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There's haters and there's "just can't stander's", and to have NO IDEA of what either is missing is so close minded of you. Those who dislike these recent versions of "Ramble On" may not like them for various reasons. Personally, I love the old original studio version, not the 02 version (very weak IMO) and certainly not these even WEAKER BOJ versions. I know EXACTLY what I'm missing._

I've seen various posts you make about 'haters'/'can't standers' not embracing the new sound/venture that Robert has and how it relates to how Led Zeppelin covered new ground, especially LZ III. Well, I'm here to tell you, NEW ground is one thing and can be enjoyed or NOT. The sound and performances on LZ III are FAR BETTER than this 'new folky/Americana, whatever you want to call it, music. It's such a cop-out to say those who don't care for the 'new' sound SHOULD if they like Zep's third album. BALONEY !!! NO COMPARISON, except that it was a different direction. SO WHAT ? Different direction isn't always good. You and others just can't stand that there are MANY of don't like this direction Plant is taking and you falsely accuse them of 'not getting it' or 'not knowing what they're missing'! It's not ALL about 'going back to the Zep sound', but it's about going into a sound that may appeal, and his 'new' sound just doesn't appeal. It's so easy for you to hook the old Zep and what others may want out of him together. Some for sure feel that way, but NOT ALL. This site has a TINY, absolute TINY amount of Zep fan's worldwide. Who knows how many like the 'new' direction and who don't. You can't even take the ratio here and apply it worldwide. Previous to today last I saw, the BOJ album was number 190+ in the top Billboard 200 and that was in the THICK of this recent tour. NOW it's NOT even in the top #200 of the list. After it's initial 'spike' based on units SHIPPED, it's dropped OUT OF SIGHT ! LOUSY numbers for ANYTIME ! Usually album sales go up during tours, what's the explanation for this ? Maybe you can find it in the listing, I surely can't. It might be best to go to the last page and work your way back. There's a better chance of finding it._ http://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200#/charts/billboard-200?begin=181&order=position _ Oh wait, people are getting it for free online somehow, that must be it. :rolleyes: Even "The Essential's by TOMMY JAMES and the SHONDELL's" is outperforming BOJ and they haven't been significant since 1969 !!! Go look for yourself starting at number 1,_

http://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200#/charts/billboard-200?begin=1&order=position

Well that's told us 'likers' hasn't it? :o

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Philly.com

Friday, January 28, 2011

Robert Plant rambles on into Sampan

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Robert Plant with fan Quinn Haven

The packed house at Sampan (124 S. 13th) Thursday night didn't seem to notice that rock legend Robert Plant was in the restaurant. But the Led Zeppelin frontman had broccoli, Brussels sprouts and potstickers and sipped Ciroc straight-up on his second visit to Sampan in days. Plant, who played the Tower Theatre Wednesday with his Band of Joy, was recognized by a few fans Thursday afternoon on 13th and Sansom where he stopped to take some pictures.

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Snowed-in Robert Plant fans were out of luck for ticket refunds

War Memorial Auditorium show goes on as area crippled by snow

TENNESSEAN

Written by Jennifer Brooks

Even in the middle of a snowstorm, the show must go on. Plenty of frustrated concertgoers, facing the icy roads and gridlocked streets between them and the scheduled performance by Robert Plant's Band of Joy, wish that weren't so.

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center kept to its concert schedule in the middle of Wednesday's snowstorm. That meant anyone who wanted to attend the show had to brave icy streets and gridlock and ignore public safety officials' pleas for everyone to stay off the roads.

"I love Robert Plant, but I'm not going to risk that," said James Downing, a single father who decided not to chance the snowy drive from Murfreesboro on Wednesday night.

Middle Tennessee was socked in by a rush-hour snowstorm that turned the streets into slippery parking lots. Commutes that should have taken minutes stretched into hours.

But concertgoers who logged onto TPAC's Facebook page found this cheery message:

"Hey gang: Robert Plant's Band of Joy in TPAC's War Memorial Auditorium as well as the TN Rep's performance of 'Yankee Tavern' in Johnson will still go on as planned tonight. Be safe!"

A string of incredulous e-mails followed from fans who had tried to get refunds. Cries of "Shame on you!" and "Wow, really?" filled the comment section.

The TPAC site manager logged in with sympathy but not many options for those trapped by the snow.

"Hey guys — OF COURSE we always want you all to remain as safe as possible," the site manager posted at 7:23 p.m., minutes before the band was scheduled to go onstage. "Sometimes the whole 'show must go on' mission gets a little tough for us all."

