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  1. Hi Porgie66,

    Watching the video you posted, it was interesting to see some of the other musical projects you're doing. High level musicianship.

    I'm¬†a guitarist/ composer also playing out in the Chicago area. I play a variety of styles, but at this time the band I'm playing with is more Latin and classic rock and pop emphasis. Lots of percussion. It's fun for me because of just playing Santana -type material note for note, I throw in some Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck licks with these Latin cats that aren't as familiar with the Zeppelin material ūüėé

    If you're up for getting out I'm doing a Cinco de Mayo gig at Shanahan's in Woodridge on May 5th and the following night  May 6th at Homers  on 47th st. And Racine in Chicago

    Thanks.... Joe Schmidt

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      Very possible we crossed paths at some point! My musician friends and I used to go to see a funk band called Insight. We also used to catch Gallib Gallab, and Judy Roberts. Good times.

      We did a gig with Arra at the Darien fest back in 2010. If it was totally up to me I wouldn't use the name Tarra, but you have to let go of some things.

      I remember everything about the Zeppelin shows and I wasn't even playing guitar yet. I could tell they were rusty and Jimmy wasn't coordinating things properly. TSRTS had just come out 6 months prior and I had several bootlegs from 1970, 1971,1973 and 1975. This was not the same well oiled machine as earlier. Still, it was a tremendous experience.

      I'd love to come out and see you , but I'm in Florida until next Sunday visiting  my wife's  family. Squeezing in a jam session on Friday night with some heavy players. A balanced vacation!

      I moved out to Huntley in McHenry Country several years ago. Looks like you play in Lake Geneva with your band. That's as close as some of the Chicago gigs 

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      Must have been surreal talking with Mr. Page. 

    4. porgie66


      Hey Joe,

      Yes, I play at the Grand Geneva pretty often with a really nice trio, Dan Trudell is a superb pianist and keyboard player. Its basically a lounge gig but its decent. We play what we want, and they have a nice Mason Hamlin grand piano. Let me know if you ever want to come up sometime. I try to keep my website updated. I have a concert coming up next month with trumpeter Roy Hargrove, and a big band I work with here called the Chicago Jazz Orch. We are doing a tribute to Dizzy, in honor of his 100th. That should be a good one.  Sat. May 20.

      I remeber Insight, I think a guy I knew named Tim Gant played with them some. I remeber those days at the Backroon, Gallib ...wonder if he's still around.  Judy and I go way back too, I see her occasionally but she moved to Phoenix some years ago. She still gigs down there and comes back here occasionally, I think she was at the Jazz Showcase recently. 

      Hope you had fun on your session tonight. Have a nice trip and when you get back, maybe we can connect sometime. Here's my email...  If you're ok with it, I can put you on my email list for upcoming shows .


      Amd yeah, it was surreal talking with him. I actually went to the after party too, and talked to all three more while there. That was just a mind blower!  Page was the most congenial and talkative actually. Wonderful memory from that night. I was buzzing for weeks after. I can tell you more later. Wild!



  2. We'll written overview with which I greatly agree. Such a variety in their compositions and musical approachs. You're right in including I Will on your list. It's a glorious song.
  3. Tasty stuff Bluecongo. Good luck with your upcoming CD
  4. Great playing, style and sound
  5. This photo is from the book Tangents Within A Framework. It says it's from 1982 , Jimmy talking to a Japanese journalist. Must be Deathwish 2 related.
  6. Depends which of Jeff's personalities is talking - " Jimmy was very good. Good thrashing bass sound - but I knew it would work out that he'd become lead."
  7. "What's that man movin' cross the stage? It looks a lot like the one used by Jimmy Page... You've got rock and roll at the Hollywood Bowl" Will Jimmy Page jam with Jeff Beck tonight?
  8. I bought the 4-record set of the April 28th show for $ 40 all the way back in April of 1978. Purchased it at Rolling Stone records on Washington St. In Chicago. I've played that awesome show so many times there are no grooves left . Happily threadbare!
  9. Some of my older musician friends were at these early Kinetic Playground shows. I asked one what he remembered about the gig and he responded - "Hair! All I saw was hair flying around with no faces!"
  10. The worst concert I ever saw in my life was Keith Richards and The New Barbarians in the spring of 1979. Utter filth. They were over an hour late, fucked up beyond belief and could barely play.
  11. Common procedure if you don't want to be sued for slander. Page is no different than other personalities in that regard. There's nothing in it for Jimmy to write an autobiography, or maybe he can write one in the Keith Richards style and discuss the size of his lead singer's cock.
  12. I always thought the guy in the photo was Michael Monarch from the band Detective.
  13. Hi Deborah J. Hope you have an enjoyable Holiday season!