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Robert Plant thought he'd end up selling cars

October 28th, 2013 8:20am EDT
Robert Plant
Robert Plant thought he'd end up as a used car salesman.
The legendary Led Zeppelin singer first toured the US with guitarist Jimmy Page, drummer John Bonham - who was nicknamed Bonzo - and bass player John Paul Jones in the late 60s, and while it was a great experience, he never thought it would last.
He told radio station BBC6 music: "Bonzo and I had been playing together. He and I had exaggerated personalities, and we could clear a room telling everybody how great we were, from an early age. But there was no money in it, so Bonzo joined Tim Rose.
"The Yardbirds and Jimmy were playing ...

Former President Bill Clinton Tried To Get Led Zeppelin To Reunite For Hurricane Sandy Benefit

May 7th, 2013 11:54am EDT
Bill Clinton
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton tried to get Led Zeppelin to reunite for the first time since 2007 for last year's Hurricane Sandy benefit in New York City.

Clinton tried to convince Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones while they were in Washington D.C. last December for the Kennedy Center Honors.

Davide Saltzman, director of the Robin Hood foundation, which organized the 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden, told news show "60 Minutes" Sunday night that he and movie producer Harvey Weinstein put Clinton up to the task.

"There were two bands that we were trying desperate...

Robert Plant Hints At 2014 Led Zeppelin Reunion - Your Move, Jimmy Page

February 19th, 2013 12:03pm EST
Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant
Robert Plant has sparked new hopes that a Led Zeppelin reunion is possible next year, by saying he has "nothing to do in 2014".

The lead singer for the greatest rock band in history (somewhat arguably) recently did an interview for Australian news program 60 Minutes, hinting that he's open to hitting the road with surviving bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones.

Zeppelin regrouped for a one-off concert in 2007 -- a tribute to music producer Ahmet Ertegun held at London's O2 Arena, and perhaps the hottest concert ticked ever.

The band released the show on Blu-ray and DVD last fall, onc...

Jimmy Page: Led Zeppelin Reunion Won't Happen

October 9th, 2012 7:17pm EDT
Jimmy Page
Rocker Jimmy Page has reiterated there are no plans for Led Zeppelin to reunite onstage even though the bandmates have come together to promote the concert movie release of their one-off concert five years ago.

Page and bandmates John Paul Jones and Robert Plant have been routinely asked about another reunion ever since the Ahmet Ertegun tribute show in London - and just when the fuss was dying down, the trio announced plans to release the concert footage as new movie "Celebration Day."

Reteaming for a press conference in London last month, the bandmates seemed a little irked that the reu...

Led Zeppelin's Historic 2007 London Concert Coming To Blu-ray & DVD November 19 (Watch Trailer)

September 13th, 2012 7:53pm EDT
Led Zeppelin Celebration Day
On December 10, 2007, Led Zeppelin took the stage at London's O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. What followed was a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band's signature blues-infused rock 'n' roll that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin. Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalog including landmark tracks "Whole Lotta Love," "Rock And Roll," "Kashmir," and "Stairway To Hea...

John Bonham Once Threatened To Beat Up Sting

January 20th, 2011 7:27pm EST
Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham once threatened to beat Sting up backstage at a Police concert.

The late rocker took his son Jason to the show and then arranged for him to meet his idol - but the encounter almost turned violent after the drummer accidentally stepped on Sting's foot.

Jason Bonham tells, "I thought Sting was the coolest thing in the world.

"He (dad) managed to get me backstage and he threatened to punch Sting. It was hilarious. Dad stepped on his foot and he (Sting) was very cocky back then. He was the new young frontman and had that punk kind of attitude. Dad...

Led Zeppelin Fan Finds Treasure At Car Boot Sale

March 16th, 2010 7:55pm EDT
Lost audio of a Led Zeppelin swimming pool concert has been found at a car boot sale (British flea market) in Ipswich, England.

The rare live recording from the rock band's 1971 show at St. Matthews Baths Hall was unearthed by a collector who was rummaging through CDs at the sale of second hand and bargain items.

The lucky buyer, Vic Kemp, tells the Evening Star newspaper, "The guy who was selling them (CDs) said, 'You might be interested in this.' It doesn't have a proper cover and the title is just written in felt-tip pen... The recording is not too bad at all.

"It must have been recor...