Those with tickets to Yankee Tavern could use them at a show next week, but the Plant fans were out of luck. There would be no refunds or rescheduling.

"They told me that they would only cancel if the band canceled or if there was a state of emergency," said Downing, whose $70 ticket went to waste. "They made what could have been a good experience an unhappy experience."

No emergency declared

TPAC officials did not return calls for comment. Janel Lacy, spokeswoman for Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, noted that even though safety officials were urging people to stay off the streets, the city does not have the authority to close down concerts unless it declares a state of emergency.

But considering that last May's Jimmy Buffett concert in downtown Nashville went ahead in the middle of the catastrophic flooding, a 2-inch snowstorm was unlikely to bring an official emergency declaration.

Hard feelings still linger online, however.

On Facebook and in the comment section of The Tennessean's review of the Plant show, readers shared their story of nightmare commutes through the snow before giving up in frustration. Others weighed in to say that most of the seats in the arena were filled, in spite of the storm.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20110214/NEWS01/102140317/1969/NEWS

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The Show Must Go On?

Locals comment on the Band of Joy turmoil in Tennessee:

truone 5:30 AM on February 14, 2011

Yeah, it seems TPAC wanted you to stay in traffic until the concert was over.

Indepvoter 6:26 AM on February 14, 2011

Refunds to events are hard to come by no matter the circumstance. Even when the Performer doesn't appear it can take many months to get a refund. In this case the show did go on and the performer had to be paid of course, so it should come as no surprise no refunds available!

dropshadow 8:50 AM on February 14, 2011

Try waiting on him sometime, and you'd never buy another ticket to one of his shows. He's a complete ass.

medic91a 9:32 AM on February 14, 2011

Soooo, the band gets snowed in with everyone else, Hmmmm, Show must go on. Sorry Folks never heard of this band and whether it's a good band or not is not the issue here, because after reading what happened, I have NO respect for TPAC or the Robert Plant band. Seems money is more important than the safety and lives of the fans or patrons of the establishment or band. See how conciderate they will be the next time a storm like this strikes if everyone stops going to thier events. No Band, No event is worth risking your life over, specially if you have children, and refunds should be automatically issued to those who do not want to tempt Natures Wrath when she is riled up. What happened to Common Sense?

relocatedboiler 10:38 AM on February 14, 2011

Hey Robert, a couple of fans can't make it to your show. Do you mind cancelling and rescheduling because of a few people are stuck in traffic? They are more important and their schedule is more important than you maintaining yours.

Wah!

JaJaBoy 11:33 AM on February 14, 2011

Poor babies! Who would pay $70 to see anybody this day and time with things as they are? A homeless person could eat for 2 weeks off of $70 !!!! Maybe someone is trying to tell you to get your priorities straight.

Vandyhawk 1:16 PM on February 14, 2011

Same thing happened but even worse with Jimmy Buffet last year. Flood of the Century, interstates closed, people already died, Karl Dean told everyone to stay home and off the streets. Buffet still played, with no apology or anything. I couldn't even make it home from downtown, much less make it home, get the sitter, and drive back to Bridgestone. Shame on you Jimmy Buffet.

Radio236 1:49 PM on February 14, 2011

All this over over two inches of snow. No wonder northerners laugh at us.

To the gentleman in the article who said TPAC was responsible for his $70 ticket going to waste, I'd argue that, no, the weather did that. If you can't make it to the show as scheduled (as others did) that is not TPAC's fault.

plantstorm2011 2:34 PM on February 14, 2011

WEDNESDAY Feb 9,2011 - Dateline Nashville : stuck at The Preston out at Briley South and 40, at 6pm. with Mother in Law., no cabs....... ...2 hrs to go. can see parking lot on 40. yellow flashers, red flashers everywhere... snow still coming down. Told mum in Law,'' bundle up ,babe, we are going on a hike. hopefully we can make it , if we have to walk it all the way in, maybe it clears up, we get a hitch........?''

......... 10 mins from The Preston trudge to the west side of 40, jump 2 jersey barriers..... 3rd car, New Nashvillian ( via Boston ) 'andy', takes us into Demumbreon in less than 40mins. Mum and I trudge up the hill with two extra tix to give away , just in time for the opening licks to ' BLack Dawg '' !!!!!

Thank You bobby and Nashville for filming this PLATINUM Night ! '' Good Evenin' ! indeed !

stardog 2:50 PM on February 14, 2011

I am sure that TPAC was required by contract to pay Robert Plant for his performance. There is no reason why they should absorb the loss of refunding tickets.

