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  1. I think it's all a smokescreen anyway. I've thought for a while the real reason he bailed on P&P was that by the '98 tour the African / world music stuff had been mostly stripped away and he suddenly realised it would soon turn back into "Zeppelin minus JPJ". (Even with that, Page said in an interview he wanted to bring JPJ in long term)
  2. I thought Page came out of "Trampled..." far worse than Bonzo or Grant (Oakland excepted). Specifically the stuff on the '77 tour.
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    The Trouble with Bonham. 1978-80

    Any idea that Bonzo's playing had deteriorated can be allayed by watching the Knebworth footage. Specifically Achilles Last Stand. I wonder if the collapse at Nuremberg had knocked his confidence, not in his playing but in his stamina? In all his time, he'd never let the band down once, and maybe that incident put doubts in his mind re the US tour. If you listen to bootlegs he's playing well before Nuremberg, but very conservatively afterwards. As bluecongo said, alcohol being a depressant doesn't help with confidence in the long term. The whole thing is so desperately sad, especially for the impact it had on the family.
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    Jimmy Page Vs Robbie Williams

    The fact that Page is also fighting similar plans from his other neighbour Harvey McGrath shows that this is not some personality / music clash, but that Page genuinely cares about the house.
  5. The great Diamond Head. That riff sounds Page-like.
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    Germaine Greer and Led Zeppelin.

    I think the footage is from when they went to Oz in 1972? It's from the longer sequence where JPJ talks about not doing charity shows (in the context of concert for Bangladesh) and Bonzo is interviewed wearing some enormous lapels.
  7. I'd give the Mick Wall a miss. Try Barney Hoskyns' "Trampled Underfoot" which is brilliant and interviews plenty of people around the band who've never spoken in other books. Staffers at Swan Song records, Peter Grant's wife Gloria, roadies like Henry Smith.
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    Is Jimmy Page done making music?

    You could argue that most musicians in rock have a creative well that runs dry after about 10-12 years. Beck is an exception but how many others are there? Has Clapton written a great new song in the last 25 years? Jagger or Keef? The Who? The vast majority of that 60s / 70s era of bands have been "back catalogue acts" since the late 80s now so Jimmy's not exactly alone in this is he. He's not helped himself by constantly promising a new album that doesn't arrive, but in every other sense, he's only same as most of his contemporaries.
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    Cause of plant/JPJ friction

    Certain British humour just doesn't translate abroad. Plant is a natural raconteur and extrovert and says a lot of stuff not meant to be taken seriously. Essentially him & JPJ are opposites: extrovert and introvert, Plant garrulous & JPJ laconic. Given his great mate Bonzo had huge respect for JPJ, I bet deep down Plant knows the band would never have been so good without Jones.
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    Jimmy Page Vs Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams is now in the news here for escaping a fire at some posh hotel in London. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-44393663 It's all go right now for the fat dancer.
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    Redditch to erect a statue of John Bonham in his honour

    The inscription is perfect. "resonate within the world of music and beyond" indeed. Well done to all involved, I think Bev Bevan was involved in this too?
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    George, your channel is one of the my go tos for drums on YouTube. Keep on rocking, and tell Terry to lay off the caffeine. 😃
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    Jimmy Page Vs Robbie Williams

    It can't be easy having to live next door to a gurning berk like Williams. That'd sap anyone's creativity. 😉
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    Jimmy Page Vs Robbie Williams

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-44290922 Latest....
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    Robert Plant - Pre-Zep History

    Isn't this significant? Iirc further back on this thread the latest BoJ date with Plant in the band was something like 16th/19th March 1968. Now this is the 30th. Or did they carry on using his name even after he'd left to go work with Alexis Korner? Edit: it's also the same venue Zeppelin played on 26th October 1968. Despite the name & address, Ewell College was actually sited closer to Epsom than Ewell.