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  1. Knowing that people read them is reward enough for the producers of the show who would like to take this opportunity to thank all our viewers at home. Seriously. Thanks for the polite and succinct clarification, Steve. Question 7 was not considered dodgy when created; the source a Chris Salewicz article concerning Knebworth published in England before CREEM reprinted it later in the year. Our people will be in touch with Christopher's people. (Steve, please stick around for question 6 part 3.) Stargrove Tangie's 200 points remain on the board as Page Motors was the answer judges
  2. Page Motors eh, dawg? Even if you happen to be a longtime resident of Epsom our judges are dead chuffed by what they deemed the most difficult question in the round and award 150 points plus another meritorious 50 for being first to nail it. The easiest questions are hard in Led Zep Jep. Good work thus far from all contestants and thanks for participating. Everyone's welcome to play, who's next?
  3. Okay, gang, time for another lightning round! 1. BONZO FOR 50 POINTS: Who called Ludwig drums on behalf of John Henry and scored him an endorsement? 2. BONZO FOR 100 POINTS: What brand of traps was Bonzo bashing when he got the Zep gig? 3. THE ALBUMS FOR TOTAL A OF 150 POINTS: Who engineered the first three records? 50 per answer. 4. THE ALBUMS FOR 100 POINTS: Page had taken the master of LZ4 to mix at a so-called hot studio in L.A. When he returned to England and played the mixes back for the band they ‘sounded like they’d gone through an odd process’ and the whole thing had
  4. Blame it on what my mother calls a warped sense of humor. I didn't come steppin' with the capital "S" word or the capital "L" word; I spelt debbil that way so as not to cause offense. Far be it from me to stir up any shit. Or fan the flames of an existing shitfire.
  5. Attitude had best be a can-do attitude; it helps that Page has been guilty song after song album after album in delivering. Not just the axe-murdering goods, but the songwriting (one or two exceptions aside nothing happened till Pagey wrote a song), the production, control of image through album artwork and media i.e. photo approval rights, and a myriad of unseen behind-the-scenes scenes. (Did I just say that?) And you KNOW the debbil did it, E.
  6. I think Ronnie and Jim could easily match Covergirl Page in unimpressiveness. Evster summed up Pagey's essence perfectly. It's not so much what he plays but the attitude and image that he brings to the music as well. Page plays with a whole lotta soul for a guy who supposedly sold it to the devil.
  7. I just listened to all 20 minutes of a Bonham solo from Houston '77. He was blazing that night, it's better than I remembered in person! As a drummer you owe it to yourself to revel in (and borrow from) those long Moby Dick solos. Except for July 17, 1973 I WILL fast forward through Page having a wank with the theremin though.
  8. The sonic quality of the St. Louis show on Feb. 16 makes it my favorite of all the 1975 live recordings; a soundboard that resonates.
  9. Lewisohn's is the BEST Beatles book, along with his companion volume Complete Beatles Chronicles. For those unfamiliar with The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions it was compiled by an Abbey Road engineer undergoing chemotherapy who wanted something to occupy his time. He listened to and detailed ALL of the Beatles tapes from Abbey Road; before he passed away he noted each false start, every overdub and partial/complete take in glowing detail. Mark Lewisohn was then commissioned to write the Recording Sessions book from the engineer's notes. One very minor complaint is the documentation i
  10. 30 hours is the amount of time I've always heard. Paid for the recording, cover art and all, for approximately four large. I wonder how many recording and mixing sessions that 30 hours represents? 5 six hour sessions, 6 five hour sessions, 10 three hour ones? 20 hours recording, 10 hours mixing? Glyn Johns gave Page fits engineering that, according to Page himself. He told Glyn he wanted backward echo on one tune and Glyn told Page that was impossible. Page flipped the tape in the recorder so he could record on the back of the tape. When he was done he flipped it back over and Glyn Joh
  11. Very good, sir! Terry Bozzio and Vinnie Colaiuta keep me humble too, but not like Simon Phillips. Ever heard 'Party In Simon's Pants' on Steve Lukather's Candyman disc? It's got it all: the running man lick, soloing with his feet in 17/8, and left field chops for days. And, of course, there's only ONE Dennis the Menace.
  12. Thanks for coming to the party, B! Good attention-to-detail breakdowns of Night Flight and For Your Life. Heel up works for me too, I think Dave Weckl is the only drummer I've ever seen play Bonzo's bass licks heel down. Also thanks for mentioning it because I'd really never thought about it, but the sacrifice of power for the sake of the bounce is audibly discernible yet it is still powerful, almost like Bonham was forcefully ghosting bass drum notes.
