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John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant came together in 1968 as LED ZEPPELIN. Over the next decade, the band would become one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, selling more than 300 million albums worldwide. Their songs are some of the most celebrated in rock ‘n’ roll history that, to this day, resonate with fans young and old around the globe. Still, no matter how many times you may have listened to their music, you’ve never heard LED ZEPPELIN like this before.

With the June 3 release of deluxe editions of “Led Zeppelin”, “Led Zeppelin II” and “Led Zeppelin III”, the band will launch an extensive reissue program of all nine of its studio albums in chronological order, each remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. LED ZEPPELIN will also open its vaults to share dozens of unheard studio and live recordings, with each album featuring a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.

“The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of LED ZEPPELIN,” says Page. “It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time”

“Led Zeppelin”, “Led Zeppelin II” and “Led Zeppelin III” will each be available June 3 from Atlantic/Swan Song in the following formats:

* Single CD – Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet.

* Deluxe Edition (2CD) – Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio.

* Single LP – Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail. (For example, “III” will feature the original wheel and die cut holes.)

* Deluxe Edition Vinyl – Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.

* Digital Download – Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.

* Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:

– Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
– Companion audio on CD in card wallet.
– Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
– Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
– High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit. (Live tracks are 48kHz/24 bit).
– Hard bound, 70+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
– High quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
“Led Zeppelin” will also include a replica of the band’s original Atlantic press kit.

The LED ZEPPELIN legend began in January of 1969 with the group’s eponymous debut. From the opening salvo of “Good Times Bad Times”, on through to “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”, “Communication Breakdown” and “Dazed And Confused”, the album introduced the band’s unmistakable sound and left an indelible mark on the music landscape. “Led Zeppelin” has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales over 10 million and was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2004.

The companion audio for “Led Zeppelin” features a previously unreleased performance recorded on October 10, 1969 at the Olympia Theatre in Paris. The nine-song set features seven tracks from the album, including an epic 15-minute version of “Dazed And Confused”, as well as “Heartbreaker” and “Moby Dick”, which would debut on “Led Zeppelin II” later that month.

The band wrote and recorded nearly all of “Led Zeppelin II” while touring relentlessly to support its debut album. Incredibly, the album was released just seven months after “Led Zeppelin” in October of 1969. “Led Zeppelin II” features some of the band’s most beloved tracks including “Ramble On” and “Heartbreaker” as well as “Whole Lotta Love”, considered by many to be one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll songs of all time. The album is certified diamond by the RIAA with sales of over 12 million copies.

The “Led Zeppelin II” companion audio gives fans the first peek into the band’s recording sessions, with alternate mixes of five songs from the album, backing tracks to “Thank You” and “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)”, and the previously unreleased track “La La”.

Following the whirlwind success of their first two albums and near constant touring, Page and Plant took to the now famous Bron-Yr-Aur cottage in Wales in 1970 to start the early composition of “Led Zeppelin III”. They later convened with Bonham and Jones for rehearsals before entering London’s Olympic Studios to begin recording in May 1970. Fueled by classic tracks such as “Immigrant Song” and “Since I’ve Been Loving You”, the album soared to the top of charts worldwide upon its release in October of 1970 and has since been certified six times platinum.

The nine tracks featured on “Led Zeppelin III”‘s companion audio continue to offer a window into the band’s recording process with seven studio outtakes of songs from the album as well as three previously unheard compositions: “Jennings Farm Blues” (an instrumental forerunner of “Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp”), “Bathroom Sound” (an instrumental version of “Out On The Tiles”), and their take on the blues classics “Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind”.

LED ZEPPELIN continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. Founding members Jones, Page and Plant — along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham — took the stage at London’s O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records‘ founder. The band was honored for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. In January of 2014, the band won their first ever Grammy Award as “Celebration Day”, which captured their live performance at the Ertegun tribute concert, was named “Best Rock Album.”

“Led Zeppelin” track listing:

01. Good Times Bad Times
02. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
03. You Shook Me
04. Dazed And Confused
05. Your Time Is Gonna Come
06. Black Mountain Side
07. Communication Breakdown
08. I Can’t Quit You Baby
09. How Many More Times

Companion Audio Disc: Live At The Olympia – Paris, France October 10, 1969

01. Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown
02. I Can’t Quit You Baby
03. Heartbreaker
04. Dazed And Confused
05. White Summer/Black Mountain Side
06. You Shook Me
07. Moby Dick
08. How Many More Times

“Led Zeppelin II” track listing

01. Whole Lotta Love
02. What Is And What Should Never Be
03. The Lemon Song
04. Thank You
05. Heartbreaker
06. Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)
07. Ramble On
08. Moby Dick

