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Jimmy's return to Beijing.

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Glicine, I'd be interested in any comment(s) from Garson that confirm he has secured the Chinese government's approval to hold this event.

I can't say it for sure, but as I see it, til now the govenment has shown enough willingness to corporate. CPAFFC is the chinese host of this event, it is impossible if the governement hasn't given them the green light.

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You'd think Jimmy would at least have had some initial workouts with somebody, I hope. If he doesn't have a lineup, he better get one quick!

He doesn't have a band now and some of the new material can be manifested without bandmates. I do hope the Beijing concert is held. This wouldn't be the first time Garson has held a press conference and then encountered difficulties which led to a cancellation. He clarified it won't actually be held in the Bird's Nest but on the grounds around it...now 50 Cent may encounter visa issues...I'm getting skeptical.

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^It's going well so far.

Nice press conference, but where is the confirmed list of artists? Where is the confirmed method of ticket distribution? Where is the confirmed clearance from the Chinese government to hold this event at all? I seriously doubt this event has been given the green light (pun intended) by the Chinese without the opportunity to review artists and content.

Who in their right mind would make confirmed travel arrangements based solely upon that press conference? Not I.

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Ok, I just finished watching the interview video I received an hour ago. Two major points.

First, I'm gonna write a letter to Rick Garson to complain about the translator! Her English is soooo terrible and she obviously knows nothing about Jimmy Page and his music. She doesn't even know what "Whole Lotta Love" is, Jimmy said they(he and Leona Lewis)performed WLL at the closing ceremony and she said they did a performance of love! :slapface: There are a lot of things wrongly translated or simply jumped over by her. Terrible, simply terrible.

Second, I hate media sensationlism, western or chinese media all the same! :angry: Jimmy didn't say things about performing new music, when asked if there would be a surprise from him, he simply said "ask Rick". And Rick Garson said "ok, ok, there will be a lot of surprises", that's it. Someone pushed for more details and Garson said "will come".

Oh, there was also another question at the beginning "who will be your singer?" to which Jimmy answered "I don't know. I don't sing".

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Ok, I just finished watching the interview video I received an hour ago. Two major points.

First, I'm gonna write a letter to Rick Garson to complain about the translator! Her English is soooo terrible and she obviously knows nothing about Jimmy Page and his music. She doesn't even know what "Whole Lotta Love" is, Jimmy said they(he and Leona Lewis)performed WLL at the closing ceremony and she said they did a performance of love! slapface.gif There are a lot of things wrongly translated or simply jumped over by her. Terrible, simply terrible.

Second, I hate media sensationlism, western or chinese media all the same! angry.gif Jimmy didn't say things about performing new music, when asked if there would be a surprise from him, he simply said "ask Rick". And Rick Garson said "ok, ok, there will be a lot of surprises", that's it. Someone pushed for more details and Garson said "will come".

Oh, there was also another question at the beginning "who will be your singer?" to which Jimmy answered "I don't know. I don't sing".

lol at least she got part of it right :-)

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What an absolute train wreck.

Aerosmith out, Joe Perry in.

On a separate track, GoogleCN is threatening to or already has drop(ped) filtering to protest hacked Google email accounts and other acts of e-sabotage emanating from China. Is this sort of tension a threat? Seems like the margin for error/complication is small. Obviously someone should dispatch Robert Plant before the whole thing falls apart.

Jimmy needs a translator eh? My gf is studying Chinese, and already survived 8 months of teaching ESL in Shijiazhuang. I need her to have a Zeppelin job.. at this gig. so I can go.. ;)

Prolly won't get official confirmation on performers and set time until March. 2 late for us mere mortals. Maybe we can get an ESL teacher to go to the show and report back.

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A question not easily answered but needs to be asked: what is the crowd capacity at this event's outdoor site?

Alternatively, what are it's dimensions?

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yay jimmy's playing again! thank you ledzeppelin.com for the great news. gonna book my ticket to china.

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China Daily is the first and largest English-language daily newspaper published in China. And its reports are usually more reliable.

Legendary guitarist Jimmy Page was in Beijing last week, with the late Michael Jackson's guitarist Orianthi Panagaris, to promote the first annual Show of Peace Concert, a globally televised event that will take place on April 17 in front of Beijing's Bird's Nest.

Joe Perry, of Aerosmith, also pledged support via video. Other names confirmed for the show included Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent and Lady Gaga.

Returning to Beijing after his first appearance during the Closing Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Page says the Peace Concert will be an occasion for audiences to observe and feel the spirit of music.

"It's such a noble concert, for peace. When you hear of something like this, you sure want to be part of it," he says.

The former Led Zeppelin founder is 66 but still cuts a dash in his black suits. "I am just a musician and a guitarist at this concert," he says humbly.

"As a child, I was fascinated with the guitar because it can be played in different ways on any occasion," he says. "But I didn't focus on one particular style, and I tried to interpret guitar-playing in my own way."

The documentary, It Might Get Loud, directed by Davis Guggenheim, gathers Page, U2's The Edge, and Jack White of The White Stripes.

Page, who was an associate producer of the documentary, says the film tells the story of three, self-taught guitarists, as well as exploring the idea of the guitar as a symbol of peace.

"Now, music is a fashionable thing. But a long, long way back, when I did music 40 years ago, the musical delivery was a communication among people. I think that is also the energy of this concert: for peace is to talk with people via music," he says.

On his second visit to Beijing, Page says he wants to hear more local, live music.

"I prefer real, dynamic music rather than the sound made by computer," he says.

The multi-media music event, produced by Rick Garson, will be a celebrity-filled extravaganza along the lines of Live 8 and Live Aid, and is part of the "peace is green" awareness campaign, which will run for 365 days, from its launch in Beijing, in January.

Garson, who has been executive producer of the Billboard Music Awards and the World Music Awards, didn't reveal detailed information about the concert, but he said he was confident the big names would show up. The all-day event is scheduled to be held in front of the iconic Bird's Nest.

"The concert will see people from every walk of life going wild, and wow," Garson says.

"Peace and the environment are totally connected - one cannot happen without the other," says the producer, who visited China during the Olympics.

"After The Show of Peace Concert in April, we will produce a series of other events during the following year. The Show of Peace campaign will give the public the opportunity to show their passion for these vital causes, and will keep reminding politicians around the world about the public hunger for change."

Garson's experience of the Beijing Olympics gave him the idea to stage The Show of Peace concert in China.

"The passion and attitude of the Chinese people, and the dynamism and potential of this country, made me realize that this was the right place to stage an event as we watch the transformation of Red China to 'Green China' right before our eyes."

The concert is expected to entertain a crowd of 50,000. Because the open area around the stage is limited, many concertgoers will watch the stage from screens placed around the grounds. The potential worldwide TV audience, Garson says, will run into the billions.

source here:

china daily

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The concert is expected to entertain a crowd of 50,000. Because the open area around the stage is limited, many concertgoers will watch the stage from screens placed around the grounds. The potential worldwide TV audience, Garson says, will run into the billions.

A paltry fifty thousand? The Rolling Stones played free for over ONE MILLION on Copacabana Beach. Obviously

the government is more interested in how it will play on television.

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A paltry fifty thousand? The Rolling Stones played free for over ONE MILLION on Copacabana Beach. Obviously

the government is more interested in how it will play on television.

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This is going to be amazing! Do you know what channel they will broadcast on? If I can't be in Beijing, I have to watch it live. You know.

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I've uploaded the interview, no setlist was confirmed yet.

here

glicine, thank you for this, what a great interview!

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