A previously unheard Led Zeppelin track is set to be released for the first time on the band's forthcoming reissues.
"La La" was recorded during studio sessions for 1969 album Led Zeppelin II, and was discovered among a treasure trove of unreleased recordings. The song has been remastered and is included on an upcoming re-release of the album, which will be reissued with a companion disc along with Led Zeppelin's other records. Jimmy Page admits wading through vaults of unreleased material was a major challenge.
Page says, "The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording... It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time."
Even if you thought you'd heard enough of Led Zeppelin, you can choose to soon hear more. The reissue sets are massive. The reissue of their 1969 self-titled debut 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.
Led Zeppelin II , which includes "Whole Lotta Love," features alternate mixes of five songs from the album, including backing tracks to "Thank You" and "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)," as well as the "new" "La La."
The Led Zeppelin reissue albums are out in June 2014.
Led Zeppelin fans, mark your calendar. On June 3, the band's first three albums—all newly-remastered by Jimmy Page—will be released in vastly expanded form. Each will be available in multiple formats and with a companion disc featuring previously unreleased material. 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 includes seven tracks from the album as well as "Heartbreaker" and "Moby Dick," which would debut on Led Zeppelin II later that month.
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." The nine tracks featured on Led Zeppelin III 's companion audio offers a further 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 , Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III will each be available 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.
KISS and Def Leppard have announced they will stage a press conference in Los Angeles on Monday (March 17) to deliver "major news."
Though the word is unofficial, a source close to one of the bands has told ABC News Radio that the two groups are planning a co-headlining tour, set to kick off in late June and run through the end of August.
The source went on to say KISS would serve as closing act for all the shows, adding that only U.S dates are planned for now, but that the tour could extend internationally. Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell had previously fueled speculation about a rumored tour in an interview with TicketsThere.com.
Asked about possible shows with KISS and Poison, Campbell replied, "I'd say you'd be half right there, but only half right and half wrong. There will be an announcement of our tour imminently. We're talking a matter of days. It has to be announced because we're almost at summertime." The Monday press conference will stream live on the Live Nation website.
Neil Young's launch of PonoMusic continues to draw reams of attention. Touting the high-resolution music and player to Billboard, the veteran rocker said he's pleased that music fans will at last hear music "that's [sonically] identical to what the artist created" in the studio. "There's [no longer] that depressing aspect … where you make a record and go, 'Wow, too bad no one's gonna hear it [properly]''" said Young. "That really bothered me, and it bothered all the artists. The testimony of those artists speaks for itself. All they have to do is hear it [on Pono], and they go, 'Oh my god, thank you. It's there. It's what we did."
Young went on to say the Pono player—which hits the retail market in October—will always be designed for just one purpose. "This rollout of the player is a basic music player," he explained. "We don't want to do anything other than play music. We're not a phone. Everything else is taken care of at various levels of quality by other people. It's not our focus. Anything that gets in the way of us making a great music player, we're not interested in it. One thing well -- that's all we do.
Alice Cooper is inviting fans to submit questions for a special "Q&A" session that will be coupled with theatrical screenings of his forthcoming film documentary.
As reported previously, Super Duper Alice Cooper will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and will hit theaters nationwide beginning May 30. The veteran shock rocker is putting together a special pre-recorded "Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice" Q&A—in which he answers fan-submitted questions—that will be presented in theaters following each screening. Fans can submit questions by visiting the Super Duper Alice Cooper website and clicking the "Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice" graphic.
Alice himself will decide which questions make the cut. The film documentary is said to blend archival footage, animation and rock opera. The project includes exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon and Dee Snider.
Paul McCartney is a busy man. Having released his sixteenth solo album New last fall, and completing a tour of Japan, the former Beatle is ready to take on his next project.
Speaking to KCSN Radio in Los Angeles, McCartney revealed that he is going to compose the music for an upcoming animated movie. "It's like being a kid getting to play with some of the most creative people in the world," said Paul (via Billboard).
During the hour-long interview McCartney also talked about his feelings surrounding the recent celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in the US. "When people tell you that you wrote the 'soundtrack to their life,' that's pretty meaningful," said Paul. McCartney also touched on how pleased he is with his current touring band consisting of Brian Ray, Rusty Anderson, Wix Wickens and Abe Laboriel Jr.
It was McCartney who initiated the interview with KCSN upon hearing from friends how the radio station had been playing songs from New. KCSN's program director Sky Daniels was touched by Sir Paul's gratitude towards the station: "When Paul McCartney's friends sing the praises of KCSN, and he feels compelled to listen and reach out to say thanks, it validates the support of our members and the hard work of our staff. It really is a statement that radio can still touch hearts and minds, even those of the greatest songwriter of our time."