Companion Audio Disc

01. Whole Lotta Love
02. What Is And What Should Never Be
03. Thank You
04. Heartbreaker
05. Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)
06. Ramble On
07. Moby Dick
08. La La
09. Bring It On Home

“Led Zeppelin III” track listing

01. Immigrant Song
02. Friends
03. Celebration Day
04. Since I’ve Been Loving You
05. Out On The Tiles
06. Gallows Pole
07. Tangerine
08. That’s The Way
09. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
10. Hats Off To (Roy) Harper

Companion Audio Disc

01. The Immigrant Song
02. Friends
03. Celebration Day
04. Since I’ve Been Loving You
05. Bathroom Sound
06. Gallows Pole
07. That’s The Way
08. Jennings Farm Blues
09. Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind


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According to The Pulse Of Radio, film producer Harvey Weinstein says that LED ZEPPELIN did not appear at last year’s 12.12.12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief due to Jimmy Page passing on the charity gig. Weinstein was on hand at the Toronto International Film Festival for the screening of the 12.12.12 documentary, and revealed that he pulled out all the stops to ensure that ZEPPELIN appeared — even asking former President Bill Clinton and President Obama to personally lobby the guitarist so that the ZEPPELIN reunion could help raise funds for the suffering and displaced Easterners.

Weinstein said: “We get an OK from [Robert] Plant if Page will do it. . . Jimmy Page doesn’t want to do it. Bill [Clinton] talked to the group and Jimmy told him no. Jimmy Page struck out Obama and Bill Clinton. . . that will live on in infamy.”

Jimmy Page explained that the recently released “Celebration Day” CD/DVD of ZEPPELIN‘s 2007 London reunion concert was a chance to rectify some of ZEPPELIN‘s less-than-stellar post-breakup reunion performances. “We had the opportunity to get together again — which is what we had there, to do the O2 — with those, y’know, things that left us a bit uncomfortable like the Live Aid and Atlantic 40th (anniversary concert), etc.,” he said. “But we really just wanted to get it right and go out there to play to people who maybe never heard us, who had heard about this reputation and what we’re about, and basically go out and stand out and be counted for what we were.”

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We also discuss Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant joining social media and new audio tech from Apple in this week’s industry roundup.

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The Oath: Unbreakable

Having scored Darthrone legend Fenriz’s coveted ‘Band of the Week’ award and featuring a logo designed by Erik of Watain, the scene credentials of magickal Berlin rockers The Oath are already pretty impressive – all the more so given that they feature in their ranks both Simon Bouteloup of psychedelic rockers Kadavar, and Vincent Wager, drummer of experimental black metallers, Fleurety. Fronted by vocalist Johanna Sadonis and rounded out by guitarist Linnéa Olsson, the band are truly an international entity, with members drawn from all over the globe by a shared musical vision.

“The core of our music is heavily coloured by my influences as a guitar player,” explains Linnéa, “and a lot of it is basically punk, whether it may be Steve Jones or Pig Champion or Fast Eddie Clarke. Then on top of that, there’s the classic hard rock, heavy metal and black metal; Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Bathory, etc etc. As for Johanna’s vocals, she’s really into singers like Ann Wilson, Robert Plant and Ronnie James Dio, to name a few. I usually say that our stuff is eighties riffs mixed with seventies vocals – or the other way around!”

While their diabolical overtones and retro inspirations might sit them comfortably alongside the current legion of occult doom, psychedelic and rock bands doing the rounds, Linnéa is quick to distance the group from any lazy comparisons…

“We’re a heavy metal band – comparing us to bands like The Devil’s Blood or Blood Ceremony would be far-fetched, simply because our only common denominator is the fact that all bands have female vocalists. As for the ‘occult’ part, I think the simplest way to put it is that rock n’ roll is the devil’s music. There’s no doubt what side we’re on. But you wouldn’t call Led Zeppelin or AC/DC ‘occult’ rock bands, even though they’re playing for that very same team as well would you?”

Night Child/Black Rainbow is out now via High Roller.

Interview by Dayal Patterson

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According to Classic Rock magazine, WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale wants to personally apologize to Robert Plant for the “ugly things” he said about the LED ZEPPELIN singer nearly two decades ago.

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Plant is heading back to his British roots on a new record which is inspired by “big f–k off drum loops” and techno samples.

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Jason Roche of LA Weekly recently conducted an interview with legendary LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant.

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Robert Plant and his SENSATIONAL SHAPE SHIFTERS recently added 16 new stops to their summer itinerary, which now makes 21 gigs spread over five weeks in late June and July.

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According to, the woman who has allegedly been harassing Robert Plant for three years has been ordered to stay away from the legendary LED ZEPPELIN singer.

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Robert Plant and his SENSATIONAL SHAPE SHIFTERS recently added 16 new stops to their summer itinerary, which now makes 21 gigs spread over five weeks in late June and July.

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