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  1. I'm in agreement.. I actually saw Jimmy Page collapse onstage in Chicago 1977. When Bonzo died in 1980, other than Deathwish 2 you had no idea what was up with Jimmy. When he did reappear at the ARMS shows in 1983, it was shocking to see how bad he looked. It was obvious he was suffering. Many on this forum have unrealistic expectations of him. Almost a hostility. I'm happy he survived it all and he seems to be enjoying his life.
  2. I never put much stock in Jimmy releasing any more solo material. The solo artist path doesn't seem to be an enjoyable one for him. Page doesn't operate in a vacuum in regards to releasing Zeppelin material. Someone should ask Plant or Jones why nothing has been released to coincide with Zeppelin's 50th anniversary.
  3. No good deed goes unpunished. God forbid Jimmy Page enjoy his life.
  4. R.I.P. Scott Walker. A majestic artist. The voice of an angel.
  5. Happy 75th birthday Maestro Jimmy Page! A true musical alchemist who has inspired so many.
  6. Those crash and ride cymbals are sizzling on We're Gonna Groove Great job
  7. Her most vivid memory is hearing Stairway To Heaven for the first time. Ever. It hadn't been released yet.
  8. Sounds great George! My wife grew up in central Florida and was at the Orlando show
  9. You can hear at about the 4:40 mark he breaks a string. Robert points it out after the song
  10. A topic never mentioned as far as the Page/ Plant relationship that went afoul. Did Page feel any resentment toward Robert Plant about Scarlett Page potentially being killed in the accident in Greece? Just because Jimmy doesn't write the lyrics how does anyone know how he felt about that situation.
  11. My feeling is that for Jimmy Page there is no more JOY in recording new music or touring. There are no musical challenges to be pursued that would warrant the stresses and strains of being told you're not as good as you once were ; asked redundant questions about Crowley, Lori, drug abuse, why did you rip off Stairway and other accusations of plagiarism. Let alone the temptations and depleting effects of touring. Read about Elvis Presley or Roy Orbison at the end of their careers. Roy was overworked to death and Elvis just self immolated. The music business is a killer Jimmy Page gave up that lifestyle to survive. I'm happy for him.
  12. Hi Porgie66,

    Watching the video you posted, it was interesting to see some of the other musical projects you're doing. High level musicianship.

    I'm a guitarist/ composer also playing out in the Chicago area. I play a variety of styles, but at this time the band I'm playing with is more Latin and classic rock and pop emphasis. Lots of percussion. It's fun for me because of just playing Santana -type material note for note, I throw in some Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck licks with these Latin cats that aren't as familiar with the Zeppelin material ?

    If you're up for getting out I'm doing a Cinco de Mayo gig at Shanahan's in Woodridge on May 5th and the following night  May 6th at Homers  on 47th st. And Racine in Chicago

    Thanks.... Joe Schmidt

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    2. Chicago


      Had a great time. Just got outside a lot and recharged my batteries. 

      Resting up from a hot gig last night. It was locked in. Getting ready for round 2 tonight?? how was your show last night? 

      take care...Joe

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      That's great. Always good to get a change of scenery and pace. Are you still in FL?

      I read your recollections of the 77 shows and really enjoyed them. very vividly detailed to the point where I almost felt like I was there! As much as I don't prefer the 77 era shows as far as repeated listening, I know it was a mind blowing experience to feel that energy and see them live. It's mainly because of Page's erratic playing on that tour, but I also feel like they weren't as free wheeling somehow even though the solos are longer and the songs were longer. Seemed like the epic scale and excesses took the place of the musical substance and improvisatory magic they had in the early years. I even feel that way about a lot of the playing in 75 , though on the Forum boards people are in adulation of 75 and 77. To me , their peak , performance wise was 73. Really 71 -72 were just monstrous. They way Page , Jones and Bonzo played off each other, and Page's ideas and execution just on fire. 

      Gigs went well, had a great weekend at the Green Mill with this pianist Bill Carrothers who is a monster. I have a concert coming up in a couple weeks at The Studebaker Theater downtown with a great big band I play with here , The Chicago jazz Orchestra. It's a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie , in honor of his 100 bday and we are playing his music with the great trumpeter Roy Hargrove. If you're not familiar with him, he's a premier player. It should be a really nice show. Old charts from the 40's and 50's that are a motherfucker, so I gotta focus on these tunes!  Such great music, ahead of its day rhythmically and harmonically. I used to play with Ray Brown, the great bassist and he was in Dizzy's band when he was 18. Pretty wild to think. 

      You're on my email list now so any time you feel like coming to a show, let me know.  I'll be at the Grand Geneva next Friday too ...FYI. 






    4. Chicago


      Ive been back home for a week. I played Friday and Saturday. Great crowd response and I had a blast. Leaving the club at 2:30 yesterday morning from the Back of the Yards area - the big black doorman said - " Man! That was like Jimi Hendrix !"

      Thanks for putting in the time to read my Zeppelin write ups. I'm in agreement about the 1977 tour as far as the playing goes. Jimmy was the determining factor in how their performance would turn out and his playing was really disjointed that year. He moved great and looked cool though. I was an athlete at the time and I was amazed at how skinny his arms were.

      My wife was at the infamous Orlando, August 31, 1971 Led Zeppelin concert. She still has the ticket stub. Different era different energy.

      I'm aware of Ray Brown and Roy Hargrove. Top notch cats. Advanced shit for sure ?? I'm gonna try and get out to one of your shows with my wife.

      Keep working hard on that repertoire!


  13. We'll written overview with which I greatly agree. Such a variety in their compositions and musical approachs. You're right in including I Will on your list. It's a glorious song.
  14. Tasty stuff Bluecongo. Good luck with your upcoming CD
  15. This photo is from the book Tangents Within A Framework. It says it's from 1982 , Jimmy talking to a Japanese journalist. Must be Deathwish 2 related.
  16. Depends which of Jeff's personalities is talking - " Jimmy was very good. Good thrashing bass sound - but I knew it would work out that he'd become lead."
  17. "What's that man movin' cross the stage? It looks a lot like the one used by Jimmy Page... You've got rock and roll at the Hollywood Bowl" Will Jimmy Page jam with Jeff Beck tonight?
  18. I bought the 4-record set of the April 28th show for $ 40 all the way back in April of 1978. Purchased it at Rolling Stone records on Washington St. In Chicago. I've played that awesome show so many times there are no grooves left . Happily threadbare!
  19. Some of my older musician friends were at these early Kinetic Playground shows. I asked one what he remembered about the gig and he responded - "Hair! All I saw was hair flying around with no faces!"
  20. The worst concert I ever saw in my life was Keith Richards and The New Barbarians in the spring of 1979. Utter filth. They were over an hour late, fucked up beyond belief and could barely play.
  21. Common procedure if you don't want to be sued for slander. Page is no different than other personalities in that regard. There's nothing in it for Jimmy to write an autobiography, or maybe he can write one in the Keith Richards style and discuss the size of his lead singer's cock.
  22. I always thought the guy in the photo was Michael Monarch from the band Detective.
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