Skip to comments.Robert Plant Opens Up About Led Zeppelin Reunion, Failed Follow-Up With Alison Krauss
Posted on 01/07/2011 4:23:33 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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The funniest part was seeing all the Led Heads mixed in with the Bluegrass fans.
I saw Plant about 5 years ago, and then saw him again with Alison Kraus a couple of years ago. He didn’t do any jumping around. Both of those shows were terrific.
I think it can be fairly said that Alison Krauss carried that duo. Wish I could have seen it, though. Wonder if they will get back together in future.
Yes that was Jeff Beck.
"Who is the other guitarist destroying his guitar and Vox amp?"
That's Jeff Beck, isn't it?
Yes .On his way to the bank . : )
He was a jazz drummer at heart . That said , he had fun ( just didn’t show it ) and was an intergral part of The Stones sound .
A famous anecdote relates that during the mid-1980s, an intoxicated Jagger phoned Watts’s hotel room in the middle of the night asking where “my drummer” was. Watts reportedly got up, shaved, dressed in a suit, put on a tie and freshly shined shoes, descended the stairs and punched Jagger in the face, saying: “Don’t ev...er call me your drummer again. You’re my fucking singer!”
Yeah, the kids are alright, but they say the darndest things. I wonder if they’re still hoping . . .
That was not Led Zepplin. Plant cannot do his Led Zepplin role at this age.
I understand. But you said something about him looking ridiculous “jumping around”. He didn’t do any “jumping around” - - he simply sung a whole lotta great songs, and I enjoyed the shows. He did do a few Zeppelin songs, and did them well. Matter of fact, he blew the audience away with a studio-similar rendition of ‘That’s The Way’. Naturally, he closed out with ‘Whole Lotta Love’, the first half being a slower, funkier version, and then about halfway through breaking out into the hard rock original version. Very cool. The concert with Alison Kraus was, naturally, mostly songs from ‘Raising Sand’. T Bone Burnett even got to do a couple of songs.
Won’t argue with that but
I saw LedZep twice ~1969,1970. What disappointed me was how thin the songs sounded done live without double tracking organ, guitars etc. In an attempt to compensate for this thin sound the lead singer (Plant) was constantly moving, emoting, acting. But that was Zeps early days and maybe they found ways to beef up their live sound in later years
My point being that a large part of Zeps live sound was Robert Plant singing and behaving like a young rock god on stage. This is embarrassing and idiotic at 65 and this is why the 2007 Zep reunion was a one time affair. There would have been a tour except for R Plant.
This thread is a bad trip......bee gees good.....Zep and stones bad.........good God....beam me up keith
Anyway, The Police did a full 2+ hour concert with just the three of them - - no side men at all - - and filled the place with music. I commented to my daughter afterwards how impressed I was with all the sound produced by just three guys. Not "thin" in the slightest, as I would have expected. By the way, the opening act for The Police was Elvis Costello, and he was terrific, too. Sting came out near the end of the set and sang 'Alison' with Elvis.
“The song, Taurus by Spirit...”
BTW, what LZ song would that have been if LZ had indeed plaguerized the above song by Spirit?
Also, what album by Spirit is “Taurus” from? I have quite a bit of Spirit and I don’t seem to recall what it sounds like.
“Was that Jeff Beck smashing up the amp and guitar?”
No, it was Jimi Hendrix in a Jeff Beck suit!
I am watching Fox & Friends as you posted this. Although I might see a vague resemblance, Alisyn is way hotter. I get up early on Saturday just to see her - smokin’ hot!
"Just the three of them" (the Police)
Is a lot different today than 25 years ago
Today the sound enhancements that can be added and optimized
For the 2007 Led Zep concert I'm sure the sound was a lot fuller than when the same tunes with the same on stage instrumentation were played in 1970. How and why?
I agree. AC’s not a lesbian, either.
Have you ever listened to the Zep live album The Song Remains The Same? They sound huge. So I’m not sure the critical piece is Robert Plant’s stage antics.
RE Plant scrubbing the reunion, I’ll bet if you could really get inside his head, you would find that there’s some kind of an issue with Jimmy Page at the bottom of it. I’ll bet Page kind of wanted to run the show but Plant didn’t feel like submitting to that again.
The book "Hammer of the Gods" suggested they just flat out stole a lot of their stuff.
The hoopla and crowd hysteria can make one accept the live concert sound by the Police, Rolling Stones, what have you.... In ways you would never accept listening at home in calmer moments
Older “live” albums were notorious for being overdubbed and sonically enhanced
The kids today have crap music like rap today, we had it much better.
I had Zep tickets to the Madison Square Garden concert.
Then Bonham very inconsiderately *died*, canceling not only the concert, but the tour, and the band.
Fully agree. Like certain NFL quarterbacks, there are rock stars who stick around so long after their prime that they become caricatures of themselves. They should spend more time in the studio and less time on stage trying to recapture the spark of their former 25-year-old selves.
Not too many rock stars can pull off a long career well into their 60s but it does happen. As much as I dislike the man's politics, Bruce Springsteen is one who still puts a great rock concert. He's also one who performs much better on stage than in the studio.
