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  2. Robert Plant Live: Phoenix

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    Starting to really sink in the concert is only a week away!
  3. BON APPÉTIT! What Are You Eating?

    Great to see the mouth watering photos and reviews you're posting chef free! I'll have to give peach another go. Looking forward to your review on a stick or two of fig in the pit. Should we seek venture capital from Peter Thiel to foster culinary artistry restaurants featuring meats smoked with particular woods before he moves to Los Angeles?
  4. BON APPÉTIT! What Are You Eating?

    My box 'o smokin' woods (Thanks again Jabe!) The rest is almond for fuel. I chose peach. Ever since I mentioned peach wood to my smoking friends, they've all been raving about it like it was some secret they weren't going to mention until I found out for myself... Brisket for the NBA All Star game tonight and jerk wings for lunch: Got to have music and beer! Lunch, jerk smoked wings. Brown sugar, lime juice, habanero pepper, and allspice. Brisket got a nice bark, peach wood is very light and sweet. I have to figure out where to get more... Dinner before the game! Thanks Jabe!
  5. Random Thoughts v.3

    Your James Madison argument is rubbish. It's been presented and rebutted so many times here and elsewhere it's not even worth addressing. When I critique a generation, as I have, I am not referring to the superficial cultural bullshit that doesn't matter. I am referring to the capacity for critical thinking in addition to possessing essential life skills. I submit for consideration that the average truck driver circa 1976 had greater critical thinking capacity and essential life skills than today's college graduates. I didn't avoid your post regarding Japan not being a dictatorial fascist state, I simply chose not to reply to it given I fail to see how it is of interest to the majority of the forum. One of the principle points of the Second Amendment isn't that it prevents a fascist state from coming to power, it's that it equips the citizens with the wherewithal to overthrow a tyrannical government. I don't think you should debate the pros and cons of the European Union with me, for a number of reasons, not least of them being the fact that I lived in Europe for nearly 15 years. For you as an American tourist to try to educate me on this topic is as absurd as me trying to educate you on whatever goes on in your home.
  6. top 5 favorite No Quarters

    Hey, I read elsewhere that Jimmy switched to the strat for this one. Is that true? And if so, was this highly unusual for NQ? (not a guitar player lol)
  7. What show or live song are you listening to now?

    February 16, 1975 - St. Louis -- A few days behind in my annual run through the '75 tour listening to some of the first and all of the second leg on or as close to the day they happened. Oddly enough, my first time listening all the way through this show--on "Moby Dick" right now. Pretty solid show so far IMO--especially for Bonzo...man, was he ever on a roll at this point in the tour. I picked up at 2/10 Landover this year, and was he ever cooking those last five shows of the first leg! Of course, he picks up right where he left off at the start of the second leg in (presumably Houston), Baton Rouge, Ft. Worth & Dallas. Whoever says that he was conservative in '75 is basing that solely off of Earls Court, and even that probably isn't entirely accurate. Just listen to his fills in the last verse of "Heartbreaker" at the Landover show, and all throughout "Heartbreaker" at MSG two nights later--definitely closer to Europe '73 and U.S. '77 than to "playing it safe"! Back to St. Louis...I had listened to the "No Quarter" from this show before, and it certainly deserves the praise it gets. What I hadn't noticed on previous listens is that Jones really seems to be pushing the envelope in his solo and the ensuing jam, and I think it's no coincidence that this proved to be the last NQ without the grand piano; he/they probably felt that they had evolved it as far as they could with him staying on the Fender Rhodes the whole time. "In My Time Of Dying" also stood out to me from this show, perhaps predictably for a show in the South P.S. How cool is it that from 2/10 Landover onward, we can now listen to the whole tour (save and except for the missing 2/27 Houston, 3/10 San Diego & 3/12 Long Beach) in soundboard or Millard-form?!
  8. Random Thoughts v.3

