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  1. Joe Bonnamassa, Vic Theatre, Chicago Oct. 24th - Booyah!
  2. A little help, please! I want to go see the Allman Brothers in Chicago in September. They are playing 2 dates with Widespread Panic. On one date ABB opens and WP closes - on the other WP opens and ABB closes. How exactly does that work? I want to see the show that features the ABB - the one they play the most time. May sound like a stupid question - definitely won't be my last - haven't been to a whole lot of shows in recent years but have been lucky enough to rekindle that in the last few months. Thanks for your help!
  3. Hmmmmmmmm...... no comment. (PS - Not sure if the band or show is famous, but the guy at about 1:24 is undeniably on his way. Apologies if already posted)
  4. Not one, but TWO billboards of Robert Plant on the Tri-state tollway south of Chicago - just about caused a crash when i saw them. I think they were for a radio station.
  5. Maybe not so unlikely - last month at the Beacon run
  6. Reading the book "Stevie Ra Vaughan - Caught in the Crossfire". Here's an exerpt referring to Stevie's older brother and idol, Jimmie: "Jimmie's greatest contribution was putting the guitar back in its rightful place as an ensemble piece, a discovery that would still reverberate in music circles twenty years later. The average pimple-pocked American male teenager still believed that Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton invented the blues. It was time to educate them that the guitar was more than a big dick in the hand of an Englishman with a shag haircut."
  7. Listening to 1/10/69 and surfing the net during lunch break I found the article below at Irishtimes.com reviewing the book, which personally I haven't read, but have seen lots of input here on .com. And therefore I am probably not going to buy this book! (Thanks for saving me the $40+) The article definitely presents a rather cynical and critical viewpoint of the band overall, but the highlighted line about the O2 being "ultimately dissappointing"? Yeah, things that make you go "huh"! Kevin Courtney reviews When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin By Mick Wall, Orion; 486pp, £20 (02/06/2009) ‘I’M A golden god!” boasted Zep singer Robert Plant to Rolling Stone journalist Cameron Crowe in 1975, as the band flew high above the rock firmament. Zep were indeed the golden gods of rock, dark lords of all they surveyed. Their concerts broke attendance records previously set by The Beatles; their albums shifted in their millions (without even support from singles in most territories); and their on-tour antics challenged even the ancient Romans for sheer carnal decadence. When these giants walked the earth, the ground shook, hotel managers quaked, and the ladies quivered with anticipation. No one was safe around Zep. Promoters would feel the wrath of corpulent, confrontational manager Peter Grant; hapless journalists and music biz people, the fists of a drunken John Bonham if they were unlucky enough to be in his rampaging path. And then there was guitarist Jimmy Page’s collection of whips. By the end of the decade, however, Zeppelin had crashed in a blaze of vainglory, brought down by hubris, heroin addiction and a creeping irrelevance that saw them turn from towering pillars into tottering dinosaurs. They were finally put out of their misery by the death of Bonham following a particularly epic drinking binge. We’ve read about the booze, drugs, devil worship and deviant sex – most of the lurid tales can be found in Steven Davis’s vintage biog Hammer of the Gods. Mick Wall delves a lot deeper into the dark stuff, going into academic detail about guitarist Jimmy Page’s obsession with Aleister Crowley, whose mantra “do what thou wilt” seemed to become a backstage motto for Zep and their entourage. Wall brings us a backstage view of the on-tour bacchanalia, which includes the notorious mudshark incident, when drummer John Bonham and tour manager Richard Cole used the catch of the day on the groupie of the hour. We also get a chilling glimpse into some weird goings-on at Boleskine House, the former home of Aleister Crowley which Page bought and turned into his own dark lair. And we get a peek into the band members’ respective pasts, courtesy of a series of “internal monologues” written in the second person singular. Before Zep, Jimmy Page was a little-known but hugely respected guitarist, earning