Fact: Guitar great Jimmy Page is hoping to embark on his first tour in 20 years as he readies a new solo album. Regarding potential setlists for the gigs, he tells Guitar World, "There will be all sorts of material from different eras. Right across the board; that's the way I'm seeing it. But like I said, there will be surprises. It won't be entirely what people might be expecting."
Fact: Former Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant is planning to hit the road with The Pixies. The Heaven Knows singer has invited Frank Black and his bandmates to support him when he plays upcoming North American shows in Chicago, Illinois, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Toronto, Canada, Rochester Hills, Michigan and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Quote: "I went to hear them in New York. They were fantastic. Absolutely riveting. They're such fine musicians. However long the set was, I could have heard twice as much... It's so refreshing to hear, because they play with the spirit of the things that have preceded them, but you can hear they're going to take rock into a new realm - if they're not already doing that. It's music of tremendous quality." Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page is a big fan of newcomers Royal Blood.
Quote: "Dervele is the only guy... that's actually written about from the last battle... He went on to be somewhere in a monastery on the Welsh borders. He lost his right hand, but he had a left one; he kept going." Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant on his favourite character from Arthurian legend.
Quote: "We didn't soundcheck too often. Soundchecking was something we heard a lot about... Sometimes we were still... in New York when we were supposed to be onstage in Philly (Philadelphia)... It was interesting if we could be in the same building at the same time." Robert Plant admits Led Zeppelin were never a great soundcheck act.
Fact: Drummers including former GUNS N' ROSES star STEVEN ADLER and Black Sabbath's Vinny Appice have signed up to take part in a tribute performance to late Led Zeppelin percussionist John Bonham. The fourth annual event, now titled Bonzo Bash Namm Jamm 2013, will take place at the Observatory in Anaheim, California in January (13).
Fact: Led Zeppelin star John Paul Jones thrilled fans by joining Seasick Steve for his set at Britain's Isle of Wight Festival on Saturday (11Jun11). The bassist played on Seasick Steve's latest album, You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks.
Quote: "I wanted to go back and take that road. It just heads all the way down the coast. It was f**king amazing." Robert Plant on his recent return to Morocco, where he retraced the inspirational trip he took with Led Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page in 1978.
Quote: "I've gone so far somewhere else that I almost can't relate to it... It's a bit of a pain in the p**ser, to be honest. Who cares? I know people care, but think about it from my angle - soon, I'm going to need help crossing the street." Robert Plant insists another Led Zeppelin reunion is more and more unlikely as the months pass.
Quote: "At one point we were in rehearsal, and this old lady turned up with sandwiches: "Robert, here you are, I put an extra pickle on for you... Jimmy, yours are here; John, here's your salad.' When we took a break, everyone would take a section of the newspaper and read. And I'm going, 'Where's the debauchery? Where's the upside down crosses and naked girls and sacrificial tables with virgins on them?'" JOHN BONHAM's son JASON was stunned by the lack of bad behaviour when he filled in for his late father at Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion show.
Quote: "Would I want the pressure of being a big cheese on a stadium tour? I see what happens to U2 and who would want that?" Robert Plant isn't keen on reforming Led Zeppelin for a world tour - because U2's efforts have put him off.
Fact: Led Zeppelin legend John Paul Jones will be honoured at Britain's 2010 Gold Badge Awards next month (Oct10). The bassist will be one of 13 specialists, from musicians and songwriters to journalists, who will receive prizes at the annual ceremony which will be held in London on 20 October (10).
Fact: Former Led Zeppelin rocker Robert Plant has joined the star-studded line-up for the BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms in London. He will play the city's Roundhouse venue with his Band Of Joy and the London Oriana Choir on October 29 (10). SIR Elton John will be performing at the same venue the following night.
Quote: "He used to say to me quite categorically, 'You're no f**king good, just go out there and look good.' And he was probably right most of the time, from what I've heard on the bootlegs (raw recordings)." Robert Plant admits Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham didn't have a lot of faith in his bandmate's talents.
Quote: "I am a Led Zeppelin fan. I've listened to their music since I was a child, and it's always moved me, especially Stairway To Heaven. I make songs my own by going deep inside myself and translating them to 'what would Mary do.'" Hip-hop/soul queen MARY J. BLIGE explains her decision to record covers of LED ZEPPELIN classics STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN and WHOLE LOTTA LOVE as part of a new project.
