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We already posted Tony Visconti, Iggy Pop, Florence + the Machine, The Mountain Goats, Questlove and Cyndi Lauper's tributes to the late, great David Bowie, and other artists have written tributes as well. Paul McCartney (pictured with Bowie above) writes:
Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.
"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.
The Rolling Stones posted tweets reading: "The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Mick Jagger added, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him," and posted the above pic.
Brian May of Queen wrote:
I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who were clearly heavily influenced by Bowie, talked to BBC 6Music:
I don't know if I can react immediately.
He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.
In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and ... shocking.
But this news is hard to take in.
I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something ...
Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.
But what a life.
All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP
He was like an umbrella for people who felt a bit different. Bowie was like a like a lighthouse that guided those people and made them feel it was alright to be different, to try things out and dye your hair and wear strange clothes. I think people feel it very personally because he was very important in how people grew up.
I do think it's quite amazing that he put this record out and managed to keep it secret that he was ill. People should watch that 'Blackstar' video and listen to that song. It's like he's saying goodbye to everybody, he's controlling it.
We can all talk about David Bowie. I think the best thing to do on this day would be to listen to him, and to watch films of him and just see what a fantastic artist he was and how many different guises he had, and the incredible amount of work that he did.
Obviously it's a sad day that he's died, but the fact that he managed to stay in control of that image and make another artistic statement when he was obviously ill and knew that he was dying, I think that's incredible and it makes me feel quite happy that he stayed creative right to the end of his life. I think that can only be inspirational."
Brian Eno (pictured with Bowie above) said in a statement via BBC:
David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.
We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.
About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.
I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.
I realise now he was saying goodbye.
Gerard Casale of Devo (pictured with Bowie at NYC's Max's Kansas City, from a 1970s issue of Rock Scene Magazine, above) wrote: "David Bowie was one of the greatest artists of all time. I feel privileged that I ever got to know him. He gave Devo his blessing. He remained true to his art until the end like I wanted so badly for us to do."
Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's hit 1983 album Let's Dance, paid tribute in The Guardian:
One day David said: "Nile, this is what I want my album to sound like," and he showed me a picture of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a red Cadillac convertible. How do you translate that?! But in actual fact I knew exactly what he meant, and that was the point I realised that David Bowie was the Picasso of rock'n'roll. He got uncomfortable with me calling him that but I did it anyway. Because I realised he saw the world in an abstract way, as well as in the way we all see it. And what that picture meant was not that he wanted a retro record, or something based on Little Richard's music, but that he wanted something that would always look modern. He showed me the future and the past and it was evergreen. The highly designed Cadillac and the red monochromatic suit - that picture was taken in the 1960s but it would still look modern to someone in the year 3000!Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, writing for The Talkhouse, said:
When I went to see the David Bowie retrospective traveling the globe, which was then in Chicago, I discovered that he wanted to be a writer when he was a young, with no desire to be a performer. It made sense to me that he would approach performing and his persona from a conceptual practice, understanding the idea of projection, the back 'n' forth unspoken dialogue between performer and audience. There is no one who did it better than Bowie, breaking thru the glass ceiling of gender roles and expectations for what is sexy and charismatic as a rock 'n' roll icon, post John Wayne, bringing the idea of the "dandy" of eighteenth century France into contemporary life, bringing a focus on this new male identity set adrift with no apparent purpose since the demise of the silent cowboy type (who's going to protect and take care of us womenfolk?), except free to be whatever he could imagine he could be, and taking us, his audience, along with him. The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.Sonic Youth also posted a video of them performing with Bowie (below)
J Mascis wrote: "I'll miss David Bowie so much. He was the only 60's rocker who seemed to know and care what was going on out of his generation, and made younger bands feel understood and relevant." He posted it along with a stream of Dinosaur Jr's cover of Bowie's "Quicksand," which you can hear below.
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin said, "Bowie was an innovator, a unique artist with a vision that changed the face of popular music. He is greatly missed."
The Who tweeted, "Rest in peace @DavidBowieReal 1947-2016. With love, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey."
Peter Gabriel writes:
I was shocked to learn of David Bowie's death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.Bernard Sumner of New Order writes: "Very shocked and saddened to watch the news this morning and hear about the death of David Bowie. I always looked up at him and thought yeah - he's the real deal, indisputably good, a figurehead for a whole host of musicians I'm sure. We've lost someone unique who can't be replaced."
