Posts tagged "Led Zeppelin"

Miley Cyrus Covers Led Zeppelin’s “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”: Listen

Miley Cyrus has flaunted her surprising range as of late by covering Fleetwood Mac, OutKast, The Beatles (alongside The Flaming Lips, no less) and The Smiths. Now she continues to surprise with a new, lo-fi cover of “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” as made famous in 1969 by Led Zeppelin.

Rolling Stone initially panned Led Zeppelin’s version of the Anne Bredon-written song upon its 1969 release. “The song is very dull (especially on the vocal passages), very redundant, and certainly not worth the six-and-a-half minutes the Zeppelin gives it,” writer John Mendelsohn said.

With her version (titled “Baby, I’m Gonna Leave You”), though, Cyrus reminds us why Led Zeppelin’s take would later be hailed as one of the band’s finest moments. Each time the Bangerz star sings the driving hook, her loud wails cut through the heavy guitar riffs and drums — a bold reminder that yes, she can sing.

Hear Cyrus cover “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” below. More »

Miranda Lambert’s ‘Platinum’ Bumps Coldplay Off The Top Of The Album Chart

Miranda Lambert kicks some excitement into the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 this week — and unseats Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories from the top spot in the process — by debuting at #1 with her fifth album Platinum. The LP, which was preceded by the single “Automatic,” sold 179,000 copies in its first week. Coldplay, in the meantime, fall four spots to #5 after moving another 46,000 copies of Ghost Stories. (That brings the British band’s latest up to a total of 512,000 sold in three weeks.)

Other activity within the Top 10 this week: 50 Cent goes in at #4 with fifth LP Animal Ambition (47,000), while the reissued versions of Led Zeppelin‘s Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III re-enter the main album chart at #7, #9 and #10, respectively. Also, the Frozen soundtrack moves back up to #2, while the Fault In Our Stars soundtrack, which contains tracks like Ed Sheeran‘s “All Of The Stars” and Charli XCX‘s “Boom Clap,” hops 10 positions to #8 following the film’s $48 million opening over the weekend.

See how the rest of the Top 10 played out below. More »

ffmqotsaThat midnight show at Chicago’s Metro on Sunday will be a performance by Them Crooked Vultures, featuring Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. So yeah, start exercising your mouse-clicking finger now. [Antiquiet / Earlier]

The Cutout Bin: New Bands, Not-Yet-Out Comics, And Someone Who Came Late To Led Zeppelin

Before we close out the weekend, a few links worthy of your clicking / browsing:


• Axe-slinging Idolator fave Mary Timony has a new band called Soft Power, which, based on the two songs that are streaming from its MySpace right now, sounds like what would happen if her solo efforts got Krautrock remixes. Needless to say, I love this. [MySpace via Jessica Hopper]


• Pete Wentz is imagineering a comic book around the Folie A Deux track “Tiffany Blews.” Also, it’s his 30th birthday today. Also, this Sunday’s episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent is called “Folie A Deux,” although I suspect that is just a coincidence. [Fall Out Toy Works / Buzznet]


• Jeremy Barnes, who’s performed with some of my favorite indie outfits and is currently working with the Balkan-inspired outfit A Hawk & A Hacksaw, has put together a list of his 20 favorite Romanian albums. [FACT via Matos]


• In case your Twitter feed is missing a certain… something, the “Ultimate Follow List” put together by UK rock rag Kerrang! provides a gigantic list of musicians on the microblogging service. Now, you can follow Jared Leto, Sebastian Bach, and pretty much everyone who played at Bamboozle last month! [Kerrang via The Daily Swarm]


• The first time Elvis Costello heard “Black Dog”? At a Robert Plant/Alison Krauss show. So, you know, recently. [eMusic]

[Photo via Drake LeLane]

April F-F-F-Foolin’: The Following Stories Are Not True, So Don’t Fall For Them (Not That You Would, You Smarty Pants)

Aside from holidays where major news events happen, thus disrupting one’s chance to actually get away from her laptop and have a life, April Fool’s Day is probably the most annoying 24-hour stretch on the professional blogger’s calendar, thanks to everyone on the Internet thinking they’re funny. Despite that not really being true! After the jump, a running tally of pranks from various music-related entities; it’ll be updated throughout the day, because Lord knows I need to do something with all the “comedy” clogging up my RSS reader right now.



