Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary Plans Unfolding

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50 years = Golden Anniversary

2018 marks Led Zeppelin‘s 50th anniversary and the long dormant band have cooperated on just a handful of projects and events orchestrated by its surviving members–John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant–since the classic rock legends’ break-up in the aftermath of John Bonham’s death in 1980.

Page revealed at the end of a lengthy, recent video interview with the Academy of Achievement that the group will have releases coming in 2018 to commemorate the golden anniversary. The conversation took place on Oct. 19 but wasn’t published until Dec. 11.

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

On Dec. 26, the band’s social media pages revealed a golden anniversary logo treatment.

The band’s most recent official music release was 2016’s The Complete BBC Sessions, a newly remastered, expanded and updated version of the collection with eight unreleased BBC recordings.

Watch Page’s complete interview; the reference to “Led Zeppelin product” is at the 49:34 mark

Announced Dec. 21–just teased, really–is a 2018 “official illustrated book” coming from Reel Art Press to celebrate the group’s 50 years. In the briefest of announcements, on the band’s website and social media pages, came this:

“Led Zeppelin are pleased to announce that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones are collaborating with Reel Art Press to publish the official illustrated book celebrating 50 years since the formation of the group. Coming 2018.”

From the London-based publisher’s website: “R|A|P stands for exceptional taste and a unique curatorial eye. It stands for luxury and class, the highest production values, and a sensitivity to an eclectic selection of subject matter and material. It stands for rare, unpublished and unusual work including subjects with mass appeal and limited editions with unlimited potential.”

Related: Our inside story of Led Zeppelin’s breakthrough with “Whole Lotta Love”

On Mar. 7, the band will be the subject of the annual “Music Of” benefit concert at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

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  1. Billy Wol
    #1 Billy Wol 26 December, 2017, 13:43

    Without doubt,one of the most overated bands of all time. Tuneless. Nowhere near a Beatles/Stones/Clapton. A couple of decent songs and that’s about it.

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