He was a one-off, a brilliant outlier, always exploring, challenging and inspiring anyone who wanted to push the boundaries of music, art, fashion and society.
There are so few artists who can touch a generation as he did, we will miss him badly.
Long Live Lazarus.
Soft Cell's Marc Almond says, "It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"
Brian Wilson says, "I was shocked to hear today about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded "God Only Knows" - he was a great artist and will be missed.
- Love & Mercy, Brian"
Gary Numan tweeted, "A True Legend. David Bowie. RIP"
Yoko Ono posted the above photo and this message:
John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.Sean adds, "Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything."
After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.
For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.
Rough Trade shops have announced that they're donating all January profits from Bowie recordings to cancer research.
Lou Reed is unfortunately not around to tell us what he thinks today, but we're sure he's greeting the "master" in the sky.
Also head HERE to read tributes by Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and more.
See more from Talking Heads, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Courtney Love, Kanye West, El-P, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, St. VIncent, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Billy Corgan and more, below...
A new album of previously-unreleased material recorded by Jeff Buckley is going to see the light of day in 2016. You And I will be released on Columbia on March 16, and is comprised mostly of covers, plus a few originals. He covers Bob Dylan's "Just Like A Woman," The Smiths' "I Know Its Over" and "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side," Led Zeppelin's "Night Flight," and Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People." That Sly cover, a sparse take on the song, is available to stream now in advance of the album's release. You can check it out over at NPR, and the album's tracklist is below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Following their appearances at Lockn Fest, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters headed north for a few NYC-area shows, including Port Chester's The Capital Theatre on September 17 and Hammerstein Ballroom on September 18. Pictures from the Cap are in this post. Plant and the band, which includes a couple members who also play in Massive Attack, Portishead and BEAK>, offer up very modern updates of Zeppelin classics, old blues tunes and songs from their album lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar. Can you play the hits and offer up something new and exciting, too? Robert Plant can.
Sensational Space Shifters' tour wraps up this week with shows in Indianapolis on Tuesday (9/22) and Chicago on Wednesday (9/23). Setlist and more pics from the Cap (including a few of opener Sean Rowe), below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Gov't Mule at Lockn' 2015 (via)
Virginia's Lockn' Festival wrapped up Sunday (9/13) after two successful previous days. The biggest highlight of day 3 was another set from Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and his band The Sensational Space Shifters, whose day 2 set was fantastic. The Sunday set was a similar idea and did have a few repeats in the setlist, but also gave us a few treats we didn't get on Saturday like "Going to California" and "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You."
Sunday also included Gov't Mule, whose frontman Warren Haynes spent a lot of time on stage this past weekend. He sang for the Phil Lesh & Friends featuring Carlos Santana set on Saturday which we wrote about, and immediately after that he headed to the Blue Ridge Bowl side stage for a Gov't Mule late-night set. After Mule's set on Sunday, he appeared on stage yet again to guest with Widespread Panic. It's Warren's first year since The Allman Brothers Band ended -- and also the 20th anniversary of Gov't Mule's debut album -- and clearly he's still going strong and keeping that Southern rock/blues/jam sound alive and well (he played a couple Allman songs too).
Warren is also touring soon in support of his new solo album Ashes & Dust, which came out earlier this summer on Concord. It's a little folkier than his Gov't Mule stuff, and well-matched support on select dates comes from recent country breakout Chris Stapleton and Justin Townes Earle. The album features his and Grace Potter's oft-performed cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Woman," which you can listen to below. Warren's backing band for the tour includes Jeff Sipe and ChessBoxer.
photos by Jessica Giovannetti, words by Andrew Sacher
Virginia's Lockn' Festival continued on Saturday (9/12) after kicking off on Friday. After yesterday's Jefferson Airplane set, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady returned to the stage early for an acoustic Hot Tuna set in the afternoon. I caught a bit of that and they sounded great as always, but like Friday I didn't fully start my day until later on.
