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Everything posted by Azapro911

  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. 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.
  11. 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...
  12. 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)
  13. Keith's complaints about almost every other famous rock band under the sun always strikes me as ironic, because I've honestly never understood all the fuss about the Rolling Stones, particularly when compared with The Beatles, The Who, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd etc. etc. A few of their hit singles are really good but most of their 'classic' output just sounds very average to me, a lot of clumsy overrated noise being passed off as raw and edgy blues rock just because "It's the Stones, man, THE STONES!!!" Millions of people vehemently disagree I know, but personally I feel that The Stones got lucky by riding the initial coat-tails of Beatlemania, then later became worshipped more for what they did offstage than on it. "Hey, Mick's just porked another right tasty bird and Keef's just snorted a lot of powder, so the new album MUST be great, especially now they've got Mick Taylor to prop 'em up!" Now of course, everybody is entitled to their opinions and Richards would know far better than me, but hey, since he seems to spend an inordinate amount of time trashing every band not called the Rolling Stones, I just can't help wondering if it's time that he took a look at the craggy old face in the mirror......
  14. Yes, but he's only released the best bits of two nights pieced together. An authentic, Atlantic/Swan Song released full Zeppelin show remains elusive.
  15. Jimmy knows full well that the one thing still lacking in the Zeppelin canon is a full official live recording of the band on peak form and at the very height of their powers, How The West is about as close as he's got so far. And despite many claims to the contrary, I'm fairly confident that he'll have one knocking around somewhere. Cue another decade of digging through the vault...
  16. 1. Led Zeppelin IV 2. Physical Graffiti 3. Led Zeppelin II 4. Houses of the Holy 5. Led Zeppelin 6. Led Zeppelin III BIG GAP 7. In Through The Out Door 8. Presence Coda's more of a 'studio pick-and-mix compilation' designed to make Atlantic happy.
  17. Definitely 1972. Zeppelin were at the point of being World famous and playing big arenas, but it hadn't yet gone to their heads, they were still hungry and full of energy. Studio-wise, they were touring behind the freshly released 'IV' and recording 'Houses of the Holy', so that just about says it all. It's Jimmy Page's favourite year too.
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