Robert Plant has been to Milwaukee numerous times since Led Zeppelin made its Brew City debut at State Fair Park on July 25, 1969 at the Mid-West Rock Festival, but when he comes back this spring, he'll play the most intimate venue he's ever graced here.
They might not have Robert Plant's flowing golden locks or Jimmy Page's signature "windmill" guitar moves, but Milwaukee band No Quarter, formed in 1998, brought Led Zeppelin's music to fans with an intensity and passion on Friday night at Shank Hall.
The genre of classic rock sparks love in people's lives from either growing up in its prime or having the musical influences bestowed upon them by others. Both types were in the crowd that gathered at The Pabst Theater last night for The Classic Rock Show.
By the time we were nine songs in, I was ready to give the Barenaked Ladies a solid grade of "Meh," but after that, the band hit their stride. They kept up that enthusiasm, the crowd kept up theirs and the show as a whole became more entertaining.
With thousands of shows in his rear view mirror, an iconic song ("Bad to the Bone") to his credit and album sales topping 15 million worldwide, what does George Thorogood need to prove? "Absolutely nothing," Thorogood says. "I just try and keep my feet on the ground ... as opposed to going in the ground!" During our chat, Thorogood and I also talked about his musical influences, opening for the Rolling Stones and more.
CD sales have plummeted this year -- as have digital downloads -- in the face of streaming music. But labels are still churning out deluxe CD reissues. Are you opening your wallet to pay for the extras?
What do the perfect sized grill basket, Led Zeppelin vinyl and True Detective have in common? They are all in this week's #WeWant!
As Record Store Day and its accompanying vinyl avalanche nears, and as talk has turned to McCartney concerts and a reissue of "Wings Over America," I've found myself transported to the dawn of my vinyl obsession.
Bombastic and epic, while at the same time folky, bluesy and mind-bendingly mystical, the recorded music of Led Zeppelin has become the '70s iteration of classical music. More than a tribute band, Get The Led Out has been working to capture the essence of Zeppelin's catalog and bring it to the stage for the past decade.
The weathered roadie types clamoring for a lasting Led Zeppelin reunion and the soccer moms who fell in love with Robert Plant's Grammy Award-winning collaboration with bluegrass-country singer Allison Krauss all had reason to smile at his Monday night show at the Riverside.
On Jan. 28, 2008, three guys got together to talk about guitars. While it happens every day all over the world, this meeting was different. The three men were The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White, and that meeting was captured on film by "An Inconvenient Truth" director Davis Guggenheim. The resulting picture, "It Might Get Loud," arrives in Milwaukee this month.
With all due respect to Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, we're not claiming to have discovered Led Zeppelin this week. We do, however, recommend a great book about the iconic band. We also talk about a tasty and healthy snack, a delicious (and probably unhealthy) fast-food treat, a great firewood delivery service, a versatile vehicle and an exciting event slated for Saturday on the Milwaukee River.
Long after I began to ignore the Grammys, which usually eschews quality music in favor commercial success, I awoke this morning to hear that Alison Krauss and Robert Plant swept the place clean last night.
This morning I spent some time with Bruce Cole, and he told me about his experiences meeting Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton when one of his bands opened for Cream at The Scene Downtown in the late `60s and then he briefly met Jimmy Page in 1969 in West Allis.
This week, Anjl and Marilynn address whether or not "Seinfeld" is the all-time best show on TV.