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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Strider, did you get to see Shirley McClaine and Sophia Loren?
  8. "Oh, True Love" by the Everlys. It is to sigh... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_DtteP17Nk
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Fleetwood Mac! I just saw them in December but I was way up in the nose bleed seats and at such a bad angle that I couldn't even see the giant video screens. I'm so thrilled that Christine McVie is back. Apparently, many people agree - the band's management has reported that ticket sales are way up, into Eagles-like territory.
  13. Chocolate-covered peanuts. My needs are simple
  14. I hated rap when I was a young fuddy duddy too, I don't think it's an age thing.
  15. Henley and Frey have denied that they were the ones who started the $100+ ticket price thang. Speaking of exorbitant ticket prices, here's an ad for the show Mr. Lucky Plantpothead saw:
  16. Before Strider posts the "I hate the Eagles" clip from The Big Lebowski, lemme just say: mucho respect to this band. Love the hair-raising harmonies, love the brilliant songwriting. I finally saw the History of the Eagles documentary about 2 months ago, and it changed me from a "hey, great band" person to a collect-every-bootleg, buy-every-book obsessive Eagles geek. Thank you to Pagemeister for posting the 60 Minutes interview. I'd heard of it but hadn't seen it. Gracias. P.S. That must be an Australian version of "60 Minutes" - U.S. network tv doesn't show nekkid people.
  17. I just recently "discovered" Ilse de Lange (she is not well known in America) and I love her voice! She is so talented. I'm sorry your band didn't get to play Maaike.
  18. OMG, I can't believe someone else here remembers Star Licks. I still have my cassette somewhere, though one part was ruined when I accidentally taped over it. Welcome Osoz, you sound very cool indeed!
  19. Panther, that was very early in the Doors career. I'm sure the high school administrators had no idea of The Doors' dangerous reputation. Have you listened to the show? How was it?
  20. That was an excellent film - and John Hurt was in it (Hey, Strider!) Very sorry to hear about Joe Cocker. What an icon.
  21. I'm AWAKE NOW! Ahh yes, that cleared the mental cobwebs away nicely - thank you. Me, I'm continuing on an extended Eagles/solo Randy Meisner binge from last week. "On the Border." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRmzajCyToo To post a YouTube video, just copy and paste the URL.
  22. This is hard to believe, but now news is coming through that another longtime and integral sideman for the Rolling Stones, keyboardist Ian McLagan, has passed away in Austin, Texas from a head injury and subsequent stroke. R.I.P. http://ultimateclassicrock.com/ian-mclagan-critical-condition/
  23. Very sad to learn of Bobby Keys' passing yesterday. I'm sure Keith is mourning his good friend, who coincidentally was born on the same day and same year. We're losing good people. Was I the only one who didn't know Jack Bruce passed away in October?!
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