September 24, 2012 in Nation/World

Led Zeppelin tout concert film

From Wire Reports
 

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It was words and not music as the surviving original members of Led Zeppelin, singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones, held a news conference Friday in London to launch “Celebration Day.”

The film records the band’s performance at a concert at London’s O2 arena in December 2007 – their first live show together in 27 years.

The movie captures the 1970s hard rock heroes – joined by Jason Bonham, son of the late original drummer John Bonham – looking relaxed and sounding confident as they powered through hits including “Kashmir,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “ Stairway to Heaven.”

“Celebration Day” will be released in theaters around the world Oct. 17 and on DVD Nov. 19.

Beav’s brother now an abstract artist

He is, and likely forever will be, best known as good old Wally Cleaver, the big brother who had to bail out a goofball sibling facing one dilemma after another on the classic TV series “Leave it to Beaver.”

For the past dozen years, though, Tony Dow has been carving out a new career, as a sculptor with pieces that have shown at numerous venues, including what is arguably the world’s premier art museum – the Louvre in Paris.

Dow, 67, began sculpting more than 30 years ago when he was still acting and directing. He laughs when he remembers the day 12 years ago when he decided it was time to take the leap from acting to sculpting. He was up for a role in a TV show and a 28-year-old executive asked, “Have you ever done comedy before,” recalls Dow, co-star of one of the most classic TV comedies in history.

“Well, I sort of looked at him and I thought, ‘Hmmm, maybe it is time for me to retire. Maybe it is time to take the art seriously.’ ”

The birthday bunch

Actress Sheila MacRae is 88. Singer Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers) is 70. News anchor Lou Dobbs is 67. Actor Gordon Clapp (“NYPD Blue”) is 64. Actor Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules: Legendary Journeys”) is 54. Actress-writer Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) is 50. Actor Kyle Sullivan (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 24.


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