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Led Zeppelin Sued Over 'Stairway To Heaven' Writing Credit

May 21st, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Led Zeppelin Sued Over 'Stairway To Heaven' Writing Credit
A lawyer representing late Spirit guitarist Randy California is suing Led Zeppelin over a songwriting credit.

Attorney Francis Alexander Molofiy is hoping to delay the release of the rock group's upcoming remastered "IV" album unless California is properly credited in the liner notes as a co-writer of the band's classic hit "Stairway To Heaven."

Zep guitarist Jimmy Page has been hard at work putting together remastered editions of the band' studio albums, beginning with Led Zeppelin I-III, which will hit stores and online retailers June 3.

Molofiy claims that the opening guitar riff to S...
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Popular Songs You Won't Believe Are Actually Covers

May 16th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Popular Songs You Won't Believe Are Actually Covers
There are some cover songs out there that artists perform so well you forget someone did it first. We bet there’s a least a handful of songs on this list you thought weren't covers.

Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin (Jake Holmes)

This song actually has a pretty nasty past. Jimmy Page heard the song performed by Jake Holmes, who was opening for the Yardbirds while Page was a part of the band. The Yardbirds then bought a record of the song and copied it while adding new music for all of their instruments. While mostly reserved for live shows, it was included on a live album – and was the ...
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12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!

March 27th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!
Even if you are not a big fan of rock and roll music, there are some opening lines to songs that grab your attention and keep it. Some of the greatest rock bands in the world have crafted masterpieces, but their opening lines leave a little something to be desired. The following list is purely subjective, but it bears the question, what do you think is the best opening line in rock and roll?

1. "It was 1989 my thoughts were short my hair was long, caught somewhere between a boy and man. She was seventeen but she was far from in-between, it was summertime iin Northern Michigan."

Kid Rock...
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Red Hot Chili Peppers Planning Led Zeppelin Tribute At Super Bowl XLVIII?

January 28th, 2014 2:19pm EST
Red Hot Chili Peppers
According to reports, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will pay tribute to legendary heavy metal rockers Led Zeppelin at the Super Bowl.

This Sunday, the funk-metal rockers will join Bruno Mars for the big game's half-time show and drummer Chad Smith has let slip their performance plans in a new interview.

He tells Artisan News, "We're going to be playing Led Zeppelin's live version of Dazed And Confused."

Smith also admits he and his band mates were surprised to be asked to perform with Mars.

Super Bowl XLVIII will take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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2014 Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs And Fails

January 28th, 2014 10:30am EST
2014 Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs And Fails
Another year and another Grammys ceremony has come and passed. As always, there were moments that thrilled while others made me curse under my breath. Luckily, as a music journalist, this guy has learned how to think like the Recording Academy, hence the accuracy of many of my picks this year. Still, even being correct, you have to wonder what the Academy is thinking sometimes. Yes, I’m specifically referencing the fact that Kendrick Lamar was shut out – ridiculous! But here goes nothing examining the awards given.

The Big Four: Record, Album and Song of the Year & Best New Artist

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Spotify Lands Exclusive Deal With Led Zeppelin

December 12th, 2013 12:30am EST
Led Zeppelin
Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin have officially joined music streaming service Spotify.

The band has agreed to allow its music into the service after inking an exclusive deal, which was announced by co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek during a press conference on Wednesday.

Zeppelin's first two albums were made available on Wednesday, and the rest of the group's back catalog will be ready for streaming later this week.

Ek made the announcement during a press conference in New York City, where he also revealed the company's new plans of allowing users to listen to music for free.

The service ...
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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...
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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...
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Robert Plant Knocked To The Ground During Buenos Aires Concert

November 5th, 2012 5:18pm EST
Robert Plant
Robert Plant was knocked to the ground during a concert in Argentina last Thursday after a fan stormed the stage.

The Led Zeppelin star was performing with his band The Sensational Space Shifters in Buenos Aires when an overzealous concertgoer jumped over the security barricade as the group wrapped up its rendition of Led Zeppelin's Rock and Roll.

A guard quickly rushed the fan, inadvertently pushing Plant over, but the shocked 64 year old was not hurt and in video footage of the incident, obtained by Spinner.com, the singer can be heard pleading with security to let the fan off lightly...
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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...
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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...
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Dustin Hoffman, Led Zeppelin And David Letterman To Receive Kennedy Center Honors

September 12th, 2012 4:01pm EDT
Dustin Hoffman
Honors will be given out to Dustin Hoffman, Led Zeppelin, David Letterman, blues legend Buddy Guy and Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova, for their cultural contributions to the arts at this year's Kennedy Center Awards in Washington, D.C.

A formal State Department dinner and ceremony will take place December 1, where the recipients will receive their medals. Following will be a White House reception on December 2, with a performance given at the Kennedy Center - which will air on CBS December 26, at 9pm EST. A nice day after Christmas gift, don't you think!

The group will join a long lis...
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Robert Plant To Debut New Band This Summer

February 24th, 2012 11:36am EST
Robert Plant
Robert Plant is to unveil his latest project, the Sensational Space Shifters, to mark the 30th anniversary of Britain's Womad festival in July.

The former Led Zeppelin rocker has teamed up with members of his ex-backing band Strange Sensation and pal Justin Adams to form the new group, and boasts the eclectic line-up is influenced by "the roots music of Mississippi, Appalachia, Gambia, (and) Bristol."

Plant's new band will debut live at Womad, which takes place in the west of England over the weekend of July 27th-29th.
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Ronnie Wood Turned Down Led Zeppelin, Dismissed Group As 'Bunch Of Farmers'

February 10th, 2012 3:09pm EST
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Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood turned down the chance to join Led Zeppelin in the group's early days after dismissing them as a "bunch of farmers".

The guitarist's former manager Peter Grant urged him to join another act, The New Yardbirds, which he was also looking after in the 1960s.

Wood snubbed the offer after being left unimpressed by the band - who went on to become one of the world's greatest rock acts under their new name, Led Zeppelin.

Speaking on his Absolute Radio show, Wood says, "Peter Grant used to manage myself and Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart and Mickey Waller and Nicky H...
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Rolling Stones Names Jimi Hendrix The Greatest Guitarist Ever

November 23rd, 2011 12:30pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitarist in history by Rolling Stone magazine.

The revered music publication put the Purple Haze legend ahead of Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page, who came in at second and third respectively.

A team of experts from the industry, including guitarist Tom Morello, came together with editors to decide their favorite guitar player for the poll, which was released on Wednesday.

Morello says, "Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage."

The countdown als...
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Did Robert Plant Secretly Marry Girlfriend Patty Griffin?

November 3rd, 2011 11:57pm EDT
Robert Plant
Veteran rocker Robert Plant has fueled reports suggesting he has secretly married his girlfriend Patty Griffin by wearing a new ring on his wedding finger.

The Led Zeppelin singer's publicists insist they know nothing of any nuptials, but stories about a top secret ceremony have started circulating online.

Plant , 62, has allegedly been dating the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, 47, for several months, and the latest reports suggest the pair recently wed in Texas.

They have both been photographed wearing wedding rings, according to UltimateClassicRock.com and fansite RambleOnRadi...
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Michael Winslow Rocks Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love'

October 19th, 2011 11:09am EDT
Michael Winslow Led Zeppelin
Who needs a full Led Zeppelin reunion when Michael Winslow - yes, the guy that made funny noises in the Police Academy movies - is able to perform Whole Lotta Love with just his voice and an acoustic guitar? Watch the amazing video below.

Winslow was on Norwegian talk show Senkveld med Thomas og Harald for some reason, when he was joined by a guest with an acoustic guitar. What happens afterward is magic - Michael offers the beat, then the guitar distortion for the guitarist, on-key vocals, and the guitar solo!

You have to see it to believe it.
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Ke$ha Has 200 Songs For Her Next Album

July 5th, 2011 11:32am EDT
Ke$ha
Ke$ha has plenty of songs to choose from for her next album after writing nearly 200 new tracks this year.

The Tik Tok hit-maker is currently working on the follow-up to her 2010 debut, Animal, and she has been busying putting together music and lyrics based on her life since shooting to fame.

Ke$ha admits her new sound will be "experimental" and influenced by rock giants including Led Zeppelin and AC/DC.

She tells Digital Spy, "I have so many songs! Songs will leak and I don't even remember writing them. I've written about 200. I'm writing constantly about all my crazy experiences ac...
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Trent Reznor & Karen O Team Up For Led Zeppelin Cover

June 1st, 2011 8:54am EDT
Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O have given Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" a dark makeover for the soundtrack to the new "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" remake.

A trailer for the much-anticipated David Fincher film, featuring the track, has hit the Internet in Europe.

Reznor has reteamed with songwriting partner Atticus Ross for the soundtrack. The duo won an Oscar for its work on "The Social Network."

Watch the trailer & check out the song here:

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And The Greatest Rock Ballad Of All Time Is...

May 13th, 2011 8:52am EDT
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" has been named the greatest rock ballad of all time in a new RollingStone.com online poll.

The 1971 classic beat out songs by the Beatles and Rolling Stones to land atop the new list.

In naming the track their number one, publication editors write, "If the entire genre of Classic Rock had to be reduced to one song it would probably be Stairway To Heaven. It's been played a squajillion times on the radio since it came out in 1971, and it doesn't show any signs of going away."

The top five are:

1. "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin
2. "Something" by t...
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Extremely Rare Led Zeppelin T-Shirt Sells For $10,000

May 12th, 2011 4:32pm EDT
Led Zeppelin
A rare, vintage Led Zeppelin T-shirt has sold online for $10,000.

The collector's item was one of a limited number of shirts printed in 1979 to double as a backstage pass for the rock legends' big shows at Knebworth Park in England that summer.

Fan Kyle Erminger placed his T-shirt up for auction on eBay.com and was stunned by the winning bid for the piece of merchandise, which is widely thought to be the most sought-after Led Zep top in the world.

The T-shirt was snapped up by an anonymous buyer in Australia.

