Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Led Zeppelin Reunion Tour: Drummer Jason Bonham says 'Only Time Will Tell'

Jason Bonham, who joined Led Zeppelin on drums for their recent reunion show has been speaking about the possibility of more shows.

Bonham, the son of original Zeppelin sticksman John Bonham said that as the “new guy”, he’s unaware of any plans to tour again.

"There's been no talks except to Jimmy (Page) and Robert (Plant) and John Paul (Jones), just to say thanks for the best Christmas present I could ask for,” Bonham told Billboard.

He went on to say: “If they do it again, of course I would love to. But that's up to them. Only time will tell. If you'd have asked me a year ago, 'Are they gonna do a date next year?,' I'd have gone, 'No way!' So I was proved wrong once before."

Bonham is currently the drummer with Foreigner.

As previously reported, bookers at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium are talking to Led Zeppelin about a posible show at the venue.

(source: NME magazine)

I have to be honest here and admit that I wracked my little brain for any kind of Crock Pot reference for this entry (some of you will know about my little culinary diversion, lol), but nothing in the whole of Crock Pot history seemed to be of any kind of apropos relevance here. *Sigh.*

Monday, December 10, 2007

Led Zeppelin Reunion Crowned 'Hottest' Event Of 2007

On secondary market...

Led Zeppelin’s reunion concert at the O2 Arena in London has been crowned the hottest event of 2007.

The concert, which saw the veteran band play together for the first time since 1988, beat sporting events and Barbara Streisand to the top spot.

“Last year's must-see event was undoubtedly Led Zeppelin's comeback concert at London's O2 Arena, with fans desperate to get their hands on a ticket,” said Joe Cohen, CEO of Seatwave, an online fan-to-fan ticket exchange.
Story continues below...

Cohen said that the average price paid for Led Zeppelin tickets via Seatwave was £7,525, with one fan paying £7,425.

Original tickets for the concert cost £125 each and were allocated via a ballot system which attracted over 1 million applicants.

Cohen said that the price of tickets showed that the secondary market was “increasingly becoming a great indicator of an event's popularity.”

(source: GIGWISE.COM

Thursday, November 29, 2007

"The Return of Led Zeppelin" - Rolling Stone Magazine cover story

Behind the scenes at the rehearsals for the biggest show of the year

On June 10th of this year, at 2:30 in the afternoon, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin — guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones — met in a rehearsal space to play some songs. It was the first time they had been in the same room with instruments since their rough four-song set at Led Zeppelin's 1995 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This time, the stakes were higher: to see if they had the strength, empathy and appetite to truly perform as Led Zeppelin again, in their first full concert since the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980.

The location of the rehearsal, somewhere in England, is still a zealously guarded secret. In interviews a few weeks before Led Zeppelin's December 10th show at London's 02 arena — a benefit tribute to the late Ahmet Ertegun, the co-founder of Atlantic Records — Page, Plant and Jones claim they can't remember the date, what they played or even how the idea of reuniting in honor of Ertegun, a close friend and mentor during and after the band's years on the label, came up. They all agree that playing together again, after so long, was a momentous, emotional occasion.

"It was immediate," Page says brightly, sporting a small splint on his left pinkie, the result of a fracture suffered in a fall at home that forced a pause in rehearsals and the rescheduling of the concert, originally set for November 26th. "Everybody went in with a will to work and to enjoy it. It was a delight."

Plant recalls "a lot of big smiles," wearing one himself. The day was "cathartic and therapeutic. No pressure, no weight." Jones claims he "didn't have any doubts. Someone picked a song. We got through it. And it rocked."

But Bonham's son, Jason, can tell you the exact date and hour Led Zeppelin became a band again, because he was there, taking over for his dad. "They might not know what time it was," he says of the other three, "but I know." For him, it was "a real lump in the throat."

"I didn't think there would be an instant sound," says Jason, 41, currently a member of Foreigner and now a father of two himself. "I thought, 'It's going to take some time.' " He was wrong. The band went right into the slow, dark fury of "No Quarter," from 1973's Houses of the Holy. "When the riff came in, there was this look that went around. It was brilliant." Next, the four hit the desert-carevan march of "Kashmir," from 1975's Physical Graffiti. "Then we stopped. Jimmy said, 'Can you give me a hug?' And Robert shouted, 'Yeah, sons of thunder!' "

Finally, at the end of that day, Jason says, "They said, 'When we get together next . . .' " He laughs. "I thought, 'You mean I get another chance at this?' "

(source: ledzeppelin.com)

So after reading something like this, I can't help but start to think wild thoughts about a band on the comeback trail; I know I have a weakness for making Crock Pot references (often when it hardly seems appropriate), but this really seems like an example of the start of the slow build up you expect after you have thrown all of the ingredients together and turned on the crock: you walk away expecting that in time the whole will be greater than the sum of the Crock Pot parts. Me and my silly, musical crock similes...