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  1. Strider...these recollections are so awesome to read. I wasn't even born when Led Zeppelin disbanded, but your write-up on the June 21st show perfectly conveys everything I have ever read about the band and heard in the bootlegs over the years. I tell people it's not hyperbole that they were the rgeatest live rock and roll band in history. I recently was going through various Beatles live performances, and they were so ordinary to me. Zeppelin shows? It was like energy from another dimension descended upon the stage. There are so many things that astound me and continue to astound me about their live performances. I remember the first time I heard the June 23rd bootleg with good headphones, and listening to Bonzo on the drums on Stairway....the thought that went through my head was "the sound of those his drum playing is impossible, that should not be possible." I cannot even fathom what it would have been like in Millard's section of the Forum. I would have probably been dead because I'm not convinced my mind could have handled seeing and hearing this stuff in the flesh.
  2. What Jimmy will be doing for Zeppelin's 50th: In other words spending his later years doing nothing of significance while playing a guitar for no one. I suspect Plant and Jones will be busy doing whatever shows/tours they are booked to play rather than refusing to make any music.
  3. I have wanted this but can't find it for anything resembling a reasonable price lol.
  4. By chance, do you, or does anyone have high resolution pictures of the April 10th show when Jimmy is in the Stormtrooper outfit?
  5. I don't want to single out any particular band as I hate all of them. It might seem like a strong opinion, but it's really got more to do with how highly I think of Zeppelin. For example, I was listening to one well known tribute band's version of Black Dog before and then I was flipping back to the Led Zeppelin performance at MSG July 28, 1973. It doesn't matter how good their equipment is, and how closely/identically tuned things are, it sounds like an empty song. Everyone knows what I mean about that....Jimmy Page IMO is the only guitarist I ever felt like I could feel the emotion in the guitar work....well him and Hendrix. But Page's emotions I felt I could identify with more than Hendrix, and don't ask me to explain that....but he just could make the guitar sing in ways that didn't seem possible. Plant's voice could never be replicated, same with Bonham's drumming, and Jones is just impossible to duplicate. Given the choice between listening to one of those tribute bands in person or spending the evening with Zeppelin bootlegs and albums, the latter will win out 100% always. No offense to the tribute bands because it definitely is a tribute to the band, but they cannot ever produce the emotion the band had that I never felt with the Stones or The Beatles for that matter. I look at it that Zeppelin only could ever convey the true sense of these songs because of that emotional drive and kick. Why even try to play something you can't do real justice to? Black Dog in 1973 at the Garden was untouchable and just made the tribute band cover look like amateur hour. It's everything that made the band so great...the raw emotion, the musical work at hand, the timing, and the way they just feed off of the energy they all had collectively. Yes it's a trivial matter I suppose, but it's just been a pet peeve of mine for a long while. I'd sum it up as why would I want to watch someone try and paint their "cover" of the Sistine Chapel ceiling? I'd rather go to the Vatican and see the real thing created by Michelangelo. Zeppelin is the same thing.
  6. I've always thought that whatever creative output Page has had the past couple of decades is probably all an extension of where he would have liked to take Led Zeppelin from 1981 onwards had September 1980 never occurred. Led Zeppelin was what he was born to do. Even those Page/Plant tours, Jimmy was at his absolute best playing Led Zeppelin songs. If anything, whenever he goes, I wouldn't be terribly shocked if all sorts of recorded guitar material came out that is in the exact spirit of Zeppelin, or something close to it.
  7. Never saw that 1972 San Bernadino video....WOW. That's the form he had during Europe 1973, especially in January. Plus the video footage of him from 1973 is ridiculous.
  8. Was that the absolute best form he was ever in over the course of his career? Listening to the 1973-1-22 Southampton show was mind-blowing with his playing. The band was a little sluggish on Rock and Roll, but by the time they hit Black Dog, Jimmy takes off from there. The pick work seems effortless and his fingers seem to just dance on the strings. I love his playing no matter the year, but while people say 1968-1973 was his window, I feel like 1973 is just him being effort less and displaying incredible dexterity that flows.
  9. The 1980 Tour over Europe was nowhere near as bad as some of you guys are trying to make it out to be...it was meant to be a reload tour without all of the pomp and circumstance of 1977. It accomplished what it set out to do. There are some great performances from that tour. Some aspects of the set list were okay, but overall it was a solid set list that moved away from the excess of 1977. If Bonham doesn't die and they do the 1980 fall tour of the US, it would have gone quite well, as would a subsequent Winter/Spring 1981 tour.
  10. Before Whole Lotta Love is played during this show, Robert makes the comment, " Now let's go back and see 1969. Tommy James and the Shondells." Does anyone know what the Shondells comment is about? Is it just something he threw out there, or was it a specific reference to something? Or were Tommy and the Shondells in the arena that night, and it was just a shout out?
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