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SteveAJones

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  1. SteveAJones

    Sir George Martin vs Peter Grant

    It's an apples to oranges comparison. George Martin was many things but he wasn't The Beatles manager. Peter Grant was many things but he was not Led Zeppelin's producer, arranger, composer, conductor or audio engineer.
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    LED ZEPPELIN'S 50th ANNIVERSARY PLANS?

    I don't anticipate that from Led Zeppelin at all. New releases are an opportunity to get Jimmy Page out of the house and on the road, if only for a cup of tea and a chat. Additionally, the label will expect him to support a heavy promotional campaign to maximize sales.
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    LED ZEPPELIN'S 50th ANNIVERSARY PLANS?

    Someone pointed out TSRTS will be released on Sep 7th, which coincides with the first date of their 1968 Scandanavian tour, so it seems things will be starting soon.
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    LED ZEPPELIN'S 50th ANNIVERSARY PLANS?

    The date they signed to Atlantic Records is known and would support mid-November as a launch point. January "makes the most sense" but not the most business sense. Ultimately, it's all about capturing the Christmas retail sales season. This held true for the first boxed set and a few other big releases along the way. EV jumped the shark awhile ago. I can't remember the last release that really captured my imagination, let alone purchased.
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    The Rest in Peace Thread

    Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, is hospitalized and said to be gravely ill.
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    LED ZEPPELIN'S 50th ANNIVERSARY PLANS?

    It is hard to believe today is the 50th, because although it quite likely is it quite likely isn't. The date of the first rehearsal remains unconfirmed and at this point probably never will be confirmed. For "business/commemoration purposes" such as promotion and marketing 50 years from the release date of their first album -- January 12, 1969 -- is the most appropriate date in my opinion. The date of their first rehearsal remains speculative, and besides even prior to that they were involved with PJ Proby's 'Three Week Hero' album. They were billed as The New Yardbirds in Scandanavia and struggled to be billed correctly by promoters on their first UK tour, though we know Jimmy discussed his Hindenburg concept for the first album with George Hardie at The Marquee in London on 10/18/68 prior to that evening's performance. I also like January 12, 2019 because it's just three days after Jimmy's 75th birthday--so there's obvious synergy there for celebrating Page the man as well as Page's music. Add to that it all more or less coincides with the start of a New Year and we have the perfect launch point! All that said, my hunch is they'll be going with October for primary product/release roll outs to capitalize on Christmas sales.
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    Tower House

    The Rolling Stones are quite clearly the greatest rock 'n' roll band of all time and it's not even close at this point. For one thing, they are still a going concern. Led Zeppelin delivered one concert length performance since 1980, nearly 40 YEARS AGO. Meanwhile, The Rolling Stones pulled in over $237 MILLION DOLLARS for occasional dates the last 12 MONTHS. We can only speculate what Page's true level of ambition was in in 2007, or is today, but there's no substitute for results and he doesn't have too many to show for the last 20 years.
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    New Jimmy Page Biography Released

    Yeah, Townshend was pushing Mehar Baba, Harrison was pushing Hare Krishna.
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    post anything

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    New Jimmy Page Biography Released

    Excerpt from 'The Durable Led Zeppelin: A Conversation with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant', Cameron Crowe, Rolling Stone, 13 March 1975. You live in Aleister Crowley’s home. [Crowley was a poet and magician at the turn of the century and was notorious for his Black Magic rites–Ed.] Page: Yes, it was owned by Aleister Crowley. But there were two or three owners before Crowley moved into it. It was also a church that was burned to the ground with the congregation in it. And that’s the site of the house. Strange things have happened in that house that had nothing to do with Crowley. The bad vibes were already there. A man was beheaded there and sometimes you can hear his head rolling down. I haven’t actually heard it, but a friend of mine, who is extremely straight and doesn’t know anything about anything like that at all, heard it. He thought it was the cats bungling about. I wasn’t there at the time, but he told the help, “Why don’t you let the cats out at night? They make a terrible racket, rolling about in the halls.” And they said, “The cats are locked in a room every night.” Then they told him the story of the house. So that sort of thing was there before Crowley got there. Of course, after Crowley there have been suicides, people carted off to mental hospitals … And you have no contact with any of the spirits? Page: I didn’t say that. I just said I didn’t hear the head roll. What’s your attraction to the place? Page: The unknown. I’m attracted by the unknown, but I take precautions. I don’t go walking into things blind. Do you feel safe in the house? Page: Yeah. Well, all my houses are isolated. Many is the time I just stay home alone. I spend a lot of time near water. Crowley’s house is in Loch Ness, Scotland. I have another house in Sussex, where I spend most of my time. It’s quite near London. It’s moated and terraces off into lakes. I mean, I could tell you things, but it might give people ideas. A few things have happened that would freak some people out, but I was surprised actually at how composed I was. I don’t really want to go on about my personal beliefs or my involvement in magic. I’m not trying to do a Harrison or a Townshend. I’m not interested in turning anybody on to anybody that I’m turned on to … if people want to find things, they find them themselves. I’m a firm believer in that.
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    Random Thoughts v.3

    Did someone hack your account. Oh well, I'll play. Hard to believe this sitcom ever existed.
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    Random Thoughts v.3

    This is what happens when people become convinced the be all and end all of existence is free college, or going to college. Then it becomes perpetual adolescence, remaining or returning to school to collect another degree. I never got bored enough with my summers to start yearning for school, That was the last place I wanted to be, particularly in August.
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    New Jimmy Page Biography Released

    Yeah, I know. I mean I'd gone to Boleskine House a couple of times, not so much for the Crowley connection, whom I never found particularly interesting, as for the Page connection. I remember a family member found a copy of Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon in my home and went off on some rant about moral turpitude. What can I say, I find that book fascinating and it's not even particularly related to the occult, aside from the fact it was written by Kenneth Anger. Robert Plant explained it best in an interview with Chris Tetley in 1988 when he said (paraphrasing): "If someone tells the Baltimore Herald that they saw Jimmy hanging upside down in his hotel room like a bat, well they may have been exaggerating you know? What Jimmy Page does in private is of no particular concern to anyone else".
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    New Jimmy Page Biography Released

    It became overblown when his interest in Crowley and the occult was used to explain every single tragedy the group experienced after 1975.
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    NO ROBERT PLANT?!?!?

    A mix without Plant would sound like rehearsals for the Outrider tour.
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