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  1. Well, it's that endless tango between journalist and the person being interviewed, right? The journalist is always trying to get something from the "star," while the star is, in most cases, trying to give the journalist just enough to sound interesting but not too revealing. You're right that the journalists ask these questions because they want new gory details, but that's their job. They have to produce an "interesting" product for the publication that is paying them. All the better if they can get a scoop. I don't endorse journalists ambushing their interviewees with mean-spirited questions (unless they deserve it), but the drugs questions were very much in relation to the music. And as to why would any public figure share something unsavory about himself or herself, I think that appearing honest -- and more importantly, human -- to one's fans and the public can be quite endearing. Some people might feel the need to publicly "come clean." Others might feel that sharing their experiences with the public might help those who are struggling out there (a little self-congratulatory, I think, but nevertheless...). I can think of all sorts of reasons why someone would speak candidly about their past. It's not necessarily for the "amusement" of others -- that's no doubt part of it, but it's also and opportunity to show some of the "real you" to your fans, to humanize yourself. JP obviously doesn't have an interest in doing any of this, but I thought I'd respond -- unless you were being strictly rhetorical, in which case, feel free to disregard.
  2. I think most people who have posted are disappointed in his sulky, put-upon attitude throughout the interview and in his outright denial of what is incredibly obvious rather than his decision not to talk in depth about his drug use, which I don't think anyone expects. Subtle difference.
  3. If he's going to agree to an interview with a lifestyle mag and answer questions in such a way that the article gets titled "Grouses of the Holy," fine, but readers and fans have every right to react to his attitude, as Gabrielle and several others (including me) have, without someone trying to shut down discussion with the rationale of "he can act however he wants." Such is the life of a public figure -- having your words and actions analyzed by others.
  4. Essentially what Anonymous alluded to above with her post: he just promoted some expensive scarf line, he's modeled for John Varvartos, he has polo shirts and mugs available for purchase on his website, he has a symbol, he's purposefully portrayed himself as interested in mysticism thus creating a certain image for himself/band... this all goes beyond the musical notes on the page. You don't publish a photo of yourself in front of Crowley's house in your book if, on some level, you don't want people to take note of it. And so on. And, on a similar note, what you just wrote is also relevant: the line between what is about only the music and what is not is very thin. I can certainly understand not wanting to talk about, I don't know, your ex-wives, but is asking a question about the Hermit sequence -- from a concert film -- really so out of line that it warrants a testy response?
  5. I don't know why he bothers to do press at all with anything but music geek magazines if he is so thoroughly opposed to answering questions that are not strictly about the music. (I'm sure someone is going to tell me that the record company or book publishing company forces him to, in which case -- see third paragraph.) In fact, in this case, some of the questions asked were indeed completely relevant to the music. One could discern from listening to the music and looking at the liner notes of In Through the Out Door that JP was not as involved with that album as he was with the others. The hermit fantasy sequence was spliced into a trademark Page musical performance. How is that not related to the music? And I'd argue that he isn't "all about the music" anyway, but that's another point. I think that if you're going to consent to do interviews with outlets that will ask about something other than the alternate mix of Stairway to Heaven, whether you really want to be doing them or not, you have an obligation to treat the interviewer with respect. It's almost like doing an interview with Playboy and getting aggrieved when they ask you about sex. I can only conclude that JP does not see it this way. I can see how it would be difficult as a public figure to be asked the same drugs/sex questions again and again. But it seems much more difficult not to have a sense of humor about it. Some people might think that Klosterman didn't treat JP with respect by asking those questions (again, not sure which questions were really all that uncalled for) and therefore JP owes him nothing. I'd argue that journalists have an obligation to -- respectfully -- ask questions that try to get the interviewee to reveal something that he hadn't before, to ask the questions on the minds of the fans of the interviewee, and to ask questions that will produce a compelling piece of work for their target audience. It's part of the profession. So: I agree with you, Trey.
  6. http://issuu.com/magazines-for-you/docs/gq_usa_-_december_2014_2cd45245935c7d There's an interview with JP beginning on 258 of this GQ issue. The most interesting moment is his comment on In Through the Out Door in response to a question about how he was too strung out to perform his usual duties in studio. He says that,"If JPJ and RP had done what you're implying, wouldn't they be listed as producers on the album? So let's just forget all that."
  7. I know this isn't the type of answer you're looking for but I'm so happy he didn't bring it out for the O2 concert. Love the look but not the thin sound. I couldn't love the guitar sound from the O2 more than I do -- Gibson full and crunchy with the distortion turned up a bit. JP opting not to use the Danelectro for Kashmir is part of what made it the best live version I've heard, along with RP's world-weary vocals (yes I know most people disagree with that assessment).
