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  1. Thanks! In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  2. In the late 70's/early 80's there was a legendary record store in downtown Tempe called Roads To Moscow. One day I asked the owner if he had any more Zeppelin vinyl coming in and he began to look around nervously. He pulled out a milk crate full of boots and said "Don't tell anyone." That day I bought the original Destroyer. Six months later I stop in the store and every rack, and I mean every one, had been magically transformed to bootlegs. Almost all by Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and the Stones. And some Beatles. I bought the first two Knebworths. I took a break from buying boots, taken aback by the horrendous sound of the Knebworth lps. I was soon back on track after buying an amazing recording of one of the original The Wall performances. I do mean amazing. Soon thereafter I bought My Brain Hurts, Bonzo's Birthday Party, Montreal '75 (with cover featuring HR Giger of Alien fame, along with a an image of (I assume) Giger reclining next to one of his images. Bizarre.), and Bonzo's Last Stand. In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  3. Wow! Zero Dark Thirty isn't showing here yet. What did you like about it? Can't wait to see it. Did you enjoy "What Is And What Should Never Be" from Silver Linings? In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  4. For the last several years I have been documenting the films I see in the theater in a given year. I saw 35 in 2012, a personal record. My recommendations are in bold. Happy New Year! Mission: Impossible. Imax. Arizona Mills. 1/21/12. Young Adult. Tempe Marketplace/13. 1/26/12. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Arizona Mills/13. 2/16/12. Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Films. Valley Art. 2/23/12. The Artist. Camelview/5. 2/25/12. Being Flynn. Camelview/2. 3/22/12. Casa De Mi Padre. Arizona Mills/10. 3/31/12. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Camelview/2. 4/7/12. The Hunger Games. Tempe Marketplace/10. 4/19/12. Damsels in Distress. Camelview/5. 4/21/12. Marley. Valley Art. 5/3/12. The Dictator. Tempe Marketplace/11. 5/26/12. Bernie. Camelview/2. 5/28/12. Prometheus. Imax 3D. 6/8/12. Bill W. Harkins Shea/14. 6/9/12. Moonrise Kingdom. Camelview/2. 6/17/92. Savages. Tempe Marketplace/16. 7/7/12. Ted. Tempe Marketplace/9. 7/14/12. Take This Waltz. Camelview/1. 7/15/12. Beasts of the Southern Wild. Camelview/1. 8/4/12. The Campaign. Tempe Marketplace/7. 8/11/12. Killer Joe. Camelview/1. 9/8/12. The Master. Tempe Marketplace/8. 9/21/12. Celebration Day. Chandler Fashion Center/15. 10/17/12. Smashed. Camelview/5. 11/5/12. Flight. Tempe Marketplace/15. 11/8/12. Lincoln. Tempe Marketplace/16. 11/19/12. Psycho re-release. Valley Art. 11/22/12. Hitchcock. Camelview/3. 12/1/12 Silver Linings Playbook. Tempe Marketplace/4. 12/2/12. Argo. Tempe Marketplace/6. 12/20/12. Hyde Park On The Hudson. Camelview/3. 12/23/12. Rust And Bone. Camelview/4. 12/25/12. Django Unchained. Tempe Marketplace/Cine Capri. 12/30/12. Skyfall. Tempe Marketplace/5. 12/31/12. Film: 1. The Master 2. Moonrise Kingdom 3. Flight 4. Silver Linings Playbook 5. Beasts of the Southern Wild Actor (all categories): 1. Philip Seymour Hoffman/The Master 2. Denzel Washington/Flight 3. Amy Adams/The Master 4. Daniel-Day Lewis/Lincoln 5. Christoph Waltz/Django Unchained Director: 1. Paul Thomas Anderson/The Master 2. Wes Anderson/Moonrise Kingdom 3. Robert Zemeckis/Flight 4. William Friedkin/Killer Joe 5. Quentin Tarantino/Django Unchained In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  5. Henry Grossman article in NY Times, including slide show. Happy New Year! http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/arts/music/henry-grossmans-photos-of-the-beatles.html In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  6. I saw the same tour in Phoenix front-row center. With Tom Morello's new band. Loved both bands. I was surprised that NIN was opening. I discovered both bands in very dramatic fashion the same winter of 1992. In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  7. Steelers loss to Cincinnati. Out of playoffs. Ugh. Sorry to hear about that Planted. Ugh! In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  8. Quentin's World. Quentin Tarantino with Charles McGrath. Includes slideshow. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/23/movies/how-quentin-tarantino-concocted-a-genre-of-his-own.html In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  9. American Beauty is a wonderful album. I also lean toward more adrenaline-driven music but definitely appreciate this LP. I have been on a musician-memoir kick this last year. I read Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis (surprisingly good until the last 30 pages), Life by Keith Richards (excellent-the first 80 pages or so have nothing to do with the band-which I thought was interesting and pretty cool), One Train Later by Andy Summers (WOW! One of my favorite 20 books of all-time, regardless of genre, and I'm not the world's biggest Police fan), Not Dead And Not For Sale by Scott Weiland (ew), and Searching For The Sound by Phil Lesh, bassist for the Dead. The Lesh book is not that well-written, but the parallels between both them and Zeppelin are striking, particularly the toll substance abuse took once fame occurred and the tours and shows got bigger and bigger. I don't think it's either/or. There is plenty I dislike about the Grateful Dead, but American Beauty is stunning, in my opinion. In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  10. A love letter to The Fountain Theater: http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/parable
  11. News of the California Teachers Pension Fund removing their $600 million invested in the fund that is attached to the company that manufactures the AR-15 rifle used in the Connecticut school massacre. In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  12. Sun: Aquarius Rising: Scorpio Moon: Leo In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  13. Ha!!! Dear God what the hell is "skinheads on a raft"?????? In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  14. That looks delicious. I would add about 20 additional pieces of bacon, though. Tonight: Subway 6" BMT Toasted with bacon (!!!) on white. Featuring jalapenos, pickles, and pepperoncinies. In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  15. Hey Stones fans! In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  16. "Well-Worn Sound, With Unrelenting Swagger." Ben Ratliff's (great writer, always worth checking out) review of Barclay's Center show in the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.c...enter.html?_r=0 Edit: More..... http://artsbeat.blog...stic/?ref=music Second Edit: As much as I love Led Zeppelin, I have been of the opinion for many years that Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, and Exile On Main Street are the three greatest back-to-back-to-back studio Rock albums ever recorded. In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  17. I saw Mob Rules tour in 1982, Holy Diver tour in 1984 (on mushrooms), and Sabbath/Dio in 2007 (Ecstasy). Yippee!!! Edit: Not that I would, you know, condone said behavior. In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  18. May I strongly recommend director David O. Russell's jarring use of What Is And What Should Never Be in "Silver Linings Playbook," currently in theaters. A great song in a great movie by a great director. http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie-critic-reviews/silver-linings-playbook/ In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  19. My first David Bowie experience was the summer of 1972, sitting in my uncle's Opel GT in front of an auto mechanic shop in San Jose, Costa Rica. Space Oddity came on the AM radio. Sitting alone in that car at age eight, I experienced that song in it's absolute fullness. I was riveted by the music and lyrics. Each time I have heard the song on the radio I think of that day. Two years later I got Pinups for Christmas. Loved it. From February to November 1975 I was floored by Physical Graffiti, Young Americans, and Bohemian Rhapsody. It was a great year. Young Americans is a great track with David Sanborn on sax. I loved 1975. Do you remember Your President Nixon Do remember The bills you have to pay Or even yesterday? One of my favorites, Gives me chills. Also saw Serious Moonlight tour in Phoenix in 1983. In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  20. Oops. Someone at Tempe must have given him the shirt. Thanks! In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  21. God what a great thread. Here is Arizona State University's Wells Fargo Arena, known as the Activity Center on the fateful night of Led Zeppelin's third-to-last U.S. show on July 20, 1977. I graduated in this building in 1987. I saw Randy Rhoads with the Blizzard of Ozz here three months before Rhoads died. I also saw Plant here, The Firm, The Pretenders, Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Yes, Dire Straits, and the first two shows of U2's Joshua Tree tour. The best show I saw there, by far, was Springsteen's Born In The USA tour. At the stadium in the background, I saw The