big bucks as the most in-demand session player around. That’s him on Donovan’s Sunshine Superman, Them’s Baby Please Don’t Go and Val Doonican’s Walk Tall. When he joined his mate Jeff Beck in The Yardbirds, he got a taste of rock stardom; when The Yardbirds fizzled out, Page hatched a plan to forge the one band to rule them all – and found willing warriors in the form of fellow session man John Paul Jones, Brummie hippie Robert Plant, and Planty’s mate, tub-thumping drummer John Bonham. After fulfilling a few contractual obligations as The New Yardbirds, the band were rechristened Led Zeppelin after a joke by Who drummer Keith Moon, and signed to Atlantic Records, recording their debut album in just 30 hours over nine days. Astonishingly, Zep were hated by the critics, who branded them unsophisticated and unoriginal. They were certainly right about the latter; the full extent is laid bare here – songs credited to the band, including Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, Black Mountain Side, Dazed and Confused and Whole Lotta Love, turned out to have been either plundered from some bluesman’s grave, taken from The Yardbirds’ unfinished sessions, or outright from such heroes as Bert Jansch. But Zep were rock’s original force of nature, an unstoppable juggernaut powered by four horsemen of the apocalypse, who crushed all before them with piledriving guitar riffs, feral vocals and a booming bass and drum sound that came from somewhere deep in the bowels of the earth. Wall rides shotgun all the way to the band’s massively hyped but ultimately disappointing reunion show at the 02 Arena in December 2007, and explores the titanic battle of wills between Page, the self-appointed custodian of Zep’s legacy, and Plant, the hard-headed old groaner who has stubbornly refused to participate in a full-blown Zeppelin reunion tour, preferring to go on the road with his current singing partner Alison Krauss. Perhaps it’s best for everyone concerned – band and fans alike – to just let this sleeping beast lie.
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    This sums it up very nicely and will be greatly beneficial to my therapist at our next appointment when he is trying to make sense of my babbling and raving. Thanks, Reg
  9. Seeing Zep stuff top lists is always kewl - validates our tastes in music. Found another new list at blabbermouth (apologies if already posted): JIMMY PAGE, JIMI HENDRIX, EDDIE VAN HALEN, STEVE VAI Among 'Chop Shop''s Top Guitarists - Dec. 17, 2008 Envision Radio Networks' "Chop Shop" guitar show has announced "The Chop Shop's Top 100 Most Complete Guitar Players of All Time", a newly published list of the all-time greatest guitar players. Program host Steve Black (WRIF-FM) assembled a panel of music industry experts to help choose the list featuring 100 of the most revered guitar players crossing multiple genres. Rock legend Eric Clapton, English rock guitarist Jeff Beck, blues legend Muddy Waters, PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready, and Dave Murray and Adrian Smith of IRON MAIDEN are a few of the highlights on "The Chop Shop's Top 100 Most Complete Guitar Players of All Time". Each guitarist was graded in nine areas including technical ability, influence on the music industry, songwriting, signature sound, longevity, and four other categories. The complete list with video and judging criteria is available now at www.chopshopradio.com. "Chop Shop" host Steve Black comments, "I love the complete angle we took with this list, and the depth of the details we used during the grading process." Black continues, "This is the best top 100 list I've ever seen." The "Chop Shop" and "Chop Shop Classic" feature weekly updates on bands and tours, web exclusive content, and special guests all while playing 10 songs an hour. Both versions are two hours in length and contain two feature interviews as well as the exclusive "Chop Shop Hall of Fame" feature, where such guests as Ted Nugent, Brian May, Leslie West, and hundreds others pay tribute to guitar legends Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Angus Young, Slash and more. "The Chop Shop's Top 100 Most Complete Guitar Players of All Time": 01. Jimmy Page 87.94 02. Jimi Hendrix 84.92 03. Eddie Van Halen 84.81 04. David Gilmour 82.72 05. Keith Richards 82.48 06. Pete Townshend 80.66 07. Steve Vai 79.74 08. Les Paul 78.61 09. Angus Young 78.56 10. Jeff Beck 77.77 11. Stevie Ray Vaughan 75.86 12. Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH) 74.67 13. Eric Clapton 74.62 14. James Hetfield (METALLICA) 73.62 15. Ritchie Blackmore (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE 72.61 16. Slash (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) 71.60 17. Frank Zappa 71.57 18. George Harrison 71.49 19. Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE) 70.89 20. Ted Nugent 70.83 21. Dave Murray/Adrian Smith (IRON MAIDEN) 70.72 22. Carlos Santana 70.44 23. Steve Lukather (TOTO) 70.41 24. Joe Satriani 69.71 25. Chuck Berry 69.53 26. Kirk Hammett (METALLICA) 69.48 27. Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE) 68.73 28. Brian May (QUEEN) 67.57 29. Alex Lifeson (RUSH) 67.51 30. Billy Gibbons (ZZ TOP) 67.45 31. Malcolm Young (AC/DC) 66.56 32. Joe Perry (AEROSMITH) 65.60 33. Joe Walsh (EAGLES, JAMES GANG) 63.44 34. B.B. King 63.30 35. Kurt Cobain (NIRVANA) 63.17 36. Dimebag Darrell Abbott (PANTERA) 62.55 37. Neal Schon (JOURNEY) 62.45 38. John Lennon 62.44 39. Mark Knopfler (DIRE STRAITS) 62.43 40. Dickey Betts (ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND) 60.47 41. Tom Scholz (BOSTON) 60.42 41. Robby Krieger (DOORS) 60.42 43. Buddy Guy 60.38 44. Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) 60.37 45. The Edge (U2) 60.34 46. Gary Rossington/Allen Collins (LYNYRD SKYNYRD) 59.49 47. Glenn Tipton/K.K. Downing (JUDAS PRIEST) 58.64 48. Peter Frampton 58.59 49. Mick Mars (MÖTLEY CRÜE) 58.34 50. Steve Howe (YES, ASIA) 57.36 51. John Frusciante (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) 55.46 52. Brad Whitford (AEROSMITH) 55.45 53. Scotty Moore (ELVIS PRESLEY, RICK NELSON) 55.35 54. Rik Emmett (TRIUMPH) 54.58 55. Yngwie Malmsteen 54.56 56. Leslie West (MOUNTAIN) 54.50 57. Dean DeLeo (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) 54.46 58. Ace Frehley (KISS) 54.38 59. Bo Diddley 54.37 60. Muddy Waters 54.36 61. John 5 (MARILYN MANSON, ROB ZOMBIE) 53.63 62. Gary Moore (THIN LIZZY) 53.55 63. Paul Gilbert (MR. BIG, RACER X) 53.51 64. George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB) 53.41 65. Adam Jones (TOOL) 53.20 66. Robin Trower 52.62 67. Michael Schenker (UFO, MSG) 52.52 67. Johnny Winter 52.52 69. Michael Hedges 52.40 70. Robert Johnson 52.36 71. Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH) 52.34 72. Warren DiMartini (RATT) 51.49 73. Dave Davies (THE KINKS) 51.36 74. Nuno Bettencourt (EXTREME) 50.52 75. Mark Tremonti (CREED, ALTER BRIDGE) 50.40 76. Dan Donegan (DISTURBED) 50.39 77. Warren Haynes (ALLMAN BROTHERS, GOVT. MULE) 50.36 77. Matthias Jabbs (SCORPIONS) 50.36 79. Freddie King 50.33 80. Chris DeGarmo/Michael Wilton (QUEENSRŸCHE) 50.28 81. Neil Young 50.23 81. Steve Cropper 50.23 83. Frank Marino (MAHOGANY RUSH) 49.51 84. Ty Tabor (KING'S X) 49.46 85. Eric Johnson 49.44 86. Mike McCready (PEARL JAM) 49.34 87. Steve Miller 49.33 88. John Fogerty 49.26 89. John Sykes (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE) 49.20 90. Vivian Campbell (DEF LEPPARD) 48.41 91. Dick Wagner (ALICE COOPER) 48.40 91. Kim Thayil (SOUNDGARDEN) 48.40 93. Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS) 48.28 94. Glen Buxton (ALICE COOPER) 47.55 95. Rick Nielsen (CHEAP TRICK) 47.44 96. Rod Price (FOGHAT) 47.41 97. Frank Hannon (TESLA) 47.38 97. Buckethead (GUNS N' ROSES) 47.38 99. Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL) 47.36 100. Trevor Rabin (YES) 47.36
  10. I didn't hear his reference to Led Zeppelin - I was definitely not glued to the tube for the entire program. However, I did hear him accepting some other award and he said that last year when he won it it was for some person or other, this year it's for another person, and "next year? who knows!". That like to made me barf - what arrogance. I also caught part of his "performance" (term used very loosely). Obviously there are a great many people who like Kanye and his particular brand of music; just doesn't crank my bobber. What a crappy show overall. Seemed like a cheap Vegas stage show from Madon....oh, excuse me, whoever that was at the beginning, right up until toward the end. I have to admit I did rather enjoy Sarah M & Pink's duet, which was about the only actual music I recall seeing or hearing from the other room. Nice to see Annie Lennox, too. Any other high points escape me at the moment or I didn't catch them. Did I miss anything good??? Jeez, just can't wait til next years AMA's! (sarcasm there, folks).