  13. There's some silver lining in there anyhow. Ever heard Simon Phillips play paradiddles twice as fast with his feet while his hands play them half as fast on the snare? He can switch it round too so his hands are twice as fast. Actually I've heard Simon play paradiddles so fast it sounded like a press roll at 480 bpm.
  14. Tut tut, isn't that how you broke it to begin with?
  15. I posted this story in another thread; it happened two weeks before Toronto, around the time of the Sharon Tate murder(s) and Brian Jones' recent death. Grand Funk Railroad opened for LZ in 1969, but only once. They received an enormous crowd reaction and Grant ordered the power cut after their first few songs. The promoter refused.
  16. You got that right! It's understandable Jonesy not wanting to be separated from his kids especially when he didn't need the money. And Led Zeppelin were a heavy band in more ways than one. I'm sure that took its toll on Jones' nerves, i.e. some of the exploits of Peter Grant are hair-raising to read about, one can only imagine being an eyewitness. The first time I saw Peter Grant I didn't know who he was. The date was August 4, 1969 and the band was playing in an arena used for rodeos; the marquee outside read: The Lead Zeppelins. Before Dazed and Confused began I noticed Plant talki
  17. My story with double bass pedals could be told using your exact words, dan. Single bass pedal snob, etc. Never cut a hole in my front bass drumhead either. Small world, I use the Iron Cobra double pedal too! Since September 2000 I've been delighted at the extra vocabulary it provided. Also I was delighted enough to buy the Iron Cobra two-legged hi-hat stand (the one you can lean toward you up to about a 70% angle) that links together with the bass pedal baseplate and leaves a clean enough footprint in which to arrange a snare stand. (Tama owes us an endorsement deal, dan, for all the fre
  18. Yeah, it would've been crazy to walk away from that cash cow to be a choirmaster. Great story, thanks for reminding me of it! Do you think there might be other reasons for Jones' discontent, Cactus? Was roadwork the main factor, or maybe some personality differences in the band? The band lived in each other's pockets the first three years of LZ. But the touring had tapered off years ago to at least sane levels. 1972 was less than 70 days on the road. 13 days (not shows) in Australia; two dates in Holland and Belgium in late May; 22 days in America in June; 8 days in Japan in October;
  19. Jones supposedly went to Grant after the '73 tour with news he was quitting LZ. Grant told him to keep it a secret from the rest of the group for the time being and relax, the band would NEVER tour the way they had ever again. Could this be another reason why LZ dropped off the map in 1974? Was Jones truly going to quit, or is it a rumor?
  20. Like you, SAJ, I prefer dealing with facts. Despite fanciful declarations like "I knew Jimmy liked Bonzo because he didn't call me collect," I'm convinced Peter knew all the band members very well from the get-go; and that the band was well rehearsed before the curtain went up. The multitude of conflicting information out there is like a snake eating its tail though, where it begins and ends becomes less and less apparent. Zep's saying nothing to disavow misinformation is like Keith Richard encouraging people to believe he had blood change operations in Switzerland. Myths are more fun
  21. Questions like this tug at the fabric of the Led Zep myth. The myth: Zep rehearsed for two days and did their first tour; allegedly they also wrote and recorded their first album in their first ten days together. That’s pretty damn quick. Who told the music press that? The reality: Led Zeppelin’s Gerrard Street (the building excavated years ago) rehearsal (Aug 12) was conducted less than two weeks after Page first saw Bonham (July 31) and their first gig less than a month after that (Sept 7). They actually performed two shows in Denmark on the 7th: in Gladaxe and in Brondby. The
  22. Semi Page would have loved all of you but for some reason he hated keyboards ("They're not rock 'n roll.") It was a long-running argument: he'd say Liberace and I'd reply Jerry Lee Lewis. That attitude hindered us from playing more Zeppelin songs like Kashmir. One day I'd invited a keyboardist over to jam and Semi was hollering at me as the guy set up his gear in the next room: "You know I hate keyboards, I'm NOT fuckin' jamming with him." When the guy cranked into All My Love perfectly on his keyboard hilarity ensued. Semi kept his Strat locked in his trunk and almost broke his neck
  23. The 23rd has the best No Quarter even if Keith Moon's two cameos detract from the concert. My favorite is June 21, 1977 if for nothing else than the stupendous roll Bonzo plays in the first couple of minutes of The Song Remains The Same.
  24. Do they know much plastic it takes to fill the Albert Hall?
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