Jimmy Page has finally commented on last week’s news that Led Zeppelin is being sued by a trust representing the late Spirit frontman Randy California, claiming that Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” copied elements of Spirit’s “Taurus.”
If you can’t wait until the June 3 rerelease of Led Zeppelin’s first three albums — 1969’s Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II and 1970’s Led Zeppelin III — to hear some of the previously unreleased bonus tracks, you’re in luck.
In 2012, Jimmy Page told Rolling Stone that his primary job these days is guardian of Led Zeppelin’s legacy. The job, it turns out, has taken up much of his time in recent years, as Page has been remastering the band’s entire studio catalog, from 1969’s Led Zeppelin through the posthumous outtakes collection Coda.
There’s a lot of excitement about the upcoming Led Zeppelin reissues of their first three albums; a large part of that is because of the inclusion of a second disc of bonus material that will accompany deluxe and super deluxe editions of each release.
If Jimmy Page or Puff Daddy were too upset that they weren’t invited back to the ‘Godzilla’ franchise, they could at least console themselves with their brand new honorary doctorates that they each earned over the weekend.
While the legendary rock icons Led Zeppelin have been the subject of countless tomes (including the infamous 1985 alleged “tell-all,” Hammer of the Gods), the upcoming photo autobiography from guitarist Jimmy Page will be the first book from an actual member of the band.
Bad news for Led Zeppelin fans: the band won’t be performing live soon– if ever.
And the bonus tracks? Pretty tasty!
Robert Plant, who recently spoke to Radcliffe and Maconie on BBC 6 Music, said, “I found some quarter inch spools recently and I had a meeting with Jimmy (Page) and we ‘baked’ them up and listened to them and there’s some very, very interesting bits and pieces that will probably turn up.”
In Not Fade Away, we take a look at the legacy of some of the greatest albums of the past few decades – some iconic, some lesser known – as they celebrate significant anniversaries.