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Tadpole in a Jar

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  1. You really, REALLY ought to hear Johnny Cash's version of this song, from his Sun Records era. It's awesome. Rockabilly energy.
  2. Thank you, sir! Another impact I would say they had is the performers' style became more important than the song itself. The way the Beatles and Stones wrote, and the way songs are still written in Nashville today, is based around the melody and lyrics. The idea is you should be able to perform a song solo, with just a guitar or piano, and it should come across. With Zeppelin the delivery of the song was as important as the content. You can play "Let It Be" alone on a piano or with an orchestra and it's the same song. If you play "Whole Lotta Love" alone on an acoustic, you look foolish. And even if you play it with a band and a Marshall stack, it still won't be the same without Robert Plant on the mic. I could go on...
  3. You've got a lot of questions. I'll take the first one. " LZ, unlike those bands, brought old American blues (e.g. Willie Dixon) into the fray." The Rolling Stones were THE band that popularized blues among teenage white kids in Britain. It's why they took off like a rocket. Their name comes from a Muddy Waters song. According to a current radio interview around the song "Scarlet," Jimmy Page says he first met Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at a blues festival in Manchester well before the Rolling Stones were even formed. The Stones were blues fanatics. Riff based music existed before Led Zeppelin. "Day Tripper" is built on a riff, "Hound Dog" is built on a riff, and it goes even further back. "Lastly, LZ branched into multiple genres like few other bands." The Beatles were the band known for skipping around genres and making it fashionable to do so, around the time they evolved into the Rubber Soul , Revolver and Magical Mystery Tour era. Zep benefited because the Beatles had primed audiences to not expect a dozen versions of the same song on an album. Check out an album by The Who called Live at Leeds, and a documentary about them called The Kids Are Alright, or 50 Years of Maximum R&B. The Who set the template for Led Zeppelin, and John Paul Jones has even said so. Watch their 1968 Woodstock appearance and you'll get it. What Zeppelin had that was different was Robert Plant and John Bonham. Steve Marriott of the Small Faces (check out their song "You Need Love;" you're in for a shock!) and Roger Daltrey of the Who could hit some high notes, but they didn't have the supernatural attack of Robert Plant in his prime. Keith Moon of the Who is a standard bearer of rock drumming, but like Bill Ward he had a loose and jazzy style. No one had heard anything like John Bonham in rock, who was essentially the sound of Buddy Rich in a rock band, with stack amps. I can tell you more, because I am an old person who has not dwelled on much else all my life, but that's for your first question.
  4. But it's not the use of the name "Led Zeppelin" they have a problem with, it's the word "experience." If they're applying "experience" to a Zeppelin project now, people are going to think of Jason's tribute band. They couldn't find a synonym for "experience" to avoid giving Jason a hard time? He's practically their nephew! They seem to have made nothing but perfect decisions from 1968 to now (although not letting Jonesy know about Plant-Page in advance seemed a bit questionable, as well), so I hate to see them mess up a perfect record.
  5. Using that name for anything seems ridiculous now. Jason has been out there for eight years touring under that name. It would only cause confusion. And as Jason said, he already paid to have an expensive backdrop made for his band with "JBLZE" on it so he had to think of how to avoid losing the money he'd put into the banner. I don't think this looks good on Jimmy and whoever else was involved.
  6. Jason says he had to change the name of his tribute band to "Led Zeppelin Evening" at the request of Zeppelin. They're apparently planning to use "Evening" for something later this year (maybe that acoustic guitar and tabla drum reunion ). He's been using "Led Zeppelin Experience" since 2010 and no one had a problem. They couldn't come up with another word? Maybe I'm on my own island, but does anyone else think this seems a bit mean, unnecessary, and not a good PR move?
  7. You're right. He would more likely use tablas. I'm down voting your post the day we have that ability on this forum.
  8. I was watching video of a signing event for his photo book. He didn't actually sign your book, he had a big stamp that said "Zoso" and the date of the event. That makes me think he probably has arthritis, and may have had it for a long time and was doing what he could, while he could. For a long time now he's been saying he was practicing for a solo album and tour that have never materialized. It probably makes him feel good to say and reassures the public, but I have doubts.
  9. Jason would be there. He would play with brushes or congas. If no one's into this, that would be great news for me! Smaller venues, lower ticket prices and plenty of parking!
  10. You have left out Bron-Y-Aur Stomp and Bron-Y-Aur. Please turn in your fan card. (That's a joke.) "Boogie with Stu" could also figure in there. "Ten Years Gone" would work that way. I think Jones and Plant are both passing through Nashville a lot lately, I'd be thrilled to see the two of them just do a few songs together, maybe sit in at each other's shows.. That's something we've never seen.
  11. The whole thing was 37 years ago. They have an album called Led Zeppelin III everyone should check into. Almost the entire second side is acoustic. I think Page would be willing to busk on sidewalks if Robert wanted to do it, just to experience playing with his baby again. They played acoustically at pretty much every concert after III with Jones and they didn't have to go electric. You mean if you heard you could see the three of them and Jason (you don't have to slam drums to play them; he could adjust), if you heard it would be acoustic guitars and mandolins, you wouldn't go?
  12. I was watching videos of John Paul Jones playing mandolin with the Dave Rawlings Machine and Robert singing with Patti Griffin and thought, "Okay, so Robert can't sing loud and hard like he did in 1970. But how about an acoustic reunion? I would be there!" The Earl's Court acoustic set was the best part of the DVD, in my opinion. The only pitfall I can imagine is the audience being rowdy and restless. They would have to play arenas and acoustic music doesn't travel so well in there. But whatever, it would be a compromise that could work for everyone.
  13. Upon trying to watch the interview a second time (and not being able to make it), I have to admit, this was Dave's worst 14 minutes ever. It's too clear he's trying to talk to them about Buddy Guy, any other British band they might be tangentially related to, or Elvis to reach for something he might actually be conversant on. I don't expect him to ask Jimmy about his time with Neil Christian and the Crusaders or the differences in Les Paul #1 and #2, but geez, a marginal knowledge would've helped. On the other hand, if it was a basketball player or a Formula One driver, stuff Dave actually has a deep interest in, he could've talked expertly about it all day, and I would be clueless. Maybe to the average radio listener this interview was fine. Most people aren't classic rock aficionados.
  14. That's true. The interview would've been half-baked even if he had just been talking to Poison. I know Dave is a big Bruce Springsteen fan; would he have been that clueless if he got Springsteen on his show? Really surprised this wasn't better done on Dave and the show's part, but at the same time, just happy it exists at all. I wonder how it looked to the average TV viewer?
  15. Several members of Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed in a plane crash. Outside of Ronnie Van Zandt, I don't know what their names were. If I were interviewing the band, I might say, "And then there was the plane crash, where you lost some band members." Should the band or the fans blacken both of my eyes because I don't recite the precise names?
  16. How about if John Krasinski had done the interview?! I bet that would've been the interview everybody was looking for! Krasinski's presence (pardon the pun) impressed me enough in this interview to where I wonder if he could develop into the new Tom Hanks.
  17. On the "drummer died" comment: a few days ago Dave had the singer of Maroon 5 on the show. When the interview was done and they were going to commercial, Dave just said, "He's on The Voice." I don't know if maybe Dave thought it was more important to advertise the name of the show then the guy's name, but I had a feeling Dave blanked out on who he had just been talking to. Another time recently he was interviewing somebody and blanked out on something and the guest had to fill it in for him, and Dave said, "Thanks, I'm having a ...," and pointed at his forehead. Let's keep in mind Dave is about 65 and could be having some problems.
  18. This may be the first time some of you in the rest of the world have seen David Letterman, but believe me, this was in no way representative of his work. Remember, this guy got a Kennedy Center honor the same night as Led Zeppelin, so there must be SOMETHING good about him. His original 1980's TV show is regarded by many Americans of my age as the Led Zeppelin of TV shows. His show set the tone of American TV comedy for the last 30 years. Some people taped the old show every single night and had trunks full of VHS tapes; it was that good. I, myself, started watching him when I was just 11, and know his biography backwards and forwards just like I do Zeppelin. Seeing Jimmy Page and David Letterman, my two biggest heroes, having a chat was surreal and thrilling. All that being said...Dave blew this interview big time. "The drummer" died? Dave, it was JOHN BONHAM! Did they play with other musicians? Page and Jones were session musicians! They played with EVERYBODY! Couldn't Paul Shaffer have prepped Dave for this in the elevator? If it had been Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, or the Stones, would it have felt like such an afterthought? This ain't Kings of Leon, Dave! Well, maybe Dave isn't a big music aficionado, he follows sports more closely, but still great to see all my biggest heroes conversing. Whether Jonesy had fun or not*, I hope they do it again. * Dave has said he loves it when a guest can serve it back to him. The only thing he hates is a guest that doesn't entertain and sits there like a roll of carpet.
  19. I call it a good album, but not their best. Ahead of Presence and In Through the Out Door, but behind II, III and Houses; maybe nearly on par but not quite equal with I.
  20. Any book I've ever picked up has just repeated what I read in Hammer of the Gods years ago. The Celebration books and a few others have been the best supplements I've seen, but for a normal book-book Hammer and Richard Cole's book take care of me.
  21. I see it's just a plot of land, no house. Plus, Jimmy sold his Boleskine place a few years ago. And there I was just about to reach for my wallet...
  22. With either Marriott or Reid it would've been more of a straight-ahead blues-rock band in the vein of Humble Pie. If you go to Amazon you'll see Terry Reid was quite prolific but he didn't have any huge sellers, I don't think. I saw one of his discs at the used CD store the other day and thought about getting it. Maybe I should.
  23. Oh, yeah, i definitely have Kilburn `77! Wouldn't be without it! I wasn't sure anything could excite me so much now that I'm nearly 40, but man, was I ever thrilled to see this released! I'm also on a audiophile forum called SteveHoffman.com, and the members over there say that the second version of Isle of Wight is the one to have, even without the two extra songs on the third version. They say the picture and mastering are best on that one. Maybe I'll check it out, although I hate to feel like I'm so easily conned into buying the same videos over again, but...maybe I am.
  24. It still looks painful. You would think a TV show would have things like that taken care of.
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