Led Zeppelin is planning to develop a way to stream recordings of the band’s live shows online for fans to listen to and watch, a trademark filing by the band’s lawyers suggests.
A trademark filing submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office this week and seen by LedZepNews states that the band wants to trademark the term “The Led Zeppelin Experience” for the purpose of “providing non-downloadable prerecorded music on-line via a global computer network.”
The trademark filing specifically refers to live audio recordings, not studio albums, indicating that the band is exploring the idea of releasing live shows online for fans to stream.
The filing comes after Jimmy Page said in an interview in February that he had plans to continue releasing Led Zeppelin material over the next 10 years.
“There’s a lot of stuff to come out, a number of releases,” Page told Planet Rock Magazine. “I’d like to say that they’ll be coming out over the next 10 years. There’s more to come for sure.”
It’s common for companies to file trademark and patent applications for various ideas that never result in a finished product, but Led Zeppelin appears to be very serious about “The Led Zeppelin Experience.”
LedZepNews reported in April that the band has already trademarked the phrase in the UK and Europe, but its application in the US was provisionally rejected. The band then hired a new, US-headquartered company which submitted new information about Led Zeppelin’s plans for the trademark.
The patent includes some similar phrases to a filing earlier this year for a streaming service for Prince’s music. That filing in the UK sought to trademark “Paisley Park” for the purpose of “providing non-downloadable prerecorded music” online, just like the Led Zeppelin filing.
The new filing includes the following description of the areas that the band wishes to trademark “The Led Zeppelin Experience” under:
“Entertainment services, namely, live audio performances by musical groups, live musical performances, live visual and audio performances by a musical group, live vocal performances by musical bands, theatrical and concert production; musical entertainment services, namely, recording, production and post-production services in the field of music, presenting live musical performances, providing non-downloadable prerecorded music on-line via a global computer network, providing live vocal performances by musical bands; publication of printed matter; production and distribution of television shows, motion picture films, video recordings and audio recordings.”
The band has also asked to trademark that phrase for the production of branded clothing, specifically “t-shirts, jackets, pants, underwear, sweaters, shirts, ties, skirts, socks, scarves, shorts, dresses, belts; headgear, namely, hats and caps; footwear.”
Jason Bonham was asked to change the name of his band
Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, revealed in February that he was asked to change the name of his band because Led Zeppelin wants to use “The Led Zeppelin Experience” for a future project.
Bonham was interviewed by KSHE 95 which asked him why he changed his band name from “Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience” to “Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.”
“They have plans for the terminology, Led Zeppelin Experience. And I was like, ‘Um, okay, but I need to keep the logo, JBLZE.’ One, I have the tag on my car, and two, I have a huge backdrop that I paid for last year. For me it’s about the music. So the name of it — I just wanted to keep the logo. So I said, ‘I got it. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.’ I don’t know what they have planned, but I said, ‘Okay, I will clear the way so they can do what they wish.'”