Quote: “Led Zep was mixing The Song Remains the Same soundtrack, and we were coming into the studio after them. We were in the lobby, and Jimmy came up and he knew who I was, and who the band was. It was stunning. Not five years earlier, I was in the audience, watching Led Zeppelin with my mouth open, just not believing it.” Kiss rocker Paul Stanley was stunned on meeting his idol, LED ZEPPELIN star Jimmy Page.
Quote: "I'd play with Robert any time and when we have played together he's wonderful. Robert is a rock god and an inspiration to us all, always will be. There's some people that remain your heroes which I rather feel good about. And (Eric) Clapton and (Jimmy) Page, Jeff Beck, those guys will always be heroes to me and that will never change, so yeah, of course I'd go at the drop of a hat." Queen guitarist Brian May lists Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant among his ideal collaborators.
Quote: "Jimmy (Page) and I rehearsed a bit with Jason Bonham and we couldn't really agree on singers and that fell by the wayside." Led Zeppelin bassist JOHN PAUL JONES has confirmed plans to tour without frontman Robert Plant have been abandoned.
Fact: Dave Grohl's new supergroup THEM CROOKED VULTURES made a surprise appearance in London on Wednesday night (26Aug09). The band, which also includes Led Zeppelin's JOHN PAUL JONES and Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme, made their U.K. debut supporting the Arctic Monkeys at the O2 Brixton Academy. They are also rumoured to be making a surprise appearance at this weekend's (29-30Aug09) Reading and Leeds Festival in Britain.
Fact: Actor JOHN C. REILLY rocked out at the age of 11 with his brother and a neighbourhood pal in a cover band they called SHARK FIGHTER, playing songs by rockers AC DC, Led Zeppelin and THE Rolling Stones.
Fact: Led Zeppelin bassist JOHN PAUL JONES has teamed up with rockers Sonic Youth and composer TAKEHISA KOSUGI to create new music for an upcoming showcase by New York's Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Quote: "I don't know how many Led Zeppelin tattoos you have, but if they outnumber mine - then we need to talk." Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is adamant he has the most impressive bodyart when it comes to tributes to the legendary rock band.
Fact: Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham has put his English country mansion on the market for $2.1 million (GBP1.4 million). The musician, son of late original Led Zeppelin star John Bonham, is reportedly selling up to move to Florida
Quote: "Some people go to church when they are young. I listened to Led Zeppelin. I flew over from the U.S. just to give these guys the award and I'm flying back in about eight hours time." Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made a special trip to London to present Jimmy Page and Robert Plant with a gong at the recent GQ Men of the Year Awards.
Quote: "At 13, I liked girls all of a sudden and it all came down to attracting them the best way I could. So I grew my hair. I forgot about lessons for the next few years and kept joining pop groups." Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant on the real reason he forged a career in music.
Fact: Led Zeppelin fans have posted pictures of frontman Robert Plant, accompanied by the band's song CELEBRATION DAY, on video sharing website YouTube - to mark Plant's 60th birthday on Wednesday (20Aug08).
Quote: "I read a quote from fat RICK (WILSON) that said, 'Oasis have disappeared up their own arses, they think they're Led Zeppelin'. And we're like, 'Well, better than everyone else KNOWING that you're Freddie + The F**king Dreamers'." OASIS star Noel Gallagher on his spat with rock band Kaiser Chiefs.
Quote: " I was pretty nervous beforehand, but it was an amazing night. The crowd were great, and come on, having Jimmy Page and JOHN PAUL JONES on stage? How could I not be excited about that? The question now, though, is where do we go from here?" Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl on giving a once in lifetime performance with the Led Zeppelin rockers at London's Wembley Stadium earlier this month (Jun08).
Quote: "Before we went forward onto the stage, there were just the four of us in the half light. And of course, nobody was big enough to deal with the moment. What could you say? Words didn't mean a thing, so we just stood there. You could feel the place going 'Whaaaaaagh!'" Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and his bandmates were overcome with emotion when they stepped onto the stage at their reunion gig in London last year (Dec07).
Quote: "Yesterday we had Led Zeppelin blaring through the house. Most new moms play Beethoven, but we're playing Metallica, Bob Marley, THE (ROLLING) STONES." Christina Aguilera and her husband Jordan Bratman are serenading their four-week-old baby MAX with rock and reggae music.
Quote: "It was ramshackle, casual, nervous, overblown, a little self-indulgent - it was all the things we ever were. We were the genuine thing." Robert Plant speaks for the first time about Led Zeppelin's one-off reunion gig in London in December (07).
Quote: "You know, it's any opportunity that comes in now because I'll soon be able to get reduced rates on public transport." Robert Plant, 59, jokes when asked about the chances of Led Zeppelin reforming for a reunion tour.
