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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Kennedy Center Honors LED ZEPPELIN - Video Of Historic Tribute Performances Available!

Yesterday (Wednesday, December 27, 2012), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honored seven individuals who received the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. Here is the list of honorees at the 35th annual national celebration of the arts:

- Bluesman Buddy Guy
- Actor and director Dustin Hoffman
- Comedian and television host David Letterman
- Ballerina Natalia Makarova
- Rock band Led Zeppelin.

While Led Zeppelin were honored as a band, keyboardist/bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page, and singer Robert Plant received the Kennedy Center Honors.

"With their extraordinary talent, creativity and tenacity, the seven 2012 Kennedy Center Honorees have contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world," said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. "Buddy Guy is a titan of the blues and has been a tremendous influence on virtually everyone who has picked up an electric guitar in the last half century; Dustin Hoffman's unyielding commitment to the wide variety of roles he plays has made him one of the most versatile and iconoclastic actors of this or any other generation; David Letterman is one of the most influential personalities in the history of television, entertaining an entire generation of late-night viewers with his unconventional wit and charm; Natalia Makarova's profound artistry has ignited the stages of the world's greatest ballet companies and continues to pass the torch to the next generation of dancers; and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant transformed the sound of rock and roll with their lyricism and innovative song structures, infusing blues into the sound of rock and roll and laying the foundation for countless rock bands."

Here is what went down during the Led Zeppelin tribute:

1) Jack Black Introduction to Led Zeppelin = 00:00-7:00
2) Foo Fighters performing Rock and Roll = 7:05-9:21
3) Kid Rock performing Babe I'm Gonna Leave You Intro into Ramble On = 9:24-11:38
4) Lenney performing Whole Lotta Love = 11:43-13:47
5) Heart W/ Jason Bonham performing Stairway To Heaven = 13:49-20:37

Watch this kickass footage here:

Legions of fans worldwide were expecting a reunion tour following LED ZEPPELIN's triumphant reunion concert at London's O2 Arena in 2007. And apparently some of the members of the band also expected the reunion tour to happen. "Some of us thought we would be continuing, that there were going to be more concerts in the not-too-distant-future," Jimmy Page told Rolling Stone Senior Writer David Fricke in the NEW issue (on stands Friday). "Because there was a lot of work being put into the show."

"He was busy," says Page. "He was doing his Alison Krauss project. I wasn't fully aware it was going to be launched at the same time. So what do you do in a situation like that? I'd been working with the other two guys for the percentage of the rehearsals at the O2. We were connecting well. The weakness was that none of us sang."

Full article HERE!

Recently, the band released their NEW concert film "Celebration Day" at the historic Ziegfeld Theater in New York's theater district on October 9. Prior to the premiere, founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, for a press conference at New York's Museum of Modern Art. Footage available HERE!

A one-minute TV commercial for "Celebration Day" can be seen HERE!

The film of "Celebration Day" saw a worldwide theatrical release by Omniverse Vision on 1,500 screens in over 40 territories on October 17.

"Celebration Day" is available now in multiple video and audio formats via Swan Song/Atlantic Records. Available for pre-order now, the details on all configurations of "Celebration Day" are listed here:

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