ForestHillsGal 3:54 PM on February 14, 2011

There are a few facts that should be known before folks wade in with opinions on this...Start by reading this article: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20110211/NEWS01/102110342/Rush-hour-traffic-left-snowplows-trapped

1.) "The snow Wednesday did prove dangerous for Middle Tennessee, and in one case deadly. The tally was something out of a demolition derby. Metro police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported a combined 272 accidents, including 48 with injuries. TDOT dealt with four jackknifed tractor-trailers on the interstates."

2.) Nearly 300 accidents the evening of this concert. Really? You folks want people out on the roads on a night like this, when emergency crews are working overtime to pry people out of twisted wreckage, to go to a concert? Something tells me if some of the dismissive commenters on this thread had a medical emergency and had been unable to receive an ambulance, or even a ride to the local clinic, their tone would be decidedly different. METRO POLICE asked people to stay home.

3.) I am personally not in possession of details on the Buffet incident - the date that concert was held was not included in this article. Did Metro PD ask people to stay home that night? I think it makes a difference. If they did not then this Plant incident may be unprecedented.

ForestHillsGal 4:00 PM on February 14, 2011

Many concert venues and promoters have an 'acts of God' clause in contracts that will allow them to protect the health and well being of their fans in an instance like this. Why doesn't TPAC? For that matter, the promoter of this show, Outback Concerts, maintains an office here and also should be held accountable for what happens in this location. Instead, Outback staff has been outright hostile in dealing with miffed fans over this incident, deleting Facebook comments and sending abrasive, dismissively-worded private emails to fans.

Saying "Buffett did it, so it's OK" is not a good rationale. Nashville is one of the premiere music cities in this country. Recording artists who play here owe it to this community, which has contributed so much to the American music tradition, to make sure that events they promote are safe for fans to attend.

Just as a side note, I've often noticed Gaylord Entertainment cancelling scheduled events at the Ryman or Opry House due to bad weather. Other venues in this city would do well to follow the good example they set.

Mach_Five_HD 4:30 PM on February 14, 2011

Apparently there are some who feel that TPAC was wrong for not refunding their purchase price (of the ticket/s) for the show as a result of the foul weather and poor road conditions. Unfortunately, TPAC did not cause or facilitate the harsh winter storm, the band and performers were not responsible for creating hazardous driving conditions that prevailed that night. If anyone is to blame speak to the nearest church leader or clergyman/woman as it was clearly AN ACT OF GOD that caused all of Nashville to grind (and slide) to an abrupt standstill. He was responsible for the snow that fell; he was flexing his strengths and simply highlighted our weaknesses. So if you have a complaint about his actions may I suggest taking a knee (or two) and register your complaint with him, NOT TPAC, NOT ROBERT PLANT, and see if you can score a refund.

AmberV 4:43 PM on February 14, 2011

I can't say I'm surprised. Anybody remember when Page/Plant came to what is now the Bridgestone in the late 90s? They came back for an encore, played 3 chords of 'Stairway to Heaven' and then quit. Lights on. Show over. It was like a slap in the face to the fans. I vowed never to pay to see the man again after that debacle.

NYTitanFan99 5:32 PM on February 14, 2011

Oh my gosh people. Where were you for the three days leading up to this. They said it was gonna snow right before rush hour and it was colder than a well diggers backside! Everyone should have had the common sense to know the roads would be bad and left a little early for the show. If you were downtown by 5pm you would not have had an issue. Where is personal responsibility in this situation if you wanted to see the show so bad??? Oh wait, thats right, it is your boses fault cause you could not leave early, or the babysitters fault becuase she could not come early. It had to be somebodies fault cause it is NEVER MY FAULT. There is no personal responsibility in the "New America"!!

mmneely932 8:16 PM on February 14, 2011

Grow up people! I had tickets for the hockey game and couldn't get there from Clarksville, but hey, that's life. Just two weeks ago I missed a CMT concert in Nashville because of court, the judge just did not understand that I need to testify before 6:00. I certainly don't expect the Preds or CMT to refund me the price of my tickets because of weather or court. These guys are in business, they're not performing just for the fun of it.

