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  1. Disappointed that no interviewer, to my knowledge, has crow-barred in a question along the lines of "Will anything be released or done to mark Zeppelin's 50th anniversary next year?"
  2. After watching that One Show interviewer, have to admire Plant. At 69, still such a verve for life and doesn't take himself too seriously. He's a multi-millionaire but still plays fives and goes for a pint with the boys. Plus he stays in Britain and hasn't jumped ship to save on tax. Nice one, Percy!
  3. Great performance of Bones of Saints on Later. Loved that swampy guitar sound and the low toms on the drums.
  4. Plenty live on 6Music today

    I wonder if Jimmy is curious and has taken a peek at this performance?
  5. Plenty live on 6Music today

    The BBC engineers know how to record a gig. Sounds fantastic.
  6. Plenty live on 6Music today

    I think one or two Zep numbers in the encore would suffice. Plant's argument would be that he's taken the original versions and twisted them into something different with the SSS. So, in that sense, he's not a jukebox and more of the "Mighty Rearranger". There will also be the consideration of keeping the audience happy and selling tickets.
  7. Plenty live on 6Music today

    Unsurprisingly 6 Music posted a clip of Plant performing WLL on their website to lure in casual viewers, but must be kind of demoralising for him that they chose a clip of him singing a 1969 song from his "old band" as the promo. After all the years he spent trying to shake off the past and it still defines him. It always will...
  8. Jimmy Page will speak at the Oxford Union - 23 October at 8pm

    I can honestly say that I've not watched, read or heard, any Jimmy Page interview that has been very revealing or entertaining. He doesn't go into any great detail or depth on anything, not even the music, and there's no anecdotes or amusing stories to compensate. In recent years it has got worse and he just wants to talk about how great Zep were and deal in complete generalisations. My expectations for this talk are extremely low.

    I always loved the malevolent intro to this song when it was played live (especially the Knebworth 11th version when the camera cuts to Jimmy's face and he looks like an extra from The Walking Dead). Another treat is hearing Page playing his blue strat live: bending chords with the whammy bar and conjuring up demonic sounds. The one thing that never quite worked was the guitar sound blending with the synth. They never seemed to gel to form a powerful hole and sounded quite distinct. Maybe a limitation of the technology and sounds available at that time.
  10. Jimmy Page will speak at the Oxford Union - 23 October at 8pm

    No chance it will be a debate. Knowing Jimmy, it will either be a written speech—from which he will not deviate—or at the most some questions that have been heavily pre-vetted by his PR team (Ross Halfin). It's clear Jimbo just wants to be feted now as the Godfather of Rock, rather than a musician still putting out music and taking chances. Which is all good, if he hadn't said he was going to get back out there about 5,000 times when he was promoting the remasters, and for several years before that.
  11. Jimmy Page will speak at the Oxford Union - 23 October at 8pm

    Another appearance from the wizard who no longer casts any spells...
  12. Good point. Macca's voice is weak and shaky now and he can't do the earlier material justice. As I've also said, at the age of 69 Plant is maximising what potential he has left.
  13. It doesn't seem to have much natural ambience to it and sounds over-produced, with kind of fake reverb and other conspicuous digital post-processing. I also find the mix doesn't gel and some of the sound effects to be jarring, especially that repetitive sound on the Bluebird track. Just my personal opinion. I'm sure others love the production. I do admire him for putting out new music and have seen him in concert numerous times. But at 69, I feel his voice is beginning to sadly fade.
  14. I'm not liking the production on this album, it sounds amateurish and reeks of ProTools 101. Just can't get into Plant's "singing" either. It's like he's talking/whispering and aping Johnny Cash in his later years. But at least Percy's creating new music, and not remastering one of Bonzo's farts from 1976.
  15. Coverdale/Page

    It's got nothing to do with that at all. There's a general census on this forum that CP has Page's best studio playing since Zeppelin, featuring the old guitar army back in force. The criticisms are generally that Coverdale's lyrics are cheesy and the production is over-blown, and are unrelated to Plant's jibes at Coverdale. It might be a cultural thing as well. I reckon a lot of American listeners won't mind the lyrics and production, but the Brits will def think they're a bit on the Somerset cheddar side.
  16. Given his age (69) and his voice, I think Plant is maximising his potential in the twilight of his career. The time for a full-blown Zep reunion was 1990 or 1994, when the timing was right and they were all still relatively young (my preference would have been following of the back off the Remasters campaign in 1990). But hats off to Plant for keeping himself happy and pushing forward musically, even if that pees off Zep fans who still can't get past his refusal to tour after the O2 show. I still think Percy is at his best when he has a strong collaborator by his side, but at his age he's unlikely to want to do that again.

    I pray to God it doesn't involve something already released being remastered. That would be very underwhelming.
  18. Is Jimmy Page done making music?

    Technology and the cost of shooting properly in 16mm with multiple cameras was certainly a factor. Back then, pre-video, management would have only seen a cinematic release as a way of recouping the outlay of the film. But by 1980, Floyd couldn't even get the technology right and their concert film of the Wall is notoriously dark. I think Zep could have selectively done some TV shows, like the Old Grey Whistle Test and the Beat Club, which did feature longer performances and more out-there bands. Captain Beefheart springs to mind. I also remember buying a compilation of Free performances on TV and some had brilliant sound and did capture the raw energy of a live performance.

    If Jimmy pulls out all the stops and give us a banquet of old Zep live stuff for the anniversary, then all will be forgiven for not coming good on his new music.

    Won't these anniversary celebrations clash with Page's new album and solo tour? ;-)
  21. Redditch to erect a statue of John Bonham in his honour

    I actually think the whole inert statue concept is now passe. Obviously budget and location was a limiting factor on this occasion, but some sort of multimedia, interactive installation would have been great. I literally want to feel Bonham's legendary bass drum beater in the walls of my gut as I approach him.
  22. Anyone watching TWIN PEAKS???

    Yes, on the whole, I really enjoyed it, although the early "Douggie" stuff was a bit tedious and I nearly stopped watching. The ending was a complete mind bender. I think Lynch likes to create a piece of art and let us debate what it all means. IMO, he's more into aesthetics than literal meaning. I thought it was his best since Mulholland Drive.
  23. Anyone watching TWIN PEAKS???

    Episode 8, with the atomic bomb, was the most beautiful and terrifying television I've ever seen.
  24. Redditch to erect a statue of John Bonham in his honour

    Yeah, it looks a bit cluttered from the artist's impression, but hopefully the real statue will look better when you see it in the flesh. At least he's not clutching a mudshark or doing jobbies in a handbag.