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NEWS ROUND UP: ROBERT PLANT HONOURED AT MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, JIMMY PAGE WEB SITE COUNTDOWN, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION ALBUM SUCCESS.

27 June 2011 5,558 views 6 Comments

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Robert Plant was honoured at the Montrael Jazz Festival on Friday. On receiving the Spirit award he  made reference to John Bonhamsaying – “I always remember what John Bonham told me when I was about 22,” Plant said. “He said `You’re not very good at what you do, but just go out and look good, because it will help us a lot.’”

Robert Plant and The Band Of Joy wrapped up the second leg of their US tour on Saturday night with a show at Atlantic City. This leg of the tour has seen the addition of the Zeppelin number What Is And What Should Never Be as well as continued appearances of Black County Woman and a beautifully extended Ramble On. Rare inclusions in the set lists  included the Raising Sands track Your Long Journey and Charlie Rich’s Life Has Its Little Ups and Downs. Many of the shows were outdoor festival shows including a rain soaked Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado.  The Band Of Joy before returning to Europe on July 19th for more festival shows that take them to Italy, France, Lithuanian, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Belgium and England.

The long awaited Jimmy Page website at http://www.jimmypage.com/ is now in countdown launch mode. Expect activity on the site very soon. Last Monday Jimmy attended the David Coverdale/Whitesnake Hammersmith show in London  and was also at the Kings Of Leon Hyde Park show last week.

John Paul Jones may well be making more appearances  with Seasick Steve in the coming weeks.

Black Country Communion, the supergroup consisting of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham just wrapped up a brief U.S. trek in support of their second album, “2,” which hit  stores last week.
The new set currently sits atop the Top 40 Rock Album Chart in the U.K., the band’s second consecutive album to do so. Black Country Communion’s self-titled debut reached No. 1 on the U.K. chart last year.
The live set included a cross section of both BCC albums as well as The Ballad Of John Henry(Bonamassa) and Burn (Deep Purple), no Zeppelin number have been featured this time around. The band continue in to Europe for festival dates.

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6 Comments »

  • Big Bear said:

    Dear Dave Lewis:

    Most of the world would greatly appreciate it if you will please STOP calling groups like Them Crooked Vultures and Black Country Communion SUPERGROUPS.

    While a group may have some ‘super’ members, it makes them sound like they are in some sort of wrestling program and is just not needed. When a group is SUPER, their fans will let them know it. There is no need for journalists to promote the rather silly moniker.

    No insults intended here, I’d just like to see this practice stop before every band becomes a SUPERGROUP!

    Thank you kindly.

  • Denzepp58 said:

    I too, am anxiously awaiting Pagey’s website…it has been far too long for him to be out of the spotlight. Loved the video of him and Donavan doing “Sunshine Superman”. One can only hope that he is FINALLY going to put out some new music and possibly tour. The last time I saw him live was the Firm’s first U.S. tour back in the eighties. Hoping as well that he decides to put out the O2 concert on DVD for the rest of us who were not BLESSED to be there that special night. Peace from the U.S.A. …..

  • Lorraine Maria said:

    I too am looking forward to the official Jimmy Page website; I was able to register by receiving a confirmation email; I also signed up for Twitter notifications. I did not see anything from “mailchimp”; rather, the “from” line was populated with “jimmypage.com”. I find the countdown so intriguing.

  • Kathy Urich said:

    Very excited about Jimmy’s new website. I must say I have registered at least 3 times thinking I had made an error but recived nothing back from “mailchimp” or otherwise, a bit disappointed. I do love the logo with his intials in the center of the Zodiac, the hour glass another classy touch. Nice picture of Jimmy with David Coverdale on Ross Halfin’s diary page. Another well deserved honor for Robert, not crazy about this version of WIAWSNB, but that’s just my opinion, everyones got one. Really LOVE!!! BCC’s new stuff really fantastic. Thanks Dave and Co. for the news.

  • Michaela said:

    Thanks for the update Dave. Im just back from the combination of mud and scorching sun in Glastonbury , where Seasick Steve appeared last year and was fabulous! Seasick Steve is also playing the Cropredy Festival very near in Banbury Oxfordshire in mid August 2011. The lead group here are Fairport Convention , MAYBE John Paul Jones will turn up there! I’ll book a place just in case!

  • Steve Harrison said:

    Just signed up for the JP web and the reply e.mail send syou to something called mailchimp!!! is this for real or something dodgy ?

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