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The Led Zeppelin Quotes File

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                 THE LED ZEPPELIN QUOTES FILE

                             V1.0

                            23/4/95

                  Compiled By Steven Wheeler
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     Contents

     Part 1 - General Information

      1 - Introduction
      2 - Disclaimer, Distribution & Copyright Information

     Part 2 - The Quotes

      1 - "Led Zeppelin"
      2 - "Led Zeppelin II"
      3 - "Led Zeppelin III"
      4 - "(Untitled)"
      5 - "Houses Of The Holy"
      6 - "Physical Graffiti"
      7 - "Presence"
      8 - "The Song Remains The Same"
      9 - "In Through The Out Door"
     10 - "Coda"
     11 - "Stairway To Heaven"
     12 - Playing Live
     13 - On The Subject Of Robert Plant...
     14 - On The Subject Of Jimmy Page...
     15 - On The Subject Of John Bonham...
     16 - On The Subject Of John Paul Jones...
     17 - Road Stories, Rumours & Touring
     18 - Aleister Crowley & Jimmy Page
     19 - The Death Of John Bonham
     20 - Looking Back...
     21 - Zeppelin On Other Artists
     22 - Other Artists On Zeppelin
     23 - Robert Plant's Solo Career
     24 - Re-Using Zeppelin Material In The Solo Years
     25 - Tribute Bands & Plagiarism
     26 - Coverdale/Page
     27 - The War Of Words
     28 - Reunion, Anyone?
     29 - The Boxed Sets & Live Albums
     30 - The "Unledded" Project & The Future
     31 - Miscellaneous Mutterings
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     1 - Introduction

     This document began originally as part of my Trivia File, the
     I.F.M.T.L. (In-Frequently Murmured Trivia File), but due to its
     rapidly expanding size, it quickly became one of the biggest,
     if not the biggest section.  I then seemed like a worthwhile
     idea to excerpt it, and make it into a separate entity.  Here
     then is the result.

     This document is envisaged by the compiler as being a concise
     repository for the utterances of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John
     Paul Jones and John Bonham.  It also includes various quotes
     from artists who have been influenced by Led Zeppelin, and from
     others... who, well, haven't been influenced in the slighest!
     I hope you enjoy this file, or find it of interest, or find that
     deleting it is a great way of helping your disk quota, or, well,
     just get something from it!

     The compiler can be contacted at the following email address,
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     the end of 1995, barring any sudden bouts of rare tropical
     diseases or a sudden death in a freak yachting accident.  Please
     read the Distribution & Copyright information carefully before
     using this file for anything at all.

     And of course, comments, corrections, additions are welcomed,
     contact me at the previously mentioned email address.

     Steve Wheeler.
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     2 - Disclaimer, Distribution & Copyright Information

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     1 - "Led Zeppelin"

"Everything that came later... the roots are all there in the first
 album." 
 - Jimmy Page on `Led Zeppelin'.  From the liner notes with the first
   boxed set.
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     2 - "Led Zeppelin II"

"We were touring a lot.  Jimmy's riffs were coming fast and furious.
 A lot of them caem from on-stage especially during the long impro-
 -vised section of `Dazed and Confused'.  We'd remember the good
 stuff and dart into a studio along the way." 
 - John Paul Jones on `Led Zeppelin II'.  From the liner notes with 
   the first boxed set.
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     3 - "Led Zeppelin III"

"The element of change has been the thing, really.  We put out the
 first one, then the second... then a third LP totally different
 from them.  It's the reason we were able to keep it together."
 - Jimmy Page on `Led Zeppelin III'.  From the liner notes with the
   first boxed set.
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     4 - "(Untitled)"

"Well, Led Zeppelin IV!  That's it really.  I'll tell you why the 
 album had no title - because we were so fed up with the reactions to 
 the third album, that people couldn't understand why that record 
 wasn't a direct continuation of the second album.  And then people 
 said we were a hype and all, which was the furthest thing from what 
 we were.  So we just said, `let's put out an album with no title at 
 all!'  That way, either people like it or they don't... but we still 
 got bad reviews!" - Jimmy Page, Guitar World, 1/91.

"No-one ever compared us to Black Sabbath after this record."
 - John Paul Jones on the untitled fourth album.  From the liner 
   notes with the first boxed set.
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     5 - "Houses Of The Holy"

"We had a lot of problems with the artwork.  We'd taken trouble on
 the LP so there didn't seem to be any reason to compromise.  It
 was a very difficult process, because of the amount of colour
 involved.  In the end, they never got it right and it's just a
 piece of paper in a CD box now - so there you go."
 - Robert Plant on `Houses Of The Holy'.  From the liner notes with 
   the first boxed set.

"I can remember Bonzo, Plant, Page and Jones out on the lawn 
 listening to playbacks of "D'Yer Mak'er" and "Dancing Days" all
 walking like Groucho Marx in sync, with back steps and foward steps
 in time to the music like kids."
 - Eddie Kramer, recording Engineer.
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     6 - "Physical Graffiti"

"Jimmy is the man who is the music.  He goes away to his house and
 works on it a lot and then brings it to the band in its skeletal
 state.  Slowly everybody brings their personality into it.  This
 new flower sort of grows out of it.  `Ten Years Gone' was pain-
 -stakingly pieced together from sections he'd written.  After the
 tremendous concentration on a song like that, we'll play anything
 to loosen up.  Out of that came `Trampled Underfoot' and `Custard
 Pie'.  Before you know it you've got something that moves."
 - Robert Plant on `Physical Graffiti'.  From the liner notes with 
   the first boxed set.
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     7 - "Presence"

"There was no working title for the album.  The record-jacket
 designer said `When I think of the group, I always think of
 power and force.  There's a definite presence there.'  That
 was it.  He wanted to call it `Obelisk'.  To me, it was more
 important what was behind the obelisk.  The cover is very
 tongue-in-cheek, to be quite honest.  Sort of a joke on 2001.
 I think it's quite amusing." - Jimmy Page on `Presence'.  From 
   the liner notes with the first boxed set.
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     8 - "The Song Remains The Same"

"I remember that tour rather like the lyrics to `Battle Of Ever-
 -more'.  A flash.  Really fast.  Lots of battles and conquests.
 And the din of the hordes.  So much happened in such a short
 time.  It was phenomenal." 
 - Robert Plant on 'The Song Remains The Same'.  From the liner 
   notes with the first boxed set.

"(The Song Remains The Same) is not a great film, but there's no 
 point in making excuses.  It's just a reasonably honest statement of 
 where we were at that particular time.  It's very difficult for me 
 to watch it now, but I'd like to see it in a year's time just to see 
 how it stands up." - Jimmy Page, NME, 20/11/76.

"I think The Song Remains The Same is such a load of old bollocks."
 - Robert Plant, in the December 1994 issue of _Mojo_.
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     9 - "In Through The Out Door"

"It wasn't the most comfortable album.  I think it was very
 transitional... a springboard for what could have been."
 - Jimmy Page on `In Through The Out Door'.  From the liner notes 
   with the first boxed set.

