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Re: complete roundup

Rolling Stone has a slightly different version of the events than CBS did,
so I wonder which is correct?


On Dec 3, 2012 8:13 AM, "AG" <a_grisolia@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I cant wait to watch this now!!!  another Celebration Day in Fact!
>    *From:* Lalaha <lalaha7@xxxxxxxxx>
> *To:* ZepFBO <zeppelin@xxxxxxxx>
> *Sent:* Monday, December 3, 2012 8:05 AM
> *Subject:* complete roundup
> Interesting seating at the event itself - Robert sat in the middle!
> ..
> >>?Led Zeppelin!?
> Comedian/occasional rock star Jack Black got right to the point at the
> 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors. He was there to pay tribute to Led
> Zeppelin, and started his speech by yelling their name, as if he was
> demanding that a DJ play his favorite Zep jams.
> It kicked off a hilarious tribute from the man who once sent a video
> appeal to Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones to allow a film
> he starred in, School Of Rock, to use ?Immigrant Song? for an
> important scene. (In reference to that, the house orchestra played
> ?Immigrant Song? as Black took the stage).
> Clearly, it was a departure for the Kennedy Center Honors. Now in it?s
> 35th year, the ceremony started out by paying tribute to cultural
> icons like Fred Astaire, Ella Fitzgerald and Tennessee Williams.  In
> recent years, rock has been represented more and more at this
> prestigious event, with Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey,
> Elton John and Bruce Springsteen all collecting the Kennedy Center
> medallion. But past ceremonies probably never got as loud as this
> year?s.
> Of course, Led Zeppelin were the event?s headliners.  The show kicked
> off with a tribute to legendary actor Dustin Hoffman, who was feted by
> his Wag The Dogco-star Robert DeNiro (a Kennedy Center honoree in
> 2009). DeNiro deadpanned that ?Dustin Hoffman is a world class,
> colossal? pain in the ass.  He inspired me to be a pain in the ass
> too,? noting that Hoffman?s perfectionism may not have made things
> easy for filmmakers, but it did result in better films.
> ?What Dustin did for all of us, he made it OK to be a character actor
> and a movie star,? noting that he has played more iconic roles than
> anyone, and joked that he?s waiting to see new remakes of those films:
> ?Psy in ?Death Of A Salesman, Gangnam Style,? Lindsey Lohan in
> ?Tootsie Roll? and Justin Bieber in ?The Under-Graduate.??
> ?Dustin Hoffman is one of the best actors to hit the stage and the
> movie screen.  You made me proud to be an actor and proud to be your
> friend.?
> Ballet icon Natalia Makarova was next; 1999 Kennedy Center Honoree
> dancer/choreographer Judith Jameson recalled, ?When I first saw her, I
> said, ?Now that?s a ballerina!?? A tribute by some of the world?s
> foremost dancers followed.
> Ballet and the blues don?t often share a stage, but after the dancers
> left, Morgan Freeman, wearing a fedora, strutted out to talk about
> Buddy Guy.
> ?The first time I heard the blues I was on my grandmother?s porch in
> Mississippi. They used to call that area ?gutbucket.??  Looking up at
> Guy in the balcony, he said, ?Here?s what you did:  you mastered the
> soul of gutbucket.  You used that music as your starting point, you
> found a new music that no one ever heard before.  Without the
> Internet, without YouTube or even FM radio.  You made a bridge from
> roots to rock and roll.?
> He continued, ?How important is this?  It?s still just the blues
> right? Wrong.  With Buddy Guy it?s never just the blues.  It?s the
> blues.  Usually playing the blues is not what you would call a great
> career choice.  But there?s Buddy. Sitting up there with the best. So
> when you hear the blues, you really don?t think of it as black or
> white or yellow or purple or blue. Buddy Guy, your blues brought us
> together.  I think that?s something to sing about.?
> First was young gun Gary Clark Jr. (who played for the President
> earlier this year, along with Guy, in a tribute to the blues at the
> White House) with Jimmie Vaughan for ?The Things That I Used To Do.?
> Tracy Chapman then took the stage to sing ?Hound Dog,? the song that
> Big Mama Thornton performed before Elvis Presley popularized it (Guy
> backed Thornton on a version of the song, which might explain why it
> was used in the tribute).
