I guess I’ve got Led Zeppelin on the brain. Oh, well. They’re still better than Black Kids.
It looks like the Zeppelin reunion is feeling the creaks of old age. UK tabloid The Sun (who always seem to be up on their Zep) is reporting that the song does not indeed, remain the same. Well, at least not the same register. According to the story, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant have been dogging each other in rehearsal about various age-related performance issues. Plant thinks Page is sloppy and out of practice, while Page complains about Plant’s diminished vocal prowess. There has been a compromise of sorts: the once-mighty band has tuned down in order to accommodate Plant’s pickled pipes. (This won’t make Page play guitar any better, but it might make ’em sound more like Black Sabbath.)
There are a couple of things here to consider. Better break out the bulletpoint!
And what about these rumors about LZ doing a stateside shed tour next year? Once again, factions within the band seem split: Page has hinted at it, while Plant has flat-out denied the possibility. I’m guessing John Paul Jones has nothing better to do (unless, of course Diamanda Galas calls him up).
The rumors were recently given further credence when The Cult frontman (and former Jim Morrison ringer) Ian Astbury did some name-dropping during a Cincinnati concert. "We’ll be back next year
because we’re opening for a band you might have heard of," he said. "The name
starts with ‘L’ and has a ‘Z’ in it."
A concertgoer reportedly asked Astbury if he meant Led Zeppelin, to which the singer nodded and raised a triumphant fist.
Did you know The Cult was my first arena concert? You know who opened for ’em? A little crappy Zep-ripoff/hair metal act featuring the son of a famous deceased drummer. That’s right, I saw Bonham. Hardly a life-altering experience, but I did enjoy the light show.
PS: I was listening to Ash Ra Tempel the other day, which I’m wont to do. It dawned on me that if you took away Zeppelin’s cock-rock, pop, blues and folk, you’d have very similar bands. Or, to put it more plainly: if Zeppelin only played shit like the mid section of "Whole Lotta Love" or the intro to "In the Evening," they’d basically be Ash Ra Tempel.
But to quote Ricky Gervais as David Brent, "if only me auntie had bollocks, she’d be me uncle."
Please watch this ridiculous ’80s footage of Jimmy Page performing live with the Beach Boys in Philadelphia and D.C. So wrong, it’s right: