Posts Tagged ‘Led Zeppelin’

Bastion of the Air

September 4, 2018

The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit in our lifetime. — Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary, 3 August 1914

An exhibition at The Collection, an arts cum museum complex, looking at Lincoln in World War One.

England was vulnerable, airships launched by the German Navy, dropping bombs on England, were untouchable, at too high an altitude to be reached by the existing British warplanes.

The next generation of planes could fly at higher altitude, and used incendiary bullets.

British aircraft were operated by the Army and the Navy. These were amalgamated to create the Royal Air Force.

Lincoln had three manufacturing plants, these were crucial to the war effort, and Lincoln became one of the centres of not only aircraft manufacture, but also of the engines and the bombs.

Lincoln was where at Fosters, the WWI tank was developed and built.

These engineering factories have long gone, in their place sheds on the inner-bypass selling worthless consumer junk, tacky chain coffee shops. Where once there was highly skilled well paid jobs, now temporary, part time, zero hours work.

Within the exhibition clothes, black and white film of the period, paintings (though no date or information on the artists), medals (including the Victoria Cross and German Iron Cross).

The first VC to be awarded was to a pilot William Leef Robinson for shooting down a Zeppelin airship.

Surprising no mention of the airship disaster at Washingborough. An airship was spotted, passengers rushed to one side of the Washingborough Ferry crossing the River Witham causing it to collapse.

The night before, a Zeppelin bombed Washingborough, mistaking for Lincoln. The Zeppelin was following a train, and may have thought it was Lincoln when the train stopped.

St John’s Church in Washingborough has unique Zeppelin Memorial Window put in by the Rector William Burland.

Note: No pictures thanks to copyright mafia.

If visiting the exhibition, visit the Tourist Information Centre in Castle Hill at the top of Steep Hill and pick up a 20% off voucher.

Also worth a visit, International Bomber Command Centre and the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

Coffee at Stokes at The Collection is not recommended. There are better coffee shops nearby, Base Camp on Steep Hill, Madame Waffle in the High Street and Coffee Aroma in Guildhall (through The Stonebow), all within a few minutes walk.

Quando toda rua toca Led Zeppelin

June 27, 2018

Incredible spine chilling street performance of Stairway to Heaven.

Led Zeppelin – Kennedy Center Honors

May 28, 2013

Led Zeppelin, Kennedy Center tribute.

Entire Led Zeppelin portion of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors Show televised on December 26, 2012 including: Introduction by Jack Black, the Foo Fighters playing “Rock and Roll”, Kid Rock playing “Ramble On”, Lenny Kravitz playing “Whole Lotta Love” and Jason Bonham, Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart) and a full choir playing “Stairway To Heaven”.

Only Lenny Kravitz playing “Whole Lotta Love” and Jason Bonham, Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart) and a full choir playing “Stairway To Heaven” are worth watching.

Jason Bonham on drums, is son of former Led Zeppelin drummer.

I saw Led Zeppelin sometime in the early 1970s. It was at the time of the release of Stairway to Heaven.

And if you wish to watch the Kennedy Center Honors 2012 in its entirety, honouring Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Natalia Makarova, and Led Zeppelin.

The Kennedy Center Honors are a pleasant contrast to the tacky Oscar Award Ceremony, and yet rarely gets a mention.

Stairway to Heaven – Rick Wakeman

February 1, 2013

A beautiful rendition of the Led Zeppelin classic Stairway to Heaven by Rick Wakeman.

I saw Led Zeppelin perform Stairway to Heaven live, either it had just been released or yet to be released.

The Song Remains the Same

October 5, 2009

The Song Remains the Same is a concert Led Zeppelin gave in Madison Square Gardens in New York in 1973. Probably the same lineup I saw in 1972. Songs to send shivers down the spine – ‘Rock and Roll’, ‘Black Dog’, ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’.

When I saw Led Zeppelin it was possibly the first time they played ‘Stairway to Heaven’. I remember they arrived in a Rolls-Royce, maybe more than one. I had their autographs, or did have, until a Czech friend stayed a couple of years ago and kindly tidied up for me, her idea of tidying up being to throw everything away.

We were lucky, we had a choice of Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones. I never at the time realised how lucky. We had The Who not long after their performance at Woodstock. To me at the time it seemed the norm, Genesis, Fleetwood Mac, and so I could go on. It was only later I appreciated this was anything but the norm.

