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About NealR2000

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  1. NealR2000

    Tower House

    True, but I guess he believed that Robert would cave, just like he had done in the past. Jimmy and Led Zeppelin is where the massive amounts of money are. Doing anything else doesn't even come remotely close. It's easy for us mere mortals to think that Jimmy is a multi-millionaire and shouldn't "need" the money, but it has always been a thing for Jimmy. I tend to think he wants to go out with one final huge bang, a record-breaking tour that eclipses anything done by the Stones/U2, etc. A way of putting one final chapter in the book of who really was the biggest.
  2. NealR2000

    Tower House

    Yes, but he will definitely tell you that we can expect some big surprises next year!
  3. NealR2000

    New Jimmy Page Biography Released

    As private a person as Jimmy tries to be, I just can't see anything to write about that hasn't already been put out. Whether it's artist Jimmy or the debauched Jimmy, it's all been said already.
  4. NealR2000

    New Yardbirds

    So he was looking for a vocalist/keyboardist. Can't see old Percy tinkling the ivories, but I do recall he did a little pub piano during his hiatus from the band after his son passed away. Anyway, fortunately he found a great vocalist and an amazing bassist/keyboardist/arranger/musicologist instead.
  5. NealR2000

    Tower House

    He appears to have made this his primary home in recent years, unlike in the past, where he would use it only for when he needed to spend time in London. It seems pretty clear that Jimmy engineered this article for the purposes of getting some positive publicity over his ongoing dispute with Robbie Williams. Jimmy is not the kind of person who would do an article like this out of the goodness of his heart. By that, I mean he is a highly private person who typically shuns this kind of personal publicity.
  6. 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.
  7. NealR2000


    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.
  8. 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.
  9. NealR2000

    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.
  10. But this is tomorrow....
  11. NealR2000

    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.
  12. NealR2000

    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.
  13. NealR2000

    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.
  14. NealR2000

    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.
  15. NealR2000

    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.