The first full set of the day I saw, and maybe the best thing I've seen this weekend so far, was Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters. The band includes keyboardist John Baggott, who's worked with Massive Attack and Portishead, and bassist Billy Fuller who works with Portishead's Geoff Barrow in BEAK>, which makes a whole lot of sense considering how modern the Sensational Space Shifters sound. Even when they played an old blues song that Plant said dated back to the '30s, they threw in futuristic synths that made it sound unlike any particular era. All of the Led Zeppelin songs they played were revamped to fit into their set too. They simplified the "Black Dog" riff, but made it thicker and just as fun. They played up the trippy elements of "Dazed and Confused" with airy atmospheres and lengthy solos. Plant told a story of the inspiration Zeppelin took from the blues, and then played "Whole Lotta Love" as a medley between Willie Dixon/Muddy Waters' "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?".
As much as there's a desire to hear those songs exactly the way you remember them, the new arrangements really did breathe new life into them. And when you're seeing songs that classic mixed with new material, it's pretty common to get bored during the new ones. But the stuff the Sensational Space Shifters played off last year's lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar was genuinely great. Plant's working with a super interesting band and that undoubtedly helps, but he's also still a total star on stage, he's funny, and his voice is in killer shape. Plant does it again at Lockn' tonight, this time as the headliner.
After Plant it was the very jammy Widespread Panic, who were pretty undeniable at times but could get kinda boring at others. But the real treat of their set was when they brought out reggae legend Jimmy Cliff to sing lead on their last six songs. They played exclusively off Cliff's classic The Harder They Come, including the title track, "Sitting In Limbo," "You Can Get It If You Really Want" and "Many Rivers to Cross," and then ended with two covers: The Clash's "The Guns of Brixton" and Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" (a huge 1993 hit for Cliff via the Cool Runnings soundtrack).
Then it was more Grateful Dead, and a lot of it. Bob Weir sat in as a guest lead singer/guitarist for his bandmate Bill Kreutzmann's band Billy & The Kids, and like Phil Lesh did on Friday, they loaded their set with Dead staples. I liked Phil's setlist more, but having an actual Dead member handle the vocals (rather than a Black Crowes member) pushed this one over the edge for me. We got the Dead classic "Wharf Rat," a good amount off Weir's Ace album, the frequently-covered "Dancing in the Street" and "Not Fade Away" and more. Like with the previous day's Phil Lesh & Friends set, all the musicians were on point and all the extended jams sounded like the Dead's old days. More so than Phil's set, Billy & The Kids went off into triiiiiiiippy territory too. For the last two songs, the amount of Dead members on stage was upped when Mickey Hart came out to join them. And while Phil sadly did not, they did segue set-closer "Not Fade Away" right into the Phil Lesh & Friends set that started immediately after on the adjacent stage.
Friday's Phil Lesh & Friends set was great, but not nearly as star-studded. Fellow San Francisco legend and Woodstock alumnus Carlos Santana was on lead guitar, and they also had Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule) splitting lead vocals with Dead family keyboardist Rob Barraco. Not that the Dead were ever the most technically skilled singers, but they had a specific style for sure and Warren and Rob nailed it. After "Not Fade Away" they went right into the night's first stone-cold classic, "Scarlet Begonias," followed by a couple covers and then right back to the Dead faves. Strangely enough, even with Bob Weir in the house, Phil finally took the mic to do Bobby's "The Other One," which they took into the timeless "Fire on the Mountain."
The best moment of the set wasn't a Dead song though, but a cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower." More than any other song, that's the one where it clicked that I was watching Carlos fucking Santana on lead guitar. I'm sure Trey was great at the GD50 shows, and maybe John Mayer will be good at the Dead & Company shows, but I doubt the Dead members will have a better guest lead guitarist at a show this year than they did last night. Santana ripped those "All Along the Watchtower" solos like the true master of his form that he is. He took cues from Hendrix's version, but he made it his own. Just watching his fingers go brought you right back to Abraxas and made you forget that "Smooth" featuring Rob Thomas ever happened. To close things out, Phil & Friends gave us a rendition of the beloved "Dark Star" and then brought things full circle by reprising "Not Fade Away."
More pictures and setlists below...
photo: Robert Plant at Sasquatch 2015 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and his band The Sensational Space Shifters (featuring members of Massive Attack and Portishead) already announced some tour dates back in June, and they've since added more.
