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  posted on 3/12/2018 at 06:49 AM
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  posted on 3/12/2018 at 07:15 PM
Here's a question for him. Why do you insist on playing Led Zeppelin music when you claim you're done with that. Would it kill you to satisfy millions of fans to go on 1 more tour?
 

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  posted on 3/13/2018 at 06:32 AM
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Here's a question for him. Why do you insist on playing Led Zeppelin music when you claim you're done with that. Would it kill you to satisfy millions of fans to go on 1 more tour?


While he does play Zeppelin music, the arrangement is drastically different in most cases.

I think he knows his voice couldn't hold up to signing those songs the way they are supposed to be sang over a tour.

Plus, judging from what he has been playing for the last decade plus I don't think his heart is in that heavier music anymore.

 

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  posted on 3/13/2018 at 06:35 AM
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Here's a question for him. Why do you insist on playing Led Zeppelin music when you claim you're done with that. Would it kill you to satisfy millions of fans to go on 1 more tour?


He seems to reinvent the Zep classics in his own interpretations to stay fresh I assume instead of banging then out in the traditional manner.

Robert has stated many times that he wants to move forward by creating new music. I am not sure Jimmy is there. I don't think he wants to keep living in the past with that material in the format it was presented in years ago . He obviously is not in it for the money. I personally enjoy what he is bringing to the table with his new band. They are a treat to see live and I highly recommend them.

If I were Plant I would put in my contract/rider when I do interviews is not to discuss any possibility of a reunion . That question has to be so tired for him and has been asking that for going on 38 yrs?!?! I love that band more than anything, and Jimmy is probably my fav guitar player, but its time to put that question to bed. I cringe every time I read and interview when he is asked that.

 

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  posted on 3/13/2018 at 10:32 AM
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He seems to reinvent the Zep classics in his own interpretations to stay fresh I assume instead of banging then out in the traditional manner.

Robert has stated many times that he wants to move forward by creating new music. I am not sure Jimmy is there. I don't think he wants to keep living in the past with that material in the format it was presented in years ago . He obviously is not in it for the money. I personally enjoy what he is bringing to the table with his new band. They are a treat to see live and I highly recommend them.

If I were Plant I would put in my contract/rider when I do interviews is not to discuss any possibility of a reunion . That question has to be so tired for him and has been asking that for going on 38 yrs?!?! I love that band more than anything, and Jimmy is probably my fav guitar player, but its time to put that question to bed. I cringe every time I read and interview when he is asked that.


Very well said and I agree with all of it.

I will see him at Arroyo Seco Festival in L.A. on Sunday June 24th. My brother is on the bill that same day with Alanis Morissette (think I'm going to miss THAT?). Also on the bill that day: Gary Clark, Jr., Aaron Neville, Los Lobos, Kings of Leon among others. Neil Young headlines on Saturday but I'm only going on Sunday.

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  posted on 3/13/2018 at 10:48 AM
You may not want to read any of Plant's interviews for the next year or so, since the 50th anniversary of their formation and their 1st album is at hand. You could be in a constant state of cringing, because reunion questions are a given.
 

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  posted on 3/13/2018 at 02:35 PM
Plantís solo stuff is more interesting than Plant / Page, whether itís live or in the studio.

While Jason Bonham and JPJ elevated the level of quality at the London reunion show, Page was clearly not on his ďAĒ game. He was competent, but not excellent. Plant has a more capable band in the Shape Shifters.

Music fans who appreciate more than nostalgia should embrace what Plant offers now rather than looking backward.

 

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  posted on 3/13/2018 at 08:05 PM
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Plantís solo stuff is more interesting than Plant / Page, whether itís live or in the studio.

While Jason Bonham and JPJ elevated the level of quality at the London reunion show, Page was clearly not on his ďAĒ game. He was competent, but not excellent. Plant has a more capable band in the Shape Shifte
Music fans who appreciate more than nostalgia should embrace what Plant offers now rather than looking backward.


Oh boy, I don't know why I try, but here it goes. I'm all for his new material. I think it's impressive that he's floated in out of different genre's and has continued to make great music. His band is 1st rate and I wouldn't want him to give that up.

Only thing I'm saying, and I'm sure many people feel the same is that we would love to see them put out a short Zeppelin tour before it's too late. All the other guys are on the record as saying they would be on-board, and if you are still playing those tunes, even if they are done with a different arrangement, isn't a little dis-ingenous that you are "done" with that period.

Put it this way, say that the Allmans disbanded for whatever reason, and had the opportunity to re-unite for all the fans that had never had the chance to see them live, but just didn't do it because of whatever reason. All the while the various members continued playing the Allmans music. I'm sure the sentiment would be similar to mine on this board.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2018 at 06:09 AM
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Plantís solo stuff is more interesting than Plant / Page, whether itís live or in the studio.

