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Date: Sun, 30 Oct 1994 11:01:49 -0500 From: Steve Kilpatrick Subject: Plant/Page on Prodigy Here's the complete Q&A session from Plant and Page's appearance on Prodigy, the American subscription computer network. Some of the answers were provided by P&P themselves, others by rock critic Lisa Robinson from her interview with them. I found their answers to be highly repetitive and not very informative, and they tended to ignore parts of the questions. My guess is that a few questions were hand-selected by a Prodigy employee, they provided some quick verbal answers, and someone else typed them in. Steve Kilpatrick --------------------------------------------------------------------------- PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 8:57 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/27 1:38 AM TO: ALL FROM: MARK BADERTSCHER (JSPK49A) SUBJECT: 2 BOTH OF YOU GUYS.. Jimmy, Where are some of the tour stops? Who will be playing with you and Robert? Will you include John Paul Jones and possibly Jason Bonham? I read that maybe he won't be included for some reason. Will the shows be entirely acoustic with some new songs? Let me know---Mark Badertscher. PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 8:58 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/30 12:09 AM TO: MARK BADERTSCHER (JSPK49A) FROM: PLANT PAGE (ROCK99E) SUBJECT: 2 BOTH OF YOU GUYS.. Whenever anyone thinks of Zeppelin, they seem to think somehow that it would be cute if we all got back together and the drummer's son played drums-- it's not going to happen. We did it once as a one-off thing more as a token to his dad. That's how we saw it. We're interested in the future. Thanks, Robert & Jimmy PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 8:59 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/26 12:28 AM TO: ALL FROM: JEANE HARRIS (NKSK84A) SUBJECT: A QUICKEY.. Hi Robert and Jimmi, Cheated to get in the "A's", but had to tell you how much your 'Unledded' special on MTV meant to us. You guys still rock...Loved the blusey rendition of "Since I've been Loving you." QUESTION: May have missed it in the interviews, but what was the spark that got you two back together to perform? You guys haven't missed a beat and >>> gently reminded us all that good music is GOOD music. Taped your whole segment; movie, Unledded and all videos that my tape could hold. Thanks again for giving us the best music around. (still) Would really be on cloud 9, if I got a reply from you.. thanks again, jeane-LA PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 8:59 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/30 12:06 AM TO: JEANE HARRIS (NKSK84A) FROM: PLANT PAGE (ROCK99E) SUBJECT: A QUICKEY.. The main criteris in us getting back together after all this time was that we'd not actually worked together-- we might have brushed shoulders on certain projects, but we'd never gotten together on any kind of meat and potatoes thing, and we wanted to give it a go and see if we could come up with material that would be fresh and exciting-- not a retread of the past. Thanks, Robert & Jimmy PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:00 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/29 11:22 PM TO: PAUL BELFI (GDYM74A) FROM: PLANT PAGE (ROCK99E) SUBJECT: ASK PAGE/PLANT In answer to Paul Belfi, who wrote and asked if we would tour-- yes, we will, and you'll get old stuff and new stuff-- like one night we'll do "Black Dog" the way we did it in 1973, and then the next night we can play it with the Moroccan ensemble sitting there cross legged with incense burning. Robert and Jimmy PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:01 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/29 11:28 PM TO: KIM SMITH (DGDJ31C) FROM: PLANT PAGE (ROCK99E) SUBJECT: ASK PAGE/PLANT In response to Kim Smith, who asked what made us decide to do Unledded: After fourteen years, we weren't going to get back together with Zeppelin again. In order for us to work together again, we had to take our past to rejuvenate it and have a present and a future. Otherwise, there'd be no point: we'd be like the Eagles. Thanks, Robert & Jimmy PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:01 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/19 11:32 PM TO: PLANT PAGE (ROCK99E) FROM: MICHAEL KELLER (FGGJ47C) SUBJECT: COVERDALE/PAGE This question is directed towards Mr. Plant, Robert, how did your feelings about the Coverdale/Page collaboration affect the Unleded project? - Mike the Muskrat PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:02 