Robert Plant Throws More Gasoline Onto the Fire


Every time the subject of Led Zeppelin's fifth or sixth "reunion" comes up, Robert Plant says that he doesn't want to do it. Then, you hear some complaints from Jimmy Page. I'm sure that John Paul Jones has something to say and someone probably writes it down. Oh well.

The band reformed and played an awful set in 1985 at Live Aid. Plant and Page got together in the 1990s and recorded an album and went on a tour. Led Zeppelin reformed to play Ahmet Ertegun's tribute concert in 2007. They got together and played live at the O2 Arena. I'm sure there were other "reunions" and whatnot but that's what I can remember.

At some point, you have to conclude that they have reformed and played live and done their bit. They may be leaving a billion dollars on the table, but they are in a position to do so because Plant, at least, doesn't care what's on the table anymore. He knows that every time he says something, someone will go crazy.

In other words, Robert Plant is trolling everyone, and having a laugh at the expense of people who weren't there for the previous reunions. He may have it in the back of his mind to clear 2017 and play 20 shows. Who knows?

It's done. If it happens, it happens. So what?

Record Store Day Has Been Ruined By Touts


What a shame:
Paul Weller has said that he won't be taking part in Record Store Day in the future after seeing his 2014 release sold online at vastly inflated prices.

Weller put out a one-off 7-inch, 'Flame Out', for this year's Record Store Day, which took place on Saturday (April 19). As with a majority of other releases this year, copies of the record appeared on eBay later that same day while other fans complained of the release being sold out as soon as record shops opened their doors.

Addressing the issue on his official website, Weller attacks the "touts" selling the limited edition Record Store Day releases and states that the online sale of records "goes against the whole philosophy" behind the annual event.

"I agree with all of you who have sent messages expressing your anger and disappointment at the exploitation of these "limited editions" by touts," Weller writes. "Apart from making the record, the rest has very little to do with me but I am disheartened by the whole thing and unfortunately I won't be taking part in Record Store Day again."

These are the same people who are selling Kate Bush tickets online at vastly inflated prices as well. It is the responsibility of the sellers--the actual record stores being helped by the releases put out by artists like Paul Weller--to limit sales and make certain that they are not sold off before the shop opens. The very people who need actual sales to actual fans on a regular basis are undercutting that reality through their own greed and stupidity. And we know how it goes--the records are sold beforehand and posted so as to maximize profits and the people who actually go into the actual record store are left empty handed.

How hard is it to not ruin something good?

Oxegen 2014 Has Been Cancelled


A bummer for people who want to see live music outdoors in Ireland...
Ireland's Oxegen festival has been cancelled.

The event was due to take place in County Kildare this year, though no act or dates had been announced prior to the cancelation.

A short statement published on the festival's website today (April 21) confirms that the even has been cancelled with a lack of headline acts and financial issues both to blame.

The statement issued by organisers MCD reads: "It is with regret that MCD announce that Oxegen will not take place this year due to lack of suitable headline acts which combined with the financial demands by local agencies make it no longer viable to stage the Festival in its current form."
Oxegen has been held at Punchestown Racecourse every year since 2004 but took a year off in 2012.
If the money and the funding and the business plan aren't there, then you can't hold a festival. I'd be curious to see how this shakes out across Europe this summer.

All the Young Dudes Will Vote for Bez


There's just one problem with the candidacy of Bez for the English parliament.

The only people who are really going to vote for him are exactly as he is--someone who has never voted before. Why would you run for parliament thinking that the people who have never voted will suddenly start voting for you?

It makes no sense, but the NME has to publish something.