Led Zeppelin was formed in 1968. The group was comprised of Robert Plant, 60, on vocals. Jimmy Page, 65, on lead guitar, John Paul Jones, 63, on bass guitar, and the late John Bonham on Drums.
Many rock and roll writers consider Led Zeppelin to be the very first heavy metal band. They definitely had a guitar-driven sound.
HERE ARE TEN LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT LED ZEPPELIN:
1. The band’s original name was Unled Blimp (which was suggested by Dusty Springfield).
2. Lead singer Robert Plant’s real name is Roberto Mata (Mata is Spanish for Plant).
3. The town of Meeteetse, Wyoming, in 2007 voted to change the town’s name to Led Zeppelin, Wyoming.
4. The name Led Zeppelin, in Polynesian, means baby crickets who drink lots of mud and eat triple-sized cottonballs. Read more…
Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 and are regarded as one of the seminal hard rock acts of the early 1970s. Uriah Heep’s progressive/art rock/heavy metal fusion’s distinctive features have always been massive keyboards sound, strong vocal harmonies and (in the early years) David Byron’s operatic vocals. Twelve of the band’s albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasyreached No. 7 in 1975) while of the fifteen Billboard 200 Uriah Heep albums Demons and Wizards was the most successful (#23, 1972). In the late 1970s the band had massive success in Germany, where the “Lady in Black” single was a big hit.Along with Black Sabbath, Deep Purpleand Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep has become one of the top bands in the early 70s and also people like to call these four bands “The Big 4” of Hard Rock. Read more…
REO Speedwagon (originally stylized as R.E.O. Speedwagon) is an American rock band. Formed in 1967, the band cultivated a following during the 1970s and achieved significant commercial success throughout the 1980s. Hi Infidelity (1980) contained four US Top 40 hits and is the group’s best-selling album, with over ten million copies sold. Over the course of its career, the band has sold more than 40 million records and has charted thirteen Top 40 hits, including the number ones “Keep On Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling”. REO Speedwagon’s mainstream popularity dissipated in the 1990s but the band remains a popular live act. Read more…
The film itself doesn’t really explain how they earned the right to call themselves “The World’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Band”. Directed by Oscar-nominated documentary maker Brett Morgen, it’s a strange mix of archive footage and new interviews with current band members Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie, as well as former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. The new interviews are audio recordings, which Morgen cuts over old video images, and the film doesn’t include anything shot after the late 1970s. As a result, until the final credits, we never see the Stones post-craggification.
The Beatles’ entire catalogue is available digitally- for now, it seems – on a US-based website called BlueBeat.com, with individual tracks going for 25 cents (15p) each.
The website is also streaming the recently remastered albums in their entirely, allowing listeners to listen to them for free.
All of which is rather strange and shocking news to EMI and Apple Corps, who have fiercely blocked the online sale of all Beatles music.
MusicRadar logged onto BlueBeat.com, and indeed, there they are, The Beatles, right alongside hundreds of other artists. The individual albums even say ‘remastered.’
How is this possible?
So how can this be? Did Apple Corps or EMI grant BlueBeat.com permission to sell and stream The Beatles’ music?
When contacted by MusicRadar, a source at EMI said, “We’re looking into it,” which we take as a definite ‘no.’
So how, then, is BlueBeat.com offering The Beatles’ catalogue digitally? That’s the multi-million-dollar question being asked right now. And one lawyers are no doubt addressing.
Normally for singled out we ask artist to expand upon their new singles. For this special edition we have two artists give us the quick rundown on their new songs. We kick off with rock legend Alice Cooper and his new Halloween single “Keepin’ Halloween Alive”.
Here is what Alice had to say about it: “At home my family all gathers around an old spooky tree decorated with skulls and bones in the living room, and we exchange gifts. It’s our holiday. We even all have matching black-and-orange
Halloween sweaters! I wanted a theme song for people like me, and for us Halloween never ends. In the chorus I say, ‘I’m keepin’ Halloween alive, baby, 3–6–5’… and I mean it!” He adds, “We played it live as a band to capture the vibe. It was the easiest work I think any of us have ever done, not to mention a blast!”
We also hear from Dead By Sunrise guitarist Amir Derakh who tells us a little bit about the band’s song “Crawl Back In”: “The song itself is about the purity of who you are before you’re born, and then when you get older, you want to get back to the same purity of youth. The video shoot was actually pretty easy. We all shot separately on the rocks. It’s fairly easy for us – really cool location, and we just did our thing”.
Check out the song and learn more about the band and album on: http://www.myspace.com/deadbysunrise
It is with a sad, heavy heart that we report that Rock ‘n’ Roll lost a true legend today, as Dickie Peterson, the singer and bassist for pioneering metal/psychedelic band Blue Cheer, died in Germany this morning, October 12th. He had been battling liver cancer for several months. He recently turned 61 on September 12th.
Inspired by the heavy blues improv of Cream and Hendrix, legendary proto metal gods Blue Cheer roared forth from the San Francisco Bay area onto the national scene in a big way in early 1968 with their debut album ‘Vincebus Eruptum’. Completely at odds with almost all of what was coming up from the hippie flower power underground, they were the antithesis of bands such as The Grateful Dead, as subtle as a jackhammer and louder than a 747.
Named for the particularly potent “Blue Cheer” acid, incredibly they hit paydirt with both the album and the single culled from it, the classic cover of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” soaring towards the upper reaches of the Billboard charts, peaking at #14 and #11 respectively. Contemporaries of Hendrix, Joplin and The Doors, their powerhouse performances elicited Jim Morrison to pronounce them, “The single most powerful band I’ve ever seen”.
The first American band to use Marshall amps, the power trio, initially consisting of bassist/vocalist Dickie Peterson, drummer Paul Whaley and guitarist Leigh Stephens were undoubtedly the heaviest and loudest band of the time. So loud in fact that due to said loudness, these pure volume dealers had to, for their Eddie Kramer engineered sophomore release ‘Outside Inside’, record the basic track sessions outside on Pier 57 in Manhattan.
Live, they were the first band ever listed in the Guinness Book Of World Records as “Loudest Band In The World”, establishing a precedent which was eventually eclipsed by Ritchie Blackmore and Deep Purple.
After a long recording hiatus, the beast was defiantly back with their first new studio release in 15 years, 2007’s ‘What Doesn’t Kill You…’. Not the usual cash grab by veteran rockers attempting to pad their retirement fund, it showed that after 40 years the band hadn’t lost a step.
Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to talk with Peterson at length and in depth, covering the entire career of the band. That interview can be accessed at this location.
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Dickie’s family, and multitude of friends throughout the world. RIP, you will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.
Blue Cheer “Parchment Farm” Live at Rockpalast, Bonn Germany 2008