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Nicole Scherzinger Performs Led Zeppelin's Classic 'Black Dog' With Jason Bonham For 2011 NBA Playoffs (Video)

April 27th, 2011 10:00pm EDT
Nicole Scherzinger and Jason Bonham
and ABC.

"It was an honor to join Jason Bonham on the iconic Led Zeppelin song "Black Dog,'" Nicole commented. "I am excited that fans will be able to see the video during the NBA Playoffs."

"Working with Nicole for the NBA Playoffs spot was amazing. She is the real deal," said Bonham. "Not only is she one of the most beautiful people I have ever met, but she has a fantastic and powerful voice. She has a great rock voice and it worked out fantastic for 'Black Dog.' I was so pleased to be able to bring this song to such a huge sporting event."

Nicole Scherzinger is scheduled to release h...
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Steven Tyler Took 'American Idol' Job To Teach Aerosmith A Lesson

April 27th, 2011 9:07pm EDT
Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler has revealed he initially signed up to become a judge on American Idol to teach his Aerosmith bandmates a lesson.

The rocker tells the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone magazine Joe Perry and his bandmates threatened to kick him out of the group after he fell from a stage and forced them to scrap a summer tour in 2009.

Tyler then announced plans to take a hiatus from the group but rejoined for a series of concerts last year, before announcing he was to become an Idol judge.

And he admits the move to TV was partly to show his Aerosmith bandmates he didn't need them as much as t...
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The 'Top 10 Best Rock Bands Ever' Are...

February 21st, 2011 11:00am EST
Green Day
Motley Crue, The Cars and Green Day have made it onto a new magazine list of the Top 10 Best Rock Bands ever.

The three acts join the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Santana on the Parade magazine poll.

The Beatles topped the list, and along with Led Zeppelin are the only two that are no longer performing and recording together. The Cars recently reformed and are currently in the studio working on new material.

Green Day is releasing a brand-new live album, entitled "Awesome As F***," on March 22 on Reprise Records. It will include explosive performances captured during the band’...
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Elton John Buys His Baby An iPod

January 31st, 2011 12:55pm EST
Elton John
Elton John is determined his baby son becomes a music fan before he's a toddler - the tot has his own miniature iPod. The Rocket Man and his partner David Furnish welcomed little Zachary via a surrogate mother at Christmas, and they are reveling in their new roles as parents.

The singer is eager for his child to have great taste in tunes, so he has downloaded his favorite songs onto an MP3 music player for the baby - and the selection includes some of his own classic hits.

He tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "It's a teen-tiny little thing, so small you can hardly believe it even is an i...
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John Bonham Once Threatened To Beat Up Sting

January 20th, 2011 7:27pm EST
Sting
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 Spinner.com, "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...
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Steven Tyler Turned Down Led Zeppelin Offer?

January 19th, 2011 4:53pm EST
Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler has challenged reports Led Zeppelin rejected the idea of having him as Robert Plant's replacement, insisting he snubbed the opportunity because he was determined to remain loyal to Aerosmith.

The I Don't Want to Miss A Thing hit-maker secretly auditioned for the super-group in late 2009, although his Aerosmith pal Joe Perry later claimed Jimmy Page had described the rehearsals as "shambolic" because Tyler was not familiar with Led Zeppelin's catalogue.

Perry said, "Page felt really awkward about the audition, but ultimately it was a group decision (to pass on Tyler)."

How...
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Huey Lewis Exposed As The Most Well-Endowed Rock Star

January 6th, 2011 9:29am EST
Huey Lewis
Rocker Huey Lewis is set to be exposed as the biggest man in music - below the belt - in a saucy new TV documentary.

Legendary groupie Pamela Des Barres has gathered the most famous backstage girlfriends in rock 'n' roll history to speak candidly about their conquests for VH1's "Let's Spend The Night Together."

In the film, Tura Satana talks about teaching Elvis Presley how to kiss, Lori Mattix recalls losing her virginity to David Bowie and then getting "kidnapped" by Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page and Cynthia Albritton reveals all about making plaster casts of her famous lovers' manhoods....
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Axl Rose Named Best Frontman Of All Time

December 30th, 2010 11:00am EST
Guns N' Roses
Rocker Axl Rose has been voted the best frontman of all time, ahead of stars including Freddie Mercury and John Lennon.

The Guns N' Roses singer gained the most votes to take the top spot in a Musicradar.com poll, fighting off competition from Queen star Mercury, who landed in second place.

Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant came in third place, while Ronnie James Dio - who passed away earlier this year - claimed the fourth spot as the frontman of Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell. Beatles legend Lennon rounded out the top five.

Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Kurt C...
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Slash Triumphant At Classic Rock Awards

November 11th, 2010 8:58am EST
Slash
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is celebrating after his solo debut was named Album of the Year at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor awards on Wednesday.

The rocker's self-titled offering saw off competition from acts including Kiss, Iron Maiden and Wolfmother to win the prize at the ceremony, held at London's Roundhouse venue and hosted by Alice Cooper.

Australian stars AC/DC picked up the Band of the Year honor, while Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones was given a standing ovation as he collected his Outstanding Contribution trophy.

Three Black Sabbath legends were honored at the event...
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