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/30 12:28 AM TO: MICHAEL KELLER (FGGJ47C) FROM: LISA ROBINSON (PKNU41A) SUBJECT: COVERDALE/PAGE When I talked to Jimmy and Robert, they both were excited about this collaboration, and Jimmy honestly admitted that he never had anyone he wanted to work with as much as Robert. Robert said: "I hd to go off and write, and hope that in the future I would be able to write with Jimmy -- but before this, we were trapped. I mean look at how people obviously get trapped by their own success. Look at the state of these sort of aged gods that trumble around now." Lisa Robinson Music BB Leader PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:03 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/20 1:43 AM TO: ALL FROM: CHRISTINE TRIGILIO (NSJM55A) SUBJECT: EASTERN INFLUENCE Hi Robert and Jimmy! With your last Unledded MTV appearance, it seems that an east Indian flavor is pervading your musical style. Did that originate from a spiritual affinity or from another source? Also, what prompted your reconciliation, if I may be so bold in asking? With love, Christine PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:03 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/30 12:20 AM TO: CHRISTINE TRIGILIO (NSJM55A) FROM: PLANT PAGE (ROCK99E) SUBJECT: EASTERN INFLUENCE Frankly, it goes without saying, that in the writing capacity especially, we've never found anyone we could relate to in the way that we do to each other. We can throw strange ideas at each other and it's always understood instantly. Obviously before, we had been trapped by our success though, and many middlemen who rpesented crass ideas to us that we didn't want to do. Thanks, Robert & Jimmy PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:04 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/24 10:06 AM TO: PLANT PAGE (ROCK99E) FROM: SARAH DURBIN (WNXK48C) SUBJECT: FUTURE PLANS Mr. Plant & Mr. Page, I thought the Unledded show was great! Are there any plans to record together in the future,and is there any collaborations in the works (a la "Coverdale/Page")? Sarah PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:04 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/30 12:43 AM TO: SARAH DURBIN (WNXK48C) FROM: LISA ROBINSON (PKNU41A) SUBJECT: FUTURE PLANS When I asked Jimmy and Robert why they re-did a lot of Zep material instead of writing all new songs, Robert said: "The criteria was to represent ourselves to an audience, and not to develop an entirely obscure program for the TV special. But the Zep songs we touched on were ones we're really proud of, and we gave them such a new treatment that they're virtually new songs anyway. And, some of the new ideas we had we turned into a few new pieces, and we have many more ready to work on." So, my hunch is that there will be more from them in the future if this tour goes well. Lisa Robinson Music BB Leader PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:05 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/24 5:24 PM TO: ALL FROM: MIKE CERAGIOLI (UMYX01A) SUBJECT: JASON BONHAM ON DRUM Jimmy and Robert, if you are going to do a full reunion tour , how about Jason Bonham on Drums like you did back about seven or eight years ago on I think it was a MTV special? With John Paul Jones as well? It'll be bigger than the Stones,Beatles, as a matter of fact It'll be be bigger than Life! Mike. PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:06 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/30 12:17 AM TO: MIKE CERAGIOLI (UMYX01A) FROM: PLANT PAGE (ROCK99E) SUBJECT: JASON BONHAM ON DRUM No, Jason will not be on drums, that was once - as a nod to his dad, more than anything else. And as for Jonesy, he's welcome to come and sit in with us one night or whatever when we're on tour, but this project wasn't done with him. It was s singer and guitarist, and frankly, we haven't been in touch with him and it just didn't factor into the equation. Thanks, Robert & Jimmy PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:06 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/29 11:30 PM TO: DANIEL KERSTING (WRJT68B) FROM: PLANT PAGE (ROCK99E) SUBJECT: JOHN PAUL JONES Dan Kerstling asked why we didn't play with John Paul Jones on the MTV Special, and basically, when we first got together and started writing, the whole momentum moved so fast, we were thiking about what we were doing there and then-- and frankly, didn't think about him. These new songs weren't written with a four piece in mind, it was done as a guitarist and singer. Thanks, Robert & Jimmy PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:07 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/18 10:11 AM TO: ALL FROM: STEVEN MINSKOFF (FGWV05A) SUBJECT: LED ZEP LIVE ? Dear Mr. Plant and Mr.Page, Thank you for all the wonderful songs you have given us! I do have a question in regards to any future plans for either a propper live cd or video? I know you guys want to go foward, but there really is aneed for a great live cd or video! Bootlegers have been making a killing on you guys and you should put them all to rest with a great live ! package! It really would also be a great tribute to Bonzo I have always read how much you guys did not care for The Song Remains the Same! I wish you much success with the new cd and will be the first one to own it! I saw you guys many times and it really is a shame that this younger genneration has know clue how great you guys where live! Thank you again, Steven Minskoff PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:07 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/30 12:39 AM TO: STEVEN MINSKOFF (FGWV05A) FROM: LISA ROBINSON (PKNU41A) SUBJECT: LED ZEP LIVE ? I know for a fact that there is a TON of live Zep material in the can, and when I asked Jimmy about it, he said the same thing he did to an answer to a note here-- "Why would I want to wade through all that old stuff when I'm so excited about what we're doing now???" But one day....he might. Lisa Robinson/Music BB Leader PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:08 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/29 11:33 PM TO: JOSEPH BARDI (TXSG18C) FROM: PLANT PAGE (ROCK99E) SUBJECT: LIVE ZEP MATERIAL Joe Bardi asked about a live boxed set, and to be honest, the last thing we want to do now is wade through all that old live material when we're writing new stuff together; it's much more exciting. Thanks, Robert & Jimmy PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:08 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/18 6:38 PM TO: PLANT PAGE (ROCK99E) FROM: JOHN FRUSCIANTE (YSVR62B) SUBJECT: LIVE-DRUMMERQUESTION Hi guys. I have a question. I heard you guys may be touring live. If so, do you think you may be able to find a good replacement for the late, very great John Bohnam? Or do you already have somebody to fill the void? Just askin'. Thanx. John PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:08 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/30 12:30 AM TO: JOHN FRUSCIANTE (YSVR62B) FROM: LISA ROBINSON (PKNU41A) SUBJECT: LIVE-DRUMMERQUESTION If you see all the notes answered by Robert & Jimmy, you'll see what they have to say about Bonham, but basically, what they told me isa that it has never come up -- he's not going to be part of the Page-Plant reunion collaboration tour or any other albums. My guess is they'll use Robert's drummer who was on the Unledded special. Lisa Robinson/Music BB Leader PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:09 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/20 12:23 PM TO: ALL FROM: JIM FITZPATRICK (MWRF30B) SUBJECT: MY THOUGHTS..... Ever since I heard Going to California the magic of Zeppelin has enchanted me. I can't get enough of it. I don't want to be one of those petty fans, though. I understand the music came from a human mind. Robert, Jimmy, is the thrill gone? Do you still have the emotion? And finally, do you think that there's a place for me in the whole grand scheme of things? My age, being 13, is a factor. If this note were answered, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. -Jim Fitzpatrick PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:09 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/30 12:06 AM TO: JIM FITZPATRICK (MWRF30B) FROM: PLANT PAGE (ROCK99E) SUBJECT: MY THOUGHTS..... Jim, We wanted to get together and see what we could do, without any crass commercial ideas being presented to us by middlemen. And when we kicked off the first day with three new ideas, two of which are on the show and the record, the fact that we were able to blend together musically before even asking how the families were-- well, that was pretty important and obviously special. Thanks, Robert & Jimmy PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:10 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/19 3:57 PM TO: ALL FROM: MITCHELL COHEN (MBWC59B) SUBJECT: NEW ALBUM???? Are there any chances of a new album from you two?? God knows that would excite many zeppelin fans. -Black dog PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:10 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/30 