Led Zeppelin without Robert Plant? The Black Country-born belter has been given an ultimatum this week by his bandmates, stating that they will go on tour with or without him. It seems that Plant has been failing to attend rehearsals, ongoing at West London’s Ritz Studios. Previously, he’s cited commitments with his Raising Sand sideline. This time, however, he’s complaining about the bureaucracy involved with Led Zep. “The endless paperwork was like nothing I’ve experienced before,” he told GQ magazine. “I’ve kept every one of the emails that were exchanged before the concert and I’m thinking of compiling them for a book.”
Kings Of Leon release their much-anticipated fourth album Only By The Night today. The band’s frontman Caleb Followill revealed: “We took some risks but you have to make a record you're pleased with, you can't worry about anybody else." Meanwhile, their first single, Sex On Fire, begins its second week in the now only vaguely relevant Number 1 spot.
Other albums out today: Cold War Kids’ sophomore Loyalty To Loyalty; TV On The Radio’s Dear Science; and Mogwai’s The Hawk Is Howling.
Peace and love proclamations notwithstanding, Beatle John Lennon had a notorious temper. Further evidence arrives in a jaw-dropping postscript to Philip Norman’s new biography, John Lennon: The Life, out next month. Reveals son Sean Ono Lennon: “He did wind up yelling at me very, very loudly, to the point where he damaged my ear, and I had to go to the hospital.”
On Friday this week, The Royal Albert Hall hosts a free show for the charity volunteers who devoted four hours of their time earlier in the year to the Orange RockCorps project. Community activities included a rooftop garden for an inner-city school, and the first “reward” show features an eclectic bill including Busta Rhymes, John Legend, Feeder and Guillemots. Rhymes said the concert was one of “the most rewarding parts” of his job. Event organisers say that although the stars are paid to appear, they were selected because they were “passionately behind the programme”.
To find out more, or to register for future events, visit orangerockcorps.co.uk
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News by: Holly Eells