There's been a lot of speculation as of late whether Steve Perry will reunite with his former Journey band mates. But now Perry himself has put those rumors to rest. Speaking to Mingle Media (via Classic Rock) recently Steve said: "Absolutely a false rumour. You're hearing it from me: Nope. That's a rumour."
Steve Perry is currently working on his first solo album in twenty years. "It's beautiful, very inspirational, with orchestrations," Perry said about the new songs.
One of the reasons the reunion rumors flared up was the report that the members of Journey were at odds with current singer Arnel Pineda, although the band's management has since denied those reports. Earlier in the year Perry told Artisan News (via Classic Rock) that he hopes to mend his working relationship with Journey guitarist Neal Schon: "I haven't worked with Neal. We're trying. It's tough. I'm doing my best in that area and I can only do so much."
Titled Super Duper Alice Cooper, the film takes us through Alice's life and career via a combination of documentary archive footage, interviews, animation and rock opera, charting Alice's transition from preacher's son Vincent Furnier to 70s shock rock king to 80s glam metal godfather and beyond. The story is told not only by Alice himself but also in the words of Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, Dee Snider and members of the original Alice Cooper band.
The film was made by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn of Banger Films, producers of Iron Maiden: Flight 666, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage and the television series Metal Evolution, and filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film Monkey Warfare.
Rock legends Boston will hit the road from June to August 2014 in support of their new album, Life, Love and Hope, and drop by Harvey's Lake Tahoe August 3rd with the Doobie Brothers.
The Heaven on Earth Tour (named after the first track from the new album) kicks off on June 5 in Hollywood, Florida and sees the band running through to Springfield, Illinois on August 12. Supports at different points on the run include .38 Special, the Doobie Brothers, Cheap Trick and Steppenwolf.
Boston founder and mastermind Tom Scholz was recently honored with a recreation of his iconic hotrodded Gibson Les Paul in the form of the Collector's Choice #10 Tom Scholz 1968 Les Paul. The guitar faithfully recreates Scholz's 1968 original, which began life as a Goldtop before being extensively modified by the enterprising Mr. Scholz: the guitar is made of a solid unchambered Grade-A mahogany body with a two-piece selected plain maple top stripped of the Goltdop finish.
The original and recreation both feature a DiMarzio Super Distortion bridge humbucker, a P-90 Soapbar in the neck position and Schaller M6 tuners. And in keeping with Scholz's original, the recreations even feature pickguard mounting screw holes where the long-gone original pickguard once sat.
For more information on the Collector's Choiceâ¢ #10 Tom Scholz 1968 Les Paul, go here.
Aerosmith have been confirmed as headliners at this year's Calling festival on London's Clapham Common. The renamed and relocated Hard Rock Calling event takes place on June 28 and 29, with the first day also starring Joe Bonamassa, Thunder and Walking Papers.
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry says: "I've been so involved in writing my autobiography I didn't realised how long it had been since we played across the big pond. We can't wait to bring back some of the classics as well as some new songs from Music From Another Dimension."
Brit rockers Thunder, who also play, have just put out two new live albums. Back to the Black Country and The Xmas Show Live 2013 are both available now from the band's website. Read what Thunder guitarist Luke Morley has to say about being a left-handed Gibson fan.
A spokesman for promoters Live Nation says: "This year is one of the most exciting on record for the Calling Festival. We're looking forward to bringing the new look event to Clapham Common, and bringing one of America's most iconic bands to headline on Saturday 28 June. There's still lots of announcements to come – including a big Sunday night headliner – and we're excited at what's in store."
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will headline the finale of the 2014 NCAA March Madness Music Festival, closing out a three-day event in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Final Four college basketball championship games.
Springsteen and his band will rock the April 6 show, called the Capital One JamFest. Pop-rockers .fun are also scheduled to perform.
The full March Madness festival will take place April 4-6. Other artists slated to perform over the three days include Jason Aldean, Tim MgGraw and the Killers, with more acts expected to be announced soon.
The NCAA March Madness Music Festival is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, and no tickets are required. For more on the shows, visit www.NCAA.com/MusicFest.
In other news, Springsteen and the E Street Band will embark on a U.S. tour starting April 8 in Cincinnati. The tour runs through May 17 and 18 shows in Uncasville, Conn.
Metallica is offering a free download of a 1986 concert from the tour that supported the release of their watershed album, Master of Puppets. Recorded Sept. 21, 1986 at London's Hammersmith Odeon, the concert featured John Marshall (Kirk Hammett's then-guitar tech) on rhythm guitar, as James Hetfield had recently broken his arm in a skateboarding accident. The date is also notable in that bassist Cliff Burton died tragically in a bus accident less than one week after the concert was staged. Notable tracks include "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," "Seek & Destroy," "Whiplash," "Creeping Death" and the title track. The band has also posted several video clips from sessions circa 2008, during the run-up to the release of the Death Magnetic album. Click here to download the concert mp3s. You can sample the 2008 videos below.
