Some of these demo versions of Led Zeppelin tracks have very subtle differences, but if you are a fan of the band, you can hear them. That is the case with this unreleased version of "Houses of the Holy." You'll notice it in Robert Plant's delivery of certain lines as well as Bonzo's drumming and John Paul Jones' playing. Check it out below.
"He came in to the room, and he started looking around and talking," said Schmitt. "He liked the acoustics. He said, 'Boy, this one sounds really nice. Where would I be singing?' I said, 'Right where you're standing.' So, that's where the mic went, the vocal mic. And then it was his band. We had an acoustic guitar, an upright bass, light brushes on the drums, an electric guitar and a steel guitar. No headphones, everybody around him. When he couldn't hear enough of the rhythm guitar, we just moved him closer. Everything was live. … There was no tuning, and there was no fixing. Everything was what it was. That's part of the charm of the record."
You can pick up Shadows in the Night February 3rd.
Stevie Nicks is the covergirl on Rolling Stone magazine for the first time since 1981. There is also a preview of the interview that will be in the magazine. One interesting tidbit-the tension between her and Lindsey Buckingham is there and will always be according to Nicks.
"Relations with Lindsey are exactly as they have been since we broke up," says Nicks. "He and I will always be antagonizing to each other, and we will always do things that will irritate each other, and we really know how to push each other's buttons. We know exactly what to say when we really want to throw a dagger in. And I think that that's not different now than it was when we were 20. And I don't think it will be different when we're 80."
Napa's Bottle Rock Festival and Coachella in Indio, Ca both announced their lineups this morning, and both involve legendary Classic Rock artists.
Napa will bring in Robert Plant, Los Lobos and Chris Robinson (Black Crowes) Brotherhood with many other well known acts on May 29th-31st. We will have tickets to give away coming very soon. Also, if you want to buy tickets, they go on sale this Thursday, 1/8.
Coachella also made their announcement with AC/DC and Steely Dan as headliners on Friday nights April 10th and 17th. Yes again, Coachella will do the same acts on two consecutive weekends. See their poster here.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has revealed their inductees for 2015, and they include Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Lou Reed, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band will all join the class of 2015. Ringo Starr will be given a special Award For Musical Excellence. So that means not only are The Beatles in as a band, but now every member in the Fab Four is in as a solo act.
How sexy is it to talk about how rich your favorite music acts are? Well, Forbes has came up with their new list of the Highest Paid Musicians and may that we play on the Eagle have made the list.
Numbers 3-5 are covered by Classic Rockers. The Eagles, who earned $100 million thanks to their History Of The Eagles tour. Bon Jovi ranks fourth with $82 million and Bruce Springsteen with $81 million.
Jon Bon Jovi says the reason they do well? Cost cutting.
“I know big bands where each of them has personal assistants on the road, each of them has a security guard. We don’t have a security guard. Take your own friggin’ bags!”
Well, she's certainly covered enough Led Zeppelin songs to be a perfect fit. In an interview with Classic Rock Revisited the subject came up while talking about Heart's cover of "Stairway to Heaven" at the Kennedy Center Honors. Would Ann Wilson be willing to front Led Zeppelin if asked? Robert Plant isn't going to do it by the looks of things.
She says- "I don’t know. Hypothetically, if they ever needed a lead singer and Heart was not active at the moment, then, sure, I would. I would go and play with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones any day of the week.”
AC/DC's critically acclaimed "Rock or Bust" makes a nice debut on the Billboard Album Chart. In the Top 5 with respectable sales of 172,000 copies. It's not Taylor Swift 1 million in a week sales, nor does it come close to their last record, Black Ice's first week, which was 784,000. Still solid with a new guitarist filling in.
"If it ain't broke"...that's the motto that AC/DC seem to be operating under, which is just fine with most of their fans. A great riff and an old school sound is what you will hear from the new title track, "Rock or Bust."
With all that they have been through, they are moving on without a hitch.