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Cactus

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  1. Hey gang. Just here for one of my increasingly infrequent stops to check out what's new in the world of Zep. I'm keeping busy, and my long absences will be well worth it eventually, I promise. I've got some excellent projects in the pipeline, including not 1 but 2 Zeppelin related ones! They are moving along at snail's pace, which is typical of the industry, but hopefully we will get there some time soon! Speaking of which, does anybody have any personal recollections of the Zeppelin tour down under in 1972? Looking forward to the CCE show at the Enmore - they are moving on to bigger and better venues it seems, should be great. Although I love the intimacy of the Basement gigs too.
  2. I have tried to remain skeptical, and have done a lot of research on this topic. The problem is wading through all of the conspiracy theory nuts out there to find genuine research and evidence which is subjected to the scientific method. I have seen a handful of objects which I was unable to identify. My first stop has always been Heavens-Above, which is a satellite tracker, and in a few instances this has rule out my sightings as a UFO. This leaves 2 events which I can't explain. I know they were very unusual. The other MAJOR issue with the UFO community is the instant leap between Unidentified Flying Objects and Aliens. Cellphone pictures and video are still too low quality to catch anything convincing.
  3. That sounds like the more likely possibility, although if he were regularly breaking strings I don't see why he wouldn't ask his tech to change them more often. It's not like strings are expensive, and I think Jimmy could afford them anyway.
  4. Kevin Shirley talked about mixing HTWWW, and how surprised he was when listening to JP guitar tracks isolated, how much range there is in his picking technique. He is almost obsessive about his volume and tone controls, and in conjunction with his picking technique, is able to get an astonishing range of tone out of the instrument. Jimmy used Ernie Ball Super Slinky strings, to enable him to bend notes more easily. The tradeoff with a smaller gauge string is a) thinner tone and less durable. Not sure about why the double-neck would be more prone to string breakage- are you referring to the 6 or 12 sting necks, or both? I would hazard a guess that the 12 string may be prone to breakage as the sympathetic strings are much thinner than normal guitar strings. Or another theory, maybe the 12 string was used more than other guitars, therefore more prone to breakage?
  5. It's a great film. You will all love it whenever it gets out.
  6. Cactus

    Alcoholism

    I know EXACTLY what you mean. It's terrifying until you realise it's just a dream. I guess it's your subconscious trying to convince itself that you've made the right choice to quit?
  7. Cactus

    Alcoholism

    Tell me about it. More like a nightmare, you wake up sweaty and tense. It's all part of the process.
  8. Cactus

    Alcoholism

    If she's vomiting blood and losing weight, she needs it be in hospital NOW. She may have only a matter of hours or days to live. She needs immediate medical attention, followed by a supervised detox and a lengthy inpatient rehab stay. Otherwise she will die. Addiction is a long, hard road, and it affects those around the addict as much as the addict themselves. It's such a multi-layered issue, you have to deal with the addict's immediate issues, withdrawl, then move on to breaking bad habits, getting into the deeper issues around the person's need to use alcohol, which could take them back to childhood trauma, or any number of issues. Then they need to slowly move back into society safely, and prevent relapse. The point is, it's a massive problem, and you cannot handle it on your own. Get professional help.
  9. I would say his 'signature' would be more to do with the unusual rhythms he uses, than a specific chord.
  10. Cactus

    What no bids yet?!

