Beginning November 13, consumers will be available to download all of the band’s eight original albums from all major online music retailers, including iTunes. (Press Release)
Led Zeppelin’s decision to sell its music online coincides with the end of a fierce bidding war over the rights to administer the band’s catalog of songs, which includes the classics “Stairway to Heaven” and “Rock and Roll.” Under a separate deal the band is to receive an estimated $60 million in exchange for extending its ties to its longtime music publisher, Warner/Chappell Music, for at least 10 years, said three people briefed on the agreement, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they had not been authorized to discuss it. [NYTimes.com]
On November 13, (the same day their digital catalog is released), Rhino Records will release Mothership, a 24-track, two-disc collection of hits taken from all eight of the band’s studio albums. The set will include new liner notes from veteran Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke.
On November 20, The Song Remains The Same soundtrack gets the deluxe reissue treatment, with the band members overseeing the remixing and remastering of the original release. The new version of the soundtrack includes six songs that were not on the original release, plus new liner notes by Academy Award-winning director Cameron Crowe.
On November 26 Led Zeppelin will play a reunion concert at London’s 02 Arena. Tickets are available by ballot only and balloting is now closed.