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About Balthazor

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  1. Yesterday I was at the grocery store and there in the checkout aisle I saw on the magazine rack a Rolling Stone special Led Zeppelin 50th anniversary issue, which I immediately grabbed and tossed on the conveyor. Then at home, hours later, I realized that I had somehow managed to leave the magazine in the cart back at the store. There's $15 down the drain. So this morning I drove back over to the store and bought another copy. I got that one home safe and sound, and then noticed that it's the EXACT same magazine as one that Rolling Stone published back in 2013, and which I already have. So apparently another $15 down the drain. I've now bought the exact same magazine three times. But seriously, how lazy can Rolling Stone be to commemorate Led Zeppelin's 50th by simply reprinting an issue from 5 years ago.
  2. Thanks so much for this! It's absolutely fantastic what you've done here. I think as far as a Led Zeppelin video experience goes, this is bested only by the RAH video on the official DVD. I can't even see myself watching TSRTS much anymore now that there's this to watch. Just awesome!
  3. Balthazor

    Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary

    I have a Led Zeppelin knit hat that almost never leaves my head in winter, and I've been very pleasantly surprised by the number of younger folks who comment on it. Especially the young women. Practically every time I go anywhere there's some 20 year old girl complimenting my hat. It does make me feel good that at least some young people are appreciating good music. Also, getting attention from 20 year old girls sure ain't all that bad either.
  4. Balthazor

    Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary

    This was intended to be comically ironic, right?
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    Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary

    Well sure, but there's a whole lot of clueless people out there.
  6. Balthazor

    Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary

    I couldn't agree more. It's just sad really, that lack of interest. If these guys want Zeppelin to be considered in the same league as the Beatles or the Stones they should really show more interest in these sorts of things, and do something to keep their band in the public eye as much as possible. I mean, after one silly Hollywood biopic Queen seems to be regarded as the greatest thing since sliced bread. It just seems like if Jimmy wants Zeppelin's legacy to be what it should, doing nothing is not going to help matters much.
  7. Balthazor

    Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary

    And the Beatles disbanded 48 years ago, so what? I don't honestly remember, but I'd wager that their 50th was treated as a big deal. If Jimmy believes his band was among the greatest bands of all time, then it should have had a 50th anniversary fit for a greatest band of all time. A book and a new t-shirt design seems more like an anniversary fit for Jethro Tull.
  8. Balthazor

    Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary

    That's not really the point. One would think that the 50th anniversary would be a bigger deal than just a book and a few new t-shirt designs. If he's got all these super secret projects planned, maybe he could have planned on having one or two of them ready for the 50th. I know he owes us nothing, and if we never got another release of anything, so be it. It's more about his apparent lack of interest in the whole thing. A lot of bands do big things for a major anniversary. We get a book. Rather underwhelming, to say the least. It's hard not to wonder whether Jimmy gives a rip about his fans.
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    Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary

    I seem to remember Jimmy saying something a while back about how there would be all kind of surprises in store for the 50th anniversary. Well here it is approaching the end of the year, and the big surprise is that we're getting diddly squat. Aside from a picture book. Surprise!!!
  10. I just saw this article pop up in a few places: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/opeths_akerfeldt_led_zeppelin_would_disappear_against_deep_purple_on_top_form_black_sabbath_wouldnt_stand_a_chance_either.html "When Deep Purple are on top form, there is no other band that can rival that. You couldn't put Led Zeppelin against Deep Purple on top form... they would disappear. And especially Black Sabbath, they wouldn't stand a chance! It's high energy at the top of its game" I've never been a big fan of Deep Purple, they frankly bore me. I actually prefer the early Rainbow stuff to Purple, but that's all just a matter of taste. And I can't say much about comparing the talent level of these bands, I just don't know enough to have a worthwhile opinion. However, I do find fault with Akerfeldt's "no band could touch Deep Purple" statement given that, to my recollection, Purple has nothing that even approaches songs like No Quarter, Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir, Achilles Last Stand, When the Levee Breaks...I mean seriously. Child In Time is a great song, my favorite Deep Purple song in fact, but it's not in the same league as these masterpieces. Ironically, it seems like these days Deep Purple is best known for Smoke on the Water, a great rock song, yet one so simple it's literally the first song many aspiring rock guitarists learn to play. Akerfeldt has been a Deep Purple fanboy forever, and admittedly I'm probably just as big a Led Zeppelin fanboy, but really I think he's being a bit delusional here. Even if you wanted to argue that Purple's musicians leave Zeppelin in the dust, which may be a fair argument, the fact that their catalog seems to pale in comparison to Zeppelin's, well I think that's got to ne taken into consideration. The Beatles weren't exactly a band of Steve Vais and Neil Pearts, yet their catalog is unmatched in all of rock history. So this whole "Led Zeppelin disappears next to Deep Purple" seems a bit of a stretch to me. Not sure why this was moved from the news forum, since it is involving a news story, but ok. One final point I wanted to make is that Akerfeldt says if Led Zeppelin was put up against Deep Purple in their prime, Led Zeppelin would disappear. That seems silly to me because, as it happens, Led Zeppelin WAS put up against Deep Purple at their prime. Both bands were hitting their peaks at roughly the same time. Only, Zeppelin didn't disappear. Instead, they sold more albums, sold more tickets, wrote more memorable songs...in every way possible, Led Zeppelin did the exact opposite of disappear against Deep Purple.
  11. I agree with everyone who suggested Barney Hoskyn's book. It is the best "biography" I've read.
  12. Balthazor

    Led Zeppelin Clothing and Whatnot.

    Here's a picture of me and my girlfriend at a company dinner I had last week.
  13. Balthazor

    Compare The Two

    Sadly, the page on Black Beauty is screwed up so that Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp can't be downloaded.
  14. I don't know if anyone's seen this, but Sports Illustrated has an amusing article recasting every Super Bowl halftime show, and Led Zeppelin gets recast for the 1972 show... https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/31/super-bowl-halftime-shows-recast-beatles-led-zeppelin Super Bowl VI (Jan. 16, 1972) Tulane Stadium, New Orleans Real Life: Salute to Louis Armstrong (including Carol Channing and Ella Fitzgerald) Recast: Led Zeppelin The release of Led Zeppelin IV in November of ’71 pretty much solidified the band’s status as the premier rock outfit around. Even Carol Channing could see that. Setlist: Rock and Roll | Stairway to Heaven | Whole Lotta Love | Black Dog | Communication Breakdown
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    Yardbirds '68 out Nov 5th

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Plucked him from obscurity? Being the most sought after sesson guy in London is hardly "obscurity", and it's not as if it was his time in the Yardbirds that made Page a star anyhow. What a loon. She reminds me of Randy California's sisters during the STH trial. What is it with sisters?