    Obviously you are not very well versed regarding James Madison's own explanation and definition of the 2nd Amendment...which he himself wrote. I suggest you look that up buddy (Federalist Papers) because the 2nd Amendment, according to Madison himself, was specifically referencing a well regulated militia, and, to counter potential slave revolts. Also, if you really want to be nitpicky, it was only referencing muskets, swords, knives, and any other "arm" which existed in 1789. Regarding Millennials, they said the same shit about the Baby Boom Generation (degenerate, lazy, hippy scum), the Gen X'rs (whiny, disillusioned dopes). Every generation slams the succeeding generations and every time it is complete and utter bullshit. BTW, I like how you avoided my post regarding Japan NOT being a dictatorial fascist state despite it's extremely strict gun regulations. Regarding the EU, you are showing signs of being a "stable genius" there Steve. I have been to Europe many, many times and the very last phrase I would use to describe the counties within the EU would be "lack of freedom and government control." That is the statement of a ...what is that word again? Oh yes, Dotard. The citizens within the EU enjoy just as much, if not more freedom than the US, that is except for gun rights and the rights of religious nut jobs to seize control of the government.
  9. Random Thoughts v.3

    The Founding Fathers didn't necessarily envision, but they did codify doctrine predicated upon basic principles like inalienable rights. Dig a little bit and you'll soon see the European Union construct does not promote freedom rather government control of every aspect of daily life. The Millennials may be the future, indeed this is true, but they are also hands down the most useless, self-absorbed monsters on the face of the planet. A child will lead them? I should think it will be awfully difficult for them to lead anything from Mom's basement, unsure which bathroom to use and possessing pigeon level social and communication skills. Perseverance? Tenacity? Strength? Courage? The Millennials?! Ipman, you must be fucking joking! On this particular issue, you will never enjoy the serenity of Japan. For one thing, you already have about 350 million fire arms in circulation. For another, you have neither the homogenous, honor-based society nor the geographical advantage of being an island unto yourselves. I could go on ad infinitum, but we'll just agree to disagree out of respect for the boundaries of this discussion forum.
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  11. Random Thoughts v.3

    By God,I hope so.
  12. Random Thoughts v.3

    No,I don't claim that.I understood your post to be referring to the U.S. I comprehended it incorrectly.
  13. 2018 MLB season thread

    Ha. Ok. Judge and Stanton against the world huh? I think it was a big mistake firing Girardi. We will see. Its going to be a race. My sleeper team in all of baseball is the White Sox. They are young and upcoming. I might be a year early gauging them, but they are going to be a bitch very soon. I think the Dodgers are too good to be caught in the NL in one year. Dodgers and Cubs and and Nats. Sleeper, Brewers who just picked up Cain from Royals. I put a few futures in. Small wagers with huge returns. Example, an all Chicago series. $2 to get $999. A rematch for $5 gets you $64. The smallest. Yankees and Dodgers is getting some action. I have Orioles vs Dodgers, Cubs. White Sox to win the Central, $5 to win $140. Orioles $5 to win $75 on the division. More moves are coming. Now that Wellington Castillo is gone to the White Sox I am certain Sisco is starting for the O's
  14. He does about 90 minutes max nowadays...then an encore.
  15. BON APPÉTIT! What Are You Eating?

    You can take the kid out of a blue collar neighborhood but you can't take the blue collar out of the kid!
  16. Jimmy Page confirms 2018 release(s)

    He's Robert Plant. He'll always sell out a 2,132 seat venue in a major market. Interesting. I wouldn't cross the street to see Robert Plant with his current band, but it's quite likely I'll fly in for the UK Stones tour this summer. A good cover band probably can COVER the material quite well, but they can never claim to have BOTH written it and lived it. The performances aren't half-bad either, and some nights are still quite magical.
  17. Jimmy Page confirms 2018 release(s)

    Yes, he has done it before on exceptionally rare occasions and only when absolutely necessary. Case in point is Paris '69, which never would have seen the light of day as part of an official release were it not for the companion disc concept. He needed something as content to fill that gap for the first album, and Paris '69 became the most convenient and expedient option. Please note it wasn't a stand alone release, merely a companion disc. Seattle '77 has more than just sonic problems, it's a mediocre performance.
  18. Jimmy Page confirms 2018 release(s)

