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  1. Why John Paul Jones Won't Do Any More Solo Albums MARTIN KIELTY l September 6, 2019 John Paul Jones was in a positive state of mind when he announced his debut album, Zooma. Released in 1999, the former Led Zeppelin member hoped his instrumental LP would lead to a return to major-league touring and also to further studio projects. And while it did, it wasn't a direct route, and he never got over the disappointment he encountered on the road. "No, no, no, I can't be arsed," he said in 2018 after being asked about further solo projects. "We toured the world, sold out shows, then promoters started insisting I get a bloody singer. It was instrumental music, but I'm not Jeff Beck. I remember a promoter saying, 'We can't grow it."Oh, well, fuck you all." Until the drag effect began to show, Jones was enjoying life on the road with bassist Nick Beggs and drummer Terl Bryant. "It's nice for me," he'd told Expose. "With different tours in the past, you're not in control as to who is on the road with you to make it as pleasant as possible. It's a nice team now, and we're all pulling together." He was even prepared for the inevitable focus of the press. "I do radio interviews, and Zeppelin gets a lot of radio airplay, which is still amazing to this day," he said. "After the interview is over, I do ask them to see if they would play a track from my album. You have to be realistic: Give them a few Zeppelin things and maybe they'll play a few Zooma things." Still, he added, "having decided to do this, I wanted to avoid dong any coat-tailing." The momentum of that album (Zooma) led to 2001's follow-up The Thunderthief - complete with Jones on lead vocals. "What happened was, halfway through what was basically going to be an instrumental album, but was also a continuation from Zooma, I decided it'd be really nice to have voices," he told Ink19 in 2002. "I didn't want to get a guest vocalist in, for a couple of reasons actually. One is that I know that I'd forget what I was doing and work on producing them, whoever the vocalist was. I would immediately turn into a producer and it would go somewhere else." Not for the first time, he lamented the fact that his work wasn't getting him onto the size of stages he wanted. "I'd like to headline again, because then I can do my long show with the keyboards and things," Jones explained. "But I may have to open for somebody else, again, because we really need to play to more people. It's just maddening. I mean, we call sell out Irving Plaza [In New York City], but there comes a point where that's the biggest one we can sell out, because nobody knows us. _ We really just need to play to more people." After The Thunderthief, though, Jones stopped pursuing solo work and went back to collaborations. It wasn't as if this was new for him - he started out as a session musician, sometimes recording several different styles of music in a single day. His post-Zeppelin catalog as arranger, composer and sometimes performer included credits with Brian Eno, the Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Heart and many others (Allmusic lists a total of 907 credits throughout his career.) Notably, in 2005 Jones appeared on Foo Fighters' album In Your Honor, playing mandolin on the song "Miracle," leading frontman Dave Grohl to admit, "I know I sound ridiculous, but some bands are like a religion to me. Led Zeppelin are just ... I ran around the room screaming. 'Guess who I just fucking got a call from?' If I say it's the greatest thing that happened to me in my life, my wife will get mad, so it's the second greatest." A few years later - and after an attempt to continue working with Jimmy Page and Jason Bonham after Led Zeppelin's one-off reunion show proved to be just that - Jones co-founded Them Crooked Vultures with Grohl and Josh Homme. That interaction put him on the kind of stages he was missing from his Zeppelin days. Speaking just after the release of their self-titled album, Jones discussed another factor in the process of deciding how to continue his career. "I couldn't get arrested in the '80s at all," he told the Telegraph. "After the Beatles broke up, would you have asked Paul McCartney if he'd be in your band? Nobody thought I would do anything, and I didn't really want to join another band after Zeppelin, because I knew nothing would ever be as good as that. "I rehearsed with Jimmy and Jason quite a lot of last year. We'd put so much into [the reunion show] together, we thought, "Let's just start another band.' We wrote new material, but we couldn't really agree on singers, and it didn't work out. But after that, I was in that mindset where I'd probably do some touring. My parents were in variety, so I've always felt at home onstage. When Dave came along and said, 'Do you fancy trying out with Josh?' I jumped at it." The supergroup toured through 2010 to positive reviews, and even though Them Crooked Vultures have done nothing since then, all three have expressed the desire to reactivate the band when their schedules are lighter. "It was one of the highlights of my life when John Paul Jones said, 'Now I've been in two great bands," Grohl recalled in 2012. "That was a huge deal for me!" In 2011, Jones returned to the blues, starting a collaboration with British artist Seasick Steve that spawned two albums and more live shows. Since then, Jones has been involved in a number of other projects, including live appearances with improvisational band Supersilent, projects with former members of R.E.M. and others and work on an opera. This year has