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January 26, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Grammy voters love catching up with acts that weren't significantly recognized when they were at their creative peaks, and this year one of those nods went to Led Zeppelin's “Celebration Day,” the live album documenting the surviving members' 2007 reunion in London. Group founders Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were supported by drummer Jason Bonham, filling in for his departed dad, John Bonham, for these shows that retraced the group's history in 17 songs including such cornerstone numbers as “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock and Roll,” “Black Dog,” “Dazed and Confused” and “Stairway to Heaven.” Fans clamored for a tour in the wake of the acclaimed show, and there continues to be talk of the possibility, but nothing's been confirmed to date.
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December 3, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
While cutting “Silver Linings Playbook” with editor Jay Cassidy, director David O. Russell was watching the scene in which Bradley Cooper's bipolar protagonist Pat Solitano melts down in his parents' attic looking for a copy of his wedding video. The frantic search had been triggered by a highly charged first evening with Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a woman, Pat subconsciously realizes, who might derail him from his manic mission to reunite with his estranged wife. Russell wanted to marry the dialogue and visuals to a piece of music, heightening its cinematic appeal.
TRAVEL
January 24, 2014 | By Karl Zimmermann
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany - I am looking at a piece of the Hindenburg - or, rather, its replica: its lounge, reading and writing room, passenger cabins and smoking room (yes, there was one) and bar. It's part of the Zeppelin Museum, in the former Hafenbahnhof, or Harbor Railway Station, a striking Bauhaus-style building completed in 1933 in Friedrichshafen, the birthplace of the zeppelin. The museum is chockablock with zeppelin memorabilia, but its centerpiece and what drew my wife, Laurel, and me here in October, is this full-size replica of the starboard section of the Hindenburg that's more than 100 feet long.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Looking for an opportunity to hear Led Zeppelin deflect questions -- once again -- about a reunion? Be sure to catch "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday night, when Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones will sit down for a joint interview. The classic-rock legends are scheduled to visit Letterman's show (which, FYI, has a separate musical guest booked) the day after being honored at the 35th annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington; the talk-show host is among this year's other honorees.
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February 7, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The reunited Led Zeppelin will headline the 2008 Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival, concert organizers announced Wednesday. Led Zeppelin, who reconvened for a single December concert in London, had for months been rumored to be heading to Bonnaroo, which will be held June 13-15 on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn. Also scheduled to perform are Metallica, Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, My Morning Jacket, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Phil Lesh and Friends, Sigur Ros, the Raconteurs, Against Me!
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September 13, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
When Led Zeppelin announced five years ago that the band's surviving members would reunite for t he group's first headline show in 27 years , more than 20 million requests for tickets flooded in. Only 18,000 fans got in to London's O2 arena to see the performance, but as of Oct. 17, the unlucky millions who were shut out will have another shot by way of limited theatrical screenings, to be followed Nov. 19 by the release of the concert in multiple...
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April 9, 2013 | By Reed Johnson and Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See below for details. British record producer and sound engineer Andy Johns, who like his older brother Glyn Johns worked with some of the biggest rock bands of the 1960s and '70s, including the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, has died at age 62. British newspapers reported that Johns passed on after suffering from a liver ailment. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Andy Johns started his career as a tape operator at London's Olympic Studios during a period of exceptional musical ferment.
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December 22, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
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NEWS
August 13, 2012 | By James Rainey
Mitt Romney's selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate has raised a lot of conversation and questions. Your Politics Now team at the L.A. Times -- including Maeve Reston and Robin Abcarian -- will clear aside some of the clutter with a chat today at noon PDT. Among the topics to be discussed: -- How has the candidacy of the 42-year-old congressman played in its first 48 hours? -- Should Team Romney worry about an initial poll showing a plurality of voters unimpressed with his No. 2?
