It could very well be argued that Jimmy Page's performance at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics — performing the Led Zeppelin classic "Whole Lotta Love" next to a red double-decker bus — was an integral part of London snagging the hosting gig for the 2012 games.
American Idol, which has been catching some flack this season -- its 11th -- for its lower-than-usual ratings and a panel of judges (including Aerosmith's Steven Tyler) who refuse to say anything even remotely critical or mean, got slightly more interesting last night when contestant Elise Testone belted out Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love."
Jimmy Page has just announced the release of Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks for March 20, a date specifically chosen for its connection to the spring equinox. This marks the first time ever that these tracks have been officially released.
Although he was in The Yardbirds from 1966 to 1968, Jimmy Page recorded only one studio album with the band, 1967's Little Games. It was on this day 45 years ago -- March 5, 1966 -- that The Yardbirds began working on that album, which was recorded at De Lane Lea Studios in London.
Led Zeppelin's December 10, 2007, reunion concert at London’s O2 Arena -- a show that saw three aging rock legends revisiting their storied past -- will have a significant impact on future musicians. Proceeds from the event, which was staged as a tribute to the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, make up most of the $45 million being donated by Ertegun’s widow, Mica Ertegun, to Engand's Oxford University. The donation, the largest in the University’s 916-year history, will be used to kick off the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities.