Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Led Zeppelin to issue unreleased material for 50th anniversary

Led Zeppelin will mark their 50th anniversary in 2018 with a series of unreleased material, according to guitarist Jimmy Page.

“There’ll be Led Zeppelin product coming out, for sure, that people haven’t heard, because I’m working on that,” Page recently told the Academy Of Achievement. “Next year will be the 50th year so there’s all manner of surprises coming out.”

With Page as producer, Led Zeppelin reissued their nine studio albums in chronological order in 2014 and 2015, with each project expanded with a companion disc of previously unreleased material; a complete version of their 1997 set, “BBC Sessions”, surfaced last year.

Page and Robert Plant were cleared of copyright infringement in a 2016 jury trial over “Stairway To Heaven” brought by Michael Skidmore, a representative of the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California. The suit claimed the acoustic introduction to 1971’s “Stairway” was lifted from Spirit’s 1968 instrumental “Taurus.”

In March of this year, a lawyer representing Skidmore filed an appeal in the case while attorneys for the group filed a motion in June requesting the plaintiffs pay their legal costs and fees following the original verdict.

Plant ruled out any chances of a further reunion with his Led Zeppelin bandmates, once again, in October, saying, “You can’t ever really go back. It’s tough enough repeating yourself with something that’s a year old, never mind 49 years old. I’ve got to keep moving.”

Formed in London in 1968, Led Zeppelin were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995 and have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide.

Led Zeppelin were named the No. 7 Rock News Artist Of The Year and delivered the No. 8 Rock News Story Of The Year as part of the 2017 hennemusic Rock News Awards.

See also:

Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 7: LED ZEPPELIN
Rock News Story Of The Year No. 8: LED ZEPPELIN
VIDEO: Robert Plant joined by Chrissie Hynde in London
Robert Plant to receive UK Americana Lifetime Achievement Award
Search Led Zeppelin at hennemusic