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  1. It shouldn't surprise me that none of the Coverdale/Page live shows were listed, but Jimmy was on fire on those dates. Any of the seven shows and you will catch Jimmy totally on it!
  2. To each his own, I guess, but if you can't realize that David Coverdale has a great voice, then I don't know what's wrong with you. I think it sounds great and a lot of other people share my opinion.
  3. For those interested, here's Coverdale/Page live in Japan doing Kashmir. David really did a great job on all the Zeppelin covers, much better than Plant trying to sing Shake My Tree. I've heard countless versions of Plant trying to sing that, and he comes off as being totally unable to, maybe he didn't like singing a song co-written by David Coverdale, but this was also a Jimmy Page song and deserved much more respect than Plant gave it.
  4. You amaze me. Plant takes lyrics from a song that was never copyrighted and you see no problem in that. And please, go get your original LP's and check the songwriting credits, you'll see that When The Levee Breaks doesn't list anybody but the members of Zeppelin as having written it.
  5. So why don't you show me where I bashed Zeppelin... you can't because I didn't. I stated a fact that most people know already, and that is that Plant took lyrics from other songwriters and claimed to have written them himself. So you and the rest of the guardians here can chill the f*ck out, I never bashed Zeppelin. Jesus Christ...
  6. I hate to be the one to bring you into reality, but on the original Zeppelin albums the songs were credited to Page and Plant, or as In My Time Of Dying, it was credited to all four members. So how is that getting permission and not stealing? You might want to read up on it... and here you go: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_My_Time_of_Dying
  7. No, Plant wasn't given permission, because on the original albums those songs were credited to Plant as a songwriter and that's called stealing. Royalties may have been paid... years later... but Plant was definitely not given permission!
  8. Well, Coverdale's lyrics were good enough for Jimmy and he gets to the point in his songs. He doesn't sing so you can't understand what he's singing and he's got an extremely powerful voice, something Plant once had, but now Plant's band has to tune way down to accompany his vocal range. Robert probably wishes he had Coverdale's power.
  9. I am amazed at Zeppelin fans and their total disregard for this album. There have been a few in this thread who have complimented it, but too few and too far between. Why? I'll tell you why... because of Robert Plant and his comments in 1988. If Plant had come out and said he liked Whitesnake and was a friend of David, you would all love the album. But Plant, being co classless to say the things he did, really made it difficult for Coverdale/Page to get any appreciation with his continual attacks in 1993. A lot you say you don't like David's lyrics... okay, fine. David has always said he's a meat and potatoes, nuts and bolts lyricist. One thing he's never done though is rip off blues musicians and claim to have written something that he didn't. Plant didn't just do it on the first two albums either, he did it on IV... When The Levee Breaks. Physical Graffiti on In My Time Of Dying and on Presence on Nobody's Fault But Mine. So if he's such a good songwriter, why the need to rip people off??? Another question... two of Plant's best songs lyrically in my opinion, are Achilles Last Stand and Carouselambra... and most of you don't even know what Carouselambra is even about... but why write such great lyrics and then sing them so they can't be understood on the album? It took me years to finally figure what he's singing in those two songs, but I just don't get the reason behind his studio performance and how he could sing them in such a way that nobody knew what the heck he was singing. I'm sure there are videos on You Tube now that have the lyrics to these songs on the screen, but back in the 70's, there was no You Tube. One last thing, a lot of you have been wondering about the three recorded Coverdale/Page songs that didn't make it on the album. I have two of them, and made a video for Southern Comfort. It will be below. Jimmy made friends with David quickly and to this day, they remain friends. It's such a shame that most Zeppelin fans are so closed minded on the C/P album.
