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  1. Coverdale/Page

    It's got nothing to do with that at all. There's a general census on this forum that CP has Page's best studio playing since Zeppelin, featuring the old guitar army back in force. The criticisms are generally that Coverdale's lyrics are cheesy and the production is over-blown, and are unrelated to Plant's jibes at Coverdale. It might be a cultural thing as well. I reckon a lot of American listeners won't mind the lyrics and production, but the Brits will def think they're a bit on the Somerset cheddar side.
  2. Given his age (69) and his voice, I think Plant is maximising his potential in the twilight of his career. The time for a full-blown Zep reunion was 1990 or 1994, when the timing was right and they were all still relatively young (my preference would have been following of the back off the Remasters campaign in 1990). But hats off to Plant for keeping himself happy and pushing forward musically, even if that pees off Zep fans who still can't get past his refusal to tour after the O2 show. I still think Percy is at his best when he has a strong collaborator by his side, but at his age he's unlikely to want to do that again.

    I pray to God it doesn't involve something already released being remastered. That would be very underwhelming.
  4. Is Jimmy Page done making music?

    Technology and the cost of shooting properly in 16mm with multiple cameras was certainly a factor. Back then, pre-video, management would have only seen a cinematic release as a way of recouping the outlay of the film. But by 1980, Floyd couldn't even get the technology right and their concert film of the Wall is notoriously dark. I think Zep could have selectively done some TV shows, like the Old Grey Whistle Test and the Beat Club, which did feature longer performances and more out-there bands. Captain Beefheart springs to mind. I also remember buying a compilation of Free performances on TV and some had brilliant sound and did capture the raw energy of a live performance.

    If Jimmy pulls out all the stops and give us a banquet of old Zep live stuff for the anniversary, then all will be forgiven for not coming good on his new music.

    Won't these anniversary celebrations clash with Page's new album and solo tour? ;-)
  7. Redditch to erect a statue of John Bonham in his honour

    I actually think the whole inert statue concept is now passe. Obviously budget and location was a limiting factor on this occasion, but some sort of multimedia, interactive installation would have been great. I literally want to feel Bonham's legendary bass drum beater in the walls of my gut as I approach him.
  8. Anyone watching TWIN PEAKS???

    Yes, on the whole, I really enjoyed it, although the early "Douggie" stuff was a bit tedious and I nearly stopped watching. The ending was a complete mind bender. I think Lynch likes to create a piece of art and let us debate what it all means. IMO, he's more into aesthetics than literal meaning. I thought it was his best since Mulholland Drive.
  9. Anyone watching TWIN PEAKS???

    Episode 8, with the atomic bomb, was the most beautiful and terrifying television I've ever seen.
  10. Redditch to erect a statue of John Bonham in his honour

    Yeah, it looks a bit cluttered from the artist's impression, but hopefully the real statue will look better when you see it in the flesh. At least he's not clutching a mudshark or doing jobbies in a handbag.
  11. Knebworth 1979 Backstage pass t-shirt

    Great piece of nostalgia there, Cristabel. I'm sure a fan will pounce on it. Would be great if you could ask your dad if they filmed any rehearsal and soundcheck footage, and kept the tapes, or any other backstage stuff, etc, in addition to the two main performances.
  12. Copenhagen 24.07.79 Oh yes!!

    It's more that it's Page's most fluent performance - especially in the solos - since 1975 and he maintains that consistency throughout the show. Plant is great too, the band are tight, and the sound is the best Zep audience recording I've heard.
  13. Copenhagen 24.07.79 Oh yes!!

    I suspect there's a good chance that none of the band, outwith Page who is know to collect boots, have heard this performance in the subsequent years following the gig. But I still believe the chances of a soundboard are high, given that it was a Kneb warm-up and they would have wanted to hear how things sounded.
  14. Is Jimmy Page done making music?

    He has nothing to promote.
  15. Is Jimmy Page done making music?

    That would be a nice gesture by them. Dunno if Clapton's asked Page, but I've often thought that the Crossroads festival would be a good back "in" for him. He could play a few 12 bar blues in a semi-relaxed setting. Would be a good live confidence booster. The fact that he hasn't, reinforces the perception that he's done.
  16. Is Jimmy Page done making music?

    Agree. More famous for having three of the best guitarists of that generation at one time or another, rather than the music itself.
  17. Black Dog 2007

    A lot of people rave about BD from the O2 gig, but for me it was too slow, the lower key sucked the life out of it, and let's face it, only John Bonham can play that song properly and make it swing.
  18. The Firm Thread

    The only song I like by the firm was Cadillac. The collaboration didn't work, as Page was too adventurous for Rodgers, who had a brilliant, but big old fashioned voice, and a bag of cheesy lyrics to boot.
  19. Southampton 73- Why it's the best bootleg

    I remember the rain song and black dog being really good.
  20. Rocker Robert Plant promised a VIP reception at Glasgow hotel

    Ha ha. Believe it or not he did a long interview and phone-in with Radio Clyde (West of Scotland radio station) in 1988, pretty sure it's here he mentions the bird. Some funny stuff in it, including the host asking him why he's wearing slippers on stage instead of cowboy boots. Classic Glasgow humour:
  21. Rocker Robert Plant promised a VIP reception at Glasgow hotel

    I think Plant actually dated a bird who lived in Glasgow in the late 80s, so he may well have already been back for a fly beer, but I doubt it. Funnily, just across the road from the Central Hotel is a cheesy rock boozer called "The Solid Rock". More of a poodle-rock type place with loads of fake gold records and guitars on the wall, but it's worth going for a beer, for the novelty value, if you're ever in the city for a gig. Plus it's got Tartan Special on tap, which is pretty rare ;-) This "news" article is pretty much just a glorified advert for the Central Hotel IMO.
  22. Rocker Robert Plant promised a VIP reception at Glasgow hotel

    Hard to imagine Led Zep wandering about Central Station. Has to be the coldest place in Glasgow. It's always baltic even on a summer's day. Laurel and Hardy stayed at the Central Hotel and several other stars of yesteryear. There's an amazing vid of Neil Young busking outside the station in the 1970s. Very surreal.
  23. Jimmy Page - Solid Ground 1991-05-29

    Jeezo, that blog post above on the CD is full of bitter recriminations and almost puts me off listening to it. Anyway, jams are jams, especially with house bands, so I'm not getting my hopes up. I remembering listening to Page's jam with Jaco Pastorius and the one he did at Phil Carson's nigthclub with Jason Bonham, and both were underwhelming.
  24. Page in 2017

    Well it's August and still no sign of new music or a tour from Jimmy. He said in virtually every interview for the remasters that he was warming up last year and would do something in 2017. I really hope he never again mentions doing something new, unless he actually means it. He owes us nothing, but please stop with the "next year I.." It really is beyond a joke now and fans have had a gut full.
  25. Would Only One Knebworth Show Have Been Better?

    Five pence - FFS! That was interesting, thanks for sharing. The more you read about Knebworth the more you get the sense that everything wasn't quite right - both on and off the stage. I remembering reading that Planty didn't really want to do Knebworth and he was sort of cajoled into it. Anyway, it is what it is. At the very least we've got a visual document of the band's later career, including one of the best versions of Kashmir they did. If they hadn't done Knebworth, post 75 all we would have on video would be the Kingdom show, which is super dark and only used a couple(?) of cameras.