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the body electric

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  1. Here is a Tumblr essay, titled "Trampled Under Foot," about my experience growing up with this great band. Cheers. In The Light Since 1972.
  2. When I first got Destroyer on vinyl sometime around 1980 when I was in high school, I struggled with the whole thing until I got to the Theremin solo. It blew my little psychedelic mind away. I love the Theremin solos of the 1977 tour. They were ahead of their time. I don't feel the same way about the noodling before or the bow after. The Theremin solo of 6/25 is my current favorite. There is just something otherworldly about the echoes he gets. I love it to no end. The thought of those sounds bouncing around an arena are just breathtaking to me. I want to create a compilation of them someday.
  3. Thanks! In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin.
  4. In the late 70's/early 80's there was a legendary record store in downtown Tempe called Roads To Moscow. One day I asked the owner if he had any more Zeppelin vinyl coming in and he began to look around nervously. He pulled out a milk crate full of boots and said "Don't tell anyone." That day I bought the original Destroyer. Six months later I stop in the store and every rack, and I mean every one, had been magically transformed to bootlegs. Almost all by Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and the Stones. And some Beatles. I bought the first two Knebworths. I took a break from buying boots, taken aback by the horrendous sound of the Knebworth lps. I was soon back on track after buying an amazing recording of one of the original The Wall performances. I do mean amazing. Soon thereafter I bought My Brain Hurts, Bonzo's Birthday Party, Montreal '75 (with cover featuring HR Giger of Alien fame, along with a an image of (I assume) Giger reclining next to one of his images. Bizarre.), and Bonzo's Last Stand. In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin.
  5. Here are my fifty favorite guitar solos of all time. The list is not necessarily representative of bands that are my favorites. It is simply my personal definitive list of guitar solos that, through emotion or technical facility, are my favorites. In order. Numbers 28, 29, and 30 are what I call the "Anti-Solos." When I first heard them I hated them with a passion. For years. Then, over time, I began to see their beauty, even if they were still counter-intuitive and stark. If Jimmy Page appears underrepresented here, it may be because I love him more for his songwriting and producing skills. And while I do not love any of these bands more than Led Zeppelin, I can say with certainty that guitarists like the Edge, Alex Lifeson, Randy Rhoads and Allan Holdsworth have the uncanny ability to deliver guitar solos that leave me stunned and breathless. Every time. 50. Alone Again George Lynch Dokken 49. Lay It Down Warren DiMartini Ratt 48. Rainbow In The Dark Vivian Campbell Dio 47. Looks That Kill Mick Mars Motley Crue 46. You’re All I’ve Got Tonight Elliot Easton The Cars 45. Communication Breakdown Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin 44. Deuce (live) Ace Frehley Kiss 43. The Spirit of Radio Alex Lifeson Rush 42. Punk Rock Classic John Frusciante Red Hot Chili Peppers 41. Rocky Mountain Way Joe Walsh Joe Walsh 40. Haitian Divorce Dean Parks Steely Dan 39. Jesus Just Left Chicago Billy F**ckin’ Gibbons ZZ Top 38. Home Martin Gore Depeche Mode 37. Caught In A Dream Glen Buxton Alice Cooper 36. The Rover Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin 35. Third Stone From The Sun Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix 34. Too Many People Hugh McCracken Paul McCartney 33. Talk To Ya Later Steve Lukather The Tubes 32. Mountain Song David Navarro Jane’s Addiction 31. Bullet The Blue Sky The Edge U2 30. The Loco-Motion Mark Farner Grand Funk Railroad 29. Driven To Tears Andy Summers The Police 28. Shadows Of The Night Neil Giraldo Pat Benatar 27. Tom Sawyer Alex Lifeson Rush 26. Heartbreaker Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin 25. Dazed And Confused Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin 24. Otherside John Frusciante Red Hot Chili Peppers 23. Don’t Forget Me John Frusciante Red Hot Chili Peppers 22. Was There? Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth 21. Sand Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth 20. Neal And Jack And Me Robert Fripp King Crimson 19. Mean Streets (intro) Edward Van Halen Van Halen 18. Too Young To Fall In Love Mick Mars Motley Crue 17. The Thing That Should Not Be Kirk Hammett Metallica 16. Bulls On Parade Tom Morello Rage Against The Machine 15. Stick It Out Alex Lifeson Rush 14. Believer (live) Randy Rhoads Blizzard of Ozz 13. Subdivisions Alex Lifeson Rush 12. Metal Fatigue Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth 11. The Garden Slash Guns N’ Roses 10. Hocus Pocus Jan Akkerman Focus 9. In God’s Country The Edge U2 8. New Years Day The Edge U2 7. Limelight Alex Lifeson Rush 6. Because It’s There Michael Hedges Michael Hedges 5. Devil Take The Hindmost Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth 4. One Foot Out The Door Edward Van Halen Van Halen 3. Lay Lady Lay Mike Scaccia Ministry 2. Flying High Again Randy Rhoads Blizzard of Ozz 1. Ease Steve Vai PIL Edit: Hmm. Any idea how to paste a word document so I can maintain the columns? In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. solos.htm
  6. Wow! Zero Dark Thirty isn't showing here yet. What did you like about it? Can't wait to see it. Did you enjoy "What Is And What Should Never Be" from Silver Linings? In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin.
