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Music Exec Chose Led Zeppelin Reunion Over Wife's Dead Father

July 10th, 2010 5:15pm EDT
Led Zeppelin
Music mogul Harvey Goldsmith almost missed out on the one-off Led Zeppelin reunion he helped stage in 2007 - because his father-in-law died as the supergroup were about to take the stage.

The British promoter put the Ahmet Ertegun tribute show together in London after meeting with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page at the label boss and producer's memorial.

Goldsmith introduced the show at the O2 Arena and then heard his wife Diana's father had died as he left the stage.

He tells CelebrityAccess.com, "It was very difficult. Very difficult. It was quite odd really. I went onstage and introduced ...

ABBA, Hollies, Genesis, Iggy Pop Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

March 16th, 2010 8:40am EDT
Iggy Pop
British rockers Genesis, The Stooges and ABBA have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the class of 2010.

The ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Monday night opened with Phish paying tribute to Genesis by performing their rendition of "Watcher of the Skies," before frontman Trey Anastasio stepped forward to share his experiences about the band's influence on his own music career.

Introducing "the quiet rebels of Genesis" to the stage, Anastasio handed over the microphone to Phil Collins, Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett - but former singe...

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. ...

Led Zeppelin Confirm Search For Robert Plant Replacement

October 28th, 2008 5:00pm EDT
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones has confirmed the band will embark on a world tour with a replacement for front-man Robert Plant. Plant has rejected the opportunity to rejoin his former band mates on the road, following the group's successful reunion at a 2007 London tribute gig for late record label boss Ahmet Ertegun.

A number of potential new lead singers have been linked with the Stairway to Heaven rockers, including Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, who has reportedly rehearsed with the band.

John Paul Jones confirms he and band mates Jimmy Page and Jason Bonham are lookin...

Jimmy Page Says No To Led Zeppelin Walk Of Fame Star

October 17th, 2008 7:30am EDT
Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page has refused to endorse an attempt by a California fan to land the rock supergroup on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rocky Dickerson has requested written approval from band members and their management so he could proceed with the nomination, but Page has urged him not to bother.

The rocker's publicist says, "He (Page) has asked me to thank you for this interest but he does not feel that this is something that he can endorse."

Dickerson launched the star campaign on his return to California after seeing the group perform at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Conce...

John Paul Jones Hopes For Led Zep DVD Release

June 18th, 2008 6:03pm EDT
Led Zeppelin
Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin want to release a DVD of their reunion gig last December to commemorate the "special occasion." The legendary band came together for a one-off charity concert at London's O2 Arena to pay tribute to late music mogul Ahmet Ertegun.

The gig was filmed and rumors that a DVD would be released have been circulating ever since.

And now bassist John Paul Jones has hinted that a full release looks likely - although there is no release date just yet.

When asked about the status of the DVD, Jones replied, "Yeah, I should think one day the DVD will come o...

Fascinating Facts

January 23rd, 2008 8:30pm EST
Arnold Schwarzenegger
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is fighting to uphold a state law banning the sale of violent video games to underage kids as a gory new Conan game, based on the former action man's Conan The Barbarian movie, hits the market.

Teri Hatcher's ex-husband Jon Tenney will toast the red carpet with champagne at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony on January 27. The actor is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble In A Drama Series for TV show The Closer.

Lil' Kim quit Atlantic Records after a lengthy business relationship with the label, founded by...

Motown Records Founder To Receive Icon Award

January 15th, 2008 5:50pm EST
The Temptations
Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is to be honored for his contribution to American music at an exclusive post-Grammy Awards event in Los Angeles.

The Grammy Salute To Industry Icons reception will be held on Sunday to pay homage to the label chief, who will be presented with the prestigious President's Merit Award to Industry Icons.

President/CEO of The Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, says, "Berry Gordy embodies that rare combination of creative genius, entrepreneurial excellence and fearless proponent of social change. By bringing the heart and soul of Motown to the world, he...

Fans Flock To Catch Led Zep Concert Footage Online

December 14th, 2007 11:47am EST
Led Zeppelin
A 10-minute clip of Led Zeppelin performing Stairway To Heaven in London on Monday night was viewed by close to 500,000 on community website YouTube.com in the 24 hours following the reunion show.

The footage then vanished from the site amid reports the band's management had pulled concert clips from online.

The performance clip, shot with mobile phones, was posted onto YouTube hours after the band left the stage at the O2 Arena.

Another popular clip was that of the rock supergroup performing Good Times Bad Times, which had been viewed by an estimated 250,000 in the day after...

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 ...

Led Zeppelin Donate VIP Tickets To Charity Auction

November 20th, 2007 3:15pm EST
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin have donated VIP tickets for their upcoming one-off reunion show to an online charity auction. The Hats Off To (Roy) Harper band are reforming for a tribute concert to late Atlantic Records boss Ahmet Ertegun at the O2 Arena in London on December 10, and the bandmates have decided to let a favourite charity benefit from hard-to-get tickets.