    There was a rumour that Page actually used his Orange amp exclusively during the 2007 02 show, not the Marshalls.
  11. Yeah Jack is great - I have both Raconteurs/Saboteurs albums and love what he's doing since White Stripes.
  12. Yeah the movie last night was fantastic. Jimmy is so awesome! What surprised me though was how funny he is too. Hi-5 was excellent, finished a few weeks ago. Making the most of unemployment now lol.
  13. Hey gang. I have returned! Couldn't make it on Wednesday, but I'm going to see It Might Get Loud tomorrow night. Looking forward. Thanks to slave for letting me know it was on. Hopefully I will be around here more often in the near future. Cheers
  14. Hey gang, Hope everything is well with you all. I've been very busy working on my latest show (hi5) show it to the grandkids. Hope there is a gig I can meet u all soon. Cheers
  15. The recording that has been released is a copy of the production sound tapes. What you are hearing is Bale's radio microphone, recorded by the production's Sound Recordist. The production sent the recording to their insurance company, in case Bale walked away from the film. The leak has come from there. Whoever leaked it should be fired and never work in the industry again. Clearly Bale was way out of line, but he has admitted that, and on the other hand, this sort of stuff happens on film sets - it's a high pressure environment. Thankfully in my career I have never had to deal with anything this crazy, but certainly these situations occur. The thing to remember is that actors are praised for their performance, because they spend their lives learning to connect with and channel their emotions. But they can't just switch it off, actors are emotionally driven people, on and off the set. This is why they are good at their jobs, but the flip side to that is that sometimes these moments happen.
  16. Good job. You know, I'm not trying to rag on your playing, but listening to this really makes you realise how tight Zeppelin were, even when they were loose.
  17. I am hoping to pick myself up a couple of tix in the next week or so. Sorry I havn't been around much, been busy, and starting a new job next week on a show for channel 9. Hope you are all doing OK.
  18. Yes, the 1st string breaks toward the end of the solo, and Page covers by shifting down an octave, however the audio for the last lick of the solo has been replaced with one of the other Earls Court shows.
  19. The real giveaway is the "Zoso". Jimmy, as far as I'm aware, has never signed that symbol for anyone, and the one on this guitar looks like it was done by a 2 year old anyway.
  20. Don't eat the salmon mousse
  21. My advice, coming from an experienced First Assistant Director and Producer: If you want to be a creative storyteller, but you don't like the idea of collaboration, stay away from a film set. The elusive dream of becoming a 'film director' appeals to so many people because of the perceived glamour, but this is false. Filmmaking is not a glamourous profession, unless you are 'talent' (actors). People have NO IDEA how difficult directing a film is. I have worked with many directors, and each individual has a different style, but there is a strong correlation between the ability of a director to delegate and collaborate, and their end result. An under-prepared and ego-driven control freak never, ever makes a good film, despite the gossip and rumour that goes around about the Hollywood greats. Making a film, even a small film, to a high standard, is IMPOSSIBLE without the support of cast and crew. The talk of 'stifled original visions' is B.S. If you want to create something exactly as you have it in your head, become an animator, and lock yourself away for a year drawing every single frame. If you want to work in film, realise that you are working in the real, human world, where human interaction is compulsory. Not only that, but think about it - the 'great' films are without fail always the result of successful collaboration. I see your signature has a picture of Kubrick. While the popular myth, propelled by the 50-year old 'auteur theory', has it that Kubrick was a hermit and a control freak, he was anything but. His career was almost completely comprised of collaboration - with writers (all of his best films were adaptations of other work, and usually with the help of other screenwriters), with cinematographers, intensely close relationships with actors, Assistant Directors and his personal staff of assistants. Unfortunately, the film industry is permeated by an under-culture of amateurism, people who habitually complain about how difficult it is to 'make it', and bitching that nobody understands 'their vision' or is willing to bankroll their opus. This is an easy way for these amateurs to cover for the fact that they have little talent, or are trying to tell stories that are boring or self-indulgent. For some reason, these amateurs think that they are entitled to high-level success from the start. Creating for yourself a career as a film director is like having aspirations to be the CEO of a multi-million dollar company. The ones who make it aren't the ones who walked straight out of college expecting to be the boss. The ones who make it are those who are prepared to do years and years of hard work, in low-level positions, working their way up in the business, making contacts and developing their skills. Having said all of that, I have just finished a feature film, and I am looking for scripts to make for my next one. If anyone who aspires cares to send me what they have, I would be more than happy to take a look.
  22. I think the phone conversations would have had more than just 'no thanks'. It probably started with 'Hi,' and ended in 'seeya'.
  23. The theft occurred in the mid - late 1980s, including demo tapes of the album he was working on at the time, Outrider. Because of the theft, what was intended as a double-album was released as a single. I am no expert and unsure of the provenance of any soundboard recordings around - have they all come from the stolen tapes, or have they been released through other avenues?
  24. We know from PhotonBeam that every show from the '77 US tour was recorded and the tapes given to Jimmy for his archive. The suggestion that they were recorded for live release is false, as the soundboard recording is only a STEREO master, not a MULTI-TRACK recording which can be mixed for album release. They certainly were not recorded without the knowledge of the band, as has been suggested.
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