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About Strider

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    Blue-Eyed Merle
  • Birthday 07/29/1962

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    Livin' long enough to see Pontiac Silverdome 1977 released on DVD. 1970 Bath, 1971 Japan soundboards, 1968 Europe and UK tours are also ones I hope to live long enough to see.

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  1. Strider

    Happy 70th Birthday Robert Plant ! !

    Toast Robert's 70th with this drink created for his birthday. https://www.esquire.com/food-drink/drinks/a22750736/led-zeppelin-robert-plant-turns-70-cocktail-recipe/
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    Which shows do we know were multitracked?

    This has been completely blown out of proportion. All you have to do is listen to the tapes of the 1980 tour. That is the sound and behaviour of a European crowd. At most the American military contingent might be 30-35%....maybe as much as 40% or more at Nürnberg, München, or Berlin. The whole punk thing is being overstated, too. Germans, especially, have always loved their heavy metal. Whether it was Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple in the first wave or Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Accept, AC/DC in the NWOHM, any of those bands could tour the hockey/bicycle racing arenas of Germany and make a killing while even the most popular punk bands of the time would be lucky to fill a 500-seat club. If the 1980 European tour doesn't seem as grand as what Americans were used to from a Led Zeppelin tour, that was the band's and Swan Song's fault. With proper marketing and promotion, they could have done a tour just as big as the Who and the Rolling Stones or even Iron Maiden's World Slavery Tour of 1984-85. But clearly Led Zeppelin had no taste for that kind of tour at that time. By 1980 Led Zeppelin had not done a proper European tour since 1973. It wasn't that Europeans had moved on to punk...it was more that Europeans felt abandoned by Led Zeppelin as the perception was they only wanted to play in America. That, coupled with Swan Song's anemic promotion, led to the public image of the 1980 European tour as being underwhelming...as being a mere warm-up for the 1980 American tour. The European appetite for Led Zeppelin was always there. But, in a more cluttered media world and with the changes that the New Wave of bands (both punk and metal), it required a different approach from Swan Song than their usual nonchalance. This wasn't America in 1973, when the band could just announce a tour and it would sell out on word-of-mouth alone, with little to no advertising needed. European audiences in 1980, after a seven year absence, had to be enticed and coddled and prodded. Radio would have to be courted...singles released for the right market. Swan Song just wasn't up to the task back then.
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    If memory serves, a few people heard it before Freezer put the kibosh on its release...or something like that.
  4. Strider

    Happy 70th Birthday Robert Plant ! !

    Happy 70th birthday to the man who made singing about citrus and hobbits sexy! Rock on, Golden God!
  5. Strider

    2018 NFL THREAD

    With the Seahawks problems at receiver I am surprised Seattle hasn't tried to sign Dez.
  6. Strider

    Second best rythm section?

    Jerry Jemmott on bass. Roger Hawkins on drums. Not bad. But I would put Motown's Funk Brothers above them. James Jamerson on bass, Benny Benjamin on drums. Stax also had a crack rhythm section...Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass, Al Jackson, Jr. on drums.
  7. George is dead. Pete is alive. Pete wins by default. 😴
  8. Strider

    The Birthday Thread

    Happy Palindrome Birthday Esther! 🎂🍷🍻🎈❤
  9. Strider

    Jimmy Page Iconic Dragon Suit

    Now that's commitment. All you need to complete the deal are the slip-on loafers.
  10. Strider

    The Rest in Peace Thread

    So on August 16... The King of the Blues, Robert Johnson, died in 1938. The King of Baseball, Babe Ruth, died in 1948. The King of Vampires, Bela Lugosi, died in 1956. The King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, died in 1977. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, died in 2018. Oh...and Madonna was born in 1958.
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    I only saw Meatloaf in the Seventies so I got Karla DeVito as his duet partner.
  12. Strider

    I've Been Going to the...MOOOOvies

    Yeah, you are usually on the ball and informed so my bad on not catching your sarcasm. Hahaha. Colorado Springs. Say no more. I've been there myself and while its natural beauty was nice I was glad to put the city in my rear-view mirror. You'll enjoy the movie. While it deals with serious themes and horrific parts of history, Spike tells the story with verve and humour. There are some flat-out hysterical moments in the film. Don't be late...Alec Baldwin does a hilarious cold open much in the way like his "Put THAT coffee down" open in "Glengarry Glen Ross".
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    I've Been Going to the...MOOOOvies

    No. As it says in the credits it is based on Ron Stallworth's memoir "Black Klansman". Stallworth was the first black man on the Colorado Springs PD. https://www.amazon.com/Black-Klansman-Memoir-Ron-Stallworth/dp/1250299047
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    I've Been Going to the...MOOOOvies

    Best Spike Lee movie in years! Great cast. Adam Driver just keeps killing it! Who knew Steve Buscemi had a brother? For most of the movie, I'm thinking 'Is that Steve Buscemi? Damn, he looks old!" Then the credits roll and I see it is Michael Buscemi. The real surprise was that Eric Forman kid from "That '70s Show"...Topher Grace nails David Duke. Really inspired casting. I'll be seeing it again this weekend with some friends.