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  1. Perhaps not a literal 'call' (but you never know...), but the point I'm trying to make is that Jones obviously networks with people. He's always doing something, working with new people, getting up on stage and jamming, collaborating, producing, writing, arranging, experimenting, and obviously says 'Yes' quite a bit to the idea of working. Grohl was champing at the bit to work with JP & JPJ. JPJ was/is active and made himself available. JP was/is not and didn't. Page won't even get up and jam onstage any more, let alone collaborate with anyone (other than Halfin...). He's renowned for being reclusive, and he's his own manager, so I bet he's on the phone constantly drumming up interest for new musical projects. Not. The guy has a horde of people who would love to work with him, but nada, zilch, nothing musical (save a couple of noodly minutes in IMGL) that's new in 17 years. And then he's snarky at Jones for not asking him along?
  2. All Page had to do was pick up the phone and say to Grohl 'about that project you mentioned? I'm interested....', like Jones did. Jones - proactive, collaborates constantly. I don't think he's into revenge, but I'll bet he appreciates a bit of karma. Page - gives off the hermit vibe, waits around for calls and gets disappointed and snarky when no-one does.
  3. If you listen really carefully you can hear the sound of a barrel being scraped.
  4. ...and that they called it 'no quarter'. I think that was what pissed him off the most.
  5. I live in the UK, and in the 80's Led Zeppelin albums were in the bargain bins. I bought CODA on vinyl in 1983 for £1. Being a Zeppelin fan was not cool until about '88/'89 - just before the first box sets appeared. If the album sales had totally tanked he wouldn't have got a good price for selling the rights. I think he took a pragmatic approach, saw a general downwards trend in royalties and decided to hedge his bets and cash in to get a lump sum to fund his solo career/divest himself of all things Zep/etc... It's ironic that he did it just before the first CD releases reinvigorated sales, but those are the gambles you take.
  6. You won't get any replies from raytuned. His stock reply to pretty much anything was 'I find this hard to believe', and was pretty incoherent in much of what he said in the 3 weeks or so he posted stuff on here. Hasn't been seen here for a coupla years.
  7. In 1975/76 the income tax rate in the UK for earnings over £20,000 was 83%. Basically this means that for every £1 they earned (over £20,000) they got to keep 17p. (Tax on earnings up to £20,000 would have left them with a tax bill of around £13,000. So - earn £20,000 and take home £7,000). As an example, let's pretend that they earned £250,000 in one year - a lot of money in 1975, but not inconceivable for them at the time: First £20,000 you get to keep about £7000 (actually a little more, but I'm keeping it simple). That leaves £230,000 to pay 83% tax on - a tax bill of £190,900. That left them with £39,100, plus the £7000 kept before the higher rate: A total of $46,100 they get to keep.... well actually it would be less than this too, because I've not allowed for National Insurance contributions (which , despite being called 'contributions' are actually compulsory). That's a total payment to the taxman of £203,900 from earnings of £250,000. I honestly don't think Grant 'forced' them to go into tax exile - I'm sure he would have just given them the best advice, which would have been 'get out of dodge or the taxman takes pretty much everything you've earned'. Their earnings and the taxman forced them into tax exile. You don't have to be a genius to look at those figures and think that they probably thought for themselves: 'why do I have to give 4/5ths of what I earned to the taxman. What can I do to avoid this?'.
  8. By 1988 he'd replaced the standard Danelectro bridge with a badass bridge to improve the tuning stability. As to his fascination with it - it has to be primarily the sound it makes, and then the way it plays. Why else would anyone prefer one guitar over another? Cheapness of construction doesn't really come into it. I've played some horrifically expensive guitars that were absolute dogs, and some super cheap guitars that I didn't want to put down. As for the blue strat - it looks like it's got a standard strat tremelo (which can be pretty stable if set up well, a well maintained nut and has well stretched strings...). Floyd Rose trems involve a lot of wood removal and I don't think he's particularly keen on that because of the way it changes the sustain/tone.
  9. Or it could just as 'obviously' been about his love for Wales. He was brought up near Birmingham and Wales is directly West from there, he often spent family holidays in Wales and still owns property there, and he often, to this day, talks about the mythology and history - the story of Owain Glyndwr for example. When the Page/Plant project happened, that's pretty much the first place they went to. A great deal of Led Zep III was written there. The point being... you simply can't say 'obviously' when interpreting a lyric (or prose) that's intentionally vague, because there's nothing obvious about it. The other thing with Plant is, if you actually asked him what the lyrics 'mean', and compared notes with other people you'd find that he'd probably give ten different answers to ten different people.
  10. Yes, the 'difficult to play with broken fingers' incident...
  11. Also Marriott was still a bit narked at Robert Plant, and Jimmy by association, for basically copying his vocal delivery verbatim from 'you need loving' on 'whole lotta love'. Robert was pretty much channelling Marriott throughout the whole of led zep I.
  12. Team Rock has gone into administration (bankruptcy). It may have taken Classic Rock and a few other publications with it... One innocently wonders if this awards event and the subsequent fallout may have anything to do with it? Maybe the straw that broke the camels back? Anyone in the know out there?
  13. The comments on Jimmy's facebook page aren't particularly positive. The best comment I've seen was along the lines of: "I was expecting an album of music, not a photo album". I would have quoted it directly, but it seems that the more critical/negative posts seem to be disappearing, and I couldn't find it again to copy and paste... Edited to add: the Janet Macoska print has sold out already!!! £50,000 in under a day. Ker-ching.
  14. Fixed that for you... As an aside - it's nice to see Chris Dreja looking quite well after his series of strokes.