Re: Kennedy Center Honors on tonight at 9:00
posted at 1/2/2013 9:37 AM EST
In response to mrmojo1120's comment:
After seeing the Zeppelin tribute a few times now,I'm really confused by having Jack Black as the presenter.There are so many better and deserving choices than him including Dave Grohl,Slash or Jason Bonham to name a few.Black wasn't terrible,but for me,he just didn't add anything to the presentation.A curious choice at best,to say the least.
The Jack Black connection was gnawing away at me, as it proved to be such a distraction to many of you. I can understand that, coming from forum members. I did not feel as strongly that Black was such an impediment, but that's also, in part, because I thought the entire tribute (and the entire program, as always) was excellent, and I put my focus on the eyes of the three members of Led Zeppelin to judge the tribute from their eyes, and witnessed not only their delight, but also tears, in the case of Robert Plant. However, there still had to be an explanation, right?
Since "School of Rock" is one of my favorite rock movies, even though it is goofy and cliche, I love it; Black stars in the film, and in referring back to the film, the light bulb finally went off.
Here's why Black was chosen to stand up for the legendary band (and I did have to review a summary of the film to get this concisely right): "Immigrant Song" is on the soundtrack of the film. Led Zeppelin historically does *not* grant permission for any of their songs to be used commercially or in films (and if so, it is rare, as in the case of Cameron Crowe), but the film's director, Richard Linklater, thought of an ingenious way to address the band to ask them to grant permission for the song to be used in his film.
" To get permission, Richard Linklater came up with the idea to shoot a video on the stage used at the end of the film, with Jack Black begging the band for permission and the crowd cheering and chanting behind him. The video was sent directly to Led Zeppelin, and permission was granted for the song. The video can be seen on the DVD extras."
So there it is. <3