"In its place it was fine, but I wouldn't have wanted to pursue that
 direction any further in the future."
 - Jimmy Page, on "All My Love", in the December 1993 issue of
   _Guitar_World_.
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     10 - "Coda"

"They were good tracks.  A lot of it was recorded around the time
 punk was really happening... basically there wasn't a lot of
 Zeppelin tracks that didn't go out.  We used everything."
 - John Paul Jones on `Coda'.  From the liner notes with the
   first boxed set.
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     11 - "Stairway To Heaven"

"Well, we were all high on the Moroccan dope at the time, so who 
 knows?"
 - Robert Plant, on the meaning of "Stairway To Heaven".

"I'd break out in hives if I had to sing (`Stairway to Heaven') in 
 every show.  I wrote those lyrics and found that song to be of some 
 importance and consequence in 1971, but 17 years later, I don't 
 know.  It's just not for me.  I sang it at the Atlantic Records 
 show because I'm an old softie and it was my way of saying thank 
 you to Atlantic because I've been with them for 20 years.  But no 
 more of `Stairway to Heaven' for me." - Robert Plant, _Los_Angeles_
 _Times_, 12/6/88.

"People ask, `What was it like when you wrote Stairway to Heaven?'  
 As if three wisemen had come knocking on the door, `Excuse me, are
 you writing Stairway to Heaven here?'"     
 - John Paul Jones, 1990.

"(`Stairway to Heaven' is) a nice pleasant, well-meaning naive 
 little song, very English.  It's not the definitive Led Zeppelin 
 song.  `Kashmir' is." - Robert Plant, Rolling Stone, 24/3/88.

"Stairway To Heaven I first heard when Page played me an intro and I
 picked up a bass recorder that was lying there and played the first
 line."
 - John Paul Jones, in the December 1994 issue of _Mojo_.

"I can't even make myself say those 3 words."
 - Robert Plant, in an interview preceeding "Unledded" on VH-1.
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     12 - Playing Live

"Once I get onstage the tension explodes and I'm fine.  I'm in 
 another world - in a trance almost, doing what I love best, 
 expressing myself through guitar." 
 - Jimmy Page, _Los_Angeles_Times_, 3/7/88.

"Sometimes, I must admit, I'd like to have a second guitarist onstage 
 with me, but it wouldn't look right.  I'd like to play for another 
 20 years, but I don't know... I just can't see it happening.  I 
 don't know why.  It's a certain foreboding... a funny feeling... 
 vultures."
 - Jimmy Page, _Hit_Parader_, 1974.

"Of all the hair that ever was, (mine) was some of the best, but it 
 had had its day.  The screaming, ga-ga, standing there chest bared 
 - those were cliches.  They were MY cliches, but it was time to put
 them in the drawer and close it." - Robert Plant, _People_.

"Some audiences can shake and bang their heads on the stage to riffs
 all night long, but subtlety is an art that must be mastered if 
 you're going to be remembered." - Robert Plant, _NME_, 23/6/73.

"It's not only that we think we're the best group in the world, it's
 just that in our minds we're so much better than whoever is number
 two." - Robert Plant, _Hit_Parader_, 1974.
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     13 - On The Subject Of Robert Plant...

"It's part of me to get off on those moments where... well, what 
 people would call attention.  Obviously, that isn't the be-all and 
 end-all of life, but at the states of creativity that I've reached, 
 well, it helps the lyrics along a little bit." 
 - Robert Plant, _Hit_Parader_, 6/76.

"Six months go by very quickly when you're a genius."
 - Robert Plant, _Hit_Parader_, 7/74.

"All this success and fame... what is it worth?"
 - Robert Plant, _Los_Angeles_Times_, 4/1/81.

"You see, my little boy's just started to walk, and I haven't seen 
 him bloomin' walk yet.  These are the things that upset you about 
 being on the road: the very fact that you miss fantastic occasions
 like that."
 - Robert Plant, _NME_, 23/6/73.

"I am a Golden God"
 - Robert Plant, L.A., 1975.

"I listen to the crowds [laughs]... I like Blind Melon very much."
 - Robert Plant, in _Guitar_World_, on what he listens to these days.

"My vocal style I haven't tried to copy from anyone.  It just 
 developed, until it became the girlish whine that it is today..."   
 - Robert Plant.

"Well, I think he's a fucking idiot.  Horses for courses: I've worked
 with Phil Johnstone - nobody's perfect."
 - Robert Plant, on David Coverdale, in the December 1994 issue of
   _Mojo_.

"I already had a cigar in my back."
 - Robert Plant, on his early recording contract with CBS and the
   sappy ballads he had to record.

"We just want to write songs, have a ball, tell a few lies and make
 some fucking great music.  And really, a 90's audience?  What the 
 fuck is a 90's audience?"
 - Robert Plant, in the December 1994 issue of _Vox_.

"I think grunge likes punk much better than grunge.  We're far too
 old to be blamed for anything."
 - Robert Plant, in the December issue of _Q_.

"Look, he's a recovering catholic!"
 - Robert Plant, noting Jimmy Page's t-shirt slogan on _Denton_.

"If we can just find a chorus now we'll have a hit!"
 - Robert Plant, on _Denton_.

"Well, when I was a kid I used to hide behind the curtains at home 
 at Christmas and I used to try and be Elvis.  There was a certain 
 ambience between the curtains and the French windows, there was a 
 certain sound there for a ten year old.  That was all the ambience
 I got at ten years old... I think!  And I always wanted to be a 
 certain, a bit similar to that.  But I didn't want to sell pizza."
 - Robert Plant, on _Denton_.
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     14 - On The Subject Of Jimmy Page...

"I'm at my best when I'm exhausted and under pressure."
 - Jimmy Page, _Rolling_Stone_, 21/8/76.

"I'm pretty optimistic about the future of rock.  The young musicians
 will emerge again, but through the level of really good writing, 
 with depth and intellect.  It will be back to composition as in 
 classical music or jazz." - Jimmy Page, _Sounds_, 10/7/76.

"I'm obsessed - not just interested, obsessed - with folk music, 
 street music, the parallels between a country's street music and 
 its so-called classical and intellectual music, the way certain 
 scales have travelled right across the globe.  All this ethnological
 and musical interaction fascinates me.  Have you heard any trance 
 music?  That's the thing."
 - Jimmy Page, _Sounds_, 13/3/76.

"Just because you play bass, doesn't mean you have no presence."
 - Jimmy Page, 1966.

"I guess the solo from 'Achilles Last Stand' is in the same tradition
 as the solo from 'Stairway to Heaven'...it is on that level to me."  
 - Jimmy Page.

"My guitar style was developed during that 10-year period.  That's
 me.  That's the way I play, and I don't wish to play any other way. 
 Our own individual identities are firmly stamped on this album."
 - Jimmy Page, on similarities between his playing during the days
   of Led Zeppelin and on "Coverdale/Page."  USA Today, April 2, 
   1993.

"I bet you can't play slide piano."
 - Jimmy Page, challenging Tori Amos.

"I really wasn't needed... Just straightening up riffs, that's all.
 Just two guitarists doing it instead of one."
 - Jimmy Page, on his part in the session work for The Who's "I Can't
   Explain."

