Led Zeppelin

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We Now Know Who Guy on This Zeppelin Album Cover Is

Meet Lot Long, a 19th-century UK thatcher whose photo inspired the front of 'Led Zeppelin IV'

(Newser) - If you ever felt sorry for the poor branch-carrying dude on the cover of the Led Zeppelin IV album but took comfort in thinking it was simply a painting of a fictional character, get ready to feel a little uncomfortable. Turns out the "Stick Man" was a real person,...

Legal Battle of the Bands Is Over
Battle of
the Bands
Is Over

Legal Battle of the Bands Is Over

Supreme Court leaves 'Stairway to Heaven' with Led Zeppelin

(Newser) - The six-year legal back-and-forth over "Stairway to Heaven" has ended, with Led Zeppelin holding on to ownership of the song. The US Supreme Court announced Monday that it won't take up the case, leaving intact a March ruling by an appeals court that favored the band, the BBC...

Led Zeppelin Gets a Win in 'Stairway' Fight

Appeals court hands Jimmy Page, Robert Plant a win, but it can be appealed to SCOTUS

(Newser) - A federal appeals court on Monday restored a jury verdict that found Led Zeppelin did not steal “Stairway to Heaven." The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco handed the major win to guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant and dealt a blow to the...

Led Zeppelin Has to Defend 'Stairway to Heaven' Again

Appeals court orders new trial into allegations the band ripped it off

(Newser) - A US appeals court on Friday ordered a new trial in a lawsuit accusing Led Zeppelin of copying an obscure 1960s instrumental for the intro to its classic 1971 rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven," per the AP . A federal court jury in Los Angeles two years ago found...

Kylie, Kendall Jenner 'Sorry' for Poorly Conceived T-Shirts

Unauthorized $125 shirts earned the ire of Sharon Osbourne, Biggie's mother

(Newser) - The youngest members of the Kardashian-Jenner dynasty are learning the hard way not to mess with beloved rock and rap icons. On Wednesday, sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner debuted $125 T-shirts on their online store featuring images of themselves superimposed over shots of artists like Tupac Shakur, Metallica, and Led...

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,...

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...

Judge: It's Possible Part of 'Stairway to Heaven' Is Stolen

A May trial will decide whether Led Zeppelin copied notes from Spirit

(Newser) - A trial is needed to determine if Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" copies its opening notes from a song performed by the rock band Spirit, a federal judge has ruled. US District Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled Friday that lawyers for the trustee of late Spirit guitarist Randy...

Did Plant Turn Down $795M to Reunite Led Zeppelin?

That's what tabloid sources say, but his rep denies it

(Newser) - We all know Robert Plant is pretty determined not to get the band back together—but is he so determined that he turned down a $795 million offer to reunite Led Zeppelin? That's what "industry sources" told the Mirror , though Plant's rep quickly shot down the story....

Jimmy Page: Don't Hold Breath on Zeppelin Reunion

But he may play Zeppelin tunes with new band

(Newser) - If "attend Led Zeppelin reunion concert" is on your bucket list, you may want to think of an alternate entry. At a London Q&A yesterday after a launch of Zeppelin reissues, Jimmy Page said of a reunion, "I don't think it looks as though that's...

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...

Bill Clinton Tried to Broker Led Zeppelin Reunion

Couldn't get the band back together for benefit concert

(Newser) - Bill Clinton may have both Southern charm and years of high-level diplomatic experience on his side, but even he could not convince Led Zeppelin to reunite. He asked the band to get back together and perform at last year's Superstorm Sandy benefit concert in New York, and was roundly...

Obama Honors Led Zeppelin, Letterman, Hoffman
Obama Honors Led Zeppelin, Letterman, Hoffman

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 ...

Hey, Mom: You May as Well Listen to Led Zeppelin

(Newser) - It seems listening to Mozart just doesn't do what many hopeful mothers thought it would: Make their babies more intelligent. University of Vienna researchers now present quite definite results on the so-called "Mozart effect" in the US journal Intelligence. Their findings suggest no evidence for specific cognitive enhancements from...

Someone Already Took Your Awesome Band Name

Chances are other band has a MySpace page, and that means trademark

(Newser) - You’d think Led Zeppelin great John Paul Jones wouldn’t have trouble finding a name for his new band, but the small world of Internet has allowed even tiny groups to jealously guard their appellations. It seems like every name is taken. “Think of a great band name...

Town Cranks Stones, Zeppelin to Fight Crickets

Up to mile-long swarms invade village regularly

(Newser) - A tiny Nevada town faces a yearly menace next month in the form of legions of crickets that can be a mile long and two miles across. Among the more unusual tools in their arsenal: rock music. Residents of Tuscarora swear it works, or at least helps, and are getting...

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...

Obamas Inherit Sweet Record Stash
 Obamas Inherit 
 Sweet Record Stash 

Obamas Inherit Sweet Record Stash

White House album collection contains landmarks from Zeppelin, Stones, Beatles

(Newser) - President Obama’s new digs not only grant him access to chefs and a bowling alley, but an LP stash that includes Led Zeppelin IV and the Ramones’ Rocket to Russia, Rolling Stone reports. Banished to the basement during the Reagan years, the White House vinyl vault contains Obama favorites...

5 Best Songs You Didn't Hear in 2008
 5 Best Songs You 
 Didn't Hear in 2008 

5 Best Songs You Didn't Hear in 2008

Esquire picks this year's best under-the-radar songs

(Newser) - Test your indie chops, courtesy of Esquire, which rounds up the five best tunes you probably didn’t hear this year:
  • “Jingle Bells,” Julian Koster: There's not a single bell in this holiday classic, just a harrowing singing saw.
  • “One Last Round,” Ron Sexsmith: Sharp commentary

Pop Culture Casualties of 2008
  Pop Culture Casualties of 2008 

Pop Culture Casualties of 2008

A look back at the year's cultural departures

(Newser) - A Led Zeppelin world tour? Sorry, that was a whole lotta hype. Madonna and Guy Ritchie's love story? Ditto. As the curtain comes down on 2008, the Los Angeles Times bids farewell to this year’s departed cultural phenomena.
  • Joaquin Phoenix’s movie career: He walked the line as Johnny

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