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(Onion AV Club)   After realizing it has truly been a long time since he rocked and rolled, Robert Plant is ready to take Led Zeppelin back on tour   (avclub.com) divider line 97
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2013-02-18 07:07:37 PM
 
2013-02-18 07:19:04 PM
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Probably not as long as you think.
 
2013-02-18 07:25:11 PM
What Is And What Should Never Be.
 
2013-02-18 07:26:05 PM
Meh.  F*cker can't sing anymore anyway.
 
2013-02-18 07:33:21 PM
TCV was fantastic and had more energy than Plant.
 
2013-02-18 08:05:47 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Meh.  F*cker can't sing anymore anyway.


www.robertplant.com
really?
 
2013-02-18 08:23:28 PM

aiiee: AdolfOliverPanties: Meh.  F*cker can't sing anymore anyway.

[www.robertplant.com image 206x206]
really?


Not Zeppelin tunes worth a damn.  If they want to play all acoustic or rockabilly versions of LZ songs where he can sing an octave lower, by all means pay your money and buy a ticket to see that garbage.
 
2013-02-18 08:25:17 PM
This'll go over like a...well...
 
2013-02-18 08:33:11 PM
Saw plant and page in 1997 the vocals not so good.
 
2013-02-18 08:34:15 PM
Heart does a better LZ today than the remaining 3/4 of LZ can today.
 
2013-02-18 08:36:52 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: If they want to play all acoustic or rockabilly versions of LZ songs where he can sing an octave lower,


it doesn't have to be an octave lower; just whatever dude can hit.


/I think Rush does that.
//It's interesting to hear singers get older and find out what they do to cope
 
2013-02-18 08:39:36 PM
I'd rather see him with Union Station doing Zep covers.
 
2013-02-18 08:41:37 PM
Jason Bonham said that Plant didn't want to tour with Led Zeppelin because even though he loves Jason, not seeing Bonzo back there behind the kit is too painful.l

I wonder what changed his mind.

I'm betting this never materializes into anything.
 
2013-02-18 08:42:05 PM
I saw Plant on his solo tour around '85, he was on his game then.

/saw Plant and Paul Rodgers with the Firm
//they were pretty good for what they were
///radioactive ... radioactive...
 
2013-02-18 08:42:26 PM
 
2013-02-18 08:42:39 PM
The hard part will be finding a way to animate John Bonham's corpse.
 
2013-02-18 08:43:13 PM
A long time? A long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time?
 
2013-02-18 08:43:18 PM
They sounded pretty good at the O2 show.  It's been five years, but hell, I'd probably go to see them.  I imagine that one of the requirements for Plant would be to do some of the less well-known stuff in exchange for singing Stairway.
 
2013-02-18 08:46:33 PM

basemetal: /saw Plant Page and Paul Rodgers with the Firm

 
2013-02-18 08:48:40 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Meh.  F*cker can't sing anymore anyway.


THIS!
 
2013-02-18 08:50:01 PM
asark.com
 
2013-02-18 09:00:28 PM
userserve-ak.last.fm
Dude could just stand on stage and tell stories for two hours and I'd still pay to see him.
This is the one, the only, Robert Frick'n PLANT
 
2013-02-18 09:02:35 PM

MrEricSir: The hard part will be finding a way to animate John Bonham's corpse.


Luckily, great strides have been made in animatronics. It wouldn't do to have Bonzo look like he should be singing "It's a Small World"
 
2013-02-18 09:04:16 PM
If they do get back together they need to do Achilles Last Stand, the song that totally influenced Metallica.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWOuzYvksRw
 
2013-02-18 09:04:33 PM

mekkab: AdolfOliverPanties: If they want to play all acoustic or rockabilly versions of LZ songs where he can sing an octave lower,

it doesn't have to be an octave lower; just whatever dude can hit.


/I think Rush does that.
//It's interesting to hear singers get older and find out what they do to cope


I'll take that one step further. I go to tons of shows. Recently, I saw Rush, Neil Young, and Iron Maiden. In all the aforementioned performances, I could not tell you if the songs were transposed down or if the vocalists used tricks to account for their loss of capabilities. I can tell you that all three shows kicked ass.

The only real problem I'd have with Zep coming back is the same one I've had with it for 33 years- no Bonzo. Perhaps the greatest rock drummer of all time. But I'd deal. Love the songs.
 
2013-02-18 09:05:28 PM
When you see a band like ABBA get offered a cool billion to go on a reunion tour, it's hard not to see the possibilities.

