LETTERS

At first glimpse, your review appeared to be just a critic's pan of a fan's favorite; however, you made several unreasonable remarks, some of which I cannot leave unchallenged.

"...kvetches together retches together." Clever, but betraying of a prejudice against those who treat any concert as an excuse to party. Sadly, many fans tarnish or even ruin their experiences by indulging to excess--but tell us something new, something that justifies your position as a rock critic. If I want cheap rhetoric, I'll switch to talk radio. (For what it's worth, "kvetch" has five uses as a verb, none of which fit your usage. If you borrow carelessly from a culture, you just come off as a bulvon.)

"...scheme was a compromise [and that's] what they delivered..." Jimmy Page has been called a marketing genius, and he has made many decisions that support that claim. Zeppelin, however, never just "talked the talk," and these boys can still deliver. Calculated or not, a performance that requires frequent trips to the Gatorade (Plant) or the oxygen mask (Page) is clearly not a compromise.

"[Page] looked puffy and bloated..." Did you breathe hard on your binoculars, thinking of that woman with the wine coolers? The man I saw looked healthier than ever--not the rail-thin, weak, drug- and life-abuser who barely survived some Zeppelin tours.

"...labored and dull...which Zeppelin never was." On the contrary, this show was full of surprises: Plant signing "Shake My Tree," the Coverdale/Page tune; a wonderful rendition of The Cure's "Spiderman"; the return of Page's bizarre screaming antenna device; brief glimpses of roots and inspirations, including "Break On Through."
"`Kashmir,' yet another deliberate drone..." What else was it, ever? A bombastic, self-indulgent composition that disproves your contention that Zeppelin was never labored and dull. Granted, it's a great song, one that demonstrates Page's impressive compositional and production skills. The droning, by the way, is typical of music of the Middle East, which, after all, is both the subject of and the inspiration for "Kashmir" (and many others).

"Before seeing the band in 1974 [sic], they'd no doubt downed bottles..." Again, the anti-party theme! Lest you dismiss this diatribe as the ravings of a man suffering from impaired memories, let me assure you that I enjoyed both Zeppelin concerts naturally--mesmerized only by the music and musicians, not controlled substances.

In closing, I cannot begin to imagine what prompted you to attempt to denigrate one of the better shows to hit Denver in the Nineties. Of course, aren't you the same lame-o who opined that Ween was the best band on the bill last Friday night? As in, better than Freedy Johnston (not in my book) and Big Head Todd?! Puhhh-leeez! Don't get me started (again)!

P.S.: Can a music critic's "license" be revoked?
Scott Marshall
Lakewood

Birth of a Notion
Regarding the May 24 Off Limits:
Mayor Webb received the Colorado NARAL PAC endorsement because he has demonstrated a profound commitment to women's right to choose while holding this office. His commitment to ensuring police protection for Denver clinics and medical staff has earned him the right to be supported by Colorado NARAL.

While we regret the reaction of Mary DeGroot to the endorsement decision, the staff of Colorado NARAL have not spent our time abusing Mary DeGroot with colorful metaphors. We have been clear with our members and voters that Mary DeGroot is 100 percent pro-choice.

Colorado NARAL is an organization made up of thousands of pro-choice volunteers and members. It's possible that some individuals may have made negative comments about DeGroot. However, we have people in leadership roles in this organization working in both campaigns.

We urge pro-choice individuals to stay focused on the real challenges to choice, like clinic violence and anti-choice legislation.

Pat Blumenthal, Executive Director
Colorado

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