"It was Moon, I'm sure, despite everything that Entwistle may have 
 said.  In fact, I'm quite certain Richard Cole asked Moon for his 
 permission we decided to use the name.  Entwistle must have just 
 been upset that the original Led Zeppelin never took off."
 - Jimmy Page, on the origins of the band's name.

"I might send a book back by psychic communication after I've passed
 over. ...  I shall bury my book with me in the coffin so that it
 gets raided..."
 - Jimmy Page, on the subject of books about Zeppelin, in the 
   December 1994 issue of _Mojo_.

"No, he can't do that.  It's totally inaccurate, and he's the sort of
 person that who ought to know better, considering he's been in AA,
 and the whole thing about AA is that you keep things discreet.  He
 went into AA as a chronic alcoholic and came out a chronic liar."
 - Jimmy Page on Richard Cole, author of "Led Zeppelin Uncensored",
   in the December 1994 issue of _Mojo_.

"No.  I usually rest in my satin-lined coffin, actually.  I'm not
 allowed out in daylight hours."
 - Jimmy Page, on a typical day in his life, in the December 1994
   issue of _Vox_.

"No, because I enjoy making noise as much as I enjoy playing acoustic
 guitar." - Jimmy Page, in the December 1994 issue of _Vox_.

"When I went over to the States to promote Outrider, everyone was
 telling me I was a blues guitarist.  I'm not a bloody blues 
 guitarist.  I'm a guitarist."
 - Jimmy Page, in the December 1994 issue of _Vox_.

"Actually, I'm getting one made up with eight necks and I'm going
 to get a wheelwright to make a big rim around it and then I can do
 cartwheels off the stage."
 - Jimmy Page, responding to a question about his multiple necked
   guitars on _Denton_.

"Plus, he can do "Jake The Peg" and we can't!"
 - Jimmy Page, on Rolf Harris, on _Denton_.
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     15 - On The Subject Of John Bonham...

"I'm the Best Keith Moon-type drummer in the world."
 - John Bonham.

"He will either end up as a dustman or a millionaire."
 - One of John Bonham's early school reports.

"All three James Brown drummers, although I hhave seen all of them
 standing around him at the Newport Jazz Festival in disbelief,
 wondering how one guy does what all three of them did."
 - John Paul Jones, on Bonham, in _Guitar_Player_.

"When we played in L.A., it was actually John's birthday.  Keith Moon
 was there, and he loved Keith Moon, and Keith Moon certainly loved
 him.  ...  He let Keith Moon come up and play during his solo, which
 I don't think he would let any other drummer do.  There was great
 respect between the two of them."
 - Jimmy Page, on Bonham, in _Guitar_Player_.

"It's all right for you.  All you got to do is go out there and look
 good, wiggle your ass, because nobody gives a fuck whether you miss
 a note or not."
 - John Bonham to Robert Plant, during one of their good-natured
   arguments, in Japan.
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     16 - On The Subject Of John Paul Jones...

"Even now I have a piece of paper I stuck on top of the Mellotron
 which says: `Kashmir' - remember the coda!"
 - John Paul Jones, in _Guitar_Player_, July 1977.
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     17 - Road Stories, Rumours & Touring

"Listen, I'm a fun-loving guy.  A great philosopher once said, `them
 dreams are only in your head.' (giggles)  Don't get me wrong, I 
 haven't quieted down or anything.  I've just found more intricate 
 ways of enjoying myself.  There's more to me than just those 
 stories, and I'd like to think people pick up more on that side of 
 me than the image of a pop brawling, street fighting kind of image.
 I'm not exactly a sensible, thoughtful person, but I do love the 
 feeling of being together with people.  I love my work - 
 communication on a vast level.  My lyrics are more me than anything 
 you've heard about me from the waist down.  I mean, we have good 
 times.  That's why I have the curtains drawn, just in case I fancy 
 pushing you out the window." 
 - Robert Plant, _Daily_News_, 26/5/74.

"While we had a reputation as rampaging sexual vandals, the truth is
 that most of the time we were looking for nothing at bedtime other
 than a good paperback." - Robert Plant, _Us_, 10/10/85.

"You're talking to the new Robert Plant.  I mean, my perspective has
 changed on a lot of things.  I've been through so many tours now, I
 just see that there are means of making it more enjoyable without
 having to rush into anything or burning yourself out.  Certainly if
 there is any raping or looting about... it's done with the best 
 possible taste, I suppose.  We still manage to entertain ourselves
 as a right young bunch of executives." 
 - Robert Plant, _Hit_Parader_, 1974.

"I think I've got one of the finest ladies in the world and it 
 wouldn't do her any good (to bring her on the road) because she's 
 not up on that stage.  So she'd get tired and would want to know 
 why we weren't doing this and that, and the very fact that I've 
 just woken up and it's three o'clock in the afternoon and the 
 shops shut at six, and there's no shopping to be done today and 
 all that sort of thing... it isn't practical."
 - Robert Plant, _NME_, 23/6/73.

"Busy, busy, movin' like a hell, like a song as it were.  [Pause]  
 Yes, What is and what should never be.  [laughs]"
 - Robert Plant on the 1973 Tour Schedule.

"...It was one of the first shows as the New Yardbirds, on a field
 near Uppsala, people were incredibly drunk and throwing earth..."
 - Robert Plant, on the band's first trip to Sweden.

"I think I opened it up in the middle somewhere and started to read
 it, and I just threw it out the window.  I was living by a river
 then, so it actually found its way to the bottom of the sea."
 - Jimmy Page, on Stephen Davis' "Hammer Of The Gods".

"I believe that Jimmy was very into black magic and probably did a
 lot of rituals, black candles, bat's blood, the whole thing.  I
 believe he did that stuff."
 - Pamela Des Barres.
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     18 - Aleister Crowley & Jimmy Page

"Yes, well those interviews were a bit hard.  The questions would be
 so... I mean, asking me about black magic and Aleister Crowley and
 whatnot.  Gimme a break!  It's all so stupid.  I'd rather talk about
 the music, you know?  It's much better to talk about the music."
 - Jimmy Page, _Guitar_World_, 1/91.

"I do not worship the devil.  But magic does intrigue me.  Magic of 
 all kinds.  I bought Crowley's house to go up and write in.  The 
 thing is, I just never get up that way.  Friends live there now."
 - Jimmy Page, _Rolling_Stone_, 12/8/76.

"I feel Aleister Crowley is a misunderstood genius of the 20th 
 century.  Because his whole thing was liberation of the person, 
 of the entity, and that restrictions would foul you up, lead to 
 frustration which leads to violence, crime, mental breakdown, 
 depending on what sort of makeup you have underneath.  The further
 this age we're in now gets into technology and alienation, a lot 
 of the points he's made seem to manifest themselves all down the 
 line." - Jimmy Page, _Sounds_, 13/3/78.