The day before their previously-mentioned NYC show on September 18 at Hammerstein Ballroom (tickets), they'll play another show in the area at The Capitol Theatre (9/17). Tickets for the Cap go on sale Friday (7/31) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, the Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues with Presence, In Through The Out Door and Coda this Friday. Watch the trailers for the unboxing of the super deluxe editions of all three, below...
photo: Robert Plant at Sasquatch 2015 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Fresh off playing Bonnaroo 2015 this past weekend, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant has added more tour dates to his tour schedule. He has a Philly show with the Pixies on Wednesday (6/17), and will go on a six-date run of festivals and club shows in September.
That run includes NYC on September 18 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/19) at 10 AM with a Citi presale starting Wednesday (6/17) at 10 AM and a Live Nation presale starting Thursday (6/18) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with a video from his Bonnaroo set, below...
Led Zeppelin finally came to Spotify over a year ago, and now just in time for their newest reissue, they're on even more streaming services including Rdio, Tidal, and Rhapsody. It's also streaming in lossless format on Tidal Hifi.
The band's newest reissue, 1975's Physical Graffiti, came out on Rhino earlier this week. It follows last year's reissues of Led Zeppelin I, I, III, IV, and Houses of the Holy. Stream the remastered deluxe edition of Physical Graffiti via Rdio below...
This week, Led Zeppelin will continue their reissue campaign with a release of the 40th anniversary reissue of Physical Graffiti. Also in honor of that anniversary, MOJO is releasing a tribute compilation to the album with their April issue, featuring noted Zeppelin fan Sun KIl Moon, Laura Marling, Hiss Golden Messenger, White Denim, Michael Kiwanuka, Rose Windows, Syd Arthur and more. Check out Sun Kil Moon and Laura Marling's covers and the full tracklist below (via Stereogum).
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Robert Plant @ Brooklyn Bowl 10/9/2014
Throughout the set, which included only four Lullaby tracks and one from the 2005 Strange Sensation album Mighty ReArranger, the singer made a running gag of referring to the songs he had played with Led Zeppelin as "folk songs," after explaining how a Leadbelly tune had inspired Lullaby's "Poor Howard." "If you don't call [that] a folk song, this surely must be headed towards being a folk song," he said before playing a mesmerizing, stripped-down version of "Going to California," accompanied only by acoustic guitar and mandolin. Similarly his daring takes on a simplified "Thank You" - which was almost drowned out by the sounds of women cheering - an electronics-infused "Black Dog," a banjo-infused "Nobody's Fault But Mine" (dedicated to Mavis Staples) and a mega-medley of "Whole Lotta Love" - sandwiched between covers of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?" and Muddy Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man" - sounded altogether rejuvenated. [Rolling Stone]Following the three NYC-area shows (two at BAM, one at the Cap) on Robert Plant's now-concluded North American tour, he squeezed in an intimate Brooklyn Bowl show last night (10/9), or technically this morning (10/10), considering he took the stage at midnight following a DJ set from Questlove. Like the other shows on his tour, it included a few from the new album he put out this year, plus a handful of Led Zeppelin classics and old blues numbers that the Led used to get out. Pictures of the show and the setlist are in this post.
Ahead of last night's show, he appeared on The Colbert Report to perform there as well. Videos from that, plus more pictures from Brooklyn Bowl, below...
photos by James Richards IV
Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant recently brought his tour to the NYC-area for three shows here, and he's now announced that he'll be returning for something much more intimate. Plant and his band The Sensational Shape Shifters will hit the 800-cap Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday (10/9) with an opening DJ set from Questlove. Tickets will only be available online, and they go on sale via Ticketfly this Tuesday (10/7) at 3 PM (4-ticket limit, will-call only).
Earlier that day, Plant will appear on The Colbert Report, and the following day he'll appear for a TimesTalks Conversation at The TimesCenter (10/10) (242 West 41 St) (tickets). His only other upcoming US date happens in LA two days before the Brooklyn Bowl show, and then he'll tour the UK in November. All dates are listed below.
The Sensational Shape Shifters' tour also hit Chicago this past Thursday (10/2) at the Riviera Theatre. More pictures of that, with the list of dates, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Robert Plant @ BAM - 9/27/14
Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifts released their new album lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar earlier this month and just brought their tour to the NYC-area for three dates. First, they hit Port Chester's Capitol Theater on September 25 and then came to BAM for shows on Saturday (9/27) and Sunday (9/28) which were part of Nonesuch Records at BAM. We caught Friday's show, which included five songs from the new album and seven Zeppelin songs including "Thank You," "Going to California," "Whole Lotta Love" and more. Olivia Chaney opened and the drummer of the Sensational Space Shifters sat in with her. Pictures of that one are in this post.