While Jason Bonham and JPJ elevated the level of quality at the London reunion show, Page was clearly not on his ďAĒ game. He was competent, but not excellent. Plant has a more capable band in the Shape Shifters.

Music fans who appreciate more than nostalgia should embrace what Plant offers now rather than looking backward.


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  posted on 3/14/2018 at 10:17 AM
Shep, I do hear ya. I just think it would be a disappointment.

"Put it this way, say that the Allmans disbanded for whatever reason, and had the opportunity to re-unite for all the fans that had never had the chance to see them live, but just didn't do it because of whatever reason. All the while the various members continued playing the Allmans music. I'm sure the sentiment would be similar to mine on this board."

Let's say theoretically that Derek and Warren tomorrow decide to put their bands on hold in order to do an Allmans reunion led by Dickey Betts, featuring Dickey Betts. They get a replacement second drummer in. They play respectful by-the-numbers versions of their greatest hits. In their greatest hits shows, Dickey's playing lacks anything like the fire of his former days. He blows notes, has sour tone, and at best just recycles old licks.....I think the sentiment here would be pretty critical.

Please note that I am making an analogy, not actually criticizing Dickey in this hypothetical; my point is that in every attempt at a Zepp reunion or Plant / Page thing, Jimmy Page's guitar playing has been a major letdown. He cannot do what he once did. Zepp was largely based around having an excellent lead guitar player. Jimmy Page has not been an excellent lead guitar player for decades now. Robert Plant obviously knows this.

Warren and Derek left the ABB because they felt the ABB was spinning its wheels, not doing anything new. Robert Plant does not want to get back together with Zepp because he knows they would be spinning their wheels, not doing anything new.

For anyone who would be satisfied by the VISUAL of Page, Plant, and JPJ on stage together, this reunion would be fine. It would be some nice visual nostalgia. However, Plant seems to care about how a band actually sounds. Jimmy Page just doesn't sound very good anymore.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2018 at 11:13 AM
Great interview. I enjoyed it.

Between Plant's voice and range these days, and Page's abilities (inability?) to fill the monsterous sound of Zeppelin in a trio format of musicians, the only way a Zeppelin reunion wouldn't be an embarrassment would be if they basically did a Page & Plant MkII like they did in the mid-90s on the No Quarter - Unledded album. But include JPJ and Jason Bonham this time, as well as additional musicians to fill out the sound.

Just my opinion. I don't think that's what "the people" want with a full-on Led Zeppelin reunion tour though.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2018 at 12:03 PM
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Between Plant's voice and range these days, and Page's abilities (inability?) to fill the monsterous sound of Zeppelin in a trio format of musicians, the only way a Zeppelin reunion wouldn't be an embarrassment would be if they basically did a Page & Plant MkII like they did in the mid-90s on the No Quarter - Unledded album. But include JPJ and Jason Bonham this time, as well as additional musicians to fill out the sound.




I think that's the only way it would work in 2018 and even with that I'd hope they wouldn't call it Led Zeppelin.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2018 at 12:38 PM
Even in their heyday always thought that Jimmy Page was a very sloppy "live" guitar player. Always thought that Zeppelin's greatest talents was their diversity in styles and mastery of the studio.

 

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  posted on 3/14/2018 at 04:32 PM
Not only has Plant in previous interviews mentioned his voice issues with singing traditionally arranged Zep tunes for a lengthy tour, he's also said he's not into huge arena shows as he, at this point in his life, much prefers more intimate settings.

Obviously he doesn't need the money so why do something he has no interest in doing? After all isn't that the point of success, wealth, freedom, creativity, etc.? To do whatever the hell you want and not succumb to outside pressures?

 

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After all isn't that the point of success, wealth, freedom, creativity, etc.? To do whatever the hell you want and not succumb to outside pressures?


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  posted on 3/14/2018 at 08:06 PM
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Great interview. I enjoyed it.

Between Plant's voice and range these days, and Page's abilities (inability?) to fill the monsterous sound of Zeppelin in a trio format of musicians, the only way a Zeppelin reunion wouldn't be an embarrassment would be if they basically did a Page & Plant MkII like they did in the mid-90s on the No Quarter - Unledded album. But include JPJ and Jason Bonham this time, as well as additional musicians to fill out the sound.

Just my opinion. I don't think that's what "the people" want with a full-on Led Zeppelin reunion tour though.


I was just trying to say that there are alot of people that would like the chance to see the 3 surviving members embark on a a short tour to play the old tiunes. Doesn't seem to be a difficult concept. If they can perform on the road, then they can find a way to perform these songs.


 
 


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