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  1. I think Robert was a Doors fan early on, but was really disillusioned after seeing them at Seattle Pop in 1969. He told Melody Maker: 'He hung on the side of the stage and nearly toppled into the audience and did all those things that I suppose were originally sexual things, but as he got fatter and dirtier and more screwed up, they became more bizarre. So it was really sickening to watch. My wife and I were there watching and we couldn't believe it.' Jimmy was equally uncomplimentary about seeing the Doors at the Roundhouse in 1968: 'I was surprised after hearing a lot of advance publicity in England about how sexy Jim M. was. How virile and whatever. I was surprised to see how static he was live on stage. Being dressed in black leather can only go so far but standing there like my father would on stage doesn’t really come across for me. As far as I could see the Morrison thing is just an embarrassment towards the audience.' Robert, at least, re-appraised Morrison many years later, apparently after Phil Johnstone kept hassling him to listen to the Doors' albums again - hence Break On Through on the '88 tour, etc.
  2. Agreed. Hoskyns contains a lot of first-hand testimony and a lot of new or rarely heard perspectives, so it's valuable for that. In contrast, Wall includes fiction where he attempts to put the reader in Jimmy's head, Robert's head, etc. Wall's book is worth having, but I wouldn't go there first.
  3. Brigante

    Jimmy Page Vs Robbie Williams

    Indeed! Would 'Cocknocker' pass as an alternative, every now and then?
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    Single female Zepp fans.

    LMAO (or whatever the kids said 12 years ago). Good one, IpMan!
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    Cause of plant/JPJ friction

    Yes, indeed, we've had this many, many times and it's this simple: 'parking the car' was just an off-the-cuff quip - a joke, a simple pisstake. Not a value judgement. Other than that? Robert gave some interview in the '80s where he said that there'd been times when he'd tried to discuss songs with JPJ, but Jonesy would go 'oh, I can't remember that one - what key was it in?' and Robert said he'd just sigh and go 'I dunno, Jonesy' and leave it at that. No big deal - you click less with some people than you do with others, is all. I guess there's Dave Thompson's claim that Robert played Pictures At Eleven for JPJ and Jonesy supposedly said 'I thought you could have done something a little bit better than that, old chap!' - but I don't think Thompson gave a source for that, so who knows how accurate that one is?
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    Exactly - Robert seems to think that he used to get a bit excited and overly enthusiastic! This is why, according to Kevin Shirley, Robert had various 'ad-libs - the baby, baby, babys' removed during the TSRTS remix. Mind you, Shirley also said that when they got to ‘Does anyone remember laughter?’, Robert 'winced and asked if we could delete it. I said, ‘No, you can’t erase that, it’s what people remember, part of history!’ So he very reluctantly allowed me to keep it in.' THAT'S how picky Robert is with his vocals...
  7. True enough and, once he was there, Robert obviously more than earned his place on merit and it was the cumulative chemistry of all four of them that produced the magic. But Robert wouldn't have been in Led Zeppelin at all if not for Jimmy. Jimmy's decision to hire Robert was a crucial gamechanger - if Jimmy had gone with someone else, pretty much Robert's entire life would've been different. I'm not saying he should phone the bloke every day and thank him, but that's a pretty fundamental thing, I reckon.
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    Gibson files for bankruptcy protection

    Exactly. And it pretty much is that simple. Cover that and you're solid, you can go from there - but lose track of it and you're on your way up shit creek. Gibson appear to have brought this on themselves. Well, as ye sow and all that...
  9. Killing Joke in Nottingham. Cue 'the sound of the earth vomiting'!
  10. Brigante

    Which Pre Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page Song Are You?

    Apparently, I'm I Can't Explain. Well, ok, so long as I can be the Bowie version (half-speed, with Ronson playing the solo from Shakin All Over).
  11. Yes, I finally dug out the book I'd seen it in - it's on p.154 of Neil Daniels' Robert Plant biography. Not a great book, so hadn't looked at it in a long time and only had a vague memory of it. In the light of Jimmy's comment, it's quite clear that he and Robert had different ideas and expectations re. P & P.
  12. Cheers, Steve. Good to get piffle like this swept off the table before the rumours take hold. Can't remember which book it was in, but it did seem unlikely!
  13. Brigante

    Nick Mason resurrects early Pink Floyd

    Arnold Layne is the only Pink Floyd song I like. Ok, maybe Wish You Were Here. And yeah, ok, maybe See Emily Play. Hmm, thinking about it, maybe Eclipse and Comfortably Numb and... Actually...cough...
  14. Speaking about the demise of Page & Plant, didn't Jimmy once say something along the lines of 'I wanted to eventually bring in John Paul Jones, but it was hard enough just getting two of us together'? I think that was in one of those more dubious Plant biographies, so I can't vouch for the accuracy of it, but if so, could this have contributed to Robert calling it a day before P&P could gradually morph into a Zeppelin reformation? Not that I think Jonesy would've been all that receptive, at the time - there was more likely to have been 'no chance', as Steve said.