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  1. It's odd that such a notable music figure as Grant hasn't had a major feature length documentary. Yes, other rock managers have had as high a profile, but only Grant chmaged the industry. There are lots of pics showing filming going on at the side of the stage, really it all ought to go into an updated Zeppelin DVD, hint hint!
  2. Sad news of Chuck Berry's death at the ripe old age of 90. No Chuck = no rock and roll as we know it.
  3. I'd say Bonzo hit the snare hard by the standards of players back then, but had a lot of give in his wrists. He was also more skilled than most of his contemporaries, imo, at tuning his kit.
  4. Brilliant to see candid pics being unearthed after all these years. Kudos to StairwayRemainstheSame! Surprising that Bindon was there given he got immediately sacked by Grant after Oakland 4 and a half years earlier.
  5. Is that taken at the gig Plant played with a pub rock band in Worcestershire sometime in 1978? Iirc it was the first time he'd been on stage since Oakland '77. Bonzo sat in on drums for a couple of numbers too I think.
  6. a respected Led Zeppelin fan who does seem to have inside knowledge of the band’s activity. My imagination, or does this sound like a description of Dave Lewis? I doubt there'll be any music in 2018 but .... a cinema released documentary telling the story of the band for a new audience that didn't get to see them live (even the o2 show)? That'd be fun. It'd help erase memories of the fantasy bits in Song Remains the Same anyway.
  7. writing off punk rockers as 'poorly educated' is a bit of a sweeping generalisation when a lot of them came out of art schools. Quite. Joe Strummer was the son of the British Ambassador to somewhere-or-other. I sometimes think if they had survived into the mid to late 80s, Zeppelin might have gone into a "hard rock with a funk tinge to it" phase. Kind of Chili Peppers before-their-time sort of thing. Those certainly were Jones & Bonzo's influences, and Page's late period guitar tone was to my ears getting thinner and more new wave / funk-ish. Maybe it was best they finished when they did though. The Stones and the others mentioned sold plenty of records in the 80s, but it was a lot of rock bands' least good decade in creative terms.
  8. If they were so sure about the appeal, why take nearly 7 months to do it? $$$$$$
  9. Did they check out no one else though? Peter Grant sounded Clem Cattini out for the drum stool, but Clem had a mountain of session gigs lined up & preferred to stay with that. Aynsley Dunbar said he was "offered the chance to join the New Yardbirds" as well. Page and Grant travelled up to Bonzo's flat in Dudley to persuade him to join up, which is fairly proactive.
  10. ironic that it's the total opposite of when Zeppelin were formed. Back then, Page was totally proactive, whereas Jones supposedly had to be badgered into phoning JP about his new project by his wife.
  11. The difference is, in Sid's case that was probably true..... I disagree it's the same thing as a pisstake. That's just a radio interview, in the context of everyone knowing Sid's musical contribution to the Pistols was virtually zero. This was in the context of JPJ a key part of Zeppelin, very publicly not being invited to a project that then used one of his signature tunes for its title! You couldn't be more disrespectful if you tried. I agree Plant's sense of humour often gets lost in translation, but this was adding insult to injury imo.
  12. Ouch. Maybe it's an omen that in 2017, the year of the "new music", we start with a recording from 1961. A bit of foreshadowing that "What'd I say" cover, given Page was on the Brenda Lee cover of the track 3 years later.
  13. Mick Wall speculated in his Zep book that Jimmy Page was angry at Grant for negotiating Plant's solo deal with Atlantic. The final nail in the Zeppelin coffin as it were. I still think that encounter as described by Stephen Davis is nonsense, apart from anything else, it doesn't sound like the way Page talks.
  14. Page said Shake my Tree, which ended up on the Coverdale Page album, came from a jam around that time, and was considered for inclusion on ITTOD, but didn't make the cut.
  15. Hi all, Alison Krauss is doing a webchat on the Guardian newspaper next Monday, here's the link Raising Sand comes up in the questions, as you'd expect. Along with whether there'll be another collaboration between her and Robert Plant!
  16. He loves to sing Zeppelin songs and have his set list be full of the Zep catalogue as long as nobody in his band are former Zeppelin members. Was there not an invitation from Robert for Jimmy to work with him post O2, but the stipulation was it couldn't be anything related to Zeppelin-ish sounding music? I feel like this is all clouded because Plant so often jokes around in interviews or says stuff tongue in cheek that it's difficult to tell what his real view is. My two pe'nnorth: I believe he likes the freedom of being able to do Zep songs in completely different ways in his live stuff now, yet if asked he could still say something like "they're not exactly the old songs because they're in new arrangements". Would that be having your cake and eating it? Maybe, but as he co wrote these songs, hasn't he earned the right to do whatever he wants with them (as would Page and JPJ if they wanted to rearrange them in a live show of their own)?
  17. There's a photo (mislabelled in a magazine special as being from the first rehearsal in August '68) which was identified as likely taken backstage at the March '69 BBC show. But the Beeb's no camera policy was strictly enforced from what I heard, so nothing "onstage" that I know of.
  18. I heard that one idea with Carouselambra live was that it would be a "linking" song, with Jones playing excerpts from it on the DX-7 between songs in the main setlist (e.g. while Page changed guitars or Plant took a breather between tracks).
  19. I realize that the 1970's were not as litigious as they are today, but even back in the day, some of the stuff that Cole supposedly did to people would've resulted in his arrest and major lawsuits I recall Janine Safer, in the Barney Hoskyns "Trampled Underfoot" book, made some comment about how the band would get into trouble and "Steve Weiss would get them out of it" (p 209). I suspect also that some of the people Cole took out (the biker gang in the previous anecdote being a good example) well, police in the 70s (especially in Britain) figured they had better things to do with their time and turned a blind eye. Different world back then. So maybe 33% got "handled" by lawyers, 33% did happen but the police had better things to do than go after a tour manager, and then maybe the other 33% was exaggerated by Davis.
  20. This begs an interesting question: I've always assumed that Communication Breakdown (& Good Times Bad Times?) was already mostly written by the time the band had their first rehearsal. Presumably Page had been playing around with the riff at late period Yardbirds soundchecks or in the quiet period that June after the last US Yardbirds gig. But Keith Relf's voice would not have fit the track at all well imo, whereas it suited Plant's more tenor voice perfectly. So did Page always have a singer in mind with a higher pitch or wider range, even before seeing Plant sing? Or was it just serendipity?
  21. I recall a quote where someone asked him about his solo career, meaning Outrider etc, and he said "well Zeppelin was my solo career". I don't mind him being, if you like, curator of the Zep Museum, I just wish he'd stop saying "there will be new music next year" then not doing it. If he just said "no, after all, I'm done" then fine, I agree, he doesn't owe us anything.
  22. From memory of other threads in "Photos" 3) Jason Bonham posted a pic on Facebook a while ago that was reposted here, and came he said from late Aug / early Sept 1980. Your best bet is to use the search function to find it 8) as far as I know there are no known photos of the only day of reharsals at Bray in Sept 1980 but I could be wrong.
  23. I'm sure even if they had toured in 2009 with Steven Tyler / Myles Kennedy / whoever, they'd have had trouble credibly calling it Led Zeppelin. Bit like "Queen + Paul Rodgers", no one seriously thinks it's Queen do they, that band died when Freddie Mercury did.
  24. Now there's an image to conjure with.