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racerrr

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  1. What people don't realize is physical copies of music just don't sell anymore. The days of albums selling 3 and 4 million copies are long gone, and Billboard doesn't count electronic downloads in their figures. An earlier post called 400,000 of Celebration Day as Led Zep on "the wane", but that's still more copies than the latest offerings from Aerosmith, Van Halen, Kiss, Rush, and Journey. In fact, it would still be more than Journey, Rush, Kiss, and Aerosmith put together. In my book, that's still pretty impressive for a band that broke up 30 years ago and released a live album and not a new studio record.
  2. This was flying high over the city of Dallas over the American Thanksgiving Day weekend back in mid November.
  3. Cecil......I agree with the super 8 stuff. It was used way too much, and I would rather they had not used it at all. Carruthers said he loves super 8, and it shows.
  4. Dallas, thank you for the link to the video. I meant to watch this yesterday morning and completely forgot about it. I'm glad to see him say it because in the Mojo interivew, he gave off a completely different vibe. That he didn't like the "cliche's" that were associated with the band and that he felt he never really had a place in the band. That he didn't play an instrument and there would be nothing for him to do during the instrumental interludes but prance around like a rock god. That's is opposite of JImmy's opinion that Robert was every much a musician as the other three were. I have to say that Robert's interview disturbed my a little.
  5. The one thing I gained from reading the interviews is how the shadow of Zeppelin has affected each of them differently. Robert: I believe he is most definitely the most "haunted" of the three. I've never really heard him proclaim he was "proud" of Led Zeppelin. He has talked about how great it was, but he always qualifies it with "i'm not that person anymore". Which is fine. I completely understand that. I just feel like he always guards himself from it. He never just "lets his hair down" and enjoy what it was. But maybe he's doesn't have the ability to do that seeing as how he is the only one that has prevented a full scale reunion. John Paul: He's very proud of Zeppelin, but he can take it or leave it. If Jimmy and Robert want to play, then that's fine with him. And if they don't, that's fine too. He will find someone else to play with. Jimmy: Of course he's the "keeper" of the Led Zeppelin legacy. It was "his band" in the beginning, and in many ways, it always will be. If Robert wanted to do it tomorrow, Jimmy wouldn't hesitate. Maybe one reason Jimmy hasn't done much since Zep broke up, is when you've been to the "top of the mountain" with the greatest band in history, everything else pales in comparison. One thing I found very interesting from his interview is he wanted to put out a new album with Robert, John Paul and Jason before going back out on tour. He claims the reason for this is because they would not have called it Led Zeppelin.
  6. Old Shep, while I respect your opinion, I couldn't disagree more about the rehearsal dvd. I felt the boys clearly kicked it up a couple of notches at the O2. I agree that the bass seems to go missing in places, but damn it's a live audio recording. The thing I love the most about this release is the honesty of it. They could have went back and overdubbed bass back into it but they didn't. I commend them for that. There are always "bugs" to work out opening night, but opening night wound up being their only night. To think everything would go absolutely perfect is unrealistic. Some technical glitches aren't going to ruin my opnion or enthusiasm of this release. They put on a "monster" performance at the 02. A performance a modern rock band couldn't begin to come close to pulling off on their best day. If you want perfection, then go back and listen to the studio albums.
  7. Okay guys, I'm very confused about Jimmy's recording studio "Sol Studios". On wikipedia, its says Sol was constructed in the early 1980's and sold to Jimmy in 1982. I also remember the band Vandenberg recording their first and second albums there. It also states the Jimmy recorded Deathwish 2, and that Elton John, Mick Fleetwood, and Jeff Beck all recorded albums there in the 1980's. But there are some rather famous photos from 1973 showing Jimmy recording in his home studio, and the pictures claimed his home recording studio was named Sol Studios. I can't find anything else on the net, but there is a Sol Studios on facebook, but it appears to be a concert venue in Australia. So, what's the deal on Sol Studios? Did Jimmy rename the place when he bought it? Does it still exist, and does Jimmy still own it? Thanks.
