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  1. Only the band members within Zeppelin really knew the situation at that time, but issues of power and control seemed to be in the mix. Not just drugs and drink.

    Robert Plant 1988 RS interview - "I didn't want to do anything a minute longer that was necessary if I didn't like it. So after a lot of shuffling, it came out all right. Jimmy's role wasn't as prominent as it was before. Jonesy and I worked a lot more on things. But by the time we were playing Knebworth and the 1980 European tour, Jimmy was back in his commanding position."  

    Page was always going to be the founder and leader of Led Zeppelin. As far as the U.S. 1980 Led Zeppelin tour, nobody in Chicago had tickets because they were never released to the public.

     


  2. 24 minutes ago, sam_webmaster said:

    Probably from TSRTS premiere in NY:

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    That's Page with the band Detective who were on the Swan Song label. Looks like 1975 or 1976 when Zeppelin were hanging out in California.


  3. 15 hours ago, Jetcat1 said:

    He was awfully skinny. 

    But he looked cool as hell, nobody before, then, or after ever looked better with a guitar. 

    Here’s another taken after he changed into the white suit and around or during the laser pyramid / bow section. One of my great regrets in life, because I was waaaayyy out of film by that point, and Jimmy was mere feet away in the pyramid. 

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    Cool photo. Jimmy Page changed into the white satin during Bonzo's drum solo. It doesn't completely come across how animated Jimmy was at these shows. His every physical move was in sync with music. My sister-in-law was at the opening show with me. She's a huge Mick Jagger fan and she said of Page after she saw him - " Jimmy Page has class!"


  4. 3 hours ago, zeplz71 said:

    Did you write one for 4.10.77? Trying to find it on the page http://www.ledzeppelin.com/show/april-10-1977

    For those looking for fan reviews, the comments sections of the timeline pages are a huge archive of 1st hand accounts. 

    Yes I did zeplz71. It's the one written by Joe Schmidt.

     The Easter Sunday concert was the best of the 4 Chicago shows. Indelible memories.


  5. 19 hours ago, Walter said:

    Ah, you definitely should!

    Wasn’t his username “Chicago”? 

    Yes, that was me. I had written a series about my experiences of seeing Zeppelin in Chicago 1977. Initially for the Electric Magic forum in 2007. Never reposted them on this official forum when it switched over later that year. They are posted in the timeline.


  6. 1 hour ago, bluecongo said:

    I agree, way too much negativity directed at these guys.  

    Jimmy ain’t gonna be with us too much longer, I’m thankful that he’s still around all things considered!  

    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.


  7. On 4/1/2019 at 3:28 PM, Strider said:

    To be fair, I think the poster was also referring to LurksReturnington's post, hehe.

    All this talk of being patient with Jimmy is fine...up to a point. I mean, the "solo album of new music" has been promised for 10 years now, if not longer. And everyone knew that the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin was coming up. It's not like it was a secret and snuck up on people. There should have been something ready for the pipeline.

    Since the hype for Led Zeppelin's 50th anniversary started appearing in the media last year, Neil Young has released two archival shows (the 1973 "Tonight's the Night" Roxy debut show and "Songs for Judy", an official release of the long-bootlegged Joel Bernstein/Cameron Crowe tape compilation of the acoustic sets of the 1976 tour with Crazy Horse) and the Rolling Stones have released FOUR items (the BBC "On-Air" set, the 50th anniversary edition of "Beggars Banquet", Miami 1994 cd/dvd/blu-ray, and San Jose 1998 cd/dvd/blu-ray)!!!

    You don't need perfect multi-tracks to put out a decent live album in today's world.

    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.


  8. 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.


  9. On Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:38 AM, ZepHead315 said:

    In terms of pop songwriting, I put the Bee Gees up there with The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Michael Jackson...pretty much anybody. Their harmonies were downright amazing. The way all three of them blended their voices in a song was truly remarkable. They also continued to change and adapt their music to suit the musical style of the time. Robin Gibb is one of my favorite singers out there. His voice was truly unique. It's a shame that their disco stuff (which I really like, btw) has caused them to have a negative reputation these days. They were so much more than Saturday Night Fever. Their 60s stuff alone is amazing! Here's my top underrated Bee Gees songs, in chronological order:

    Every Christian Lion-Hearted Man Will Show You - Gregorian chants mixed with a very trippy, psychedelic section with Beatlesque harmonies. What's not to love?

    Odessa (City on the Black Sea) - a gorgeous song from their best (and most underrated) album. The way that they combine classical music with a pop ballad is amazing. Not to mention the haunting lyrics. And they were only in their late teens/early 20s here! Very few other groups were doing this sort of thing at the time (only the Moody Blues comes to mind for me).

    Alive - a great, uplifting song that was sadly overlooked when it was released (it hit the top 40, but only just barely). The way it crescendos in the chorus is great.

    All This Making Love - a great hard funk/R&B song featuring a very strong Barry Gibb vocal. Also features darker lyrics than were typical for them at this time.

    Ordinary Lives - a great soft song from the late 80s, done in tribute to their youngest brother Andy, who had just died. Features some very existential lyrics too!

    Heart Like Mine - a haunting, ethereal song with New Age influences (almost sounds like it could be an Enya song) that features a stunning lead from Robin. Barry even called this his favorite song that Robin sings on. 

    Blue Island - a lovely acoustic song that was dedicated to the children of Yugoslavia. Barry said it was the nicest song they ever wrote.

    I Will - this is what I mean when I talk about their harmonies. The way they blend their voices on this track is nothing short of magical!

    This Is Where I Came In - a great bluesy, rocking track from their last album. 

    It's sad how Barry is the only one left. I can't imagine having to bury three younger brothers (and his mother recently passed away as well). Great that he's still making music though.

     

    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.


  10. On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 5:57 PM, ThreeSticks said:

    1980 (I believe):

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    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.


  11. 10 hours ago, thozil said:

    Jeff Beck: "Jimmy took over on bass and it was awful. He really wasn't a bass player. He didn't have the physical, or...he didn't have the right approach for bass".

    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."

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