/Yes, I know ABBA is much more popular overseas
 
2013-02-18 09:15:52 PM

tinyarena: Dude could just stand on stage and tell stories for two hours and I'd still pay to see him.
This is the one, the only, Robert Frick'n PLANT


I might go see that. But some guy trying to recapture the magic of a bygone era? Pass.
 
2013-02-18 09:29:34 PM

Summoner101: When you see a band like ABBA get offered a cool billion to go on a reunion tour, it's hard not to see the possibilities.

/Yes, I know ABBA is much more popular overseas


I'd be there for as many ABBA shows as I could see if they agreed to do it. Never gonna happen. Kinda like no Plant = no Zep, no Agnetha = no ABBA. And yes, I am serious. I love ABBA's songs. But it's the four of them or bust. And she ain't doing it.

Anyway, Zep is already in a tough spot playing without Bonham. But if Page/Jones were to tour and call it Led Zeppelin with Plant still active and (possibly) willing, it'd be ridiculous. Still can't believe they considered it.
 
2013-02-18 09:30:31 PM

dugitman: basemetal: /saw Plant Page and Paul Rodgers with the Firm


Yeah......had Plant on the brain.

/not that plant ya stoners
 
2013-02-18 09:30:54 PM
Meh, Robert Plant's time has passed.
Now I would pay (quite a bit to be honest) if these guys were ever to get on stage and play.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI04GJpyc3Q
 
2013-02-18 09:32:12 PM
I suddenly remember laughter.
 
2013-02-18 09:32:15 PM

PhiloeBedoe: This'll go over like a...well...


nice.  They say nothing is obscure on Fark.  They might be right.
 
2013-02-18 09:33:38 PM

bump: Heart does a better LZ today than the remaining 3/4 of LZ can today.


That Kennedy center thing was amazing but the guitar work was a little iffy.  Ann and Nancy really nailed it though.  They've always done great Zeppelin covers.  Saw them do a few live.  Probably the best Zeppelin cover band out there.
 
2013-02-18 09:35:36 PM

sonnyboy11: mekkab: AdolfOliverPanties: If they want to play all acoustic or rockabilly versions of LZ songs where he can sing an octave lower,

it doesn't have to be an octave lower; just whatever dude can hit.


/I think Rush does that.
//It's interesting to hear singers get older and find out what they do to cope

I'll take that one step further. I go to tons of shows. Recently, I saw Rush, Neil Young, and Iron Maiden. In all the aforementioned performances, I could not tell you if the songs were transposed down or if the vocalists used tricks to account for their loss of capabilities. I can tell you that all three shows kicked ass.

The only real problem I'd have with Zep coming back is the same one I've had with it for 33 years- no Bonzo. Perhaps the greatest rock drummer of all time. But I'd deal. Love the songs.


I'll add Elton John and Bon Jovi.  Not saying that Elton John is washed up but after 3 hours (yes he plays that long) of singing, they all sound alike in a range of only one octave
 
2013-02-18 09:40:18 PM
Oh please oh please oh please let this be true...

AdolfOliverPanties: Meh.  F*cker can't sing anymore anyway.


He could stand on stage and croak Whole Lotta Love, Dazed and Confused, and Kashmir, and he would STILL sound better than 99% of the autotuned, no-talent (c)rappers and skanks who dominate popular music today.
 
2013-02-18 09:42:05 PM

icanoutfishyou: Meh, Robert Plant's time has passed.
Now I would pay (quite a bit to be honest) if these guys were ever to get on stage and play.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI04GJpyc3Q


I don't agree with you about Plant, but that is a great f'in cover you posted.
 
2013-02-18 09:44:09 PM
I saw him on 60 minutes last Sunday. He's not at all assholish.
 
2013-02-18 09:47:28 PM

brandent: I'll add Elton John and Bon Jovi.  Not saying that Elton John is washed up but after 3 hours (yes he plays that long) of singing, they all sound alike in a range of only one octave


His voice has deepened since he had throat surgery in the late 1980s, but occasionally he will hit a few high notes during his concerts (while performing Rocket Man or Bennie and the Jets, for example)
 
2013-02-18 09:49:51 PM
They were hit-or-miss in their prime.
 
2013-02-18 09:49:59 PM

brandent: sonnyboy11: mekkab: AdolfOliverPanties: If they want to play all acoustic or rockabilly versions of LZ songs where he can sing an octave lower,

it doesn't have to be an octave lower; just whatever dude can hit.


