Rolling Stone reports Plant reconfirmed statements made earlier in the trial by both Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones that the song's origins began at the country estate Headley Grange and not the Welsh cottage Bron-Yr-Aur, contradicting decades of Zeppelin mythology.
"One evening, Jimmy Page and I sat by the fire going over bits and pieces," Plant testified, explaining how he would leave the musicians and go into his room to build the melody and lyric based on his fascination with Celtic lore, "the mountains of Wales, Snowdonia ... and the pastoral areas of Britain I love."
The singer also revealed that he first brought Spirit's work to the rest of his bandmates, having discovered their song "Fresh-Garbage" on a 1968 Columbia Records compilation and then incorporating a cover of it into Zeppelin's early live sets.
Regarding "Taurus" - the Spirit instrumental that Zeppelin are accused of plagiarizing as the basis for the trial - Plant said, "I didn't remember it then, and I don't remember it now."
As the defense continued, Page retook the stand to describe how the band worked together to build "Stairway" through its various stages during rehearsals Headley Grange. Read more here.
The Italian fashion designer incorporated some of Prince's unreleased instrumental recordings (which he shared with her as gifts) in her menswear presentation at Milan Fashion Week.
"Prince was always writing and recording, even if it was just a late-night jam at Paisley Park," Versace told Billboard. "He had been sending me songs for years - it was his way of communicating. Just hearing his voice again makes me smile."
She said the creative decision was her way of paying tribute to Prince. "It was a privilege and an honor to have Prince as my friend, and so it was my privilege to be able to share them with the audience," Versace said of the unnamed material. "I wanted people to hear how playful he was, how joyous, how creative, how pure a genius. The biggest tribute you can pay to him is to play his music, and to keep his memory alive." Listen for some of Prince's previously unheard music here.
He's spearheading a transmedia series called Sekret Machines that will seek to investigate "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" through a range of fiction and non-fiction books, a documentary and music from his new band Angels & Airwaves. He already released the first fiction book Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows in April.
DeLonge first became interested in aliens (not the term he would use, by the way) in junior high. "I just had some free time on my hands and I found myself at the school library looking for books on the subject matter," he told Mic. "[In] the beginnings of my career with [Blink-182], you have a lot of free time in the van, traveling across the country for 12 months, so I found myself getting a lot of really interesting books that challenged the way I thought about stuff."
But why focus on it now? Essentially, what he began learning about extraterrestrial life unearthed more and more that he needed to study in order to fully grasp the subject matter. "It's something I've always wanted to do," he explained. "I've always had a passion for space and the future. But when you dive into this type of material, it's a lot more than just science and technology. It has to do with religion and cosmology and it has to do with politics and secrecy. So it's a pretty fantastic ride when you start studying this stuff. You'll find yourself trying to challenge your belief system. This project was a good way to bring it to the world in a more elevated way."
Unfortunately, Blink 182 doesn't fit into those plans. Read more here.
The Dead Daisies say: "We are excited to announce that we will be joining Kiss aboard this year's Kiss Kruise, dubbed Creatures Of The Deep, based on Kiss' classic album Creatures Of The Night from 1982.
"With this being the third time on the Kruise, we hope to reconnect with the many Kiss friends and fans we met over the past two years. Kiss fans will also have the opportunity to catch our new lineup in the US from August 10 when we join KISS on their Freedom To Rock tour." Read more here.
The video is displayed in the format of a photo book which looks back at the band's links with their local community in Flint. In the video's concept, the band say: "It consists not of the work we have done, but of the work all of you have done.
Whether it be on paper or on the streets, or on your own bodies in the form of tattoos or branding or scarification. We have been awed by this. This will serve as a photobook to look back on as we continue to grow over the years." Read more and watch the video here.
Singer Jaret Reddick says the band had originally planned to release an EP, but they then decided to record a few more tracks to make it a full-length - without increasing the price.
He says: "When we decided to go into the studio this summer, I thought an EP was the best move. Not really for any reason other than time. An EP is usually around five songs. We had recorded eight already. So I said, 'F*** it.' Drunk Dynasty is going to be 10 songs." Read more here.
It includes a remastered version of the 1990 record, alongside album Modern Primitive - a collection of works-in-progress that the songwriter had penned following the release of his 1984's Flex-Able.
The double-album package will be released on June 24. Vai said: "Performing this record from top to bottom, with some very special surprises in the works, is something I've always dreamed of doing. There are songs here I've never performed before, and I'm delighted that 25 years after its release, I feel as though my guitar chops are as much up to the task as ever before." Check out the stream here.
Corden felt the need for fast food after drinking a shot of ginger on Gomez's request. According to the pop star, she likes to drink a shot or eat a piece of ginger every day. Unable to stomach it, Corden washed away the taste with a McDonalds combo No. 6.
But before pulling away from the golden arches, Corden demands that Gomez's Coca-Cola cup feature lyrics to one her songs. After refusing a cup with Cyndi Lauper's lyrics, he's finally given cups with lyrics to Gomez's hit song, "I Love You Like A Love Song." Check it out here.
Pulling from music videos, DJ Earworm mixes together Beyonce's "Formation," Drake's "Summer Sixteen," Fifth Harmony's "Work From Home," among others, to create a song that sounds like its own groove-heavy thing.
Rihanna's "Needed Me," Calvin Harris and Rihanna's single "This is What You Came For" and Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling" are just a few of the songs DJ Earworm uses most heavily to provide the fun, funky underlying rhythm.
The producer has been putting together hit compilation videos for some time, but this latest will be sure to get everyone moving. Watch it and check out the full list of songs here.
The lineup, as always, will feature Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. Young will likely be backed by Promise of the Real, a band led by Willie Nelson's band, Lukas, who he's worked with in recent years (they have a new live album together, Earth, due out this Friday).