  10. For those that don't know the whole story, and based off what I've read, not many do, Coverdale was in debt to his record company. He owed them over $300,000 dollars and set out to make 1987 a huge success. He knew they had the songs, with much of the thanks being owed to John Sykes, who was a great guitarist and worked really well with David. But, after being sacked, when Adrian Vandenberg joined, the violin bow was all his idea. I have a Coverdale/Page interview on tape where David discusses this and Page, ever so cool, said it didn't upset him, it just made him laugh. David said... 'What was I going to do? Tell him no?' When talking about Vandenberg's idea to use a bow in the video. I'm one of those that is a big fan of David's. His time with Jimmy was the best for Jimmy post Zeppelin by a long shot! The fact that so many Zeppelin fans hate David is a direct result of all the slamming of him that Robert did in the 80's. It's so funny too... Plant accusing someone of ripping him off, when so many of his so-called lyrics come straight out of blues songs recorded years before Zeppelin. All I can say to those that don't like David is you have no idea what you're missing! He's a very talented singer and has produced some incredible music over the years! Oh, and as a guitarist, I can tell you that the riff in Still Of The Night is nothing like Immigrant Song. Immigrant Song is so easy to play, while Still Of The Night takes much more dexterity and skill. The riff is much more difficult to play. The only thing similar to the tracks is that both are in F#. But the riffs are not even close to being the same.
  11. Excellent post, Mr. White. It's plain and simple that some people get David and some don't. For those that don't, it's their loss, because the man has provided us with an amazing catalog of music over the years, from "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City," which is a cover that David actually credited those who wrote it and didn't claim that he wrote it, like some people have been known to do. Other songs like "Time And Again," "Northwinds," "Blindman," "Time On My Side," "River Song," "Love Is Blind" as well as the songs he's most known for and the album with Jimmy, show that he brings an excellent ability to sing and since his time with Jimmy is the most documented about his creativity... the man inspired the heck out of Jimmy and to this day they remain friends. This is a Zeppelin board and there are going to be folks who just won't give him any chance at all. Like I said... their loss.
  12. I agree with everyone saying how great Down By The Seaside is... always been one of my favorite songs. On my iTunes I have numerous Zeppelin play lists, including solo material from Jimmy and Robert as well as Page/Plant and Coverdale*Page. As Presence is my favorite album, I made a play list that I call Perfection. Now most of you won't like this, and that's fine, it's MY personal choice, but here's the play list in order of songs: Achilles Last Stand For Your Life In The Light Bron-Y-Aur Down By The Seaside Ten Years Gone Nobody's Fault But Mine Candy Store Rock Hots On For Nowhere Tea For One I could have added others, such as Immigrant Song and Going To California, but decided to just add side three of Physical Graffiti to Presence, minus Royal Orleans. If you have the chance to put those songs in that order on your iTunes or on a CD, I guarantee that you will be blown away!!!
  13. That's absolutely correct. Two artists merging together to form one... that's what it means, and like you, I do like the cover art. And inside the CD with the Merge Sign in various places... that represents their music reaching people all over the world.
  14. You'll have to forgive me, Steve, as it's been over 20 years and the memory may not be as sharp as I would like, but when the Coverdale/Page album was released, it was a HUGE hit. Pride & Joy was all over radio, soon to be followed by Shake My Tree, and that's when they should have toured. Begining in March - when the album was released - or, at the latest, April. Instead, because of Jimmy's manager, the tickets didn't go on sale until what... August or September? You know the music industry, particularly at that time with Grunge, people move on if they can't see a band. My point on them touring is if they would have done it like The Firm did... The Firm played shows in Europe before their album was even released, then they immediately hit the road here in the States when it was released... I know, because I saw the second U.S. show The Firm played, in Wichita, Kansas. Had David and Jimmy toured starting in March or April, I have no doubt that they could have played arenas and not suffered from a lack of ticket sales. Such a shame because Jimmy and David invested three years of their lives into this project {1991-93} and all they got for it was seven shows in Japan.
  15. For anyone who hasn't heard Southern Comfort, the other unreleased Coverdale/Page track, here it is. Before you watch it/listen to it though, something needs to be addressed. There's a guy on You Tube who claims this song - this version - is from David's 2000 solo album titled Into The Light. It most definitely is NOT! David is great at communicating with his fans, on his website and through Twitter. So I tweeted him - God, I hate that phrase - and he said that this IS him and Jimmy and he then said that I must have a bootleg. I reminded him that when his website was DavidCoverdale.com that he had a section titled Campfire Songs, that included the acoustic versions of Take A Look At Yourself, Take Me For A Little While and Southern Comfort. He replied that he couldn't believe he didn't remember that, because Southern Comfort was available as a download from his own site! Anyway... enjoy...