    + 1 I wouldn't see the Stones today if someone gave me tickets. Nostalgia only works if you can pull off the material. A good cover band in their 30s or even 40s would probably blow them off the stage today.
  19. He sold out Phoenix in a week. I guess the Phoenix fans must not have received your memo. If you don't like his musical direction that is your right, however, good or bad Robert is doing EXACTLY what he wants to do. No one could ask for a better epitaph than that right there, the freedom to take chances, follow your muse, and to hell with everything else. Believe me, I too wish he would kick up the actual rock a bit but the fact remains I respect the hell out of him for his decisions and the chances he has taken. You know who I do not respect? Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Roger Daltry, Pete Townshend, etc. talk about beating the cash-cow to death and then dragging around it's corpse.
  20. Jimmy Page confirms 2018 release(s)

    That's a key point. Another thing to keep in mind is that Jimmy has access to the sales numbers. He knows how much the BBC and HTWWW compilations have generated, he certainly knows how successful the reissues have been (my guess, based on his decision to promise us more stuff, would be very), and what is more, he has seen several other prominent acts recently release vintage live material to great success. The Stones released a bunch of shows as individual releases, including two from the same tour (Leeds and Hampton). Priest too, as mentioned above. Jimmy must know all of this, he probably knows the numbers too (which my guess again would be are a success, given that the Stones kept and kept releasing) now the question is will he follow suit. If his comments in that interview are any indication, he is indeed going to. The dad's stocking comment made a few posts before is relevant as well. Most people buying this stuff are now advanced in years, folks like myself are an exception, those who grew up with Zep and possibly have seen them back in the 70s are still the target audience and they're expected at this point to be able to afford spending whatever these will cost. So now is the time to give them the ultimate gift. Will he release crappy shows that make him look bad? Of course not. But there are plenty that easily measure up to and even surpass BBC and HTWWW, and as long as the sound quality is not below Paris, those are the ones that are probably being considered. Jimmy, if you're reading this, keep the Plantations though? Pretty please?
  21. Random Thoughts v.3

