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Azapro911

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  1. Well...let's face it, Jimmy has been done MAKING music for nigh on 20 years now, apart from that Lucifer Rising soundtrack. Re-releasing back catalogues, doing the interview circuit and making the odd guest appearance with other bands is more his thing these days. Can't blame him at this stage of the game either.
  2. Stan Polley was a very rare breed of c*nt. He actually got his secretary to ring up Pete Ham's wife a couple of months after his death to ask her to write a note exonerating Polley of any wrongdoing. I mean even among high profile con men, that's a new level of scummery right there. But at long last there is good news: with Polley now dead and the legal issues with Apple, Warner Bros. and goodness knows who else having finally been resolved a couple of years ago, the Pete Ham estate now receives full songwriting royalties due to them, with the particularly lucrative 'Without You' bringing in up to $200,000 a year on the back of the highly popular Nilsson and Carey covers. So at least now, it wasn't all for nothing.
  3. The same is true of 'Immigrant Song', which sounds just as fresh in the 2010s as it did in 1970.
  4. With regards to them being America's greatest band, you may have a very good point. I was going to throw Creedence Clearwater Revival into that discussion, but then I remembered that they were in essence a solo act.
  5. Oh well of course, if Maroon 5 know who Mick Jagger is then that must prove the Stones weren't overrated...
  6. Blimey...dynamite could not have parted me from those potential royalties, let alone seven million dollars.
  7. The brutal truth is that younger generations have looked at all of those classic rock bands and deduced, fairly unanimously, that every single one of them deserved at least a good chunk of the euphoria and respect that their parents/grandparents bestowed upon them...EXCEPT the Rolling Stones. I truly do not personally know one single individual who holds them in anywhere near the same esteem as the Zeppelins, Beatles, Whos and Floyds of this World.
  8. Ah, the Eagles. Phenomenal supergroup with a troubled legal history that long since blew Pink Floyd's into the court room weeds. Frankly the often petty nature of their spats amuse me (as did Floyd's) but their studio output in the mid '70s was as terrific as the sales figures suggest. I was sorry to hear about Glenn Frey, another dark notch on quite possibly rock's saddest ever month.
  9. I'm firmly of the belief that Keith Richards actually died 30 years ago, his corpse having since been animated by an ancient form of highly evil voodoo.
  10. 1. Judas Priest, 'British Steel' 2. Iron Maiden, 'The Number of the Beast' 3. Black Sabbath, 'Heaven and Hell' 4. Def Leppard, 'Pyromania' 5. Scorpions, 'Blackout' And then, just to be lazy but at the same time genuinely serious... 6-10. Metallica's first five albums I have included nothing by Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Motorhead or the original Ozzy-fronted Sabbath because each band often disassociates itself with the 'heavy metal' tag, preferring to be recognised as hard and blues rockers.
  11. He was still fantastic with Brian May and Roger Taylor a few years ago, compared with some veteran classic rock front men time has been VERY kind to Paul Rodgers. Complete honesty time here: I've never heard his work with Jimmy Page and The Firm, fearing perhaps that it might be a bit too '80s and MTV for those two. Probably unfair and very pre-judgmental of me, but nobody's perfect.
  12. Terrific band, comfortably the best of the '80s glam metal genre. Love the stories of their contemporaries spending three years trying to catch up with what was done on Pyromania...then just as they were about getting there, Hysteria was unleashed! The drummer is an absolute miracle. And it's not hard to see where the inspiration for a name like Def Leppard comes from...
  13. I suppose that rather than a top five 'absolute greatest', my list is done on more of a by-era basis. '60s: The Beatles (greatest studio band of all time and the fathers of album rock) '70s: Led Zeppelin (greatest live band of all time and the masters of album rock) '80s: Def Leppard (they were MILES clear of the rest of the glam metal genre and produced two genuinely classic, near-flawless rock albums, even the 'professional' critics never denied them that) '90s: Nirvana (the band that woke up an entire generation from the dirge of the last days of the hair bands; Cobain had a deceptive sense of humour which never gets recognised) '00s: Green Day (say what you will, American Idiot was the last mainstream rock album that really put the effort in, hence their deserved - in my view - Hall of Fame induction)
  14. renounce asked for other people's thoughts on this matter, I merely gave mine. The reason for finishing up when firing on all cylinders is that the second greatest rock band of all time, greatest of the '70s and comfortably the greatest live act ever had a chance to cement their legacy even further by going out right on top of their game, just as the Beatles had before them. I did say that hindsight is a wonderful thing, obviously this was merely the ideal scenario rather than what actually happened next. 'Presence' just feels like an album that was quickly put together because they had time on their hands, 'Achilles' is much better in its live form (something which frankly I do not feel is true for some of LZ's earlier classics) and 'In Though' is a good late '70s rock album, but doesn't really have a proper Led Zeppelin imprint on it, I look at that as more of a 'Plant & Jones' side project.
  15. I could not agree more with that. With hindsight (which is always a convenient and wonderful thing of course), Zeppelin should have cordially parted ways right after that final Earls Court gig, making the 1975 shows their 'Farewell Tour'. They were right on top of the World, had released the greatest first six albums in the history of rock music (as a Beatles advocate, I underscore 'greatest FIRST six') and finally had the critical respect they'd craved in their homeland. It would be absolutely ridiculous to say that fate 'punished' them after that of course, but when you really think about it and look at it closely, things started to go wrong for the group right after that: Plant's car crash, the hastily cobbled together 'Presence' that was even a commercial failure in America (by their usual standards), the disastrous, decadent, bloated U.S. stadium tour (huge pots of cash notwithstanding), the death of poor Robert's young son, Bonham sinking further into drink, Page becoming dependent on heroin, both of them being half absent on the underwhelming (again, by their standards) 'In Through The Out Door'......and on it goes.
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