Before the holiday break, the godfathers of heavy metal, Led Zeppelin were bestowed a high honor with the US President Barack Obama presenting them with the Kennedy Center honors. At the presentation, Obama was in rare-form delivering a hilarious speech honoring the rock greats.
There was also a concert where bands came out and paid tribute to Zep with some great covers. Foo Fighters with frontman Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins switching roles, performed "Rock 'N' Roll" and killed it. Then, Kid Rock had to come out and ruin everything by trying and failing to perform "Ramble On", followed by Lenny Kravitz giving a respectable performance of "Whole Lotta Love" and all capped off with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, jamming with Zep drummer John Bonham's son, Jason and a massive choir delivering an incredibly powerful performance of "Stairway to Heaven." It all aired on TV, and of course the video is up on on Youtube now: (more…)
While Led Zeppelin might not consider themselves metal, we certainly do, and being one of the biggest rock bands of all time is one thing, but getting honored by a U.S. President is something different all together.
The legendary rock band received the Kennedy Award this past Sunday, December 2nd, presented by the President and Barack Obama was in rare form, delivering a hilarious speech honoring the band. (more…)
If anything proves Rolling Stone's irrelevancy to music nowadays, it's their just-released readers poll of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. Spoiler alert: Rolling Stone readers only heard of Metallica, Black Sabbath, Guns N Roses, Iron Maiden, Slayer and Led Zeppelin. If you don't feel like clicking through 11 pages, here is the whole list: (more…)
To those of you junkies too young to remember the famed Police Academy series of movies, you missed out on a true gem of the '80s, Michael Winslow. The man was the king of sound effects. If you don't believe me, check out the above video where Winslow does a mean Robert Plant impersonation for "Whole Lotta Love" and then creates a ripping guitar solo ENTIRELY WITH HIS MOUTH. How do you do it Michael? One more clip after the jump: (more…)
I think it takes a lot of balls to cover Led Zeppelin. In my personal opinion, their songs are absolutely 100% perfect, so to alter them in any way and make it live up to the original is quite the task. Today, I stumbled upon two different interpretations of their famous "Immigrant Song," both uniquely original, and quite entertaining. (more…)
So in 1979, Led Zeppelin didn't feel like using backstage passes for their shows, opting instead for t-shirts. And, these shirts are apparently rare, the rarest Led Zep shirt in existance. Some idiot actually paid $10k for a t-shirt. Stop, think for a second. A piece of cotton is worth ten thousand dollars just because somebody screen-printed Led Zeppelin on it. The craziest part of the story is the seller of the shirt bought it for only $123 dollars (still sort of absurd, but in context not AS absurd as $10k) from a garage sale of the original printshop that made these suckers.
Hopefully, one day I will be rich enough to be able to just blow 10k on a t-shirt. Only you junkies can help me get there!! Refresh! Refresh! Refresh!! [via Ultimate-Guitar]
A big shoutout to Metal Blade head honcho Brian Slagel who posted a link to the above video on his Twitter account of Sabbath and Zep – two great tastes, that apparently, taste great together. Less talky, more watchy…
Yup yup! THEM CROOKED VULTURES, the
supergroup featuring Josh Homme of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones of a little band known as LED ZEPPELIN have decided to use Youtube, a video site, as the source for their entire album stream. You can listen to the whole shebang above or here.
So, this awesome "supergroup" THEM CROOKED VULTURES formed featuring vocalist and guitarist Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Led Zeppelin bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters). Yea, pretty killer! So far, they have been pretty quiet with releasing music, only posting a few teasers on their Youtube page. However, the band played their first gig yesterday in Amsterdam (which was one week after I was just there…bastards!). Anyway, some lovely Dutch man snuck in a camera and captured the above decent bootleg, certainly worth checking out. I am very excited for this collaboration as I respect all the musicians featured here. A full-length release is rumored for October 23rd. Are you pumped?