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  1. Being from Long Island, NY, there's a local urban legend I remember hearing as a teenager that involved a limo pulling up to a kid and somebody with long, curly blond hair flipping a coin to the kid and saying, "here's a silver dollar from Led Zeppelin," before driving off. Supposedly this took place in Belle Terre, a wealthy community on the north shore and also right next to Port Jefferson where Foghat had a recording studio for a time. More recently, and possibly still, Ritchie Blackmore has lived in the area.
  2. I was in high school during the late 80s when I saw Physical Grafitti at Stony Brook University. It was awesome. For those in the Long Island area, I highly recommend the Black Country Beatnix: www.myspace.com/blackcountrybeatniks
  3. Another perspective...with regard to the bands being discussed... I was 8 in 1980 so I can only speak from the aftermath but, Led Zeppelin had an awe about them that most bands didn't by the time I got around to paying attention. Queen was huge in NY/USA for We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions. I also remember going to the Flash Gordon movie and getting into Queen for the first time. Later, Mike Myers did wonders for Bohemian Rapsody in the Wayne's World movie. Other than that, I don't think Queen is too well known. Pink Floyd, on the other hand, had always been a favorite. Particulary, Dark Side and The Wall. In fact, I remember when big sisters and brothers (of friends) were out buying the latter album for the first time. I was a newbie. In any event, the Zeppelin mystique was real...it even frightened me at that young age. Years later, during junior high, my buddies and I got some beer and were drinking at the school when two older...burn outs...appeared and indicated their love for Zep and Floyd. In a sense, they epitomized the sentiments of an American generation. We had a grand time until I stumbled home and pissed on my parent's couch...live and learn.
  4. Here's the full size photo of my wife and I at the O2 show: The photo doesn't show it but my wife is almost 7 months pregnant at the time, which got us upgraded from the floor to the 'celebrity section' seating on Page's side of the stage.
  5. Coming of age in the mid to late 80s, Led Zep were legendary in my neck of the woods. Of course, I was their primary champion in my high school, lol, but just about everyone listened to them. Actually, most people's favorite band was either the Grateful Dead or Metallica, both of whom were touring at the time. Led Zep provided the bridge that everyone could appreciate. Classic rock radio, of course, played a huge role in keeping the band relevant. When I went to London for a couple of weeks in the fall of '92 (on my way to India), I was expecting to find Led Zep influence all over the place but alas, virtually nothing. The people I met looked at me funny when the band was mentioned. Even at a Black Sabbath concert, with Ronnie James Dio, Zep were given little to no respect by the concertgoers I met while drinking prior to the show. I just couldn't figure it out.
  6. Dazed and Confused not on the list?!
  7. Although the Stones are a great band and can definitively start me up ( ), their music does not vibrate my soul in quite the same frequency as Zep does. So I can't be very objective and judge album vs. album because Zep will always come out on top.
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