Quote: "My mate wanted to go. I said I was tired. Maybe if they play again. But to be honest, probably not." Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke wasn't upset about missing Led Zeppelin's London reunion concert in December (07).
Quote: "I was actually offered a Led Zeppelin ticket, but I declined. I was tempted, but I had just been to the impressive 02 stadium (London) to see the even more impressive Take That, so there was no architectural lure." Lyricist SIR Tim Rice is surprisingly blase about the return of one of Britain's most celebrated rock bands.
Fact: Led Zeppelin's reunion brought soul greats SOLOMON BURKE, BEN E. KING, Percy Sledge and Sam Moore out on Monday night (10Dec07) - the quartet performed at the group's after-show party at Club Indigo in London.
Quote: "That was amazing. Jason Bonham was fantastic on drums. I think he was even better than me." Foo Fighters rocker Dave Grohl was awestruck by Led Zeppelin's reunion gig at London's O2 Arena on Monday night (10Dec07).
Quote: "I pulled out of the AHMET ERTEGUN benefit the day I heard LED ZEP were performing. They really don't need me." The Who star Pete Townshend on why he pulled the plug on his performance alongside the reformed Led Zeppelin in London on Monday night (10Dec07).
Quote: "It's been a long, lonely time since I last rock'n'rolled!" Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant was ecstatic to be back on stage with the band at their reunion gig in London on Monday night (10Nov07).
Fact: Led Zeppelin fans are so eager to see the band's comeback concert they began camping outside London's O2 arena three days before Monday's gig (10Dec07) - despite having guaranteed tickets for the show.
Fact: Soul veteran SOLOMON BURKE will perform at the party following Led Zeppelin's comeback gig at the O2 Arena in London on Monday (10Dec07).
Quote: "If people don't talk about a tour, anything is likely. The more people talk, the more pressure it puts on everybody." Robert Plant is still refusing to commit to touring with Led Zeppelin in 2008, despite reports the reformed supergroup will be trekking across America with The Cult.
Quote: "I actually did get offered a kidney - and a liver - by a fan for use in later life if I could get him a pair of tickets. By the time I hit 40, if I've lived a hard drinking life they could come in very handy, so the offer is on hold right now." Scottish singer Paolo Nutini's fans are willing to go to extreme measures to see him support Led Zeppelin on their one-off reunion concert in London next week (10Dec07).
Fact: Reformed rockers Led Zeppelin have launched a new interactive website, www.ledzeppelin.com. The site features a timeline, a database of all the band's gigs, interactive tour programmes and the chance for fans to upload their own Led Zeppelin content.
Fact: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was honoured with a Living Legend Award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour on Monday (05Nov07). He also received a video tribute from Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.
Quote: "I was standing onstage at the Roxy Club, and I saw two hippies standing at the back. I thought, 'What are they doing here?' Then I looked a bit closer, and it was Jimmy Page and Robert Plant." CAPTAIN SENSIBLE on spotting the Led Zeppelin stars at an early The Damned concert.
Fact: More than one million Led Zeppelin fans have entered a ballot for one of 20,000 tickets for their Ahmet Ertegun memorial concert.
Fact: The forthcoming Led Zeppelin reunion gig will not be recorded or broadcasted at all, according to their concert promoter HARVEY GOLDSMITH. The legendary rockers will headline the Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert at London's O2 Arena on 26 November (07).
Fact: DISTURBED frontman DAVID DRAIMAN and basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman became an unlikely double act at Los Angeles' METAL SKOOL show last night (26FEB07) when they joined the covers act onstage at the Key Club to run through a raucous rendition of Led Zeppelin's ALL MY LOVE.
Fact: Music legends including David Bowie, THE White Stripes and Led Zeppelin are re-living their favourite gigs for a new book. The recollections appear in THE SHOW I'LL NEVER FORGET: 50 WRITERS RELIVE THEIR MOST MEMORABLE CONCERT-GOING EXPERIENCE, to be published in paperback later this month (JAN07).
Quote: "As all of my mates get older, they've never in the pub any more. You can call them up and ask them if they fancy a pint, but they're all going to go off to bed at 9.30pm. As a musician, you don't need to get up early for work, but all my friends have steady jobs that mean they can't party like we used to." Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant bemoans his ageing pals.
Fact: Prince has been named a late addition to the list of 2006 inductees for the UK Music Hall of Fame. The pop superstar will join Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, James Brown, Brian Wilson, Led Zeppelin and DUSTY SPRINGFIELD, among others, on the honour role next Tuesday (14NOV06).