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  1. Thanks for that article, dazedjeffy... I must have missed it. I listened to LZ on Wolfgang's Vault a few months ago; I went back last weekend to have another listen and all of their concerst were gone. Now I know why!
  2. Bingo! If Robert ever changed his mind (which he may yet still do) and agreed to some sort of reunion-- be it recording or tour-- you'd see Jimmy "come back to life" in the blink of an eye... and play rings around all of those young whippersnappers out there today.
  3. I forgot about "The Rover." It starts off "OK"-- almost like LZ was trying to imitate other arena rock bands from that same era: Journey, Bad Company, Heart, AC/DC... But then it hits that chorus/bridge thing ("If we could all join hands...") and I swear that Robert is singing in a different key than Jimmy and Jonesey are playing in.
  4. Oddly enough, I cannot imagine this band using any other name... I just can't. Although "Better Than That Bunch of Sods Jeff Beck Put Together" has a nice ring to it...
  5. LOL! That's what makes the world go 'round! I love Darlene; I was always astounded that it never made any of the eight "regular" LZ albums and had to wait for Coda.
  6. The craziest thing I ever did at a LZ concert was at the only LZ concert I ever attended (at the Baltimore Civic Center 1973); I got so stoned I can hardly remember any of it. Damn it. I'm still kicking myself. I sort of barely remember Jimmy's theramin solo on Whole Lotta Love, and I remember Bonzo's big ol' amber Ludwig Vistalite kit, but that's about it.
  7. You can put me in the "Don't Like 'Thank You'" column, too. It just sounds... hokey. But I love the chord structure of 'The Rain Song'; it's one of my faves. And 'Custard Pie'?? A classic! JPJ's crucnchy clavinet is just awesome. Now here's the real sacrilege: I don't particularly care for 'Achilles' Last Stand.' There. I've said it. It goes on way too long, the mythical imagery in the lyrics is (to me) silly, and Percy's vocals are almost a self-parody. Just my two cents.
  8. I just finished "Good Times Bad Times", and just started "Shadows Taller Than Our Soul." GTBT is almost strictly a pictorial history. That said, while it doesn't offer anything that Zep fans don't already know, some of the rare/previously unpublished photos are worth the price of admission. "Shadows..." is more in depth, but again, nothing really "new" for Zep fans. What sets "Shadows..." apart is the really cool interactive stuff included in the book: reproductions of ticket stubs, tour books, press releases, stickers, etc., as well as rare photos and a CD interview with James Patrick Page. For me, still the best LZ book by far is "Led Zeppelin 1968-1980" by Keith Shadwick. Rather than dealing with the tawdry offstage excesses documented in "Hammer of the Gods", the Shadwick book (and "Shadows...", for that matter) is much more focused on LZ's music. If I had to choose bewteen GTBT and "Shadows...", I would definately go for the latter.
  9. Three chapters: Liftoff: Formation of the band, first three albums and accompanying tours and events. Hammers of the Gods: LZIV through Physical Graffiti and accompanying tours and events. Swan Song: Presence and ITTOD, accompanying tours, trials and tribulations, death of Bonzo/band.
  10. George Will is a Neo-Con asshole. Pay no attention whatsoever. I'm a Yank that's been living with him for the past 15 years; believe me.
  11. Another excellent, detailed book. Although (obviously) more Jimmy-centric than some of the other LZ books. It does take an unflinching look at his history of substance abuse, though... in a non-judgemental way (if that's possible).
  12. I vote for the Shadwick book also. In-depth, informative, chronological, and far more about the music than the drugs/groupies/hotel-room-trashing, etc.
  13. I'm a 53-year-old drummer, and I can still bring it. That said, I'm sure Jason did his father proud.
  14. From the interview with Jason in the latest (Febuary 2008) issue of Modern Drummer magazine: Ludwig Vistalites in yellow (not amber) 14x26 kick drum 10x14 rack tom 16x16 floor tom 16x18 floor tom 6 1/2x 14 Supraphonic chrome snare all of the above just like his Dad's classic kits all Drum Workshop stands & pedals Zildjian cymbals: 15" A Custom Mastersound brilliant hi-hats 20" A Custom brilliant crash 20" A medium-thin crash 24" K light ride
  15. And what about Carmine Appice? Aynsley Dunbar? Bill Ward? Ian Paice? All contemporaries of Bonzo, and all still going great at their age. There's no reason to think that Bonzo couldn't have kept it up as well.
  16. Overcast and mild here in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Happy Christmas to all and a healthy, joyous 2008. Let's hope there's more good Zeppelin news in the New Year!
  17. I'm pretty sure he was signing harmony on Good Times, Bad Times, too. Didn't Bonzo used to sing harmony when they performed The Ocean live??
  18. Nearly?? I cried like a goddam baby at my PC whilst watching Good Times Bad Times on YouTube!!!! But you are all correct... the naysayers have been proven to be a bunch of Negative No-nothings. And, Hard Fi? I've got your dinosaur right here, assholes.
  19. I couldn't disagree more! I think Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper, et al look pathetic with their Ronald-Reagan, shoe-polish dye jobs. If you're gray, you're gray... rock on, Pagey!!
  20. Ha ha!. I like to think of myself as 21 years old with 31 years of experience!
  21. OK, I feel compelled to jump in here with a bit of an analogy. Three weeks ago I went to see Van Halen on their "reunion" tour with David Lee Roth. When the band first announced this tour, they did not invite orignal bassist Michael Anthony to participate. Rather, they had Eddie Van Halen's 16-year-old son Wolfgang tour on bass (and vocals). At the time, both fans and critics howled that this would not be the "real" Van Halen, regardless of what the band sounded like. Well let me tell you, when I walked out of that concert two-and-a-half hours later, I felt like I had seen and heard the real Van Halen. (And so did the other 20,000 people in attendance.) If you feel that it just can't be "Led Zeppelin" without Bonzo, so be it. But if Jason just plays in his Dad's style-- without trying to copy him exactly lick for lick and drum break for drum break-- I'll bet that those lucky enough to attend will feel the same way at the end of the O2 show as I felt at the end of the Van Halen show.
  22. I quite agree. I just finished the Shadwick book, and it's excellent. (Although "Celebration" by Dave Lewis is on my Christmas list!)
  23. Hey, at least we know the Boys are doing everything they can to ensure a good show: 100 minutes+ set, months of rehearsals, changing the keys to some of the songs to give Robert a break, and now trying to make sure that the sound (and arena/stadium sound can be awful) is up to the standards they set when they toured in the 70s. I say kudos to Pagey!
  24. From the time I was a teenage drummer in my formative years (I'm now 52), John Henry Bonham was the single greatest influence on me/my style. Whenever I learn a new song, my first thought: "How would Bonzo have played this?" If there's a more fitting tribute to JHB than that, I don't know what it might be.
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