  16. I don't think that Jimmy "called it quits" after Outrider. If you remember, following that tour he went in and remastered the Zeppelin catalog for Box Set 1 and 2, then in 1991 he hooked up with David Coverdale, shortly after their 1993 tour of Japan he was back with Plant and that took him through all of 1998... I mean most of the 90's he was working and was creating some new music. Even the Unledded album had some new tunes on it, one of which was spectacular. (Wonderful One) I think the opportunity to work with Coverdale and then Plant was too enticing to start from scratch and search for a vocalist - or vocalists - like he did with Outrider. In fact, Jimmy has said in past interviews that he was going through scores of demo tapes of singers and was finding nothing that inspired him when the call came to meet with Coverdale... so I believe the plan was to follow Outrider with a second album, but the whole task of finding a singer was quite laborious for him... and then suddenly he gets asked to meet David and they hit it off and then started writing immediately - Absolution Blues on the first day - why throw that away to, again, start from scratch and look for a singer???
  17. The only thing that I can think of is that he's referring to Page's penchant for drooling while on stage. As famous as Robert is for his "Plantations," so too is Jimmy for his drooling. Perhaps in England they call it dribbling...
  18. As a long-time guitarist, I can assure you that it wouldn't have taken very long to get in tune. Robert even delayed things by saying - and I'm going strictly from memory here - "There'll be a short intermission while I get some monitors..." And just before that, Page whispered something in Plant's ear. Basically from the time Jimmy was handed his guitar until they began playing, he had plenty of time to get it in tune. He even strummed a chord or two and you could tell he was out of tune - the low E and A strings sounded just a bit flat - so I've never bought into the notion that his guitar was out of tune and this is why they sounded so dreadful. ANY guitarist, before plunging into their set, makes sure his guitar is in tune... even though their roadies are supposed to do that for them. And for Page to not notice that it was out of tune, well, that's on him. Collins was, admittedly, not up to par with his knowledge of the material, but he wasn't the only one to blame for that performance. It was great at the time - seeing the three of them together again - but a friend had recorded it as it was being broadcast not only on TV but also radio - and it wasn't until repeated listenings that the disaster that was Live Aid was fully realized. Thankfully, the O2 makes performances like the Live Aid fiasco and Atlantic's 40th seem like a distant - and almost forgotten - memory.
  19. And your comment sparks a need to respond... There may well be some fans - or many, as you indicate - that think the Hagar era was better, but having been around when VH released their first album and witnessing the impact that that band had on music was an amazing thing to see, hear and feel. And DLR was a huge part of their success. Sure, he's a showman, he's arrogant, but he doesn't try to hide that. He is exactly who he presents himself to be. And when it came to live concerts back in the day - 1978-1984 - it was pretty difficult to top Van Halen and Roth had a lot to do with that as well. He could turn an arena into a small room by making everyone feel that the show was being played in their back yard, if you know what I mean. One thing I would take exception to is when you say the music with Hagar was more "mature." Eddie wrote/writes almost every single note of music and it was Eddie who grew and matured and this came through in his music. Maybe you didn't mean it this way, but it felt as though you were saying with Roth their music was amaturish and insolent. Let's take a look at Roth with the more mature Eddie... in 1996 when he reunited with the band for two songs - Can't Get This Stuff No More and Me Wise Magic - both are just amazing songs and shows me that Roth could easily fit in with any style that Eddie wanted to play in. I was a bit disappointed when their most recent album was mostly old songs reworked. Apparently they are working on a new one with Roth and I can only hope for that sound they had on the two 1996 songs. Not trying to change your opinion, because that's impossible. But believe me, there are far more fans who prefer the Roth era - Sammy himself even said so in a recent interview when he said that VH should take Michael back because 'that's what the fans want! The original line up.' He then went into a long diatribe about how he would happily tour with them if asked and if things were 'cool...' Typical Hagar. LOL So, for me, and millions of others, I'll take Roth over Hagar any day. Now if their new album would be like those two songs from 1996... now that would be something very cool! Cheers!!!
