« on: June 1, 2003, 08:21 AM »
I'd say I'm a fan. While I was only a whipper-snapper when Zep was still touring, I grew to appreciate them in college. Even moreseo, after I took up playing bass. I count John Paul Jones as one of my musical mentors.
I've also seen the remaining members live. I saw Page & Plant twice when they were supporting their Unplugged album. And more recently, I saw John Paul Jones and his band opening for King Crimson. And he didn't just rock. HE RAWKED!
JPJ's original material is awesome, if you haven't heard it. He's got a couple of fairly recent CD's in stores, Zooma and The Thunderthief. Both are worth buying. What was more remarkable about his show was the Zeppelin tunes he threw in. He sang "That's the way" while playing mandolin, and his band accompanied. He also did instrumental versions of "Black Dog" and "When the levee breaks". The most remarkable thing about those songs was that he didn't play bass. He had a guy playing a bass-like instrument called a Chapman stick. So, that guy held down the bottom, while Jonesy wailed away on an overdriven lapsteel guitar in a way that would put Jimmy Page to shame. "When the levee braks" was probably one of the most intense live performances I've ever seen, and I've been to a lot of concerts. King Crimson actually had a hard time measuring up with their headline slot, and they're not exactly musical slouches.