ForestHillsGal 9:48 PM on February 14, 2011

FWIW, I don't think the issue is refunds as much as it is rescheduling. A lot of people really wanted to see this show and were disappointed that the roads were impassable. Plant, by many accounts, is in Nashville a lot of weeks of the year. How hard would it have been to simply have this show on another date? Seems to me like fan safety should have been paramount, with METRO POLICE making the call on the roads. Or I suppose we should all pick and choose, like you people apparently do, which directives handed down by emergency personnel (which are designed for the good of us all) should be obeyed and which we should simply ignore when it's convenient. Oh, I understand - it's just 'socialism' to think about not severely injuring your neighbor sliding into his car while he's trying to pull out of his driveway, or some such nonsense. What part of 'dozens of these car accidents on the icy roads resulted in hospitalization' do you people not understand? You really think folks should have been encouraged to be out on those roads, when they knew not doing so would result in missing the show AND the loss of nearly $100? Wow.

As far as blaming people for not being psychic and knowing at what precise moment roads would become impassable, or which precise roads would be affected by the bumper to bumper, five-times-longer-than-folks'-normal-commute traffic - seems a stretch to me. Especially since the snowstorm was predicted for noon and as of 3:30 PM the skies were still crystal clear.

Also, I'm certain that folks writing elitist comments would be singing a different tune if this were (Fan Fair, a Titans game, something else they personally care about.) Hey, it's always easy to dismiss other people's problems when YOU weren't the one affected.

For the record, it appears Outback is now talking about 'compensating' fans, although the word 'refund' is not being used.

BoatsNHoes 2:10 AM on February 15, 2011

It's always amusing when some idiot yankmee comes on here and tries to tell Southerners how to drive. Last time I checked, you folks have just a little bit more snow removal equipment and you still get in wrecks. Just check any of the online newspapers from this past winter with cars all over the road. I've seen plenty of moronic drivers from the North down here and they don't know how to drive in the stuff any better than anyone else.

Now on to the show. My brother and I were going to the show, but his normal 30 minute drive home from work and then to pick me up became a 2.5 hour drive home. That was short compared to most people's nightmare that evening. We finally made it to the show during the 4th song. Would I have rather Plant reschedule the event though? Uh, yes. No one wants to get out in what was a blowing snow with snow packed roads with the snow plows in gridlock traffic where they couldn't clear the streets.

If anyone, including the writer of this article, would've done some research, they would've seen that Plant doesn't play another show until April 8th. This show was the last one on this leg of the tour. So, I'd say he would've had plenty of time to reschedule if he really wanted to. However, I'm sure that money ruled all. Just like it always does. TPAC had their money, the promoter had his money and Plant had his money. To hell with the customer. You just got served.

Next time though, maybe Plant will think about the consumers that put him where he is today. Far too often artists are so out of touch with reality that they think they can do anything they choose. When the public decides to tell them that they have better things to do then maybe they'll listen next time. I'll think twice about seeing Plant again if he doesn't offer some kind of refund. To postpone the show date one day wouldn't have been that huge of a deal and everyone could've seen the show. Of course, money ruled all yet again. Shame on the lot of you greedy bastards.

http://www.tennessean.com/comments/article/20110214/NEWS01/102140317/Snowed-Robert-Plant-fans-were-out-luck-ticket-refunds

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^Man, that's a little harsh. :blink:

Most postings criticising Robert Plant and the Band of Joy are unduly harsh. If they refuse to perform they risk litigation. If they do perform they risk alienating some fans. Imagine how disappointed some ticket holders were to miss the final show of this leg of the tour on account of inclement weather.

However, the fall out thus far is simply not significant enough to warrant a compensatory event or something similar. Venue capacity is only 2,472! It isn't like this is an 80,000 seater for the Rolling Stones making headlines.

Even so, Nashville is an epicenter for Americana music and this does not reflect favorably on the organizer, the venue, the artists, the civil authorities and elected officials. Clearly improvements can/should be made to the local business model and I think that's all that can be reasonably expected.

Nashville can do better!

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All these people saying how it "wouldn't have been a big deal" to postpone the show clearly have NO IDEA WHATSOEVER of what that would involve. There are so many elements involved in the staging of a show, that is why a tour takes months of planning.

And they don't take into account that yes, it may have been the last date on that section of Plant's tour, but that doesn't mean the whole lot of them are doing bugger all till the next date. Many of the crew will have already been booked for other gigs and tours, not to mention holidays with family, and Plant himself had the small matter of the funeral of one of his oldest friends to attend in the UK.

It just amazes me how selfish people can be. Think outside of your own worlds, people.

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And yet if he has a 'sore throat' or some bug they reschedule no problemo.

