Robert Johnson, the man who Eric Clapton called "the most important blues musician who ever lived," was born 103 years ago on May 8, 1911, in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. Although he lived only 27 years, his haunting singing, guitar skills and compositions have influenced generations of musicians — and continue to fascinate the most gifted of guitarists.
Led Zeppelin have premiered "Whole Lotta Love" (Rough Mix), one of the previously unreleased gems that will be available June 3, when the newly remastered versions of the legendary band's first three albums are released.
Check out this rare video of Page and Plant performing “Stairway to Heaven” during a visit to Japan in 1994. Following the demise of Led Zeppelin, the duo reunited in the early ‘90s for an MTV Unplugged taping and subsequent live album, No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded. After releasing Unledded to wide praise, the duo then teamed up with engineer Steve Albini for 1998’s Walking into Clarksdale, an album composed of entirely new material.
Led Zeppelin are streaming a tasty piece of content from the upcoming newly remastered version of their 1969 debut album. Check out the complete live performance of the band's "Good Times Bad Times" / "Communication Breakdown" medley from an October 10, 1969, performance at the L'Olympia in Paris.
Earlier today, Led Zeppelin's official YouTube page posted a one-minute-plus clip that contains snippets of the band's October 1969 show at the Paris venue L'Olympia. You can check out the clip — which contains part of "Good Times Bad Times" and "Communication Breakdown" — below. Tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook!
If you're a Led Zeppelin fan, June 3 is your Celebration Day. That's the day Atlantic/Swan Song will launch its massive reissue campaign of all nine of the band's studio albums in chronological order, starting with Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III, all of which have been remastered by Jimmy Page.
Recordings Led Zeppelin made as they were writing 1975's Physical Graffiti will be available at auction next month. RR Auctions, which is based in Amherst, New Hampshire, says several songs on the tapes differ structurally from the officially released versions.
Today, we offer up an imaginative instrumental cover of the tune by the Jimmy Herring Band. The performance, which features Herring on guitar, Neal Fountain on bass, Jeff Sipe on drums and Matt Slocum on keyboards, took place at a club in Arkansas. Herring's resume includes the Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh and Friends and more.