Bjork joins Led Zeppelin. Points for the sorta-convincing Photoshop of Lady B with Page, Bonham, and Jones. Extra points for claiming that she inserted an “only songs from I and IV” clause in her contract. And bonus extra points for being something I would actually want to hear. This wins the Internet for today, I think. [Bjork.com]

Nine Inch Nails‘ new album. “To download NIN’s new full-length album Strobe Light, PRODUCED BY TIMBALAND, enter a valid email address in the fields below. A download link will be sent to you immediately. Your credit card will be charged $18.98 plus a $10 digital delivery convenience fee. Your files will arrive as windows media files playable on quite a few players with your name embedded all over them just in case you lose them. You will also receive an exclusive photo and a free email account with our partner Google’s Gmail service.” Chris Cornell’s Twitter unavailable for comment. [nin.com, although be warned: I think the <blink> tag usage is going to give me a seizure.]

Comerica Park is being renamed Kid Rock Field. Not going to lie: If a friend of mine hadn’t sent me this in a “hey, did you see this April Fool’s joke?” context, I would have believed it, what with the home of the Detroit Tigers currently being named in honor of a bank and all. (If only an enterprising Mets fan had thought of this first…) [KidRock.com; HT Pat]

Peter Bjorn And John Shreds. 5.5? [YouTube]

Marty Friedman joins Limp Bizkit. Had me going there for a second, thanks to the excellent mimicry of Fred Durst‘s Twitter “style.” [MetalSucks]

“Warner Bros. Acquires The Pirate Bay.” “when i first read this it scared the shit outa me but then i looked at my calender and was sooooooooooo relived when i saw that it was april 1st. i almost had a heart attack you guys! come on not cool!!!! lol oh yeah, and 13 billion dollars??? in this economy??? yeah right WB’s aint doing shit lol” See what happens when you indulge geeks? Do you see? [The Pirate Bay]

“Deicide Frontman Converts To Christianity.” Not all that original in the grand scheme of Crazy Confessions; claim that the conversion was announced “on the band’s Web site” would have probably been a little funnier if the actual Deicide site wasn’t currently redirecting to a domain squatter. [Metal Underground]

Ethan Hawke profiles Kris Kristofferson for Rolling Stone. Oh, wait, that isn’t a joke? Huh. [RS]

Led Zeppelin Manager: “Uh, About That Reunion? Never Mind”

Changing course from an earlier tirade in which he said that a reunion of Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Jason Bonham, and an unidentified lead singer would happen and be good for the economy, Led Zeppelin manager Peter Mensch is now saying that all plans for any sort of cash-in tour or album are completely off the table: “Led Zeppelin are over! If you didn’t see them in 2007 [when they played a one-off reunion at London's O2 Arena], you missed them. It’s done. I can’t be any clearer than that.”

Mensch confirmed that last fall, when singer Robert Plant made it known he was continuing his partnership with bluegrass artist Alison Krauss and had no intention of returning to Led Zeppelin, replacement vocalists were auditioned to possibly record and tour with Page, Jones and Bonham.

“They tried out a few singers, but no one worked out,” says Mensch. “That was it. The whole thing is completely over now. There are absolutely no plans for them to continue. Zero. Frankly, I wish everybody would stop talking about it.”

When asked what new projects Jimmy Page was going to be involved with in 2009, Mensch said, “Fuck if I know. I’m waiting to hear.”

Well hey, now that it seems Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy isn’t heading out for more classic pastures, I can think of one guy who’s probably aching to step in for David Coverdale on a performance of “Pride & Joy.”

“Led Zeppelin are over!” says Jimmy Page’s manager [MusicRadar via RS]

The Led Zeppelin Sorta-Reunion Creeps Ever Closer, Because Even Jimmy Page Needs A Job

Led Zeppelin manager Peter Mensch talked to the BBC about the possibility of the band reuniting without lead singer Robert Plant (and maybe without the name Led Zeppelin), and told the Beeb that the probability of a tour, as well as an album, is pretty high should the remaining members find an appropriate lead singer. And if you have a problem with that, well, you’re nothing more than a Scrooge McDuck who is looking to deprive others of income during a global economic downturn.

“People don’t really understand it,” Mensch told 6 Music, “Jimmy Page has been playing guitar professionally since he was 16 years old. Jimmy Page likes being a musician. That’s what he does! He doesn’t want to be a race car driver or a solicitor.

“So they [Page, Jones, Bonham] did the show with Robert Plant; they had a really good time rehearsing, the three of them, before Robert showed up.

“And they decided that if they could find a singer that they thought would fit their bill – whatever their bill was at this stage in their career – that they’d make a record and go on tour.

“And I support that because, why not? That’s what Jimmy Page does. That’s his job, his hobby, his vocation.”

“They decided if they could find a singer that they thought would fit their bill… that they’d make a record and go on tour.”

