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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. No Dazed and Confused in the top 50?!
  3. Thanks for the post. I particularly enjoyed the historical context. Although a decade younger than you, I get very nostalgic for the era of American culture that gave rise to the beatniks and hippies. I was around in the 70s and experienced some of it but my musical awakening was more, I hate to say it, an MTV thing. At least I was able to find Zeppelin a few years later and reconnect with the days of my youth.
  4. I feel a bit guilty for missing this show. Just bad timing. I hope TCV come back soon! Now, if only Page will make a guest appearance at the Clapton/Beck concert next week!
  5. This article has the actual BBC Audition Report: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article6959424.ece
  6. This was the only issue I had at the Roseland, NY show. Although each song has it's own flavor, they did tend to blur together at times. Far less contrast than a Zeppelin concert for instance.
  7. Dazed and Confused is without doubt my favorite rock song of all time. The following piece, written as a young college student, was published by Zoso magazine (#63) in 1992. I still get a kick out of it so I thought I would share... Led Zeppelin, the only way to fly. When I need to blast off into the realm of fantasy, I book all my flights with Led Zeppelin. Each song carries me off to its own fantastic destination and is sure to bring me back home safely. For a trip into madness, there is nothing quite like "Dazed and Confused." This song is the epitome of a mental orgasm. The journey begins when my heartbeat starts to reflect the eerieness of the opening bass line. Suddenly, the echoing guitar slices through me with its otherworldly sound. As the singer bursts out with the tortured cry, "I've been dazed and confused for so long it's not true!," I immediately wonder if I am prepared for what is to come. The thunderous beat of the drums kick in and my body finds itself in spasm, moving like a jackhammer. I realize there is no turning back. These four musical elements begin to work together, intricately weaving emotions into a pattern of fluctuating intensity. The final and most devestating musical drive blooms into the melancholy of infinite silence. It is to this unfathomable depth that the invocation is directed. After the guitarist ritualistically introduces his magic wand, a violin bow, he proceeds to use it on his guitar. The sounds conjured up are at once terrifying and blissful. As the haunting music builds to its climax, my conception of reality liquefies and slips away from grip. All that remains is the presence of the infinite in which I am completely immersed. Mental orgasm. When the peak ends and the wand is put away, reality is given a chance to solidify. But wait! Before I can get a sure gripping, the band takes off into a frenzy of utter chaos. I find myself caught between worlds, bouncing off the cosmic riffs that are spewing out from the guitar. Flashing from reality to reality I can't stop thinking of my helplessness as the singer's primal cries vibrate through to the very core of my existence. Relief comes when I find my body moving in that jackhammer groove once again. This is a sure sign that the trip is almost over. A wicked smile comes over my face when I realize where the music has taken me. As the song comes to an end, I give a sigh of satisfaction. Led Zeppelin, the only way to fly.
  8. Short review of the Roseland Show: Extremely intense music. Definitively felt like I had my ass kicked afterwards. The music was unrelenting and harder than what I usually listen to. That said, it was a great show. Overall, my favorite song was Scumbag Blues, which I thought was magical. As were the moments when JPJ took the spotlight and injected some Zeppelin-esque grandeur into the mix. Definitively looking forward to the album and another show once I've become more familiar with the songs. Cheers!
  9. Can't wait for the show tonight at the Roseland Ballroom!! Will post a short review when I get a chance...
  10. Mistaken as proto-metal?! At the very least, Led Zeppelin's heavier songs were proto-metal. A 2005 documentary entitled "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey," a film I have not seen, offers the following flow-chart of metal genres: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b7/Metal_Genealogy.jpg According to the chart, Led Zeppelin is classified as "early metal," a term that resonates with "proto-metal." Of course, this doesn't prove anything but I thought the concept of the flow-chart to be very interesting.
  11. I certainly can get my head into most of Zep's music and my hips as well! Thinking Misty Mountain Hop at the moment. Also, How Many More Times is considered one of the first real headbangers. It's all about the groove.
  12. I certainly appreciate your effort to get the debate back on track. As for historical context, I referenced the wikipedia article on heavy metal music several posts ago. This is a good starting place to frame the discussion in my opinion. What is refuted in the article is that "metal was never played until the late seventies / early eighties," which is one of the points I've tried to get across. Of course, it all depends on how you define metal but the general consensus is that it began in the mid to late 60s, with bands you mentioned, and was epitomized in a new way by Led Zeppelin and subsequently Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and others. The heavy metal sound would then be reinvented several more times by bands that moved further and further away from the blues, such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, etc. As to providing conclusive evidence that Led Zeppelin were a metal band, I've already agreed that they weren't; that was an oversimplification made by critics of the era. Nevertheless, they were the first band to present the emerging blues-based heavy metal sound of the late 60s as a significant part of their musical repertiore.
  13. You can't answer the question, "Zeppelin, are they metal?" without reference to historical context. As for me being rude, well take it as you may. I'm sorry you were offended by the word "hogwash." I presented my arguement with passion and called it like I saw it. It was never personal. But you and Otto insisted on making it otherwise and that's unfortunate.
  14. I made an initial arguement and have been defending it ever since. You disagree? That's fine by me.
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