Guitar great Slash will join Ozzy Osbourne on-stage for a performance at this year's 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert.
Slated for May 12 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, the event will honor Osbourne for his support of the organization, which seeks to assist musicians who are struggling against addiction. The Black Sabbath frontman will be presented with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his efforts to support the cause. "I know firsthand about the ravages of addiction and I also know that the MusiCares MAP Fund is a vital safety net for people in the music industry who need help with substance abuse," said Osbourne, in a prepared statement.
"This organization literally saves lives." Jeff Greenberg, CEO of The Village studios in L.A., will be honored as well, with a "From The Heart" award. "This annual benefit provides a meaningful way to recognize artists and industry professionals who are on the front lines in the battle to fight this crippling disease," said MusiCares president Neil Portnow. "It's an honor to celebrate Ozzy and Jeff in our 10th anniversary year, and we know it will be an extraordinary evening filled with heartfelt words and serious rock and roll."
The Who singer Roger Daltrey is interviewed in the latest issue of Q Magazine. An excerpt has been posted on the magazine's website where Daltrey talks about his initial reaction to some of the band's most celebrated albums, like Tommy and Quadrophenia. Daltrey admits to being slightly confused upon first hearing bandmate Pete Townshend's ideas: "Did I have to ask him what the hell he was on about? All the time [laughs]," Daltrey said.
But the singer also explained that he would eventually be able to find certain subjects that he could relate to and expand upon: "But equally, there's always one sentence that comes out of that rambling brain of his that you can grasp. With Tommy it was: 'Imagine living life where you can only feel vibrations' and I could latch on to that."
In related news Daltrey recently told the London Times that The Who will record a new album this summer, their first since 2006's Endless Wire. Townshend has apparently written more than 100 songs for the project. Daltrey is also getting ready to start work on the band's memoir.
It seems as if Eric Clapton is looking towards some kind of semi-retirement in the near future. According to Classic Rock, Clapton made the following statement in the tour programme from his recently completed tour of Japan: "I may not be able to come back again. I've been coming here for 40 years, since before some of you were born. It's the best place I've ever played. Thank you for having me."
Clapton's idea is apparently to stop touring after he turns 70 years old in 2015, according to an interview he did with Rolling Stone last year: "The bit onstage, that's easy," Clapton, told the magazine. "If I could do that around my neighborhood, that would be great. You have guys in Texas that play their circuit, and it keeps them alive. But for me, the struggle is the travel. And the only way you can beat that is by throwing so much money at it that you make a loss. So the idea is I'm taking a leaf out of JJ [Cale]'s book: When I'm 70, I'll stop. I won't stop playing or doing one-offs, but I'll stop touring, I think."
So even if this doesn't mean Slowhand will go in to seclusion, you should probably make an effort to catch the legendary guitar player the next time he comes around your neck of the woods, cause it might be the last.
Guns N' Roses will release a concert film titled Appetite For Democracy in early April, just prior to kicking off their second Las Vegas residency.
The concert film was shot during the band's first Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in November 2012. The show celebrated twenty-five years of Appetite For Destruction and four years of Chinese Democracy, with elaborate Vegas-style production and plenty of great guitar work from DJ Ashba, Bumblefoot and Richard Fortus performing hits including "Welcome To The Jungle", "Sweet Child O' Mine", "Mr. Brownstone", "November Rain" and "Paradise City."
At two hours and 47 minutes, the film will be released in theatres as well as in home formats including standard Amaray DVD, 3D Blu-ray DVD, Deluxe 2CD+DVD set, and digital long form. The DVD and Blu-ray sets both feature the full show along with band interviews plus a 3D photo gallery, with 5.1 surround and stereo audio.
The band kicks off their second residency at The Join on May 21 for nine shows.
Michael McDonald is returning to the Doobie Brothers to record an album of collaborations with country artists including Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Sara Evans and Love and Theft.
According to Billboard.com, Doobie Brother Tom Johnston says there has never been any bad blood between the band and McDonald, who left in 1982. "It amazes me how long that has hung around because it have never been the case, ever," Johnston said. "A lot of people wanted that to be the case because of the two different styles of music, but it never was. I always got along really well with Michael and vice versa." Johnston also noted that while the two don't get to see each other often because they're both on the road so much, they do catch up from time to time. "Michael is a great guy," he said. "He's always fun to hang with."