    Steve, that whole diatribe you wrote is just ridiculous. First off, gun regulations do not work on a town by town, state by state basis. The reason being is if you live in a place which does not allow guns (City of Chicago), you just drive 7 miles south on I-55, exit La Grange Rd west and drive less than 2 miles to the nearest gun store selling legal firearms of all shapes and sizes. Second, Noah Webster could not envision a modern military force. I will take 40,000 trained soldiers over a million untrained, uncoordinated rabble any day and that is excluding the use of tanks, aircraft, artillery, etc. If we armed, quite literally, every human old enough to wield an AR-15 in the US, the military would still kick the ever loving shit out of us and the US would become Afghanistan with an armed insurgency at best. Also, by your claim, that would mean all of those European countries would be fascist states controlling its citizenry when the opposite is true. Plus, what about your beloved Japan Steve??? Are you being oppressed by a wicked, fascist government over there? According to you you sure as hell should be. Every argument you present is a straw man at best, a balloon with no air. Not to worry though as the now quite ironic biblical statement, "...and a child shall lead them" is indeed the case. These kids are fucking screaming mad and they are not going to take it anymore. Let's see how these bought and paid for by the NRA politicians are going to stand up to millions of kids and young adults who are sick and tired of wondering if they will make it home from school, church, or a concert alive. These kids, with perseverance, tenacity, strength, and courage are on the cusp of curb-stomping the NRA and any politician who refuses comprehensive gun regulation and legislation. Maybe with luck Steve we can have gun laws just like your beautiful Japan, then we too can reap the benefits you so callously enjoy.
  22. Robert Plant: le capitaine tranquille http://www.ledevoir.com/culture/musique/520576/l-ancien-chanteur-de-led-zeppelin-navigue-bien-au-dela-de-l-ombre-du-mythique-groupe Bien sûr, l’ombre de l’éternel Zeppelin planait dans la salle. Et une bonne partie de la foule était là pour lui rappeler ce qu’elle voulait entendre, à grands coups de chandails à l’iconographie criarde, enfilés le temps d’une soirée. Mais non, Robert Plant n’était pas là pour rejouer dans le film du mythique groupe britannique. Il est arrivé sur la scène de l’historique Massey Hall la dégaine décontractée et la crinière fournie, flanqué d’une solide troupe de six musiciens, ses Sensational Space Shifters. Et il a attaqué par la nouveauté, avec deux pièces de son plus récent album, Carry Fire, lancé en octobre, mais aussi deux du précédent, Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, sorti trois ans plus tôt. Un coup d’envoi où il y avait tout, et on reconnaissait le son de celui qui, à 69 ans, parvient toujours à produire une œuvre musicale originale, avec ses influences du Maghreb, du bluegrass et du country, en passant par quelques pointes d’électro livrées par un ancien membre de Massive Attack. Bref, on nage dans un univers riche et invitant. Robert Plant, lui, y navigue à l’aise, appuyé sur sa base, dont les deux guitaristes à qui il cède le plus souvent le devant de la scène, Justin Adams et Liam Tyson. Des musiciens qui prennent visiblement plaisir à ajouter leur touche personnelle au détour d’une improvisation, s’attirant des sourires du chanteur, bien souvent attentif, en retrait. Mais lorsqu’il reprend le micro, on se surprend à entendre une voix qui a certes vieilli, mais de belle façon. Il la pousse aux bons moments, et il atteint les bonnes cibles. C’est qu’il a su stopper les excès bien avant d’autres, lui, l’artiste qui pouvait facilement se dire : « been there done that ». Et cette voix, elle est touchante, presque monastique, sur Please Read the Letter, enregistrée avec son ancienne complice Alison Krauss sur Raising Sand. Revisiter le Zeppelin Il aura fallu attendre la cinquième pièce pour avoir droit à un morceau choisi du défunt Zeppelin, de « cette histoire qui ne semble pas vouloir se terminer », lance Robert Plant. Et encore, on restait dans le ton, avec une version au diapason de That’s the Way. Pas question ici de faire le juke-box. Il pourrait enfiler les succès dans des amphithéâtres de 20 000 places, et la foule exulterait. Mais non, il choisit volontairement de plus petites salles à l’acoustique intéressante, il brasse et rebrasse les arrangements des pièces enregistrées il y a plus de 40 ans, et il opte le plus souvent pour des surprises dans ce répertoire archi connu. Il fallait entendre Liam Tyson y aller de notes flamencos dans Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, une pièce du premier album de Led Zeppelin, mais jamais jouée sur scène à l’époque. Même volonté de bonifier le classique avec l’ajout d’un violon et d’une contrebasse sur une Gallows Pole revampée. Une belle idée pour cette autre pièce que Led Zeppelin ne livrait pas en spectacle. En beau joueur, Robert Plant a tout même conclu en lançant ses Sensational Space Shifters dans les premiers riffs de Bring it On Home, avant de balancer LE riff de Whole Lotta Love. La voix a suivi, puissante. Pourquoi bouder son plaisir, puisque tout était là, et sonnait puissamment? On espère d’ailleurs qu’il refera le coup de sa dernière tournée, au cours de laquelle plusieurs spectacles ont été enregistrés, pour ensuite être offerts en ligne, à petits prix. La belle idée. Maturité Bref, l’ensemble dégage une impression de maturité artistique, et impose le respect. Car Robert Plant aurait pu choisir la voie facile. Tout le poussait vers cela, à commencer par ses anciens complices de Led Zeppelin, dont Jimmy Page. La preuve ? Pour leur unique et ultime spectacle d’adieu, à Londres en 2007, pas moins de 20 millions de personnes de partout dans le monde s’étaient inscrites au tirage pour gagner le droit d’acheter un billet. Malgré les centaines de millions prêts à être cueillis en remplissant des stades, Plant a dit non. Il a refusé l’étiquette du dinosaure qui joue la carte de l’ultime tournée pour nous refaire le coup, encore une fois, d’un fade et forcé « gériatrique-rock ». Et dans ce domaine, les exemples sont légion. Robert Plant est ailleurs, et pour le mieux. -Le Devoir
