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  1. I think Cream deserves its place in the pantheon of 60's British rock groups. Each member was a great musician and to dismiss their influence is probably easy this many years later, and it takes a more knowledgable person than me to really make the case for them, but I think the only thing standing between them and the Stones, Who, etc., is longevity. Baker is clearly a misanthrope but if it hadn't been for this documentary I would not have known that.
  2. I prefer Kashmir. The repetition works for me, I find it hypnotic rather than repetitive. If I'm absent mindedly playing a riff in my mind or just humming to myself, it's probably either Four Sticks or Kashmir. Of course, both Kashmir and STH are wonderful and inspired pieces of music.
  3. Wow, what a great thought provoking question. I've never actually compared his solos to each other. I'm not the bootleg connoisseur that some here are, but I've always liked the Communication Breakdown solo on LZ I for the little bit he plays at the very end of the solo, that moment just always catches my attention. I also like the Dazed and Confused from the Yardbirds when they were on the French TV show.
  4. If there is a chance Mr. Plant was even half serious, there are still issues that would have to be agreed upon. My guess is that a current iteration of Zeppelin would somehow have to wring something new from the effort for Plant to ultimately participate. There would probably have to be some significant ego repression, probably mostly by Jimmy and JPJ, and the result would likely not be what we expect. Could I see a small Zeppelin tour with some new, probably acoustic, laid back material, maybe. I'd expect a few reworked classics with some strings or world music type backing, but little to no hard rock or hard electric blues numbers. In short, it would probably have to bear a strong resemblance to what Mr. Plant has taken to with the BoJ or the SSS. I'd be beyond shocked if there is ever again a true Zeppelin gig like the O2. Even so, who are we all kidding, some of us, maybe most, would sell a kidney to a harvester with no anesthesia and unsterilized instruments to see them, even if it is just a one hour all acoustic strum along with ukeleles and banjos. Unfortunately, the world still needs more Led Zeppelin, not less, so little quotes like this will be dissected ad nauseum until a definitive statement is made. Just to be safe, I'm going to stand in line at the local ticket master (do brick and mortar ticket masters even exist anymore?) until December 31, 2014.
  5. That scene was evidently excised from the theatrical release of It MIght Get Loud and so it does not appear in the movie if you catch it on cable/satellite television. I saw it as an "extra scene" on Youtube. It is a wonderful scene and I am not sure why they cut it. Definitely worth checking out. The Edge accurately described the drums for Kashmir as "ominous". I liked that. Jimmy makes playing look effortless, like all the great talents, it just comes naturally to him.
  6. At the 7:30 showing on Wednesday the 17th near New Orleans, the audience was way into their middle age. There were a few young people, one guy I know had his teenage son with him, but all in all, a significantly older crowd to my eyes. I wish their were more young people along for the ride. I don't like the thought that Zep is "old people's music".
  7. I just watched the Kashmir clip from Celebration Day online and even though it is just a small screen and computer speakers, it made my Friday afternoon. Even having seen the movie, that riff and keyboard interaction just brings vistas of exotic locales into your mind's eye and really reminds you of how powerful Zep's music really is. I think the Edge may have said it best in the outtake from It Might Get Loud where he describes the drum part of Kashmir as "ominous". They really went all in on this one. Wow, just, Wow!! I may have to show this to my son's friends who listen to Blink 182 to remind them of who is boss.
  8. I went Wednesday night at a theatre in suburban New Orleans (Harahan). The sound was too low but at least clear and balanced (to my ears). The theatre was 90-95% full. Audience was yelling "louder" and "turn it up" for first few songs. A couple of shots in the first few minutes were pixilated. The sound improved somewhat but was not as loud as I would have liked. I enjoyed the movie and thought the band sounded great. Robert started a bit slowly but seemed to warm up and enjoy himself more as the concert went on. Jimmy seemed sharp to me (non-musician who finds Page's ability so overwhelming that he could play Mary Had A Little Lamb and I'd be in awe) so maybe I'm missing something but in this case ignorance was bliss. Being over 40 now I enjoyed the more direct versions of the songs. I had to be up at 6 the next morning and had an hour drive home so 2 hours was ok for me although I'm sure many wanted some extended jams or a few extra numbers added. The crowd clapped and cheered at times. Like many others I found the interaction between the band members very emotional. Overall well worth the wait. Just for perspective I put on TSRTS just now and considering the passage of time and all the water under the bridge I'm really impressed how well they did at the O2. Finally, I agree with those who believe Jason added vital energy to the performance. I imagine it was a very powerful and meaningful night for him. I'd really like a chance to shake his hand and offer a sincere thank you and tell him he is now truly part of Zeppelin, despite what anyone else might say. Looking forward to watching really loud at home.
  9. IMHO, the best part of the performance was when Robert had to wake up the clarinet player who appeared to be dozing off onstage. The look on Mr. Plant's face at that moment was something out of a bad Will Ferrell movie. Again, it was great to see him having such fun, and be so relaxed. I can understand why at his age he prefers the low key approach. Maybe Jimmy will visit here sometime and we'll have a nice compare and contrast.....
  10. Tickets to the Preservation Hall show were sold out by the day of the event. I had work some connections to get mine. I went in a group of three people, and we were each offered $250 for our tickets that evening waiting on the line to get in. Obviously, by then word had gotten around. As for the set itself, Buddy Miller had a paper on which someone had handwritten the set list that sat at his feet most of the night. Mr. Plant was in the hallway outside the main room for some of the show. I'm guessing he hid in the artists' only area for some as well. Considering how small the venue he did not mingle with the audience before or after much. I got a chance to say a quick hello as he exited the rushed sound check before the show. Still quite a thrill....
  11. Thank goodness the video of the event was posted. My pictures are dark and terrible. We weren't allowed flash photos and I ended up taking lousy iPhone photos. Two are attached just to give you an idea. I met the photographer who shot the video, he is a good guy. I was not sold on the Band of Joy concept originally, but having seen it up close I do recommend it for those on the fence....
  12. Hello all, this is my first post. I had the privilege of seeing Robert Plant and several members of the BOJ play last Friday night at Preservation Hall in New Orleans. I saw the review posted above, and it makes several good points. This was my first opportunity to see Plant play live and it was amazing. For those unaware, Preservation Hall seats about 50 or so people. I was sitting on a bench in the front row, maybe five or six feet from the performers. To say that Mr. Plant is enjoying this renaissance is an understatement. According to one of the Preservation Hall staff, Plant had wanted to sing "Nature Boy" live for years, but never felt he had an intimate enough room to do so. I guess Preservation Hall was small enough and felt right. He was clearly having a great time interacting with the musicians and the audience, and made a great effort in what was an impromptu show. I used to be on the bandwagon with those who felt jilted that he won't revisit a Zeppelin reunion, but seeing him doing his thing, I have come to a different conclusion. I'd still love a reunion tour to happen, but at least he is happy for now doing what he wants. Plus, he gets whatever Zeppelin gratification he needs doing the revised numbers he does. I have a couple of poor cellphone pictures of the event. Would it be in bad taste, a rules violation, or an invasion of privacy in some way to post one if anyone cares? Thanks and I hope to contribute on the forum from time to time.
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