Obtuse Observer

September 8, 2010

Robert Plant has a new band… and it doesn’t suck


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After the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin (and Bonzo’s son on drums) reunited to play a tribute show at London’s O2 in December of 2007 for Ahmet Ertegun my optimism for a tour of Led Zeppelin as Led Zeppelin was high.     

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Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones seemed to have patched up their feud, whatever it was – surely he parked the car well, and they announced that they wanted to tour.        


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But Robert wouldn’t play ball.  Now, I’ve seen Plant before in a small room (Gypsy Tea Room, Dallas, TX) and was impressed that he still had it.  Boots from O2 seemed to back it up and the record he released with Alison Krauss deserved the Grammy it won.    

But Robert, for the love of all things holy…. why would you so disappoint me and refuse to tour?  I would give up Packer Superbowl Tickets to see you and the Zep play and I would be willing to sell one of my neighbor’s children for those Packer tickets!     


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So, John Paul Jones joined up with a bunch of neophyte upstarts in order to lend their project Them Crooked Vultures some name recognition (yes, that was sarcasm).     


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Mr. Page, he’s probably off reading some of Mr. Crowley’s old books hoping to find the spell that’ll get Robert focused on projects of much more significance.    

And now… now I hear Plant has a new band.  Or a new old band.  Or whatever one wants to call his new Band of Joy.  I so much wanted to check it out and discover that they sucked.  Disappointed again.  All that is left is for me is to find Mr. Page and offer my assistance in bring Mr. Plant into the fold.  For this I should think a very wonderful show in my back yard would be a reasonable payment.  So, those of you who wish to be on the guest list, I accept cash and kind donations.    

Here’s their cover of Angel Dance by Los Lobos  





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