BETTER RED Than DEAD!
3/31/2011 8:55:00 PM
Sammy Hager, The Red Rocker, has a book out that's climing the best sellers charts as I write. There was an excerpt in RS 2 weeks ago and natually they went for the salacious stuff surrounding his stint with Van Halen. He was on with Jay Leno Wed. night and apparantley there's some other stuff in there worth reading. He said to Jay, "Hey, If I can go from rags to riches, anyone can. I'm not the smartest guy, I'm not the most talented guy, but nobody OUTWORKS me" The American dream in a nutshell.
1/26/2011 1:23:00 PM
Robert Plant did an interview lately and unless he changes his world view, you can really plant Led Zeppelin for good. Two things stood out. First he feels light years from the guy that 30-40 years ago, was thee rock god 24/7. He also doesn't want to be trapped in a dog and pony nostalgia show that never reaches the soaring heights of yesteryear. Just listen to that first Zeppelin album. Half of the vocals are either looong majestic screams, or breathing hard. To have to muster that night after night, over Jimmy Page's thundering guitar, is truly a young man's task.
Second, and more scary for Zepp fans is Plant's new found direction with his new unit, Band of Joy. He's developed a huge appreciation for American Appalacian music. Apparently a lot of those folk ballads of the Britsh Isles died over there, but livied on ...
TURN The JIMMY PAGE
1/5/2011 12:35:00 PM
Jan. 9th it's Happy Birthday to rock legend Jimmy Page. The Guitarist and leader of Led Zeppelin, first debuted at age 14 in a skffle band on a talent show called "All Your Own", in 1958! He played as a studio "cat" on many other peoples' songs during the British Invasion. Songs by Donovan, The Kinks, Tom Jones (yep), to name a few. He was asked to play in the Yardbirds after Clapton left, but decided he didn't want to go on the road. He was still living at his mother's house and going to work in the recording studio almost like a regular job. He saved $$$$. He eventually joined the Yardbirds at the very end, but was ready to form HIS own band. He then asked John Paul Jones to be bassist while working with him on Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man". ...