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  1. Imagine if you will Led Zeppelin in the present day (2011 A.D.). Imagine a reformed Led Zeppelin. It could happen, after all the three surviving members (vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, and bassist John Paul Jones) reunited for a one-off show in 2007 with drummer Jason Bonham filling in for his father, deceased original drummer John. Here's the twist: imagine Led Zeppelin without Plant, Page, Jones, or Bonham. For whatever stupendous reason, the four have decided not to participate in Led Zeppelin, and have granted you, an ambitious manager, control of Led Zeppelin's legal rights.
  2. I just want to point out that Robert Johnson did not invent blues guitar (although when you add the "as we know it" part you're getting closer). I say this because Johnson had plenty of contemporaries who were just as good, take Blind Lemon Jefferson. They just haven't had the pleasure of being cited by dudes like Eric Clapton as "the most important blues singer who ever lived". I'll say that I also would have put Hendrix somewhere on the list based on the strength of "Red House". As it goes, if one were to make a list of "greatest blues guitarists" and solely used the factor of influence, tha
  3. Here's a medley of Zep material by Dream Theater. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltGZiFNCD_4
  4. I for one am looking forward to the (tentative) 2011 release of Rush's Clockwork Angels. The first and so-far only single, "Caravan" (b-side: "BU2B"), was really interesting. Both songs had a strange but cool style that really grew on me the more I listened to them. Also, the lyrics seem to strike a nice balance between eclectic sci-fi and philosophy. Peart can be a great lyricist but other times his lyrics are just too strange for me. It will be Rush's 19th album. I attempted going through Rush's entire discography, and stopped somewhere at their '80s work. I will resume and finish listening
  5. It was odd hearing awhile back that Jeff Hanneman (Slayer - guitar) had contracted a flesh-eating virus from a spider. Slayer opted to have Gary Holt (Exodus) tour with them; he played with them for this concert. Exodus is, like Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth, a Bay Area thrash band, but evidently they don't qualify as one of the Big 4. Holt is at this point essentially the core member of Exodus, and it's still his band: he parted ways with Slayer not too long ago to continue touring with Exodus, and was replaced by Pat O'Brien (lead guitarist of death metal band Cannibal Corpse). Playing wit
  6. Pantera does a killer version of "Cat Scratch Fever" by Ted Nugent.
  7. Yeah that's what I did, then I tried to edit it so that just the links appeared. Thanks though. I'm not familiar with any of Page's post-Led Zeppelin work excluding several live guest appearances and his involvement in It Might Get Loud, but I will check out that album. It's about time I start to look at his work beyond Led Zeppelin. How could I forget YouTube guitar sensation Andy McKee? Here's a sample of his composition "Drifting". McKee is one of the acoustic genre dudes in the vain of Michael Hedges.
  8. The first person to come to my mind is Chet Atkins. Just wonderful fingerpicked melodic lines. Steve Morse is unbelievably talented on acoustic. Here's a demonstration of an unplugged Dixie Dregs song (also fingerstyle). Django Reinhardt, the idiosyncratic swing/gypsy-jazz master, was an acoustic player whose work has had a notable impact on electric players. I'm not really familiar with many acoustic-oriented players (e.g. Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, and Tommy Emmanuel), but that seems worth bringing up in this context. There are countless acoustic players in blues, jazz, classica
  9. ... Let's try to keep the arguments to a minimum (or at least related to Mastodon). If there's really a problem, please take it up with the admins, I don't want this thread to become some sort of battleground.
  10. Later Beatles. More diversity and experimentation. With this came the "progressive" disasters ("Revolution 9"), but I wouldn't even hesitate to pick their later half.
  11. I'm going through all the songs in my iTunes account (I haven't listened to a lot of the albums I've synced). I've finished listening to an Al Di Meola compilation, and the classic blues album Born Under a Bad Sign. Currently about half way through Alice in Chains' Dirt. "Rooster" - oh yeah.
  12. Mastodon is a recent metal band that I absolutely love. They have four studio albums with another in production, and their work just seems to get better and better with each release. I'd cite Mastodon as the best American metal band since Pantera. Metal has always offered me plenty of interesting listening material, although I'd be hard-pressed to call myself a "metalhead", I would not hesitate to speak about Mastodon's tremendous talent. Mastodon, formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1999, consists of: * Troy Sanders - vocalist/bassist. The frontman, I suppose (or at least he tends to be in the ce
  13. The Black Keys are a good hard/blues rock unit. I'm not a huge fan of the White Stripes, but I love "Seven Nation Army". I'd recommend Steely Dan for anybody trying to broaden their musical horizons, although they're essentially a collective of session musicians in the studio and touring musicians on the road.
