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Everything posted by grandmeaulne

  1. Well, for your question to be answered, we'd need to get a tour first. And that's a big IF! Most bands who offer pre-sale do it through their fan club. And a forum doesn't exactly qualify.
  2. I saw it. It took him 30 years to sell Rock and Roll to Cadillac, but just three months to sell Killing the Blues to JC Penny
  3. Paleontologist??? That explains his fascination with rock dinosaurs...Lol!
  4. I do. $60 CANADIAN dollars ;-)
  5. I used to work in a Montreal record store in the 1980s which sold bootlegs openly. Even record company reps came to us to buy some for their own collections. The store was finally busted a few years ago, but that's because the store started importing large quantities for re-distribution. Back then, I think the attitude of the RCMP had been: a) Should we put ressources on bootleg recordings when we have to chase terrorists and drug dealers. Are the victims being impacted in such a way that it demands immediate action. c) Piracy (cheap copies of existing official merch) costs the economy a lot more that bootlegs. d) What's a bootleg anyway. If the RCMP felt that way, it's safe to say the FBI, the Japanese police and many others feel the same way: it's a low priority issue.
  6. I had just turned 14. And for about a week I was stopping in front of my local ticket outlet on my way to school every morning, hoping the tickets would go on sale for their scheduled October 17 concert at the Montreal Forum. After I returned from school, I was doing my newspaper delivery route (back then, most dailies still published in the afternoon) I stopped at my friend's house, who was outside, and told me "hey some idiot at school said Bonham had died. What bullshit!" We were worried nonetheless, so we tuned-in CHOM-FM, and sure enough, they confirmed it. I don't remember ever being so bummed in my life. Even my mom, who was ready to help me get tickets, said she was sorry to hear this.
  7. This morning I listened to a bootleg of the 1995 Page-Plant show which I attended in Montreal, and it made me think of Ramble-On at the O2. In 1995, they did Immigrant intro into Wanton Song, straight into Bring-it-On Home, and Ramble-On, followed by Thank You. I felt it worked much better back then, because the beggining was so powerful that even that even Ramble-On's mild start didn't break the level of energy. I don't think Good-Times Bad-Times was a proper opener.
  8. I played both albums to death, and I still don,t get bored. Exile is my all-time favorite Stones album, with Let it Bleed and Sticky Fingers close seconds. I love PG, lthough LZ 1 and 4 are my favorite Zep records. The Stones are more song-oriented, while Zeppelin is musicianship-driven. Buth both records have aged extremely well.
  9. I agree with you. I had to buy a code, and I had not, I would have missed the show. I don't think that doing what's "right", IE, accept that I wasn't picked in the lottery, would have compensated for missing the show. Especially if it meant letting a greedy non-fan attend the show instead of me.
  10. I felt most of the promotion/hype this fall was centered on the release of Mothership, rather than the re-release of TSRS. I remember in 2003 when the DVD came out, you had posters, displays, promotion all over while the TSRS sort of fell through the cracks, relatively speaking. It could explain why Mothership charted, and not the movie.
  11. Hmmm. I disagree. I did see it as a heavily discounted album in record stores around 78-79. Anyone has actual, verifiable sales figures for each album? I'm told LZ3 sold the least in their catalogue though.
  12. It's funny but I've heard the story of his collapse over and over again, and it's the first time someone actually "takes me there". Thanks for the additional info. Did you ask for your refund, or did you just keep your ticket stub?
  13. Wow, this sketch is priceless!!! Funny thing is, the add says there's a version by Dolly Parton....who ended-up covering it for real a few years ago.
  14. Neat story, thanks. I'm curious about one thing. When Jimmy fell ill, how did the crowd react when it was announced the show was cancelled? Were people refunded? Or did the promoter argue that since they played for an hour, their contractual obligation to perform was met?
  15. First band to be able to physicaly beat the crap out of anyone who gets in their way, and be able to get away with it. (Bonham, Oakland 77 anyone?) :-) But seriously, it's true that Presence went platinum in pre-sale, but the business has since changed considerably. Not long after this, Kiss also released their four solo albums, which also went platinum on release. Trouble is, they stayed on store shelves and most copies were returned as unsold. But the hype continued to say "it was a hit, look, it shipped platinum." In fact, Presence didn't escape this phenomenon, because while the album did ship platinum and hit the top of the charts, it also quickly fell off the radar screen compared to their previous albums, because it didn't have "hits" on them. Fans bought it en masse when it came out, but that was it. In fact, in Hammer of the Gods, I think Stephen Davis wrote that Presence enventualy ended-up in record store bargain bins. Following other similar flops, the RIAA, which certifies album sales, started compiling actual sales figures in stores, and NOT in pre-orders. That system was of course flawed, because the actual tracking of sales was unreliable, and you couldn't trust the record company's numbers since they'd be known to inflate sales figures. Tracking became more accurate with the advent of the soundscan system in the 1990s.
  16. The Dave Grohl story is accurate, once you read that he isn't joining Zeppelin, but that it's simply wishful thinking on his part. But the editor, unfortunately, gave it a misleading title to get the attention of the reader. Now, about the news media: I've been a journalist for 25 years. The first few years, I was writing for some entertainement rag before I had any formal training in journalism. I later obtained a journalism degree, and I now work for a TV station in Canada. You just made the kind of blanket statement about the media which I hear all the time. It's as deep as if I said, "I went to the doctor, he told me I had the flu when in fact it was cancer, so all health-care professionals are incompetent." Entertainment news is the bastard child of the news media. For reasons I can,t fully grasp myself, entertainement news isn't subjected to the same journalism standards as mainstream hard-news. We wouldn't allow "anonymous sources" and rumours like this to be used in any other kind of news. I think it comes from the fact that most entertainers (actors, musicians, etc...) have become masters at manipulating the media. And the media, rather than dispatch actual journalists who would check, double-check and triple check whatever an artist says, they simply send groupies and other cheearleaders to do the job. I know, I was one of them early in my career. So you end-up with web blogs like the one you quoted, which then feed into other media. And once in a while, mainstream media will pick it up and stick it into their entertainment pages as a cheap way to fill space. They won't check the facts reported by another media, because they assume that this other obscure media did its job, when in fact it often didn't. Worse yet are SOME (but not all) entertainment magazines which agree to let the artist review (read, approve, censor) an article on them, in exchange for an "exclusive" interview. Add to that the fact that mainstream media are often baffled by the fact that they spend months researching serious stories on science, political scandals, corruption etc, only to realize that the majority of viewers/readers are more interested in the latest antics of Paris Hilton, and you end-up with a press which all of a sudden becomes cynical about anything running in its entertainment pages.
  17. grandmeaulne

    Has anyone

    I think it,s a myth. No rock band, esp. Led Zeppelin, was ever inspired by The Lord of the Rings...
  18. Never trust "unnamed sources" from the Mirror.
  19. Steve, I just want to thank you for your contributions on this forum. I find that a lot of contributors don't add much, so it's good to have a devoted connaisseur who hasn't moved to a more specialized board.

  20. Lol! One of my bootlegs of 1977 has that solo listed as "Look at me, I'm Jimmy Page."
  21. Hey AlexKx, I have no problem with capitalism AT ALL. I'm all for it. Otherwise I wouldn't have spent a fortune going to the O2, spending $45 on a t-shirt etc. I just find that when Gene Simmons admits he doesn't care about his own music, his musicianship or his rock and roll band, but only cares about the money he makes from it, it makes his musical legacy far less interesting, that's all.
  22. True, but don,t you agree that when a show gets that big, and given what we know of the band's state of mind in 77, they just didn't have it in them half the time?
  23. The majority of people who become artists and musicians will barely make enough to make ends meet. Success stories are extremely rare. Such comments from Gene Simmons should be seen as an insult to every artistic creator in the world. And I doubt Jimmy would appreciate that someone of Gene's stature would say someting so derogatory towards other musicians. It reminds me of a similar comment made by Neil Schon of Journey, when asked about a similar marketing approach to his music, and his answer was, "who cares, I'm laughing all the way to the bank..." I'm not sure we'd have kept our devotion the Zeppelin intact if Jimmy or Robert behaved in such a way during the past 30 years.
  24. Yes, he was very nice to Jimmy and Zep. But while Kiss did make some great entertainment for which they obviouysly worked very hard, their musical legacy doesn't compare to Zeppelin's. My biggest problem with Stanley is how he and Simmons marketed their music to the point where the music itself is lost deep under the hype. Or worse, it was adapted to match the marketing of derivative products.
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