Review: 'It Might Get Loud'

August 12th, 2009 10:12am EDT
It Might Get Loud
Somewhere out on a farm in the middle of Tennessee stands Jack White, dressed as Jack White and with familiar Jack White stage manner, standing at a table with various (and somewhat random) items: a wood block, a glass bottle, a wire, a nail and a hammer. What does this have to do with guitar playing? Give him two minutes. He assembles the parts together to make a diddley bow*-- when was the last time you saw one of these-- and then punches some wildly astonishing wails out of it, before finally turning to the camera and asking, "Who says you need to buy a guitar?"

If this is the way dir...

Stars Come Out For Slash

July 4th, 2009 11:40am EDT
Stars Come Out For Slash Ozzy Osbourne Ron Wood
The stars came out for Slash as the rocker headlined Norway's Quart Festival on Tuesday - Ozzy Osbourne and Ron Wood joined him onstage. The Velvet Revolver and ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist was also joined by Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie during the show.

Slash's back-up band for the gig included Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham's son Jason, Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 and members of Jane's Addiction and Scars on Broadway.

His set was a run through rock music history with renditions of songs by Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne.


Robert Plant Won't Reunite A Bonham-Less Led Zeppelin

February 4th, 2009 2:58pm EST
Robert Plant
Robert Plant has finally divulged the real reason why he opted out of a full Led Zeppelin reunion - because it would be inappropriate without their late drummer John Bonham.

Bonham died in 1980 at the age of 32, effectively ending the band's career - the three remaining members, Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, disbanded the group three months after he passed away. The legendary rockers returned for a one-off gig in London in December 2007, with Bonham's son Jason filling in for his father on percussion.

The Kashmir hit-makers subsequently announced plans for a possible w...

Collateral Damage From Robert Plant's Decision To Nix Zep Reunion

December 25th, 2008 5:00pm EST
Led Zeppelin
Since the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reformed last December for a one-off show to pay tribute to late Atlantic Records founder and legend Ahmet Ertegun, the man who discovered and brought us some of the most talented artists of all-time (seriously, we really could use another Ahmet right about now-- but since the almighty dollar overshadows the need for actual talent we can forget that) and gave a handful of folks in England the greatest holiday gift ever, there has been a weekly story about the band going on tour. And not going on tour. But wanting to tour. And not wanting to tour. ...

Tis The Season For... Things We Love (To Hate!)

December 24th, 2008 5:45pm EST
Pearl Harbor
With the holiday season upon us in full force, we thought it would be totally inappropriate if we came up with this list of things in the entertainment world that totally annoy us, repulse us, bother us, and that we just plain can't stand. Yeah, "hate" is a really strong word so we aren't going to use that any further than just hyperbole for our headline here.

But seriously, we get tired of hearing about the celebs, despise these films and cannot stand either the music or image of the bands and musicians listed below. Be sure to add your comments at let us know who you can't stand at ...

Paul McCartney Is Disappointed With Led Zeppelin Tour

November 28th, 2008 3:00pm EST
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney has expressed his disappointment at Led Zeppelin's decision to reunite without frontman Robert Plant.

The Kashmir hitmakers announced last month that they plan to hit the road in 2009 without Plant, who has opted out of the reunion shows.

The remaining stars, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and the late John Bonham's son, Jason, are now auditioning singers to take over vocals.

But fans of the rockers don't want to see the group with another frontman - and former Beatle McCartney concedes it won't be the same without Plant.

He says, "What's happened to Pl...

Led Zeppelin Will Tour Under A Different Name Without Robert Plant

November 14th, 2008 12:09pm EST
Led Zeppelin
Rockers Led Zeppelin have confirmed they are to tour under a different name while they are without frontman Robert Plant.

The Kashmir hitmakers announced last month that they plan to hit the road in 2009 without Plant, who has opted out of the reunion shows.

The remaining stars, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and the late John Bonham's son, Jason, are now auditioning singers to take over vocals.

But after weeks of speculation, the band has confirmed that they will not be using the Led Zeppelin name for the live dates - because it is not the same band without Plant.

A ...

Robert Plant Agrees To Led Zeppelin Reunion

September 26th, 2008 10:22am EDT
Robert Plant
Reports out of Great Britain are now saying that a full-fledged Led Zeppelin reunion is moving forward; and lead singer Robert Plant, who originally held out from any involvement with his former bandmates, has had a change of heart.