  7. For the last several years I have been documenting the films I see in the theater in a given year. I saw 35 in 2012, a personal record. My recommendations are in bold. Happy New Year! Mission: Impossible. Imax. Arizona Mills. 1/21/12. Young Adult. Tempe Marketplace/13. 1/26/12. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Arizona Mills/13. 2/16/12. Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Films. Valley Art. 2/23/12. The Artist. Camelview/5. 2/25/12. Being Flynn. Camelview/2. 3/22/12. Casa De Mi Padre. Arizona Mills/10. 3/31/12. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Camelview/2. 4/7/12. The Hunger Games. Tempe Marketplace/10. 4/19/12. Damsels in Distress. Camelview/5. 4/21/12. Marley. Valley Art. 5/3/12. The Dictator. Tempe Marketplace/11. 5/26/12. Bernie. Camelview/2. 5/28/12. Prometheus. Imax 3D. 6/8/12. Bill W. Harkins Shea/14. 6/9/12. Moonrise Kingdom. Camelview/2. 6/17/92. Savages. Tempe Marketplace/16. 7/7/12. Ted. Tempe Marketplace/9. 7/14/12. Take This Waltz. Camelview/1. 7/15/12. Beasts of the Southern Wild. Camelview/1. 8/4/12. The Campaign. Tempe Marketplace/7. 8/11/12. Killer Joe. Camelview/1. 9/8/12. The Master. Tempe Marketplace/8. 9/21/12. Celebration Day. Chandler Fashion Center/15. 10/17/12. Smashed. Camelview/5. 11/5/12. Flight. Tempe Marketplace/15. 11/8/12. Lincoln. Tempe Marketplace/16. 11/19/12. Psycho re-release. Valley Art. 11/22/12. Hitchcock. Camelview/3. 12/1/12 Silver Linings Playbook. Tempe Marketplace/4. 12/2/12. Argo. Tempe Marketplace/6. 12/20/12. Hyde Park On The Hudson. Camelview/3. 12/23/12. Rust And Bone. Camelview/4. 12/25/12. Django Unchained. Tempe Marketplace/Cine Capri. 12/30/12. Skyfall. Tempe Marketplace/5. 12/31/12. Film: 1. The Master 2. Moonrise Kingdom 3. Flight 4. Silver Linings Playbook 5. Beasts of the Southern Wild Actor (all categories): 1. Philip Seymour Hoffman/The Master 2. Denzel Washington/Flight 3. Amy Adams/The Master 4. Daniel-Day Lewis/Lincoln 5. Christoph Waltz/Django Unchained Director: 1. Paul Thomas Anderson/The Master 2. Wes Anderson/Moonrise Kingdom 3. Robert Zemeckis/Flight 4. William Friedkin/Killer Joe 5. Quentin Tarantino/Django Unchained In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin.
  8. Well done. Who are your influences? Happy New Year everyone! In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin.
  9. Henry Grossman article in NY Times, including slide show. Happy New Year! In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin.
  10. Nice. In my essay there is a guy who saw this tour in Tucson at the U of A's Student Center for free in 1989. In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin.
  11. I agree!!! In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin.
  12. I saw the same tour in Phoenix front-row center. With Tom Morello's new band. Loved both bands. I was surprised that NIN was opening. I discovered both bands in very dramatic fashion the same winter of 1992. In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin.
  13. Sly & The Family Stone: Dance To The Music, Life, Stand! Frank Zappa: Bongo Fury, Zoot Allures, Zappa In New York Mastodon: Leviathan, Remission, Crack The Skye What about Leonard Cohen? Motorhead?? In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin.
  14. Can't believe I forgot Steely Dan! Mine would be The Royal Scam, Aja, and Gaucho. In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin.
  15. In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin.