Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” Unfolds in Jimmy Page’s Story of this Extraordinary Rock’n’Roll Ballad

Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is Explained by Jimmy Page in How the Most Played Rock Song was Created

By Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Creative Magazine

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most culturally rich areas in the world, and arguably, the location of the birth of the Rock’n’Roll Music Scene, I was an avid listener of Rock’n’Roll Radio Music. As a young kid, and after receiving my first single (45 rpm record) from my cousin Mario, the Rolling Stones Satisfaction, I was hooked. I must of played that record 1000 times and enjoyed it more each and every time it took a spin on my small square record player – you know, the one with a plastic arm and solo speaker in the box below the actual turn table. I was proud to be a cool kid in the Bay Area in the 70’s, we had it all. There was Winterland, The Fillmore West, the Avalon Ballroom, Carlos Santana, Journey, Big Brother with Janis Joplin, the Jefferson Airplane and so many more, and of course the man who kept it all moving forward, Bill Graham.

Bill brought bands from all over the world to San Francisco. He was a visionary that nobody in the industry could keep up with, I personally believe that was a big part of Bill’s early success. He took his company (BGP – Bill Graham Presents) and the industry by storm and rolled over it like a giant bat out of hell. After all, it was a vicious business and Bill had the persona built into him to naturally be a tough leader in a crazy industry and do what he had to do, not only to survive but to thrive. BGP brought Led Zeppelin to San Francisco a day after Bill’s birthday in 1969. They played 8 shows from January 9th through the 12th, and fans who experienced at least one of those shows say it was some of the bands best playing ever!

Three days after my 10th birthday Led Zeppelin played their very first concert in the United States, a show in the Denver Auditorium Arena – what’s now part of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The band played a short unannounced set and floored everyone in arena. It didn’t take a genius to realize they were going to be a huge success. As time went by the band built up its music repertoire which included many classics, but none like the most played rock song ever, STAIRWAY To HEAVEN.

Stairway is a phenomenal piece of music, a genius in songwriting, with some incredible Celtic Folk undertones and an incredible array of orchestral crescendos. So have you ever wondered how did Zeppelin’s guitarist Jimmy Page come to create this great work? Listen to his story, from the man himself in the above video. Page refers to the use of recorders in the song’s intro to give it a “slightly medieval feel.” Page mentions how the Multi-instrumentalist, Led Zeppelin’s bass player, John Paul Jones had the idea for the recorders and played them himself. This is one of the best interviews I have seen of the legendary Jimmy Page.

As I previously mentioned, I was an avid fan of the Radio and listened constantly to all types of formats. It was rare to not hear Stairway to Heaven being played somewhere, if not on the radio. It became so prevalent to me that I would jokingly bet my friends a couple bucks here and there that this brilliant piece of music was probably the most played song on radio. Of course they always challenged me to this wager considering we couldn’t prove it either way. Then one day, in the presence of one of my gambling buddies, while listening to KSAN, Jive 95 Radio, the announcer made the claim while introducing his cued up song, “Unequivocally the most played song on the radio today, Led Zeppelin’s Stairway Heaven”. I stretched out my hand as he laid a 10 spot in it, I snatched it up and took my buddies for a Coney Dog to the local A&W. I’m sure you’ll never guess what song was playing on the Jukebox as we walked into the Root Beer palace? Yep, you guessed it, Stairway to Heaven! We laughed in sync, and I think that day we all probably had one of our best Coney’s ever.

EnPlug Wins Big at CES 2015

Enplug – CES LaunchIt Startup Competition Winner

By Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine
When was the last time you used your smartphone to interact with any display located in Concert Halls, Hotels, Nightclub, Bars, Restaurants, Airports, Gyms, Arenas or anywhere? I’m sure the answer is never, or close to it. If Enplug, the software powerhouse with a product that is installed in thousands of displays in different sizes and form factors in more than 20 countries throughout the world has their way, their product will be in every single public display everywhere. Enplug is creating an international collection of displays with its public computing platform that instantly transform any monitor, TV, display of any kind into a public computer, enabling businesses to seamlessly engage with their audiences.

Enplug’s objective is to create the world’s best enterprise display software with an App Market, offering businesses the largest variety of social media marketing tools and content including live and interactive Instagram feeds, Twitter feeds, RSS and news content, real-time waitlists, and many other solutions created by third-party developers.

A businesses can download the software at Enplug.com or on the Google Play Store. Enplug also offers a mini device pre-loaded with Enplug software that can be connected to any display via HDMI. All management of the displays’ apps, content, analytics, and settings are in the Enplug Control, available on iOS, Android and also as a web based product.

Some of Enplug’s existing customers include Dave & Buster’s, Silicon Valley Bank, BMW, Marriott, Crossfit gyms, and several hundred companies worldwide.

Visit this unique public computing platform and see why everyone’s excited about www.Enplug.com

Santa is Coming to Town – SANTACON That is

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By Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine
 

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A phenomena that has been sweeping the country over the last few years is an event called Santa Con. A gathering of Santa Claus wanna-bees who gather at a popular location in several US cities to showoff their Santa’s garb and enjoy some bubbly of sorts.

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Santa Con will converge on San Francisco the weekend on December 15, at Union Square. Here are some images from previous Santa Cons in New York and San Francisco for your enjoyment.

 

 

San Francisco’s Ridesharing Company Lyft Takes Off in 24 New Cities in 1 Day

As much as I am a huge fan of Sidecar and have even supported the SF Cabbie Community, and regardless of how anyone might feel about Lyft or their funky pink moustache, you cannot deny that this above commercial is perfectly produced and compelling to say the least! I would even venture to say it is CLEO material.

Lyft becomes the #1 Ridesharing TNC in the United States and promises to expand into International waters very soon.

Global Winter Wonderland Brightens up Sacramento for the Holidays

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Global Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo

Global Winter Wonderland in Sacramento beginning November 22nd, 2014

By Nolan Apostle
Producer & Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

The Global Winter Wonderland arrives in Sacramento on November 22nd, 2014 at the Cal Expo grounds. It promises to dazzle any audience with it’s plethora of lights and colors so magnificent that only the heavens above can match it’s beauty.
Global Winter Wonderland is a spectacular holiday festival and multi-cultural celebration featuring:

Awe-inspiring illuminated landscapes from around the world including the Global Village, Holiday Fun, Dinosaur Maze, and the Enchanted Forest.

Two stages of entertainment – including Global Winter Wonderland’s Circus of Light

Delicious international cuisine

Full carnival with family and thrill rides

Photos with Santa and holiday shopping

Multi-cultural Theme Days featuring specific cultures’ traditional customs

For details on the show and to purchase tickets you can call (866) 251-6700

Global Winter Wonderland runs from NOV 22, 2014 – JAN 4, 2015

At the CAL EXPO in SACRAMENTO

Visit http://www.globalwonderland.com/ for all show details.

EARLIEST KNOWN ’63 BATMOBILE UP FOR AUCTION

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By Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor & Producer
Event City Premier Magazine

Have you heard? Want to buy the original Batmobile? Well hold on a minute we have something old, but new for you. You know, just like there are new models of vehicles that come on the market from time to time in order to keep up with the times; well now’s the time for that new Batmobile or should we say Batmobiles. A selection of different models each with new technologies and uniqueness of the Batman movie. I’m sure Adam West is just rolling his eyes about now, and his Boy Wonder sidekick is shouting out a huge, “Holy Whitewalls Batman”!
On that note, we have found the true to life, real, original classic Batmobile will be auctioned very soon. This particular model has been customized and built to look exactly like the one found in the original Batman comic book series. This piece of super hero, comic book history, will cost you a pretty penny of at least $90,000, that’s if there are no other bidders of this super clean machine. 
Heritage Auctions house, the company managing this auction event, has announced that this particular model Batmobile was customized in 1960 by 23-year-old Forrest Robinson, he finished this fabrication in 1963. The above photo shows this model and they claim it is the earliest known officially licensed 1963 Batmobile, where he built it by hand from a 1956 Oldsmobile. Then two years later, George Barris customized the Batmobile for “Batman” the TV series. So why is this such a big deal? It doesn’t take a super bat to realize that this particular Batmobile from 1963 is truly the Batman fans biggest collectors item as it is to be the “earliest known car in existence that was sanctioned by a DC Comics licensee.” Additionally it is the car that started the entire Batmania craze in the early 60’s. 
After the TV series was retired and Batmania died down, Forrest sold the car for $200. It lay abandoned in a New Hampshire field for almost fifty years. This beautiful, stylish work of art remained a long-forgotten piece of American Pop Culture until it was literally dug up. The car was eventually purchased by Toy Car Exchange LLC and transported to Borbon Fabrications in Sacramento, CA, a company that specializes in vintage car restorations. 
This auction will take place via the Internet and bidding is set to commenced this December 5th at 8 p.m. PST, and the auction will end on December 6th at 9 a.m. PST. If you end up placing the winning bid on this fabulous piece of history, you will need to hop in your Batcopter to come to Northern California to pick it up .
PLEASE NOTE:
This car will NOT be on display at Heritage’s Dallas office as it is currently being stored in Northern California. All serious inquires who would like to see the car in Northern California, may contact Margaret Barrett at (310) 492-8631 to make arrangements.

If you are the successful bidder, it will be your responsibility to retrieve the car from Northern California yourself. Heritage Auctions will NOT be responsible for shipping this car to you.

CHRYSLER Builds A Futuristic Automobile – NOW

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Nolan Apostle
Producer and Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

November 14, 2014

An incredible new type of automobile is being designed and built by the Daimler Chrysler Company and is destined to change how the world drives cars. Here’s a sneak peak at the future of the automotive industry.

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