British newspaper The Sun reports that guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham (son of Zep's late great skinsman John) have been rehearsing with singers to fill the void left by Plant, who would not commit to the trio's reunion plans.

News that an as yet unnamed famous American singer had been standing in for Plant ...

Jimmy Page Denies Led Zeppelin Are Recording

September 8th, 2008 12:45pm EDT
Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page has denied the legendary band are back in the recording studio - and insists rumors of a new album are just "speculation".

The Kashmir hit-makers have been dogged by rumors of a full-on reunion since they reformed for a one-off gig in London last year. And recently drummer Jason Bonham - son of original member John Bonham who died in 1980 - admitted he had been "jamming in the studio" with Page and bassist John Paul Jones.

However guitarist Page is adamant that reports the band is working on new material are completely untrue. He tells Blabbermouth....

Led Zeppelin Return To Studio - Without Plant

August 26th, 2008 3:25pm EDT
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin stars Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham have been working on new material - without frontman Robert Plant.

Drummer Bonham - the son of former band member John - admits the new songs could be destined for a new Led Zeppelin album, but confirmed Plant had not been involved with the project.

He says, "At the moment, all I know is I have the great pleasure to go and jam with the two guys and start work on some material. When I get there (in the studio) I never ask any questions. If I get a phone call to go and play, I enjoy every moment of it. Whatever it end...

Lost Hendrix Guitar To Be Auctioned

July 16th, 2008 11:49am EDT
Jimi Hendrix
The first guitar famously burned by rock legend Jimi Hendrix is be auctioned off in London.

The late rocker appeared on stage at the city's Astoria venue in 1967 holding a flaming Fender Stratocaster - and the moment has gone down in rock and roll history. The instrument has now been found, more than 40 years later, and is expected to fetch more than $1 million when it goes under the hammer later this year.

Other lots for sale include the last surviving drum kit belonging to late Led Zeppelin star John Bonham and Jim Morrison's final notebook of poetry written before his death i...

A List of The Most Identifiable And Influential Drummers Of Our Time

July 16th, 2008 10:33am EDT
Keith Moon
Even though drummers are beat makers of a band, the recognition they often get is nothing compared to that of the lead singer and resident guitarist who both tend to attract the most attention at first. The best thing about drummers is that whatever band that they are in, they are uniquely appropriate for that particular band. For example, Ringo Starr's drumming is perfect for The Beatles, but his style would be considered unimaginable behind any Rolling Stones songs. Here's our thumbs up list to some cool Rock Drummers who we feel are immediately identifiable for their drumming techniqu...

Five Must-See Concerts Before You Die

July 14th, 2008 10:09am EDT
Led Zeppelin
Picture this scenario: you're on your deathbed, all of your finances are in order and amends have been made in every single one of your personal relationships. Something is wrong though; something keeps persistently gnawing at your emotions of regret until you realize that, as a fan of Rock and Roll, there were too many missed opportunities throughout your life. Too many nights, watching concerts from the latest fad, instead of seeing the true greats of arena history. If only you could go back in time, perhaps forgo that night wasted on The Spin Doctors and trade that experience for a night...

Led Zeppelin To Perform With Foo Fighters?

June 6th, 2008 1:59pm EDT
Led Zeppelin
Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin are set to reunite for a second time by joining the Foo Fighters on stage in London, according to reports.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has reportedly been in talks with the Whole Lotta Love hit-makers for a collaboration since they announced their one-off reunion gig in London last year.

Grohl, who flew to the U.K. to catch the band's comeback concert in December, first sparked rumors of a possible collaboration when the Foo Fighters played at London's O2 Arena last year, telling fans he had hoped to get Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page on stage, ...

Starpulse Feature: The Top 10 Entertainment Stories of 2007

December 14th, 2007 11:25am EST
Anna Nicole Smith
It's been one heck of a year in the entertainment industry. Britney Spears dodged parenthood and paparazzi, some stars got caught drinking and driving while others served jail time, and Playboy icon Anna Nicole Smith died of an accidental drug overdose. But there were some positive events as well, including Harry Potter making his swan song and Led Zeppelin reuniting.

Here is Starpulse's list of the 10 most electrifying events of the past year:

10. High School Musical Phenomenon

Do not under estimate the power of the teen. They make or break this industry. Remember the boy band...

John Paul Jones Fell Out With Zep Road Manager Over Unauthorized Bios

December 11th, 2007 6:30pm EST
Led Zeppelin
Rocker John Paul Jones has disowned Led Zeppelin's one-time road manager after his former friend sold the legendary band's secrets to two biographers.