The charity packages, which include access to Led Zeppelin's after-show party, are being auctioned on CharityFolks.com to raise money for MusiCares and the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund.

Last week, a Led Zeppelin fan paid $166,000 f...

Jimmy Page Hints At More Zeppelin Gigs

November 12th, 2007 6:13pm EST
Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has hinted the legendary band may play more gigs following their upcoming reunion concert. The Stairway To Heaven rockers will reform for a rescheduled one-off show at the O2 Arena in London on December 10, but Page is already considering taking the band on the road.

He says, "It's a bit silly (not to) because there is such massive demand. It's a bit selfish to do just one show. If that's it, we probably shouldn't have taken the genie out of the bottle."

Page also recently revealed he has plans to record a new Led Zeppelin album, their first studi...

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...

One Million Fans 'Desperate' To See Led Zeppelin

September 20th, 2007 9:08am EDT
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin's decision to reunite for a one-off gig has delighted fans - with over one million devotees desperate to get tickets for the unique performance. The group announced plans to reform for a special tribute concert last week in honor of late music mogul Ahmet Ertegun, 27 years after they split.

Fans were keen to register for the ticket ballot for the November 26th gig at London's O2 arena - the website recorded over one billion hits, while one million people managed to put their names down for the draw.

Concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith says, "We would like to thank all...

Led Zeppelin Plan Irish Show?

September 19th, 2007 6:12pm EDT
Led Zeppelin
Rock supergroup Led Zeppelin are secretly planning a second reunion show in Northern Ireland, according to reports.

The three existing D'yer Mak'er rockers have reformed for a tribute to late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun in London on November 26 and they insist the performance will be a one-off.

But now reports out of Belfast, Northern Ireland suggest frontman Robert Plant is keen to return to the city's Ulster Hall when the venue reopens in 2009.

The Ulster Hall became part of Led Zeppelin lore when the group first performed Stairway To Heaven there in 1971, accor...

Led Zeppelin Promoter Hopeful Of Further Gigs

September 13th, 2007 9:14am EDT
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin's concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith is confident the rockers' forthcoming reunion gig will not be their last - but only if they enjoy their return to the limelight. The legendary rockers are set to reform for the first time in 27 years for a special tribute concert for late music mogul Ahmet Ertegun in November.

Although the group has announced their reunion as a one-off, Goldsmith is hopeful of further performances. He says, "If they enjoy it, who knows what will happen. They've got their own pathways and their own music. For an act to go on the road again after all this...

Demand For Led Zeppelin Tickets Crashes Site

September 12th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin's announcement of a one-off reunion show has caused the concert's official website to crash - as millions of fans across the world rush to register their names for the ticket ballot.

The band revealed on Wednesday plans to reform for a special tribute concert for late music mogul Ahmet Ertegun, 27 years after they split.

But the unprecedented demand for the gig has resulted in Ahmettribute.com closing down within minutes of going live at 4pm, because fans are so desperate to enter the ballot for one of 18,000 tickets.

At a special press conference in London on ...

Led Zeppelin Refused To Reunite For Short Set

September 12th, 2007 4:35pm EDT
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin refused to reunite for the tribute concert for late music mogul Ahmet Ertegun unless they were allowed to play a full length set.

The legendary rockers announced plans to reform - 27 years after they split - at a press conference in London on Wednesday, but only on the condition that they perform for longer than the obligatory 30-minutes.

And concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith willingly agreed to the demand - because it was the wish of Ertegun's widow, Mica, to have the band headline the gig.

Goldsmith recalls, "She wanted it to be all British bands to come togeth...

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 ...

Irv Gotti Plans Lengthy Career

August 8th, 2007 12:54pm EDT
Irv Gotti
Rap mogul Irv Gotti wants to emulate the career of the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun - and work until his death. The Inc. boss, real name Irving Lorenzo, has also hailed veteran record label heads like Universal boss Doug Morris and 75-year-old J Records founder, Clive Davis, who both continue to work into their old age.

He says, "The music thing goes deep with me. I want to be like Doug Morris and Clive Davis. Until he died, Ahmet Ertegun was still going to the office. I'm in that mode."

Ertegun died in December after seven weeks in a coma following a fall at a Roll...

Genesis Stars Past & Present Authorize New History Book

July 12th, 2007 10:51pm EDT
Reunited rockers Genesis are set to have the last word about their incredible history in a definitive band autobiography. Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and former bandmates Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett all agreed to be interviewed for Genesis: Chapter & Verse in an effort to clear up myths about the group's history.

The tome, which will hit book stores later this year, also features extracts from one of late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun's final interviews.

Rutherford tells Billboard.com, "It's a nice book. My wife read it and couldn't put it down. It had...

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