Who on Halloween in 1982, The Stones in 1981 (where they filmed Let's Spend The Night Together), U2 in 1997, and the last two shows of The Joshua Tree tour in 1987 (where they filmed Rattle And Hum). The best were Stones in '81 and the final Joshua Tree show. The photo of Page was taken on the sidewalk next to the Activity Center. Does anyone know who the other two guys are? In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  22. The year was 1972. My mother and I lived near what we then called the "river bottom" in North Tempe. One day one of our longhair stoner neighbors came over to our apartment and began talking with me about music. I told him what I liked. He looked at me with a knowing smile, and said “I have something you should listen to.” He came back with an album, and on the cover was some old guy carrying a load of sticks on his back. He placed the needle on the vinyl. He said “The first song is called Black Dog.“ I was a budding young drummer who was weaned on Ringo. This was not Ringo. We smiled at each other. He left and I never saw him again. Months later, I spent the summer with my uncle in San Jose, Costa Rica. He was the conductor of their symphony orchestra. I spent one weekend at the house of some Ministry of Culture bigwig who was also my uncle’s girlfriend. I was hanging out with her son, who was around 17. Carlos asked me what type of music I listened to back home. I told him.He looked at me with a knowing smile, and said “I have something you should listen to.” He took me into their wood-paneled study, and brought out an album with funny-looking people on the brown cover. Later, fans would nickname it The Brown Bomber. “The first song is called Whole Lotta Love.” Before placing the needle on the vinyl he paused. This drove me wild with anticipation. “There is one thing I have to tell you that is very important." My heart was pounding. He looked at me like he was about to share the deepest of secrets. He chose his words carefully and was almost whispering, as if someone might overhear us. “The opening sound of this song is a 1959 Gibson Sunburst Les Paul played through a Marshall stack.” I began to salivate. I closed my eyes and winced. He dropped the needle and cranked it. My nervous system went haywire. I tilted my head to the side like a Cocker Spaniel reacting to a dog whistle only I could hear. I saw colors. I began to drool. I felt like one of the apes discovering the black monolith in "2001: A Space Odyssey." The music was a revelation. The wood paneling took a hammering. The Theremin section before the guitar solo sounded to me that day, at age eight, like Formula One race cars racing around an oval track. Forty years later whenever I hear this song I see the same oval track. In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
  23. Random Facts About Me: 1. I have been to 182 shows, not counting small venues. 2. My old cinematic hero was Stanley Kubrick. My new one is David Fincher. 3. My favorite writer is Flannery O'Connor. Followed closely by Cormac McCarthy. 4. My favorite show of all-time is Van Halen's first U.S. tour, Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix Arizona, July 1978. 5. Physical Graffiti has been my favorite album for the last 35 years. In Utero was tied for first for much of the nineties. 6. I have an MBA, but currently manage a coffee shop at Arizona State University. Bloom where you're planted. 7. John Bonham was my first musical hero in life, Eddie Van Halen my second, Neil Peart my third. 8. My favorite non-fiction book is Insight Meditation by Joseph Goldstein. 9. I was metrosexual before there were metrosexuals. 10. I love that I am Aquarius. 11. I love the Pittsburgh Steelers. 12. The Wanton Song makes me dangerous in traffic. 13. I could have seen Zeppelin in '77. Instead I went to a really bad Alice Cooper concert. Oops. 14. Last week I saw Rush on Mushrooms. It was super-groovy! 15. I have a crazy obsession with Page's 1977 Theremin solos. 16. I have seen U2, Rush, and Van Halen each more than ten times. Don't hold Van Halen against me. 17. I once went to Coachella just to see DJ Shadow. 18. My favorite poet is Sylvia Plath. My favorite novel is Blood Meridian. 19. My favorite Jazz album is Timeless by John Abercrombie. My favorite Jazz group is Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet. 20. My favorite film of 2000-2010 is There Will Be Blood. 21. I had an out-of-body experience watching James Patrick listen to Rumble during It Might Get Loud. In The Light since 1972. Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin. http://petedelorean.tumblr.com/
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