The track listing for the album is being kept secret at the moment, but the project was inspired by the band's appearance on CMT Crossroads: The Doobie Brothers and Luke Bryan in 2011. Johnston said he didn't realise how large their fan base was amongst the country music community: "I'm humbled. I had no idea all these people were into the band."
An ambitious new Pink Floyd exhibition is set to open in Milan, Italy in September.
Surviving band members Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason are assisting with the project, which gathers together more than 300 artifacts from the group's history. The event will run chronologically, and will feature interviews about the band, films, architectural and sculptural sets, inflatables, musical instruments, photographs and more.
Aubrey Powell, co-founder of the album-cover design company, Hipgnosis, is acting as curator. "If ever a band lent itself to a major retrospective exhibition, it's Pink Floyd," says Powell. "Selecting what to include from such a treasure trove is both a dream and a nightmare. However, there were elements that just had to be included, for example a twenty-meter wide sculpture of The Wall, five-meter high inflatables, and of course, a flying pig. We'll be aiming for state-of-the-art visuals and sonic delivery, similar to the experience of attending a Pink Floyd concert; you'll never know what to expect next." For more information, click here.
Led Zeppelin recordings from sessions for the 1975 double-album Physical Graffiti are being auctioned in March.
According to Rolling Stone, New Hampshire-based RR Auctions says that many of the songs on the tapes differ structurally from the album tracks that came out officially. The group re-recorded the guitar and vocal parts on many of the tapes' songs, some of which lack vocals altogether, and, in some cases, Zeppelin used only John Bonham's drum tracks and completely redid the tracks.
The band recorded the songs at the Ronnie Lane's Mobile Studio, which audio engineer Ron Nevison built in a 26-foot Airstream trailer. The tapes are part of the Ron Nevison collection, which is also auctioning rough mixes of Bad Company's debut and four songs from Eric Clapton's 1973 album Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert, as well as recordings by the Who, Ozzy Osbourne and Flo and Eddie.
During the Led Zeppelin sessions, Nevison recorded the drum parts for "Kashmir," which was then titled "Driving to Kashmir." Bass player and keyboardist John Paul Jones was late to the session, so guitarist and producer Jimmy Page worked out the song's riff with Bonham.
Nevison recorded the cymbals through a phaser as an experiment, and Page decided he liked the sound and used it on the finished version. "Driving to Kashmir," as it appears on these tapes, is completely instrumental.
RR Auctions' March 13-20 sale also includes a signed U.K. first pressing of the Beatles' "Twist and Shout" EP, the registration for John Lennon's 1965 Rolls Royce, a pair of Lennon's glasses that belonged to classical musician Victor Borge and a cape Elvis Presley wore in the 1973 TV special Aloha From Hawaii.
Record Store Day may not be until April 19, but artists are already starting to announce their special releases for the holiday, which supports local record shops. Bruce Springsteen will release a new, four-song EP for this year's Record Store Day, called American Beauty, featuring a handful of new tracks.
The upcoming EP arrives just about three months following Springsteen's latest album, High Hopes. Three of the songs – the title track, Mary Mary and Hey Blue Eyes – were recorded during the High Hopes sessions with the E Street Band and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello. The Boss recorded the other song, "Hurry Up Sundown," just for this Record Store Day set, and it's likely a cover of Balloon Farm's 1967 song by the same name, although nothing is confirmed.
Prior to Record Store Day, Springsteen will release a new concert DVD, called A MusiCares Tribute to Bruce Springsteen. That release – out available on DVD, Blu-Ray and as a digital download – was recorded in Los Angeles last February during the show that paid tribute to Springsteen's contributions to art and philanthropy.
High Hopes was Springsteen's 18th studio album and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart its first week out.
This Monday (March 3), a new memoir about the life of late Allman Brother Band guitarist Duane Allman penned by Duane's daughter, Galadrielle, will hit stores. In the memoir, called Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father Duane Allman, Galadrielle opens up about her life as the daughter of the prominent musician, who died in a motorcycle crash when she was only two years old. Galadrielle also shares personal stories and new details about her father that she has gathered from years of talking with family members, his band mates and close friends.
Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father Duane Allman will be available as both a hardcover book and as an ebook. Galadrielle previews the 400-page memoir in a video trailer posted on YouTube, stating, "Duane Allman's story is more than a tragedy, it's a true romance. He fell in love with his guitar and gave his heart away."
She added, "I dreaded pursuing his story as a reporter would, asking uncomfortable questions and following every lead. I couldn't imagine interviewing my family, but I knew that if I didn't, I would never be satisfied."
For Galadrielle, writing the book was a healing experience. "Learning about him changed my life completely," she said. "A missing piece that I thought could only be had by knowing him has been returned to me, assembled from all the gathered fragments word by word."