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Darth Hoek

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  • Birthday 03/15/1937

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    Miskatonic University, Essex County
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    All Led Zeppelin with a focus on Jimmy Page and his solo work, Electric/ Acoustic 6 and 12 string Guitars, Vinyl Records + turntables, mountain biking/hiking, Reading/Writing, Political Activism, Gardening, carpentry, Vintage N64, ps4, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Poe, Lovecraft, King, Vonnegut, Bradbury, cooking, drinking, and Rock & Roll.

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  1. I couldn't be happier for him...look at how well he looks in the OP's photo. I have been long to admit it, but Jimmy is so very retired from performing/recording...he is like some sort of socialite patron now, taking in Scarlet Sabet, making her a record on his label, defending medieval architecture, and selling $12,500 guitar amps.
  2. Archivist, I agree with your ideas of value perception and the overall point of your reply, but let's not forget to consider the type of person who will pony up to buy this. A person to whom perceived value is no concern, in fact, amazingly they likely feel that paying more is a mark of status in society. I envision a person who is in the 1%; a someone who comparatively makes Jimmy Page appear to have average wealth. This person has a yacht with a security team on board (to fend off pirates in the Indian Ocean) and they own a $38 million dollar mansion on Cape Cod, Ma. USA, with a perso
  3. Quite a challenge to cut this up given how this is my favorite album ever recorded by anyone. Ever. So, for Physical Graffiiti on one disc I would say ... Side 1: Custard Pie Kashmir The Rover Trampled Underfoot Side 2: In the Light Ten Years Gone Down by the Seaside Bron-Yr-Aur It Might be tight on one LP, but I feel this list would help get the vibe from the double album across a bit. Maybe a bit lz3 in its acoustic leanings on side B, but hey this is Zeppelin after all.
  4. Hey All...as others have said Page has seemed to have a few peaks since Zeppelin; and these peaks are all be a result of extended touring. With that in mind... 1985 Sallie Mae Jam w/ Jaco Pastorius: Not the best technically, but I like this because Jimmy is put in a situation he was not comfortable with here and still rises to the occasion. In later years Jimmy seems to have lost the confidence to play with those he could be compared against (like at the Rock and Roll HOF in 2009)...not here! People could argue that Jaco is patronizing to jimmy here and that Jimmy is sloppy...he is but
  5. Here in Eastern Massachusetts we have 100.7 WZLX's "Stairway to Seven" nightly...always a factoid for the fans and sometimes live and alternate takes from the various releases. This has been a thing for quite some time...
  6. So, I pre-ordered one of the Jimmy Page Dragon production run Telecasters for $1,399.99 from Musicians Friend to be delivered in July...I thought it was weird that the white production one was $2,400 while the what I will assume will be better selling dragon telecaster is $1,000 less. The dragon has non-guitarist man cave wall-hanger written all over it and they should sell a bunch of these. It was also odd that they were not calling it an American Telecaster in the descriptions I could find, in fact no articles I can find mention anything about where the production guitars will be made. Usu
  7. I have a 1992 American Standard Telecaster in Candy Apple Red with a white pickguard. It looks like a Buddy Holly Guitar but is so much more. It has a double bladed DiMarzio in the bridge which makes it rip so nicely. It can jangle or strangle, overall it is pretty badass. I love it for certain tunes and I come up with very different things on it than when I play the les paul studio or the taylor... As far as the Dragon Telecaster goes I would love to know the list price for the mass market model. Maybe I should just make up some stencils and buy some paint for mine...
  8. I think I thought Worcester seemed better since I was seated on the lawn at the great woods show and the sound usually is pretty piss poor there; even now that it is the Comcast Xfinity Center. I remember seeing Phish there two years ago or three years ago and the sound cut out for most of the show on the lawn and it was really bad overall. Additionally, I also really like some of the dive bars in Worcester, so maybe I was a bit biased. For the Crowes and Page, the performance prob was better at Great Woods given the amount of time they had been playing together at that point. I'm a b
  9. I was at the Worcester show as well John M. what an amazing show! The Centrum is a bit smaller of a venue so the view was pretty great from the balcony where I was seated. Favorite songs for me at this show were ten years gone and shapes of things. I remember I thought it funny that the first run of these shows were in LA, New York, and Worcester of all places before they announced the larger tour...I was glad they came here but why not Boston? I also was at the Great Woods show later that following summer; the one where the who was playing back to back nights...was very good, but
  10. In regards to the idea of this new streaming service and concerns over no physical releases...some may remember what Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes did when they initially released Night at the Greek on cd. It wasn't the full 2 cd set or 3 vinyl rsd release album we got a bit later on...instead, you could pick what songs you wanted from the full set and they would send you a disc with the songs that you had picked. Could anyone see that sort of model being applied to this new live zep streaming service? Check off shows or a mix of tunes, design the printing on a box, and then get a tidy l
  11. Remember how great George Harrison's album Brainwashed was? With this in mind, I hope we don't have to finally hear Jimmy's last 10 or so unfinished songs under the same circumstances!...and Jimmy doesn't have Dahni and Jeffy Lynne to finish them up like George did! Sorry to be so dark, but thinking again about how Jimmy is totally waiting for that zep train that will never come. And Stephen Tyler says there are no hits in the bunch of original material... this was him trying to publicly downplay what he knew he f'd up at the not-zep rehearsal I am sure just to save his giant ego. I
  12. I have posted on this thread before and it keeps coming back up...I think the time has passed for Jimmy to play new music or for him to tour extensively. It kills me to say it, but I have come to accept it in the years since the O2. I tried to get tickets to the O2 using so many friends email addresses (like 20 different emails), but apparently Paris Hilton was a bigger fan than I, so she was able to secure a ticket through the lottery just like everyone else while I waited at the computer for poor quality youtube vids the night of the show. You can tell I am not bitter at all...
  13. It is really good that there wasn't a spark anywhere near RP's Aqua Net of a head during this interview! I can certainly say that cultural differences and trying to impress a pretty girl are all reasons why RP would reply"John Paul Jones" to many band names during the word association "game;" including really enthusiastically to Zep. Moreover, I think he is trying to distance himself as much as possible from anything considered "old," and to ally himself with the MTV youth culture of 1988, so let's make fun of JPJ, as of course he is old and stodgy unlike Robert, right? I really like t
  14. This album was not what I expected at the time but had some good hooks that I still really enjoy. Most high is a nice use of the cacgce tuning, please read the letter is a standout song, and it has a "sun studios" type sound. The minimalist production, drum sound, and the reverb laden guitar tone is in line with the minimalist blues that the title of the album suggests, and it makes this album unique to my ear (at least the cd I have of it). As noted many times before here, the 1998 tour to support WIC was way better than the 94/95 tour for NQ. I saw it and can certainly vouch for th
  15. I just returned from Amsterdam where I was able to get a copy of this while on vacation. We arrived on Saturday at 4 pm and after going to a few shops I was unable to find a store that sold anything but house, metal, and dance music; I was quickly discouraged and went to buy a space cake. Mmmmm space cake.... On Sunday, after some research online, I went to a shop called Record Palace; the owner had a copy on hold for someone who hadn't shown up and sold it to me for 20 euro...better than ebay prices anyways. Nice guy at this shop; he also sold me a copy of Johnny Kidd and the Pirates
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