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Post  misery guts on Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:06 am

Giants of rock in the 1970s, Plant, Page, Jones and Bonham turned out a succession of mighty albums that created some of the greatest rock hits the world ever saw. But for now, the surviving members are headed for the court-house:

Copyright row over opening riff to Stairway
A case which claims that the opening chords to Led Zeppelin’s biggest hit were in fact stolen from a 1967 song Taurus, by the band Spirit, will be heard by a jury in May, a US judge has ruled. The lawsuit for copyright infringement was brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for Randy Wolfe, also known as Randy California, who was Spirit’s guitarist and the composer of Taurus, who died in 1997.

The lawsuit alleges that Page and Plant would have heard Taurus when Spirit and Led Zeppelin were on tour together in the late 1960s, and that it was then directly copied on Stairway to Heaven without ever crediting Wolfe.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:46 am

A To Zeppelin
A straightforward run-through of the Led Zep story, from 2004, with comments from Roy Harper, Carmine Appice and JJ Jackson, and archive footage of Page, Plant, Bonham and Jeff Beck. Their place in rock legend remains the same.

Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day
Another bunch of rock legends, here shown in concert from Dec 10, 2007, when they paid tribute to the late Ahmet Ertegun. Many familiar numbers were done here: Black Dog, Dazed & Confused, Kashmir, Whole Lotta Love etc. Plant remains unwilling to do this more often, but Page at least would be willing. I suspect Plant has the right idea, actually.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:59 am

Robert Plant and the Band of Joy: Live at the Artist's Den
This time at the War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville from Feb 9, 2011, as Plant ran through a mix of the well-known and less-well-known (I assume, still no OSG to help the casual viewer). Plant shared some of the vocal duties, but clearly seems happier with this world than his Led Zep days.

Robert Plant: By Myself
The man himself talks through his career journey, from meeting John Bonham in the Band of Joy, to joining the New Yardbirds, the sad end of Led Zeppelin, his fun solo work in the 80s, the Strange Sensation, globe-trotting in the name of experimentation, working with Alison Krauss, and finally a new Band of Joy. Though rather a lot of LZ fans just want him to go back to those days, he seems far happier with his lot.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:07 am

Robert Plant @ Glastonbury
From the Pyramid Stage, the veteran rocker ran through assorted songs from across his career, with the backing of yet another band, the Sensational Space Shippers, or something. He did a few Led Zep numbers, which would have kept the crowd happy.

Rock Milestones - Led Zeppelin IV
Graham McTavish presents again, as some familiar names chew the fat on the story of the rock legends, and their finest hour. I've maybe taken time to come to appreciate 'Stairway to Heaven', but I'm happy to agree on its brilliance now.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:11 am

Rock Milestones: Led Zeppelin I
How the rock legends got together, and how they quickly turned out to be something really rather special. Not just journalists but DJs and biographers were on hand to rhapsodise about these early building blocks in the wall of their success. Given that LZ IV tends to get the most adulation, it was good to see other albums of theirs accorded some respect.

Led Zeppelin: In Their Own Words
In fact, not just archive of the band, but their publicist and bodyguard, and the inevitable Steven Rosen. Only really covered their first 4 albums, which might well be fair enough.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:16 am

Led Zeppelin - In The Light : Part 4 1973-1980
I can only wonder at there having been 3 previous episodes that cover their first 4 albums. This edition covered their latter 4 albums, their concert film, and the demise of John Bonham and hence the band. Even their Live Aid reunion got covered. Familiar names told the tale, with Physical Graffiti considered possibly as great as LZ4. Their allure continues, though.

Led Zeppelin: In The Evening
An hour of the usual, cramming their story from start to the sad end. The premise that their great creative success fed back to them some negative karma is a bit too trite to do them justice. When they hit the heights, they left huge marks.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:22 am

Led Zeppelin - Dazed and Confused
Pretty solid effort mainly focussed on their early years, then rushing through the rest. Archive footage provided plenty of Plant, a bit of Page and Jones, but quite a bit of Peter Grant for once. Other celeb fans were Ozzy Osbourne and David "Gilmore".

Led Zeppelin: In The Light - Part 1 - The Beginning
A while ago I saw Part 4, and now finally I see how they padded out the first 3. Here, there was some waffle about how the band got together, but the bulk looked at their first album, and key tracks on it. A wide circle of names contributed, with archive of the four band members too.

Led Zeppelin: In The Light - Part 3 : Stairway to Heaven
Regrettably, still no Part 2. This went in depth on their infamous 4th album, and it's epoch-shaking highlight 'Stairway to Heaven'. Some tried to hold back from declaring it one of the greatest records ever made, but most went for it.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:58 am

The court case has finally come up this week. Jimmy Page helpfully claimed the song shared similarities with Chim Chim Cheree from Mary Poppins Laughing Robert Plant, conversedly, helpfully claimed it was all a long time ago and he didn't remember the band that LZ are being accused of ripping off.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:33 am

Wouldn't you know, by the time I managed to get that update done, the case was over, and Led Zeppelin won. Though they did decide that Robert Plant, despite his amnesia Razz had in fact known the other band in question after all.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:06 am

It wasn't all good news after all:

Led Zeppelin lose fight to recoup legal fees from Stairway trial
The judge overseeing Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven copyright trial has rejected the group's attempts to recoup almost $800,000 (£620,000) in costs.

While the rock legends were found not guilty of plagiarising Spirit's song Taurus in June, Judge R Gary Klausner said the case was not frivolous.

He ruled there was no evidence that the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe "harbored nefarious motives".

For that reason, the estate was not obliged to repay the band's legal fees.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:51 am

SoundStage: Robert Plant and Strange Sensation
A jolly hour from 2005, with a few LZ songs along the way including the closer Whole Lotta Love. He paid tribute to John Bonham on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the drummer's death. The other songs, including the glorious Shine It All Around show that he's moved on and kept busy since the band ended.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:26 am

Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road: Robert Plant
Brian came to a secret place in North Wales, near the Malvac Valley, where he talked to Robert on the site of a ruined castle. He was perhaps happiest talking about his early years and influences, and his post-Zep odyssey. He repeatedly talks of John Bonham being his closest friend in the band, and how much of a challenge it was to start all over again when Bonzo died. He's visited Morocco and Mali for ideas, and to learn. Even his spell working with Alison Krauss fired him up with its challenge. He doesn't want to do any more Zep reunions. He's always moving forward, a seeker for knowledge.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:45 am

Conspiracy: Drugs, Punk, Pop & Death
A fun little hour from 2015 looking into 4 notorious cases which might have had more to them than is often said. The first was about the time that the Rolling Stones were busted for drugs - was it an FBI plot to stop them getting US visas? It seemed that it backfired and Jagger and Richards were soon off the hook, and the story of Marianne Faithfull's Mars Bar merely enhanced their myth.
Next was the idea that the Sex Pistols were cheated of being #1 during Jubilee week in the summer of 1977. A chap from Radio 1 denied it could have been their work, if it happened. It had the most plausibility on this show.
Next a new one to me, that Eddie and the Hot Rods saw their promising career nosedive because Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page put a black magic curse on them for mocking Aleister Crowley. Unsurprisingly, this got very short shrift, but at least some of the original band are still around and playing "Do Anything You Wanna Do".
Finally, did Jim Morrison die in his Parisian bath-tub, or did he have a misadventure with heroin in a nightclub and get moved to the bath-tub to disguise this fate? It's well-known that there's no way to prove this one as his body was disposed of very quickly, and his girlfriend Pamela was a junkie and unreliable. Might as well argue that aliens got him.
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