"Crowley didn't have a very high opinion of women, and I don't 
 think he was wrong."
 - Jimmy Page, quoted in _Hammer_Of_The_Gods_, so there is a high
   probability this was at the very least taken out of context.
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     19 - The Death Of John Bonham

"There's no comparison between the most precious parts of one's 
 personal life and success and wealth.  If you lost someone near and 
 dear to you, you can't relate it to any amount of fame, fortune and 
 luxury.  You just have to go on living."
 - Robert Plant, _Us_, 10/10/85.

"(John Bonham's death) was one of the most flattening, heartbreaking 
 parts of my life.  I had a great warm bighearted friend I haven't 
 got anymore.  It was so final.  I never even thought about the 
 future of the band or music." - Robert Plant, _People_.
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     20 - Looking Back...

"To a large degree, the punks were right.  Groups like Deep Purple 
 and Black Sabbath had lost the point, if they ever had it, and I 
 thought Led Zeppelin had lost the point too, around the time of 
 In Through The Out Door."
 - Robert Plant.

"At our very worst, we were better than most people.  And at our 
 very best we could just wipe the floor with the lot of them."
 - John Paul Jones, on Led Zeppelin's live ability.

"Every record is a portrait of the band at that time."
 - Jimmy Page.

"No.  Not really.  We just wanted to write really good music that 
 would hold up on its own.  Chart music tends to be a little 
 disposable."
 - Jimmy Page, when asked whether he ever wanted Zeppelin to have 
   a hit single.

"See, we were fortunate in those days not to have to do singles.  
 There was no point where we thought, `well, now we've got to write 
 the big single.'  It was an album market at the time.  So each 
 album reflected where we were, mentally, at the time.  We had done
 a few gigs before the first album,but then we went in and recorded
 it in a short amount of time.  And the second album was actually
 done while we were on the road, so a lot of that energy comes
 through.  The third album was written during what was, sort of, the
 first tour break in the band's career.  The album reflected that
 break in our schedule - it was mellower.  We got a great critical
 hammering because everyone was expecting something with the same
 sort of force as the second.  But then even the fourth album got
 bad reviews.  And it's great to sit here and say, `they were 
 wrong.'" - Jimmy Page, _Guitar_World_, 1991.

"It was a very nice experience which I miss not one iota."
 - Robert Plant, on his days with Led Zeppelin.

"But it was wonderful being on the inside.  Wonderful."
 - John Paul Jones, in the December 1994 issue of _Mojo_.
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     21 - Zeppelin On Other Artists

"If all that snow were cocaine, Jethro Tull could do a winter season
 here". - Robert Plant, looking out a plane window after taking off
 from Canada in the early days of Zeppelin.

"Ian (Anderson) is a pain in the ass.  We toured with `Jethro Dull' 
 once and I think he probably spoke three words to Jimmy or I at any 
 one time...  (Page) had a title for a live album when Jethro was 
 playing in LA, `Bore 'Em At The Forum.' "
 - John Paul Jones, _Guitar_World_.

"Heavy metal is a sham.  There's nothing threatening about (it) 
 except the artists.  It's mindless, it's not a reflection of 
 something sociological.  I don't think Zeppelin was their 
 inspiration - Tiny Tim was.  It was glam-rock,  With rockabilly
 or rock'n'roll years ago, it was built around sex and just plain
 revolt.  But this some kind of demented dwarf giving strange hand
 signals as he walks out of a volcano on stage.  It's tacky.  And
 it's just rank and file, like checking into a factory..."
 - Robert Plant, _New_York_Post_, 17/5/88.

"...Alice Cooper's weirdnesses must really make the kids feel violent.
 These kids are like my sister, young people of 14 or so who've come
 to enjoy themselves.  So you put things like that in front of them,
 and I don't think it's right." - Robert Plant, _NME_, 32/6/73.

"Porl prefers to play things that aren't very tied down."
 - Robert Plant, on ex-The Cure guitarist Porl Thompson, in the
   September 1992 issue of _Guitar_Player_.

"I met Jason Donovan at RAK studios.  He had jodphurs on and small
 riding boots as he jumped out of the cab.  He looked just like me!"
 - Robert Plant in the December 1994 issue of _Mojo_.

"It's like the Emperor's new clothes.  Suede, and people like that."
 - Robert Plant, when asked about the band Oasis, in the December
   1994 issue of _Vox_.
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     22 - Other Artists On Zeppelin

"Jimmy Page is an excellent producer.  Led Zeppelin I and II are
 classics.  As a player he's very good in the studio, but I've never
 seen him play well live.  He's sloppy.  He plays like he's got a 
 broken hand and he's two years old.  If you put out a good album
 and play like a two year old, what's the purpose?"
 - Edward Van Halen, in the January 1981 issue of _Guitar_World_.

"While Zeppelin was onstage, before we were to go on, we knew it was 
 over..."
 - The lead guitarist of Iron Butterfly, in _Discoveries_.

"Robert Plant asked me to marry him, but I said 'no.'  I mean, you 
 just don't want to marry someone you've wanted to do it with since
 you were thirteen, because, well, if he farts, I would, like, die!"
 - Tori Amos, during a show in Northhampton, MA, in October, 1994.

"He said, '$100,000.  That's not much, especially when you have to 
 split it  in three.  That was a big disappointment.  I never tried
 so hard and was willing to spend so much on something and didn't 
 get it."
 - Richard Linklater, Director of "Dazed And Confused", in the 
   2/10/94 edition of _The_Los_Angeles_Times_, on Robert Plant and
   his refusal to allow Linklater to use the song "Rock And Roll"
   in his film.

"Those guys don't really care about money; that's the weird thing." 
 - Richard Linklater, director of the film "Dazed And Confused" after
   his attempts to get the right to use a Zeppelin song in the film.

"[Plant] killed it at the last second.  Not only was he more remote 
 but he has all these little troopers who do everything for him, and 
 they were, like, 'No,no,no.'  I don't know if I really got to him...
 I think it's ridiculous, but - oh, well.'"
 - Richard Linklater, director of the film "Dazed And Confused" on 
   how he was thwarted in attempting to use a Zeppelin song in the 
   film.

"...I think we did 30 minutes and there were 25 songs a set. No one 
 had ever seen anything like it. Our shows used to be (for) the 
 Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the guys from Led Zeppelin... All those
 people would come and see us because we were good and it reminded
 them of where they came from.  People like the Stones and Robert
 Plant... that's their thing.  Robert's favorite singer is Gene
 Vincent. Nobody ever asks him that, but that's what he would tell
 you..."
 - Slim Jim Phanton (aka Jim McDonnell), drummer from The Stray Cats,
   from an article in _Goldmine_.

"A lot of it stems from my early involvement with things like Jimmy
 Page, the energy side of his playing.  In the past, that type of 
 playing was always frowned upon in the group.  It was a joke - Boris
 and I would be doing Zepplin covers at the sound check, and we'd 
 stop when everyone else showed up.  But actually, we used to do 
 Zeppelin covers like `In My Time of Dying' in the very early days."
 - Porl Thompson, ex-The Cure guitarist, in the September 1992 issue
   of _Guitar_Player_.

"If I played guitar I'd be Jimmy Page, the girlies I like are 
 underage."
 - The Beastie Boys.

