feel-good endorphins and antibodies which help to build up the immune system. At the same time, say scientists, uplifting music can lead to a fall in stress hormone levels which can weaken the immune system.

TOP 10 MOST UPLIFTING SONGS:

1. Greatest Day – Take That

2. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

3. Dancing Queen – ABBA

4. Finally – Ce Ce Peniston

5. Jump – Van Halen

6. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

7. How D’Ya Like Your Eggs – Dean Martin

8. Hey Ya – Outkast

9. Rhapsody In Blue – George Gershwin

10. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley

SOURCE: Mindlab International Laboratory

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Pure launches ‘Marshall amplifier’ DAB digital radio, EVOKE-1S Marshall

August 29, 2010

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Stacks of black Marshall amplifiers have dominated the stage at most rock concerts for nearly 50 years. Even Sixties rock fans who can’t actually remember the Sixties will surely remember The Who’s bassist John Entwistle having to make his Marshall Stack bigger and bigger so he could hear himself over Keith Moon’s drums!

Now, Pure has launched a unique radio which combines the audio features of its popular EVOKE-1S series with the iconic style of Marshall Amplification. It’s a revamp of Pure’s earlier and very successful Marshall-branded Evoke 1xt

The portable digital and FM radio looks like a mini version of the famous amplifier – complete with black vinyl wrap, Marshall carrying handle, brass effect front and authentic Marshall badge.

It has an input for an iPod or MP3 player, an auto-dimming easy-to-read text display, and the ability to pre-set 30 digital or FM radio stations for quick access. A matching S-1 speaker for stereo sound is also available.

And for true rock fans, the volume control even goes up to ‘11’ … a feature inspired by the famous scene from the cult movie This Is Spinal Tap!

The EVOKE-1S Marshall has a suggested retail price of £119.99 and is initially being sold exclusively through specialist music retailer HMV.

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‘I’m not going on tour with Led Zeppelin,’ says Robert Plant

September 29, 2008

 

Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has formally denied rumours that he is planning to tour with the legendary band next year. And he has warned fans not to purchase tickets online for any such event because they will be buying bogus tickets.

 

“It’s both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward,” said Plant, who is currently touring the USA with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss on the last leg of their Raising Sand tour.

 

“I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects,” he added.

 

Plant has been reluctant to consider other projects during his fruitful collaboration with Alison Krauss. In a statement today, he insisted he has no intention of going on the road with anyone for at least two years after finishing the Raising Sand tour on October 5, 2008.

 

Krauss and Plant have been on the road in North America and Europe since last April. Plant joined Krauss for a benefit concert in Oklahoma City on September 19 for victims of Hurricane Ike.

 

On September 9, Sh-Boom! Magazine reported Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page as saying that if there were to be a tour, it would have to wait until Plant had finished his Raising Sand tour with Krauss. “If you’re going to do a reunion,” said Page, “you need four members.”

 

Rumours of a Led Zeppelin reunion tour and album have been rife since December 2007, when the band reformed with Jason Bonham for a concert at London’s O2 Arena. The show was a one-off in honour of Atlantic Records’ late founder Ahmet Ertegun, who helped launch the group in 1968. As soon as the concert was announced, millions of fans around the world rushed to buy the 20,000 available tickets.

Led Zeppelin ‘not recording’ says Jimmy Page

September 9, 2008

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Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has denied growing rumours that the legendary band are back in the studio recording material for their first all-new album since 1979’s In Through the Out Door. He insists talk of a new album is just “speculation”.

 

Drummer Jason Bonham – son of original member John Bonham who died in 1980 –recently revealed that he had been “jamming in the studio” with Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones. But Page is adamant that reports about the band working on new material are completely untrue.

 

“We’re not actually really recording,” said Page, who will be 65 in January. “We played at the O2. That was our reunion. It’s true John Paul Jones, myself and Jason had a little sort of jam. But it’s nothing as monumental as what people are speculating and projecting.”

 

Page also insisted that if there were to be a world tour, it would have to wait until frontman Robert Plant finishes his highly successful Raising Sand tour with bluegrass star Alison Krauss(as reported in Sh-Boom! Magazine – July 15, 2008).

 

“If you’re going to do a reunion,” said Page, “you need four members.”

 

Rumours of a Led Zeppelin reunion tour and album have been rife since December 2007, when the band reformed with Jason Bonham for a concert at London’s O2 Arena. The show was a one-off in honour of Atlantic Records’ late founder Ahmet Ertegun, who helped launch the group in 1968. As soon as the concert was announced, millions of fans around the world rushed to buy the 20,000 available tickets.

 

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Jimmy Page’s double-neck Gibson named ‘coolest guitar in rock’

August 4, 2008

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Jimmy Page’s famous ‘double neck’ Gibson has been named the “coolest guitar in rock” in a new survey conducted by musicians’ web site Gigwise.com.

 

The 18-string Gibson EDS-1275 famously allowed Jimmy Page to perform the Led Zeppelin epic ‘Stairway To Heaven’ live without having to change guitars in the middle of the song.

 

Page’s ‘double neck’ Gibson came top of a list that included 30 of the most stylish, iconic and weird guitars in classic rock history – including Bo Diddley’s unique rectangular guitar built by Gretsch, Paul McCartney’s left-handed Hofner ‘violin’ bass, Eddie Van Halen’s Fender ‘Frankenstrat’, Gene Simmons’ axe-shaped bass guitar, Prince’s Symbol guitar, and Noel Gallagher’s Union Jack ‘Britpop’ guitar.

 

Jimmy Page also used the weighty instrument for live performances of other Led Zeppelin classics such as ‘The Rain Song’, ‘Gallows Pole’ and ‘The Song Remains the Same’.

 

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Robert Plant delays possible Led Zeppelin reunion tour by adding Krauss dates

July 15, 2008

The much-anticipated Led Zeppelin reunion tour has been put on hold again, it seems, after frontman Robert Plant added a further nine US dates to his highly successful Raising Sand tour with bluegrass star Alison Krauss.

 

Krauss and Plant have been on the road in North America and Europe since last April.

 

Since the unlikely duo released their critically-acclaimed album Raising Sand in 2007, it has sold over one million copies in the US and more than 300,000 copies in the UK.

 

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones reunited in 2007 for a tribute concert to Atlantic Records’ co-founder Ahmet Ertegun. There have been constant reports and rumours about a full Led Zeppelin reunion tour ever since.

 

Meanwhile, Led Zeppelin have arranged for the manufacture of a very special Limited Edition white vinyl version of The Song Remains The Same. There are only 200 copies in existence and only 100 are being made available for sale direct to fans through the band’s official web site at www.LedZeppelin.com.


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