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Led Zeppelin Concert Film from 2007 Gig Hits Theaters This Week, Shawn of Planet 13 Says Expect a Huge Response

This week’s announcement by The Rolling Stone of “Celebration Day,” the Led Zeppelin concert film from their one-night-only gig in 2007, hitting the theatres on October 17th has not only created a burst of excitement amongst the fans who missed out, but has peaked sales and demand for Led Zeppelin products at online music store Planet 13.

The Led Zeppelin concert was filmed during the highly anticipated one-off concert in London, on 10 December 2007. The show was a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records, and was their first headlining gig in 27 years.

“Just the fact Led Zeppelin were performing once again was enough to knock fans on their sides,” says Shawn Scott, life-long musician and owner of band merchandise store Planet 13, of the 2007 reunion concert, “in the near-three decades of them being dormant, very few bands achieved the legendary status they did. Zeppelin’s music was revolutionary, and no one’s come close to matching them since.”

An astonishing 20 million people tried to get tickets to the show in 2007, but only 18,000 fans were lucky enough score a spot at the venue, which makes this film a dream come true for those who missed out. Shawn further adds, “Imagine the frenzy that ensued once the tickets were released. Less than 1/10th of a percent of fans were going to get a seat, and because almost everyone who wanted to go, didn’t get to go, there’s an insatiable demand to see this film.”

“Celebration Day” will hit 1,500 silver screens on October 17th, with a wider variety of audio and video formats being unleashed a month later on November 19th. “There’s going to be another frenzy for all things Led Zeppelin once the film is out,” comments Shawn, “we’re already experiencing higher sales for Led Zeppelin products and are bracing for more demand as the holiday season approaches.”

The 16-song concert set features the surviving members of Led Zeppelin rocking it out in true form, including vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist Paul Jones. Son of their late drummer John Bonham, Jason Bonham, proudly filled in on drums.

“I appreciate what the band has done for our industry,” remarks Shawn, “and being a fan myself, I understand how important it is to see this Led Zeppelin concert film – even if it’s only on the big screen – it’s probably the closest we’re going to get to seeing them live.” The “Celebration Day” set list ran for over 2 hours, including popular songs such as ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and ‘Whole Lotta Love’.

“Everything Led Zeppelin does, and has done, becomes huge,” laughs Shawn, “and this film release will be just the same. We plan to stock the film for our customers once it becomes available on DVD.”

Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” film hit theatres this week, and the trailer can be viewed here:http://youtu.be/VbusDxLekPQ 
A bit about Planet 13™

Planet 13™ was conceived and created in 2004 by Shawn Scott, front man of the once-popular Melbourne-based glam/punk band Voodoo Lovecats. His online store Planet 13 features an extensive range of fully-licensed entertainment and band merchandise, and prides themselves on providing superior products and customer service.

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October 19, 2012 Posted by | Heavy Metal, Music News, Progressive Metal, Progressive Music | , | Leave a comment

Slash in 3D

The first video off of Slash’s #1 Rock Album SLASH, which hit retail in April and has received rave reviews worldwide, has been converted into full 3D, it was announced today in a joint statement by San Diego-based 3D Production & Conversion studio PassmoreLab & Slash.

The 5-minute rock music video, “By The Sword”, is the first single off the album and the first video ever from Slash to be released in 3D. It features the vocals of Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother, and the ever-present blistering guitar work from Slash. The 3D video was released internationally today.

Slash, currently on tour promoting the album, has been on top of every aspect of the album and video process.

“Everything was cool, start to finish,” said Slash. “From Andrew’s vocals, to Vance directing me again, to PassmoreLab doing the 3D, it has been a killer experience and I am thrilled with it.”

Vance Burberry, Director of the video in 2D, said the video was a “wonderful, four month collaboration” between he and Slash. Burberry has a long history with Slash from his Guns ‘N Roses days, where he was Director of Photography on the band’s “Sweet Child o’Mine”, “Paradise City” and “Welcome to the Jungle” rock videos.

“On this one, we created a kind of post-apocalyptic future, where people are starved for music,” says Burberry. “We end up underground in this dark, deserted power plant bunker, where Slash and the band are mesmerizing an audience. When I found out that we were doing the conversion with PassmoreLab, I thought that environment was perfect for 3D.”

PassmoreLab began work on the project in May, and found the underground setting of the video was actually quite demanding. The conversion took about four weeks to complete, using PassmoreLab’s proprietary conversion technology.