"One of the things we picked up from Zep in the 70's  is they would
 play the same notes on guitar and bass and follow it, they play all
 these lines together like leads together, which made for heavy."
 - Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith, on Zeppelin, Egos and
   Icons.

"There are 23 bootlegs now.  Robert Plant came home with a bootleg 
 video and said 'Tori, you've made it. You're nothing until you've 
 been bootlegged.'"
 - Tori Amos.

"It wasn't like Zeppelin was out on the road all the time.  The 
 Stones weren't always coming to your town.  We were".
 - Joe Perry, lead guitarist of Aerosmith, on Zeppelin, Egos, and
   Icons.

"I have masturbated to that song lots of times, and many of my 
 girlfriends too.  Sometimes all of us in one room with "Thank You"
 on the record player. ...  My left hand can play piano very well
 for a very long  time." 
 - Tori Amos on "Thank You", a cover of which she recorded for her
  "Crucfiy" EP.

"Rock stars don't date. We're [pause]... friends."
 - Alannah Myles, on whether she dated Robert Plant, in the 
  _Victoria_Times-Colonist_, Febuary 10, 1994.

"My grandmother really liked virgins.  There's nothing wrong with 
 virgins, there's a time and a place for that.  I had other things 
 on my mind... like Robert Plant." - Tori Amos.

"I don't know that I feel anything like that really. You see, if you
 aim for the marketplace 100%, like Jimmy Page did, or Robert Plant
 particularly did, if you aim for the marketplace 100% and you don't
 get it, then that's a failure of intelligence because you've got, 
 say with Plant, you've got a pop talent that's massive there, 
 there's a massive talent. He knows how to take an old blues song 
 that's been around for a hundred years, and turn it into something
 that's immediately AM radio for 18 year-olds. That's a huge pop
 talent. If you go for that and you fail, you fail because you 
 haven't got it upstairs. That's to say, if you've got the amount of
 talent that he's got vocally, and as a stage performer. But mine...
 Jesus, I wouldn't think... you see, I'm such an oddball. The longer
 I live the more I know that I could never have got through, never...
 what did you say?"
 - Roy Harper.

"I only met Page once after that - the Pentangle reunion [1982].  We
 were at Heathrow going to Australia or somewhere, and he was there 
 in the International Lounge.  Danny spotted him.  So we went up and 
 said hello, but he was completely, absolutely pissed.  He had a 
 French wife, or something, who was chasing him all over the place, 
 and a large glass of brandy in his hand... and that was the last I 
 saw of him."
 - Bert Jansch, in the December 1994 issue of _Mojo_.

"I steal from Jimmy Page all the time.  You're  too  conservative.  
 Go back and listen, you'll hear I steal from him."
 - Tori Amos, in _The_San_Francisco_Examiner_, 3/9/94.
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     23 - Robert Plant's Solo Career

"Well, I suppose I could do a solo album, but my god, it would be
 terrible!" - Robert Plant, _Hit_Parader_, 1974.

"Rather than being some roller coaster money machine, all gauche and 
 vulgar, I give you The Fate Of Nations."
 - Robert Plant, extolling the virtues of his new album, in _Guitar_
   _World_, December 1993, page 178.

"From the very beginning of this project, around January 1991, right 
 after the Manic Nirvana tour, I knew what I was going to do: go back 
 into my past, listening to Grape, the Airplane, Tim Hardin, 
 Quicksilver, Traffic, and other turning-point artists in rock.  
 These people were trying to tell the listener something, joining 
 various traditions, with the sense of a quest being insinuated and
 bandied in their acoustic and electronic themes.  I'm also proud of
 what I've attempted to do lyrically, trying to tell vivid tales that
 come from a hearty tradition of prose.  Things have changed since 
 the glory days of teen lust ... If `Stairway To Heaven' had just 
 been about cruising in a convertible, it wouldn't have endured in a
 meaningful way."
 - Robert Plant, on "Fate of Nations."

"Robert wanted things from Doug as a guitar player ...and Doug is 
 a really good guitar player. But there are some people who are 
 brilliant performers and some people are brilliant writers. 
 Beethoven was a brilliant improvisationist, but he wasn't a 
 brilliant performer.  Paganini was a brilliant violinist but he
 couldn't write any music that would survive the test of time.  So
 there you have Paganini on the guitar and Robert going - Come on, 
 give us a riff!  You know it's an impossible task to ask anybody 
 unless they're meant to do it. You know there's plenty of riffs by
 these horrible bands with their spandex trousers going 'diddley
 diddley diddley', ripping off every riff that might have come out of
 England since 1968, really vile.  And Doug just couldn't do that, 
 and he's standing there trying for Robert, and it was terrible and
 we're all going 'Ughh!'. ...  Doug is a great guitar player, who 
 unfortunately had been asked the wrong thing... he's actually doing
 all right Doug, and I'm glad. He's happier and some of the pressures
 are off... he's a brilliant player you know... but in the end... 
 well, a lot of it comes down to personalities."
 - Phil Johnstone, from the _Nirvana_ fanzine, about the departure of 
   Doug Boyle from Robert Plant's band.
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     24 - Re-Using Zeppelin Material In The Solo Years

"No, that's holy ground.  That's sacred."
 - Robert Plant, when asked what he thought about using Zeppelin 
   material in 1982.

"I haven't used that old band to go after an audience."
 - Robert Plant, _Select_.

"I mean, the level of acceptance for Zep now is ridiculous." 
 - Robert Plant, _Select_.

"It's OK to quote from your past.  But I'm more interested in quoting 
 from my present and pointing towards the future." 
 - Robert Plant, _Milwaukee Journal_.

"I'm tipping the hat and looking back."
 - Robert Plant, on using Zeppelin material in 1988.

"I'm not interested in being known as the singer from Led Zeppelin." 
 - Robert Plant, _Atlanta_Journal/Constitution_ Weekend_.

"...and there are certain songs that are really timepieces and 
 shouldn't be touched.  But some of them are a celebration of good
 humour and sensibility and I think that's okay.  I don't care about
 the past, I'm a musician with ambition."
 - Robert Plant, _MTV_.

"Yeah, I think the point has well and truly sunk in by now, and I 
 can just carry on.  I don't even know what I'm looking for except a
 bit of hilarity and mild insanity musically, and I can get none of
 that by  just delving into the history."
 - Robert Plant, in _The_Music_Paper_ when asked about favourable 
   crowd reaction to "Hurting Kind" and his solo songs.

"No, no, no, no, it has nothing to do with paying tribute.  I'm the 
 guy who wrote the lyrics, and I'm just sending myself up. ...  I 
 just do it for a bit of a laugh."
 - Robert Plant, _Sounds_, onusing Zeppelin material in 1990.
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     25 - Tribute Bands & Plagiarism

"I've never actually seen a tribute band.  I can't really get a hold
 of the concept.  To me, it's old material.  I have no interest in 
 it.  I want to see what's coming now."
 - John Paul Jones, in the _Chicago-Sun_Times_, on tribute bands, on
   October 16, 1994.