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Jon Healey
This post has been updated, as indicated below. A belated arrival on the streaming-music scene, Led Zeppelin quickly shot up the charts on Spotify this week despite not having released an album of new material in more than 30 years. The service made the band's first two albums (both from 1969) available Wednesday -- the first Led Zep releases to appear on any of the licensed music subscription services -- and within a day they were both in Spotify's Top 25. [ Updated, 12:15 p.m. Dec. 13: Spotify made two more of the band's releases available Thursday, and all four were in the Top 25 by noon Friday.]
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
For writer-director David O. Russell, getting the music just right is a huge part of making movies. One testament to his dedication is that he has repeatedly requested to license songs from the notoriously picky rock band Led Zeppelin - and succeeded. "Good Times, Bad Times," the first track from Zeppelin's self-titled debut album, had never been licensed for a movie before Russell used it in "The Fighter" - "much to my glee," he recalled during a recent installment of the  Envelope Screening Series , at which he discussed the importance of music in his films, including his latest, "American Hustle.
SPORTS
August 17, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Jim Mora wouldn't dare listen to those making predictions now. As a teen in the Seattle area? Well … “Led Zeppelin came to the Kingdome when I was in high school and I had tickets,” Mora said. “Some  Nostradamus person predicted that the decibel level on Jimmy Page's guitar would be so high that the roof would crack. So I didn't go. I never got to see them. It is one of the regrets in my life.” Classic rock was a constant during UCLA's training camp at Cal State San Bernardino.
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June 25, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
For a man whose voice launched thousands of would-be rock singers, former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant remains ingratiatingly humble. "I'm not exactly a musical talent," said Plant, 64, recently from his home in England. "I'm a singer, and I have a lot of bright ideas," he joked. Plant is far more comfortable moving forward with those new ideas than looking back at what the rest of the world sees as an incredible musical legacy in one of rock's most iconic bands. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Since Zeppelin disbanded in 1980, Plant's launched projects far beyond his blues-rock beginnings.
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April 19, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Influential English album cover designer Storm Thorgerson, whose album covers over a 45-year career included work for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and dozens more, has died after a battle with cancer, his family has announced. The designer's work individually and with the design group Hipgnosis (which he co-founded) helped define the visuals of rock starting in the late 1960s, when album covers were the primary canvas of music and a catchy 12-by-12-inch image could reach an audience of millions.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2013 | By Reed Johnson and Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See below for details. British record producer and sound engineer Andy Johns, who like his older brother Glyn Johns worked with some of the biggest rock bands of the 1960s and '70s, including the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, has died at age 62. British newspapers reported that Johns passed on after suffering from a liver ailment. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Andy Johns started his career as a tape operator at London's Olympic Studios during a period of exceptional musical ferment.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 1990
This letter is in response to a recent article about Robert Plant ("Down to Earth--Singer Robert Plant's Post-Zeppelin Career Isn't So Full of Hot Air," by Mike Boehm, Aug. 9, 1990, OC LIVE!). First of all, there has never been a band in contemporary pop music as misunderstood as Led Zeppelin. The comment that you made in the article--about Led Zeppelin putting "sensation first and plain old sense a distant second, maybe ninth or tenth"--epitomizes the total lack of understanding that much of the media has never overcome in regards to the band and their music.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 2009 | By Nick Owchar
Is there a more mythic band than Led Zeppelin? At the pinnacle of their success, with Robert Plant's hair lighted by stadium lights, they looked like they'd just come down off Mt. Olympus. "Plant," writes Mick Wall in his new book "When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin," "was tall, blond and looked good enough to eat, a veritable golden god shaking what he'd got -- the perfect visual foil to [Jimmy] Page's darker, more slender, slightly effeminate persona."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2012 | By Matt Cooper
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December 4, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Fresh off receiving the Kennedy Center honors this weekend from President Obama, the surviving members of legendary British rock group Led Zeppelin -- Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones -- stopped by the Ed Sullivan Theater for a visit with their fellow honoree, David Letterman. First, the bad news: The group did not perform, they did not announce a reunion tour, and they did not perform any devious acts involving sharks. Nor did they open up much about their music career, their feelings about other high-profile British acts of their era, or their famously debauched past.
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