November 2007 Will Belong To Led Zeppelin (w/ Updates!)
On November 20th, 2007 -- Atlantic Records and Rhino Entertainment will release a newly EXPANDED version of the CD Soundtrack and a deluxe 2-DVD Set of the bands' 'The Song Remains The Same' concert film, respectively.
Just in time for my 46th birthday!!
NOVEMBER 2007 WILL BELONG TO LED ZEPPELIN (w/ UPDATES!)
This November of 2007 will see the release of three separate Led Zeppelin audio-video projects, which will no doubt delight long time fans, such as myself and most people I know who enjoy great 'classic-rock' music. Selling over 300 million albums worldwide since 1969, with 109.5 million albums sold in the USA during this time, the Led Zeppelin juggernaut rolls onward -- and nothing is going to slow it any time soon.
November 13th will see the release of yet another official Led Zeppelin greatest hits collection, allegedly compiled by the three surviving members of the band -- Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones. I say 'allegedly' here, simply because this new release, entitled MOTHERSHIP, is suspiciously similar to the 1990 compilation REMASTERS -- which was a 2-Disc 'sampler' of that years' 4-Disc box set, which was referred to as simply, LED ZEPPELIN. Aimed squarely at 'new' fans, MOTHERSHIP contains 24 tracks spread out over two discs, with a nearly identical track listing. An example, 'When The Levee Breaks' was added, and 'Battle of Evermore' was deleted.
On November 13, 2007 -- Atlantic Records and Rhino Entertainment will release the compilation MOTHERSHIP, which is suspiciously similar to the 1990 compilation REMASTERS. Except for a couple different songs, and a slightly different running order, they are identical.
MOTHERSHIP will be released in multiple editions:
- Standard Edition - 2-CD Set
- Deluxe Edition - 2-CD/1-DVD Set (DVD contains excerpts from 2003's 'Led Zeppelin' DVD box set release)
- Collector's Edition - 2-CD/1-DVD LIMITED EDITION
- Vinyl Edition - 4 LP Set, audiophile quality vinyl with collectable memorabilia.
'MOTHERSHIP' TRACK LISTING:
01. Good Times Bad Times
02. Communication Breakdown
03. Dazed And Confused
04. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
05. Whole Lotta Love
06. Ramble On
08. Immigrant Song
09. Since I've Been Loving You
10. Rock And Roll
11. Black Dog
12. When The Levee Breaks
13. Stairway To Heaven
01. Song Remains The Same
02. Over The Hills And Far Away
03. D'Yer Maker
04. No Quarter
05. Trampled Under Foot
06. Houses Of The Holy
08. Nobody's Fault But Mine
09. Achilles Last Stand
10. In The Evening
11. All My Love
'THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME' DVD REVISITED:
To cash in even further, Warner Brothers Home Video is releasing a brand-new expanded edition of the bands' 1976 concert film, which is entitled 'The Song Remains The Same.' For the first time ever, the ENTIRE CONCERT will be presented in Dolby 5.1 Surround.
The new DVD of 'The Song Remains The Same' comes in a 'Limited Collector's Edition' -- which includes the DVD's, a copy of the CD Soundtrack, a limited-edition t-shirt, lobby cards, a replica of the ticket to the premiere of the film, tour schedule for the 1976 tour, plus even more goodies!
The new 'The Song Remains The Same' DVD will be available in the following editions:
- Deluxe Edition DVD
- Deluxe Edition HD DVD and Blu-Ray DVD
- Limited Collector's Edition - 2-DVD LIMITED EDITION includes collectible vintage T-shirt with original album artwork design, soundtrack CD, lobby cards, reproductions of original premiere invites, tour schedule, and more! "We have revisited 'The Song Remains The Same'," says Jimmy Page, "and can now offer the complete set as played at Madison Square Garden. This differs substantially from the original soundtrack released in 1976, and highlights the technical prowess of Kevin Shirley, who worked with us on 'How The West Was Won'. When it comes to 'The Song Remains The Same', the expansion of the DVD and soundtrack are as good as it gets on the LED ZEPPELIN wish list."
In addition, a new Soundtrack CD Set of 'The Song Remains The Same' concert film will be released on the same day -- here is the track listing (the asterisks indicate newly added material):
01. Rock And Roll
02. Celebration Day
03. Black Dog (including Bring It On Home)*
04. Over The Hills And Far Away*
05. Misty Mountain Hop*
06. Since I've Been Loving You*
07. No Quarter
08. The Song Remains The Same
09. The Rain Song
10. The Ocean*
01. Dazed And Confused
02. Stairway To Heaven
03. Moby Dick
05. Whole Lotta Love
But, that's NOT ALL ...
