11/17/12: As we get closer to the holidays just wanted to remind you guys that personalized signed copies of my book are still available and make a great gift for the rock fan on your list. You can order direct from me and I’ll sign with any personal message you like and ship Priority Mail so you have plenty of time to get them. Just go to the home page of my site and the order tab is right under Headlines. Order early, new stock just arrived and it will assure you arrival for gift giving. Sorry but I can only ship to US addresses. Unsigned copies of my book are available anywhere books are sold also. Thanks. Volume II coming end of 2013! Appreciate the support and thanks to all who have purchased or will. Here’s a link: http://eddietrunk.com//index.cfm/pk/view/cd/NAA/cdid/431474/pid/401816
Andy Greene of Rolling Stone reports:
It turns out that Led Zeppelin fans weren’t alone in thinking the group’s 2007 triumphant reunion concert at London’s O2 Arena would lead to a tour. “Some of us thought we would be continuing, that there were going to be more concerts in the not-too-distant-future,” Jimmy Page tells Rolling Stone Senior Writer David Fricke in the new issue, on stands November 23rd. “Because there was a lot of work being put into the show.”
Ultimately, Robert Plant had no interest in carrying on. “He was busy,” says Page. “He was doing his Alison Krauss project. I wasn’t fully aware it was going to be launched at the same time. So what do you do in a situation like that? I’d been working with the other two guys for the percentage of the rehearsals at the O2. We were connecting well. The weakness was that none of us sang.”
With Plant out of the picture, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham continued rehearsing together in early 2008. “We didn’t do any professional recording,” says Page. “We just had a little digital recorder. I thought it was good. I wasn’t going to away from it. But the weakness came up again. It was, ‘We gotta have a singer.'”
The idea of a tour was considered, but Plant refuses to divulge the full list of singers who jammed with the group. Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy has publicly acknowledged rehearsing with the group, and Page doesn’t deny that. “It sounded premature,” he says. “I could see what way it was going. Various people thought we should go on tour. I thought we needed a good, credible album, not do something that sounded like we were trying to milk the O2.”
Steven Tyler has also said he flew to England to jam with the band. “The timing wasn’t the best,” says Page. “We had put so much toward the O2. And the three of us were catching up with stuff. It was very good, seriously promising. But there was this other thing going on. [Pauses] And that’s it.”
In related news, Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day, which captured that show on film, is available for purchase at ledzeppelin.com. Watch a clip of the band performing Black Dog below.
11/21/12: Saw another amazing show with Aerosmith & Cheap Trick last night at a packed Madison Square Garden in NYC. Some new songs in the set for the old school fan last night like “Movin Out” & “Walkin The Dog”. So cool they include some of that stuff for hardcore fans when they have a TON of hits, many they don’t even play live. The band is on fire and were in great spirits backstage as they break for the holiday. Tour resumes in AC this Friday. Do not miss them! Cheap Trick was great also. Going to see them play a headline set in Bethlehem at the Sands this Saturday for a full show. Hope to see some ZZO listeners out there.
Thanks to Joe Perry for coming in to Eddie Trunk Live on Trunk Nation this past Monday. Great 90 minute hang.
I’ll be live this Friday and Monday for the radio shows once again. Also just confirmed 12/14 Peter Criss live in studio for the Q104 show.
Hope everyone has a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Thankful to all of you for the support. Have a good one!
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I loved the last Slash album, and my favorite songs were the ones with Myles Kennedy singing. So I was thrilled that the live band he had on that tour now is a real band and has made a full cohesive album of brilliant hard rock. They even have a name, The Conspirators. It’s clear that the couple year touring with Slash served this band well as this is the most band feeling album Slash has made in a long time. The sound is warm and live with Slash’s solos panned to one side and Myles Kennedy (a great guitarist in his own right) panned to the other. Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz are locked in as a rhythm section, holding down a tight pocket under Slash’s riffing and Kennedy’s soaring vocals. “Anastasia” an instant classic on this one. Other highlights include “Bad Rain”, “Standing In The Sun”, and “Halo” to name a few. To me this is Slash’s best work top to bottom since Appetite and the band is great live. Hope they build a great catalog with this group. If you are a Guns fan this album and band are probably more in line with that groups classic sound than anything else to come along since.
An incredible, relentless, pounding thrash metal album that may be my favorite from this highly underrated band since Taking Over. Overkill have made a string of solid albums lately, but this is just next level. It is uncompromising speed metal at its finest. Production and mix are incredible, the riffing just builds and builds, great songs, great playing. Huge props to drummer Ron Lipnicki who just crushes on this album with a phenomenal performance. The album is loud and crunchy but not over compressed and the album has great stereo separation. Highlights include “Electric Rattlesnake”, “Black Daze”, “Save Yourself”, and the opener “Come & Get It”. Not a bad track on the album and the most classic sounding speed metal for a new release in a very long time. The total package. If you are looking for a new but old school thrash sounding album this is it. Get a neck brace because it kicks your ass from top to bottom. Instant metal classic. Can’t wait for the tour with Testament.
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