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Everything posted by NealR2000

  1. Every LZ album commenced with what I would describe as an "impact song". As beautiful as Bron-Yr-Aur is, it would never be a starter.
  2. In Peter's defense, he always made it clear that he left the band to focus on their music, and he took care of everything else.
  3. Vocals are the toughest instrument of all. Anyone else can have a bad night and it isn't so noticeable ... at least not as noticeable as a shot voice. Stinking cold. Bronchitis. The flu. Unless it's at the passing-out point, anyone but the singer can usually tough it out for a show. Even at Jimmy's worst, he could usually grind out a performance. On top of this, a singer, when on a long tour, has to protect the vocals chords, knowing there about 30 shows ahead of him. You might feel great one night, get a little too enthusiastic, and find out the next morning when you wake up that your voice is shot and needs 3 days to get back in shape. Too bad, you've got a big show before then and to cancel it will piss of the fans and cost a fortune in refunds.
  4. Yes, that Atlantic Reunion didn't stand a chance. Huge row over Stairway, as well as Zep getting delay after delay on a start time. Nerves (for Page) were resolved with alcohol, and the additional time meant a lot more alcohol. They were awful.
  5. The male voice not only gets deeper during adolescence where there's a rapid change, but it also tends to deepen very gradually throughout life. I'm no expert on why this second phase of voice deepening occurs, but I suspect it's due to wear and tear of ones vocal chords. Now add to that, the life of a professional singer, and add further to that, a professional singer like Plant, who in his younger years, really sang his lungs out.
  6. There was definitely a big difference in Page between the P&P 95 and 98 tours. In the former, Page was still drinking, evident by that bloated puffy look. By the latter tour, he looked much healthier, not to mention playing sharper (and doing all the guitar work alone).
  7. I know that there were indirect arguments between the band members on the 77 US tour. On this tour, "jobs" were given the members of the extended family members of the Bonham and Plant families as favors. The problem was, these family members didn't take their work too seriously and assumed it was a drunken funfest, not appreciating that fuzzy zone between family and work. Apparently, Jimmy would get angry and sack them, only to have the issue smoothed over later in the day. I think that if there were actual issues between band members, it was dealt with on an intermediary basis via Grant, with the best known example in the early days where Jimmy got Bonzo to not play so loud.
  8. I've seen a number of these fly-on-the-wall scenes, as well as read many, where bands come off stage and get into sometimes heated arguments over mistakes made during the performance. I don't recall reading anything about similar happenings with Zep. Does anyone know any different? On one hand, I suspect there were some, as Zep live wasn't always great, but on the other hand, I'm not so sure as the one at "fault" was invariably Page, and what with his position, I'm not sure any of the others would say anything. Don't get me wrong, I don't think any of the others were in awe of Page or intimidated by him, but I just don't see any of them challenging his musicianship.
  9. There's about as much out there about Robert's parents as there is about any of his peers parents. Very little. Some deep searching will reveal a few photos. As for his relationship with his father, you must appreciate what post war Britain was like. Robert, despite his good education, dropped out of the expected career path, grew his hair, began dating an Indian girl, and chose the life of a musician. In 1960s provincial Britain, this was sheer madness and caused a serious estrangement with his parents. When success came, naturally things worked out.
  10. I have some serious doubts about any stage collaboration. I avidly followed LZ in real time and I never heard of this. While I will acknowledge that press stories back then were a lot easier to control than they are today, what with social media and the just about anybody in the world being able to film/record/post about major events, I just can't see this even being one of those hidden (by Grant) stories. The Osmonds were pretty big back then and the media were all over them. Even for Zep, just about every sliver of mundane information about them has found its way into books, magazines, documentaries, interviews, etc., that this would surely have come out. It didn't happen.
  11. The most telling moment of the O2 show was after it ended. Three of them went backstage to bask in the glory, celebrating with families, friends, guests, etc. Plant left immediately. He had his driver take him to a very modest kebab restaurant where I'm sure he thought about what he had just done. He'd done it. Sang Stairway, even. Surely this would finally shut the masses up now.
  12. It was well filmed. A great performance. It is the only way the millions of fans can enjoy it. Even a handful of additional shows would have been impossible for all but the very lucky to see. Be grateful for what we got. It was way more than we thought we would ever get.