included a performance with an experimental trio featuring Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, and the formation of a duo called Sons of Chipotle with Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen. But it seems Jones' favorite collaboration remains the ones he undertakes with concert crowds. "The audience is the main difference, the feedback," he said in 2003. "In the studio you can, to a certain extent, get feedback from other musicians, perhaps. - In the studio, you shouldn't be like that, but you're trying to get things right more often, because you know it's going to go down on tape. If you make a mistake and it's a really good take, they have to do the whole thing again, so you try not to make a mistake. Onstage, you don't care. You can take chances because you know once it's gone, unless it comes back on a DVD _ it's gone. Onstage you can go further _ plus the feedback from the audience, that can result in a really good concert.' https://ultimateclassicrock.com/john-paul-jones-solo-albums/
  2. Working on an anniversary piece on 'Walking Into Clarksdale' (jouro here_ and came across a really interesting exchange. Dean Goodman talked to Page & Plant in a dual interview and posed the question: "I UNDERSTAND YOU APPROACHED JOHN PAUL JONES THIS TIME, BUT HE TURNED YOU DOWN?" (caps his, not mine) Robert and Jimmy did their typical evasive attempt at humor to deflect the conversation, with the former basically saying nobody would be interested either way, Regardless, I'm curious, because I've never heard that Jonesy was even in the conversation at the time. It would have been incredibly interesting to see what JPJ brought to the table. Anyone else even remotely aware of this?
  3. Does anyone know where I can find the original photo used in this single release cover from the Montreux show on August 7th, 1971: I've looked everywhere but the closest I can find is this one: A link would be much appreciated!!
  4. Post any interviews with Jimmy Page on the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin here,thanks.
  5. Hello all, I will be visiting the United Kingdom this May. I want to take advantage of the trip and find places to visit that have significance in relation to Led Zeppelin. Whether it be venues they have played, places they have lived, or museums. Please let me know!
  6. I am thinning my collection of autographed guitars (moving to smaller home) and unfortunately for me am getting rid of a Fender P-Bass that was hand signed by John Paul Jones. You can see it here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/172200305316?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 Please get in touch with any questions.
  7. Hi all, first post! I've noticed that Robert Plant has made a drawing to support The Big Draw charity. It got me wondering, what other artwork has been created personally by the band? So thought it might be fun if everyone shared their pictures of Led Zeppelin artwork, or examples of any other art the band made outside music. By the way the bidding on the Robert Plant drawing is only at £100 at the moment, so it might be a good opportunity for any passionate Zep fans! What do you think is the story behind this drawing?
  8. In between composition spells what with an opera and yet-to-surface projects such as the one with Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen (among others, I'd bet), John Paul Jones took part in the Todos Santos Music Festival in Mexico on January 16, 2016. When the winter winds blow, rock gods head for the sun. http://todossantosmusicfestival.com/ This is a benefit concert for the Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. http://todossantosmusicfestival.com/blog Palapa Society's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/palapasociety.org/ Here's some footage courtesy of @ledzepnews: (Instagram/lennonalex) (Instagram/veronikayulka) Jon Jonesy with Jeff Tweedy Jonesy with Jeff Tweedy (Instagram/lancebangs) (Instagram/sandym415) Jonesy with Pat Samson (Instagram/sandym415) (Instagram/lancebangs) Here's Jeff Tweedy's set list: (Instagram/jewels0013) Check out more footage and photos at the Festival's Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/todossantosmusicfestival/ and Facebok: https://www.facebook.com/TodosSantosMusicFestival/?fref=ts
  9. So most of these have been posted already, but as they accumulate, I thought it would be good to have updates and news about initiatives that the Zep lads support all organized in one place. First up is Jimmy's patronage of the wonderful Outside Edge Theatre Company. An amazing and important arts outlet: “Outside Edge produces artistically excellent work that challenges and entertains audiences at the same time as making a real difference. Edge’s work with addicts – and the ways in which their performances awaken audiences and provoke debate – is quite simply stunning.” —Jimmy Page, company patron. Check them out also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/outsidetheatre and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Outside-Edge-Theatre-Company-96401722438/
  10. Their online store just opened up again in like forever, and both Queens of the Stone Age and the Vultures Facebook page shared it. Seems kind of weird to do that when the band has been dead for almost 5 years now. Maybe something is brewing, they're gauging their audience and maybe going to work on some new music? Though it was very interesting nonetheless. https://www.facebook.com/QOTSA/posts/10153241279597806?comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22O%22%7D
