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About NealR2000

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  1. His arranging contributions to the song constructions was seriously under acknowledged. On one hand, had he had a stronger personality he would probably have received more writing credits, but then again, this would probably have caused consternation with Pagey who wasn't keen on sharing writing credits with anyone unless they contributed what he felt was actual words or music.
  2. I know Elton John played in the USSR in 1979.
  3. He just wasn't as well known beyond the industry and fans as to make a film about. Making such a film would simply not be economically viable. Anyway, I'd just rather it wasn't made as it would most likely be awful.
  4. Unless you can provide better information, my money is on it being a fake, something that was fairly common in many foreign markets.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Page was well acquainted with JPJ's ability. Plant and Bonham were unknowns to him.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.