  20. I think whoever wrote that article could have used some serious fact-checking. Jason Bonham - nephew of the late Zep drummer, John Bonham... okay... and then the bit where he claims that Page played some Whole Lotta Love riffs during Custard Pie. Yeesh. I know from the show that I was at and all the bootlegs that I've heard, Page went into Black Dog during Custard Pie, as John Miles sang the opening lines, then it was right back into Custard Pie. It kills me when reporters act like they know what they're talking about when they haven't a clue.
  21. Great! Thank you so much, Steve! And thanks for reminding me of Tim... man... the years go by, don't they!!!
  22. I would LOVE to see those photos because I might be in them! Susan Hedrick was there - I'm sure you know her - and when I wrote her about the magazine she was running called: Oh Jimmy, I explained that night in detail and she wrote me back, included an issue of Oh Jimmy and a photo that had one of my friends in it. I don't have Facebook, but will PM you my e-mail if that helps. I would seriously like to see those! And thanks for the info on the bands that Jimmy jammed with. The Lonestar used to be a GREAT bar for small gigs and the chance to see Page there would have been incredible. Sadly, I didn't know about it until after the fact...
  23. Actually, the rumor here in KC was far worse... it was "rumored" that during that show that Bonzo passed out from being drunk and the band were booed off stage. So, when finally standing face to face with Page himself, I decided to delicately bring the subject up. I explained that it was a "rumor" and that all I was asking for was his recollection of that night, since, as you pointed out, Zep never returned to KC. Jimmy listened, looking me in the eyes, and then denied that Bonzo had "passed out" during the show. He said he wasn't sure about why they never returned here - could be promoters or something else at the venue - either Kemper Arena or Arrowhead Stadium - that prevented them from coming, but he ended that bit of conversation by saying - and I quote: 'I absolutely love Kansas City!' I found out in 1998 that Page actually knows someone who lives here and visits - or at least used to - once a year, sometimes twice. And after learning of this I went back and checked, and on both times that Page/Plant came here - 5 May 1995 and 6 June 1998 - they had at least one day off prior to their show here. One day in 1998 and two days in 1995. As well, in 1988 on the Outrider Tour he played Oakland on the 11th of October, had the 12th and 13th off, played here the 14th, then was off the 15th. It should be noted that he went to an area here in town called Westport where local bands used to jam all the time and he visited two bars and got up and played - one with a local band and one with someone who was touring an album - can't recall who, but they weren't very big. Anyway, point is, he seems to always have some time to hang out... or visit with friends, when he does visit KC and has even taken to the bars to rock out with local and not-so-famous bands. Like I said prior, he's an extremely gracious and kind soul!
  24. After the show in KC, I met Jimmy at his hotel bar... he was sitting alone, but Jason and Durban were there as was Jimmy's manager. When I introduced myself and asked if he would mind talking to my friends and me for a few minutes, he said sure. He was seated at the bar and the chairs had big, round backs on them. He then stood up, re-positioned his chair so that he was facing us and graced us with his presence for nearly 30 minutes. He was so polite and one of the first things that I said to him was how much I - and everyone who went to the show - appreciated his coming to KC despite the low ticket sales. His response blew me away. He said: 'Well, there's a lot of bands on the road right now and I understand that people can't afford to see every show. But I knew the die-hards would be here tonight.' There I was meeting a Guitar God, the man who created Led-Zeppelin, and he was as humble and nice as anyone could ever hope for. I walked into the bar that evening a huge fan. I didn't walk out of the bar that night... I floated out on cloud 9!!! And now, all these years later, to find that ONLY KC had low ticket sales... bums me out but also makes me feel that Jimmy really wanted to play here. And a great show it was!!!
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