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Jury: Led Zeppelin Didn't Steal 'Stairway to Heaven' Riff

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are 'grateful' for the decision

(Newser) - Led Zeppelin was found innocent of stealing the opening riff to "Stairway to Heaven"—frankly one of the least scandalous things the band has ever been accused of—Thursday in Los Angeles, the Guardian reports. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were sued by the estate of Randy Wolfe,... More »

Page, Plant in Court for 'Stairway' Trial

Rock legends accused of ripping off most famous song

(Newser) - The battle over "Stairway to Heaven" has begun: The Led Zeppelin ballad was played in a Los Angeles federal court Tuesday as the copyright trial kicked off, with lawyers claiming the band stole the start of their 1971 song from the earlier song "Taurus" by '60s psych-rock... More »

Led Zeppelin Drops 2 Unheard Tracks

Early version of 'Whole Lotta Love' shows song's progression

(Newser) - Led Zeppelin is reissuing its first three albums in June, but ahead of that comes a little more love for fans. Actually, it's a "Whole Lotta Love" and "Keys to the Highway"—previously unreleased versions that Jimmy Page culled from the band's vault in a... More »

Obama Honors Led Zeppelin, Letterman, Hoffman

Don't trash the White House, he warns rock legends

(Newser) - Led Zeppelin, David Letterman, and guitarist Buddy Guy were among an eclectic group of performers awarded Kennedy Center Honors last night. At a White House receptions before the awards gala, President Obama joked that the group had "no business being on the same stage together," the Los Angeles ... More »

12 Celebs Who Married Secretly

Rosie O'Donnell is just the latest

(Newser) - Not every celebrity requires a televised wedding extravaganza when they get hitched, as Rosie O'Donnell recently proved . (Adele denies that she's done the same , after one supposed wedding guest told the Mail she quietly married Simon Konecki, with whom she is having a baby .) OMG! rounds up... More »

Rolling Stone's 30 Best Albums of 2010: Kanye's on Top

Eminem enjoys a comeback, too

(Newser) - Kanye West's comeback must be complete: Rolling Stone awarded him the top slot in its list of 2010's 30 best albums. The top 10:
  1. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: "Music as sprawlingly messy as his life," these songs are "hip-hop epics ... full of the kind
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Krauss, Plant Win Big at Grammys

Telecast short on awards, long on performances

(Newser) - Alison Krauss and Robert Plant boasted the highest number of Grammys last night, grabbing five awards, including honors for Album of the Year for Raising Sand, E! reports. Other big winners included Lil Wayne, who scooped up four Grammys, and Coldplay, which snagged three awards, including one for Best Rock... More »

Plant Rules Out Led Zep Reunion

Frontman explains why he won't do reunion tour

(Newser) - Led Zeppelin isn't Led Zeppelin without the late John Bonham, Robert Plant says, and a reunion tour will only disappoint. Plant, who took part in a single concert in 2007 with Jason Bonham filling in for his dad, elaborated in an interview with Absolute Radio, NME reports: "The comparisons... More »

Lil Wayne Grabs 8 Grammy Nominations

Coldplay comes in second with 7, including one for album of the year

(Newser) - Lil Wayne led the field at the Grammy nominations last night, AP reports. The rapper's eight nominations included one for album of the year for Tha Carter III—the first album to go platinum in its debut week since 2005. Coldplay came in second with seven nominations, which also included... More »

Led Zeppelin Replacing Plant

Band trying out new frontman for new tour, album

(Newser) - Legendary rock band Led Zeppelin is auditioning for a replacement for frontman Robert Plant, who won't be joining a reunion tour. Bass player John Paul Jones confirmed the band is planning a tour and a new album—both without Plant. There has been speculation about a Led Zeppelin reunion tour... More »

Plant: No Zep Reunion Tour for Me

Singer 'keen to get on' with own projects

(Newser) - Robert Plant denies he ever planned to join a Led Zeppelin reunion tour, saying "it's been both frustrating and ridiculous" to hear such rumors, Billboard reports. Plant says he won't be touring with anyone for at least two years, but wishes guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones, and... More »

Plant Caves; Led Zep Will Tour

(Newser) - Rock legend Robert Plant has finally agreed to participate in a Led Zeppelin reunion tour with guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones, and late drummer John Bonham's son Jason, the Sun reports. His bandmates had been rehearsing with stand-in singers. More »

Rock Rolls With Bluegrass

Plant and Krauss make an unlikely duo but still make beautiful music on tour

(Newser) - He's a howling rock god; she's a fiddlin' bluegrass queen. It sounds like an odd pairing, but Robert Plant and Alison Krauss weave haunting harmonies on tour, reports Rolling Stone. The duo admits they struggled to find the right groove while performing Led Zep covers and R&B classics from... More »

Page Hints at Led Zeppelin World Tour

Guitarist drops clues, but scheduling must await Plant's return

(Newser) - Lead guitarist Jimmy Page has dropped some serious hints that a Led Zeppelin world tour may be on its way. Promoting the band's Mothership album in Japan, Page said the successful reunion concert in London in December proves that they're ready for a tour, reports the Daily Telegraph. “There... More »

Zep Show a Whole Lotta Love

London gig, the first in 27 years, wows 16,000

(Newser) - Until tonight, Led Zeppelin hadn't played a full concert in close to 30 years. But it's clear the band still has a whole lotta love for performing, reports E!. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham, son of the late John Bonham, blew the roof off London's... More »

Nervous Zeppelin Played in Secret Before 'Reunion'

Band needed to know if the old chemistry still sizzled

(Newser) - Superband Led Zeppelin rehearsed in secret to make certain they could click again before announcing a reunion concert, guitarist Jimmy Page told the BBC. "We wanted to see how well we'd be playing together and once we played it was without doubt we wanted to do it," he... More »

Plant, Krauss Make Sweet Music

Led Zeppelin frontman and bluegrass queen harmonize nicely

(Newser) - Alison Krauss’ clear mountain voice might seem an odd match for former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, but their collaboration, Raising Sand, is “the stuff of which music lovers’ dreams are made,” says the Boston Globe. Traversing a range of root styles, Krauss and Plant harmonize beautifully, USA ... More »

Led Zeppelin Set to Press 'Play'

Surviving members will reunite to honor Atlantic Records founder

(Newser) - The surviving members of Led Zeppelin will reunite in November for a concert to honor late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, who signed the group in 1968. The three band members haven't played together since 1988, although rumors of reconciliation have been swirling for several years, and a greatest-hits album... More »

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