Watching The Song Remains the Same, which I had picked up from Ben’s Records in Guildford, thus brought back happy memories. It also made me think of my lovely Russian friend Polina. She likes the Stones, who I was to later see in London, but was not familiar with Led Zeppelin. She would definitely like Led Zeppelin.

I was surprised how small their set was. Especially compared with the classic Queen performance at Wembley a decade later.

The beginning is surreal. I will not say how as it would spoil it for anyone who has not seen. The raw vocals of Robert Plant cuts through you. Amazing drum solo by John Bonham. Equally amazing guitar work by Jimmy Page. When I saw Led Zeppelin a year or so before this concert, this drum solo seemed to go on for half an hour or more, maybe it did!

Interspersed with the concert is the New York skyline. It is eerie to see the Twin Towers still standing.

It is interesting to muse on influences. Watching this concert I can see the influence of The Who. I can see how Led Zeppelin were to influence Queen a decade later. How in turn Freddie Mercury was to influence Robbie Williams.

Led Zeppelin spawned a load of clones, but what they did not seem to understand was that Led Zeppelin were more than noise. They had talent.

Where is this talent today?

It says its all really when Paulo Coelho poses a question on twitter how many people were at the Woodstock performance by Jimi Hendrix, and the response he gets is to be asked who was Jimi Hendrix!

Who was Jimi Hendrix?

September 25, 2009

“Yes, I was surprised many people did not know who was Hendrix!”  — Paulo Coelho

“No comments on ‘who was Janis Joplin?’ Probably because I was shocked with ‘who was Hendrix’?” — Paulo Coelho

In the early hours of this morning I watched a little of The Song Remains the Same, a concert Led Zeppelin gave in Madison Square Gardens in New York in 1973. Probably the same lineup as I saw in 1972. Songs to send shivers down the spine – ‘Black Dog’, ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’. Before I knew it, it was almost 2-30am. I then watched a little of Robbie Williams one nighter Live at the Royal Albert Hall, a rendering of Frank Sinatra and Rat Pack classics. Quite moving ‘Mr Bojangles.’

I compared then with what now one has ones ears assaulted with. I do not know why, but the worse a person’s musical taste is, the more they feel they have to impose it on those around them. Why do I have to have these morons sat near me on a train? Once upon a time musicians played the clubs, learnt the ropes. They played because they loved music. Now they are wanna be celebrities on shows like X Factor and Pop Idol and their multitude clones around the world. Nonentities seeking their five minutes of fame.

On one of these shows, opiate of the masses, Led Zeppelin would not get past the get go.

Gone 3am, I checked my messages, and my attention was caught by a couple of messages from Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. Synchronicity?

Who was Jimi Hendrix?

That is the question people were asking Paulo Coelho. He was shocked,  I was shocked, that people did not know. It goes without saying they do not know who Janis Joplin was either.

For those who do not know, Janis was with Jefferson Airplane, then Jefferson Starship. Try ‘White Rabbit’.

There are excellent musicians around.

Jon’s Jam play at a rundown pub, The Old Ford,  next to North Camp Station. Sometimes they are rubbish at other times excellent. Depends who is playing. Just a group of musicians who get to play at a pub.

They would not get a look in either on these rubbish TV programmes.

A few weeks ago I was on a train from Guildford to North Camp. I had a message from my friend Jane reference Jimi Hendrix. I thought ‘All Along the Watchtower’, Hendrix brilliant rendition of the Bob Dylan classic.

I got off the train, walked into The Old Ford, and could not believe it, Jon’s Jam playing ‘All Along the Watchtower’, more Hendrix than Dylan. Synchronicity?

I picked up these two concerts Tuesday afternoon from Ben’s Records in Guildford, probably the best record shop in the country for choice and diversity, and amazingly cheap, unlike a second-hand record shop in North Laine area of Brighton, grumpy service and extortionate prices.

Brighton does though have an excellent music scene. Try Jacob’s Stories or Mechanical Bride. Impossible to find in the shops. Not even in Resident, a must visit independent record shop in the North Laine area of Brighton.

Earlier yesterday afternoon I had chatted with two Brazilian girls. They did not not know who Paulo Coelho was! I expect this from English, but Brazilians! They did at least know AfroReggae. I could have tried Ana Carma, but a guess I know the answer without even trying.

Before he was a writer, Paulo Coelho was record producer and songwriter. Maybe he also performed as the young Paulo Coelho looks very much the part as a Brazilian Jimi Hendrix.

First published as a facebook note 16 September 2009.

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