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Mark Williams

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  1. Mark Williams

    Robert meets up with Jimmy & JPJ recently

    Think you are quite right there Steve. Jimmy developed some sort of aversion to playing in a live format a long time ago.I (as a loyal fan of 40 years) think that he's lost his nerve.The lack of any sustained performance is pretty much co-incidental with having given up the booze (in particular) since the early 2000's. The only standout exception over 20 years was obviously the O2 show,which I was hoping he would have taken strength from,with or without Robert.Sure Jimmy has a wry smile on his face when he hears U2's 'With or without you'.
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    Robert meets up with Jimmy & JPJ recently

    Interesting to read in the Atlanta press interview with Robert ahead of Fridays opening night of tour) that he finally met up with Jimmy & JPJ recently.No dount based on what he goes on to say that just for Zeppelin 2018-2019 business purposes,presumably to agree content,releases etc. Just wish it were for more than that but any hopes yet again sadly extinguished by Robert's continued party line in the interview. https://www.ajc.com/entertainment/music/robert-plant-golden-god-ages-gracefully-solo-career/vQ2NjtWEnYo7URPk7dE8KP/
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    LZ's 50th Anniversary not a happy one everyone.

    I agree with that,but as Jimmy himself said,why let the genie out of the bottle again (2007) if not committed (to a return) ? I think Robert has always been conflicted on LZ's demise/relevance after '78 to be honest.That's one of the main reasons he steered away from replicating LZ's sound in his mid-80's period onward (Shaken 'n Stirred testifies).
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    LZ's 50th Anniversary not a happy one everyone.

    The relationship issue RP has with Jimmy (in particular),and with all that goes with 'Led Zeppelin' is an odd one. In that mid-late '80's period there were good vibes between them both,guesting on eachothers solo albums, impromtu appearances at each other's live solo shiws. But all that relative goodwill has continued to evaporate since 1999/2000 ,albeit for a brief sojurn in late 2007. All very sad really,and a huge missed opportunity in the history of rock music.
  5. Mark Williams

    New Plant interview

    This was a great interview. Great humour,chameraderie,chemistry. So different to the tensions,awkwardness of more recent interviews such as with Charlie Rose,!Celebration Day launch etc.
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    LED ZEPPELIN'S 50th ANNIVERSARY PLANS?

    Now there's logic in that Steve....but depends if Robert is 'not up to much' in 2019 & if the 'Capricorns' still have enough left in the tank to do it. Would be nice of Robert to repay his dues.....
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    LED ZEPPELIN'S 50th ANNIVERSARY PLANS?

    Folks, The lack of any action (even guesting on album or live,like Plant & Page used to do for each other - has ceased.But that has absolutely nothing to do with Roberts vocal abilities. It's purely down to relationships (or sadly the lack of them now). When relationships (say just between Jimmy & Robert) were good,you'd have for example Jimmy coming on for encore at the Hammersmith Odeon on Robert's Now & Zen tour (I was there),with Robert repaying the gesture like on 'The only One' on Jimmy's 'Outrider'. Sadly whilst they obviously have to communicate (all three) for LZ business stuff,the cameraderie & rapport ain't there anymore. That's what Robert needs - and his SSS buddies fulfill that role for him '(a gang'). Personally,I'd like to see either Jimmy or Robert do a few select acoustic shows with Roy Harper - now that would be great.
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    Plant 18 Tour

    Well,most would agree that it's far easier to tour with a bunch of nice guys who are going to do their best to continue pleasing their boss ie; avoid 'rocking the boat' ,or challenge the icon boss.Yes,agree creatively his outputs far exceed his old sparring partner Jimmy, but there in lies the rub.It would have been far more interesting & challenging to have taken Jimmy's embryonic ideas and reinvent ' Zeppelin' for the noughties back in 98/99 but that sadly didn't happen. its all too late now, but most true Zeppelin fans would wish for new material rather than tours,playing the old songs in same old formats.And in any case it needn't have been under the Led Zeppelin brand name anyway. Still,time has now passed so we must continue to admire Robert's energy & determination to press on.
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    Plant 18 Tour

    Spot on there SteveAJones. Justin Adam's 'dad dancing', having David Baddiel on bass, etc. just doesn't work for me - it just could (can still?) be sooo...much better with others (we know who). I think Robert has chosen the easier path of least resistance ie; surround yourself with competent musicians who are 'yes' men.Then you don't have to deal with egos of his old compatriots etc. But very bland unfortunately.
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