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Led Zeppelin On Letterman

Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:30 pm

For us a hard rock fans,an appearance anywhere by Plant,Page and Jones together, let alone on David Letterman's, is big news.Tonight,they are on the Late Show.There is no mention of Jason Bonham.I know Led Zeppelin is being honored at the Kennedy Center by Obama.But a very,very rare by any of these guys is a treat.I hope they might introduce a appearance or tour which be a dream to see these guys united.

I did pick-up LZ's latest "Celebration" blu-ray concert with cd included.But anyone have head's up on why Letterman?

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RE: Led Zeppelin On Letterman

Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:47 pm

Quoting PSA53 (Thread starter):
But anyone have head's up on why Letterman?

Because Letterman is also being honored at Kennedy Center. Reason no mention of Bonham is that from my understanding it's an interview only and they're not playing at all  

Ordered that Blu-Ray over the weekend, should be here Tuesday....looking forward to it
 
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RE: Led Zeppelin On Letterman

Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:50 pm

Thanks a lot.I didn't know Letterman was also being honored.What timing for him.He scored big time.
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RE: Led Zeppelin On Letterman

Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:58 pm

Quoting PSA53 (Thread starter):
Tonight,they are on the Late Show.T

Hope it'll be on You Tube tomorrow!!!
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RE: Led Zeppelin On Letterman

Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:16 pm

I saw Led Zeppelin for real during their hey day big celeb days. They were really good. I am not sure I would want to see them performing now. I prefer remembering them from their better days, the same with all the fabled bands and musicians I got to see and hear way back when... some of these musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and others... now being gone to other worlds...

     
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RE: Led Zeppelin On Letterman

Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:36 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 4):
I saw Led Zeppelin for real during their hey day big celeb days. They were really good. I am not sure I would want to see them performing now

Lucky you to see them in the '70's.I never got that chance.

No doubt the latest concert release on Blu-Ray/DVD/CD,"Celebration Day" was polished over but it sounded great.Plant didn't hit some highs like on "Stairway" but it was fabulous concert. So like RUSH,I'd paid to see them on a dime.
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RE: Led Zeppelin On Letterman

Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:03 am

Quoting ER757 (Reply 1):
Reason no mention of Bonham is that from my understanding it's an interview only and they're not playing at all


By Bonham, I presume you are referring to his son right? I dont see the relevance for his son being there though, as he never realy played with them other than for the one-off special concert held in memory of Ahmet Ertegun in London a few years back. Having Robert, Jimmy and John there alone is good enough!!
 
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RE: Led Zeppelin On Letterman

Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:59 pm

Actually a bit surprised Plant is getting anywhere near Page right now. I just read the Rolling Stone article where Page pretty much took credit for everything LZ did. Really came off sounding like an ass.
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RE: Led Zeppelin On Letterman

Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:09 pm

Quoting virgin744 (Reply 6):
By Bonham, I presume you are referring to his son right? I dont see the relevance for his son being there though, as he never realy played with them other than for the one-off special concert held in memory of Ahmet Ertegun in London a few years back. Having Robert, Jimmy and John there alone is good enough!!

Bonzo's son of course. And he played with them at least one other time - at the Atlantic Records' 40th anniversary show.
Was a terrible performance - Page played like he was wasted (maybe that was during his heroine addiction days) and they clearly hadn't rehearsed much.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 4):
I saw Led Zeppelin for real during their hey day big celeb days.

Me too - '73, '75 and either '77 or '78, can't remember what year the tour for Presence was.
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RE: Led Zeppelin On Letterman

Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:35 am

Quoting 4holer (Reply 7):
I just read the Rolling Stone article where Page pretty much took credit for everything LZ did.

Plant is a fantastic lyric writer and vocalist and was the bona fide front man for most of their career. The legacy of a great band often comes from having an iconic guitar sound though, and in that category, Page deserves the credit frankly. You can have all the ideas in the world, but if your guitarist can't provide the atmosphere to bring them to fruition, you haven't got a song - or if you do, a shitty one. Nobody's Fault But Mine, Candy Store Rock, Kashmir and so on...imagine these without Page's soundscapes!

Quoting 4holer (Reply 7):
Actually a bit surprised Plant is getting anywhere near Page right now.

Plant is much older now and realizes that as long as the royalties keep fueling their extended retirement, it doesn't really matter.
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RE: Led Zeppelin On Letterman

Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:54 am

Quoting 4holer (Reply 7):
I just read the Rolling Stone article where Page pretty much took credit for everything LZ did. Really came off sounding like an ass.

Just wondering - did you ever see them in concert? I saw them three times and I've seen literally hundreds of concerts (used to work in the music business). I can say without hesitation that Page was the guy that made Led Zep. He was probably the prototype rock star in his day. He had the look, the moves, showmanship, stage presence and most of all the musical chops to pull it all off. No one was doing what he did in his day - the bow, the theramin, doing James Brown-like dance moves while playing solos, the awesome outfits he wore on stage. Out of all the bands I ever saw, only Jagger came close to commanding the stage and holding the audience the way Page did. I'll tell you right now, if you ask Eddie Van Halen or Slash who they modeled their style after, Jimmy would be the first person they named.
 
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RE: Led Zeppelin On Letterman

Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:36 am

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 9):
Plant is a fantastic lyric writer and vocalist and was the bona fide front man for most of their career. The legacy of a great band often comes from having an iconic guitar sound though, and in that category, Page deserves the credit frankly. You can have all the ideas in the world, but if your guitarist can't provide the atmosphere to bring them to fruition, you haven't got a song - or if you do, a shitty one. Nobody's Fault But Mine, Candy Store Rock, Kashmir and so on...imagine these without Page's soundscapes!

Agreed. See similar examples with Queen, The Smiths, Pink Floyd, and REM.

Quoting ER757 (Reply 10):
Just wondering - did you ever see them in concert?

Was going to the show in Pittsburgh that was cancelled after Bonham's death. Many years ago, but as I remember it now, that ticket was redeemed at a special showing of "The Song Remains the Same". Could be mistaken though, I was a high school freshman at the time. Dang, I hope my memory is wrong because I'd love to have that unused ticket now!

Quoting ER757 (Reply 10):
He was probably the prototype rock star in his day. He had the look, the moves, showmanship, stage presence and most of all the musical chops to pull it all off

I did see Queen twice though, and I'd nominate Freddie as a competitor there!
To your point though, you are probably exactly right that he was the "power" behind the band. My point was just that in the article, his repeated hammering that point home made him sound like, well, a bit of a dick.
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RE: Led Zeppelin On Letterman

Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:55 pm

Quoting 4holer (Reply 11):
I did see Queen twice though, and I'd nominate Freddie as a competitor there!
To your point though, you are probably exactly right that he was the "power" behind the band. My point was just that in the article, his repeated hammering that point home made him sound like, well, a bit of a dick.

Oh yeah - forgot about Freddie - I saw them once too. I really AM getting old and senile.....yes, Freddie was a Rock Star with a capital R, no doubt.
As to Jimmy coming off as a jerk, these guys have pretty tremendous egos when they get to that level of fame. Read some interviews with Ritchie Blackmore or worse, Gene Simmons

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