Unreleased Led Zeppelin music with John Paul Jones on vocals discovered

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Robert Plant joked that the bassist is trying to bribe him so they aren’t ever put out

Robert Plant has discovered some previously unreleased Led Zeppelin music, some of which features the band’s bassist John Paul Jones on vocals.

Speaking to BBC 6Music, the rocker said to Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie that he listened to the material with Jimmy Page and it is likely that the music will feature on the remastered releases of Led Zeppelin’s back catalogue, which he is currently working on.

He said: “I found some quarter-inch spools recently. I had a meeting with Jimmy and we baked ’em up and listened to ’em. And there’s some very, very interesting bits and pieces that probably will turn up on these things.” Speaking about John Paul Jones’ response to the material which features him on vocals, he joked that Jones is trying to bribe him not to release the songs. “So far, he’s going to give me two cars and a greenhouse not to get ’em on the album,” he said.

Earlier this year, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis revealed that Led Zeppelin were at the top of her dream list for future headliners for the festival. Speaking to the BBC, Eavis was asked if there was a Post-it note on her fridge with her dream list written on. “Yeah, it’s on a napkin actually. On the fridge, there… We would love to have Adele. And we’d also love to have Led Zeppelin. I mean Zeppelin have got to do it haven’t they? It would be so good, wouldn’t it,” she said.

Arcade Fire surprise fans by performing on a secret stage at Brooklyn gig

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Arcade Fire – Photo: Phil Wallis

James Murphy helped to pull the wool over the eyes of the crowd at 299 Meserole in Bushwick

What a great show! We truly enjoyed this act!

Arcade Fire surprised fans at their first major gig of the year in Brooklyn, New York, by performing on a secret stage.

Though a stage was set up in the middle of the warehouse space at 299 Meserole in Bushwick, the band played their hour long set on a stage at the side of the venue which was revealed at the last minute. At 9.30pm, former LCD Soundsystem man and co-producer of the Arcade Fire’s forthcoming new album ‘Reflektor’, James Murphy appeared on stage. Speaking to cheers, he said: “We can only get three members for right now… I’d like to introduce The Reflektors.” Three musicians wearing giant papier-mâché heads then arrived onstage and played an aimless riff for a minute or so.

It soon became apparent that the real stage for the evening was at the side of the venue. Fans swarmed to the barrier on the left hand side of the room as a large black curtain dropped to reveal a large stage upon which were the members of Arcade Fire. The band burst into their recent single ‘Reflektor’, the chorus sparking off a massive singalong from the crowd, most of whom were in fancy dress.

After playing their second song, ‘Flashbulb Eyes’, frontman Win Butler said to the crowd: “Everyone good? We’re called The Reflektors. We’re from Montreal. Thank you for coming. You guys look beautiful by the way. We figured we get dressed up every night…”. Later he thanked the crowd again for coming to watch them play in a “sweaty factory”. He also apologised for the stage switch, saying to the fans who climbed onto the ‘fake’ stage after the real one was revealed: “Sorry we played a trick on you. Will you forgive us? We just thought it was funny. It won’t be the last time we do something we think is funny that no-one else does.”

The band played an hour long, 10 song set made up of eight new tracks and two older songs – ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’ and ‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’. The latter two songs were introduced as ‘cover versions’ of Arcade Fire songs. The new songs included ‘Afterlife’, which they debuted last month on Saturday Night Live, and ‘Here Comes The Night time’, which featured in their Roman Coppola directed television special of the same name, alongside ‘We Exist’ and ‘Normal Person’. The songs ‘Joan of Arc’, ‘It’s Never Over’ and ‘Flashbulb Eyes’ received their live debuts at the gig.

During the show Win Butler addressed the fact that touts were attempting to sell tickets for the sold out show for up to $5,000 online. Addressing the “whole scalper thing” he said: “As I understand it, we sold 1,800 tickets pretty much on the pre-sale, so consider that our $500 dollar gift to you… There could have been a bunch of weird scalper dudes, but I think it was pretty much humanity doing its thing.”

The band will play another show at the same venue tonight (October 19) before shows in Miami at Mekka (October 23) and the Little Haiti Cultural Center (October 24). They will then play Neil Young’s annual Bridge School benefit gig next weekend folllowed by a show at an as-yet-unnamed outdoor Los Angeles venue on October 29. The band’s fourth album ‘Reflektor’ is released on October 28.

Arcade Fire played:

‘Reflektor’
‘Flashbulb Eyes’
‘We Exist’
‘Normal Person’
‘Joan of Arc’
‘It’s Never Over’
‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’
‘Afterlife’’
‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’
‘Here Comes The Night Time’

Jake Bugg on winning this year’s Mercury Prize: ‘It doesn’t mean a whole lot to me’

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Jake Bugg has admitted that winning this year’s Mercury Music Prize is not especially important to him.

The singer’s self-titled debut LP has been nominated alongside albums by David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Disclosure, Savages and Laura Marling, among others. According to the latest odds from Paddy Power, Bugg is currently a 33/1 outsider to take home the £20,000 prize money when the winning album is announced on October 30. Disclosure are 5/2 favorites followed by Laura Mvula (3/1) and Bowie (6/1).

“It’s great to be nominated, but the Mercurys don’t mean a whole lot to me – that’s not why I make music, to get awards,” Bugg said during an interview with the Coventry Telegraph. “I make albums for people to listen to. I started writing songs in the hope they could mean something, could help someone, could inspire someone, could make someone’s day. That’s the best thing in the world for me.”

Bugg is set to release his second album, ‘Shangri La’, on November 18. The follow-up to last year’s self-titled debut is named after Rick Rubin’s Malibu studio, where the 19 year old singer-songwriter recorded the album. Rubin produced the album, and it features Jason Lader on bass, Matt Sweeney on guitar and Pete Thomas [The Attractions] on drums.

Jake Bugg – What Doesn’t Kill You

Jake Bugg embarks on a sold-out tour of the UK and Ireland next month and into November, including three dates at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on October 23, 24 and 25.

Jake Bugg will play:

Bournemouth BIC (October 19)
Plymouth Pavilions (20)
Brighton Centre (22)
London O2 Academy Brixton (23, 24, 25)
Swindon Oasis (27)
Birmingham O2 Academy (28, 29)
Glasgow O2 Academy (31, November 1)
Doncaster Dome (November 2)
Dublin Olympia Theatre (4, 5)
Manchester O2 Apollo (6)
Doncaster Dome (9)
Birmingham O2 Academy (10)
Liverpool Cavern (11)
Blackpool Empress Ballroom (12)
Manchester O2 Apollo (13)