/I think Rush does that.
//It's interesting to hear singers get older and find out what they do to cope

I'll take that one step further. I go to tons of shows. Recently, I saw Rush, Neil Young, and Iron Maiden. In all the aforementioned performances, I could not tell you if the songs were transposed down or if the vocalists used tricks to account for their loss of capabilities. I can tell you that all three shows kicked ass.

The only real problem I'd have with Zep coming back is the same one I've had with it for 33 years- no Bonzo. Perhaps the greatest rock drummer of all time. But I'd deal. Love the songs.

I'll add Elton John and Bon Jovi.  Not saying that Elton John is washed up but after 3 hours (yes he plays that long) of singing, they all sound alike in a range of only one octave


Makes me think it's one of the main reasons Jagger has had it so good, for so long. I'm not sure if he ever had more than an octave of range in him. But he did make Beggar's Banquet. I've even forgiven pap like Steel Wheels because of Beggar's Banquet. Hell, I'll forgive the Stones most any transgression because of that album.
 
2013-02-18 09:51:57 PM

brandent: bump: Heart does a better LZ today than the remaining 3/4 of LZ can today.

That Kennedy center thing was amazing but the guitar work was a little iffy.  Ann and Nancy really nailed it though.  They've always done great Zeppelin covers.  Saw them do a few live.  Probably the best Zeppelin cover band out there.


Watched that whole show at work the other day. I was shocked to learn my rock music history loving boss was unaware Heart started as a LZ cover band. That cover of Stairway was crazy awesome.

I wonder which was more intimidating for Ann and Nancy: covering Zepellin in front of the band or playing for the President?
 
2013-02-18 10:04:13 PM

brandent: Probably the best Zeppelin cover band out there.


www.maximumink.com

"Think again man."

Actually saw these guys (Dread Zeppelin) a couple of times and whatever you think of the concept and Tort, the guitarist is awesome.
 
2013-02-18 10:05:29 PM

MFAWG: tinyarena: Dude could just stand on stage and tell stories for two hours and I'd still pay to see him.
This is the one, the only, Robert Frick'n PLANT

I might go see that. But some guy trying to recapture the magic of a bygone era? Pass.


And that's the thing.  They're going to try and sell it as "They've still got it!!!!!" when it was the right band at the right time and the right place with the right abilities.

Seeing BB King in his prime was also one of those things.  But in lieu of that the guy has assembled an amazing band to back him up that serves as enough of an apology for him not being in his prime.  And he also doesn't play shows where the tickets are a friggin' c-note, he hands out pins to anyone up front in the general seating and you know that unless Death finally catches up with him he will be back in a few months.  Same with the Allmans; Greg knows he needs the real-deal on that stage to pay the bills that the name commands, and they do it night after night.

And that's what pisses me off about Zeppelin or Cream or any number of huge bands that put it back together when clearly they're just out there selling the goods they used to have.

Anyone thinking of going....do yourself a favor. Pick up a few DVD's or CD's you might not yet own, go see some local tribute band and pocket the rest of the cash.  It will be better than plunking it all down and spending the rest of your life wondering what they were like when they were at their prime.
 
2013-02-18 10:07:18 PM

tinyarena: [userserve-ak.last.fm image 252x358]
Dude could just stand on stage and tell stories for two hours and I'd still pay to see him.
This is the one, the only, Robert Frick'n PLANT


Get him Page and JPJ on the same stage for 2 hours of stories and reminiscing and that would be something to watch.

Film it and call it "It Was Loud" and I'd buy the DVD.
 
2013-02-18 10:15:11 PM
I saw on YouTube Def Leppard trying to play their hits from years past. They were horrible. I can't imagine these much older geezers from Led Zepplin looking good trying to play live.

People complain about Hollywood having too many sequels, but they know nostalgia sells, just like a Led Zep tour would sell no matter how embarrassing the show would be.
 
2013-02-18 10:19:24 PM
Love Zep. Really really love Zep.

But there is something painful about watching your favorite artists try to re-capture the moment after it is gone. Make another "Raising Sand".... heck, do anything. But the 2007 show was a nice exit plan. Don't screw it up guys.
 
