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  1. Gary's higher calling as an engineer! Robert www.anextranickel.com
  2. Gong is part of a reference to an old phrase "kick the gong around" which was slang to smoking opium. Unfortunately, certain members of the band were utilizing substances more frequently during the timeframe when Presence was recorded and released. An interesting choice for the band to record during this timeframe. Cab Calloway's "Kickin' the Gong Around" is referencing cocaine. Robert www.anextranickel.com
  3. I remembered Steve Jander posting at The Hotel years ago regarding Mick Hinton. The thread is titled: "Was Mick Hinton a mean drummer/tight with Bonham?". Here was Steve's reply: "Mick was mostly Bonzo's close friend and confidant. He knew how to set up, repair and tune drums but I never heard him play drums once (except for whacking on each drum during "sound check" to set levels). One of the guys on the Showco lighting crew, Gary C. was (is) a badass drummer and would occasionally sit down at Bonzo's kit and wail during the afternoon setup. I don't think the band picked their personal assistants for their musical abilities". Steve did not mention Jeff's name at all in this response. Robert www.anextranickel.com
  4. I have copies of John Vogel's SHOWCO 1977 three leg itineraries, and Jeff is not listed anywhere that I can find. Mick Hinton is listed. After all of these years I thought Jeff would at least provide some proof that he worked for John and traveled with the road crew. Even an image would be beneficial, but I have never seen an image of Jeff on the road in '77 with Zeppelin and the SHOWCO road crew. What's more alarming is the fact that the auction house does not have images of the actual sticks up for auction. With an opening bid of $7,000 one would think images of the actual sticks for auction would be utilized. First the green sparkle kit, now these sticks. Thank you for creating this thread. Robert www.anextranickel.com
  5. Hi Ashtray, Interesting find. The article you linked to is from September 2018. So this is the second example found, or do you know if it's the same example, as the one that is mentioned in the write up? I'm guessing this is a second example. Robert www.anextranickel.com
  6. I'm guessing this is the jacket that was on Ebay in October 2018. I saved the images and the auction description. In the lower left it states "Direct from New Orleans..." This is most likely a tribute band jacket and is not official Led Zeppelin merchandise. In the 80's and early 90's there were only a handful of tribute bands and one of them was out of New Orleans. My friends longtime tribute band Physical Graffiti - The Led Zeppelin Show had satin jackets made in circa 1991 that were red and white. Robert www.anextranickel.com
  7. I have links to the video walkthrough of the MGD Page / Plant Memorabilia Truck on my website www.anextranickel.com in the articles & features section. You can go to part one here: Memorabilia Walkthrough Part One and part two can be found here: Memorabilia Walkthrough Part Two. Six minutes into part two is the MGD Page / Plant commercial. I'm pretty sure that the commercial ran on MTV / VH1 during local commercial breaks. I can check my old VHS tapes to confirm as I taped commercials as well. Robert www.anextranickel.com
  8. It's all a matter of opinion, and the author is entitled to theirs. A seasoned Led Zeppelin fan could write a similar type of piece praising Led Zeppelin while writing demeaning comments about other artists. Years ago an interesting article was written for the Deep Purple fanzine Darker Than Blue that showed similarities between Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. The article even has noted Led Zeppelin author Dave Lewis' opinion at the end of it which I thought was a great thing to do considering it's a Deep Purple fanzine and they asked Dave for input. Whenever, I visit other sites devoted to another artist they generally seem jaded and all other music is terrible unless it's created by their favorite artist. Anyway all copyright credit goes to the authors of the Darker Than Blue fanzine. Robert www.anextranickel.com
  9. Thanks Sam, if it's best feel free to prune my two latest posts above to avoid confusion.
  10. Any idea who it is? Interesting that the roll is split.
  11. Hi Porgie66, From a different roll, here's more of Bonham. Note the last few images are of Bonham with the double bass drum set up. Robert www.anextranickel.com
  12. I own an example of the item you are referring to. Robert www.anextranickel.com
  13. Chuck was certainly a pioneer in the early days of what would become the genre known as rock and roll. However, I don't believe Chuck (or very few artists at all) will ever conquer these numbers in the next couple of decades. https://www.elvis.com.au/presley/one-billion-record-sales.shtml Robert www.anextranickel.com
  14. Everytime I hear Johnny B. Goode I think of Louis Jordan. While Chuck was certainly an influence on early Rock and Roll, many others were in the mix such as Little Richard. There will be only be one Elvis. 8>) Robert www.anextranickel.com
  15. Collectors usually start a focus on a particular segment of items or a particular timeframe of the band. Collect what makes you happy and at a means that's within your budget. Personally, I'm all over the board from basic items to much rarer items. Steve is correct. There's a lot of items locked up in personal collections that won't be available again for a long time. Best of luck in collecting the belt buckles. Pacifica made some really cool buckles. Robert www.anextranickel.com
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