  11. Interested in information and links about John Paul Jones Organ Solos during the 1970 tour.
  12. on "hey hey what can I do" - I'm trying to discern which parts are Jonesy on Mandolin and which parts are Page on the Zither Is Jones doing the chords that kinda mimic the acoustic guitar? while Page is doing the "Lead Line" ? So the riffs at 26 seconds in and 33 seconds for example are Page? If anyone repsonds, please feel free to send link to your source..
  13. This would be exceptionally hard to live down... Apparently, guy gets backstage passes to TCV show, then passes out - just in time for JPJ and Dave Grohl both to happen upon him unconscious and get photos with him passed out. http://www.1031thevulcan.com/pages/jasonmack.html?article=11937953#.UsRxTDKQk0Y.facebook
  14. Is there anywhere online where I can find the full Led Zeppelin August 4th Knebworth performance.
  15. This was posted by a member of another forum and I thought I would pass it on; 6:00- Breakfast-Read Financial News,Wall Street Journal and Disc magazine looking for Help Wanted ad for avant garde musician position in Iceland. 6:44-Go to home studio 6:45-Write thunderous bass riff 7:00-Yoga 7:45-Write glorious riff on piano 8:00-Fiddle practice 9:00-Mandolin practice 10:00-Walk Afghan hounds. Scare villagers for old time's sake 10:00-Return Jimmy Page's call-have a laugh about Zep days. 11: 00-Tea with Maureen/ Talk about Agamemnon and backgammon 12:00-Lunch with some random,European avant-garde musician Jam with said weird Swedish musician to make some weird noises for an upcoming opera based on the life of an ice fisherman as told through the spectrum of German performance artists during World War 1. 1:00 Practice 10 and 12 string instruments-one in each hand 1:45 Read book about medieval churches while sitting in medieval church. Contemplate writing opera about medieval churches that would take place in Westminster Abbey 2:00 Meet with Andy Manson to design and build a weird,13 string instrument for an upcoming benefit concert based on the life of a weird obscure,Gothic musician 2:30 Ride through the English countryside in a reasonable,yet eccentric classic car while contemplating his next album of folk tunes. 3:00 Devote 30 minutes to his 3rd solo album. Write amazing rock riffs for bass that no one will ever hear 3:31 Turn down call from Dave Grohl for next Them Crooked Vultures follow up album. 3:40 Try on old onion/Christmas ball jacket from TSRTS. It still fits!! 4:00 Afternoon tea with Maureen. Walk Afghan hounds and run through Baskerville terrorizing the locals again. 5:00 Play on swings with wife and kids 6:00 Dinner -Discuss politics and world events while playing weird stringed instrument at the table 7:00 Watch UK reality TV talent show. Make hilarious,dry comments 8:00 Back in the studio-Practice and record avant-garde music with kooky Swede for upcoming opera/jamboree hootenanny 9:00 Play 'Black Dog" for old time's sake. Laugh hysterically 10:00 Read bedtime story about Amenhotep III. 11:00 Off to bed dreaming of intimate concert given @ The Metropolitan Opera on Venus
  16. *****NOTE: I am new to this forum; I am NOT new to anything Led Zeppelin. Please, I ask you to ignore the first part of that sentence, and consider the second. Appreciated. ****** ***The Song Remains the Same Complete Re-EDIT On Way! *** [Note]: Individual evaluation only, not a means of piracy; this will NOT be distributed in any such way; again, my individual evaluations I've always preferred original TSRTS footage, be it a bootleg or 8mm. However, the actual viewing experience is rather limited by the subpar quality even terrible for 1970's cinematics. Honestly, the "film" portions of the film (I know, that sounds redundant, whatever) are pretty ugly. When one compares the close-up concert sequences re-filmed, the viewing experience becomes exhilarating. Add original panoramas of the actual crowd; the experience is timeless. And, of course, 1920 X 1080 resolution is absolutely stunning. The producers made their best intentions to create the best viewing experience possible during the time. The only reason I bring this thought up is because of a project I am working on to re-edit TSRTS (film) as close to original setlist as possible, while still retaining an apex entertainment factor. The fan-edition looks great, but I wish to make it even better. The plans are as follows: 1. Rip 2007 Blu-Ray release as a main video reference for best consumer-attainable quality as of 2013 2. Integrate my FLAC vinyl rips as much as possible to cover the abridged / shortened scene performances and restore original song length. 