  23. Robert Plant keeps it interesting Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters Massey Hall | Saturday night | RATING: 4.5 out of 5 by Jane Stevenson When lead singer of blues-influenced British hard rock band Led Zeppelin is on your resume, you really don’t have much to prove any more. And with Zep celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year, Robert Plant — widely considered to be the best singer in classic rock — could be forgiven for just loading up his current set list with a lot of oldies for a crowd-pleasing night of music. Instead, the 69-year-old lion-haired belter is taking a different approach as he tours in support of his latest Americana-soaked solo album, 2017’s Carry Fire. Pulling into Massey Hall on Saturday night for the only Canadian stop of his current trek, Plant delivered a variety of the blues-world music on Carry Fire, some earlier solo work, a couple of blues and traditional covers, and Zeppelin material — reworked to various degrees. In other words, he kept it interesting for himself and the audience. And upping the musical ante were the aptly named Sensational Space Shifters — five musicians from England that include incredible guitarists Justin Adams and Liam “Skin” Tyson, plus the addition of fiddle player (and opening act) Seth Lakeman. Their combined talents were so powerful that Plant frequently just stood back and watched and listened while holding his mic stand. Opening with New World from Carry Fire, Plant — often banging a tambourine and chatting up a storm in between songs — also performed on a stripped-down stage save for the new album’s art work projected on a back screen. It was really all about the quality of music and the fact that we were in the presence of rock royalty as the audience leapt to its feet and remained there for most of the night. “Hey Toronto! Turn it up!” said Plant as he continued with Turn It Up from his 2014 album, Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar. There really wasn’t a weak link save for a questionable and drastically reworked version of Zep’s Misty Mountain Hop which ended the 90-minute show before a 15-minute encore that included the ‘80s solo song, In the Mood. Plant was otherwise in great voice on such standouts as The May Queen and the title track from Carry Fire, older solo tunes like Rainbow and All The King’s Horses, and Please Read the Letter from his time with bluegrass great Alison Krauss on the Grammy-winning Raising Sand collaboration. “That’s about as close to Nashville as we get,” said Plant of the Krauss song. That wasn’t necessarily true given the exhilarating bluegrass cover of Little Maggie that followed. But when Plant offered up his first Zep tune of the night, That’s The Way, the audience went nuts, and did so again for Gallows Pole, which he described as “an an old English folk tune captured by Lead Belly,” and Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You, the latter definitely the highlight of the entire night. Although, Zep’s Whole Lotta Love, preceded by the riff from Bring It On Home, during the encore came a close second as Plant and company finally let it rip. Every time the audience joined in with some clapping or singing, Plant seemed particularly jazzed and when he spotted some people sitting at one point he asked: “Do you need some Ovaltine?” Clearly, Plant — despite his advancing age — doesn’t yet. “The thing about being senior — sometimes you’re not,” he joked. SET LIST New World Turn It Up The May Queen Rainbow That’s the Way All the King’s Horses Please Read the Letter Gallows Pole Carry Fire Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You Little Maggie Fixin’ to Die Misty Mountain Hop ENCORE In the Mood Bring It On Home / Whole Lotta Love / Santy Anno/ Whole Lotta Love http://torontosun.com/entertainment/music/stevenson-robert-plant-keeps-it-interesting
  24. Steve, you yourself just admitted that he's done it before. The Paris '69 show could very well be a sign that he's softened his stance on what could pass for official release in terms of sound. I even admitted above that it was an extremely slim chance. But I think if Page were going to release anything from 77, it'd be those LA or NY soundboards. No way in hell he would release Seattle 77 unless he was going to frankenstein the hell out of it. He'd almost certainly do the same for any other release anyway. The point is, nobody know what these new releases over the next decade will be (assuming it will indeed last that long). If the whole copyright law thing extends to soundboards (as has been debated at the hotel), then Page could conceivably do this. Besides, if he's going to waste the remainder of his life, it might as well be putting out new releases instead of just saying "I'll be performing later this year" for the zillionth time.
  25. Yeah, as you know very well, I don't subscribe to your take on this. So as long as we're both willing to be civil about it, we can agree to disagree, yes?
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