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Paganini

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    Guitarist, Cyclist —lifelong Zeppelin fan.

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  1. Paganini

    Best Jimmy Page Impersonator EVER! - Jimmy Sakurai

    Anyone seen this yet ? https://www.mrjimmymovie.com/ here’s a review from “The Hollywood Reporter”: Peter Michael Dowd's beguiling documentary chronicles the good times and bad times of Japanese Jimmy Page impersonator Akio Sakurai. It's not quite right to call Akio Sakurai an impersonator. "Inhabiter" is more apt. And as shown in Peter Michael Dowd's documentary Mr. Jimmy, which takes its title from Sakurai's onstage moniker, he's certainly worked hard to get to that point. Since the age of 19, Sakurai has been obsessed with Led Zeppelin, particularly the rock group's virtuoso guitarist, Jimmy Page. His passion is all-consuming, to a point that would shame, and perhaps alarm, even the most self-styled fanboy. Think there's only one way to play "Stairway to Heaven"? Think again. Sakurai can perform distinct note-for-note "live" versions from any era of Zeppelin you'd care to name. But it's not just the music: Sakurai is also a student of Page's very essence — how he dressed, how he moved, the instruments (down to their discrete mechanical components) that he used to conjure his particular magic. For 30 years, Sakurai, the son of a kimono maker, performed in Tokyo clubs to small, appreciative audiences. Then in 2012, Page himself came to a Mr. Jimmy show and the confluence of icon and emulator (archive footage included in the doc reveals that Page was visibly ecstatic at this tribute) reoriented Sakurai's career path. Dowd just happened to discover Sakurai in the early days of his move from Japan to Los Angeles, where he aims to perform the Zeppelin catalog full-time. A good chunk of the film follows Sakurai's work with the tribute band Led Zepagain, the members of which often appear bemused by their bandmate's dedication. There's a fair share of tension underlying their bafflement, much of it cultural. Several times Sakurai talks about the Japanese resolve to do one thing extremely well — a steadfast combination of competitiveness and devotion that's alien to many American sensibilities. Whenever he gently but firmly schools Swan Montgomery, Zepagain's Robert Plant avatar, in the minutiae of lyric pronunciation, you can sense awe and irritation battling for emotional primacy. Montgomery ultimately lands on the side of perceived audience expectation. Led Zeppelin was Led Zeppelin and thus could indulge performative flights of fancy like 20-minute-plus Page guitar solos (which you better believe Sakurai can mirror near-perfectly). Should a tribute band, even a great one, have a similar privilege? Since at best Led Zepagain is still a carbon copy of the original, isn't it better, and more lucrative, to do covers of the hits in digestible chunks? It isn't fair to say that Sakurai's goal is indulgence. So what is it, exactly? Certainly his work goes well beyond imitation, staking claim in the uncanniest of valleys. In one sequence, Dowd dissolves between both Sakurai and a younger Page thrashing onstage, and they blend so seamlessly that you often forget you're not always watching the real thing. When you can see the seams, Sakurai's exertions come off as nostalgic kitsch. But when he fully "gets" Page, it's something else — a channeling, of sorts, of an intoxicating moment that's been lost to time. Sakurai's aim, then, is to shake off the self and transform, even if only for a sublime split second, into someone else from somewhere else — dolator mutated gloriously into bygone idol. There's certainly pleasure in that, though the degree to which this is a truly worthwhile pursuit will vary between viewer. Even Dowd seems torn, at times, as to whether he's celebrating his subject's rigor or exposing it as a fannish fraud. (The film's intentionally truncated last scene, especially, suggests several overall readings, some pro, some con.) It's nonetheless the very slipperiness of Sakurai's passion — to humbly become the god he worships — that continually compels. Cast: Akio Sakurai, Rie Nakahara, Kiyomi Osawa, Junko Sakurai, Shinji Kishimoto, Atsushi Iwasaki, Naoki Washida, Makoto Fukano, Kiyo Yokoseki, Hiroshi Kokai Director-producer-editor: Peter Michael Dowd Executive producer: Paula Dowd Cinematographers: Matthew Blute, Ivan Kovac Sound designer: Jeffrey Jousan Additional sound recording: Elizabeth Aubert, Gabe Stewart Aerial cinematography: Jesse Brunt Assistant editors: Yukari Kamiya, Ami Shimada Additional cinematography: Spencer Byam-Taylor, Michael Parry, Patrick Stringer Colorist: Harris Charalambous Music supervisor: Brooke Wentz Publicity contact: David Magdael Venue: SXSW Film Festival (24 Beats Per Second) 110 minutes
  2. Paganini

    Current music recommendations

    Thanks X-will check them out !
  3. Paganini

    Current music recommendations

    Hi Scarlet ...I’m 56 -so no spring chicken ! Thanks for the recommendations, will definitely check these bands out and let you know how I get on. I’m only just getting into Joe Bonamassa-man he can play !
  4. Paganini

    Joe Bonamassa

    Have to love a bit of DAC on the end of this !
  5. Paganini

    Black Dog Lyric SO WRONG

    Its almost like poetry ...
  6. Ok thanks for the heads up G I’ll give it a look, could be the beginning of a whole new musical era for me 😀
  7. I don’t know much if anything about the big band jazz era although I did see the film Whiplash a while ago and thinking Wow -this stuff rocks !!
  8. Well said ..good post !
  9. Sorry ..but no one will ever convince me Hot Dog and All My Love are anything other then at best very poor tracks that should have been dropped from ITTOD and replaced with Either/or Darlene, Ozone Baby or Wearing & Tearing.
  10. Your first instinct to hate Hot Dog was correct, it’s a joke song that used to cause me immense embarrassment as a Zep fan back in ‘79 amongst my other rock loving mates. All My Love is just plain awful -so bad in fact Jimmy didn’t even put his name to it .....so bad that my wife -who can’t stand Zep -actually likes it!
  11. Another gripe of mine is ITTOD —Christ what a mess of an album that is!! The vocals are buried in the mix so far down they need to be fracked out. Why the hell Hot Dog and All My Love -simply the two worst ever Zep tracks were included and cracking tracks Darlene, Ozone Baby and Wearing & Tearing were left off simply baffles me! In fact if I ever get to meet Jimmy that would be my number one question -apart from why didn’t he just bin Plant after the O2 gig and find somebody who was interested.
  12. Paganini

    Does Jimmy Still Play ?

    Trouble is Jimmy is teatotal these days so wouldn’t be too keen on sitting around with Ritchie drinking his home brew😁
  13. I’m beginning to suspect Jimmy doesn’t even play any more, anyone know when he last played live,? He’s obviously posed a few times with guitars -most recently with the telecaster releases but I’m not convinced he is actually playing now. There was a rumour going around he had arthritis in his hands, anyone know anything at all?
  14. For me Zeppelin stood or fell depending on how Jimmy was playing at that particular time. In my opinion he peaked somewhere around 73 with the MSG gigs the very pinnacle of his uniquely flowing “edge of the precipice”style. I only saw them play live twice – at both Knebworth gigs – and my overriding emotion at the time was one of disappointment that Jimmy sounded nothing like he did on TSRTS. A combination of heroin, nerves and lack of practice badly hampered his performances from 75 onwards, in fact I can’t listen to anything from the 77 tour at all without grimacing. Also on a different point I find Plant’s weak, nasal, whiny voice he has NOW is unbearable-in fact Plant these days just full on irritates the hell out of me!
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