3. Somehow attain the best quality original footage / bootlegs. This includes the abandoned gaps in Black Dog, The Song Remains the Same, The Rain Song, etc. 4. The whole point of #3 is to eliminate psychedelic/fantasy sequences limiting attention on the band itself. The problem really arises from point no. 3; attaining footage to fill the gaps. I have some, but not enough. If anyone knows where to access the originals in best quality, that would be a great help! Plans for release are late December/early January 2013/2014, though this is extremely tentative and subject to change. ***This is for experimentation purposes only and NOT for personal gain, resale, or profit or mass-release and or reproduction; only individual evaluation.*** If any of you are of interest, please don't hesitate to inform me as soon as possible! Thank you for your support. -A/S
  17. John Paul Jones will present the tenth anniversary of the Mandolines de Lunel festival in France starting on the 29th of October. (I think - translated from French) He will play a live set on the second of November. Festival website: http://www.mandolinesdelunel.com/2013/home/ Festival Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mandolinesdelunel Festival YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/mandolinesdelunel French news article: http://www.tv5.org/cms/chaine-francophone/info/p-1911-John-Paul-Jones-parrain-du-10e-festival-des-mandolines-de-Lunel.htm?&rub=10&xml=newsmlmmd.urn.newsml.afp.com.20130924.1fd647fd.d4f1.4082.b5a0.a61653ffbe6e.xml
  18. On Monday 26th August, John Paul Jones led a talk at the Polar Music Awards in Sweden: Here are some of the most interesting quotes:
  19. Has ANYONE seen these kids??? They are mashing up Led Zeppelin songs in hopes they can get their generation to learn the true roots of music!! Simply by combing today's artists with Led Zeppelin! Have a look at these mashups! Right out of The Song Remains The Same Is there anyone who can get this to Jimmy, Robert or John Paul? The bands name is Giffords Lane
  20. JPJ's exhibit (recent pic) I've got more pics somewhere around here... Post 'em if ya got 'em....
  21. American singer-songwriter Julie Felix will be celebrating her 75th birthday with a concert at London's Leicester Square Theatre, this Saturday, June 15. Some preliminary informations indicate than John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin may be attending, perhaps joining Ms. Felix on stage to play mandolin. "I will be singing quite a few songs on my own, but sharing the stage with me will be my good friend Madeline Bell of Blue Mink, "Jesus Christ Superstar" star Steve Balsamo and Rosalie Deighton from the Deighton family. As I mentioned before, The Avalonian Free State Choir from Glastonbury will be coming up from Somerset to sing a few songs with me. Hopefully John Paul Jones (of Led Zeppelin fame) will be able to come and play mandolin". (Source: http://www.juliefelix.com/) Earlier today Ms. Felix tweeted: I'm so happy! Just learned my friend #JohnPaulJones and his family will be at the concert Saturday. My best birthday present!!!
  22. "LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: John Paul Jones attends performance of new Opera written by Glass, a fictionalised account of Walt Disney's final years at the Coliseum on June 1, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)" Source: gettyimages, http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/john-paul-jones-attends-performance-of-new-opera-written-by-news-photo/169787235
  23. Hi all, I've been getting into transcribing some of JPJ's solo stuff recently, the guy is my absolute hero on the bass and figured it was about time someone deciphered his solo stuff - so here's my interpretation on his groovy, improvised solo on 'Bass N Drums' taken from Zooma... figured this, a Zep forum, would be as good a place as any to share it! Planning on putting a few more up in the future too. Hope you enjoy and feel free to share it wherever if it does indeed tickle your fancy?! Check it out, let me know what ye reckons... Big love to JPJ. Cheers, S.
  24. We have just completed a brand new fine art portfolio of prints taken by renowned photographer Herbie Greene in 1969 in his studio in San Francisco. Here is a link to the dedicated webpage of the Led Zeppelin Portfolio. Many of these photos have not been seen before and are intimate portraits of the band just before their first US tour in 1969. http://ledzeppelinportfolio.comLedZeppelinPortfolioPR.pdf
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