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Boleskinner

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  1. I think the last thing Plant wants to do is talk about classic Zep albums for a documentary series. Anyway, they pretty much covered that in a radio documentary narrated by alan fluff freeman back in 1990 to coincide with the first remasters. Will be interesting to see how they broach the whole anniversary affair. zep are unconventional. If it's a limited edition signed print from jimmys website, then....
  2. LOL. Maybe if it was a doco on The Band it would work. A doco doesn't excite me at all, for all the reasons listed above.Nowadays with YouTube, we have an archive of all the interviews anyway. Plus, Page is a poor interviewee. Not really up for a laugh and never wants to deviate from the "We were so good" line. Plant will probably be touring the new album next year, so he might be tempted to do some 50th promotional stuff to boost his profile and ticket sales for his solo gigs. The only commemoration I would get excited about would be a live compilation 75-80.
  3. After 1973 he lost a lot of fluency in his playing. He acquired "Sticky fingers" and never fully got the fluency back. For me, 73 is his peak, because he still had the fluency and had the HOTH material to draw on, which was more diverse than previous albums. The 75, 77 and Copenhagen 79 shows had their moments, but a compilation of the best bits of each tour would suffice for me.
  4. Lol. Thank you, Barry Norman.
  5. If you look at the clips used to make the Travelling Riverside Blues video and the MTV special in 1990, there all from known existing pro-sources, i.e. Seattle, Earls Court, TSRTS, Danish TV, etc. Then when the live DVD was released in 2003 I remember Page putting feelers out to bootleggers and people for extra footage. Again all pro footage on the DVD is from concerts we know were taped. My point is that based on this, anymore pro-footage is 99 per cent not in the bands hands. Page could have cleared this all up years ago with a straight answer. But he likes to keep fans guessing and the mystery alive.
  6. People always go on about the diversity on PG, but for me this album is truly eclectic. TSRTS, RS, NQ and the Ocean are four of my favourite Zep tracks.
  7. Yip, Blunt def had his own "voice", whereas Boyle on record sounded like just another session guy. Big Log guitar motif is instantly recognisable. PAE is still my favourite Plant solo album. Brilliant summer record.
  8. I agree with this. I remember watching Liars Dance at Knebworth '90 (just Plant and Boyle on acoustic) and his playing was superb. Lots of feel as well as technical ability. The Ibanez did suck though.
  9. The fact that Plant never plays any songs from WIC in his sets (aside from Please read... with Krauss) and Page never mentions the album says it all.
  10. I suggest the administrator creates a separate section for Zep-related buying/selling and moves it in there, or ditches this thread. Otherwise we will have every Tom, Dick and Harry coming on here trying to punt stuff.
  11. I too revisited it recently and thought it was better than I remembered. Probably the weight of expectation had dwindled with time. It's still no classic, but some of Page's surf guitar-cum-David Lynch soundscapes are very interesting.
  12. My advice is don't get your hopes up. I think he's pretty much done. Which is fine by me, he's in his 70s now. But please Jimmy, don't ever say "Next year I'm planning to play live again..." It's now beyond embarrassing.
  13. From tbl archives: Golden Lion Reunion 35 years gone… December 15 – that is a date that always revives memories of the first public reunion of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones which I was lucky enough to be in attendance. Here’s the story: Back in the early months of 1981, Lynn Sizemore who was PR to the Golden Lion Roadies Charity For Children Association, the charity formed from the Fulham pub often frequented by the Zep / Swan Song entourage, approached me to publicise in the next issue of TBL, a children’s charity raffle being held in December. I was only too willing to help and we began planning how this would all work. The raffle was duly featured in TBL issue 6 which came out in the late summer of 1981. I had a few meetings with Lynn during this period including one memorable occasion at the Golden Lion pub in Fulham. Robert’s sound man Benjii Lefevre was in attendance and I was introduced to John Bindon the notorious London character who had been with the Zep entourage on the 1977 tour and involved in the infamous Oakland fracas. Robert and John Paul Jones had already promised to attend and give prizes out on the night set for December 15th, so it was always going to be a special evening. Even more so after the call I made to Swan Song the week before the event. Sian at Swan Song informed me that Jimmy was also due to attend. It duly turned into something of a grand Swan Song reunion – in true Zep style. On the night itself, Peter Grant arrived with Jimmy around 8.30. A combat attired Robert and smartly dressed JPJ were already in tow. Various roadies, Swan Song employees and guests (including Cozy Powell) were there as was John Bindon again. Tom Locke and I spent a memorable night in the pub as Jimmy, Robert and JPJ mingled by the bar and duly got up on stage to present the prizes of Jimmy’s Yamaha acoustic guitar (wonder where that is now?) and a set of personally signed albums. The main winner was an American guy ( pic above) while runner up was, Steve Simmons, a TBL subscriber from Bristol. Here’s a pic below of Steve on stage receiving his prize. Jimmy looked in slightly better shape than he had in Europe the previous year and told me he was working on the Death Wish 2 soundtrack. As a Christmas present I gave Robert a copy of a large format History Of The Blues book (wonder if still adorns his book shelf?) to which he acknowledged with the classic “Eye Thank yew” catchphrase so prevalent on the Over Europe tour. I took the opportunity to tell Peter and Atlantic’s Phil Carson of my plans to write a major reference work on the band’s music though it would be another eight years on in the Marquee (at a Jason Bonham gig) when I was able to tell the pair of them that the book (Led Zeppelin A Celebration) was soon to be a reality. It may have been a strictly non playing role, but this unexpected Led Zeppelin reunion was full of warmth and good cheer. Underlying all that though was the definite feeling that they now all had separate plans – Jimmy with the soundtrack, Robert with the in progress recording of his debut album and Jonesy who wryly informed someone at the bar that he was now on permanent school run duty for his daughter’s back in Devon. It would be another eleven years before all three appeared in public together in the UK again to attend the 1992 Q Awards to collect the outstanding achievement award, and another 26 years before they played together on that night of nights in December 2007. Fast forward to August 29th, 2013 and the Colston Hall Bristol. As we were making our way into the arena for Robert’s Sensational Space Shifters show amazingly enough I bumped into Steve Simmons for the first time since that night at the Golden Lion back in 1981. Steve was carrying a photo book of the pics he took back then – we had a good old chinwag about how he had been the runner up in the competition and the signed albums he was presented with on that night all of 35 years ago. The first, but not the last grand reunion…
  14. He doesn't care - he's banging a 20-something.
  15. You could be right. Pretty fascinating about where these soundboards originate from. Individual private collectors, Showco employees, Jason Bonham, or one guy who has a mountain of tapes? Someone on this forum must have an inkling? The LA soundboard run must be somewhere. They would have know they were great shows. Although, I imagine the band and crew were pretty wasted for most of that 77 tour.