2013-02-18 10:20:36 PM

Neeek: brandent


I'm a huge Heart fan.  My wife thinks that's strange for a guy but I know a few guys with the same opinion.  They aren't the best band in the world, just my favorite.  They've always done LZ covers but not a cover band.  Much of their 70s work is clearly influenced by Zeppelin though.  Remember that Nancy is married to Cameron Crowe and has done much of the musical work on his movies (she plays "Beautiful Girl in Car" in Fast Times at Ridgemont High).  The movie "singles" about the Seattle music scene for instance is an homage to that music environment and many attribute Heart to being one of the founders of that scene.  I believe there's a tribute album with several of the Seattle bands doing Heart covers.  Forgot the name but I think at one point Alice in Chains does a Heart tune.  Chris Cornell will be leading the honors inducting them into the Rock and Roll hall of fame.

Not that I've spent too much time on them or anything.  Haven't actually followed them much the last decade but from about 1985-1995 it was all Heart all the time.
 
2013-02-18 10:21:08 PM
Celebration Day should stand as their swan song (See what i did there? Didya? Didya? Huh? Huh?).

No, seriously,. That was the best I've ever heard them sound live. And it probably won't get any better. Or even match that again.

/written by someone who has heard just about every bootleg and official live release in existence.
 
2013-02-18 10:23:08 PM

TomD9938: brandent: Probably the best Zeppelin cover band out there.

[www.maximumink.com image 250x244]

"Think again man."

Actually saw these guys (Dread Zeppelin) a couple of times and whatever you think of the concept and Tort, the guitarist is awesome.


Wasn't the lead (led?) singer Un-Led-Ed or something?
 
2013-02-18 10:23:33 PM
...every Zep bootleg...
 
2013-02-18 10:30:16 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Meh.  F*cker can't sing anymore anyway.


Saw them in Montreal on the Physical Graffiti tour and he was having trouble hitting some of the high notes from the earlier albums then.

/no Bonzo - no Zep
//obviously
 
2013-02-18 10:31:47 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD-MdiUm1_Y  (Kashmir - from Celebration Day)
 
2013-02-18 10:40:41 PM
I saw Zeppelin in 1977. I am not going to spoil the memory. I wish Robert Plant, Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler, and all the OLD rockers would just stop!
 
2013-02-18 10:44:29 PM

brandent: Wasn't the lead (led?) singer Un-Led-Ed or something?


One of the early albums was Un-Leded (sp?).  The singer is Tortelvis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XljeoKZgZeI

A sampling...
 
2013-02-18 10:49:05 PM
I see no way I wouldn't enjoy a show of theirs.
 
2013-02-18 11:24:33 PM
Lemee guess, the tickets will be $600 for the nose bleeds and the show will be a half hour long. Because neither the band nor their baby boomer fans need to be up at all hours of the night.
 
2013-02-18 11:28:32 PM

TomD9938: brandent: Probably the best Zeppelin cover band out there.

[www.maximumink.com image 250x244]

"Think again man."

Actually saw these guys (Dread Zeppelin) a couple of times and whatever you think of the concept and Tort, the guitarist is awesome.


Dread Zeppelin rocked. They still around? Fun band to see play.
 
2013-02-18 11:46:39 PM
I don't think it would happen, Robert has too much to do ruling Rohan.
media.tumblr.com

I think he does have pipes left. He has changed up his style. This video is a pretty good example. It's Robert and Alison Krauss singing "Please Read the Letter" it has a very nice build up at the end. Plus Alison is wearing a short skirt and thigh high boots (rawr). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axhLruo9SqA
 
2013-02-18 11:49:13 PM

my lip balm addiction: Dread Zeppelin rocked. They still around?


According to their site, they played some 15 shows last year.
 
2013-02-19 12:04:37 AM

beb004: I saw Zeppelin in 1977. I am not going to spoil the memory. I wish Robert Plant, Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler, and all the OLD rockers would just stop!


I'm going to disagree more or less.
I think that older rockers shouldn't tour, but, if they have the ability to write and perform new material in the studio, I'm ok with it.
Just don't see the point of them trying to gyrate round on stage anymore.

Make a video and or PPV where you touchup the performances I suppose..
 
2013-02-19 12:31:54 AM

brandent: Neeek: brandent

I'm a huge Heart fan.  My wife thinks that's strange for a guy but I know a few guys with the same opinion.  They aren't the best band in the world, just my favorite.  They've always done LZ covers but not a cover band.  Much of their 70s work is clearly influenced by Zeppelin though.  Remember that Nancy is was married to Cameron Crowe and has done much of the musical work on his movies (she plays "Beautiful Girl in Car" in Fast Times at Ridgemont High).  The movie "singles" about the Seattle music scene for instance is an homage to that music environment and many attribute Heart to being one of the founders of that scene.  I believe there's a tribute album with several of the Seattle bands doing Heart covers.  Forgot the name but I think at one point Alice in Chains does a Heart tune.  Chris Cornell will be leading the honors inducting them into the Rock and Roll hall of fame.

