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  posted on 11/22/2013 at 08:10 AM
I recently viewed the Celebration Day dvd. I thought it was great, but have given up hope for a tour by Zep. What do others think of this dvd?

 

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  posted on 11/22/2013 at 11:58 AM
I have not watched it yet, still debating if I will.
When it first came out, I just wanted to hear the audio, cd, so
my opinion would not be tainted. The music was first,
then I would do the dvd.

We have talked about this before and some of us kindly
have agreed to disagree. I am more of the negative side somewhat.

I am a HUGE Zep fan ,and Page is my favorite all time guitar player,he
inspired me to pick it up in my teens 30 yrs ago. Everything I thought was
pretty good, but it pains me to say this, Page is the weak link here.
His tone is WAY to garbled/distored, uses effects probably where the
song never called for them, shrill at times. Playing through Orange amps,
and those things can get high gain if pushed.

I can refer back to the other thread for examples.

He has always been known to be sloppy , but that never bothered me.
He just does not seem very tight,more so than the past.
I was dissapointed and let down . I guess I was expecting something more
than what it sounded like to me. Not really the high flying Jimmy of the 70's,
but something a little closer.Plant,JPJ and Jason were all in fine form.
I thought going into it Robert would have been the one that was weak.
Vocals were great. The mix at times is bottom heavy and Jimmy is
low in the mix on certain songs.

 

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  posted on 11/22/2013 at 12:08 PM
Scott (jszfunk) and I view Celebration Day much differently, as in a different thread which he alluded to. I love Celebration Day and I love Page's playing in it, in fact I think his playing is the highlight of the show. I respect Scott's opinion and he's a guitar player, I am not. I am, however, a fan who by 1973 had seen the band three times in their absolute prime. I agree Page uses a lot of effects in Celebration Day but to me it's always tasty and appropriate to the song. Wouldn't change a thing.

 

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  posted on 11/22/2013 at 01:09 PM
Not trying to hijack the thread... but this is interesting.


http://ultimateclassicrock.com/led-zeppelin-p-j-proby/
Read the Story Behind the Album Led Zeppelin Recorded Before ‘Led Zeppelin’


Before they christened themselves Led Zeppelin, John Bonham, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Robert Plant were the New Yardbirds — and in the fall of 1968, they entered the studio for the first time together as the backing band for singer P.J. Proby’s 1969 album ‘Three Week Hero.’
Dangerous Minds posted a look at the story behind those sessions, which act today as an interesting footnote to the group’s legendary career. As most Zeppelin fans are already aware, Page and Jones were busy session musicians at this point, and when Jones acquired the gig for Proby’s album, it seemed only natural that he bring in his fellow New Yardbirds. DM’s piece quotes Jones as recalling, “I was committed to doing all the arrangements for the album. As we were talking about rehearsing at the time, I thought it would be a handy source of income. I had to book a band anyway, so I thought I’d book everybody I knew.”

The sessions, which kicked off August 25, 1968, produced an album that failed to make much of a commercial impact when it was released in April 1969 — but Proby, who continues to tour and record today, knew his new backing band was destined for bigger and better things. The post lifts a quote from an interview Proby did with the Finding Zoso fan site in which he remembers offering the New Yardbirds a job as his touring band, which they agreed to accept following a couple of concert obligations.

“The boys told me they were going over to play in San Francisco and all that, and I said, ‘Look, from what I’ve heard and the way you boys played tonight, not only are you not going to be my backing band, I’m going to say goodbye right now, because I don’t think I’m ever going to see you again. That’s how successful you’re going to be. You’re exactly what they want, you play all that psychedelic stuff and everything,’” Proby recalled. “I said, ‘You’re going to go over there and go down so great I don’t think you’re ever going to come home.’ They didn’t ever come back until they changed their name to Led Zeppelin and stayed over there and came back huge huge stars. … I said goodbye that day when I cut that album and I haven’t seen one of them since.”

 

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  posted on 11/22/2013 at 01:55 PM
Axs tv will be showing Celebration Day for 5 nights starting Sunday nov 24th.Get your dvr's ready.
 

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  posted on 11/22/2013 at 04:38 PM
I saw it in the theater and it was close to a religious experience. The DVD is pretty good. The bonus DVD has a complete run through of the show and without the nerves of being in front of a crowd the band is a little more relaxed and it shows in the music. So you get 2 reunion shows, slightly different and both amazing. I doubt they will ever tour. Personally I was surprised Page played as well as he did. I was really impressed with him. Especially in Good Times, Bad Times.

