Kennedy Center Honors on tonight at 9:00

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    Is it just me, or does Robert Plant have an enormous cranium...?  Like his neck will snap from having to support the weight of it...?

    I noticed it on the Letterman appearance, too.   That thing should have a satellite or two orbiting it.

     

     

     



    Matty, what medicines do they have you on? Can I have some....




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    I watched the Zep and Buddy Guy segments in their entirety last night.  Just great, great stuff, all of it.  Well chosen songs and performers and I actually liked the way they condensed some of the songs.  Stairway to Heaven was the show-stopper.  Magnificent vocal by Ann Wilson, fantastic arrangement and performance with the choir and all the rest.  The cool thing was that this reminded everyone that in spite of the overkill that has turned a lot of people against the song, it's still a great song.

     
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    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 abbreviated songs kind of bothered me,but the artists did well with what they had to work with.No one has mentioned the Foo Fighters doing Rock and Roll,which they did with an exuberence of a band paying tribute to their musical heroes.It was a little disappointing though because they have done that song in concert before with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones as guests( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRBsgRYPR-4 ).

    Kid Rock and Lenny Kravitz did pretty good renditions of the songs they chose.

     For me The Wilson sisters and Jason Bonham doing Stairway was the highlight and also the perfect way to end the evening for the Honors. The house was brought down.

     
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     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

     
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    I would have watched for Letterman.. big fan

     
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    A "thank you" would have been sufficient, Slim.    I just wanted to lay the issue to rest and get the focus off of Black, not further promote it.    

    It was Led Zeppelin's night. 

    If you've never seen the Kennedy Center Honors in the past, then you have no proper benchmark.   They've honored rock artists before, and the year they honored Paul McCartney, was probably the most astonishing of them all.    

    It's a unique, and rare event, that is not related to commercialism or monetary success.   It's not a concert.   For benchmarking purposes, the year Bruce Springsteen was honored, they chose Jon Stewart to stand up for him.  Make any sense?  Not to me at the time, and I'm not even a huge Springsteen fan.  They are both New Jersey homeboys, but Stewart has no music creds -- but you know what?  I just don't think about Stewart; it was Springsteen's night, no one else's.  

    Yes, cut back on the coffee.   :)    ETA: You deleted your post, Slim?     Wonder why ... :)

    An BTW, I thought Black's quip re: Paul Ryan was well done / funny.   

     
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    Sorry, Slim, but I already read your post. :-)

    Jack Black did say Zep was better than the Who.  He said they were better than anybody.

    He's a comedian, I'll file his statement under outlandish hyperbole and move on.  His bit about Zep selling their souls to the devil for our benefit was pretty good.

     
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    I just decided it was too much babble and maybe too much personal info.   I do  this often, yanking paragraphs of babble,  but you know that already too. 

    So Black mentioned the Who too? Dayum, I missed that part.  And I'm going to pretend I wasn't corrected because now we're getting into tricky waters.  I don't know if I can pick betwen Zeppelin and the Who.



    No, he didn't mention the Who specifically.  What I meant is that he said that Zep were the best, better than everybody.

     
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    I did not see the show but just wanted to add my opinion on Buddy Guy. I got to see him in concert once in a small venue and he was very dynamic and entertaining. At one point he came out into the audience playing his guitar. Very flashy and crowd pleasing.

    However, it is his style of the blues that doesn't appeal to me as much as some of the blues performers who preceded him, such as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker. The reason for this is that he brought the blues as close to rock as I think it can get before going over that blurry line. I'm not much of a fan of flashy blues playing. There is no doubt Buddy Guy was highly influential on rock guitarists, but I never really got into his music. But please don't take this as a criticism of him. Just not my preferred style.

     
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    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.

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    Maybe you haven't seen this. The good (?) folks of the Westboro Baptist Church were picketing a Foo Fighters concert and this was their response.:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e5hRLbCaCs

    By the way,it's a song about a gay truck driver

     
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    I just decided it was too much babble and maybe too much personal info.   I do  this often, yanking paragraphs of babble,  but you know that already too. 

    So Black mentioned the Who too? Dayum, I missed that part.  And I'm going to pretend I wasn't corrected because now we're getting into tricky waters.  I don't know if I can pick betwen Zeppelin and the Who.



    No, he didn't mention the Who specifically.  What I meant is that he said that Zep were the best, better than everybody.



    Black even called them better than the Beatles. I am sure I saw a cringe out of Plant's face when he said that.

    It is hard to say who is greater than who.

    I always believed that Zep, The Who and Queen were the most imprtant bands to come out of England. I cannot rank them in any specific order. But I will say that they all follow the Beatles.

     
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    I just decided it was too much babble and maybe too much personal info.   I do  this often, yanking paragraphs of babble,  but you know that already too. 

    So Black mentioned the Who too? Dayum, I missed that part.  And I'm going to pretend I wasn't corrected because now we're getting into tricky waters.  I don't know if I can pick betwen Zeppelin and the Who.



    No, he didn't mention the Who specifically.  What I meant is that he said that Zep were the best, better than everybody.



    Black even called them better than the Beatles. I am sure I saw a cringe out of Plant's face when he said that.

    It is hard to say who is greater than who.

    I always believed that Zep, The Who and Queen were the most imprtant bands to come out of England. I cannot rank them in any specific order. But I will say that they all follow the Beatles.



    No Rolling Stones?

    Just kidding. I know how we all like to rank everything in life. Ranking importance doesn't matter much to me. These things are hard to measure. But I would hazard to say that The Beatles top them all in cultural significance and influence.

     
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    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.

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    I also beg to differ.

    Dave Grohl is quite funny without even trying.  The 'Learning to Fly' video is but one example (which coincidentally also features 'The D').

     

     
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