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Phil Collins was the wrong choice for Led Zeppelin at Live Aid, Jimmy Page admits

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That’s the first time I’ve listened to that performance, and if there was one thing that ruined it for me, it certainly wasn’t the drumming.. :director: Sure the drums weren’t perfect, but I’d rather listen to a solid drummer play wrong parts than a singer wailing a way nothing like the original part and also often out of key for an entire song..:blink: maybe I’m missing something, but the drums didn’t sound like the weak link here…?
 

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Page a slobbering mess,Collins desperately flailing away, Plant's head with its priceless dental work firmly in the sand ... tens of thousands worshiping the moment . We are the world ? Yikes .
 
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So, I went down a YouTube rabbit hole of Live Aid performances after watching that Led Zep debacle. After viewing 2 Madonna songs I really had an appreciation for her talent back then - quite the performer. The only "chick singer" to be trusted with a tambourine!

Also, Jonathan Moffett probably could have handled the Zep reunion better than Phil and Tony. And he even had his "over the shoulder" crashes back then.

Lots of great 80's acts on that show, and they all sounded better ( and more rehearsed) then Zep. :)
 

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Thanks Drum Mer, I enjoyed Thompson’s account of Phil Collins skipping rehearsal and not knowing the Zeppelin material as much as I loved seeing this ludicrous bass drum ad.
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Damn what a great issue. I had it as kid but couldn't appreciate the level of talent til I read it again.
Thompson, Wertico, and McBrian
 

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Sounds like there was, is, will be only one right drummer for Led Zeppelin.
This is true of some other bands. I remember when JBonham passed, Robert Plant said
"Led Zeppelin died, the day John Bonham died" and it was for charity, so what the heck.
This!! Neither fit zep, no one back then could, not that they were bad drummers.
 

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This!! Neither fit zep, no one back then could, not that they were bad drummers.
Actually, there were quite a few active and high profile drummers around that time (1985) who could have filled the spot at Live Aid. Three just off the top of my head:
  1. Michael Derosier (Heart)
  2. Bobby Chouinard (Billy Squier)
  3. Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)
And like Houndog mentioned, Tony Thompson was certainly capable.
 
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Carmine Appice , could have done it as well . DISREGARD PLEASE CARMINE STINKS IT UP !!!!
 
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Actually, there were quite a few active and high profile drummers around that time (1985) who could have filled the spot at Live Aid. Three just off the top of my head:
  1. Michael Derosier (Heart)
  2. Bobby Chouinard (Billy Squier)
  3. Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)
And like Houndog mentioned, Tony Thompson was certainly capable.
100% agreed on Derosier.
 


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