Richard Cole toured with Led Zeppelin throughout the group's late 1960s/'70s heyday, and went on to become the primary source for author Stephen Davis' landmark 1985 account of the band's excesses on the road, Hammer Of The Gods.

When Jones later asked him why he'd exaggerated the group's bad behavior for the book, Cole explained that he'd been a drug addict who needed the money - so the rocker forgave him.

But Jones has now v...

Robert Plant Credits Zep Reunion To John Bonham's Family

December 7th, 2007 4:11pm EST
Robert Plant
Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has credited his close connection with the family of John Bonham for the band's upcoming reunion. The rockers' December 10 comeback show at London's O2 Arena will feature the late drummer's son Jason in their first full concert since their final show with his father in 1980.

And the singer insists if it weren't for his relationship with the Bonham family, the band would not have reunited.

Plant, 59, says, "I've know the Bonham family since I was 15 and I know Pat, John's widow. I've know Jason since he was born. I've spent so much time talking to...

Robert Plant Dreams Of Recapturing 1970 Zep Show

December 7th, 2007 9:34am EST
Robert Plant
Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant wanted the group's upcoming reunion concert to be a song-for-song recreation of their historic 1970 show at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The Down By The Seaside singer felt the supergroup's January 9, 1970, concert was the best they ever played - and he wanted to revisit the show for the band's Ahmet Ertegun tribute gig in London next week.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I had an idea initially that we should do our entire Royal Albert Hall set starting with We've Gotta Groove... Just do that!"

The 1970 gig he recalls was featured in its ...

Jimmy Page Chained To Toilet

November 5th, 2007 10:33am EST
Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page was once chained to a toilet seat by his band mates to prevent him trashing a hotel room. The guitarist was restrained by band mates Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham in a bid to stop him from carry out a post-concert ritual in their luxury suite.

He says, "As far as the myth goes, there's no smoke without fire. When you come offstage after three-and-a-half hours of intensity, it was not really on the cards that you want to put you slippers on and have a cup of cocoa. What's the point of staying in a hotel and just ordering room service?"


Led Zeppelin To Release Digital Catalog

October 18th, 2007 5:25pm EDT
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin's catalog is among the most enduring bodies of musical composition to come out of the 20th century -- and now it's coming to the 21st. As one of digital music's final holdouts, the band's illustrious catalog is one of the most highly anticipated digital releases to date. Beginning November 13, the band's original albums will be available for full-album or a la carte download from all online music retailers.

The albums being made available include Led Zeppelin (1969), Led Zeppelin II (1969), Led Zeppelin III (1970), Untitled fourth album (1971), Houses Of The Holy (1973), P...

Led Zeppelin To Reunite For The Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Show

September 12th, 2007 12:03pm EDT
Led Zeppelin
Rock legends Led Zeppelin will reunite for a one-off tribute concert for late music mogul Ahmet Ertegun. After weeks of speculation the band announced the reunion - 27 years after they split - at a press conference in London on Wednesday.

A statement reveals, "The incomparable Led Zeppelin will headline the tribute to the man who founded Atlantic Records in 1947. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones will be joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham. In addition, Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings, Foreigner and Paolo Nutini, all touched by ...

Plant Jokes About Led Zeppelin Reunion Rumors

June 28th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Robert Plant
Robert Plant has laughed off reports suggesting the existing members of rock supergroup Led Zeppelin are to reform for a tribute to late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. British tabloid the Sunday Mirror reported Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones would reunite with late drummer John Bonham's son, Jason, for a London concert later this year.

But, speaking at a press conference for this weekend's Rockwave festival in Athens, Greece, Plant insisted the rumors were untrue.

The singer joked cryptically, "If there was one (a reunion), then there wouldn't be enough doctors to...

Led Zeppelin To Reunite

June 25th, 2007 11:30am EDT
Lez Zeppelin
Rock legends Led Zeppelin will reportedly reunite for a one-off memorial concert in honor of their late record boss before embarking on a world tour. The Whole Lotta Love hitmakers have only performed a handful of concerts, including Live Aid in 1985, since their split in 1980 following the death of drummer John Bonham.

But singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones will re-group alongside Bonham's son Jason for a special concert in memory of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun in London.

A source says, "Page, Plant and Jones spoke and agreed to do th...

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