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rogerthat

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  1. "....(One of) two sports utility vehicles (SUV) believed to be transporting Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, two of Led Zeppelin's founder members, depart federal court in Los Angeles."
  2. A quick look at the list of showings reveals that 'Celebration Day' is NOT playing in.....Indiana, which of course is a shocking oversight that I presume will be immediately addressed. So. I'm WAITING.
  3. Thanks for the kind words, Steve. It was..... really strange for all of us Led Heads to have The Man here in town, flying in and getting cheerleaders to greet the band and all that. Jeez, we couldn't believe he was here AT ALL. I believe that - somewhere - I have the ticket. I'll keep up the hunt. I do know of one person with an audience recording - or he USED to have the audience recording. I've contacted him, and I'll post an update as events warrant. And a thanks to you for being a great resource over the years, especially since the official site came on line. Love to see yer posts here and on RO. I've enjoyed the videos of you guys here and elsewhere. NICE STUFF!! BTW, Boiler Up:
  4. The Firm Purdue University - Elliott Hall of Music West Lafayette, Indiana April 29, 1986 Hey. That's the Hall of Music. And I was at that show, seventh row center (more or less). GREAT SHOW. FANTASTIC SHOW. Ideal venue for The Firm. Acoustically warm and an enormous stage (90 ft proscenium) for prowling rock stars. Very intimate, even with 6,000 seats. The place was designed by the same folks that designed Radio City Music Hall. Very similar in many ways. I was living in sin (and I mean SIN) with my (now) wife. She wasn't interested in Zeppelin/Jimmy, but she humored me on my various excursions to concerts, ha! She was on the Dean's List, I went to class.....sometimes. BIG night for the local Jimmy Page-Led Zeppelin Appreciation Society. We had dinner and drinks (LOTS of drinks, boy could we sink 'em back then) and off to the show. My recollection (somewhat unreliable, I will easily admit) was that it did eventually sell out, or very nearly so. Selling out ANY show at Purdue is unusual, even today. They flew a private jet into the Purdue Airport (less than five minz from the venue by car) where they were met by the varsity cheerleaders, which got a sincere "THANKS FOR THE GREAT WELCOME" from Paul during the show. WOOT! Chris Slade did a KILLER drum solo and stood up at the end with a Purdue football jersey on. Yay! Tony Franklin obviously was the young, hip, unknown dude - who happened to drive the older gents in the band all night. Paul Rodgers was.....well, Paul Rodgers. What an amazing, effortless voice. And Jimmy was AMAZING. I dunno if he would say that it was a "magic" night for him, but it was for us. He worked the stage so fucking hard. Thrilling to see/hear him in that venue. There is a bootleg of that show, BTW. I know someone that did have a copy, don't know if they still do. I'll look into that. I "knew people" and we were offstage when the band finished the last encore. To me they acted like real friends, they were having a lot of fun. They teased each other, made fun of each other, laughed about mistakes, etc. VERY British. We didn't get close to them at all, just distant observers. Jimmy was clearly inebriated, and was chain smoking Marlboro Reds. Never without one it seemed. He kept the company of a ... girl, his "date" we decided, but also his coach and nurse. She toweled him down and allowed him hits off an oxygen (??) tank-like thing. That was surreal. He was drinking...something I didn't recognize (Absinthe, we speculated later) and brother, he could put it away. Holy cow. His girl would tell him how great he was, how fantastic he sounded, etc. "Thanks luv, thanks. Yer sweet". He didn't seem to know where he was when off stage, but on stage he was clearly focused and knew EXACTLY what he was doing. His playing was otherworldly, that's what I kept thinking, that's what comes to mind now. He had TONE, and his sound just cut right thru everything without overpowering the band. I've seen him play several times since, but never in the same kind of environment (the Hall of Music is NOT and arena, Jimmy should play more of these places., If he ever plays anywhere ever again, dammit). Anyway, killer show. I have long meant to post something about it, but never had. Steve's picture pushed me over the edge. I dropped my caffeine-free soda (my Absinthe days are long done) when I saw it with the clippings from the Exponent, as I sat in my chair at the mixing board, here.....at the Hall of Music, Purdue University. Cheers
  5. Holy cow. This is absurd, bickering like small children. Y'all need to cool it. I don't wanna have to pull this forum over and come back there..........
