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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
  16. Hi Tony, Here you go. $10.00 Buy it now. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Led-Zeppelin-T-Shirt-1977-Tour-Youth-Size-Black/302643649289?hash=item4676f79b09:g:N-UAAOSwWWNZ0XTt Robert www.anextranickel.com
  17. For a walk down memory lane I have reloaded my comprehensive guide to Rick Barrett's Merit Adventures catalogs. I still have to work on some minor details but you can view the listing here: http://anextranickel.com/the-comprehensive-guide-to-merit-adventures-catalogs/ Robert www.anextranickel.com
  18. I agree with Steve anywhere between $150 to $225 and his estimate is a good idea. Now for the cool part of the post. I also have an unused 07/23/77 ticket. It's the next sequential number. The tickets were most likely purchased together. I tried to take an image utilizing a mirror. Hopefully you can make out the 139719. I also have an unused 07/24/77 as well. Robert www.anextranickel.com
  19. Obviously you didn't go back and reread the past thread. I hardly was putting emphasis on opening acts. I was stating facts not fiction and you bailed on the thread when I presented the 90,000 plus ticket sale number. Why continue to come on Led Zeppelin's official website with a personal axe to grind? If you are a Zeppelin fan then you know that years before The Stones small club tour Zeppelin performed a return to the clubs tour right? Zeppelin could have played a larger venue circuit and sell out the tour but stepped back. I also hardly made an emphasis on ticket prices. If you want to discuss having other acts on the bill and still performing we can add the Bath Blues Festival (1970) in there if you want to talk attendance numbers. Robert anextranickel.com
  20. Hi Stanlove, I hope you are well. I see the topic is going to be revisited again. It's unfortunate our previous discussion was sidetracked. The old thread was here: Last mention I posted the cancelled JFK show Zep where Zep were going to play in front of over 90 thousand without an opening act, but I didn't see a response from you. If you'd like to continue our discussion let me know. Robert www.anextranickel.com
  21. It's just a commemorative pass, and was not used on the '77 tour. They are on Ebay weekly. Here's another one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/LED-ZEPPELIN-BACKSTAGE-PASS-UNITED-STATES-1977-100-ORIGINAL-AUTHENTIC/162863768217?hash=item25eb6fe299:g:OpcAAOSw2x1XKP9o I have two of the four different colored laminates utilized by the SHOWCO road crew and that commemorative pass is completely incorrect when compared to an original. Robert www.anextranickel.com
  22. Thank you Steve. No hurry though. Robert www.anextranickel.com
  23. I'm missing four issues. I believe I have all of the packing inserts, little postcards, and different outer mailing envelopes. Before the last website went offline I had the covers listed in order with almost all of the issues. I started scanning each page of each issue, but when I was talking with Rick Barrett he requested that a disclaimer be added to each page, which was extra work on each page (with scanning, cropping, resizing etc.). I have the first couple of issues done on my hard drive. Steve is correct it's a lot of work to create flip books of each one. I also have a stack of extras. I would like to at least get the previous feature back up that shows the covers of each issue, and include the extras for my memorabilia website anextranickel.com If anyone has issues 120, 133, 146, and 149 and are willing to part with them please let me know. Last I knew Rick was missing an issue. He lost the extras he had due to the flooding in Houston years ago. Robert www.anextranickel.com
  24. My son had this one until he outgrew it. I believe this is what you are looking for: http://www.tvstoreonline.com/shop-by-type/led-zeppelin-1977-american-tour-black-t-shirt/ Robert
  25. Brain freeze moment. Sam, Steve, is this Jeff, wearing an example of the jersey from '75? Robert
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