Not that I've spent too much time on them or anything.  Haven't actually followed them much the last decade but from about 1985-1995 it was all Heart all the time.


She divorced his thetan-having ass a while back.
 
2013-02-19 01:05:36 AM

GreatGlavinsGhost: brandent: Neeek: brandent

I'm a huge Heart fan.  My wife thinks that's strange for a guy but I know a few guys with the same opinion.  They aren't the best band in the world, just my favorite.  They've always done LZ covers but not a cover band.  Much of their 70s work is clearly influenced by Zeppelin though.  Remember that Nancy is was married to Cameron Crowe and has done much of the musical work on his movies (she plays "Beautiful Girl in Car" in Fast Times at Ridgemont High).  The movie "singles" about the Seattle music scene for instance is an homage to that music environment and many attribute Heart to being one of the founders of that scene.  I believe there's a tribute album with several of the Seattle bands doing Heart covers.  Forgot the name but I think at one point Alice in Chains does a Heart tune.  Chris Cornell will be leading the honors inducting them into the Rock and Roll hall of fame.

Not that I've spent too much time on them or anything.  Haven't actually followed them much the last decade but from about 1985-1995 it was all Heart all the time.

She divorced his thetan-having ass a while back.


Really?  Hadn't noticed.

/is it just me or did he marry her because she was a 70s rock star?
 
2013-02-19 01:41:23 AM

Lorelle: He could stand on stage and croak Whole Lotta Love, Dazed and Confused, and Kashmir, and he would STILL sound better than 99% of the autotuned, no-talent (c)rappers and skanks who dominate popular music today.


THIS.

/ doesn't hurt that I'm partial to "Kashmir"
// ...and that I'm > 40...
 
2013-02-19 03:12:37 AM
Someone got paid to write, "Maybe next year, maybe not." I'm clearly in the wrong line of work.
 
2013-02-19 04:01:11 AM
Robert Plant can't sing well anymore and I assume the ticket prices are going to be expensive, so no thanks.
 
2013-02-19 04:29:45 AM
I might catch the sad decrepit remnants of Led Zeppelin if they were to play an included-with-a-day's-admission gig the KY State Fair and I got a ride up to LOO-uh-vull, maybe, but I wouldn't expect much. It's all so sad.
 
2013-02-19 04:35:12 AM
I guess I'm in the minority, but "Kashmir" reduces me to genuine tears of boredom.
 
2013-02-19 05:27:07 AM
I don't know about any tour, but I watched that Heart performance (the Kennedy Center one), and it moved me to tears.

Farking amazing job and no mistake. Thanks to all who mentioned it upthread.
 
2013-02-19 06:50:46 AM
The real Robert Plant died decades ago:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-19 07:26:43 AM
i26.photobucket.com
Zep tribute band.

/Also, saw Page with Black Crowes years ago, no reason to go to reunion
 
2013-02-19 08:03:23 AM

part of the problem: Love Zep. Really really love Zep.

But there is something painful about watching your favorite artists try to re-capture the moment after it is gone. Make another "Raising Sand".... heck, do anything. But the 2007 show was a nice exit plan. Don't screw it up guys.


I'm with you on this. I have that show on blu-ray and it is actually pretty good. Excellent, even. But clearly, they were taking their game up to the highest possible level they were capable of because they knew it was just one show...and it was in honor of their best friend ever, Ahmet Ertigen.

They couldn't sustain that for a week, much less for a tour.
 
2013-02-19 09:03:06 AM

Forbidden Doughnut: Lorelle: He could stand on stage and croak Whole Lotta Love, Dazed and Confused, and Kashmir, and he would STILL sound better than 99% of the autotuned, no-talent (c)rappers and skanks who dominate popular music today.

THIS.

/ doesn't hurt that I'm partial to "Kashmir"
// ...and that I'm > 40...


One of the best scenes in "It Might Get Loud" is actually an outtake where Edge asked JP about that tune. He's so matter of fact about it and Edge and Jack White are like two 8-year olds kids just watching him play it.
 
2013-02-19 09:06:48 AM

Mr_Fabulous: part of the problem: Love Zep. Really really love Zep.