  6. Percy with....his.....bike. In Boulder, CO. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmehal/3018889143/ The photog says that he "took this picture of Robert Plant just after meeting him in Boulder CO on 7/21/08, the morning of his concert at Red Rocks with Alison Krauss (Raising Sand Tour). "My Wife and I drove up to Boulder from Denver to go sightseeing (we were in from Georgia for the concert). My Wife stopped and asked him if he knew a good place to get breakfast...she had no clue who he was."
  7. Interesting story here: http://www.bloggernews.net/120117 Dunno about the "unrelated" part, however. "I owned LEDZEPPELIN.com for about 5-6 years. Led Zeppelin then and now is my band. "Ultimately I gave up (the domain name) without a fight, but I’m sure the bands lawyers billed them for the 1 inch thick book of a lawsuit I was served with. "Sorry dudes. My bad. "In this case the lawyers saw an opportunity to build a case against me, a fan that would have been happy with a stupid guitar pick from Jimmy. Instead I sat in silence for a year while they built a huge case as to why they should own the domain. When served, I freaked and called them yelling to take it, I never wanted that. One of few regrets. But I have a nice 1 inch thick book about me and the band and why I’m an idiot." :D
  8. From Buddy Miller's web site: "Following his show in Baltimore last Thursday evening, Buddy Miller was not feeling well. After consulting doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital, tests revealed some heart blockage. "It was determined that surgery was needed right away. "He is now resting and recovering and expected to be released from hospital shortly. Buddy and his family would like to thank all for their well wishes and prayers." Ugh.
  9. http://wonkette.com/406714/in-olden-times-...uts#more-406714 Very funny, I thought. Cheers
  10. rogerthat

    RAISING SAND 2

    That's AWESOME! Many tons of thanks! T-Bone back there, I see Bill Curbishley. Um, Harvey G. right there, too. Great record, great tour, great organization, great band. C'mon folks, do it AGAIN!!! "On the subject of Merlefest and similar festivals, it's a wonder that John Paul Jones hasn't fallen under nearly the same amount of scrutiny here as Plant and Krauss, especially given his appearances at Merlefest and Bonnaroo where he's appeared with Gillian Welch, the Duhks and Uncle Earl (who's record he also produced). That music is much more "bluegrass" than anything you'll hear on Raising Sand. On the subject of yodeling, one group I discovered through the Oxford American compilations is the DeZurik Sisters. You can check out their song The Arizona Yodeler which appeared on the 2005 Southern Music Sampler here." WELL SAID!!! A tip of that from me 2 you for the fine comments, well placed and well said. Merlefest is an amazing event, I recommend it to ANYONE (especially those with a more narrow view of the musical world than is healthy for them. It should cure that ailment if y'all would go). And I thought I would be the only person here that knew who the DeZurk Sisters were! Ha! Cheers.
  11. Holy cow. That really jogged memories for me. Well, fragments of memory anyway. The library in my junior high school had a subscription to People, and that issue was sitting on the librarian's desk. You know, BEHIND the check out desk and IN HER OFFICE. But I could see it as I walked in with the rest of the class. Man, I wanted to get that mag. No one had not heard a peep outta the Zep camp for fookin' AGES at that point. We were STARVING for anything, and there was a COVER story! Woot, woot. Well, I wasn't eggsactly chums with the librarian (I was with the French teacher, but that's another story - and a good one, too). So asking her to see the mag wasn't gonna get me what I wanted, I knew that much. So I just walked around and TOOK IT. Hahahahahahahha. I didn't care. I saw the Mighty Zep on the cover, and mentally I wasn't even IN class anymore, hahahahhahahaha. I went to the closest table and sat, kind of in a daze, staring at the cover. The rest of my class had gone to the study tables where we were assigned, seemingly 10,000 miles from where I was. I read the whole story, twice, in a few minutes. When I looked up, the old gal was lurking over me with a DefCon Four scowl that I didn't see again until I told my wife that I paid $200 for front row seats at a Page/Plant show years later. Hahahahahhaha. She got over it. GREAT show! When I sorta "came around", I apologized to her (the librarian, not my wife) for taking her mag without asking, sayin' something like "are you a Zep fan, too?" She wasn't. Man, she was wound tighter than an eight day clock. I spent lottsa time in the principle's office in those days. Now, about that French teacher........
