Quick Takes: Led Zeppelin, Yes, Robert Plant, Mark Knopfler

  • Led Zeppelin will issue its first ever release for Record Store Day on April 21st, with a limited edition seven-inch single produced by Jimmy Page and pressed on yellow vinyl. The 45 r.p.m. record will feature two previously unheard studio mixes, handpicked by Page to appear on the release: the “Sunset Sound Mix” of “Rock And Roll” backed with the “Olympic Studios Mix” of “Friends.”
    • The previously unheard “Olympic Studios Mix” of “Friends” is a stripped-down version, without the orchestration of the final mix, “offering a true fly-on-the-wall feel from the band’s recording sessions for Led Zeppelin III at Headley Grange.” (Press release)


  • On March 25th, Yes will release a revamped version of its 2011 Fly From Here album. The new set, which features the Drama lineup of the band, has been renamed Fly From Here – Return Trip, and features Trevor Horn replacing the lead vocals of former frontman Benoit David. Blabbermouth reported, “Fly From Here – Return Trip also contains a previously unreleased song, ‘Don’t Take No For An Answer’ recorded in 2011, with Steve Howe on lead vocals. Additionally, the full-length version of ‘Hour Of Need’ is included. This has previously only been included as a Japanese bonus track.”
  • Keyboardist Geoff Downes said: “It’s quite amazing what Trevor has done with the album and the way it has turned out. It is most refreshing and adds a whole new dimension to the original recordings from 2011. I think the fans will appreciate it as a genuine sequel to the Drama album, and embrace it as a valuable part of our YES50 celebrations.”


  • During a recent chat with Phoenix New Times, Robert Plant revealed that he sometimes played hooky from Led Zeppelin in order to catch an all-important soccer match. Plant explained, “Leaving England when my team is doing amazingly well. . . in all my years of watching this bloody football team, I’m thinking ‘why am I on tour now?!’ There were a few times with Led Zeppelin where I mysteriously got a bad throat a few hours before the match, and was able to return to watch them play . . . and miraculously repair by the next day!”


  • Mark Knopfler is writing the music for the upcoming stage production of the 1983 Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert movie, Local Hero. The play is set to premiere set in the spring of 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. There’s been no word as to whether Knopfler — who had composed the score for the original film — is adapting the music from the previous project or creating entirely new pieces. (Best Classic Bands)
    • In addition to Dire Straits, the 33rd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class will induct the Moody Blues, the Cars, Bon Jovi, Nina Simone, and early influence gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
  • The event will take place on April 14th at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium with an edited version of the events airing at a later date on HBO.