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About NealR2000

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  1. Unless you can provide better information, my money is on it being a fake, something that was fairly common in many foreign markets.
  2. Robert was very clearly in the drivers seat at this point and no doubt was very much behind the new leaner image. He had gained a great deal of power in the band following the death of his son. Remember, he was "talked into" continuing by Grant and set down some new rules about tour lengths, etc. You only have to look at his post Zep image to see how much he was dictating format on that last tour.
  3. With the assistance of hindsight, I have no doubt that there were varying degrees of decisions by each of the four surviving decision makers. I'm sure Plant was flat-out firm in his decision to call it quits. At the other end was probably Grant, who saw the fortune they would be walking away from. I think it was the Grant angle that fueled replacement drummer chatter. JPJ was probably his typical indifferent self, probably saying he would go with whatever decision was made. Page was probably somewhere between Grant and Plant, but probably more focused on scoring smack.
  4. In the pre-Internet days, it was pretty much a mystery. All was known was that it was a semi-derelict cottage somewhere in Snowdonia, which is a massive area. Obviously locals knew of it, as well as a few who had heard via word-of-mouth. Once the Internet came and Zep message boards started, word spread rapidly with photos and detailed directions. The pilgrimages started and unfortunately, some folks were less than respectful about the current owners, going as far as to remove souvenirs and even break in.
  5. I have. Until the age of the Internet, it really was almost impossible to find. It truly is a very beautiful setting. I went there knowing that I wanted to see it but had to absolutely respect the privacy of the owner(s). I kept my distance, but got close enough to see the place and enjoy the gorgeous surroundings.
  6. Seen Clapton live twice. Once at the Hammersmith Odeon on his Money and Cigarettes tour, and once again, years later, at Madison Square Garden. There's no doubt he's a fantastic guitarist, but a showman he is not. Each time I saw him I found myself getting a little bored and, yes, un-entertained. It's not a case of form over substance. Live performances is not all about talent. It has to be entertaining, otherwise you might as well just stay home and play the stuff on your stereo. This, to me, is the difference between Clapton and Page.
  7. Page was well acquainted with JPJ's ability. Plant and Bonham were unknowns to him.
  8. I could listen to JPJ all day. He is especially interesting when it comes to getting an understanding of song construction. He wisely and very diplomatically brushes aside the tales from the road stuff. I think most of us know that the effects of drugs and alcoholic did, in fact, impact some performances, most notably with Page and Bonham.
  9. I think Zeppelin came about as close as a band can get to a democracy with a lot of mutual respect. I'm struggling to think of any major band that had a full-on democracy. There was always one and sometimes two members that had the upper hand. Page also had a tendency to stay in the studio with an engineer long after the others left. This is where he would get busy with his guitar, putting down all those layers.
  10. The power dynamic in the band shape-shifted over the years. It was always Jimmy's band, being that he had the reputation, the studio skills, and the all-important Producer credit. I do tend to think that the Producer credit was also a way to ensure that he got a little more money. It's clear to see that his power slowly waned over the years as the others, particularly Plant, closed the gap. I think JPJ, not being the confrontational type, gained extra power in a very subtle way through his musicianship and arranging. Bonham seemed content to be who he was, but gained power nevertheless through his growing fame and reputation. Plant was the main power interloper, especially once he established himself as the primary lyricist and co-creator of most of the songs with Page. I have little doubt that it was this Page-Plant power struggle and difference of artistic direction that led I'm certain to what would have been the band's break-up had Bonham not died, and to their love-hate relationship to this day.
  11. This is all a bit foggy now, but I seem to recall reading in 1975 that Battersea Power Station had to carefully monitor the electric demand those nights, generating more power to support the high demand in Earls Court. It was probably no more different to all these other major sports and entertainment events that where there was a period of higher-than-normal demand. I think it was something Peter Grant took care that their important shows wouldn't get embarrassingly cut short because of, a short.
  12. I think old Eddie's mind is playing tricks with him. I was around at the time in the UK and there were no Percy Plant TV character. The whole Percy Thrower and Percy's Progress connection was well publicized in the 70s. If anyone hasn't researched Percy Progress, the sex romp is all about this man called Percy who ends up being the only sexually fertile man in the world, and the Govt try to get him to single handedly re-populate the world.
  13. It was total British humor. It was a combination of the well-known British TV gardener, Percy Thrower (Plant-Gardening) plus a British sex-romp movie of the time, Percy's Progress. There was a whole slew of these sex-romp movies during this period, most famously "Confessions of a Window Cleaner". Percy's Progress (look it up) was an apt link to Plant's tour life.
  14. Totally agree. Money was probably a very big reason why these guys disliked Zeppelin. As famous as most of these guys were, they suffered from poor management. Grant transformed rock management and these guys were simply livid at what they felt was their superior talent but returning from tours flat broke.
  15. I very much doubt Tower House was used as an inside location shot. Way too intrusive for Pagey, what with all the equipment and people. I think it's pretty evident that they used Hammerwood for the whole shoot-em-up scenes. From what I've read, there would have been no concern about any damage being inflicted on the property as it was already in a rough state.