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About Boleskinner

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  1. Would be interesting to find out how many mainstream rock bands were still including drum solos in their set by 1977 (barring the prog and fusion/jazz outfits). Wouldn't be many, I would think. I agree with the early poster and skip the longer epics on boots. More interested in hearing the contemporary numbers from that tour/album.
  2. It did to an extent, but I think if they had really wanted to play a song live they could have alternated tunes on different nights. I wish they had played custard pie, the wanton song, for your life and candy store rock live. I'm gonna crawl could have been interesting in the tour over Europe. Alternate that with SIBLY. I'm sure they had their reasons - some songs might have been rough on plants voice, others might not have translated live well (levee), etc.
  3. Have to go along with this assessment. The production and sound is fantastic but I find it stodgy and a bit of a slog. Great performances, though.
  4. Chris Farlowe and the Thundercats live at the Epsom primary school fete.
  5. Agree with Coverdale's sentiment apart from the above. Opportunity is not the issue.
  6. Zep weren't heavy metal, but they were the catalyst for it, and one could argue that was the greatest change they made to popular music (a dubious honour if you ask me). It's undeniable that Zep are now omnipresent in rock, but to say they changed the course of popular music, like the Beatles, is a step too far for me. I would say that Peter Grant revolutionised the management side of rock by demanding higher cuts of albums royalties and touring receipts, etc. He was far more of a game changer and innovator.
  7. I agree. The more interesting debate for me is WHY has Page not released anything new since 1998. We've all got our own pet theories and have been around the houses on this forum. I suspect that only Page, his gf and a few others trusted aides know the truth. As I said before, his gf is probably the only person who gets to hear him play these days. I'm surprised she hasn't cajoled him into playing some eerie soundscapes to accompany her poetry readings. Saw a photo of Noel Gallagher with Page at the Floyd exhibition. I'm sure brazen Noel asked him why he wasn't releasing anything new or performing anymore.
  8. No chance he would do it, but I agree that his first three solo albums are his best work, followed closely by the period starting with the Mighty Rearranger. In those first three albums he was taking chances and was surrounded by excellent musicians who helped realise his bold vision. Plant had a commercial slump in the mid 80s, panicked, and went back into character again, surrounding himself with technically gifted, but forgettable younger musicians, in what now can be viewed as somewhat of a mid-life crisis. I don't think he has the voice to do some of those early solo songs well, now. In recent clips I have seen of him, there's a lot of whisper and talking singing. His voice is still good, but not what it was in the early 80s. Some clips from his first American solo tour are some of the best singing I've heard from him, since the early 70s.
  9. The last thing we need is more photographs from Ross Halfin and Jimmy Page, thank you very much. These kind of things don't excite me one bit. The prospect of seeing JPJ's onions from the TSRTS in a glass cabinet is a snore-fest.
  10. I always thought that Jack White and Page would have collaborated together—they seem like a perfect fit. White is always ultra complementary about Page, and more importantly they seemed to have a genuine respect for each other when they appeared on-screen together in It might get loud. Add that White sings and his whole retro approach to music/vinyl and it would appear to be the perfect fit. I can only assume that White has never asked Page about a collaboration, or for some reason he declined.
  11. Unledded wasn't completely acoustic (hence the title they come up with instead of MTV's unplugged), and Plant allegedly approached Jimmy with the idea of doing acoustic only music, around five years ago, and he declined. I see where you're coming from, but I don't think it would fly with the band or the public.
  12. Hammer of the gods don't do acoustic only sets. would be a bit of anti climax, I think.
  13. 50th anniversary show? What's the point? They are all ten years older since the O2 and it shows. What is their left to do or prove? If they truly want to show their appreciation to their true fans, they should release all remaining soundboards, videoed concerts, etc in their possession - barring any howlers - in the highest quality possible. Do it via the Zep website as download only and circumvent all the record company suits. It's never going to happen; but it should.
  14. I agree that the back-story surrounding Lucifer Rising is far more interesting than the actual music itself, which is more or less a drone intended as background music for a film. I bought the LP and have listened to it twice. Maybe if I was in to drugs or a necromancer it would get more regular spins ;-) However, I think there is some really interesting work on DW, especially the innovative use of the synth guitar. Some of the pieces are genuinely creepy and there's also some nice work outs like Jam Sandwich. The title tune is good as well when you remove Farlowe's over the top vocals and hear as it was in the movie. Overall, I think it is a good album and as I have said before, I wish Page had done more avant garde soundtracks and left rock behind for a bit. The only way was sideways or down after Zeppelin. So to dismiss both as "garbage" is a bit harsh, but each to their own.
  15. DW is some of the best stuff he's done outside Zep and playing Chopin, with a full church organ at RAH, is hardly the definition of bland. The worst thing I could imagine would have been him playing sub-standard versions of Zep classics. STH in the ARMS gigs was the low point of the entire set. He was trying to break new ground.