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.
In the mid-1960s, The Yardbirds revolutionized modern rock by turning super guitar players into superstars. The group -- which made the jagged shift from traditional blues to psychedelic rave-ups -- was the launching pad for Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Several Yardbirds songs, including "Shapes of Things," "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" and "Over Under Sideways Down" are considered mini-masterpieces of mid-'60s rock guitar -- prime examples of the power of perfectly placed notes.
Although Jimmy Page hasn't exactly been prolific since Led Zeppelin disbanded in 1980, his carefully chosen projects have been varied and interesting, from Coverdale/Page to the Death Wish II soundtrack. And so, in honor of the legendary guitarist's 68th birthday, we ask you to cast your vote for what you feel is his best post-Led Zeppelin album.