“It’s edgy, dark and fast — everything you would expect from Slash,” said Steve Glum, PassmoreLab’s head of Branding & Distribution. “Everybody in the video is hypnotized by this murky hunger for rock n roll, and the quick camera cuts, sweeping movement, and low lighting gave us a real conversion challenge. But the final 3D product is very cool.”

SLASH hit the charts on April 6. Featuring an incredible lineup of rockers and vocalists like Kid Rock, Dave Grohl, Myles Kennedy, Fergie, Adam Levine, Chris Cornell, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, and more, the album has been critically-acclaimed all over the world.

“We were very excited to do it,” continued Glum. “If you are going to produce an artist’s 3D rock video, Slash is definitely on the top of that list.”
SLASH is Slash’s first album as a solo artist, having previously recorded and toured most recently with Velvet Revolver from 2003-2008. One of the most recognizable rockers of all time, with his signature top hat, he is also critically recognized as one of the all-time best guitarists ever to play. In August 2009, Time Magazine ranked him #2 on its list of the 10 Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time.

Always on the cutting-edge of music, art and technology, PassmoreLab has a solid background in rock and 3D music videos, working with New York garage-glam phenoms Semi Precious Weapons on the award-winning “Magnetic Baby”; with punk-rockers Osaka Popstar & the American Legends of Punk on “Wicked World”, with Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar on “Loud”, and LA art noir group Miss Derringer on “Black Tears”. PassmoreLab also delved into the rock-and-roll archives of famed photographer Bob Gruen to produce the first-ever 3D conversions of images from the Rock, Punk, and New Wave eras. Working together with Gruen, PassmoreLab developed an innovative new process to convert many of Gruen’s well-known images to a format that can be viewed on stereoscopic displays.

“By The Sword, in 3D!” will be seen in VOD on various network locations in Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Japan & Canada; at the 3D Experience Entertainment & Technology Festival as the pre-roll to U23D in Times Square, New York City; and at Hard Rock Cafes in Barcelona & Madrid; additional locations to be announced.

September 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, Heavy Metal, Music, Music News, Progressive Metal, Progressive Music | Leave a comment

Montreal Band Karmadoza pays tribute to The B-52s

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Paying great homage to the “world’s greatest party” band but forgoing the bouffant hairdos, progressive band Karmadoza’s latest album – “K-52s – A Tribute to The B-52s” – is chock full of splendid songs from the new wave rock pioneers The B-52s.  Karmadoza features a collection of Montreal’s hip accomplished musicians:  Guitarist Stéphane Vigeant (Floating Widget, Madking Ludwig, Groovy Aardvark), Vocalist Vicky Martel (Vénus 3, Killing Venus), Guitarist François Legendre (Paranoland, Groovy Aardvark, Lumberjack), Drummer Raphaël Corbeil (Madking Ludwig), and Bassist/Vocalist Vincent Peake (Kosmos, Floating Widget, Groovy Aardvark, Grim Skunk).

     Karmadoza’s eleven song album – currently available for download through www.emusic.com – features The B-52s classics of their signature anthem 52 Girls, Lava, and 6060-842 from their kitschy self-titled debut album.  Karmadoza’s 52 Girls version rivals that of the Offspring’s cover.  The rhythm section really savages the beat.  Vicky’s melodious vocals equally match both Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson.  Vincent `a la Fred Schneider harmoniously duets with Vicky, keeping the music as amusing as it should be.  The more psychedelic Private Idaho, Dirty Back Road, Strobe Light, and Give Me Back My Man – a campy song about a woman losing her “man” to a man-eating shark – from the “Wild Planet album”.  Karmadoza exhibit these absurd renditions in fabulous style.  My favorite cover is Channel Z, a quirky tune about a fictional radio station. 

     This album is the pursuit of fun loving pop culture at its best.  Rather than being nostalgic, the usually rock/metal influenced Karmadoza modernizes The B-52s sound without imitating it.  Their purpose is pure; the quality is inventive.  It’s a fresh, liberating musicianship as opposed to cheesy pop-tart art.  If The B-52s welded punk rock into new wave, then Karmadoza transformed new wave back into punk rock. 

     To find out more, please visit Karmadoza’s Myspace page at www.myspace.com/karmadoza.

 

Click here for a free download of “52 Girls”  http://www.karmadoza.com/K52/52_Girls.mp3
Enjoy!

