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Everything posted by Brigante

  1. Hah - I knew a girl who claimed she'd 'met' Nazareth backstage after a gig at Sheffield City Hall in 1979. Each of em. One after the other. Hey, it was the '70s and all that! She's a grandma now - I'm guessing this's not a yarn that gets told around the Xmas dinner table...
  2. The No Quarter edit really does pull you out of the song with a jolt and a lurch - it's a pretty cackhanded cut, I've got to say. You really do need the original - and, like Walter said, that way you'd also have the old solo at the end of Celebration Day, too.
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    New "Song Remains The Same" 2CD/4LP/3DVD Deluxe Set

    Probably due to past legal action taken by the Directors' Guild of America, when films have been edited without the copyright-holder's consent. I guess the copyright-holder of TSRTS wasn't up for a new edit and Jimmy didn't want the hassle/expense of fighting it.
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    The hype

    Oh, this thread's not about Bowie and Ronson's 1970 band, then?
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    Jimmy Page's Mom

    Outstanding - go, Grandbag, go!
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    Greta Van Fleet

    That singer's face is possibly even more annoying than Robbie Williams'... Why does he always look so damned happy? I mean, it's not as if he's young, talented, famous, successful and lasses like him, is it? Oh...
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    New Yardbirds

    This could explain how/why future Mott The Hoople singer/piano player, Ian Hunter, got involved in Mickie Most's short-lived alternative 'New Yardbirds.' Not sure of the timing but, apparently, after Jimmy said he wasn't interested in Hunter, Mickie Most hired him and a handful of cronies (Johnny Gilpin on lead vocals, Mick Strode on guitar and Dave Dufort on drums - Hunter appears to have played bass!) and created a rival New Yardbirds. According to Hunter, they were 'paid wages for about a month' but sat around idling and then Most saw the folly and gave it up. Strange thought.
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    Robert Plant "Non Stop Go" Tour 1988

    Yes, a friend of mine once interviewed Francis Dunnery (for The Derbyshire Times!) and said he was a really good bloke. Unfortunately for me, I sat through It Bites' support set in 1988. It was like a repeat of Then Jericho, who'd supported Iggy the year before. That's not a good thing...
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    Robert Plant "Non Stop Go" Tour 1988

    It Bites? It Shites, more like...
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    Seven Nation Army

    On the way to a dig near Pontefract Castle in 2004, Seven Nation Army was the last thing we heard on the car radio just as we got to site - the bastd thing was in everyone's head all day long! I've never wanted to hear it since...
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    Is Jimmy Page done making music?

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    Saxon thread

    Thank fck someone else's said it! I thought that when I saw it on TOTPs way back in 1981, but you're the only other person I've heard say it. I'm not even vaguely approaching any kind of Saxon fan - I suppose you could say I've seen them, as I was at the first Donington in 1980, although I went for a wander while they were on, so I guess it's more like I've 'heard' them live... Mind you, I did see Biff Byford waiting for a coach in the open-air part of the old Barnsley bus station in 1982. He was sporting a sheepskin jacket, so he was clearly off duty...
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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    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...
  19. 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...
  21. Killing Joke in Nottingham. Cue 'the sound of the earth vomiting'!
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    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).
  23. 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.