As you may know, Led Zeppelin are in the process of reissuing albums and the next two up are IV and Houses of the Holy which come out October 28. They've now shared the "mix minus piano" version of "The Rain Song," which you can hear below (via Pitchfork).
More pictures and Plant's setlist from Saturday, also below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Just yesterday we were talking about the upcoming Led Zeppelin reissues, and now Robert Plant has announced a North American tour with his band the Sensational Space Shifters. The tour kicks off just outside of NYC at Port Chester's Capitol Theater on September 25 and then comes here for shows on September 27 & 28 at BAM. Cap tickets go on sale Friday, August 15 at noon and BAM tickets are on sale now. Citi cardmembers can purchase tickets to any tour date via www.citiprivatepass.com/ starting August 12, and those all come with a copy of Plant's new record. All dates are listed below.
The new record, titled lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, comes out September 9 via Nonesuch/Warner Bros. The band just premiered a live video for that album's track, "Rainbow," over at Rolling Stone. You can check that out, with the list of dates, below...
by Ian Chainey
The exhaustive Led Zeppelin reissue treatment continues with IV and Houses of the Holy. Details were announced for both of the Jimmy Page-remastered sets, and while surprises are slight, there are a few notable throw-ins making nerds salivate. IV features a "Sunset Sound Mix" of "Stairway To Heaven" and Houses of the Holy has a vocal-less version of "No Quarter." Full tracklistings below. Both sets hit the street October 28 (preorder).
So how about that Led Zeppelin reunion, eh? The Guardian reported that Robert Plant wanted to come back as an acoustic project, but Page wished to stay plugged in.
"A couple of years ago, I said, 'If you've got anything acoustic, let me know. I'll give it a whirl,'" Plant recently told Uncut, (via NME). "It was hands across the water. [But Jimmy] just walked away."For the record, I tried the "got anything acoustic" line in a bar and was similarly shot down. I even tried it backwards. (Maybe I shouldn't have been holding a mudshark?) Guess we need to step our game up.
That said, there is a way you can catch the music of Led Zeppelin live. The all-lady tribute band Lez Zeppelin will be touring Colorado and then will be playing three special shows this fall based on famous Zep engagements including The Royal Albert Hall (Jan, 9, 1970), The Song Remains the Same MSG concerts (July, 1973), and Knebworth (Aug 11, 1979). All performances will take place at NYC's Highline Ballroom on September 22 (tickets), October 27 (tickets), and November 24 (tickets). Check out the full tour schedule below.
As discussed, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is releasing his autobiography, Jimmy Page, this year. Like we said, it's due out October 14 and features his first-hand account, along with 650 hand-picked pictures. In celebration of that, Page will come to NYC to discuss the book on November 3 at 92Y's Kaufmann Concert Hall. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Jack White at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Brian Mansfield)
As always, legacy acts enjoyed a good showing at the festival. Elton John played the entire first side of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, gave a tribute to the late Casey Kasem, and brought out Ben Folds for a guest spot. Ben had also appeared a day earlier with The Flaming Lips during their set to cover Usher's "Love In This Club" (video below), a set which included Wayne Coyne playfully throwing some shade at Kanye's set from earlier in the festival, asking the crowd "Where's the press?"
Lionel Richie played a set that included everything from his time in the Commodores ("Brick House") to "All Night Long" to his Diana Ross collaboration "Endless Love." More legends graced the Bonnaroo stages when Chaka Khan made a surprise appearance during the Derek Trucks-led SuperJam on Friday and covered Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder. Also in that jam were blues legend Taj Mahal, Anthony Hamilton and once again, Ben Folds. Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones himself appeared at the festival to sit in with bluesman Seasick Steve, which he has done before with Jack White.
Jack White, who we also just caught at Governors Ball, didn't play with John Paul Jones this time, but he did play his own set which included a cover of Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song." It also included calling Rolling Stone a "tabloid," ranting about Johnny Depp and Albert Einstein (watch out Kanye!), and otherwise him rocking out to cuts from his solo albums, Raconteurs, White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and a cover of Dick Dale's "Misirlou." Video and setlist from Jack's set, below.
Damon Albarn w/ De La Soul at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by 97X)
Skrillex led a SuperJam too which involved Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Mystikal, Damian Marley, and Thundercat, among others. The set was closed by none other than Ms. Lauryn Hill, who played "Killing Me Softly" a la Fugees, Bob Marley's "Jamming" (though not with Damian) and more. More old school big guns came out during Damon Albarn's set, which was split between Gorillaz, Blur, The Good the Bad & the Queen and solo material. De La Soul joined him for "Feel Good Inc." and Del The Funkee Homosapien for "Clint Eastwood", Setlist and videos are below, and check out pictures and more from his recent Irving Plaza show.
Elsewhere, Omar Souleyman, who couldn't make it to Northside Festival experienced no travel issues and played a set on Thursday night. James Blake also played and told Billboard while he was there that his new album is halfway done and will include collaborations with Kanye West, Justin Vernon and more. Arctic Monkeys, who were covered twice during the festival (by Sam Smith and MS MR), played their own set too and to a HUGE crowd, heavy on the AM stuff but with a little bit of their other four albums mixed in. What didn't happen, unfortunately, was the set by Broad City's stars that were supposed to perform in the Comedy Theatre but canceled their set.
Of course the huge festival had tons of other highlights too. Did you go? What were yours?
Videos and a few setlists from the fest, below...
by Ian Chainey
Page & Plant in more brotherly times
Led Zeppelin fans must feel as though they're in a B.F. Skinner experiment as the band seems bent on giving and taking away in equal measure.
Giveth: Earlier this week, the iconic outfit revealed more details regarding their comprehensive reissue series that's starting with their first three albums. In addition to a full remaster by guitarist Jimmy Page himself, the expanded sets feature previously unreleased material, including recordings that haven't yet made their way to bootlegs. "I left no stone unturned," Page said to Rolling Stone, though it wasn't reported if the magazine was also turned. Concerning whether the Led Zeppelin archive was ready to be fully raided, Page was vague: "There's certainly more things that can be done." Yet, if something is going to be done, it seems as though Page and Page alone will spearhead the project. "I can't have anyone else do it because I want it done properly. I dread to think how it could have been thrown together if I wasn't around." If you were looking for a link between Led Zeppelin and Prince, there it is.
Taketh: Speaking of people who won't be around, singer Robert Plant, riding upon a fresh deal from Nonesuch and targeting the end of the year for a solo record, put the kibosh on the idea of a reunion tour. Again, to Rolling Stone: "A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that's shitty about about big-time stadium rock. We were surrounded by a circus of people that would have had our souls on the fire. I'm not part of a jukebox!" Fair assessment, though Plant's recent set-lists look close to what you'd key in if gifted a stack of quarters at the bar. Still, his adherence to art over money is impressive, considering the kind of small-nation-GDP haul the band could net if they found their road legs. Lesser men would go Gollum vs. The Ring in a similar situation. In fact, the same Rolling Stone piece had this nightmare-fuel nugget:
When Robert Plant walked away from the group after the O2 show, Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham continued to rehearse together in England, even auditioning singers for a possible Plant-free tour. Most names have remained secret, but Steven Tyler and Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy have both admitted to spending a few days playing with the group.That bullet from Janie's gun? Consider it dodged.
For the record, Page doesn't see a tour in the future, either: "The answer is 'no.' It's been almost seven years since the O2. There's always a possibility that they can exhume me and put me onstage in a coffin and play a tape." Jeeze, Jimmy, why all of this talk of the end? Doesn't anyone remember laughter?
Giveth: And that's the thing, Jimmy Page is an oddly curatorial state of mind. Genesis Publications announced the first autobiographical account of the Led Zeppelin years and Page is the source. (Preorder.) Jimmy Page is due out in October and features his first-hand account, along with 650 hand-picked pictures. The tome weighs in at 512 pages and looks to be a treasure trove for obsessives who wish they were there; just maybe not for the mudshark thing.
So, despite the doubtful tour, it still looks like Led Zeppelin will acquire one more thing this year.
Taketh: Your money.
To help you envision what could've been, find a full Led Zeppelin set from Royal Albert Hall in 1970 below...