"All these bands that are trying to sound like Zeppelin never really 
 get it right, it's all this boom and bash sort of thing.  But if you 
 listen to Bonzo he's got all this little stuff going on."
 - John Paul Jones, on _MTV_'s Rockumentary.

"They steal your music and shout at you."
 - Jimmy Page, on rap, and people like the Beastie Boys.

"But if you want me to knock Kingdom Come, all I will say is that I 
 heard the guitarist said he'd never heard my playing, and I'd defy 
 any guitarist in American not to have heard Led Zeppelin."
 - Jimmy Page, New York Post, 6/7/88.

"You're saying there's this one and that one of Led Zeppelin tribute
 bands.  It gives us all the more reason to do something new; new for 
 us, anyway.  All the more reason to make us give them something to 
 think about."
 - Jimmy Page, in the December 1994 issue of _Vox_.
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     26 - Coverdale/Page

"Well, 15 to 16 songs, maybe.... We featured 11 songs in the album 
 and the rest of 4 songs will be released in the form of outtake 
 singles collection or something."
 - David Coverdale, on the possiblity of releasing "Coverdale/Page"
   outtakes.

"This is the traffic sign meaning two roads joining to one road. Try 
 to express unification or joining together."
 - David Coverdale on the cover of "Coverdale/Page."

"This lyric is very personal to us. JP lost Bonzo, and I lost T. 
 Bolin.  We wish we could make anybody feel this kind of emotion - 
 `Take me for a little while, Take me away from these sad thoughts, 
 sing me songs to make me smile.'"
 - David Coverdale on "Take Me For A Little While."

"We made this song during taking vacation at Barbados islands. 
 Firstly this song was called "Barbados Boogie" as sub-title. This
 is the only song that I played harmonica in the album.  Rest of
 the harmonica was played by the man called John Harris."
 - Jimmy Page on "Pride And Joy."

"It's definitely like a Zep album. It's very well done...a pleasant 
 surprise!"
 - George Marino of Sterling Sound on the then upcoming 
   "Coverdale/Page" album.

"Someone once asked me, `How does Jimmy Page strike you?'  I replied,
 `With both hands, of course...'"
 - David Coverdale, _Guitar_World_, May, 1993.
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     27 - The War Of Words

"Maybe someone should just tell Robert to keep his mouth shut."
 - Jimmy Page, angry about Plant's frequent comments him and Zeppelin
   during the "Outrider" tour.

"If Page is happy doing what he does, let him do it." 
 - Robert Plant, on Boston's WBCN, on the Coverdale/Page project.

"It was only a joke." (Plant)
"I didn't take it seriously, so why should anybody else?" (Page)
 - Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, in _The_Toronto_Star_, on their war
   of words over the "Coverdale/Page" project.

"I don't know the guy anymore."
 - Robert Plant, on Jimmy Page, in _Guitar_World_, 
   December 1993, page 47.

"Robert took a lot of swipes at me as well.  When I came to the U.S.
 to do publicity for the "Outrider" album, all I heard was `Robert
 said this,' and `Robert said that.'  It was really bothersome."
 - Jimmy Page, _Guitar_World_, May 1993.

"He's done his best.  It's a bit limiting artisitically, to think
 that's the way it is and that's what's needed."
 - Robert Plant, on Page and Coverdale/Page, in the December 1993
   issue of _Guitar_World_.
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     28 - Reunion, Anyone?

"There will be a Led Zeppelin as long as there's a Jimmy Page, John
 Bonham, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant.  This isn't a nostalgia 
 band playing the hits forever.  If anything ever happened and 
 somebody left - which I really can't see happening - I don't think 
 we'd bother to carry on.  The magic for me is as it is now."
 - Jimmy Page, to Cameron Crowe, 1974.

"It'd be like touring with the ex-wife."
 - Robert Plant on the possiblity of a Zeppelin reunion in 1993.

"I won't do a reunion tour unless my solo career fails miserably."
 - Robert Plant, on a Zeppelin reunion.

"Who wants to see 3 aging old racists on stage, anyway?"
 - Robert Plant, on a Zeppelin reunion.

"The thought of rehashing it endlessly is nauseating."
 - John Paul Jones.

"It was like being immersed in ether, really..."
 - Robert Plant, on the 1990 Knebworth performance with Page.

"I feel stupid."
 - Robert Plant, when asked in _The_Music_Paper_ how he felt about 
   the reunions he had done to that point.

"Y'see, why would I want to go back to a band with three boring old 
 bigots in it when I'm having so much fun with this lot? ...  I've 
 had hits of my own and haven't used that old band to go after an 
 audience."
 - Robert Plant.

"...Robert certainly wasn't doing anything...and there was a great 
 feeling in the camp that we would probably be getting back together  
 again in some shape or form--some capacity--whether it be a tour or
 what.  But, I mean, as you can tell at this point it just didn't 
 happen...[softly] it just didn't happen, so....  I think it's pretty 
 safe to assume that if it didn't happen then... then...you know, 
 it's...well, it's pretty dim any...any chance of it happening in the 
 future.  Everyone...I mean, as far as Jonesey and I were concerned, 
 we were really keen to see it begin...get something going.  But, you
 know, Robert just wasn't...[softly] wasn't interested.  Well, at the
 time... I mean, I'll leave this for everybody's speculation: that he 
 thought it would harm his solo career.  That's...that's what he 
 said, which is rather peculiar, but...but that's his reason."
 - Jimmy Page on the abortive 1986 reunion.

"I don't think that you can rehash music that was born in the 
 Fillmore East and came from a whole different set of social and 
 emotional circumstances. The situation has changed. Let's get real
 about this."
 - Robert Plant, on a Zeppelin reunion.

"I couldn't imagine anything more horrifying than three middle aged
 men trying to pretend that 'Black Dog' is still significant.  It's 
 inappropriate."  
 - Robert Plant, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 16/09/93.

"I mean, what the hell is the point of going to prison?  Why go to
 jail and go around the world singing Black Dog?"
 - Robert Plant, Guitar World.

"[Knebworth] was really like being immersed in ether, really.  The 
 whole thing was like a celebration of stagnation." 
 - Robert Plant, San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner.

"I get emotionally blackmailed into these situations.  But being with
 Jimmy at Knebworth was great because it was with me and my band."
 - Robert Plant, The Music Paper.

"I'd just like to rehearse until I was really good with Page and then
 do one very quick blast through.  But it would have to be some 
 incredibly good music.  And that's what I'd need to be able to go 
 out and call it Page and Plant.  That's how it would have to be, the
 real new Zeppelin.  And the possibility of that is years away - if 
 at all." - Robert Plant, in _Rolling_Stone_, 24/3/88.

"Well, you'll have to ask Robert.  It's true, isn't it.  I mean, I
 love playing that stuff, it's part of me... a great big part of me
 and I love playing it."
 - Jimmy Page, backstage at Donington in 1990, when asked by Mick 
   Wall if Zeppelin would play together again.

"Live Aid did feel like one hour's rehearsal after several years, but
 to be part of Live Aid was wonderful.  It reall was."
 - Jimmy Page, on the Live Aid experience.

