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Boleskinner

Are we in the Zeppelin end game?

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Not to be depressing, but are we in the Zeppelin end-game?

Page is virtually retired and has released the vast bulk of the archive material (well, what he deems useable anyway).

Plant is coming up for 70.

JPJs is in his 70s.

Another reunion is highly unlikely.

What's the best we can hope for now ?

I think most of the excitement will now come from soundboard releases.

For me, the holy grail would be some pro video footage we have not seen before or a soundboard of a great performance (77 LA run for instance).

 

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The short answer is yes, it's over and done. The three surviving members will never perform together again and Jimmy has already confirmed their most recent remasters campaign (with companion discs) was their last studio releases. The door is still open for one more live release (cd and/or dvd) but it seems they went with a remastered BBC Sessions release instead of something else from the archives (like Earls Court 1975). If the past is any indication, this would mean nothing new for at least another two years.  

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1 hour ago, SteveAJones said:

The short answer is yes, it's over and done. The three surviving members will never perform together again and Jimmy has already confirmed their most recent remasters campaign (with companion discs) was their last studio releases. The door is still open for one more live release (cd and/or dvd) but it seems they went with a remastered BBC Sessions release instead of something else from the archives (like Earls Court 1975). If the past is any indication, this would mean nothing new for at least another two years.  

I have to agree with you there.

The 50th anniversary of their formation is coming up next year, so hopefully we might get some surprise releases then.

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Sadly, ^this seems a good prediction. (although I'd be immensly happy with any official release)

I will continue to hold out hope for a full Earls Court release, and a "Final" live release that spans the 11 years. A "final word" that closes the vaults for good - as Jimmy will put it at that time.

I will also hold onto hope for Page and Jones to do something.

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Yeah Steve is pretty much right. I am a hardcore fan(duh, many others here are). For me though I ceased to be excited

simply by the live/companion disc output. If others find this stuff world-turning and amazing, that's great. I still find

Jimmy's inaction puzzling. He played real well with Roy Harper in 2011, so the arthritis/hand problems thing is 

very murky. As others and Steve has said, no 50 date hockey arena tour waiting, no project and no tour. And in those

live chats/interviews from 2-3 yrs ago, Jimmy's body language and dancing eyes showed much vitality, hardly some

ailing and fading old man. Shame.

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10 hours ago, SteveAJones said:

Jimmy has already confirmed their most recent remasters campaign (with companion discs) was their last studio releases

I read those same interviews, and when asked if this (namely, the last batch of remasters) was it, Jimmy replied that as far as the studio material goes, yes it was... that doesn't rule out a future live release, and Jimmy didn't explicitly do so, thus I'm still hoping that an Earl's Court live album is forthcoming sometime in future.  Maybe it's a forlorn hope, but I'll keep the faith nonetheless...

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Jimmy has been asked several times in recent years about future live releases. His answers have been all over the place. It seems as though part of him feels it's unnecessary since so much of it has leaked out on bootleg. There is also the question of what he has as opposed to what was stolen from his home. For me, just because something is out on bootleg shouldn't be a reason to not officially release it because if he has a first generation master, it's going to sound better than any bootleg.....especially once it has been manipulated and tweaked in a studio.

I know some people like having complete shows, but for me, I would like to get, for instance, the best of the 1980 tour in Europe so that we could get the best takes of each song so that the engineering crew doesn't have to do a bunch of edits.

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11 hours ago, Boleskinner said:

The 50th anniversary of their formation is coming up next year, so hopefully we might get some surprise releases then.

Release How The West Was Won on vinyl for the anniversary and the long version of All Of My Love for Record Store Day and I'd be happy as hell

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48 minutes ago, corduroyg said:

complete earls court on bluray!

There won't ever be an Earl's Court Blu ray... it was shot on videotape, which doesn't have the resolution for an HD upgrade, so don't hold your breath on that one.  I think we'll either get an Earl's Court live album and/or a vinyl release of HTWWW... or both if we're REALLY lucky.

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There will always be a anniversary of such an occasion, So that is a ideal time for things. Not sure what i can say, Oh that will be done and for when though. I just want anything official. I will be there with bells on, Lightning quick. Just want anything.

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3 hours ago, craigled said:

There will always be a anniversary of such an occasion, So that is a ideal time for things. Not sure what i can say, Oh that will be done and for when though. I just want anything official. I will be there with bells on, Lightning quick. Just want anything.

Here's hoping Page has one last hurrah up his sleeve for the 50th anniversary. A bumper archive live release would be sweet.

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6 hours ago, The Old Hermit said:

I read those same interviews, and when asked if this (namely, the last batch of remasters) was it, Jimmy replied that as far as the studio material goes, yes it was... that doesn't rule out a future live release, and Jimmy didn't explicitly do so.

Ok, then...that's exactly what I said.

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3 hours ago, craigled said:

There will always be a anniversary of such an occasion, So that is a ideal time for things. Not sure what i can say, Oh that will be done and for when though. I just want anything official. I will be there with bells on, Lightning quick. Just want anything.

The only anniversary-inspired release that comes to mind is that Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Stairway to Heaven single in 1991. There was allegedly some work done on the 1979 Knebworth video footage for a 25th (IIRC) anniverary release but nothing came of that. My point is their track record for anniversary-inspired stuff is almost zero. The 50th Anniversary will generate press coverage and perhaps some official merchandise, but I'm not holding my breath for it generating another official release (although Earls Court 1975 would be welcomed).   

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I think Page and Plant referenced the material having to be very good, for them ever to be a band again.  

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What would excite me most from them would be Knebworth.  I think it's a much stronger performance than Earls Court and has a lot less songs in common with HTWWW.  Other than that, we're still getting a rather steady flow of bootlegs.  Maybe maybe maybe someone closer to the band is holding onto higher-quality tapes of a few soundboards, but I doubt it.

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On 26/02/2017 at 0:05 PM, ArmsofAtlas1977 said:

What would excite me most from them would be Knebworth.  I think it's a much stronger performance than Earls Court and has a lot less songs in common with HTWWW.  Other than that, we're still getting a rather steady flow of bootlegs.  Maybe maybe maybe someone closer to the band is holding onto higher-quality tapes of a few soundboards, but I doubt it.

First night at Knebworth was pretty damn good.

Not Zeppelin's style, but I imagine there must be rehearsal footage filmed at Bray Studios and at the site which could be released as well.

I doubt the TV International company just rocked up on the day and filmed without a lot of planning, as the footage was originally planned to be released in a TV special.

Whether that footage still exists or not is another matter.

Just another potential pro-shot video to add to the list of Zeppelin folklore...

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