Still think this tour wasn't well thought out. :thumbdown:

And really this 'show' has little on the stage...one banner to hang and four floodlights. Boy must be hell. :blink:

Fans....you are the lowly peasants. You must be obedient and true, you must also if GA is in play be expected to stand in line for hours and hours no matter the weather, then stand some more during the opening band, don't go potty for 5 hours, and then still stand for the additional two hours for show time.

Would be an eye opener for a performer to experience what a lowly fan has to. And of course pay through the nose sometimes.

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Most performers have, Hoplant.

It would also be an eye opener for fans to see what goes into staging a show. It may look a small set-up to you , but it still requires touring crew, local crew, and an 8 am load-in in most places.

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I have been on both sides of the fence Kneb. I also actually prefer very little in stage production, as I go for the music not the special effects.

My personal opinion also is prices should reflect a huge production vs a scaled back production as well, you need less people with a smaller show. Seems fair to me.

I just think this winter tour starting in the arctic was ridiculous....just my opinion.

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I just think this winter tour starting in the arctic was ridiculous....just my opinion.

I think taking the music on the road through all four seasons can and should be a real positive to the overall tour experience for fans and artists. Led Zeppelin's first North American tour launched in December '68...and who will ever forget Robert's comments from the stage at Madison Square Garden in February '75..."we came six blocks in the snow just to get here...but isn't it good though that it snows...doesn't it change the vibe of the city"...just before dedicating Over The Hills And Far Away to "The Keeper of the Seasons, whoever and wherever he is".

However, I also think promoters and organizers need to plan accordingly for inclement weather. Peter Grant witnessed this when Tampa '77 tickets were sold as rain or shine - compelling the band to perform in dangerous circumstances - and then resulting in a riot when they had to stop. I'm not necessarily saying the organizers/venue in Nashville for this Robert Plant and the Band of Joy concert didn't take prudent measures in hosting this indoor concert, but clearly some ticket holders feel the show should not have gone on given local authorities had issued a warning to stay off the roads.

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Philly.com

Friday, January 28, 2011

Robert Plant rambles on into Sampan

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Robert Plant with fan Quinn Haven

The packed house at Sampan (124 S. 13th) Thursday night didn't seem to notice that rock legend Robert Plant was in the restaurant. But the Led Zeppelin frontman had broccoli, Brussels sprouts and potstickers and sipped Ciroc straight-up on his second visit to Sampan in days. Plant, who played the Tower Theatre Wednesday with his Band of Joy, was recognized by a few fans Thursday afternoon on 13th and Sansom where he stopped to take some pictures.

http://news.search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A2KJjajuxFxNV08AXBuPIsF_;_ylc=X1MDMjE0MzM2MzcyNwRfcgMyBGFvAzEEZnIDeWZwLXQtMzEyBGhvc3RwdmlkA0dacVJhbUtKak4uSWxFOTBUUWNJdHhTWGhBTUpSRTFjeE80QUJPOWgEbl9ncHMDMARuX3ZwcwMwBG9yaWdpbgNzcnAEcXVlcnkDcm9iZXJ0IHBsYW50IHNub3cEc2FvAzEEdnRlc3RpZANVU04wMTI-?p=robert+plant+snow&fr2=sb-top&fr=yfp-t-312

Steve:

What is a "potsticker"? What is Ciroc?

Juliet

PS I don't like Brussel Sprouts and I only eat cooked Broccoli..preferably in Chinese food....

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I have been on both sides of the fence Kneb. I also actually prefer very little in stage production, as I go for the music not the special effects.

My personal opinion also is prices should reflect a huge production vs a scaled back production as well, you need less people with a smaller show. Seems fair to me.

I just think this winter tour starting in the arctic was ridiculous....just my opinion.

HP - really didn't mean you personally - I have some awareness of your history (all good):)

I'm with you on prices. They are getting scary these days. The BCC prices for their upcoming UK tour are astronomical x

And PS - If people look back at my post you will see I don't take a stance on whether or not the show should have been cancelled. I just take issue with those who throw out the idea that changing the date would have been so easy. It isn't. The cancellation of a gig is NEVER taken lightly.

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The funny thing is all that commotion over 2 inches of snow, LOL, BUT, people in that area probably cant drive in snow if their not used to it, BUT 2 inches of snow ISNT an emergency, LOL, try living in Upstate, New York, any of us would have just driven slowly if it was calling for 10 inches! 2 inches FEH!

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From a personal point of view I flew from England to NYC to see the 2 Beacon shows.

I arrived 30 hours late as my original flight was cancelled due to the overnight dumping of snow, I rescheduled a flight the next day and had to book a hotel overnight at the airport. The followng days flight arrived in the UK late and there was the possibility that it couldn't go back as there was a technical problem.

