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  2. I saw Maiden open up for Priest in London in 1980. I didn't listen to much metal in the 80s, I still rate Priest's 70s work as their best, especially Sad Wings Of Destiny. And I still like the first Maiden album. They were great on the night.
  3. The photo was taken with Cairo rock band Les Petits Chats, at the Cairo Sheraton in May 1977. Here's a photo of them jamming as well:
  4. Today
  5. It was printed in the 1993 version of Fate of Nations that the environmental facts listed were courtesy of Friends of the Earth and gave their address, as well as the address of Greenpeace. No such affiliations printed in the 2019 version. Good for Robert Plant for donating all the proceeds from the sale of this album to an Environmental charity of his choice. Here's the new photos and environmental facts: According to the World Health Organization, 9 out of 10 people around the world breathe polluted air. An alarming 7 million people die each year from air pollution, with levels remaining dangerously high in many parts of the world. Plastics are estimated to represent almost 80% of the total marine debris floating in the world's oceans. On average 46,000 pieces of plastic are swirling in each square mile of our oceans and has been found as deep as 11km, meaning microplastics have contaminated even the most remote places on earth. The environment has long been a silent casualty of war. During armed-conflict, the environment suffers from neglect, exploitation, human desperation and deliberate abuse on a terrible scale. Oil wells have been set on fire, water wells have been polluted, crops torched, forests cut down, soils poisoned, and animals killed to gain military advantage. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is widely recognized to be the largest in history. An estimated 53,000 barrels poured into the Gulf of Mexico daily over three months, extensively damaging the marine environment. According to the Centre for Biological Diversity, the oil spill killed over 82,000 birds, 25,900 marine mammals, 6,000 sea turtles and tens of thousands of fish.
  6. The Easter weather bonanza continues. 24 degrees c. No cloud, no wind. Perfect for a golfing 2 days
  7. Does anyone have details on this photo of Jimmy from 1977?
  8. I couldn't press my luck considering I could've lost my license. I ended up with a $50 citation. He was actually pretty nice about it.
  9. Up On Cripple Creek - The Band
  10. I hope you actually said that. It's GOLD.
  11. In 1977 they were Gods. And decided to put on the most epic extravaganza they could - for better or worse. And when you think of the power and energy they were able to impart onto the audience, it is little wonder how so many who were lucky enough to attend the better '77 gigs all describe it so positively. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9K-Zv_pTfk ^A perfect example of how they were just melting faces. Imagine witnessing that. That power and presence would need to be experienced to be completely understood and appreciated. And this is what, 2hrs into the gig??? A gig that may have had a flat spot or two - but a 3hr gig probably demands you give the crowd somewhat of a breather so as not to wear them completely out. With all the excess and all the demons circling, they still delivered. I can't imagine a single soul left an LA or New York or many other '77 gigs with anything but a feeling of absolute rapture. Knowing that the experience was likely never to be topped. They were flawed, but they were Gods with an energy that had to be experienced.
  12. I don't think the ball will hit the roof, it's retractable and the Rangers will be the only team playing there. Along side of it is a new hotel and the venue Texas Live. Very similar to what was built next to the new Bush Stadium. Link to new ballpark: https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sports/Rangers-HKS-Release-New-Renderings-Construction-Details-on-Globe-Life-Field-506837251.html Link to Texas Live: https://texas-live.com/
  13. Maybe Strawberry was a reference to the wonderful strain of weed called "Strawberry Cough"? I do love some good Strawberry.
  14. They are rockin up in St Louis!
  15. Yesterday
  16. Nitpicking Page 6/20/1980 Voorst National, Belgium (Brussels Affair-Swingin Pig) A very dry. flat soundboard with some electrical buzzing issues, but very listenable. Train Kept A Rollin- Plant sounds a little rough, but a good energetic kickoff. Solo- wah soaked and murky, but sounds alright. Outro solo- Page lets loose for some decent runs. Nothing great here. "B". NFBM- Page's chording is a little loose and the maxed out overdrive doesn't help. It trods along with good energy though. Harmonica- very good, Plant plays excellent here. 2:32, sloppy chording. 2:59, Jones goes missing. Solo- There's a very thick line between phrasing and articulation here. If you don't notice the technique, it's a perfectly played solo. If you have an ear for details you'll hear very sloppy playing. Overall, not too bad. Bonham is thunderous as usual, but the other three are just sufficient. "B+". Chien Noir- Page practices his French on the opening. I bet this is how he wooed those 14 yr olds. Plant is sounding a little like scratchy 1973, take that as good or bad. They are definitely playing with attitude in any case. Solo- slightly lethargic, but Page's bends do sound nice. 5:31, the only real bum runs of the song. "B". In The Evening- 0:33, Plant comments "Strange sound, Benji" in reference to a buzzing sound which immediately stops. Undoubtedly talking about Benji LeFevre who had mixed roles with Zep, including audio engineer. Good opening and verses as far as a soundboard can be judged. Solo- thin and distant, but played very well. Outro solo- some blazing licks off the bat and some