  14. I'd recommend Mastodon to anybody. They're sort of an extreme sludge metal band. That's a shitty description, I'll warrant. Anyways, the band is Troy Sanders (vocals/bass), Brent Hinds (vocals/lead guitar), Bill Kelliher (backing vocals/rhythm guitar), and Brann Dailor (occasional vocals/drums). Here's their stylistic evolution traced through studio albums. 1. Remission (2002). Remission's good. Some killer riffs, and good balance between technicality and syncopation of material that isn't achieved by that many bands in extreme metal. Didn't much care for the practically indecipherable voc
  15. Many of my favorite rock bands have four members, that is, a vocalist, a guitarist, a bassist, and a drummer. A lot of newer bands don't follow this formula strictly, but regardless the essential tools of rock-and-roll will always be vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. This thread is for discussion regarding four-piece rock bands (specifically ones with a lead vocalist who doesn't play an instrument, although I will not complain if such bands are brought up). From the Who to Led Zeppelin (as if I even had to bring them up) to Queen to Van Halen, there are plenty of notable bands in this form. The
  16. It's too bad to see that Blackmore is no longer interested in playing rock (or rock in any sense of the term that most of us understand it by) although he's still on guitar (occasionally electric though I could be wrong). I like to see musicians evolve, but I think they should always recognize their roots. Then again, Blackmore might consider renaissance folk music to be his roots (how should we know). Nevertheless everybody remembers him for his work with Deep Purple. I see what she means. Personally, my favorite musician of all time at this point in my life is Jimi Hendrix. He played gui
  17. Seems like I'm missing out on something... Can anybody show me a link or a source? Thanks.
  18. Mr. Big has a new album called What If... coming out soon. Mr. Big is a band with extremely talented musicians, but other than "To Be With You" (Mr. Big's only #1 hit - a midtempo acoustic love song) they've only received marginal fame. This is probably because of their songwriting which is a little run-of-the-mill. I looked at the single they released for the album, and it's alright but I'm not convinced the album's going to blow anyone's mind.
  19. I'm glad you understood what I was getting at - I was a bit worried that the message of my original post wasn't going to come through. I have heard that about Ritchie Blackmore, although nowadays he isn't really working in a rock field. You mean to say that those bands are examples of a dominant musician using the rest of the band as a vehicle of sorts for his own music? I haven't heard any music by either of those bands so cut me some slack.
  20. This thread is about how a rock musician should write, perform, and release music. Consider the rock artists you respect: are the majority of them bands or solo artists? Rock as most of us know it is usually marked by vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. The need for these four talents lends itself to the fact that the majority of rock musicians are in bands. That comes to four people if you have one vocalist, one guitarist, one bassist, and one drummer. This is the format that Led Zeppelin took, and Led Zeppelin molded the image of the hard rock band in its own. The four-piece rock band had been
  21. It's been a while since I was last on this forum. Frankly I had been thinking of deleting this account and making a new one (I have a new email address - same IP address though), but we'll see... Thank you, that was quite informative and well-written. Do you have proof of this, or some sort of source? I really don't mean to be a dick, but that's a little meager. That's plausible enough, I guess, but do you have proof of this? I'd like to thank everybody who has posted in this thread for addressing my question. I'm fairly satisfied that the suits are still under the legal ownership
  22. Frijid Pink comes to mind. I've mentioned them before on this forum in relation to "House of the Rising Sun", their biggest hit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS-TmkF_h88 Apparently they were quite popular for awhile, but they never achieved superstardom.
  23. I see that I'm the only person who listed my personal top ten excluding those already on the official top ten. That's alright, it wasn't a big deal: I just had an idea in mind that would help us from having to rearrange the list every ten. I'm still thinking out ideas for managing the list, although I think this new method will be adequate for now. Because I want my list to be compatible with the other personal top tens that I will be tallying in a moment, I'll retcon the standard I suggested and make a top ten including those on the official list (note: it will probably be different from all
  24. I'm with you there. I've been meaning to get into musical theory. Anyways, I don't know if that would be considered a Harrison chord. The chord we listed as the Harrison chord was only used in that song as far as I know. But you're right, the Beatles did harmonize between the guitars and bass.
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