But there is something painful about watching your favorite artists try to re-capture the moment after it is gone. Make another "Raising Sand".... heck, do anything. But the 2007 show was a nice exit plan. Don't screw it up guys.

I'm with you on this. I have that show on blu-ray and it is actually pretty good. Excellent, even. But clearly, they were taking their game up to the highest possible level they were capable of because they knew it was just one show...and it was in honor of their best friend ever, Ahmet Ertigen.

They couldn't sustain that for a week, much less for a tour.


They could do what McCartney does. He will play a short sprint of 6 or so shows (3+ hours without a break) then chill for 6-months. Despite the Olympics where he couldn't hear himself until mid-way thru Hey Jude, he's still in good voice (See the Sandy relief concert and his recent work with Grohl). And McCartney is 70!
 
2013-02-19 09:20:12 AM
I have a lot of fond memories of LZ, even had tickets to see them, but Bonzo died and the tour was cancelled.  But just like every other band that was ruling the world back in the 1970's, their time has come and gone.  I don't want to ruin the memories I do have of them.  If I want to see any of those bands play live, I'll pop in a DVD of Knebworth by LZ, Pulse by Pink Floyd (saw that tour, ti was awesome), or any other DVD to see those bands at their best.  A geezered up, watered down version that is a pale shade of ther former selves does not appeal to me.
 
2013-02-19 09:34:18 AM
Not sure why they would do this. They have plenty of money and a tremendous legacy. I wouldn't walk around the corner to go see them play a free show in Bryant Park now though. With the possible exception of JPJ, thew were better at their craft years ago than they are now. Except for the dead one, of course.

If they were to do a storytelling tour though, where they went around to smallish clubs and just shot the shiat about all the cool stuff they did in their glory days, and commented on iconic photos, interacted with the crowd  at the bar (Jimmy Page signs my Les Paul etc etc) I would drop a couple hundred for that in a heartbeat.
 
2013-02-19 10:06:37 AM

H31N0US: Not sure why they would do this. They have plenty of money and a tremendous legacy. I wouldn't walk around the corner to go see them play a free show in Bryant Park now though. With the possible exception of JPJ, thew were better at their craft years ago than they are now. Except for the dead one, of course.

If they were to do a storytelling tour though, where they went around to smallish clubs and just shot the shiat about all the cool stuff they did in their glory days, and commented on iconic photos, interacted with the crowd  at the bar (Jimmy Page signs my Les Paul etc etc) I would drop a couple hundred for that in a heartbeat.


Meet you there with my Les! The closest I've seen to a show like this was something I caught on PBS (I think). The studio The Beatles worked in at EMI is huge (Glen Miller recorded there as have full orchestras). Anyway, they put around 100 nightclub tables in and Paul held court for a few hours. They brought in a bunch of the old instruments like the Mellotron used on Strawberry Fields (Paul bought all that stuff when EMI was threatening to sell it all) and he'd play a bit and tell stories "George would always stand here because..." And such. Something like this that traveled, "and here's the Theremin we used on WLL" where you could enjoy a lovely cocktail and listen to then shoot the shiat and jam would be epic. Jimmy is a great story teller when he wants to be.
 
2013-02-19 10:07:26 AM

Dhabu: I don't know about any tour, but I watched that Heart performance (the Kennedy Center one), and it moved me to tears.

Farking amazing job and no mistake. Thanks to all who mentioned it upthread.


It made Robert Plant shed a tear, too. Could be the thing that changed his mind about getting the band back together.
 
2013-02-19 10:18:33 AM

MacWizard: Dhabu: I don't know about any tour, but I watched that Heart performance (the Kennedy Center one), and it moved me to tears.

Farking amazing job and no mistake. Thanks to all who mentioned it upthread.

It made Robert Plant shed a tear, too. Could be the thing that changed his mind about getting the band back together.


Can't believe I haven't seen this. I'm sure it's online somewhere. I've always thought if I hit one of those stupid money lotteries I'd try and advance a series of HBO specials where either newer acts come and play with their biggest influences and then sit on a big couch and pepper them with questions or maybe you get a bunch of old guys from different bands together in some famous studio, shoot the shiat, think Townsend asking McCartney about Moon's last night alive (they were out together) then getting up and jamming some new tune they'd written that week with a guy like Ginger Baker or something. I'd watch the shiat out of that.
 
2013-02-19 10:18:44 AM
Tease
 
2013-02-19 10:29:09 AM
Longtime Zeppelin fan, but I'm in the 'Don't do it Zeppelin' camp as well. I know they're not doing it for the money. I wish them well. Besides, no one has heard any new music from Led Zeppelin in 30 years, so who knows.

