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woz70

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  1. You mean Howard Mylett. He died about 6 years ago. http://www.tightbutloose.co.uk/tbl-news/howard-mylett-1947-2011-the-zeppelin-fan-community-is-diminished-by-the-passing-of-the-pioneering-original-led-zeppelin-author-and-chronicler…/
  2. It's the Wyre Forest, and the property is about 40 miles from the Welsh border. So it's nowhere near the border at all, really. The nearest big(ish) town is Kidderminster.
  3. Croatia? WTF are you talking about? I live in Wales, and at the time I lived in London. I was on holiday on the canals in the West Midlands of England, not too far from Birmingham. And I didn't 'have a pint with Plant'. Where did i say that? He joined a group of his friends who were sat on the next table in the pub I was drinking in, which was about 3 feet away from me. All I'm relaying is what I overheard. I honestly couldn't give a toss whether you believe me or not. Edited to add... Oh, I see what you're getting at.... Plant was on tour in Croatia in parts of july 2007, wasn't he? He mentioned that he'd literally just got back from Monte Carlo, so that makes it about August 2nd 2007 according to the Dave Lewis tour diary. My mistake. My holiday had started at the end of July, but we were out on the boat for about 10 days. I'm not great with dates at the best of times, even less when I'm on holiday and I don't even need to know what day it is. Many apologies if you feel I've deceived you by misremembering a date from 10 years ago! Sheesh.
  4. Sons of Albion!
  5. Definitely. He was moaning about having to communicate with Page and Jones via email through their management/lawyers, wondering why they just couldn't get on the phone to discuss things - obviously not a fan of email and a little exasperated by Page and his management from the sound of it. He actually sounded pretty fed up about the whole thing, and the fact that it seemed to growing out of control - it was originally supposed to be held at the Albert Hall in London, after all, and a few other bands had pulled out because it was turning into a mainly Zeppelin event rather than a simple tribute to Ahmet Ertegun in their eyes. He said 'the beast has been awakened' and taken on a life of its own, just like the old days. The whole thing sounds like it became a far bigger deal than he had either anticipated or wanted. He also mentioned that he was busy with the Alison Krauss thing (which he was far more enthusiastic about), but the rest of the band were already rehearsing without him. I was obviously gobsmacked. Even more so when the gig was finally announced.
  6. Believe whatever you like. What reason would i have to make this up? I'm not going to argue with you. The only 'proof' you'd accept is a photo, and I didn't take any, mainly because I didn't really expect to bump into RP in a quiet village pub in the West Midlands, but also because he was with a group of friends and I didn't want to a rude 'fan' and bother him. I've bumped into him on two occasions, the second one being at the Borderline club in London, when I was at one of Logan Plant's bands gigs (can't remember what they were called now, but they were pretty good). He sat in the corner, had a can of Red Stripe, chatted to a few people and band after the gig, then got up and left.
  7. I was on holiday, having a quiet pint in a pub not far from one of his homes (I had no idea at the time). RP came in, sat down about 3 feet away from me with some friends, and started quite openly discussing the upcoming O2 gig (this was the July before and there 10-15 other people in the pub) and the logistical nightmare that it had become for him. One of his friends asked if he'd considered 'getting the band back together' for a tour/recording. RP was not impressed, and said he wouldn't work with 'those guys' again under any circumstances - this was it, the last time (and done properly this time), and he was only doing it because Ahmet Ertegun's wife had asked, as a tribute to Ahmet, who he called his dear friend. His attitude since the O2 gig doesn't seem to have changed, and he seemed quite adamant at the time.
  8. No. Robert will not work with JP and JPJ again. I heard it from his own mouth shortly before the O2. Unspin your head, and move on. It's over.
  9. Not a chance. Robert's 'any time now' is about his soon-to-be-released new album.
  10. It's not about note-for-note. It's about playing in time. I've watched a few of his videos and the guy has no sense of pulse whatsoever. Playing the guitar - or any instrument - isn't simply about learning the notes and playing them back like a tape machine. It's also about listening. This guy has learnt the notes (some are wrong, but that's not the point), but he's not listening, and reacting to, the backing track he's playing along with. He's knows his cue, and once he's got that, off he goes with no regard to what's going on - just gotta fit all those notes in! Finished before the backing track has? No problem - he fit all the notes in! If you teach somebody something wrong, they play it wrong pretty much forever. Teach it right once, and that's all you ever need. Teach it wrong and you expend 4 times as much effort putting it right than it did to learn it in the first place. I know this because I spend a great deal of time getting students to unlearn some of the bad stuff they've picked up watching videos like this and re-learning it correctly, because they've got to the point of realising 'it doesn't sound quite right, but I learned it by rote off this amazing video I found on youtube, so it must be right....'.
  11. If you're going to teach people how to do something, it's generally best to be able to actually do the thing that you're trying to teach correctly. This guy is like a clockwork toy - wind him up and away he goes, paying no attention to the music he's supposed to be playing over. This is not a good way to teach people, especially beginners. You are incredibly generous. It reminds me of the old Morecambe & Wise sketch (you probably won't know about this unless you're a Brit), where Eric Morecambe tries to play Grieg's Piano Concerto (very, very badly) and says "I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order...".
  12. Well.... some of the notes were in the right place I suppose. Why do the people who make these videos insist on using vast amounts of fizzy distortion & reverb? Euch.
  13. Nope. Still very much there (there are reviews for the restaurant from easter Monday), and rather upmarket nowadays: https://www.maltstone.co.uk/
  14. It's based around the E mixolydian scale - which is an E major scale with a flattened 7th - but it doesn't use all the notes, so ends up being a Mixolydian Pentatonic. The notes are : E G# A B D The second part of the riff, which harmonises with first part, uses another pentatonic (E G G# B C#) and here the C# acts as a kind of blue note which is bent up to the D. There are literally dozens of ways to go about explaining the theory behind this, depending on whether you take a modal approach, a standard harmony approach, a chordal approach etc. etc. However I doubt very much that Jimmy was even considering any sort of music theory when he came up with the riff. The best explanation of how it came about and works is that it fits nicely under the fingers (as the majority of Led Zep riffs do) in the open position, is loosely based around an Em pentatonic shape (as a lot of the riffs are), and takes a big influence from early rock'n'roll and blues riffs. Check out 'Dimples' by John Lee Hooker, and 'Greeny' by Peter Green as a couple of examples of possible references for the riff....
  15. He looks more pissed off/grumpy than dazed to me. He certainly spends most of the video avoiding the cameras as much as possible. This was recorded around 2001, about 3 years after Plant had jumped ship from the Page/Plant thing. Maybe Jimmy had taken this session (and the Montreux concert they did around this time too) as a sign that Robert had had second thoughts and wanted to work with him again, had mentioned it and Robert just said 'Nope'. Who knows?