Is Robert Plant slowly warming to the notion of another Led Zeppelin reunion? By the looks of his Sensational Space Shifters opening night setlist for his tour Down Under -- it certainly looks like it. Noise 11 reported that on March 23rd, nine of the 14 songs in Plant's show were Zeppelin classics, with Plant tackling "Heartbreaker," "Friends," "Black Dog," "Going To California," "Four Sticks," "Ramble On," "Bron Y Aur Stomp," "Whole Lotta Love," and "Rock And Roll."
Last month Robert Plant hinted that 2014 might see another revival of Led Zeppelin. During his recent appearance on Australia's 60 Minutes, he planted the seed for future band activities -- while pointing the finger at Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones for holding up ongoing Zep plans. Plant defended himself against fans believing that he's the sole holdout for new Zeppelin music and road dates, saying, "Y'know, the two other guys are Capricorns and they keep schtum. They don't say a word. But they are quite contained in their own worlds and they leave it to me. . . and I'm not the bad guy."
When reminded that the fans long believed him to be the "bad guy," Plant said, "Well then, you need to see the Capricorns -- 'cause, I've got nothing to do in 2014."
AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams has told BackstageAxxess.com in a new interview that guitarists Malcolm and Angus Young are currently writing songs for the legendary Australian band's next album. But Williams said that there's still a long way to go, explaining, "(There is) nothing in the works right now (as far as recording). We're still getting over the last tour, so we're just hanging out and doing stuff. The guys are writing material and when they've got some stuff together, they'll give us a holler."
Asked how the band's creative process works, Williams said, "(Angus and Malcolm) get a bunch of ideas together. Some are more together than others -- and then we'll all hit the studio or a little rehearsal room and we'll kick it around with a producer. And then we get in a studio and record, and that's kind of how it runs.".
AC/DC's last album, Black Ice, was released in 2008 and was followed by a nearly two-year world tour.
Malcolm Young told Classic Rock magazine last year, "I've been doing some jamming on some song ideas but I do that all the time, as do the rest of the band . . . I think we need a couple of years to recuperate and work on it a bit more."
Ozzy Osbourne told Australia's Rip It Up in a new interview that he would love to collaborate with British singing star Adele before he dies. Asked about the possibility of Black Sabbath producer Rick Rubin, who also produced Adele's last record, arranging some sort of session together, Ozzy replied, "I'd die a happy man, I think she's f***ing great. She's not f***ing botox-faced, she's a normal, healthy girl who speaks in her native accent."
Ozzy may not have time for many collaborations in the months ahead, as Sabbath gears up for the June release of 13, the first Sabbath effort in 35 years with Ozzy singing.
The band is preparing to tour the world in support of the new disc this year, although Ozzy said that guitarist Tony Iommi's recent battle with cancer has affected the way the group intends to hit the road.
Ozzy explained, "Tony's fine, but he can only go out on the road for six weeks at a time as he has to have infusions or some s*** for his immune system. I was amazed that during his chemotherapy he was still writing songs."
Sabbath will release 13 on June 11th, with Ozzy, Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler joined on the CD by Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk. Sabbath will launch its world tour next month in New Zealand, Australia and Japan, with North American dates to follow in July and August.
Ozzy revealed to Rip It Up that he briefly went vegan in 2012, saying, "I tried it, but I didn't last more than a week or two . . . How can the guy who bit the head off several creatures suddenly turn full circle and now live on vegetables? That doesn't sound right. I was Satan last week, now I'm on some f***ing do-it-yourself gardening experience."
Ozzy also admitted that he has never allowed himself to forget his dirt-poor upbringing and childhood in England's West Midlands, explaining, "If I'm passing I frequently go back to my old house and sit on the doorstep for half an hour in the middle of the night. I'll be going from Liverpool down the M6 and I'll pull off in Aston for the memories. I can remember sitting on that step when I was a kid wondering what I'd be when I was a man."
The rumors continue to swell regarding what shape the Rolling Stones' 2013 shows will take. According to the latest word being whispered in industry and fan circles is that the band will be hitting the road sometime in the spring -- with Examiner.com posting that the newly formed Virgin Live and Paul Dainty's Dainty Group will handle publicizing the shows. Pollstar reported that the still-unannounced shows would reportedly be limited to 18 concerts "including multiple nights in select cities."
Kasabian's Sergio "Serge" Pizzorno may have given out the first clue as to where one of those shows might take place when he spoke MTV News about his band's spot at this summer's Glastonbury Festival: "I hope ours is the most talked about performance of the weekend, but that would be a miracle because the Rolling Stones are playing Glastonbury." Ron Wood has gone on record as saying he's personally pushing the band to play the annual UK festival.
Eric Clapton says that he will quit touring when he reaches 70 in 2015. Clapton, who kicks off his next string of North American dates on March 14th in Phoenix, Arizona, explained his decision to Rolling Stone, saying, "The bit onstage, that's easy. If I could do that around my neighborhood, that would be great. You have guys in Texas that play their circuit, and it keeps them alive. But for me, the struggle is the travel. And the only way you can beat that is by throwing so much money at it that you make a loss. So the idea is I'm taking a leaf out of JJ (Cale)'s book: When I'm 70, I'll stop. I won't stop playing or doing one-offs, but I'll stop touring, I think."