By Ian Chainey
The June 3 deluxe reissue of Led Zeppelin's first three albums is beginning to take shape. We previously reported the bonus content of the Jimmy Page-led repress project, remastered by the legend himself. Now, we have our first taste of the extras. Today, "Whole Lotta Love," has hit virtual airwaves in its rough mix incarnation.
Additionally tagged as a 'radio edit' -- yes, a radio edit of a rough mix -- this version of II's tentpole and Led Zeppelin's highest charting single is intriguingly spare, a refreshingly skeletal iteration of a foundational proto-metal classic. Robert Plant's vocal track is mostly singular, unadorned with the majority of the later overdubs that would add ear candy to his chest-tone. Also, the infamous freak-out bridge is far less lysergic, sounding as though it might've been rerouted through the dub console of King Tubby. It repositions the song as a bluesy groover itching to hit samplers. To that end, don't be surprised if you hear it in a DJ set this weekend.
Find the track, along with a "Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown" medley recorded in Paris in 1969, and full details and specs on the reissue's various formats, below...
In The Guardian's latest Google Street View series, they've posted pictures of classic album covers taken in public places pasted onto the Google Street View snapshot of the location. The post includes PJ Harvey's Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, Pink Floyd's Animals, Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique (which is right here in NYC and not being renamed "Beastie Boys Square" anytime soon), Bob Dylan's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (also NYC), The Streets' Original Pirate Material, Rush's Moving Pictures, The Beatles' Abbey Road, and more.
That's the Dylan one above. Check out a couple more below & the rest at The Guardian.
Led Zeppelin circa 1969
This summer, Led Zeppelin will reissue their first three albums--Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III--along with some previously unreleased material. It serves as the first installment of a larger reissue initiative spearheaded by guitarist/producer Jimmy Page. Page-remastered versions of I, II, and II are due to hit stores on June 3 as single discs, 2xCDs with unreleased material, single LPs 180-gram vinyl, deluxe vinyl, and digital downloads.
The deluxe-edition of Led Zeppelin is set to feature a live recording of their October 10th, 1969, gig at the Olympia in Paris. II includes alternate mixes of five LP tracks, the previously unreleased "La La," and the backing tracks for "Thank You" and "Living Loving Maid." III's deluxe treatment boasts seven-studio outtakes of album tracks alongside three never-before-released instrumentals. According to Rolling Stone, they're also working on a limited-edition "Super Deluxe Boxed Set" of each album that includes all of the audio on CD, vinyl, as well as a high-definition audio download card, a hard-bound book, and a high-quality print of the album cover. The first 30,000-copies will be numbered, and the special edition also contain a replica of the band's original Atlantic press kit.
Check out the tracklistings for the bonus material below...
Mastodon at Roseland Ballroom in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Georgia sludge bashers Mastodon have announced that they'll follow 2011's hard rock-oriented The Hunter with their sixth full length at some point this year. It's being produced by Nick Raskulinecz, who also did the upcoming Hold Steady LP, and has worked with Ghost, Foo Fighters, and others. Release date and title still TBA, but stay tuned.
They're also going on a US tour this spring, and they've got some pretty great support coming from French death metal greats Gojira and Norwegian rock 'n' roll devils Kvelertak. The tour hits NYC on May 15 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates.
The tour also brings all three bands to Columbus, OH's Rock on the Range festival (5/16 - 5/18), which also includes Guns N Roses, Motorhead, Slayer, Wolfmother, Suicidal Tendencies, Down, Exodus and lots of bands that may steer you away from going like Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock, Stained, Seether, Chevelle, Fuel and more.
Full Rock on the Range lineup, along with the list of Mastodon's tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Franz Ferdinand @ Glasslands (more by P Squared)
Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos is a little miffed that the riff in Paloma Faith's new single "I Can't Rely on You" bears a little resemblance to "Take Me Out." (Via P4k.) He took to twitter to call out the song's writer, producer and featured performer -- Grammy-winner Pharrell. "Hey @Pharrell - I love your tunes. If you want to borrow a riff, just ask..."
The resemblance is definitely there, though I don't know that I would've noticed if it hadn't been pointed out to me. Also I probably would've never heard this song at all if it weren't for this. That said, I'm not sure he should really be throwing stones here. "Take Me Out," much as I love it, has a riff that owes more than a little to Led Zeppelin's "Trampled Underfoot."