  12. Live Design mag pots this short write-up about the O2 light show. Nice pix! http://livedesignonline.com/concerts/led_z...n_reunite_2501/
  13. As usual, Evster nails it. I've read this piece about Unity before. The first time, I was appalled, but not surprised. It does not take a lot of imagination to realize that these musicians, who realized unprecedented power and wealth (along with complete creative control) allowed things to fly so far out of their control. Jimmy was the leader of the band - and therefore the multi-million dollar organization. How well things functioned (or didn't) likely followed his sobriety, or the lack of it. Clearly, he was addicted. Consider the behavior this situation enables. Think about why people like Bindon were being hired. The strain on relationships, the lying and deceit that is part of addictive behavior. The weight it placed on their friendships (everyone gets an assistant), their marriages, on their creativity and musical skills, the physical, mental and spiritual toll. Holy cow. Bonzo, of course, DIED from substance abuse. Drug abuse destroys lives. It is a horrible, ugly process. She was smart to get away from the situation, especially with a bun in the oven. Unity's story, while a bitter pill to swallow as we read it, is but one glimpse into a conflicted world where our heroes are moving through the worst part of their young lives while enjoying increasing financial rewards and more adulation with each (infrequent, relatively speaking) tour and/or album. Led Zeppelin essentially operated in a sort-of vacuum: Atlantic CONTRACTUALLY could not tell them what to do. They were not benefiting from any external or objective management that could warn them of their unsteady direction. Having Cole, Bindon and Grant around made it a VERY heavy organization. They did scare people. They intended to. Imagine thinking you are powerful (and you indeed are) and then snorting a six-inch line of coke JUST TO START YOUR DAY. And it ain't like there were robust substance abuse treatment resources scattered hither and yon about this time. As Diamond Dave liked to say, at the time, know one knew it was BAD for you (yeah, right). I have always thought that the worst details were still untold, and just as well. It remains a fascinating story - not because it's so tawdry (those are a dime-a-dozen in this business) , but because the story doesn't stop there. It goes on, still to this day, all the way up to the O2, a sober, amazing, powerful, dangerous display of the creative synergy Led Zeppelin were (and still are) so capable of. They remain for me a titanic force of nature. Renewed, revitalized, respectful of each other, the Bonham family and of course, Ahmet, the three of them came out the other side. Certainly not without ugly scars and heart-breaking loss, but they did. They reached out to Jason when he was ready (he experienced his own journey through an alcoholic fog at a young age). They played and rehearsed and became this tight unit once again, playing for a charity that was a legacy of their old mentor. And it was the blood, thunder, and the hammer of the gods. For me, that's the story: The wild ride from forming from the ashes of the Yardbirds through to The End, a glimpse of which we get from the tale Unity tells and on to the O2. I love happy endings.
  14. Excellent post, SC. Many, many thanks. I have been meaning to nose around, find out more about the AMAZING video/media presentation Zep delivered at the O2. This answers many of the questions I had. Well done once more, send more. !!
  15. Go here for more, um, "geeky" info: http://forums.ledzeppelin.com//index.php?s...ost&p=74158 http://forums.ledzeppelin.com//index.php?s...ost&p=75375 The link provided in this thread by KB is a promotional video from Meyer Sound (California, USA), manufacture of the line array system deployed at the O2 for the reunion gig. If you look at the links on the Meyer promotion, you can sign up to get one of their groovy T-Shirts. Enjoy the links provided in the thread copied above. Some nice photos of the FOH board available at the Meyer site. The thread itself was full of robust conversation about "the worst sound ever". "Geeky", indeed.
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