My perspective: I'm too young to have seen Led Zeppelin. They were gone a few years by the time I discovered them but they have been a favorite since the mid 80's and I learned to play guitar by watching The Song Remains The Same every day in the summer of 1986. I just kept watching Page over and over again. The first bootleg I ever bought was Led Zeppelin In The Light. I've been hooked on Zep ever since.

 

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  posted on 11/22/2013 at 07:41 PM
I agree with jfk2112: to see this movie in the theaters with an active crowd cheering along, each song a surprise, the picture on the screen larger than life, was absolutely awesome.

I went into it expecting to see the modern-day Jimmy Page, the guy who played in The Firm, the guy from Page & Plant, not Jimmy Page circa 1972. In other words, my expectations were not very high, and as a result, I was not displeased by his playing.

He made some decisions to avoid trying to recapture past glory - for example, he played arpeggios rather than trying to shred solos during "The Song Remains The Same," which worked well enough.

He used some effects to make the sound fuller, which was not a bad idea; Zepp in the late 1970s sounded very thin live as Page tried to play onstage versions of songs that were multi-guitar-overdub masterpieces in the studio.

Overall, my impression is that Jimmy just has not practiced guitar much since 1971. On the second Page / Plant tour, however, he had clearly done some homework and re-learned studio solos, as compared to the Zepp days, when his chops were still sharp enough that he could improvise and make it work. There was some practice shown for this "Celebration Day" gig, but he certainly did not get his lead guitar chops back into early 1970s shape. As I said, I did not expect that, and I don't think he will ever get those chops back.

I've almost been afraid to see this on a small screen. I think that watching this in my living room, I will be bound to have a more critical eye than I did at the movie theater. Ah well.

 

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  posted on 11/23/2013 at 07:43 AM
I went to the show in the theater. I fashion myself a very amateur videographer and initially was distracted by the video work. Too choppy for my taste but they tried to make it dynamic by cutting quickly from different cameras. I would have liked longer shots with slower pans. Anyway as the movie went on it became less distracting and more enjoyable. Kashmir, Nobody's Fault but Mine, and Ramble On have found their way onto my IPOD. Much better done was Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Fest 2013 which I also saw in the theater. Video complemented the audio extremely well IMHO.
 

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  posted on 11/24/2013 at 08:26 PM
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I have not watched it yet, still debating if I will.
When it first came out, I just wanted to hear the audio, cd, so
my opinion would not be tainted. The music was first,
then I would do the dvd.

We have talked about this before and some of us kindly
have agreed to disagree. I am more of the negative side somewhat.

I am a HUGE Zep fan ,and Page is my favorite all time guitar player,he
inspired me to pick it up in my teens 30 yrs ago. Everything I thought was
pretty good, but it pains me to say this, Page is the weak link here.
His tone is WAY to garbled/distored, uses effects probably where the
song never called for them, shrill at times. Playing through Orange amps,
and those things can get high gain if pushed.

I can refer back to the other thread for examples.

He has always been known to be sloppy , but that never bothered me.
He just does not seem very tight,more so than the past.
I was dissapointed and let down . I guess I was expecting something more
than what it sounded like to me. Not really the high flying Jimmy of the 70's,
but something a little closer.Plant,JPJ and Jason were all in fine form.
I thought going into it Robert would have been the one that was weak.
Vocals were great. The mix at times is bottom heavy and Jimmy is
low in the mix on certain songs.


If you are any sort of Zeppelin/Page fan, you are doing yourself a great disservice by NOT watching this.

I am in the same boat as you. However I went to see the "movie" with my son, It was a blast.

It is what it is.

I am a HUGE live Cream fan. When the 2005 reunion show came out, I was stoked.

If I have to compare the '05 Cream to the '07 Zeppelin, then Zep wins hands down. And me being a massive Clapton fan. Cream seemed neutered compared to the Zeppelin show. And the Cream show was bloody good!

Watch it. Enjoy it. and revel once again in the Power, Mystery and the Hammer of the Gods!!!

**** yeah!






[Edited on 11/25/2013 by lonomon]

 

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  posted on 11/24/2013 at 08:44 PM
I doubt these guys will EVER do another show together. EVER. this thing was better than I expected. ill leave it at that.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2013 at 12:32 PM
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Watch it. Enjoy it. and revel once again in the Power, Mystery and the Hammer of the Gods!!!



YEE-AAAAHHHHH!!!!

The movie theater experience was exactly that. And you could tell they brought as much A-game as they possibly could. To me it was better than a lot of the '75 - '80 shows I've heard (which is a lot!) It was way better than any 1980 show and I have and have heard all of them.

 

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