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  1. I liked this. Got a couple of nuggets out of Robert I hadn't heard from him before. And Howard was very respectful, even reverential in spots. But I do differ with comments that he is a great interviewer. There were countless times he would ask a good question, then not be able to shut up and listen for the full answer. A good interviewer is not the show. The interviewee is the show.
  2. I thought the 02 gig was amazing---for a band so far removed from its heyday. I also thought Jason did just fine. Maybe a little too careful in spots, but that was to be expected. When the boys were on--IMTOD, For Your Life--it was a real pleasure to watch and hear. They simply were not the swaggering dudes in their 20's on top of the world anymore, with all their chops intact. Also to be expected. Glad they did it, don't need to see them do it again, 10 (more) years gone.
  3. Lead singer doesn't have 10% of Plant's balls and pipes, and the lead guitarist rushes through everything. But otherwise, fine.
  4. Pete Townsend has said similar things about Zep as a band. Nice guys but just can't get into their music, or something like that. That bums me out somehow, because Townsend was a brilliant musician in his day. I think he, too, was somewhat put off by Zeppelin's overwhelming success, since he has mentioned that Zeppelin became bigger than The Who ever was. Zeppelin was, at various times, bigger than the Beatles, the Stones and the Who. I'm sure that didn't go over great with some of them. Not sure what the "manufactured" bit is supposed to mean. Or "hollow," either. I don't believe for
  5. Personally, I cannot see how a band could be called the greatest band in the history of rock when it virtually never played live, and in fact played live at all only during its mostly pop phase. Live performances are at the heart of rock. Period. Most of the clips I have heard of their early concerts are basically a bunch of girls screaming at practically dog-level frequencies while the Fab Four sang Love Me Do, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, etc. Maybe they had good reasons. But that doesn't change the fact that they were almost exclusively a studio band. No matter how good and innovative th
  6. Nice. I guess I am mired in the past, then, because for the last 35+ years, Zeppelin has been to me the best rock and roll band there ever was. They got the closest to the essence of rock as I feel it. The Beatles were a studio band. Great tunewriters, no doubt, and innovative, but not one of them was a virtuoso on his instrument (with apologies to the Ringo and Harrison lovers out there--don't get it). The Stones are a great rock and roll band, no doubt. Can't quarrel with that. They just never moved me like the Zep did. Of course, I never thought they were the only band worth listenin
  7. Well, Robert has special memories of Seattle, as he made clear repeatedly during the evening, mostly with references to"fishy stories"...
  8. I'm going to the Seattle show on April 20. My tickets say MF 3 on them. Row A MF means Main Floor in Seattle's venue.
  9. I like Ansley Dunbar. His drumming on Journey's first album, when Rolle did vocals and they didn't have Steve Perry, is damn good. Don't get the Ringo love, myself. Is he better than Charlie Watts? I think Bonzo meant more to his group than anybody else on this list. Moon, Peart and Baker are also way up on that measuring stick.
  10. "The Black Dog singer" is particularly clueless. Wank indeed.
  11. Went to the Seattle show. The earlier comment about WAMU is right. It's a big venue--basically a big concrete box with acoustic curtains hung around the place, not ideal for music. Fortunately, I sat close enough that acoustics didn't bother us. I went with my 13 year old son, who has been listening to Zep since he could sit up in a car seat. Jason mentioned that he has seen a lot of father-son combos at these shows, and there were no shortage of them that night, either. It was very cool to air guitar and lip sync and basically rock out with my boy to a band that meant a whole lot to m
  12. I was there. 18 hours in line. Crowd control with huge frickin' horses. I remember trying to sprint past the back end of one of those with a pipe in my shoe. Highlights for me were No Quarter, Stairway and the segue between White Summer and Kashmir. And various Plantations. Will never forget it.
  13. For me, another highlight was watching Jack and Edge watch Jimmy crunching out the WLL riff. Priceless.
  14. I saw these guys at the Showbox in Seattle on the 29th. Overall, glad I went. Fun time. The Good: These dudes understand how crucial the right miking and mixing on the rhythm section were to Zep's sound. Great bottom end to the mix, and that goes a long way to recreate the Zep experience. The lead singer, Swan, channels Plant's strutting and stances very well. It looked mostly like Robert vintage 72-73. Pagey looked more like 73-75 Page. Bonham was early 70's, like Plant. I'm not exactly sure what Jones was. Maybe a mixture of early 70's hair length, early-mid 70's clothes, and ha
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