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  1. Very little is known about what Zeppelin had planned for their 1980/81 North American Tour. From what I understand, the band was hoping to refresh their set list a bit. I've heard that the band had worked up a live version of "Carouselambra" which had never been played live before. That would've been interesting to hear. Were there any other rumored songs that were going to be included in the set list that the band had never played before live? How about tracks that they hadn't played for awhile, or dumped after a few tries like "The Wanton Song"?? Ah...what the heck, a fantasy set list of mine for 1980/81 (of course I would've voted for rotating songs): 1) Train Kept A Rollin' 2) Heartbreaker 3) Black Dog 4) For Your Life 5) Dancing Days 6) All My Love 7) Carouselambra 8) The Rover 9) Trampled Under Foot 10) White Summer 11) Kashmir 12) Achilles Last Stand 13) Babe I'm Gonna Leave You 14) The Ocean 15) Stairway To Heaven ENCORE: 16) Wearing And Tearing 17) Whole Lotta Love 18) Rock and Roll
  2. They actually aren't as divisive as they used to be. I think their brilliant documentary "Beyond The Lighted Stage," which documents the history of the band and all that they've been thru, really drew out a lot of respect for the band from people who don't necessarily like their music, which is cool. It's hard not to appreciate them as musicians and people, even if it's not your cup of tea.
  3. One of my favorite bands, Rush, were hugely influenced by Zeppelin. In fact, as is discussed in the interview clip below, Jimmy Page identified Rush in the early 80's as one of his favorite bands. He felt they took from the foundation of Zeppelin but did their own thing with it instead of outright copying the group. Alex Lifeson, Rush's guitarist, is hugely influenced by Page. If you have ever heard him cut loose during their song "Working Man" during recent Rush tours, it totally reminds me of Jimmy's solos during songs like "Dazed and Confused" and "Trampled Under Foot." He's not copying, but you can see how Page's attitude on how to attack the instrument had an influence. Anyway, the clip below is from a Canadian TV show. Singer/Bassist/Keyboardist Geddy lee recounts the first time he met Robert Plant in Morocco. They also discuss when Alex met Page when Geddy and Alex saw the 1998 Page/Plant show in Toronto. Don't want to push Rush on to people because they are a divisive band, but they are a rock and roll half of fame artist:
  4. The problem is that I am a huge fan of Rush and I am also a huge fan of Zeppelin! Of course all the members of Rush would claim Led Zep to be one of their primary influences. I know that Jimmy is Alex's largest influence on guitar. If you have never seen this clip, it's well worth checking out. It's about the time when Geddy first met Plant, and Alex first met Jimmy. As many people know, Jimmy was actually a supporter of Rush in the early 80's. He saw them as being a group that took from Zeppelin's foundation but built their own musical style instead of copying them. This is a really cool clip;
  5. I realize these kinds of questions are fun, but really, what is a drummer supposed to be doing? They are supposed to be serving the song. If Bonzo had the technical abilities of Neil Peart, it wouldn't make any sense for him to drum like Neil in Led Zeppelin. It wouldn't fit their music. Whereas Neil fits perfectly with Rush. When Geddy and Alex create demos for a Rush album, the tracks have odd time signatures all over the place, and all sorts of holes in the music that need to be filled with musical information. I don't view music as a competition. It's like if you go to youtube.com clips of "It Might Get Loud" where Jimmy is playing and The Edge is sitting there looking at him, people in the comments are all over The Edge, saying he sucks compared to Page, that he's a product of his effects, etc. But guess what? That's U2's music! That's their sound. That's how their songs are. Part of what makes U2 unique as a band is The Edge's understanding of effects and what they can do to create atmospherics in music. Music isn't a competition. It's really about creating your own sound and following your bliss.
  6. What I can't believe is that even after his book and all the crap he revealed in Hammer Of The Gods, he was still invited to the Zeppelin VIP party after the O2 concert. I guess he still gets along with Page and Plant to a degree. I thought they would have cut off communication with him. Too much shared history, I guess.
  7. Honestly, it changes regularly. I was just listening to Four Sticks the other day.....the Middle Eastern keyboard part in the middle still gives me goose bumps everytime I hear it. It just shows how amazingly brilliant this band was and still is.