"I kept thinking how I'd do this if I was to do it every night
 again."
 - Robert Plant, on Live Aid.

"I was sitting around for an hour-and-a-half just getting wound up."
 - Jimmy Page, on the Atlantic 40th Anniversary Show.

"Page and I get offered everything: women, little boys, cocaine, the
 lot, to just go back and do that again.  I don't think it would be
 a good idea at all.  [But] I reserve judgment to change my mind in
 five years' time."
 - Robert Plant, March 1988.

"I'm too old for Led Zeppelin."
 - Robert Plant, in an interview on VH-1 relating to "Unledded".
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     29 - The Boxed Sets & Live Albums

"I get them (the sets).  I don't  play them all the way through.  I 
 play the songs.  I do acknowledge the fact that they had to be 
 improved, but I am a little skeptical as to whether or not it should
 be such a commercial adventure.  And I do find Jimmy's constant sort
 of commenting about the lack of Led Zeppelin in the major sort of 
 festival auditoriums in the country a bit boring."
 - Robert Plant, on remastering Zeppelin, and Page's desire to work 
   with him again, in _Guitar_World_, December 1993, page 47.

"'When The Levee Breaks' and 'In My Time Of Dying' have their seeds 
 in the desolate Delta Blues but are re-created in heroic mould:  
 with slide guitar riffs pumped up like mighty phalanx of alpenhorns 
 sounding from the cloudy summit of Valhalla itself, where once was 
 plaintiveness is power, and what had been still and small has become 
 crushingly vast." 
 - from _Q_ magazine's review of "The Complete Studio Recordings"

"Even if they were guaranteed to sell a million of a live thing, I 
 don't think he'd put it out if he didn't feel that the playing was
 good enough." 
 - George Marino of Sterling Sound on Page's attitude towards 
   releasing live recordings.

"I suggested back in 1980 to do a chronological live album, but 
 there wasn't that much enthusiasm for it."
 - Jimmy Page, USA Today, April 2, 1993.
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     30 - The "Unledded" Project & The Future

"It's amazing, it's pumping, it's furious, it's anxious, it's happy
 and it's far more real than anything you'll ever experience in a 
 Western city.  Morocco is a living, pulsating entity which is 
 rapidly changing all the time but there are parts of Marrakesh that
 carry on as they have done for a thousands years.  The music is a 
 reflection of that, of all times and all religions and of all the 
 natural expectations and conditions of the people who live there."
 - Robert Plant, on his visit to Morocco with Page for "No Quarter".

"We just went into a courtyard, sat down with them, there was all 
 this kind of incense and stuff sort of floating around.  In fact it
 was a bit like Woodstock was way back.  And we just started playing 
 with them and...  We had these visions ya know?  It was remarkable 
 actually, it was really good, it didn't take very long at all."
 - Robert Plant, on _Denton_, when asked what it was like working
   with the Gnaoua.

"We slowed it down to like a kind of 30's blues approach which really
 fitted the location... I mean that sounds rediculous, playing music
 to different environments but it couldn't have been much more 
 ambient than that... it really worked great."
 - Robert Plant, on the version of "Nobody's Fault But Mine" on "No
   Quarter".

"Robert Plant looks incredible. He's still got the same lithe body, 
 the same luscious locks, and a face made out of old chammy 
 leathers." - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio One DJ.

"One slightly naughty thing I was thinking as I was watching the MTV
 thing, is how many people it took to replace me, and how few people
 it's taken me to replace them."
 - John Paul Jones, on "Unledded".

"All the Jeritol has been sold".
 - Robert Plant, interviewed on Canadian radio, when asked about 
   whether there was any pressure from what bands like The Eagles
   and Pink Floyd were doing, to make them more of a Zeppelin
   project.

"Loads of new songs... nine more. Some are four-piece traditional and
 some are 'different'.  Four people in a room, turn it up real loud 
 and feel ill".
 - Robert Plant, interviewed on Canadian radio, about some upcoming
   original material being released.

"It would be crap."
 - Robert Plant, interview on Canadian radio, explaining how he was
   not able to rectify what he felt was a below-average vocal on the
   original "Kashmir", because he was ill at the time.

"I don't know..." (Plant)
"Hard to say..." (Page)
"Will have Egyptians and the occasional Indian on tour, but it won't
 be as formal as the movie... it will be more organic, looser, 
 exciting". (Plant)
 - Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, interviewed on Canadian radio about
   the upcoming tour.

"If we keep sharing interviews and Trojans - well yeah!"
 - Robert Plant, interviewed on Canadian radio, when asked whether he
   and Page have long term plans.

"We're definitely going to tour, and what you will get is pretty much 
 what your saw on the film.  But we haven't got any dates yet."  
 - Robert Plant, at the Paris press conference at the Cirque D'Hiver,
   on the duo's intentions.

"We've got a lot more songs written that aren't on the record.  But 
 just rolling out the barrel and doing the same four-piece thing with 
 a different drummer seemed obsolete.  There didn't seem to be any 
 point, unless it was just to see if we could do better than the 
 Stones or something.  So we started moving towards the idea of using
 musicians from another culture."
 - Robert Plant, at the Paris press conference at the Cirque D'Hiver,
   hinting that he and Page have long-term plans.

"Bassist John Paul Jones was pointedly not invited to this project." 
 (Scheerer)
"This isn't a reunion.  This is us - Jimmy and Robert, you know.  
 It's not the Blues Brothers." (Plant)
"And wasn't there..." (Scheerer)
"And it's not Spinal Tap.  It nearly is though." (Plant)
 - Robert Plant, responding to CNN's Max Scheerer during an interview
   he did with Page on "Showbiz Today".

"He's parking the car."
 - Robert Plant, at the Paris Press Conference, when asked about the
   absence of John Paul Jones from the project.

"As it happens, I probably would have said no (to Plant and Page) if 
 they said they were going to do all the old songs.  I'm not really 
 interested in doing old material.  I'm a big Zeppelin fan myself, 
 and I'm very proud of that body of work.  But it's time to move on,
 really."
 - John Paul Jones, in _The_Chicago_Sun-Times_.

"Once we got started we were a two-piece.  We were a guitarist and a
 singer who`d written loads of songs already, so we knew very quickly 
 if we didn't like what we were doing.  But if you bring in a third 
 imagination it can take longer to reach the same point, and it can 
 be uncomfortable.  I much prefer being in the middle of than than 
 churning it out in a four-piece."
 - Robert Plant, in _The_Independent_, on October 21, 1994, regarding
   a Led Zeppelin reunion.

"We aim to prove that middle aged musicians actually can get together 
 again without sounding like Phil Collins, or some obscure coffee 
 table music."
 - Robert Plant, on what he and Jimmy Page expect from their world 
   tour next year.

"We've arranged a start date, in February.  We will go on tour.  It
 will be what you saw on film - let's see what comes along."
 - Robert Plant, at the Paris Press Conference on the upcoming tour.

"It's the first time we've heard it with an audience apart from when
 we originally did it, so it's been quite an emotional experience for
 us, just hearing it."
 - Jimmy Page, at the Paris Press Conference, on the Paris screening
   of "Unledded".