  8. Fun topic idea! I agree with your JB and JPJ songs, except I'd have to throw No Quarter onto JPJ. JP: Difficult to disagree with Song Remains the Same and Since I've Been Loving You. I'd take off Bron-Yr-Aur (which I love) and substitute Friends - love the hoppy beat and the strange tuning. Black Dog is a great riff but since it was indeed JPJ's idea, I'd take it off for Dazed and Confused. RP: Probably the most subjective. Agree with Stairway but I'd sub Kashmir and Immigrant Song. Kashmir has my favorite Zep riff, but I don't think the song gets enough credit for its lyrics. The opening verse is one of the most evocative bits of poetry I've read. And there are so many beautiful lines throughout: the dust that floats high in June, no provision but an open face... Immigrant Song is the best showcase of the mythology/Tolkien Zep songs, maybe because it's a bit tongue-in-cheek without losing its punch.
  9. JTM, thank you for posting that for those of us who don't have the magazine. I enjoyed the "I don't care... don't you think I have some new material?" Time to put up or shut up...
  10. Interesting thread. It actually isn't a porno but a movie called The Night Porter (which doesn't sound any less like a porno). I think the understated "here I am in Hugo Boss" caption was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, although maybe it's also vacant; at any rate it was far from any sort of explanation, which he apparently doesn't want to give. I do remember a quote from him saying that it was for shock value and that for any art to really reach its audience, it has to shock, or something to that effect. (Sorry, I don't have a citation.) I think that's BS; what, was The Song Remains the Same supposed to have more of an impact on the audience because he was in a Nazi uniform? He obviously wore it as an homage to S&M and to look "cool." It also raises a question of whether certain parts of the Nazi look can ever be glamourized or seen as cool. It sounds like Minaj ran into this problem recently. I know there have been t-shirts (and apparently even http://www.entertainmentearth.com/images/AUTOIMAGES/KBJP200lg.jpg figurines) made with him in the costume, which make me uncomfortable, but others must agree with that assessment and disregard the subtext in the outfit (assuming they are not actual Nazi sympathizers, and I think neither JP nor most people are). A sidenote: I sort of wonder how many people instantly identify that outfit as a Nazi uniform, especially since there's no swastika or red and black. Putting the outfit discussion aside, I'm unsure if this has been posted much earlier on the thread, but you can see some photos that were supposedly taken this night on this page: http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=1071817 If you read through the posts, you'll see someone say that he heard from a tour worker that he took angel dust rather than coke that night, which might explain why he could play through all the other nights when he was on coke, heroin, and/or alcohol but not PCP.
  11. First of all, this was hilarious, especially the part about the "scarf bloke" and the air miles. Secondly, Ross, given his "glamourous life," whines like he's been forced to work in a sweat shop for below minimum wage. He also has the impression that he's incredibly witty (e.g., see his November 19 "diary" entry in which he apparently thinks writing out the broken English of others is hilarious -- no, I'm not offended, it's just stupid). But I'll admit it takes the right person for me to find whining funny. Finally, his photos of JP are awful given JP's tendency to excessively mug for Ross's camera and RH's liberal retouching of every photo. And I'm absolutely willing to believe JP and RH have many similarities, or maybe RH just tickles the sweet spot of JP's ego. I don't, however, think RH has had much of an impact on JP's "career" of the last 14 years.
  12. Regarding "sing[ing] the praises" of that performance, if it can be called that, I don't think anyone was blown away by his playing, really. If any of us expressed happiness upon seeing him play, it was really just that -- happy to see him actually holding a guitar in his hands to play it (as opposed to the endless photoshoots in recent years of him holding the guitar as as nothing more than a prop). It doesn't strike me as odd because I don't sense he's been especially inspired to play anything but Zep, and he wasn't given the opportunity to do that. Hopefully he now has some closure that Zep isn't happening so he can move on, if he indeed wants to.
  13. Yes, I found his passive voice there amusing. I can't seem to locate it again but the CBS website had a short video clip that was filmed at the same time as this interview but apparently not included in the piece that aired this morning. Jimmy said he was going to make another solo album; the interviewer asked if that was a "promise" and JP said "sure."
  14. Hasn't he fully admitted that he's not in playing shape? He says something in every other interview about how the remasters (etc.) have taken him away from playing, but now that he's completed the remasters, he's going to use his free time in 2015 to practice. Supposedly. I don't doubt he's been preoccupied with other projects, but it's my theory that he creates these other projects so that he doesn't have to feel bad about not playing.
  15. On the French show, I thought he played just fine after he got the pick. The petrified look on his face when they brought out the "real guitar" was telling, however. If nervousness about performing with diminished skills (however diminished they actually are) is truly a problem for him, I wish he'd realize that it's all -- or at least mostly -- about his vibe and presence anyway. Short of an actual inability to play anymore, everyone is going to forgive him for not playing solos at breakneck speed. I think coping with diminished skills is quite far down on the list of why he isn't touring. His chomping at the bit to play with Zep says something about that, I think.
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