Thankfully it was able to fly, it then left five hours later than planned and then on landing and being towed to the arrivals gate the tow bar broke so we had to wait again.

The train from Newark to Penn station was running late,so I arrived in NYC at peak rush hour time which was a pain as there was a taxi queue of about 50-60 people before me so that was another hour plus waiting in the cold.

Thankfully I saw the 2 shows and the tickets cost me $150 as well as extra hotel fees, inconvenience, anxiety and I lost a nights hotel stay.

The bottom line was despite all that I had a fantastic time, met up with a great bunch of friends over the weekend and ain't complaining as much as those who didn't get to their show.

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The bottom line was despite all that I had a fantastic time, met up with a great bunch of friends over the weekend and ain't complaining as much as those who didn't get to their show.

I think that's really what it comes down to regarding the Nashville concert. The majority of ticket holders made it to the show and enjoyed themselves. The minority who missed it are pissed because they missed it and are looking to assign blame.

A tempest in a teacup.

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Steve:

What is a "potsticker"? What is Ciroc?

Potsticker is Northern Chinese style of dumpling (steamed and then pan-fried jiaozi), usually with meat and cabbage filling.

Cîroc is a brand of distilled beverage manufactured in France and marketed as a vodka.

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Potsticker is Northern Chinese style of dumpling (steamed and then pan-fried jiaozi), usually with meat and cabbage filling.

Cîroc is a brand of distilled beverage manufactured in France and marketed as a vodka.

That's Ciroc and roll for you ;)

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The funny thing is all that commotion over 2 inches of snow, LOL, BUT, people in that area probably cant drive in snow if their not used to it, BUT 2 inches of snow ISNT an emergency, LOL, try living in Upstate, New York, any of us would have just driven slowly if it was calling for 10 inches! 2 inches FEH!

I realize that two inches of snow should not normally be a big deal, however the timing of this weather event created a perfect storm-type situation with traffic flow. At 3:00pm, there was no snow in sight. At 3:30 the snow came in fast and hard, with over an inch falling in the first hour. Nashville is not a mass-transit city, so office workers ran for their cars and attempted to go home around 4:00pm. Mass traffic jams ensued, and the snow plows were unable to get through the traffic to clear the roads of snow. The Interstates were at a standstill, the back roads and shortcuts were all clogged, and nobody went anywhere. Most middle Tennesseans are a bit short on experience driving on snow and ice, and people were abandoning their cars in the middle of highways, which compouded the problem.

The normal drive time from my house to the venue is 20 minutes. It took me 2 hours and 30 minutes to get there. It took patience and a full tank of gas, but the band members and their family members and friends also experienced similar driving conditions. I did not notice that many empty seats, so I think the majority of ticket holders probably made it ok if they were willing to put forth the effort.

And for the record, the driver that drove Plant from the hotel to the venue informed the world via Twitter that it took the Golden One two hours to get through the traffic.

I think this is all much ado about nothing.

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For the record, the driver that drove Plant from the hotel to the venue informed the world via Twitter that it took the Golden One two hours to get through the traffic.

Does anyone know if he commented on the inclement weather while onstage?

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Does anyone know if he commented on the inclement weather while onstage?

In his opening remarks, he noted that it had been a "strange" snowy day, or something like that. The camera crew was there, I would bet they captured that remark as well as some footage on the conditions outside the venue.

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In his opening remarks, he noted that it had been a "strange" snowy day, or something like that. The camera crew was there, I would bet they captured that remark as well as some footage on the conditions outside the venue.

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I think that's really what it comes down to regarding the Nashville concert. The majority of ticket holders made it to the show and enjoyed themselves. The minority who missed it are pissed because they missed it and are looking to assign blame.

A tempest in a teacup.

Agreed. Imagine the outrage if he had cancelled after the majority of ticket holders made it to the venue. I was over from London and made it to both shows....although it took me 5 minutes to walk there from the hotel as opposed to two minutes the first night ! (sorry)

I actually spoke to two ladies after the second show who had made it to the Sheraton Hotel across the street from the venue but then sat in the bar all night thinking the show had been cancelled ! They took it well though..even laughing about it.

Was lucky enough to meet up with Robert after the first night and he was in good spirits. Met him again at Nashville airport the day after the 2nd show and we discussed briefly what a strange day 'yesterday' was...but he was delighted with the actual show on the 2nd night. I'm glad it was filmed.

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