  11. Oh, wait!!! Jimmy Kimmel just introduced the "greatest artist of all time" and OMG it's.......PINK! Shoot me now, please.
  12. About 40 minutes til the new Family Guy!!!! Watching the American Music Awards until then. Waiting to see if there will be any actual "music". Haven't seen or heard any yet and it's not looking too hopeful. Looks like a bad Vegas stage show so far. Maybe I"ll spend the 40 minutes doing something more fun and entertaining - like maybe changing the cat's litter box or rearranging my sock drawer. Ho hum..............Family Guy; love it!!!
  13. Yes, I really want this. No, I don't think the group should be called Led Zeppelin without RP. As far as JP's recent alleged comments to a fan reported via pimpwire, I strongly suspect he said he has no intentions of touring as "Led Zeppelin" without RP. He said as much as this within the last couple of months in an actual interview I saw (don't remember when/where). His comment was along the lines of "it would take 4 members". There have been many comments from fans and other musicians that JP & JPJ would be destroying the Zep legacy with this project, if indeed there is a project, and many seem to imply that they should just fade off into the sunset rather than do anything that may upset the "legacy" and "depress" eveyone. These men are musicians. They are artists. This is something that is deeply rooted in the very fabric of their being, regardless of their age. They express themselves to the world through their music. I cannot understand how anyone feels they have such superiority as to dismiss the future work of these men as something that will destroy the legacy of the band they were once a part of, rather than something that could very well be a positive addition to their careers and to the music they have given us. Particularly when that future work is as yet unheard and unseen. Mother Theresa continued to make enormous contributions to humanity through her work way, way into her years. Should she have stopped at a certain point because she was a "dinosaur" and for fear of destroying her legacy? Should Buddy Guy pack it in? How about Steven Spielberg? Should we cringe every time he directs a new film for fear it will tarnish the ET, Jaws, Star Wars legacy? These people and thousands of others continue(d) to do what they were put here to do - make their contributions to society with the gifts they were given. Like those contributions or not - there are many who are grateful for them. It's also difficult to fathom how people can listen to one or two tracks of a band or vocalist, such as Myles Kennedy, and write a scathing review stating this or that person can't sing, can't play the guitar, can't compose, is a loser, "fuck them they suck", etc, etc, etc. Long, long ago in countries not too far away there were music critics bashing the living hell out of our favorite band for many a day. And most recently there was one who did so to the Black Crowes after admitting to listening to only two tracks of Warpaint. Shame, shame, shame...... very poor form. Are JP, JPJ & JB working toward the release of new material and possibly a tour incorporating both new and old music? I think they are and I truly hope they enjoy themselves and it gives them great personal satisfaction, which they most righteously deserve. And I hope all the naysayers have to enjoy a nice crow dinner 'bout this time next year Until then....... YES I REALLY WANT THIS!
  14. Whether intended or not, consciously or not, credited or not - imitation is the truest form of flattery. As stated, if I were one of those old blues guys and somebody imitated a part of one of my songs and brought it out of obscurity I'd be flattered. If they were making a lot of money on it, I might have to consider going after some of that cash, which some have done, but I'd still be damn flattered. Imitation or not Stairway is a unarguably beautiful masterpiece of a song - even after the millionth listen. Was it copied? I couldn't care less. Bring on the new stuff!
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