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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:16 AM

89. If you think Robert Johnson wrote the music he played you are wrong.

No one owns the Blues, no one owns the A - E - F progression or pentatonic scales. If you don't think Led Zeppelin was original and unique on their expression of Blues and Folk music then we just aren't going to agree on much.

I will agree that the Stones and Led Zeppelin are not on my hot concerts of 2013. For $200+ per seat the ticket should include time travel back to 1973 but I saw Plant live as recently as 2006. Saw his benefit concert for Arthur Lee at the Beacon and he Plant kicked ass:

Robert Plant ended his headlining hour at "We're Doing It for Love" — a benefit for Arthur Lee, the ailing singer-songwriter of the pioneering Los Angeles band Love, at New York's Beacon Theater on June 23rd — with "Ramble On" from Led Zeppelin II. It was a perfect finale, a thrilling folk-rock gallop with Plant singing of those "days of old, when magic filled the air" with the same excited, forward motion he heard as a teenager in Love's classic mid- and late-Sixties albums.
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But Plant — working with a band of New York-based players, on two days' rehearsal — truly came for the love of Lee (who is battling leukemia in a Memphis hospital and has no medical insurance). Plant mixed psychedelicized Zeppelin ("In the Evening," "What Is and What Shall Never Be" with a genuine-fans' selection of vintage Love, including the delicate Forever Changes ballad "The Old Man" (Plant acknowledged its writer, Love's late, often overlooked guitarist Bryan MacLean) and a Zeppelin-ized reimagining of "Seven and Seven Is" from 1967's Da Capo (with a surprise tease of Neil Young's "Cowgirl in the Sand". Plant gave extra credit where credit was due by bringing original Love guitarist Johnny Echols out to reprise his leads on "A House Is Not a Motel" and "Bummer in the Summer." But Plant is a catholic classicist. He followed a dynamic march through Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" with a rowdy duet with Mott The Hoople's Ian Hunter, also on the show — the pair of them making like a heavy-glam Everly Brothers on "When Will I Be Loved." Plant also showed off his big love of Elvis Presley with a startling, credible croon through "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You."


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/blogs/alternate-take/live-review-robert-plant-ryan-adams-do-it-for-love-at-arthur-lee-benefit-concert-20060626

As for What is it exactly to "rock hard"? I have a two-part answer. 1. to Rock hard (verb) is to effuse emotional energy such as longing, anger, lust or aggression effectively while performing electrified Blues music; the performer gets extra credit for style, originality and making real connection with the audience. But words only go so far in describing what can ultimately only be felt in one's soul, which is why part 2 of my answer begins at the 3:28 mark of this video...

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