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Planted In My Mind

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  1. You really ought to listen to some of the stuff he cut for CBS records before LZ. They were trying him out to be the next Tom Jones. You can hear it on "66 to Timbuktu." He had quite an ability to sing in many styles. Glad he chose the path he did.
  2. So do half the guys everyone's been mentioning. Just thought it was worth tossing out there
  3. What about Logan Plant filling in for his dad?
  4. Just saw the replay of the closing ceremonies. What an astounding performance! The syncronization of that many performers is astounding! It was nice that they asked Jimmy to particpate. For him, it must be be one of those once-in-a-lifetime events. Both performers were competent. This was obviously a marketing driven coupling and nothing more. They represented the old and the new culture of music. (no value judgements)Let's not hold this up for too much scrutiny, as outside forces probably contribued heavily to the production. Let's leave it at, "Jimmy got to perform at the Olympics, he looked like he was having fun (professionalism) and performed well. None of us paid for tickets, so we really don't have ANY room to complain. Jimmy, loved the pontail!
  5. An article that was posted on another great site leaves little doubt a reunion is not in the offing: Originally appeared in The News and Observer (North Carolina) By David Menconi It took Robert Plant a mere instant to determine that his collaboration with Alison Krauss was going to work. On paper, it’s a profoundly odd pairing — frontman for uber-metal superstars Led Zeppelin, pure-voiced bluegrass goddess — but they teamed up to sing a 2004 Leadbelly tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Improbably, sparks flew. “The minute she came through the door of the rehearsal room and hailed me, I knew immediately there was no messin’ about,” Plant says, calling from Phoenix. “I already knew what her talent was like, immense. But having heard her records, I didn’t know if she could come out of that stricture and go with the music. And she did just that. She was this strong but gentle and very focused woman.” That began one of the most unexpectedly successful collaborations of recent memory. Three years after that initial meeting, Plant and Krauss teamed up to record “Raising Sand” (Rounder Records), which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts last October — higher than either has ever reached as a solo act. T-Bone Burnett, best known as musical ringleader of 2000’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack, produced “Raising Sand.” It’s a peculiar hybrid of strange, spooky country-noir that seems to inhabit a parallel galaxy, centered on that incongruous combination of voices. The song selections span more than 50 years, from Doc Watson to the Everly Brothers, Tom Waits to Townes Van Zant. Burnett also oversees the backup band for the tour, which plays in Raleigh tonight. Plant is nothing short of rhapsodic about the live shows. It sounds as if he’s having the time of his life. “It’s come to so much more fruition since the days of the album,” Plant says. “Live, it’s way more exciting. She’ll grasp these bits and pieces of little ad-libs I do, hit the harmony, stay with it and ride these long blue notes — then blink like Lucille Ball: ‘What just happened?’ She’s modified her harmony singing, as have I, and she’s really starting to become Etta James at times. Yet beneath it all is still that crystalline, celestial voice of hers. It’s great fun.” In retrospect, Krauss and Plant’s dual worlds share just enough points in common for their pairing to make sense. Led Zeppelin always had a folky side (”That’s the Way”), and Plant’s knowledge of American roots music is impressively deep. Plant’s old Zeppelin bandmate John Paul Jones has also been a Merlefest regular for years. Krauss, meanwhile, is not above the occasional unexpected pop-song cover (Michael McDonald’s “I Can Let Go Now” on her 1997 album “So Long So Wrong”). Of course, people come to the shows wanting to hear what Plant and Krauss will do with Led Zeppelin songs. “Black Dog,” “Hey Hey What Can I Do,” “The Battle of Evermore” and “Black Country Woman” are among the Zeppelin songs they’ve been covering. “It’s way different,” Plant says. “Alison brings a really different look and feel to the thing. You hear shrieks from the crowd on those songs, especially the women. She really mutates those songs, makes them a lot more sultry.” The album and tour have gone well enough that a sequel seems inevitable. Plant says the process is already under way, informally. “We’re looking at material, writing bits and pieces of things as we go on,” he says. “Grooves appear during soundtrack, and we note them. ‘Raising Sand’ crossed several different idioms and classifications of music, and we’ll do more of that. Categories are such a bind, so unnecessary. It’s all about catalysm, a guy bringing one thing to a party that causes an effect and turns something into a mutated form.” As an example, Plant cites multi-instrumentalist Stuart Duncan from the touring band. “He’s one of the most renowned fiddle players in Nashville, and he sounds about as North African as you can imagine right now,” Plant says with something like glee. “I’ll hit these quarter-turn gliding bits I learned in Timbuktu, and everybody just joins right in. The rhythms change, shift. Everybody’s coming to the party with lots of good ideas. The impromptu aspect really keeps me satisfied.” As it stands now, it’s far more likely that you’ll see another Plant/Krauss album than Plant onstage again with his old Led Zeppelin bandmates. A one-off reunion show in London last December kicked the rumor mill into overdrive. Plant, however, shows no interest. Told that there’s a Web site already taking bids on Led Zeppelin reunion tickets, Plant’s tone cools perceptibly. “I wouldn’t subscribe to that,” he says wearily. “You know, I work and work and work and work and work, and I have good intentions. And sometimes, it’s very simple, the way the media will manipulate an idea or a story. In the end, a lot of artists are moved into spaces they do not need to go by the force of others’ opinions. Every dog has his day. I had a wonderful time with the guys in December. But right now, this is what I’m doing, and it’s spectacular and a joy. In my time and my career, joy is the greatest commodity that I have.”
  6. Well said L. One of the benefits of being an RP fan, is his introduction to so many other kinds of music and bands. I'm in my late 40's and was NOT a n LZ fan in my youth (before anyone throws a fit--I am now). I was into so many other kinds of music. RP has steered me in so many wonderful musical directions.
  7. I was rude and danced through the whole show at the Grreek. I made my husband stand in line early so we could get into the pit at the Wiltern! Personally, I don't care what music he makes, I'd listen to him sing an evening of lullabies!
  8. US and SS are all prosperous busy musicians in their own right. Clive Deamer is really enjoying getting back to jazz (he's an avid Art Blakey fan). I'm sure they don't feel left behind in the least.
  9. I'm with you Allison! I was at both nights at the Greek too, awesome experience. And I would love to see them go to the Wiltern. I saw the SS concert there and at the Greek and much preferred the Wiltern.
  10. Jeez, not matter when you check in, it's stil the same old thing. Forget the coffee, I need a beer Spats, GROW UP!
  11. Spats, It's all about common courtesy and give and take. You may want to see a movie she doesn't like, but she goes because hopefully, when there's a chick flick she wants to see, you'll compromise and go with her. As for the opening of doors and pulling out chairs, that's justs common courtesy that we all show to each other in the real world. It's not sexist, it's not a sign of weakness, it's just polite. The reason the whole world doesn't go to hell in a handbasket is because we have societal "rules" that most people follow. It's how we play nice together in the sandbox of life. Edited to say" Whoops, Bonnie already gave this advice. "
  12. Sorry about your ego Chien, you know how those young vixens can be.
  13. Steve, I'm sure you've just forgotten. One of the old articles you posted about Robert when he was in Listen mentioned that he played the flute. Could have been Robert having a go at the interviewer (as usual) but who knows.
  14. Well, guess there's a silver lining to everything Rabia, Glad you're feeling better. Seems Chien is good medicine for you
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