12:17 AM TO: MITCHELL COHEN (MBWC59B) FROM: PLANT PAGE (ROCK99E) SUBJECT: NEW ALBUM???? The album from the Unledded special will be out Nov. 8th, and we may have more in the future. Thanks, Robert & Jimmy PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:11 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/23 4:35 PM TO: ALL FROM: EVAN PARNESS (TVPV74C) SUBJECT: REUNION HOLA. YOU GUYS KICK MAJOR A$$. HOW COME YOU DIDN'T USE JOHN PAUL JONES AND JASON BONHAM FOR THE REUNION? IS IT TRUE YOU GUYS ARE GOING ON TOUR? FROM, HEAVY AND METAL PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:11 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/30 12:34 AM TO: EVAN PARNESS (TVPV74C) FROM: LISA ROBINSON (PKNU41A) SUBJECT: REUNION Robert talked quite frankly about having a reunion tour with Jimmy and not doing it as Led Zep: "We existed as a four piece all those years ago," he said, "and I don't think we should be considered a four piece like that again. Our songs can be interesting and elaborate without keyboards all over the place, and besides- it makes sense to give the old songs the best treatment we can, and in the 70's we were a four piece rock band, and now we're two writers who play in a four piece rock band doing something different." Lisa Robinson Music BB Leader PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:11 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/22 9:15 PM TO: PLANT PAGE (ROCK99E) FROM: KENNETH HASS (YHGT16A) SUBJECT: WELCOME BACK!!! Thanks for getting back together again. I`ve been a fan for years and being only 21, I never had the chance to see Zepp in it`s prime. I just have one question, in the album "LED ZEPPELIN III" there is a wierd droning noise that segues from the ending of "Friends" into the beginning of "Celebration Day", what exactly was used to create that sound and what was the actual reason for it? Also if you go out on tour next year will you be playing at Shea Stadium here in New York? Thanks for 25 years of great music, you guys are the original hard rock troopers!!! Ken in NYC The Zeppelin soars again! PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:12 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/30 12:37 AM TO: KENNETH HASS (YHGT16A) FROM: LISA ROBINSON (PKNU41A) SUBJECT: WELCOME BACK!!! When I talked to Robert and Jimmy, they talked a lot about doing a tour differently than the "bigshot" days, as Robert put it, so that makes me think that they will do smaller places when they tour. Probably arenas, I don't think they can get away with theaters-- although the way they were talking, I'm sure they'd like to. Of course, they are going to bring a string section and lots of those Eastern musicians with them, so.....it could be expensive. But no, I don't think you'll see them at Shea Stadium unless I'm very wrong, but I'd be surprised. Lisa Robinson Music BB Leader PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:12 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/18 5:21 PM TO: LAUREN BACALL (STAR99B) FROM: SHAY JOHNSON (ATMS73B) SUBJECT: WHY GET THE LED OUT? Why don't you guys want to be called Led Zepplin anymore?I assume this due to the Mtv special 'UnLEDded'.Also have you ever worked with David Bowie or Mick Jagger? PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:13 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/30 12:15 AM TO: SHAY JOHNSON (ATMS73B) FROM: PLANT PAGE (ROCK99E) SUBJECT: WHY GET THE LED OUT? We didn't call ourselves Led Zeppelin because it's not Led Zeppelin-- it's not a four piece writing together like Zep was; it's a guitarist and singer working together. We didn't want to be suckers to our former success.....let other bands do that. Thanks, Robert & Jimmy PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:14 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/28 6:25 AM TO: ALL FROM: KEVIN CASSIDY (BJBC10A) SUBJECT: `DRUGS AND CREATVTY? Dear Page and Plant, Do you write and perform better while straight or under the influence???? If so what works well for you and what doesn't????? I'm not promoting dugs!!!!!!! Kevin PRODIGY(R) interactive personal service 10/30/94 9:14 AM MUSIC TOPIC: PLANT-PAGE TIME: 10/30 12:12 AM TO: KEVIN CASSIDY (BJBC10A) FROM: PLANT PAGE (ROCK99E) SUBJECT: `DRUGS AND CREATVTY? In the Zep days...everything was blown out of proportion, and drug abuse was part of it. The music is more coherent now, and not affected by any of that and not corporate abuse or any of the indulgences that come with that kind of bigshot fame.... Thanks, Robert & Jimmy

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