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  1. Yeah, Hinton did say that he went through a few bass drum heads as the beater would fly off his pedal & the stick would go right through the head. From my own experience of playing drums, that's the worst thing that can happen & you would be hoping the roadie could sort it out quickly (not that I ever had a roadie myself).
  2. Ha ha, if we had a time machine I reckon we'd have so much fun enjoying the music that the drum heads would be the last thing on our minds. One interesting thing I read was an interview with Mick Hinton saying they had spare drums by the stage so if Bonham ever broke a head they would simply replace that drum as quickly as they could in between songs, I suppose it makes sense really but I don't think he broke that many heads as he hit the drums so sweetly.
  3. I'm really not sure about the snare head at all. The person who wrote the website below appears to agree with you about the clear tom head on the earlier picture although again, I remain unconvinced.
  4. Or because one or more of them don't want to.
  5. Thanks. It looks earlier than 1980 to me but I could well be wrong (wouldn't be the first time).
  6. Another couple of interesting ones...
  7. This doesn't prove anything as it's from a different gig but you can see he's using coated heads on his toms here...
  8. Yeah, I don't think we can really get to the bottom of it without more pictures. I'm still in shock about the clear head on the bass drum to be honest. Be great to see more of these though, love them & you can really get a feel for what it must've been like to have played to those crowds.
  9. Having looked again, you are right about the bass drum head, it's clear, the angle was throwing me - apologies. The heads on the toms are coated though, I'm certain of that.
  10. I don't think any of the heads are clear, the bass drum symbol is shining through to the beater head & the tom head is definitely coated, it's the shadow of the microphone you are seeing there. Love the photographs in this thread, never seen some of them before.
  11. Some of the top selling LPs in 1980 were The Wall (Pink Floyd), Emotional Rescue (Rolling Stones), The Game (Queen) & Back in Black (AC/DC) so there were plenty of 70s rockers doing well for themselves going into the 80s. Also worth point out that Deep Purple split up between '76 & '84 & writing off punk rockers as 'poorly educated' is a bit of a sweeping generalisation when a lot of them came out of art schools. Having said that, I'm of the opinion that some things belong in a certain time & place & I would apply that to Led Zeppelin & the 1970s, I think it's for the best that they broke up & left a pretty untarnished reputation musically.
  12. I agree with you 100% on the jazz point, those engineers had been employing these methods since the 50s. however - it's worth noting that recording John Bonham would've been a different proposition to the likes of Philly Joe Jones as he hit the drums about four times harder. At the end of the day, it's great that we can still sit & marvel at these drum sounds courtesy of John Bonham, Jimmy Page, Eddie Kramer, Andy Johns et all. Page certainly has to take a lot of the credit as producer.
  13. I was asked to play drums in a Led Zeppelin tribute band years ago, I declined on the grounds that some things are sacred. I went along to see them when they got a drummer eventually, I left after three songs & went home to watch DVD instead.