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  1. I had the pleasure of performing in Windborne's Music of Led Zeppelin show, with the Milwaukee Symphony, last Sat night, featuring Randy Jackson of Zebra on vocals. Deborah J, we talked about Randy out in NY, and you're right, he's a great, down to earth guy. I had a blast performing with him, and chatting with him. We traded some Zep stories, like how he crashed their after-show party in New Orleans in 1973! :-) Here's a gallery of pics from the show, posted by the theater on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152414170745426.1073742345.26107765425&type=1 Anyone on here go to the show? And if you see one of these shows coming to your town, I highly recommend it (even if I'm not playing guitar!).
  2. I've been listening to LZ for more than 30 years and still feel the pleasure of their music. Why, I ask myself? In my opinion, the main difference between LZ from other groups, both from the past and the present ones, is in their «symphony». What do I mean by this word? First of all, this is the structure of their composition that runs the whole mechanism of creation of their music. It is known that in a symphonic opus two themes are often developing, in the simplest case the theme of good and of the evil, which evolve, overlap, compete and in the end ... the good one triumphs. Both themes are enriched by using different musical forms and methods, e.g. tempo, sound (loud, quiet), various complications (musical effects, complexity, etc.), and this happens according to the law of the genre - because they need to develop. And an internal drama is created once both themes put together in parallel. All this is present in LZ music. In simple terms, Jimmy Page is one theme, Robert Plant is the second. The remaining members of the “orchestra” certainly do not stay aside, starting from John Bonham, who deserves a separate theme, and of course, John Paul Jones (not to offend anyone), but according to the law of the genre there could only be two themes. So they create the themes. And there is a symphony. We call it hard rock (ballad, blues, etc.), but the underlying structure is symphonic. Since there are two threads it becomes polyphonic, and polyphony is Bach and the sound becomes deep. Then, the threads are to be developed, and the talent and instrumental skills of Page and Plant, this is done brilliantly and we get the pleasure from the drama that they create. It is the sound and the melody that tell the story and create the plot in their compositions while songs' text is only playing the second role. The words are not important's - they are there only to awaken the imagination ... I do not think that anyone else has it, neither the Beatles, nor the Rolling Stones nor any of the successful modern musical bands. In the overwhelming number of cases, vocals are always suppressing the instrumental: in my opinion Jazz is not that dramatic, while Blues is rather monotonous and its rigid canons restrict development. LZ has achieved a wonderful balance of vocal and instrumental parts which formed a perfect ground for their symphonic nature... PS "People always ask me: 'When is the new Pele going to be born?' Never. My father and mother have closed the factory."
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