It's still gonna be better than the rock coming out these days anyway, so I say go for it.
 
2013-02-19 10:40:57 AM
Put out a new record and tour behind it.  That I could support.  But don't do an oldies show.  I had zero respect for Van Halen when they did that back in 07.  Then they put out a record with all new material (well, reworked rewritten demos with all new lyrics and a few all brand new songs, but a new release,) and toured behind it with a sober Eddie and even though Dave can't sing worth a crap, it was still good.  This is because it wasn't just an oldies show.

Not that Van Halen is on the level of Led Zeppelin.

No one really is.  And that is the problem.  Led Zeppelin was a force of nature and it is way too powerful for a bunch of guys in their mid-60s to pull off.  And if it is just a money grab oldies tour, at their ages how much different is it than seeing The Monkees or Styx or something?

Go see Led Zepagain if you need the power and banshee wail of the old days. Those guys are great.
 
2013-02-19 10:44:46 AM

skinink: I saw on YouTube Def Leppard trying to play their hits from years past. They were horrible. I can't imagine these much older geezers from Led Zepplin looking good trying to play live.

People complain about Hollywood having too many sequels, but they know nostalgia sells, just like a Led Zep tour would sell no matter how embarrassing the show would be.


To be fair, at least Led Zeppelin is starting out with good songs. Def Leppard? Not so much.
 
2013-02-19 11:11:12 AM
He can't hit those stratospheric high notes he used to, but the dude is 64. Can anyone really reasonably expect him to, especially after years of abusing his voice?

But he can still sing. In fact, I think in a lot of ways he's a better singer now. His voice is more nuanced and mature now than it was in his Zeppelin days.
 
2013-02-19 11:33:12 AM

AdolfOliverPanties: Put out a new record and tour behind it.  That I could support.  But don't do an oldies show.  I had zero respect for Van Halen when they did that back in 07.  Then they put out a record with all new material (well, reworked rewritten demos with all new lyrics and a few all brand new songs, but a new release,) and toured behind it with a sober Eddie and even though Dave can't sing worth a crap, it was still good.  This is because it wasn't just an oldies show.

Not that Van Halen is on the level of Led Zeppelin.

No one really is.  And that is the problem.  Led Zeppelin was a force of nature and it is way too powerful for a bunch of guys in their mid-60s to pull off.  And if it is just a money grab oldies tour, at their ages how much different is it than seeing The Monkees or

Styx or something?

Go see Led Zepagain if you need the power and banshee wail of the old days. Those guys are great.


I've seen their show on Paladia where they play The Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight in full and it is pretty damn good.  I'm disappointed that I didn't go see that show live when they were touring it a year or so ago.  The Denis DeYoung replacement is entertaining and a more of a showman than Denis ever was and a better keyboard player to boot.  I'd pay decent money to see Zep play any one of their albums back to front.
 
2013-02-19 12:12:36 PM
Your thyme is gonna come.
 
2013-02-19 12:45:38 PM
Capricorns?

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That would be a rockin' show.
 
2013-02-19 01:06:06 PM
I saw two ancient geezers last year - Dick Dale (not in good health) and Wanda Jackson (she's 75). Both of them were awesome, at least in the tiny club I saw them at (Maxwell's in Hoboken). Wanda Jackson can actually still do her yodel thing, and her voice crystal clear. Dick Dale absolutely shredded on guitar. I think if the artist has been touring constantly, they will keep their chops up. Nothing like seeing a band who had played the same set for 30 years. The Cure is a good example of some old dudes giving outstanding performances because they never stopped touring. Haven't seen the Stones ever - do they really suck? I find that hard to believe. I would like these old motherfarkers to teach young bands like Grizzly Bear how to farkin rock a stage!
 
2013-02-19 01:21:21 PM
fark the haters... LED ZEPP was the best and that song will remain the same. After listening to page Jam I almost gave up guitar... he is just to good
 
2013-02-19 02:15:24 PM
I once saw a band outside an Ozzie show called Fred Zeppelin.  He STUNK!!
 
2013-02-19 02:44:57 PM
Less, and less people care with each passing year.
20 years ago I would have been psyched, now it's eh, whatever.

Their music has been so overplayed throughout the years, that it's just become background music anyway.
I'm expecting to hear Stairway in an elevator, or supermarket any day now.
 
2013-02-19 04:46:10 PM
you can't have JPJ back until they finish work on the TCV album and tour for that. Not yours, can't have!
 