  13. Not particularly scientific, but from his look and appearance, I'd say he got clean sometime between Page & Plant's 94 and 98 tours. I have no doubt that he had kicked the junk long before, but was still heavily drinking to at least the 94 tour, where he had the look of a drinker. By 98, and now doing guitar duties alone, he looked, and played, terrific.
  14. True, but I guess he believed that Robert would cave, just like he had done in the past. Jimmy and Led Zeppelin is where the massive amounts of money are. Doing anything else doesn't even come remotely close. It's easy for us mere mortals to think that Jimmy is a multi-millionaire and shouldn't "need" the money, but it has always been a thing for Jimmy. I tend to think he wants to go out with one final huge bang, a record-breaking tour that eclipses anything done by the Stones/U2, etc. A way of putting one final chapter in the book of who really was the biggest.
  15. Yes, but he will definitely tell you that we can expect some big surprises next year!
  16. As private a person as Jimmy tries to be, I just can't see anything to write about that hasn't already been put out. Whether it's artist Jimmy or the debauched Jimmy, it's all been said already.
  17. So he was looking for a vocalist/keyboardist. Can't see old Percy tinkling the ivories, but I do recall he did a little pub piano during his hiatus from the band after his son passed away. Anyway, fortunately he found a great vocalist and an amazing bassist/keyboardist/arranger/musicologist instead.
  18. He appears to have made this his primary home in recent years, unlike in the past, where he would use it only for when he needed to spend time in London. It seems pretty clear that Jimmy engineered this article for the purposes of getting some positive publicity over his ongoing dispute with Robbie Williams. Jimmy is not the kind of person who would do an article like this out of the goodness of his heart. By that, I mean he is a highly private person who typically shuns this kind of personal publicity.
  19. It all comes down to your personal preferences as to what particularly interests you with Led Zeppelin. All of the books, and even the salacious Stairway to Heaven and Hammer of the Gods, are good. However, if you want to focus on the ugly side of the band and the tales from the road, then those two aforementioned books are your best bet. I don't think for one minute that they are dishonest. Yes, there are some relatively minor inaccuracies, but they paint a fairly accurate picture of the Zeppelin on tour life that would have been Richard Cole's experience. It's all hotel rooms and backstage. Now if you want to get a different perspective, focusing a lot more on the music and creative process, then you are better off reading something like Dave Lewis' accounts.
  20. His demons were not uncommon for many of his peers at that time. Sadly, they got the better of him that fateful night in Windsor. I'd like to think that had he not fallen asleep on his back that night, we would have seen him continue to develop his remarkable skills. I fully recall from what I read in the media before his death that he was doing some amazing stuff. Even Pete Townshend, a well-known Zeppelin critic, made a comment about witnessing some amazing drumming from Bonham. As for the future of Zep had he lived, well that's a debate we could have forever. I have always liked to think that the band could have developed into a loose ongoing arrangement, whereby solo projects could be pursued with formal new album and tour every 5 years.
  21. It was a sad read, that book, as I felt Freddie was an old school gentleman, and genuinely honest. Grant was in his worst condition around this time and clearly bullied/threatened Freddie into a financial situation that effectively bankrupted him. All that stuff with aerial photos of the crowds and "experts" giving opinions on attendance numbers. It was the pre-digital days of concert management, and cash was how it ran. Sad.
  22. I believe he currently owns two homes, one being Tower House and the other being Deanery Garden in Sonning. Deanery Garden is close to, but not on the Thames.
  23. Just to add to the reasons, if you have listened to a lot of the famous musicians from that same era, you get a lot of snide remarks about Zep. They have mellowed a lot these days, but many of their interviews from the past had some Zep bashing in them. I always thought that money was by far the biggest reason. Many of these famous musicians, even the Stones and the Who, got royally ripped off in the old days, coming back from grueling tours with not a lot to show for it. Meanwhile, Zep were breaking records and drowning in cash thanks to the ways of Peter Grant. I can't help but think that this affected their peers, who in their resentment, shot back with words like shrieking, bombastic, vulgar, loud, pompous, etc.
  24. Also, as a Brit, I suspect there was an element of north v south snobbery in terms of how Richards felt about Plant and Bonham. It was a big deal in the 60s/70s, where Londoners particularly had this view of anyone from "the north", which back then was anywhere north of Watford, as being unsophisticated and stupid. This was a general view but probably more acute in the music scene.
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