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  1. Super long shot here...my white whale of my life is a 2004 REM Ryman Poster that I've looked for since...well...October of 2004. That concert has some sentimental value for my wife (girlfriend at the time) and me but we were unable to score a poster that evening.  I've been looking for it ever since.  I thought I had won it on eBay a few months ago for a bid of $230 but ended up getting sniped at the last moment...went for $231. :(

    It looks like you haven't seen this site in YEARS but in the hopes that these messages get forwarded to your email or something...and if you still have the poster....and if you'd be willing to sell it...I'd love to make you an offer as the gentleman that won the last poster for $231 is trying to gouge me for $800...I just don't have that kind of money unfortunately.  Anyways, give me a shout if you see this at youarethegovt@gmail.com.   Thanks for your time.

  2. Yes, you will get beat up for this and rightfully so. Plant has become the scapegoat all too often for fans' selfishness in regards to Led Zeppelin getting back together. Not only is that being unfair to Plant, it's highly unfortunate all the way around because he doesn't deserve any of the vitriol that's been directed at him in that regard. At the time of the reunion at the 02 Plant was previously committed to a tour with Alison Krauss in support of Raising Sand so there was no way he could have taken part in a tour with his former bandmates (and Jason Bonham) even if he had wanted to. I'm also tired of hearing this "Led Zeppelin made Robert Plant" bullshit. He doesn't owe you or them a God damn thing. Led Zeppelin in 2012 is a non-entity other than to release archival projects such as Celebration Day and to accept awards such as the Kennedy Honors. Put your selfishness aside for just a second and direct your emotions to a positive place, which would be to honor the legacy of Led Zeppelin and quit taking your frustrations out on Robert Plant.
  3. There's another Jeff Buckley movie in the works, this one starring Reeve Carney. Unlike the other movie, this one was approved by the Buckley estate. More below from The New York Times. Reeve Carney To Play Jeff Buckley In Biographical Film J.R. Delia for The New York Times
  4. Peter Buck Announces Lineup For Todos Santos Music Festival, Solo Album Details
  5. I never got to see the original Lynyrd Skynyrd. They had a tour date scheduled for North Carolina on The Tour of the Survivors in support of their Street Survivors album but then history took it's course. When they regrouped in 1987 for the Tribute Tour I was there. Of course it wasn't the same but it's the closest I've ever come to seeing Lynyrd Skynyrd. With all due respect to the surviving members, it probably should have ended there. As the years have gone on, it's become more than evident that you simply can't have a band called Lynyrd Skynyrd without the presence of Ronnie Van Zant.
  6. I've never really given it a lot of thought but the way in which we were exposed to music back then was markedly different as you had no choice but to hear an album in it's entirety whether it be on vinyl, cassette, 8-track or reel-to-reel. Of course you could make your own mix using several of those formats but more often than not, you were hearing the album all the way through, just as the artists intended. Nor do I. I have least favorites but no songs I actually hate. With Skynyrd however, I don't really count the work of the post-crash band. There's some decent stuff there but it doesn't measure up in any remarkable way to the work done by the pre-crash version of the band. Without Ronnie Van Zant the heart and soul of Lynyrd Skynyrd is simply not there. As for the Stones, I can't really think of a single song of theirs that I hate but there are quite a few I've heard way too many times but that's also true of a lot of other bands, including Zeppelin and Skynyrd. It doesn't mean I hate those songs, it just means I probably have less of a desire to listen to them because they've become so ingrained in my brain after years of having them pounded into my subsconscious due to overplay on the radio.
  7. I love "Pop" music and by Pop music I don't just mean "Popular music", I mean the style more widely known as Power Pop that has been perfected by artists such as Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Cheap Trick, Big Star, R.E.M., Rockpile, Tommy Keene and tons of others that have their roots in bands such as the Beatles. In that regard, I think it only got better in the 80's. When In Through the Out Door first came out I was only thinking of it in the context of it being the latest Led Zeppelin album, it wasn't until years later that I learned about all of the behinds the scenes stuff. Even then, it didn't change my opinion of the record. These days, I'm afraid a lot of newer fans that weren't around then that read every thing they can get their hands on about Zeppelin arrive with a lot of preconceived notions about In Through the Out Door and are completey unable to form a solely objective opinion about the record. That's not to say that a lot of the negative things I've read about In Through the Out Door aren't justified but thinking back to 1979 I can't think of a single person I knew that knocked it with the amount of vitriol that I've seen here. Hell, it even got a pretty favorable review in Creem magazine back then. Again, we all have our own opinions but mine is definitely in the favorable column when it comes to In Through the Out Door. As for the samba section mentioned above in reference to "Fool In the Rain", I love it and have always found it to be a very pivotal part of the song. Not only that but it puts Zeppelin's love of world music on full display. Again, I'm probably in the minority when it comes to the album most Zep fans love to hate.
  8. Sure you're not thinking of Eddie Vedder? Or would that be a goat stuck in a dryer?
  9. I don't have the answer to your questions but from what I understand, it's Led Zeppelin that's being honored. Since Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page are the only surviving members it doesn't mean that John Bonham is somehow getting the shaft.
  10. Perhaps but when I listen to In Through the Out Door, I'm not suddenly reminded of "Dancing Queen" or any other Abba songs for that matter. I've also never considered "Pop" to be a dirty word so that may play into my opinion as well. That, and I've never knocked In Through the Out Door in the manner that I've seen it criticized here (and to think, people are still bitching about the early Rolling Stone reviews). Bands must evolve or die and In Through the Out Door is the sound of a very vital band working through some very difficult internal conflicts as well as coping with an ever changing musical climate. I guess some people would have been content with them repeating Led Zeppelin II for eternity, I'm not one of them. I loved that record when it was released and I love it in 2012. It may not be my favorite Zeppelin record (that honor goes to Presence), nor is it the pockmark on their career that so many make it out to be. To me, it's the sound of a band in flux and coming out victorious on the other side.
  11. I don't think Soundgarden (or any artist for that matter) is infalliible, even the mighty Led Zeppelin. Rock n' roll needs it's loud mouths and Billy Corgan just happens to be one of them. Speaking just for myself, I love Siamese Dream. I also like some other Smashing Pumpkins records but none nearly as much as I like that one. I've yet to hear any of it but their/his latest, Oceania, has also been getting some pretty rave reviews. Sometimes you have to separate the art from the artist (which in some cases can be very difficult). Corgan is a living, breathing example of that.
  12. I'm not sure what Coda catches so much shit, especially when you take into consideration that it's not an album they released while they were still an active band, it's a collection of rarities. That seems to make it an easy target. As for In Through the Out Door, maybe it's just me but I don't hear even the slightest hint of an Abba influence on that record. Do you make a connection between the two simply because it was recorded at Abba's studio? If that's the case would you say it sounded too much like the Beatles if it had been recorded at Abbey Road studios? Seems like a very weak link to make to a record that has absolutely nothing in common with Abba's sound.
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