Will they or won’t they? That is the question that is always asked about Led Zeppelin reuniting for shows or a tour since when? Pretty much a week after Zep Drummer John Bonham passed away back in December of 1980.
Course Zep did the Live reunion album Celebration Day back in 2007 with Bonham’s son on the drums Jason.
For me though personally If it was to happen the drum stool should be filled by Black Crowes Drummer Steve Gorman!
Let’s rewind a bit back here….
Zep Singer Robert Plant I think maybe not so much now but I recall back around 1990 or so when Robert released the great Manic Nirvana album that year. It was announced that Plant was going to be playing a bunch of Canadian Dates with Winnipeg Manitoba being one of those dates around late September or so.
To get to Winnipeg from Thunder Bay is a 8-9 hour car ride. There is a true story floating around this site that Tbone got us to Winnipeg in just over 5 hours!(True Story)…
Myself and Tbone had a decision to make as ZZ Top was in Winnipeg as well around the first part of October. We decided to skip Plant’s show and go and see ZZ!(review of that show you can find on this site).
Our reasoning was with the massive 4 CD Zep Box set coming out before Christmas that year surely Plant/Jimmy Page/John Paul Jones would rake in a huge total dough payout and play the 50,000 seaters in 1991 right?
Wrong-o! Course it did not happen and Page got frustrated and recorded the pretty cool Coverdale/Page album which irked Plant who just kept doing his solo stuff and so it went….
Gonna happen/Not gonna….until the one-off in 2007…
Too be honest I hope it never happens now but back in the early 90’s I was all for it!
Which leads to this …
So Jimmy takes his Sunburst Gibson Les Paul and hooks up with everyone’s favourite Weed Heads Chris & Rich Robinson along with Steve-o on the Drums/Sven Pipien on Bass/Eddie Harsch (RIP) on keyboards and Audley Freed on guitar.
What you get here is Jimmy and the Crowes covering 13 Zep Tracks and 7 covers over a double disc.
This is a fantastic live album and hey great job by producer Kevin Shirley to mix the three guitars and making it sound cool and distinct!
Celebration Day opens the disc and Gorman flexes his rock muscle on those drums. Steve plays flawlessly throughout the album. Sick Again and the Lemon Song feature some real powerful smashing the skins but Gorman keeps himself in check. He’s a monster live and I can say that as when the Crowes showed up in Tbay back in 93. Gorman played the whole set on a small set of drums with his slick combed back hair,tailored suit and shades! Basically he looked like he just came out of some high-rise Wall Street building but keeps an ass kicking beat behind the Robinson Bro’s!
Chris vocally is on the money as well. Taking the gig seriously as well as he should as he’s singing Plants lyrics! One of Chris’s best vocals is the classic Zep track Hey Hey What Can I Do. That is what is cool about this is at the time there was not too much official Zep Live stuff floating around(of course now there’s all those BBC Sessions and another Box set that was all live stuff). Another highlight is Custard Pie.
A ton of Zep songs are dialed in by these guys and kudos to the Crowes as their music chops are tight on this release. Page flings his brilliance with a nice added touch of the guitars from Rich and Audley never getting in the way.
Some covers as well like Shapes Of Things To Come/Shake Your Money Maker and Tbone’s favourite Sloppy Drunk are CroweFried!
Kudos to Slim Jim as he amped back up along with some Crowes and they deliver a great live souvenir