Now if anything gives us a feel for the enduring popularity of Led Zeppelin, this is it.
XM Satellite Radio is set to launch a new channel dedicated to the music of rock legends Led Zeppelin. Here’s the official word from XM:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DEDICATED LED ZEPPELIN CHANNEL TO LAUNCH EXCLUSIVELY ON XM BEGINNING NOVEMBER 8
“XM LED: The Led Zeppelin Channel” To Feature U.S. Premiere of “The Song Remains the Same” Reissue with Previously Unreleased Material, Interviews with Led Zeppelin and More
Washington, D.C., November 7, 2007 – XM Radio will launch a new channel dedicated to the music of rock icons Led Zeppelin on November 8, it was announced today. The new channel, “XM LED: The Led Zeppelin Channel”
(XM 59), will feature the band’s complete audio catalog, interviews with band members and other unique content that celebrates the musical contributions of Led Zeppelin. On the day the channel launches XM will also offer the U.S. premiere of the forthcoming re-issued two-disc soundtrack for the band’s landmark concert film “The Song Remains the Same,” which features six previously unreleased songs from Led Zeppelin’s 1973 Madison Square Garden shows.
XM’s U.S. premiere of “The Song Remains the Same” soundtrack reissue will air in its entirety at 12 midnight ET on November 8 with encore broadcasts airing all day to kick off “XM LED.”
“With this channel, XM has curated the comprehensive Led Zeppelin experience,” said Eric Logan, executive vice president of programming, XM. “Often cited as a primary influence for a who’s who of modern day musicians, Led Zeppelin is one of the most important rock acts from the last half-century and ‘XM LED’ will provide fans with the sounds and insights that have made them such enduring rock icons.”
The launch of “XM LED” is the first of several highly-anticipated milestones for Led Zeppelin. In addition to the re-release of “The Song Remains the Same” soundtrack and DVD, the band is also issuing “Mothership,” a 24-track re-mastered career retrospective; making its entire musical catalog available digitally; and taking to the stage for a reunion performance headlining the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute concert in London.
Led Zeppelin is one of music’s most celebrated rock bands. They produced some of the greatest albums in recording history and are constantly considered amongst the greatest popular musicians of all time, both collectively and individually. The band formed in 1968 from the then recently disbanded group “The Yardbirds,” when guitarist Jimmy Page brought in Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones and began touring as “The New Yardbirds” before changing their name to Led Zeppelin.
In 1969, their self-titled debut album was released and is regarded as one of the pivotal records in the creation of heavy rock. They have sold over 300 million albums worldwide and, in 1995, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“XM LED” will be available through May 8, 2008. XM’s Lou Brutus will serve as program director for the channel.