  8. I love In Through The Out Door. I discovered Zeppelin upon hearing it at my best friend's house. Carouselambra is still one of my favorite Zepp songs ever. Unlike many fans, I never felt Jimmy's guitar took a backseat to anything on this album. Jimmy is all over the place on this record. Even though there are plenty of keyboards from Jonesy, I've always felt they meshed perfectly with Jimmy's guitar and they complimented each other with the perfect blend of both. I thought it was very exciting and different then, and I still do today.
  9. If I had to guess, I would think Swan Song is now operated along the lines of a "licensing" company that Plant, Page, Jones, and Bonham's widow use to receive fees and royalties of any future Led Zep releases, merchandising, etc. It would't really make sense to "fire it back up" as a record label, independent or otherwise, seeing as how the industry is in the "toliet" and may never come back up for air again.
  10. It's amazing, every time I listen to the audio recording, I discover something I've missed multiple times before. At the end of Rock and Roll, Jimmy plays the opening chords to "Celebration Day" to finish off the song. And of course, in "The Song Remains The Same" movie, the band ended Rock and Roll by playing the opening chords to Celebration Day and launching into the song. It's not very pronounced, but if you listen carefully, you will hear it (if you haven't already).
  11. It was an August day in 1980, I was 13 years old, and hanging out with my best friend at his house. My friend's older brother was cleaning out the interior of his car and he had In Throught The Out Door playing on 8 track. That was the first time I ever heard Zeppelin (I guess that unlike most diehards, that's the reason I love In Through The Out Door). It sounded pretty dang good to me. The next day, I walked to K-mart and bought it. The next week, I bought Led Zeppelin 2, and so on and so on. I was at church one Sunday when my cousin came up and asked if I had heard that Led Zeppelin's drummer had died. And of course after that the rest is history. It's a shame i'll never get to see them live, but they were just a tad before my time. P.S.: I've bought the complete 1968 thru 1979 catalog on 8 track, cassette, and compact disc.......LOL.
  12. One thing about The Song Remains The Same. I don't know about Jimmy, but check out Jonesy. He's not playing the run up to Plant singing the first verse the way it is on the studio version. In fact, I've never heard it played the way he plays it before. I think Jimmy's guitar may sound muddy because Jonesy is drowning him out. Jones isn't letting his bass line "breathe" at all. He's playing successive notes with no break and is basically dominating everything else that is being played. Midway between the beginning and Robert's vocals, he falls in line with Jimmy's playing and the song sounds like it should. I still find it very strange he was playing what he was playing to kick off the song. Other than that, I think the song totally "cooks" and may be the highlight of the concert for me. I think it's one of the most underrated songs by fans in the Led Zeppelin catalog. It's epic in my book.
  13. Well I saw it again tonight for the fifth and final time in the theater. My God it isn't a fair fight is it? All of these other bands pack a swiss army knife and Zeppelin shows up packing a bazooka!!!! I just cannot for the life of me get over how big a sound those 4 guys have. It's just asbolutely unbelieveable. I was blown away more tonight than I was the first night (and I didn't think that was possible). Long live Led Zeppelin!
  14. The thing that struck me about the movie (aside from the stunningly great musical talent of those involved) was the "honesty" of it all. And I think that's ultimately what makes Zep so incredible for me. Sure, Jimmy used mulitple guitar dubs on a lot of studio stuff, but they have wisely never tried to duplicate any of that in a live setting. In a world these days when you don't know what's live and what's "Memorex", they've always just figured out an arrangement for the live performance and went with it. This wasn't like The Eagles' last tour where they had 5 sidemen, backup singers, and a freaking horn section. This was the members of Led Zeppelin and nothing else. Pure, honest, and crystal clear in focus and performance. It doesn't get any better than that.
  15. At this point, there isn't a set list I would ever gripe about if they wanted to play it. Whatever they want to play and whenever they want to play, I'm thankful for it.
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