October 27, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll, Heavy Metal, Music, Music News, Progressive Metal, Progressive Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Kosmic Konnection – Kosmos Premiere Album Reviewed

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KOSMOS

Kosmos – a new project by Voivod drummer Michel “Away” Langevin – is dedicated to progressive music at its psychedelic best. Both friends and musicians, these guys must have launched together in the spaceship that traveled them back to atomic punk. All of them – experienced in their art – give them license to explore the genre further. Joining Away on his space odyssey is the flamboyant hip swiveling JetPhil giving us his smoky groove guitar playing, the omnipresent Vincent Peake providing his rocket-fueled bass, and Alex Crow, guitar extraordinaire and electrically-talented keyboardist.

Dedicated to Denis “Piggy” D’amour, Voivod’s singular guitarist, who succumbed to colon cancer in August 2005, the album’s 12 songs are each chock full of bizarre distortions set to the maximum level taking you on a time traveling journey. The first song, which happens to be my favorite, Psycho has flavors of 70s prog rock bands such as Yes and Rush. JetPhil captures Jeff Beck’s guitar sounds at his best and Alex Crow channels Rick Wakeman in this whirlwind ride. Dreams remind me of a lullaby high on laser beams while Grand Grizou flies the spaceship to the next galaxy. The space-induced whispers of Yawa leads into the cosmic shaman sounding Indu Kush complete with Indian chants and featuring Away’s notoriously thunderous drumming.

This mostly instrumental album also has a couple of tunes with vocals. The Mark Bolan-style bluesy Much Too Old featuring Xavier Caféϊne on vocals and the poetic spaced-out Amerique Innavouable showcasing Vince Peake’s incredible bass grooves. Krautrock is a generous tribute to all the Kraut rock bands like Hawkwind, Zombi, and Monster Magnet. Finishing the tour is rocket-fueled Septial and Mess Noire – a 70’s grooved song that’ll have you up and dancing wondering what happened to Be-ins.

The best thing about Kosmos is the dream journey they unwittingly take you on – letting you forget the troubles of today and finding a future in your tomorrows. Close your eyes and keep believing.

Please visit their website at www.myspace.com/kosmostheband.

October 15, 2007 Posted by | Heavy Metal, Music, Music News, Progressive Metal, Progressive Music | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Featured Band – The Asylum

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THE ASYLUM – Hot Arizona Metal 

Looking for a great sound with an innovative crunch and ferocious complexity?  You’ll have that with The Asylum – an up and coming Phoenix-based heavy metal band.  Self-described as emotional, powerful, heavy and aggressive, The Asylum certainly live up to their expectations.  Reminiscent of old Metallica and Megadeth, they effectively break the sound barrier of mainstream metal.

Formed in the summer of 2005, the lineup consists of Jason Kendall’s spine chilling vocals, Vince LuPone’s faster than the speed of light guitar playing, Gerard Burick’ assailing thunderous bass and Dan Edwards’ head banging drums.

Recorded in Vince’s home studio, their debut album Closer to the Evil contains 11 songs of intense magnitude.  You can listen to a sampler at www.myspace.com/theasylummetalband.com.  The album starts with the riveting “This War Ends” which showcases each member’s talents.  Jason’s vocals sound like a pumped up Rob Zombie.  Mellower “Torn Apart” is The Asylum’s powerhouse ballad – metal style.  The album finishes with “Boundaries” a nine minute thought-provoking piece.  Lyrics are challenging with opalescent rendering.

The Asylum is currently touring Arizona, California, Nevada, and New Mexico with a few dates at the legendary Whiskey a Go-Go in Los Angeles.  Make an effort to join Jason Kendall in lacing up your straight jackets and go see them live.  Tickets are available for the Whiskey shows at their MySpace page.  

The Asylum – “This War Ends” live at the Whisky a Go Go

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Current tour dates are as follows:

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Upcoming Shows ( view all )

Aug 10 2007 9:00P
Andersons Fifth Estate Scottsdale, Arizona
Aug 15 2007 10:30P
Whisky a Go Go Los Angeles, California
Aug 24 2007 10:30P
Alice Cooperstown Phoenix, Arizona
Sep 28 2007 11:15P
Whisky a Go Go Los Angeles, California
Oct 27 2007 11:00P
Club Red Tempe, Arizona

 Please visit their websites at www.TheAsylumFans.net or www.myspace.com/theasylummetalband.com.

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July 23, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll, Heavy Metal, Music, Progressive Metal, Progressive Music | Leave a comment