steady playing til the end. I'll note once again that Jones' keyboards only do harm to this live performance, where an exciting bass line would truly make it a great rocker. Despite the audio, I'll go "A" on performance. The Rain Song- A "zzrrpp" from Page plugging in his twelve string kicks the song off and an electrical buzz continues throughout the track. Good chording from Page and the keyboards are balanced well. Rock section- very good enthusiasm, played well. My source transfers to an audience source near the end, but sounds like Page gets the outro down. No reason to not say "A" for a 1980 performance. Hot Dog- A loose intro by Page. Plant sounds good but the piano crowds the mix. Solo- Overplayed and sloppy. He's completely given up on the hybrid picking part. Solid ending. "B". All My Love- Intro is lacking confidence and drags badly, though Plant sounds good. Synth solo- average. Guitar solo- terrible. Page stumbles badly and sounds out of it. The outro has more enthusiasm and drives along nicely, sounding very good. Still, a "C+". Trampled Underfoot- Good kick off and verses. Jones gets some funky riffs in. Solo- a good array of aggressive notes without going off the rails. 4:30-4:55 is excellent. A little sloppy after 5:30 but he builds it back up nicely. The wah licks toward the end are experimental and expressive. Not perfect, but once again a solid version of the song with tremendous energy. Unless future nitpicks prove otherwise, I think it's clear that this song was their baby for 1980. "A". SIBLY- Page teases the intro several times, getting reactions from the crowd. Decent noodling from Page to start, though a little relaxed. 2:07, Plant's voice has flattened. 2:11, a feedback blip makes Plant hesitate. Solo- Some good phrases for the first few bars. 5:38-6:00, repetitive and forced. The standard second half routine carries the song to the end in good fashion. Not bad, but I don't understand why they expanded the guitar nooding when they shortened other songs on this tour. "B+". Achilles- Page a little sluggish on the intro. Jones' bass barely comes through in the mix. Once it gets going they settle in nicely. 3:42, there's Jonesy. First solo (4:20)- I was expecting slop, but I got a well phrased/played solo with some unique country bends toward the end. Seriously impressive. Second solo (7:16)- Some technical issues with the guitar feed, but sounds pretty solid. 7:45, the vocal effects here sound dreadful. Third solo (8:35)- Such a terrible guitar tone coming through, but it's played fairly well. 9:45, one of the most badass drum fills I've ever heard from John. Page plays the outro adequately. Despite the intro, this is one of the most solid performances by Page ever on this track. The song overall though- a dragging tempo and a general feel like they weren't feeling it. A generous "B+". WS/BMS- 0:42, Page scolds the crowd for breaking his concentration. Strangely, he sounds completely sober for such lackluster playing tonight. 4:20, some experimental riffing. 6:00, I really like this new fingerstyle phrase he's added to it. BMS comes in a little sticky and Page takes a second to get back on track. It honestly sounds like Page attempts to play these songs solely by memory without practicing them since 1970. "B". Kashmir- A good balance with the audio though Plant sounds like he's holding his nose while he sings. 3:15, some off notes. Good energy toward the end for a fairly solid version. "B+". Stairway- Page teases a Mary Poppins tune on the start. Now we know where he stole the riff from. Once the wonky keyboard subsides and Jones comes in with some beautiful piano work the song starts moving nicely. Bonham enters and it starts sounding excellent, with Plant showing enthusiasm. 6:10-6:24, some very notable piano phrases that outshine the vocals. Solo- A good start but Page is sounding a little sticky. 8:20, the softer section doesn't have the emotion it usually does, but not bad. 8:56-9:08, Page knows he can't pull these speedy licks off anymore, so why attempt them? 9:43, slight flub. Page doesn't quite nail the final notes and Plant comes in scratchy for the climax. Not terrible, but not great. Worth a listen just for the piano. "B". Rock And Roll- Screeching guitar tone hard on the ears. Solo- A little sticky, but suitable for the song. A monster drum roll at the end for an alright version. "B+". WLL- Good energy, but Page struggles to hit a few of the added chords. Plant's voice has loosened up again and he sounds okay. The acid trip section is played well, with Bonzo putting down a speedy, psychotic groove. 4:37, Page forgoes the solo for a seriously badass guitar riff. Solo- About average. 5:51, Page singing along. Boogie Chillen- Lots of energy. Page's fingers aren't quite as nimble as they were in 72, but he survives the speedy runs and puts down an excellent solo. Bonham blasts some monstrous fills on the outro but Page is again struggling with the new added power chords. Not too bad at all. "B+". Final Assessment- The dry recording certainly doesn't help, but it's not as bad as you'd think. Page isn't exactly on fire, but he shines on a few songs. Highlights are a very solid In The Evening, a good Rain Song, another solid Trampled, and a highly entertaining WLL. Stairway is worth a listen. If you were to speed up Achilles a bit I'm sure it would sound excellent. Hot Dog and All My Love however are near disasters for Pagey. In other words, it's a standard Led Zeppelin rollercoaster ride.
  17. Well yeah. But I meant if they played a set.
  18. Very nice, thank you. "The video footage went missing until it was presented to Page by bootleggers". That's particularly interesting. I wonder how much he's bought back but hasn't released.
  19. 3/4 of Led Zeppelin was better than none.
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