2013-02-19 05:47:25 PM

Mr_Fabulous: part of the problem: Love Zep. Really really love Zep.

But there is something painful about watching your favorite artists try to re-capture the moment after it is gone. Make another "Raising Sand".... heck, do anything. But the 2007 show was a nice exit plan. Don't screw it up guys.

I'm with you on this. I have that show on blu-ray and it is actually pretty good. Excellent, even. But clearly, they were taking their game up to the highest possible level they were capable of because they knew it was just one show...and it was in honor of their best friend ever, Ahmet Ertigen.

They couldn't sustain that for a week, much less for a tour.



Not only that... even within that same show, they had to work themselves up to that level heard with Kashmir, which was towards the end of the show... They got much better as the night wore along. The first few songs were tentative, and they even had Bonzo's son doing vocals.... But then, i think Plant told him, "i got this", and he took over all by himself as the show progressed.
 
2013-02-19 06:04:44 PM
To be fair, John Paul Jones has been touring pretty steadily over at least the past decade, and Robert Plant has been touring since Led Zeppeling broke up back in 1980 on various projects.  The only one, and arguably the weakest link, would be Pagey, who really hasn't been touring for 20 years or so.

He could really use some lessons from Jeff Beck.  Dude is in his 60's and plays better than just about anybody from his era, has tone, touch and taste to kill for, and would shred the faces off of most guitarists playing today.  The guy is just jaw droppingly phenomenal.
 
2013-02-19 08:20:36 PM

sonnyboy11: mekkab: AdolfOliverPanties: If they want to play all acoustic or rockabilly versions of LZ songs where he can sing an octave lower,

it doesn't have to be an octave lower; just whatever dude can hit.


/I think Rush does that.
//It's interesting to hear singers get older and find out what they do to cope

I'll take that one step further. I go to tons of shows. Recently, I saw Rush, Neil Young, and Iron Maiden. In all the aforementioned performances, I could not tell you if the songs were transposed down or if the vocalists used tricks to account for their loss of capabilities. I can tell you that all three shows kicked ass.

The only real problem I'd have with Zep coming back is the same one I've had with it for 33 years- no Bonzo. Perhaps the greatest rock drummer of all time. But I'd deal. Love the songs.


Tell you what, if they can get the drummer he had in the most recent Band of Joy, everything will be just fine.

And as far as singing in a lower register, most everyone has to deal with that.  Some deal better than others.  Listen to Van Morrison .  He sings a lot lower and it sounds great.  Stevie Nicks, eh, not as well.  I'd still pay to see any of em.
 
2013-02-20 06:22:08 AM
For the '07 reunion show, Zep played a whole step lower then conventional guitar tuning.  Not drop-D, but a whole step down.  I noticed it most during Stairway.  With the downtuning, it was in Gm instead of Am as it was recorded.  First time I heard it, I thought it sounded a little off, but then pitch came in from years of playing.  Many bands do this to compensate for a singer's range or for the sound.  As one ages, the vocal cords take on a lower register.  I also remember a recent quote from Plant regretting "screaming (his) tits off" during the Zeppelin years, thus wrecking his voice over the long haul.

I saw Plant live from the 6th row center on his tour for his Fate of Nations album (old Milwaukee Auditorium).  Awesome show.  Saw Page and Plant twice on the first tour (Milwaukee and Chicago) and once on their second (Milwaukee).  shiatty venues for sound, but still great shows.

Led Zeppelin has a bit of a mystique surrounding them.  Maybe a show here and there, but not a full tour. 
Keep it special.
 
2013-02-20 02:44:04 PM
Screw all the haters. Zep was such a huge turning point in my life that I would love to see them play, in any shape or form.
 
2013-02-21 08:06:27 AM
qsblues:  He could really use some lessons from Jeff Beck.  Dude is in his 60's and plays better than just about anybody from his era, has tone, touch and taste to kill for, and would shred the faces off of most guitarists playing today.  The guy is just jaw droppingly phenomenal.

You're right about that. Another thing about Beck is that he doesn't do the same old stuff. His playing is always evolving, and he does everything. He can wail on heavy riffs, fingerpick & chickenpick, play rockabilly with the best of 'em, play blues... whatever. He just owns it. And he's the zen master of dynamics and the whammy bar.

Of course I'm a fan of Page, Clapton, and the rest of the British guitar guys, but Jeff Beck's versatility puts him in a class by himself.
 
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