Promise of the Real is also on the bill, performing their own set. Dave Matthews, as he often does at Farm Aid, will perform as an acoustic duo with guitarist Tim Reynolds, instead of playing with the Dave Matthews Band.
Other artists on the bill include Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Carlene Carter and Insects Vs. Robots (the latter band is led by another of Nelson's sons, Mikah). Read more here.
"I'm excited to sing again because months ago I sounded like crap," the original American Idol champ said. "This is the coolest announcement for me as an artist and I don't want to ruin it."
The performance with pianist Jason Halbert was filmed in her living room and included some authentic touches: At one point, Clarkson apologizes for her crying baby in the next room. The Redding cover will be one of four live sets Clarkson performs in this intimate setting.
"I picked these four songs because these four artists have something in common… that's my hint for today," she said. Check out footage here.
Other names appearing on the Meadows Fest bill include Chance the Rapper, Kygo, Cage the Elephant, Grimes,The 1975, Mac Miller, Metric and Pusha T.
The festival reportedly came about because organizers wanted to bring West back to the city after his performance at Governors Ball was canceled due to inclement weather, according to Rolling Stone. It helps that Meadows Fest's organizers are the minds behind Governors Ball. Read more here.
When asked if the duo will ever join forces, Lucassen tells Metal Wani: "Unfortunately, it's not going to happen. When Steven started out with Porcupine Tree, I loved it. It was completely unknown.
"But I contacted him at the time - I sent him my albums and he sent me his albums, and we were emailing a lot. Then I asked for my album Into The Electric Castle, and I sent him the stuff and he said, 'Man, this sounds amazing. It sounds great, one of the best things in this style I've ever heard - but it's not my thing.'"
He continues: "At that time, he called it 'too old-fashioned prog.' It's just that my music is not his thing. If it's not his style, that's his choice, of course. I find it a bit strange, because he uses Mellotrons, Hammonds synthesisers and old stuff, and his stuff may be more old-fashioned than my stuff. But I'm not gonna beg - if that's his opinion, then he gets one chance and that's it." Read more and watch the full interview clip here.
Launched this spring with the group in attendance and currently running at London's Saatchi Gallery through September 4, Exhibitionism tells the story of one of the most influential rock 'n' roll bands in the world, allowing visitors to experience their journey from their early days living together in a tiny flat to headlining the biggest stages around the globe.
The event sees the band display items from their 50-year career and features more than 500 important and unseen artifacts from the group's personal archives, embracing all aspects of art & design, film, video, fashion, performance, rare sound archives, and the musical heritage that took them from a hard working London blues band in the early 1960s to iconic worldwide status.
Exhibitionism presents an interactive tour through the Rolling Stones' history, including original stage designs, dressing room and backstage paraphernalia, rare guitars and instruments, iconic costumes, rare audio tracks and unseen video clips, personal diaries and correspondence, original poster and album cover artwork, and unique cinematic presentations.
"We've been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale," says Mick Jagger. "It's not going to be like walking into a museum. It's going to be an event, an experience. It's about a sense of The Rolling Stones - it's something we want people to go away talking about it."
"While this is about The Rolling Stones, it's not necessarily only just about us," adds Keith Richards. "It's also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a group like us, and it's this, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that should make the exhibition unforgettable." Read more and watch the promo video here.
Every copy of the $25, 64-page leather-bound book has been signed by Levin. It can be ordered now via his webstore. Levin says: "These are my poems from through the years, and lyrics from songs on previous albums, current albums and future ones.
"Some are quite personal, others humorous. The title poem is about making a musical connection with a bonobo ape. We fashioned the book as some of my favorite poetry books are - small, leatherette bound, with no publicity blurb on the back." Read more here.
The London outfit describe their southern rock-based sound as "The Band and the Pixies having a Tupperware party, then Leonard Cohen sets the house on fire."
Bechtolsheimer tells The Blues: "Some of our music can be quite dark - but as a band we're far from miserable. Just My Head was written in my sleep when I was on holiday.
"There was a late night of barbecue and drinking, and when I woke up the next morning, I was humming the tune and I had all these words in my head." Watch the video and read more here.
The band say: "We are really excited to release Stood On The Platform To Leave as the next single. It has all the key elements of a big TTH song - big riffs and a bigger chorus.
"We love playing this song live as it really brings the audience and the band together to feed off each other." Tax The Heat have a number of UK tour dates lined up for the summer, as well as a short run of shows in November. See the dates and stream the song here.
My new album chronicles how I got through a pretty devastating breakup. "3 AM" is the title track and, really, the sonic and emotional heart of the record. There is a point in every break-up when sleep just laughs at you. Instead you are blessed with that inevitable and horrible memory spiral that happens in the middle of the night. You'd much prefer being pissed at the person who broke your heart, but you're missing them instead. Cuz that's lovely…
A lot of the songs on the record were written while I was still in the space I was writing about. 3 AM materialized a bit later. A month or so before we started tracking, I was reflecting back on the dark days and weeks after the break-up. Spent a lot of wee hours sipping whiskey, smoking cigarettes, writing in my journal, "waiting on time to pass"...because I was too torn up and troubled to sleep. I'd had all of those feelings - those seemingly never-ending moments - but I hadn't put them into a song yet. When we made the video, we decided to use the imagery of memories as an inescapable prison - which is pretty much what that feels like at 3 in the f-ing morning.
I'm a HUGE Bonnie Raitt fan and she's got a song called "The Glow" that also sounds like 3 in the morning to me. That song has always resonated with me deeply and I've always wanted to write something like it. Took a hell of a heartbreak to finally do it, but I absolutely love the result.
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