ninelives Posted June 14, 2008 Share Posted June 14, 2008 I do not think he is shit without Jimmy. I think he is better with Jimmy than without. As you say, the O2 performance proved it, once again. Perhaps there is love in Page's actions towards Mr. Plant? I'm with you on that score, though. Of course I'd put it differently - it's time to give the ungrateful little lion a pat on the head and move on. One can keep the door open in the meantime; I see the wonder of devotion... Plant's "current" project includes a huge number of old songs, including Zeppelin songs. He loves himself some pretty old shit, too. Who's he to talk about what's artistically valid due to it having been done before? How is what he's doing for the right reasons, while what Jimmy's doing is for the wrong? I heard growth in Page's playing at the O2, for sure. I am of the gang who thinks the actual reason Plant doesn't want to do it is because it's too much for his voice to keep up with the power of Zeppelin's music, as played by Zeppelin, and not a blue grass band. This is not a put down, it's just a statement. Singers age in different ways than musicians who play instruments. Also, their touring scene in the 70s, and the events concurrent with it, were probably enough to put a man off his feed for several decades. But he's been touring constantly since, so it's not the act of touring that has him spooked. And it has been several decades. I do understand the frustration of his position. But maybe Plant is missing the reasons people since 1982 keep on about Zeppelin? It's kind of like Steven Speilberg complaining that people keep going on about "Close Encounters;" like William Styron griping that people keep bugging him about "Sophie's Choice;" like Paul McCartney bitching that folks want him to do Beatles songs... If he doesn't wanna, he doesn't wanna, fine. Why does he have to put down the people who appreciate the music? Because equating what people love with getting jerked off by a cheap massuese is really not all that humorous, honest. I didn't say the 02 proved he was better with Jimmy. I said it showed they still had the chemistry. But I don't think he's better or worse. Raising Sand is an exploration of American roots music. So what if it's old? That has nothing to do with anything. As for him doing Zep songs live with Alison - they do three. It makes up a very SMALL part of the show. Robert's not wanting to rehash the past is more related to HIS past. It's not where he's at anymore and he wants to do other things. That they involve songs that are old is irrelevant. That he revisits Zep songs live is irrelevant. They're HIS songs too and he reworks them so much they often bear little resemblance to the original. He hasn't ever said it's "wrong" for Page to want Zep. It's just not what Robert wants for Robert right now. There's no insulting anyone. I really think touring with Zep again has nothing to do with Robert being concerned he can't vocally handle the tour etc. It's no judgement against what the others want. Robert is speaking for what he wants or rather, doesn't want right now. But he didn't close the door completely if there were the right reasons. No one will be happy. He'll reunite with Zep and everyone will bash him that he can't sing vocally. He won't reunite, he's selfish. He agrees to one off shows here and there, it's not fair they didn't hit their city. :rolleyes: Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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