Billboard.com, the website of the music industry's trade paper, on Friday July 27, 2007 -- made the following announcement:
All the catalog activity gives further heft to rumors Plant, Page and Jones will reunite to perform at a proposed Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert this fall in London. Although no details have been announced, the group is also said to be mulling offers to tour under the Led Zeppelin name in 2008 with the late John Bonham's son Jason filling in on drums.
All of this activity takes place a few days before my own birthday, which I am going to enjoy immensely ...
UPDATE: September 12, 2007
Today, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin had a press conference held in their honor, to announce their reformation for what is now a one-off performance, which will be held in London on November 26, 2007. A tribute benefit concert to honor their comrade and co-consiprator, Ahmet Ertegun, the co-founder of Atlantic Records -- who signed the band to his label in 1968 -- and who died at age 83 in December 2006 after falling at a Rolling Stones concert.
The son of the late John Bonham -- Jason Bonham -- will be sitting behind the drums for this two-hour performance that marks the band's first full concert since 1980, when the band toured Europe prior to Bonham's untimely death in September 1980.
There are heavy rumors that there may be a full-fledged reunion tour in 2008, which were fueled by none other than Jimmy Page himself, who told the BBC rather cryptically:
"When we get into a room together to play, if we look around and smile, we know it feels good to play together again. And this has happened."
Until those plans for the 2008 reunion tour are officially announced -- demand for the November 26th show had brought TWENTY-FIVE MILLION fans to try to register for tickets through the lottery system that has been established, crashing the website under the weight of the demand. In all, the ticket registration website had gotten 125 MILLION hits in its' first twenty-four hours. It had been estimated by concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith that perhaps ONE-MILLION people would try to get tickets.
However, Goldsmith was OFF by a factor of TWENTY-FIVE ... !!!
My name has been entered in the lottery, as if I have a chance to go, I am NOT going to miss what could very well be my last-ever chance to see this band live -- the one rock concert I have never had the chance to see previously -- by my all-time favorite group -- LED ZEPPELIN.
UPDATE: September 19, 2007
On November 26th, 2007 -- LED ZEPPELIN will play their first full-length gig since the IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR tour, which was cut short by the untimely death of John Bonham, the greatest rock drummer of all-time! The graphic above is from the band's official website at LEDZEPPELIN.COM.
Registration for the LED ZEPPELIN ticket lottery for the November 26, 2007 show has officially closed. In the seven days that the registration was open, the AhmetTribute.com website received ONE BILLION page hits, as more than ONE-HUNDRED AND TWENTY MILLION people attempted to register. I am certain that this is some kind of record for the Internet.
I have never heard of ANY website getting ONE BILLION page hits in a seven day time-frame ...
During the first twenty-four hours, the demand was so high that not only did it crash the ticket lottery website, but it also crashed the entire ISP that the website was using to bring it online to the world. It was getting 80,000 page hits per minute, for a total of five million hits per hour!
The good news is this ...
Of all these ONE-HUNDRED AND TWENTY MILLION PEOPLE who had attempted to register, only one million were able to get through to actually successfully register their name for a pair of the highly coveted tickets.
This is a 1 in 50 chance of scoring a pair of tickets to the most anxiously awaited reunion show that has ever been held ... !!!
Finally, let us all who are ZEPPELIN fans hope that the band uses these numbers as a gauge of interest in a full-out reunion tour in 2008. They are ALREADY talking about performing a second show in the very theatre where they performed STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN for the very first time -- when it reopens after renovations in 2008. This is in Ulster Hall in Belfast, Ireland; where STAIRWAY was first performed on March 5, 1971.
Stairway To Heaven is the all-time most requested song in the history of contemporary rock music -- and it often appears at number one whenever the most popular songs are compiled at various radio stations across the world.
The promoter of the November 26, 2007 show had this to say:
"We are absolutely overwhelmed with the number of hits received," declared promoter Harvey Goldmsmith.
He added: "In the first day alone, we received an unprecedented number of hits that literally knocked the website out. Over the last seven days we have recorded over 1,000 million hits. This response is amazing and from it we have had over one million registrations. We would like to thank all the fans for their support and we hope that all those fortunate to be successful will keep the tickets out of the hands of touts [ticket scalpers]."
© 2007 Kentroversy Papers
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The following sources were used in the creation of this Kentroversy Paper . . .
Led Zeppelin Official Website
LED ZEPPELIN: Double-CD Collection, Reissue Of 'The Song Remains The Same' Due In November (July 27, 2007)
Led Zeppelin Readies Fall Reissue Bonanza (July 27, 2007)
Kentspiracy Kronicles Newsletter
Led Zeppelin Mothership
The Song Remains The Same