> One of Guy?s biggest disciples, Jeff Beck, then took the stage with
> singer Beth Hart.  As was the case when he played the White House?s
> tribute to the blues earlier this year (along with Guy, Clark and
> others), he still has an aversion to sleeves, even when playing for
> the President Of The United States. Attire aside, Beck and Hart did
> the Etta James classic ?I?d Rather Go Blind,? a song which has also
> made it into Guy?s repertoire. Bonnie Raitt then took the stage,
> asking ?How about Beth Hart?? before going into ?My Time After
> Awhile.?  Then Clark, Vaughan, Beck, Chapman and Hart returned to the
> stage for ?Sweet Home Chicago.?
> Tina Fey then got on the mic, and the proceedings began to take on the
> air of a roast.  ?Good evening.  David Letterman began his  career as
> a choreographer and black opera singer in the early 1950s just so he
> could qualify for this award,? she joked. But she recalled watching
> Letterman?s morning TV show in 1980 with her mother. ?She couldn?t
> believe what she was seeing.  A morning show that was making her
> laugh! She had found this weird gem. Was he a parody of talk show
> hosts or just a goon who was a little bit ?off.?  Thirty years later,
> time has proven? that there?s just really no way of knowing!?  She
> noted his lack of phoniness, saying that ?He doesn?t ?fake-like?
> anybody? you fantasize that he might like you.? She also pointed out
> that his return to the airwaves after 9/11 led the way for other
> comedians to get back to work.
> Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmell and Ray Romano all pitched in with their
> own stories about Letterman (all commenting that Dave probably hates
> the idea of being celebrated at a ceremony) and then ended up
> comparing notes:  ?Does he talk to you during commercial breaks??
> And then it was time to rock.  Jack Black took the stage with the bold
> statement: ?Led Zeppelin is the greatest rock and roll band of all
> time.  Better than The Beatles! Better than the Stones! Even better
> than Tenacious D (referring to his own band).  That?s not opinion,
> that?s fact!  If you don?t agree you never did the Led Zeppelin
> marathon,? he said, saying that all ?true fans? have to do it: listen
> to all of Zeppelin?s albums in a row.
> He also noted the band?s wide appeal, spreading from famously liberal
> film director Oliver Stone to recent Republican Vice-Presidential
> candidate Paul Ryan. ?They say that Led Zeppelin sold their souls to
> Satan,? possibly the first time such a reference was made at the
> Kennedy Center.  Looking up at them in the balcony, he chided, ?Come
> on guys, you know you did!  There?s no other way to explain your
> ungodly talent!  I just want to say ?thank you,? because while you?re
> in hell, the human race will cherish your heavenly  jams until the end
> of time! It?s a small price to pay. We love you.?
> Black?s pals the Foo Fighters then took the stage.  Two months after
> frontman Dave Grohl declared that the band was taking a break, they
> were back, paying tribute to Zep.  Grohl stayed behind the drums,
> though, letting drummer Taylor Hawkins take the mic for ?Black Dog?
> and ?Rock and Roll.?  Hawkins, who fronts his own band (Taylor Hawkins
> and The Coattail Riders), strained to replicate Robert Plant?s vocals;
> but then, so do most singers.
> RELATED: 5 Reasons Why Dave Grohl Will Perform At The Kennedy Center
> Honors In December
> That was also an issue for Kid Rock, who followed with ?Babe, I?m
> Gonna Leave You? and ?What Is And What Should Never Be.?  But things
> really picked up when Lenny Kravitz took to the stage to sing ?Whole
> Lotta Love.?  While Kravitz usually plays guitar on stage, he just
> kept to the mic, concentrating on doing Plant?s vocals justice. After
> that, John Bonham?s son, Jason Bonham, who played with Zeppelin at
> their 2007 reunion concert recently released as the Celebration Day
> live album and DVD, got behind the drums, wearing a bowler hat (which
> his father often used to wear).
> Heart sisters (and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees) Ann and Nancy
> Wilson, longtime Zep disciples, closed the show with an epic version
> of ?Stairway To Heaven,? complete with a string section, backing
> singers and a choir (all wearing Bonzo-esque bowlers).
> Throughout the performances, Page beamed, and he, Plant and Jones
> seemed to be enjoying each other?s company.  Tonight (December 3),
> they will appear together alongside a fellow honoree when they guest
> on Late Show With David Letterman. It?s the last scheduled event that
> the three will appear at, leading fans to wonder if it will be their
> final bow.  If it is, the Kennedy Center Honors helped to provide a
> great last hurrah for the group dubbed by Jack Black as the ?Best!
> Band! Ever!?
> The Kennedy Center Honors will air nationwide on CBS on Wednesday,
> December 26 at 9 pm ET/PT.
> ? Brian Ives, CBS Local