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NealR2000

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  1. It all comes down to your personal preferences as to what particularly interests you with Led Zeppelin. All of the books, and even the salacious Stairway to Heaven and Hammer of the Gods, are good. However, if you want to focus on the ugly side of the band and the tales from the road, then those two aforementioned books are your best bet. I don't think for one minute that they are dishonest. Yes, there are some relatively minor inaccuracies, but they paint a fairly accurate picture of the Zeppelin on tour life that would have been Richard Cole's experience. It's all hotel rooms and backstage. Now if you want to get a different perspective, focusing a lot more on the music and creative process, then you are better off reading something like Dave Lewis' accounts.
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    BONHAM WOULD TURN 70 TODAY

    His demons were not uncommon for many of his peers at that time. Sadly, they got the better of him that fateful night in Windsor. I'd like to think that had he not fallen asleep on his back that night, we would have seen him continue to develop his remarkable skills. I fully recall from what I read in the media before his death that he was doing some amazing stuff. Even Pete Townshend, a well-known Zeppelin critic, made a comment about witnessing some amazing drumming from Bonham. As for the future of Zep had he lived, well that's a debate we could have forever. I have always liked to think that the band could have developed into a loose ongoing arrangement, whereby solo projects could be pursued with formal new album and tour every 5 years.
  3. It was a sad read, that book, as I felt Freddie was an old school gentleman, and genuinely honest. Grant was in his worst condition around this time and clearly bullied/threatened Freddie into a financial situation that effectively bankrupted him. All that stuff with aerial photos of the crowds and "experts" giving opinions on attendance numbers. It was the pre-digital days of concert management, and cash was how it ran. Sad.
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    Page's homes

    I believe he currently owns two homes, one being Tower House and the other being Deanery Garden in Sonning. Deanery Garden is close to, but not on the Thames.
  5. But this is tomorrow....
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    Whats up with Keith Richards on LZ?

    Just to add to the reasons, if you have listened to a lot of the famous musicians from that same era, you get a lot of snide remarks about Zep. They have mellowed a lot these days, but many of their interviews from the past had some Zep bashing in them. I always thought that money was by far the biggest reason. Many of these famous musicians, even the Stones and the Who, got royally ripped off in the old days, coming back from grueling tours with not a lot to show for it. Meanwhile, Zep were breaking records and drowning in cash thanks to the ways of Peter Grant. I can't help but think that this affected their peers, who in their resentment, shot back with words like shrieking, bombastic, vulgar, loud, pompous, etc.
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    Whats up with Keith Richards on LZ?

    Also, as a Brit, I suspect there was an element of north v south snobbery in terms of how Richards felt about Plant and Bonham. It was a big deal in the 60s/70s, where Londoners particularly had this view of anyone from "the north", which back then was anywhere north of Watford, as being unsophisticated and stupid. This was a general view but probably more acute in the music scene.
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    Whats up with Keith Richards on LZ?

    Two reasons why. 1. Richards is from the Chuck Berry style of rock and roll. There is a small amount of musical crossover to Zep, but for the most part, they are very different. 2. The rest is all about money, ego, concert grosses, record sales, etc.
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    Parents Comments About Zeppelin

    I think our respective dads were from different generations. I'm 58, so I suspect my dad was a little older than yours. For him, it was all Sinatra, Ella, and Dixieland jazz. The only music of mine that he ever made a positive remark about was Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". Talking of my dad, I just remembered back around 1975, he was at home and I was at school. My Zep albums were out. He told me that a couple of plumbers had been at the house and they had noticed the Zep albums. Apparently, one of the plumbers was a relative of Plant's. We lived in the UK Midlands. On a similar note, I worked pumping gas nearby and I made a point of writing LED ZEPPELIN is big letters on the cashier desk. I went to work one day only to find out that Richard Cole had been in for gas before I got there and he saw my graffiti.
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    Presence Success

    I think the lower reception that Presence received was due to several factors. 1. It was the time of punk. The music press was even more savage than usual on what was the biggest dinosaur band of all. 2. It was released fairly soon after TSRTS. Fans were still digesting that and were somewhat disappointed in it. 3. Artwork was a big deal then and Presence artwork was, well, very un-Zep. 4. Zep was light and shade. Presence was very electric guitar central without the usual softer side.
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    Parents Comments About Zeppelin

    Mostly negative responses from parents downstairs due to the volume from our bedroom (my brother and I). I do recall one meal conversation with my Dad who said that one of the songs sounded like moving furniture. It was Kashmir.
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    Thanks to fans, Final concert

    A tour? Not a snowball's chance in hell, despite it likely being the highest grossing concert tour ever. A one-off show? I highly doubt it. Robert, as always, is the decider. He finally did the O2 show and managed to deliver, along with the others. It put the debacles of the other post-split reunion shows to rest. Their slightly-tainted legacy was now well and truly back at the top of the mountain. Why risk it again? They are all in their 70s now and they do not need the money. So let's just pretend and say they are up for doing one big massive thank you show. Where would this be? Why the UK? The UK was a fairly large market for them, but if there were to be a one off thank you show, it would most certainly be in the States.
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    My Ringtone

    Normally, I have my cell phone ringer muted when I'm in the office, but I neglected to do that today and my phone rang. I took me a few seconds to get to it, but in the meantime, the office got a blast of the first 15 seconds of When the Levee Breaks. I work in a pretty conservative environment but nonetheless, I got several positive comments and looks of approval from co-workers. When I decided to pick a tune for my ringtone, I looked at all the Zep tracks and came to the conclusion that WTLB was the best, what with that amazing Bonham beat. Does anyone else here use a Zep tune for their ringtone, and if so, which one?
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    Who's got one?

    I can't imagine any photo in the book that's not already available for free online.
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