A few years after the LZ break-up, Robert Plant released a single called "Big Log". That is one of my favorite songs of alltime and probably the best best indication of what Zeppelin might have sounded like in the 80s had they continued as a band.
The next show I hope to see is Hot Tuna, I can hardly wait.
Bruce Springstein has can still do his old songs with credibility and stage presence equivalent to what he had when 25-35 years old
#1 Key reason is he is always playing a guitar so is not expected to dance, jump and cavort all over the stage the way Jagger and Plant did being singers only. And Jagger still tries to pull off at age 67??? lol
#2 is he (Springstein) still has a reasonably full head of black hair
#3 I don't like his politics...as far as his music only 2-3 songs grab me. But they say he puts on a bofo show. Ever hear of the Cask and Flagon near Fenway?
Here is an analysis and deconstruction of how songs within “Song Remains the Same” were pieced together from different concerts and had minor overdubs
Here is an analysis and deconstruction of how songs within Song Remains the Same were pieced together from different concerts and had minor overdubs
Great read, very interesting. Best LZ albums for me are LZ IV and Presence. Particular favorites include Achilles Last Stand and Tea for One. Also like very much Since I’ve Been Loving You from LZ III, of which Tea for One is similar style (minor blues).
You know who else is a great LZ fan? Joe Bonamassa, who is considered to be the best blues rock guitarist at the moment.
His latest project is Blsck Country Communion
Yep. Carrying all that money to the bank makes him walk funny.
I listened to your boy Bonamassa....well done!
Thats too bad. I saw them closing night at the forum. I think they managed two more shows in SF before he passed away
I've always played a lot of music around here, and my three grown kids have all said the same thing to me at some point. That is, they said they wish their music was as good as what I grew up with - - you know, back in the olden days. (gulp)
Yes, it was three nights in LA and it’s well known that the final album spliced some songs together from the best parts of each night. That doesn’t change the fact that at any given point in the album you’re listening to four guys on stage, and they sound huge. Its not like they dubbed in a B3 or a second guitar to fatten things up.
Yeah, I liked that version of Stop.
Here’s some Bonamassa playing ZZ Top
By the way the drummer Bogie Bowles just left the group...got tired of touring. Actually started out playing in coffee house with Joe a little over 5 years ago!
There a a number of interviews with him on youtube that you will find. He also takes time to meet with fans and young people wanting to be guitar players. Quite a good dude...
Anyone seen his live show lately? He’ll be here next month and I’m thinking about going.
THAT’s a stretch...Oh great-Oh-great-oh, flex-o-flex, I reckon!
You should see Rush in concert, no band gets more out of three guys than they do.
I saw Rush in 1975 at Bucknell. Rush and Kiss opened for Blue Oyster Cult. That was, by far, the loudest concert I ever attended (and that includes a couple of Black Sabbath concerts at the Spectrum in 1970 - 71). I was on aspirin for a week, which helped with the headache but didn’t stop the ringing in my ears.
That's a couple weeks before I saw them (at the L.A. Forum, 17th row center). They played six nights, just like they did at MSG. Loudest show I've ever attended. Too loud, actually -- something I didn't think possible when I was that age. Not nearly has tight as the '73 tour -- the 35+ minute "No Quarter" was a bit over the top. IIRC, the songs from Physical and Presence were the highlights.
I don’t think I could pick a favorite Zep album. I just remember back in 1978 my friends and I were awaiting their next release for what seemed like a very long time. Presence had come out a couple of years before, but like you noted, it didn’t satisfy, and hey... we were nineteen or twenty years old and life seemed to move like molasses. We wanted and expected something like Zep I, or II, or III, or IV, or Houses of the Holy or Physical Graffiti. Something with hard driving Blues/Rock. Old school stuff, with an easy to play song or two for those of us who liked to fiddle with the guitar. (Ala Stairway or Going To California or Babe I’m Gonna Leave You)
But to us “In Through The Out Door” sounded like some sort of unholy cross between Elvis, The Beatles (back-beat stuff), The Beegees and Benny Hill’s theme song. It just wasn’t at all what we were expecting, and it drove us away from Zeppelin for years to come. Years later we joked that Zep had singlehandedly caused the birth of disco when that album hit the streets. :) (I actually ticked off a few people with that comment) LOL!
Wow, a whole stadium full of “Disco Sucks!” :) I’ve not heard of that event before.
The vast majority of disco did suck. And what followed in the early 80’s sucked pretty hard as well. Political correctness was rearing its ugly head in music more than ever before. Not that there wasn’t some good stuff as well, but I just remember the 80’s bringing on the first era where I “looked back” to find the music to which I liked to listen. I guess you could say it was my first experience knowing what it was to listen to “oldies.” I was no longer a part of the NOW generation.
The guys that we ragged on about the birth of disco being spawned by Zeppelin were much too young to remember all of that. They would have been < 10 years old when In Through The Out Door was released. Thus, as 2nd generation Zeppelin fans, they were ripe for being told stories by us guys who “were there!” :) It sure ticked them off.
...”...at Comiskey Park where fans brought in their own disco records...”
Uh, scratch that...they brought in whatever disco records they could find and probably didn’t even have any of their own unless they were received as gifts from well-meaning friends or family. HAHH!
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