  8. I really wish a member of Led Zep would write an autobiography. I think JPJ's autobiography would be interesting. In addition to being a great read for fans, it would put a stop to some of these unauthorized books that are just filled with slime and don't focus on the music.
  9. What's amazing about Hammer Of The Gods is that Richard Cole was reportedly only paid $1,250 by Davis for his side of the story: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Cole Cole must have been truly desperate, or wanting to get back at people.
  10. It's hard to imagine that song with vocals on it. It "sounds" like an instrumental, if you know what I mean.
  11. This previously unreleased song from the 2-CD version of "Presence" was one of the highlights of the recent reissue project. I had some questions regarding this track that I thought I would put out there to see if anyone had any insight. 1) Was this song recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich with the rest of the "Presence" material, or was it recorded during the Los Angeles rehearsals that proceeded the album?? 2) Was there any serious consideration to putting the song on the "Presence" album? Was there any thought about having Plant put lyrics and vocals to it? The reason I ask is because this song was very well thought out. It wasn't like some jam the band went into to relieve tension in the studio. The piano part is gorgeous, and Jimmy's acoustic guitar very complementary. On the other hand, the song just sounds so radically different from the rest of the "Presence" material. It's probably the last album in the Zep's catalog that I would expect this song to emerge from. It's also odd that this song came from the "Presence" sessions because the album was famously recorded and mixed in, what was it, eighteen days? There wasn't a lot of time in the studio for the group to be mucking about with a track as sophisticated as this. 3) Anyone have any insight into what the working title means? "10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)" is just plain odd.
  12. I'm sure that one of the reasons why the band was subdued at Earl's Court was because they couldn't even play concerts in their home country without being penalized by the tax people. While I am sure the band's families were with them at the time, any major rock musician will tell you that even if you get to sleep in your own bed during a series of hometown shows, it just doesn't feel as if you are at "home." You still feel like you're on tour. I'm sure the band would have rather have used their "tax free" days in Britain to be at their homes 24/7, but there was also the need to play before "their" people. I love the country of Great Britain as an American, but I think their tax policies towards the rich during the 1970's were just awful. 98%? That's insane. It forced hundreds of very talented musicians to go into tax exile and be separated from their families for large periods of time. It's already hard enough being away from family while you are recording or touring. I really think that a lot of British rock artist's substance abuse issues during that period stemmed from them not being able to be around the people who loved them for who they were as people due to the insane tax laws. They never got to see their kids, their wives, their parents and their true friends. People can't live like that. But they had no choice with 98% taxation.
  13. "Hots On For Nowhere" also demonstrates the value of Led Zeppelin's jams in concert. The riffs in that song were being played around with during the 1972 tour. Of course some of them were lifted from the "Houses Of The Holy" outtake called "Walter's Walk."
  14. I love "Hots On For Nowhere" and other songs from "Presence" because the songs never get played on radio! I've never had the opportunity to get sick of the lesser known LZ songs, so I tend to really dig them. If I am in my car and "Stairway" or "Whole Lotta Love" comes on, I generally change the channel because it's just too overcooked. I still like listening to those songs, but only in the context of the albums they came from. I think the popularity of "Presence" was really damaged by the fact that the band never really toured behind it. Touring was essential to selling records back in those times. The one year time gap between the release of Presence and the 1977 tour was too long of a gap for the record to gain any sort of momentum. It never would have become one of LZ's more popular records, but it's a record that is much better than its "bargain bin" status. "Presence" is actually my 2nd favorite LZ album. Partly because, again, it's songs don't get played on radio. I also love it because I am a guitar player, and that record represents just about everything you can do with an electric guitar in the studio. Jimmy's guitar orchestration on the album is utterly amazing. The album also gets helped by the fact that "Achilles Last Stand" is my all time favorite LZ song. I actually prefer "Tea For One" these days to any other LZ blues track because it totally captures the feelings of sadness that Robert felt at the time due to being away from his family in Malibu after the horrible auto accident. Jimmy's solo is so understated and full of melancholy.
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