Stravinsky said "lesser artists borrow, great artists steal." Listen to the trickle-down theory in action, below...
Daft Punk, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers; Beyonce w/ Close Captions on (via @BrooklynVegan)
Daft Punk just cleaned up at the 56th Grammy Awards winning five awards (everything they were nominated for) including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky," plus Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album (beating Disclosure), plus Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Daft Punk's much-hyped live performance with Pharrell (whose hat has joined twitter), Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder didn't have the French duo doing that much themselves but the "Get Lucky" performance worked in Chic's "Le Freak," "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and Wonder's "Another Star." Steven Tyler, who later joined an equally le freaky looking Smokey Robinson on stage to give Daft Punk one of their awards, was dancing up a storm.
Lorde, who performed early in the telecast, won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance (beating Justin Timberlake and others) for "Royals."
Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City won Best Alternative Album, beating out records by The National, Nine Inch Nails, Neko Case, and Tame Impala.
Other winners: Led Zeppelin won for Best Rock Album (wait whaaa?) for Celebration Day (beating Bowie, Neil Young, QOTSA and Black Sabbath); Black Sabbath's "God is Dead?" won Best Metal Performance and the band also introduced Ringo Starr's performance, with Ozzy saying something along these lines.
Another win that definitely reminded us it's 2014 came when Paul McCartney took Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack," his collaboration with Dave Grohl. The song is from Grohl's Sound City documentary, which also won for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
Paul performed with Ringo Starr (who also performed on his own), and also won for Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package for "Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)." Grohl performed with Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham during the closing performance... which was cut short on TV. We definitely weren't happy about that, and neither was Trent Reznor.
Gary Clark Jr (who performed with Keith Urban) won Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Please Come Home"; and Knitting Factory Records was nominated twice in the Best World Music Album category and won for Gipsy Kings.
Meanwhile, it was also the Year of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, having won Best New Artist (beating James Blake, Kendrick and others), Best Rap Performance (beating Kendrick, Jay Z and others), Best Rap Song (beating Kanye, Jay Z and others), and Best Rap Album (beating Kendrick, Kanye, Eminem and Jay Z). Their live performance of "Same Love" featured Madonna and 33 couples of gay, straight and of mixed ethnic backgrounds getting married, as officiated by Queen Latifah.
Rap awards Macklemore didn't win: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration which went to Jay Z & Justin Timberlake's "Holy Grail." Justin Timberlake (who also won Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl") wasn't there to accept the award, but Jay Z gave a speech that included him saying, "I wanna tell Blue Ivy, look, daddy has a gold sippy cup for you!" Jay also kicked off the performances for the evening with his wife Beyonce, who played "Drunk In Love" (see screenshot from that performance above).
Kendrick Lamar didn't have much luck winning (neither did Kanye which should hopefully make for a good rant soon), but he did well performing live despite being paired with Imagine Dragons.
Performances also included a collaboration from country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson (and Blake Shelton) doing a medley of hits.
The commercials were filled with music as well. One very notable example of that was the Pepsi Grammys Halftime commercial which had athletes playing the music and acting like Daft Punk, Kanye, Miley Cyrus and more. Sonos also debuted a commercial featuring a clip of Karen O covering Bob Marley, which we premiered the full song of earlier in the day.
Winners list can be found here. Video of Beyonce/Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Paul/Ringo, Metallica/Lang Lang, Nine Inch Nails/Queens of the Stone Age/Dave Grohl/Lindsey Buckingham, and Daft Punk performances below...
While Led Zeppelin's appearances last year were limited to press conferences and late-night TV interviews, Robert Plant will be going on a tour this year with his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters. That tour kicks off this June in Texas, and after making its way over to the West Coast and back, it culminates in a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park on July 27. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon with an AmEx and a BRIC presale starting Thursday (4/25) at noon.
In addition to Robert Plant, The Sensational Space Shifters' lineup includes Justin Adams (Tinariwen, SInead O'Connor), John Baggot (Massive Attack, Portishead), Billy Fuller (Beak>, Massive Attack), Liam "Skin" Tyson (of The La's offshoot Cast), Juldeh Camara, and Dave Smith.
All tour dates are listed, along with the tour trailer and a live video of the band from 2012, below...