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About FireOpal

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  • Birthday 11/23/1967

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  1. FireOpal

    The Yes Thread

    Absolutely overdue. I've read - don't know if it's true - that Rick Wakeman said he is not going to attend the ceremony because it should have been done when Chris Squire was still alive. I agree with him; the honor would have meant a lot to Chris. It's sad those snobs waited too long. Jann Wenner is said to hate prog but Yes are beyond such petty classifications.
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    What makes Bonham's drumming sound so heavy?

    I went to a talk by Carl Palmer back in 2013 and he mentioned that only he and Bonham (amongst rock drummers, I assume he meant) used stainless steel drums. Apparently you have to be a very precise player to use that kind: it gives a very clean, snappy sound and it's unforgiving of sloppiness. I'm not a drummer, so I'm not familiar with the specifications of their gear and whatnot. But perhaps that's part of what gave Bonham his distinctive sound? That and POWER!
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    What Made You Happy today?

    Oh my gosh, Strider absolutely beautiful. Viva California! Thanks to the person upthread reminding me: tickets for the Carole King musical Beautiful go on sale today in my neck o' the woods. Must see. I listened to the audiobook of her autobiography (narrated by Ms. King herself) and loved it. She's a genius and an American treasure.
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    Cherie Currie on meeting Robert Plant

    Robert's shirt! Referring to Kim Fowley ...ewww. He was such a creep.
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    It was a bad shock. I knew he was scheduled to/possibly already had surgery for intestinal problems, but he'd had that at least twice before and recovered. He was in the hospital since October, often in a medically-induced coma, and yet no one outside of his inner circle knew. Hard to believe he's gone; Glenn was such a vital character.
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    The Yes Thread

    A fan has collated the remarks on Chris' passing from his fellow Yes men, past and present, as well as other musicians who were his friends and/or admired him: www.bondegezou.co.uk/wncs.htm
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    The Yes Thread

    Shocked and saddened to learn of Chris Squire's passing. What an immense talent, as a bassist, composer and singer. R.I.P. Fish, thank you for the decades of great music P.S. Thanks to Cletus the slack-jawed yokel for posting the 1975 video above - amazing stuff. It shall remain an enduring mystery of the universe: Squire was reportedly "only" six feet tall, but he always looked much bigger, as if he could swat airplanes out of the sky with one of his enormous hands, no problem.
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    Have you ever had Night Paralysis?

    I had a few experiences of sleep paralysis/night terrors when I was a young lass, 14 and 15 years old. It was terrifying, it felt like a possession or assault. I think it's due to stress? I also started getting panic attacks at 15, that's from accumulated stress too. Ahh life and how it can suck...
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    Strider, did you get to see Shirley McClaine and Sophia Loren?
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    Best Epic Song - Non Zep

    Thanks to Buk for mentioning Awaken by Yes - that is a true epic. It's the "Love to Love You Baby" of prog-rock; there are so many climactic moments in the piece you lose count. The Doors were very handy with epics too: Light My Fire, When the Music's Over, The End.
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    Old member returning

    Fáilte, Shane!
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    What song is stuck in your head?

    "Oh, True Love" by the Everlys. It is to sigh... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_DtteP17Nk
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    Random Picutre Thread

    Hey Julie! Have you been to any of the recent Eagles shows in Australia? Speaking of eagles, if I were the camera person in the photo Wally posted, I wouldn't stand directly under a large bird.
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    Interviews with Jimmy Page - 2015.

    And a genius producer. I love these latest interviews where he's talking about the musical construction of Kashmir and depth of field: https://www.yahoo.com/music/led-zeppelins-jimmy-page-readies-physical-111324020781.html
  15. Yes, I splurged and got floor seats, so it's one extreme to another. Christine is a brilliant songwriter. I have a lot of admiration for Lindsay B. too, he's an amazing guitarist, quite underrated. Kudos to his stamina as well, the man is 65 and doesn't leave the stage for 3 hours.