“The next project that I’m trying to initiate,” Dave Grohl once said, “involves me on drums, Josh Homme on guitar, and John Paul Jones playing bass. That’s the next album. That wouldn’t suck.”
Right, it probably wouldn’t suck, but it would just take a while — years — to come to fruition from when he first said it.
If indeed it has! I’m getting ahead of myself. But it’s looking like, uh, it has.
Fronting the Foo Fighters only scrapes the surface as to who this guy is and what Grohl has been capable of. Once known only as the drummer throughout all of Nirvana’s major success, this guy has revealed himself to be a primo singer and guitarist, savvy songwriter and ambitious collaborator.
Grohl never did make a secret of his desire to take John Bonham’s place in a reunited Led Zeppelin, and when given the chance to work with — or even just hang with — anybody from that group, he has repeatedly taken it.
(Right, who wouldn’t? Maybe the emphasis is more on the fact that he has been given those chances more often than just about anybody else in recent memory. Some would say this guy deserves it.)
And now that the name Dave Grohl has been blurted out online as one of two people working with Jones on a project that would see them releasing an album and going on tour, it seems to be a perfectly logical conclusion — if not a convenient one.…
Unconfirmed rumors have it that a new legitimate, official release from Led Zeppelin is in the works. It would be the long-awaited video of Led Zeppelin’s reunion concert, staged on Dec. 10, 2007, at the O2 arena in London.
At that concert, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jason Bonham performed a two-hour stage show of Led Zeppelin material. There has been no official announcement of a DVD release, but rumors suggest such a release is forthcoming, with a possible shelf date much later this year.
Meanwhile, a new interview with producer Kevin Shirley about his past work on Led Zeppelin projects contains an overall discouraging view on the prospect of any future live releases of performances from the original Led Zeppelin era.
LedZeppelinNews.com contributor Wyatt Brake picks up the story with his own observations, originally posted to the discussion groups Royal Orleans and For Badgeholders Only:
There are several discouraging aspects to this interview.
- The Zeppelin camp (at least as of 2002-2003) thought they had tons of live recordings to sift through in preparation for public release, and they (mistakenly) believed that these recordings were being adequately stored over the past 20+ years.
- Kevin Shirley, who is now the Zepsters’ go-to guy when it comes to this stuff (’03 DVD/HTWWW/Unledded/TSRTS) has declared to the members that ‘there really isn’t that much there’ because the performances are unworthy of release. That’s obviously a judgment call from a guy they now trust, and the judgment seems unlikely to be reversed because there’s little desire – apparently even on Page’s part – to delve in and determine if they agree with that determination.
Grammy-nominated recording engineer Dave Rideau sat recently with producer Kevin “The Caveman” Shirley at his aptly named studio, The Cave, located in Malibu, California.
In the interview for Solid State Logic, Shirley opens up about his career and his recording methods, including working on Led Zeppelin’s digital-era releases and discs from current supergroup Black Country Communion.
The resulting 39-minute interview has been published in three parts on YouTube.…