No official word on who that lead singer would be, despite persistent rumors that Page et al are going to pluck Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy from the clutches of Mark Tremonti and facilitate the hotly demanded Creed reunion. “It’s gonna be a long and difficult process. And we’re not soliciting people! So don’t call me about it!” he griped to the Beeb. Time to delete his digits from my phone!

Zep without Plant [6music]

One More List Before We Go: The Top 12 Idolator Posts Of 2008

As you may have gathered, I’m raring to close the book on 2008, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t run down some of the site’s highlights during what was a pretty dreary year overall. After the jump, behold a pretty subjective top 12 of the year (thanks to our technological limbo I can’t run any sort of numbers, but I think this list accurately captures the best moments we’ve had during a long slog of a year). And of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank all of you for coming back, reading, commenting, and pointing out when I get shit wrong (which is too often). If you think I got this list wrong, feel free to abuse me with compliments in the comments section!



1. Your favorite albums from each year you were alive, July 3 / your favorite singles from each year you were alive, Aug. 29. The comments on these were so much fun. Plus: Demographic studies!

2. Jess’ illustrated guide to horrorcore, Oct. 30. It didn’t make me want to listen to the Insane Clown Posse, but it was still awesome. As was Jess’ tale of just how Chinese Democracy came to be.

3. Chris Molanphy breaks down just how much the major labels loathe singles, Aug. 28. I wonder often if we’re just entering a redux of the “rockers as new Zeppelins” phase, if only because so many “good” rock bands these days are so damn self-serious.

4. Butch Walker and Patrick Stump interview each other, Dec. 16. Smart, funny, candid, and slightly juicy! Plus it’s nice to know that band geeks being cliquey and weird is a phenomenon that wasn’t restricted to my high school.

5. Sonseed: Were they for real?, Sept. 9. Our look at whether or not the “Jesus Is My Friend” viral video was legit, or just a concoction of a well-financed CollegeHumor competitor, sure fired up one former member of the band.

6. The two types of “bromance”: An investigation, Aug. 4. This clearly needs a sequel on why certain dudes act like sugar-fueled Jonas Brothers fans when confronted with music by Animal Collective.

7. TV On The Radio give copyeditors conniption fits, Oct. 2. Speaking of investigations…

8. Al wonders if any blog favorites will cross over to the world of mainstream rock radio, Aug. 29. Someone should try and drop a Fleet Foxes track into a classic rock station’s playlist and see if anyone notices!

9. Kate gets horrified by the Clique Girlz, June 5. On the bright side, their abject awfulness will sound even worse during the global economic collapse, so we’ll never have to hear of them again maybe.

10. Ten artists who should be very glad they’re not Axl Rose, June 30. Should give you the shivers.

11. Mario Paint music: A look back, Feb. 22. Finally, we bring together “Never Gonna Give You Up,” “Yakety Sax,” and adorable mushrooms!

12. Chad Kroeger’s hidden talents that should have stayed hidden, March 10. Lede of the year, for sure.

The Creed Reunion Is Almost A Go!


Scott Stapp! Scott Stapp! The name like music to the ears of any red-blooded American. And now, it looks like that Creed reunion is actually going to happen!



Scott Stapp: wife abuser, sex tape maker, drunken lawsuit loser, and fake-date victim. (Remember that? When a bunch of kids in Florida tricked Stapp into coming to a Denny’s in Gainesville in hopes of getting laid? Classic.) Anyway, the point is, Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy might be singing for something that won’t be called Led Zeppelin but will involve John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page, so “there are ‘significant dollars’ on the table for a Creed trek, according to sources close to the situation,” according to Billboard—even though we’re now officially in a recession. And “following a recent USO tour performing for American servicemen oversees, Stapp is said to be in prime physical and mental condition,” which means he got a haircut maybe? Of course, this will all probably be very profitable and well-attended and that will be really depressing. Anyway, congratulations Scott, I’m sure you couldn’t be happier.

Creed Hammering Out Reunion Details [Billboard]

Jimmy Page Rep: “No Robert Plant, No ‘Led Zeppelin’ “

Just in case you were getting worried about the possibility of the guy from Alter Bridge fronting something called Led Zeppelin next year, a rep for Zep guitarist Jimmy Page has told Rolling Stone that if Robert Plant doesn’t hit the road with the band next year, a name change will be in order: “Whatever this is, it is not Led Zeppelin… Not without the involvement of Robert Plant.” Whether or not “Page/Jones/Bonham/Kennedy”–or anything with a similarly unwieldy name–will get butts into seats is, of course, another story, what with people wanting to hang on to their pennies these days. Especially if they have to budget for a Creed reunion tour, too… [RS]