"Because we ain't Led Zeppelin!" (Page)
"We're Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.  And we haven't got Bonzo, and
 Bonzo hasn't been around for a long time." (Plant)
 - Robert Plant and Jimmy Page when asked by Peter Howell of _The_
   _Toronto_Star_ why John Paul Jones was not included.

"Well, he's wrong.  Think about it.  Two people who have written so 
 many songs, and all we've got to do is see whether we can do it 
 again.  If you bring in the kitchen sink, you have all the same 
 old road crew back, all the same women, the same airline pilot..." 
 (Plant)
"And all the same grievances!" (Page)
 - Robert Plant and Jimmy Page in _The_Toronto_Star_ when asked about
   Jones's comments about not being included.

"We just couldn't find enough Berbers."
 - Robert Plant, in the December 1994 issue of _Musician_.

"You must be aware, on Real World there's a CD called Passion 
 Sources - not the Peter Gabriel thing, but the one where there's
 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and all that.  I think track nine is a Berber
 wedding track.  And if you listen to the drum intro on that, and 
 that whole thing, that's where we're going next.  Into that vibe,
 I think."
 - Robert Plant, in the December 1994 issue of _Musician_.

"Well, I don't use gear.  I gave it up.  The doctor told me it was
 bad for me."
 - Robert Plant, in the December 1994 issue of _Musician_.

"They were there and it was sort of `No Quarter' on the guitar and
 lots of people playing my parts, I suppose.  It's spooky in a way."
 - John Paul Jones, in the January 1995 edition of Australian
   _Rolling_Stone_.

"Every November, the people we played with - Ibrahim and his mates -
 go to people's houses and clear them of the jinn - everything that's 
 bad in the place.  But Ibrahim also makes tapes that you can buy for
 15 dirhams in the market.  So that's quite a useful gig he's got.  
 It's a bit like Tori Amos.  She makes you feel good, and she sells a
 few records."
 - Robert Plant, in _The_New_York_Times_, 30/10/94, on the Gnawa
   musicians he performed with for "Unledded".
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     31 - Miscellaneous Mutterings

"I hate their bland line of pop that has nothing to do with the 
 heart.  The two are like valium."
 - Robert Plant, on Phil Collins and George Michael.  From an 
   interview with the Spanish press.
 
"Look, Salvador Dali did not paint because he needed the money.  No 
 conversation about materialism and music makes sense.  You make 
 music and that's that, it doesn't matter why." 
 - Robert Plant, dismissing Phil Collins' outrageous claim that Eric
   Clapton could never be a great blues guitarist because of his
   accumulated money and fame.  From an interview with the Spanish
   press.

"Stiff?  They were virtually embalmed" 
 - Robert Plant, describing the performance of the Velvets at the
   1993 Glastonbury Festival.

"Uh, what?  I don't get out much..."
 - Robert Plant, in response to the question "So what do you think of 
   the whole Waco thing?" from a DJ on WBCN during an interview.

"No, no.  I'd like to think that I was, but like every reluctant hero 
 I sold my rights years ago, mate.  [chuckles] Uh, yes.  It's quite 
 flattering to see that and try not to be stunned by it, really..."
 - Robert Plant, when asked about album royalties in a BBC interview.

"Jimmy has the Knebworth footage."
 - Peter Grant.

"We went to Elvis's hotel room after the show.  Usually people got 15
 minutes with him - we had two-and-a-hal-hours.  The boys were busy 
 talking to him and I went to sit on this settee.  All of a sudden I 
 heard this voice behind me saying: `Jesus Christ."  It was Elvis's 
 dad Vernon, I'd sat on him."
 - Peter Grant, in the December 1994 issue of _Vox_.

"I was in Chicago with Robert once.  We were in his hotel room and 
 these girls came and banged on the door, all ready for the third-leg
 boogie, and we're sitting there playing Monopoly."
 - B.P. Fallon, former Zeppelin publicist, in the December 1994 issue
   of _Vox_.

"If it worked, every record would have the backward message 'BUY THIS
 RECORD' in it!"
 - Robert Plant on backmasking.

"My favorite guitar solo of all time was Elliot Randall's on 
 `Reelin' In The Years'".
 - Jimmy Page.

"We did nothing for a year and a half.  I tinkered on the village 
 piano and grew so obese drinking beer that nobody knew who I was."
 - Robert Plant, _People_, 27/8/79.

"I'm trying to photosynthesize like a plant.  I'm off eating.  
 Although I am making a lot of banana daiquiries in my room in the
 blender I've got, with lots of powdered vitamins in them.  This tour
 I'm going to get some Afghani hangings and put them in my room, so
 that my hotel rooms look like mosques."
 - Jimmy Page, _Hit_Parader_, 1974.

"I don't want to get too dippy about all this.  If you take the view 
 of the scientist and everything is in a state of vibration, then
 every note is a vibration, which has a certain frequency, and you 
 know that if you put 40 beats into a frequency it's going to be the
 same note every time.  You take that into infrasound and people can 
 be made to be sick, actually killed.  Taking it the other way, not 
 to be too depressing, what about euphoria, etc., and what about 
 consciousness being totally... no, I won't go into that one.  Time
 warps." - Jimmy Page, _Sounds_ 13/3/76.

"...There's a man towards the south (of Morocco), in fact a holy man, 
 but he'll invite you (for) mint tea, and while he's standing there, 
 mint grows up around his toes and feet and he picks it, makes tea 
 and a small animal eats the stalks and it's all gone.  I haven't 
 seen that, no, but the person who hand and told me had no reason to
 lie.  I've witnessed other things which I don't care to discuss.  I
 think if a person's into it, they're the kind of things he'll 
 experience himself rather than having it related to him."
 - Jimmy Page, _Sounds_, 13/3/76.

"Let's just say I'm like a ship passing through storms, resting in 
 ports now and then until it's time to continue the journey.  I once 
 told a friend, `I'm just looking for an angel with a broken wing - 
 one that couldn't fly away.'" - Jimmy Page, _People_, 10/2/75.

"I'm still terrified of flying.  I really have to get drunk to fly.
 I've found that I've developed fears I never had before... fears of
 heights, claustrophobia... only in cities, though, never in the
 country." - Jimmy Page, _Hit_Parader_, 1974.

"One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
 In the land of Mordor where the Shadows lie"  
 - J.R.R. Tolkien.

"There's a little book I'm thinking of writing - 'Swan Song' is what 
 I shall call it.  The song of the dying.  And my book will be 
 incense burnt at the deathbed of this society, damned with the 
 damnation of its own impotence." - Maxim Gorky, "Foma Gordeyev".
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May 31, 1948 - John Henry Bonham was born at Redditch, Worchestershire
May xx, 1969 - The band’s debut album enters the US Top 10
May xx, 1969 - Recording sessions for Led Zeppelin II begin
May xx, 1970 - The band works on new material at Bron-Y-Aur
May 03, 1971 - Richard Cole jams on Whole Lotta Love playing congas
May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
May 22, 1979 - It is officially announce that Led Zeppelin will headline at the Knebworth Festival in August
May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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