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gibsonfan159

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  1. gibsonfan159

    Still the greatest rock band!

    Thanks for the first hand account. It's weird, and maybe it's just the hick town I grew up in, but I never heard any older person talk about Zep. The Stones, Beatles, Elvis, sure. But never Zep. I imagine that the fourth album had a greater impact than most people my age realize. Black Dog, Rock And Roll, Stairway To Heaven, Misty Mountain Hop, Going To California- that's five radio staples on one album, and the other three tracks aren't too shabby. They had more of a general appeal radio format as well, which probably got those soccer moms interested in seeing them live lol.
  2. gibsonfan159

    Dragon Telecaster Re-created

    Absolutely. Let me clarify here as my wording was poor; I certainly didn't mean they didn't accept them well, as single coils are very popular through fuzz boxes. I mean they have a sound that is very thick and lacking clarity compared to a humbucker that cleans up the signal and adds crunch over fuzz. I know I shouldn't blame the Tele solely as the Tonebender was mainly to blame. But even with the TB, I preferred the Les Paul tone he had later. I'll let the examples below do the talking. You can clearly hear more muddy/overly fuzzy tone with the Tele compared to the crunchier performances with the LP. Then fast forward to 71-73 and the fuzz is completely gone (along with the Tonebender I think). But to sum up my point/opinion, I really did not care for that flat, muffled, tone of the earlier performances, which was enhanced by the Tele.
  3. gibsonfan159

    Still the greatest rock band!

    Foo Fighters. A notch above Nickelback. Anyone else find Zep's success kinda strange? Now of course I'm speaking as an 80s kid who didn't experience it first hand, but most of the band's catalogue is very offbeat musically and doesn't really have that cookie cutter, mass appeal format or production. It couldn't all be because of Stairway and Kashmir could it? Or just because they "Put on a great show". Now don't get me wrong, Zep are by far my favorite band and I truly understand and respect their talents, but it never really seemed to me like those talents were ever geared toward a massive, general audience. More for like blues rock, folk crossover die hards. Even their setlists, 1977 for example, seem oddball for an average listener. Tracks like TSRTS, a weird, upbeat progressive style overture with a twelve string guitar and just a few verses. Sick Again- A solid rock track, but was it really that popular? Not exactly Highway To Hell or Brown Sugar. IMTOD- a 10 minute slide blues track. Did this thing even get played on the radio back then? Ten Years Gone is a wonderful tune, but even a ballad like this seems oddball stacked up to something like Angie or [other popular rock ballad]. Apart from Going To California, none of their acoustic tracks seemed to be radio staples. Then something like Achilles Last Stand- as badass as the track is, imagining teenage girls or middle aged dudes wanting to hear it live is difficult for me (though I suppose a lot of the girls were there for other reasons). Then factor in Plant's high pitch, wailing vocals (which a lot of people don't like) and it's hard to picture Led Zeppelin as the leading rock act throughout the 70s. Long story short, Zep always seemed like the underground band the cool kids in school would go see while the average listener saw Paul McCartney or Elton John. I just find it hard to imagine that Misty Mountain Hop and Dancing Days could compete with the other 70s rock staples that were flowing out in the 70s. Maybe some of the old timers here will give their account on the driving appeal of Zep back in the day.
  4. gibsonfan159

    Dragon Telecaster Re-created

    I appreciate your rebuttal but that makes no sense. Fender pickups are single coil and they don't "accept" overdrive well, which in turn causes them too sound fuzzier than the humbuckers used in Gibsons. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing as lots of people like yourself prefer that 60s fuzz tone. The only problem is that you have to roll the top end off to keep the highs from splitting your ears, which dampens the tone. Just listen to the solo on Communication Breakdown. No top on it at all and it sounds slightly muffled. I will agree that Dazed sounded good with the Tele tone. But I think tracks like You Shook Me and HMMT would've benefited more from the cleaner, more menacing crunch of a humbucker. My biased opinion of course.
  5. gibsonfan159

    LZ's 50th Anniversary not a happy one everyone.

    Plant tours regularly, Jones usually has something going on. Jason does his Led Zeppelin Evening shows. Page is the only one you can't see. So it's not really a matter of not getting to see them. And even if they all toured together, I would hardly call it "Led Zeppelin". That band is long gone.
  6. gibsonfan159

    LZ's 50th Anniversary not a happy one everyone.

    Zeppelin fans- "Boy, I don't care how old you are, you gonna get on that there stage and play me a song or I'll get my whooping stick out. YOU HEAR ME BOY?" Edit: This doesn't include all fans, but many of them it seems.
  7. gibsonfan159

    Eddie Van Halen slamming Page

    This whole discussion is based on guesses until further proof presents itself, which was what Badgeholder stated and what I agreed with. Thus, puts it to rest. The most sensible deduction, even if an assumption, would be Mike referencing a friend named Ed who accompanied him during concerts. Anything beyond that might certainly be possible, but definitely more unlikely. But who knows, maybe Eddie was a voice in Mike's head being fed to him by aliens.
  8. gibsonfan159

    Orlando overlooked

    That's gotta be the biggest bootleg tease ever. One of the best performances and it stops when it gets good.
  9. gibsonfan159

    Eddie Van Halen slamming Page

    I think this puts the whole thing to rest. Good post. On a side note, the structure of "Eruption" is obviously a direct take on the Heartbreaker solo, especially the live versions. I personally think he was making a statement musically to show how much more proficient he was compared to the old dinosaur rockers. EVH is just insecure enough to do something like this, so I think it ties into his criticizing Page.
  10. gibsonfan159

    Eddie Van Halen slamming Page

    I posted a quote from EVH above. Edit: The quote says he picked up the tapping inspiration in 71, not when he criticized Page's playing. I'd like to see that article myself.
  11. gibsonfan159

    Orlando overlooked

    I compared Immigrant Song from 9/29 to Orlando and was surprised to find Page on a much higher level for the latter. The 9/29 performance sounds weak compared to his soloing on Orlando. Let's not talk about Japan 72 lol.
  12. gibsonfan159

    Orlando overlooked

    Definitely on my top five list. Immigrant Song comes blasting in heavier than I've ever heard it. Bonzo is lively, Page is exceptional, it's just a beast of a performance.
  13. gibsonfan159

    Eddie Van Halen slamming Page

    That sounds like the most likely scenario to me. However, if they saw that show on the 24th I could certainly understand if Eddie criticized him lol.
  14. gibsonfan159

    Eddie Van Halen slamming Page

    In the late 1970s, Eddie Van Halen popularized the two-handed tapping technique. Van Halen claims that his own inspiration came from Jimmy Page: "I think I got the idea of tapping watching (Page) do his "Heartbreaker" solo back in 1971… He was doing a pull-off to an open string and I thought… I can do that, but what if I use my finger as the nut and move it around?"
  15. gibsonfan159

    Eddie Van Halen slamming Page

    There's an interview where he says he and Alex went to the Forum to see Zep and that's where he saw Jimmy do the tapping technique during Heartbreaker. That would more than likely be either 71 or 72.
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