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  1. Well, reforming and doing new things as a band is a completely different beast. I meant does Page face resistance from the other two releasing any Zep material at all?
  2. Can you explain this please? Do the other two surviving band members actively prevent more Zep material from being released?
  3. Companion discs for II and III are a big disappointment. An alternate take of a song is one thing, because that's new music we haven't heard before. Backing tracks and rough mixes are just the same recordings, but unfinished. Who the hell cares about that?
  4. So why do versions of the song from the North American 1973 tour have a more anemic-sounding "Boogie Chillun" guitar intro than we hear in 1970-1972 recordings? Is Page using a different guitar, or playing in a slightly different key, or something else entirely?
  5. Was the song a radio favorite in the 70s as it seems to be now*? If so, it does seem odd they never played it live. When I was younger, I used to think that if you went to see a band, the songs were just chosen in the moment by the band, and the following stop on the tour might have a completely different song list. I still kinda wish live music worked that way.
  6. A lot of these responses surprise me. All other things equal, wouldn't everybody rather Plant have a bigger range instead of a smaller one?
  7. I don't have any experience shopping for or collecting bootleg releases, but it amazes me that such a release could go for $350+. I realize this is a bit off-topic, but I just had to express my shock. Surely bootlegs weren't always so prohibitively expensive?
  8. Grunge COMPLETELY rearranged the rock music landscape. It completely changed what was allowed to be played on mainstream radio and TV programs. It didn't kill off music, it killed off (as far as mainstream popularity goes) the basic sonic elements that had been common in popular rock music up to that point, ever since the late 60s. I'm generalizing here, obviously. There will always be a few exceptions. Pearl Jam's "Alive" sounds like classic rock to me, at least for the second half.
  9. Yes, it was influential, for sure. But it didn't kill off the music that it was rebelling against. There was still plenty of good music throughout the 80s from the States and from the UK. Grunge dealt that deathblow, at least in the States. So, can someone explain to me how punk and grunge are so different?
  10. Why don't you try to gather your speech and tell me why I'm so wrong? Both forms of music emphasize attitude and sloppiness, which is in direct contrast to the sonic values of classic rock (good singers, good musicians, ambition in the compositions, etc.)
  11. ^ Punk didn't have the effect that Grunge (which is just slower punk) had in the U.S. The magnitude of the impact was different. I guess by airplay I meant all the forms of music exposure. Led Zeppelin filled places like Madison Square Garden and the Long Beach Arena. A band that plays similar music that emerged after the grunge explosion sure as hell won't be able to attract a crowd like that these days. Coldplay will never be classic rock, because they don't play music in that vein. That's not to say there won't be a radio station that calls itself classic rock in 30 years and spins Coldplay, but the term really refers to a set of sonic values (for lack of a better term) that in the States, were made completely unhip in the early 90s. As far as popularity in the UK, it may have been punk in the late 70s, I have no knowledge of how popular it was/is there.
  12. I can't believe someone just referenced Grand Magus. Their newest album "I am the North" is freaking outstanding. Good on you, dude. Anyway, we have to remember that "Classic Rock" doesn't refer to a time period, it refers to a style of music. Led Zeppelin is a classic rock band, the Black Crowes are a classic rock band, Witchcraft is a classic rock band, and those guys are all from different decades. It's a style of music that favors ambition. What killed the style, or made it unhip, was Nirvana and grunge in the early 90s. Suddenly it wasn't cool to be good at your instruments, but rather it was cool to perform sloppy, unchallenging music and be mopey. Since then, "alternative" has been the popular music rather than "rock." Of course, we always had pop music, even back in Zep's day. Then it was rock/heavy metal and pop, now it's alternative and pop that gets widespread airplay. So in answer to the question, I doubt classic rock (I shorten it to just rock) will ever really come back in a big way into the mainstream. The alternative influence has stuck around for almost 20 years now and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
  13. A good high-energy blues is my absolute favorite style of music, and Zep were the masters of that, so this is a tough one. And high-energy doesn't necessarily mean fast; Zep's slow blues songs are just as awesome as their faster ones. Something not mentioned yet is How Many More Times, a personal favorite of mine. That riff is earth-shattering. Not only the groove and the way it's played, but the absolutely perfect fuzzy tone from Page's guitar. Isn't it strange how people just innately prefer certain musical structures over others? I've always liked any thing in blues time or compound meter at least a little more than the standard 4/4.
  14. No Quarter '75 is a favorite, specifically San Diego and Vancouver. I mean, the studio version is awesome, but live, Zeppelin packs more into that song than most bands do in an entire concert. As for worst, I'm not sure. I've not actively sought out any of the reputedly "bad" gigs.
  15. Geoff Tate of Queensryche is my favorite singer, but overall frontman goes to Plant. Honorable mention, though, should probably go to Bruce Dickinson. His energy and enthusiasm is awesome, but it's rare in the live performances I've seen for him to sing as well as he does on the albums.
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