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Balthazor

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  1. Here's a funny story. I saw that a local minor league baseball team was having a special fireworks show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin. Here's the promotion: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2109674472475808&id=1451794498263812#!/MKEMilkmen/photos/a.1463475760429019/2109673465809242/?type=3&source=57&refid=52&__tn__=EH-R Now, I'm not much of a baseball fan. In fact, I can't help but think it's possibly the most boring spectator sport ever invented. But a Led Zeppelin fireworks show sounded awesome, and I feel like I should support an organization that presents an awesome event like this, so I bought tickets. I also found it amusing that a minor league baseball team would do more to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin than Led Zeppelin has. So last night was the game. My girlfriend and I went. We sat through four hours of minor league baseball, which was less painful than I expected but still not exactly my ideal night, and just as the game ended they announced over the loudspeaker that the Led Zeppelin fireworks were cancelled. As we were walking out I thought, well that's perfectly in line with the rest of the 50th anniversary "celebration." A long anticipation followed by a big disappointing pile of nothing.
  2. Gotta show some love for Devin Townsend's excellent new album Empath.
  3. I just watched this movie last night. I usually stay away from Oscar films, since so often they're just dreadful. But this film was really quite good, and Viggo Mortensen was simply outstanding. The funny thing is, watching the movie, I did at one point think that the soundtrack was exactly the kind of stuff Plant would love. I guess I was right about that.
  4. If you're sending out links I'd love one too...pretty please.
  5. I have a coworker friend who has very similar musical tastes as I, but he never liked Zeppelin. He said he couldn't stand them. I found that weird, but ok, to each their own. But it turned out to be the same thing, he'd heard the radio hits enough times to be sick of them, but had never heard anything else. So one day he borrowed all my Zeppelin cds and listened to them, and he was blown away. He said he had no idea all the different stuff they'd play, since all he'd ever heard were things like Heartbreaker. Better late than never.
  6. I first heard Dio when the Holy Diver album came out. It immediately became a favorite of mine and has been ever since. But lately, my favorite stuff from him is his old band Elf. From Rainbow through Sabbath and into his solo career, Dio always sounds like Dio. You could stick Stargazer or Children of the Sea on a Dio solo album and not really notice much difference. But Elf has it's own sound that's nothing like the Dio sound. It's not metal, it's just good old fashioned rock and roll with one of rock's greatest singers at the helm. Lately I've been loving that stuff to death. Finally, and maybe it's just me, but I think Dio's vocals were best back during the various incarnations of his old early 60s group Ronnie and the Redcaps/Prophets/whatever else. Mostly because he's not trying to do his signature Dio metal growl, but instead is singing clean, which to me better shows just how beautiful and powerful his voice was. I'm not a big fan of the music, since I'm just not a fan of that 50s/60s doo wop sound, but his voice on those recordings is just angelic. This one is among my favorites
  7. Hot Dog and Carouselambra. As a teenager, I was not interested in listening to Zeppelin play country music, and anything with synthesizers was practically taboo. Now that I'm older and hopefully wiser, Zeppelin playing country amuses me, and it's just such a catchy tune; and while synthesizers in hard rock are still usually pretty lame, Carouselambra gets a pass for being a flat out awesome song.
  8. I've watched about half the show now and the sound is a definite improvement. I haven't directly compared it to the DVD I've got, but I do remember that one sounding like hell. This one sounds quite good, so that's an improvement right there already. This, along with the excellent Live In New York video, are helping to make the 50th anniversary better than a total bust. Thanks to SteveZ98 for doing the work of bringing us this great video!
  9. I would like a link too, if you don't mind.
  10. I just got my copy of "Evenings With Led Zeppelin" this morning, and even though I've only merely skimmed through it a bit, it's already primed to become my new favorite Led Zeppelin book.
  11. Overrated: the EC shows. Aside from the inclusion of the acoustic set, these were my least favorite of the '75 shows. I just find them dull. Underrated: Newcastle 11-11-1971. Maybe not underrated as much as it goes largely unmentioned, but I listen to this one a lot. I think Plant's voice is stronger here than any other show I can remember.
  12. I think the Whole Lotta Love that's on the BBC recordings, aside from the guitar solo, is superior to what's on the album, and I always loved the WLL medleys in concert, but I get what you're saying. I feel the same way about Stairway. The studio version, to me, is perfection to the point that any reproduction of it will be less than perfect. I often skip Stairway when listening to concerts since it's always going to sound inferior to what's on the album.
  13. Here's my controversial opinion: all things considered, I don't think their infamous Live Aid performance was all that bad. Considering how last-minute the thing appeared to be thrown together, considering how wasted Page was and how little Plant gave a fuck, and considering how someone thought it was a good idea to wedge Phil Collins into that mess, well it could have been much, much worse. It's definitely not their finest hour, but to me anyhow, it still looked less sad than The Who's superbowl halftime show.
  14. Ditto. My first thought was "wait...a Zeppelin book I don't yet have?!" which was followed by "let's fix that! Amazon here I come!!!"
  15. Lately it seem like if you google "Led Zeppelin" half the results are about Greta Van Fleet.
  16. The new tv sitcom The Kids Are Alright, which is set in the 70s, has featured several Zeppelin shirts already.
  17. This literally caused me to spit a piece of sandwich out of my mouth from laughing so hard. Well done!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. This was intended to be comically ironic, right?
  21. Well sure, but there's a whole lot of clueless people out there.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
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