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  1. It does make you wonder why Jones said they were "almost in a rebirth situation". Did he really believe it, or was it the relief of helping get the band functioning again that made him say that? Europe 1980 isn't a disaster by any means, but they just seem underpowered. Yet Copenhagen a year earlier had been brilliant. The difference between a one off show and being on tour? Would it have been different if Page had been energised by being back in America? I guess we'll never know.
  2. I think it is Page. The Yardbirds went thru a phase that year where they all wore "Lennon shades". Those plastic seats make me wonder if the pic was taken at an airport, pity it's not wider angle to see more detail.
  3. Phil Carlo said the techs actually turned Collins' mics off for Stairway. Awkward. Edit...that look at 12.35 is pretty enigmatic. People commenting on YouTube seemed to think it was Plant laughing cos he realises Jimmy's not 100% sober. I wonder if it's actually the moment when Plant realises that, whatever he thinks of it, he'll never ever escape this song!
  4. Not to mention virtually inventing the "rock star stage presence" archetype. How many rock singers since Plant have dyed their hair blond and copied his stage moves? Most of the bands that came out of LA in the 80s for a start. Really "put it all out there" applied to all of them. Zeppelin might have occasionally had a train wreck live, but there's one thing they never did, they never phoned it in.
  5. Re: the Gerrard St rehearsal, even if that wasnt recorded and Plant is misremembering, I bet Page did record the rehearsals at the Pangbourne boathouse that took place in the week between coming back from Sweden and going into the studio on the 25th Sept 68. They were used, I'm sure, for fine tuning before recording and Page must have wanted to do the record quickly (doubtless to save cash!). It doesn't make sense they wouldn't be recorded, the tapes could be listened to to make final decisions on arrangements, work out vocal stylings etc. By contrast, Gerrard St a month earlier was much more of a "let's see if we can stand each other / play well with each other" kind of deal, and I bet Page wouldn't want to pay to record that.
  6. Sadly, most of those present imply very little rehearsing was done on that last day in 1980. Mick Hinton said Bonzo was so much the worse for wear he fell off the drum stool twice and the attitude was "well it's early days, let's wrap it up and have a proper go tomorrow" sort of thing.
  7. As a side note, it's plain Page cleaned up his act a lot between 1984/5 & 1988. You can see how much healthier he looks in these pics compared to say, Live Aid or when he was with Roy Harper in '84.
  8. Speculation. As far as I know there are very few reviews from '68, the Marquee show was reviewed, but not the university gigs or places like the Bridge Club in Canterbury. Hardly surprising as once they dropped the Yardbirds name few knew who they were, and Grant had trouble getting even booking agents interested in the UK, never mind journalists. Until Chris Welch, though even in his case I don't think he reviewed Zeppelin til 1969? I'm purely guessing on ALAIHY on the basis that some sources I've seen say it was routined in the early rehearsals at Page's boat house. Introducing the drum solo after a few gigs (if it wasn't in the set from the start) would've made sense as it's a handy way to bulk out the set and show Bonzo's skills off. In the end it's all speculation. Re: a boot of UK '68 appearing, I'd spontaneously combust with excitement if it ever happened, but I doubt it will. Bootlegging wasn't by any means unknown in the UK back then, eg Cream were bootlegged at Klooks Kleek in 1966. But with no record yet out, little press coverage (and Little Games (the album) having not even had a release in the UK), I'd be surprised if the crowds at '68 UK gigs were much more than a handful of opportunistic punters and scenesters. Though you do see blokes online saying "I saw em when they were still the New Yardbirds!!". Maybe a bit like those millions of people who were at the infamous Sex Pistols gig at Manchester Free Trade Hall in '76!
  9. My guess at a Sept '68 setlist would be something like Train Kept a Rollin Dazed one of You Shook Me or ICYB, more likely the latter due to the (money-saving) lack or organ on the tour Smokestack Lightning (possibly jamming into How Many More Times later in tour?) Communication Breakdown (again later in tour, supposedly developed on this tour out of onstage jamming on "Train") White Summer / Black Mountain Side with improvs, band intros etc, about a 40 minute set is my speculation. By November '68, As Long as I Have You would be in too, plus the drum solo, extending it to around 55 mins / an hour.
  10. Although it was better than I'd expected, my irritation with it was suddenly inserting something gobsmacking in the text that was then never referenced again. E.g. he says that, in return for providing £1,000 for some gear (amps, speakers etc) on the first US tour, Mickie Most took 1% of Zeppelin's income in perpetuity. I have never seen this in any other Zep book and no source is given. It isn't the kind of thing that ought to go unremarked either, as 1% of Zeppelin's income is enough to never need to work again (not that Most wasn't already pretty rich from his production work). Yet it's just tossed out and never comes up again. To me, that's irritating as he must know most fans would read that and think wtf?!.
  11. The Crunge. Fool in the Rain. Achilles. WLL (try listening to the isolated drum vids out there, there is so much going on deep in the mix) And so many others to choose from. At the end of this month it'd have been JB's 72nd birthday. I've promised myself that if the lockdown is lifted by then, I'll get to his memorial statue in Redditch.
  12. Today in the UK the Daily Star has a (front page!) story about how the Tower House is haunted by friendly ghosts. Close inspection reveals that this is a recycling of Scarlett Sabet saying she was "convinced the house is haunted" but the ghosts "are friendly". The (obviously furiously well researched) story also claims that there are no TVs in the Tower House and it has to be kept quite cold to avoid damaging the paintings on the ceiling. Quality journalism at its best I think you'll all agree.
  13. Steve, Jimmy must be the world's least likely communist.
  14. The area he lives in has had a double blow in 2020 as it was also hit by the flooding in Jan/Feb. Many people will be forced to self isolate in houses that are still flood damaged. Good to see Robert doing this, top bloke.
  15. Mostly put about by the ex-punks in the British music media.
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