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    Default RHCP's Chad Smith first to drum at Headley Grange since John Bonham

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    Even though they told you they wanted you to be you, when you sit down at that kit and you’re in the same room that Bonham played in, does it make you play different – even a little?

    “It affects you. Certainly when you sit down, you have to go [he imitates the When The Levee Breaks drum beat] – you have to! [Laughs] There’s no two ways about it. Acoustically, when you hear yourself playing in any space, it affects how you play; you react to what sounds good in that particular room. But then when you take into account what had been performed in this place all those years ago, yeah, that runs through your head."

    From a sonic perspective, what is it about Headley Grange that renders such good drum sounds?

    “It’s interesting. You go into the house, you see the stairwell, and then you notice that it’s not a really big space. You’d think from the Levee Breaks drum sound that it’d be this cavernous room, but it’s really quite small. It’s like this regular family-type foyer, and then the rooms spread off left and right. The stairs go up, but instead of being circular, they’re square, all the way up three floors. In the middle of that is a wooden beam with a chandelier to light up the rooms.

    “I looked at that and went, ‘A-ha! The stairs and the beam are breaking up the sound.’ When you’re in a big flat room, it can be too hard sounding; when it breaks it up a bit, it can soften the sound. It was still hard wood floors – there was nothing really soft at all – and the stairs and that beam. It’s just one of those design things, a happy accident.

    “With Headley Grange, because it’s that boomy, bigger, more resonant space, I thought the longer, slower grooves where notes can speak longer sounded better. To me, the faster stuff got a little lost. Not to say that it sounded bad, and on the Spitfire stuff you can take out the room, the close mics, and you’re still in that space – even close mics pick up the room. I did like the slower stuff because it really lent itself to what was so special about being in that stairwell. And it was more fun. [Laughs]

    “You know, I talked to [producer/engineer] Andy Johns about this. He told me what everybody knows – Bonham brought in a new drum set, they set ‘em up, the guys went to the pub, and Andy put two mics down in the room, put Jimmy Page’s Italian echo thing on it, and boom, there’s the sound. Andy told me it was really simple and fast, and that was it.

    “They recorded that for Levee Breaks, but when they recorded Misty Mountain Hop and Kashmir, they close-miked the kit for those songs. That’s the different sound. Levee Breaks is the two mics, and the other stuff is close-miked."

    ~~8 U.S.C. § 1182(f)~~

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    As great as that record is you'd think someone would've done this already. Everybody's been more concerned with comfort, ease, or top notch digital studios than going to old places like this. A shame, we've lost too many already.

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    One of them got drunk and tried to ride a pig, pretty sure that was Bonham.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrideofPasadena View Post
    As great as that record is you'd think someone would've done this already. Everybody's been more concerned with comfort, ease, or top notch digital studios than going to old places like this. A shame, we've lost too many already.
    It's been a personal residence since 1969 per the article. Seems like the owners were a little tired of LZ's increasing level of rowdiness. First it was just the guys, then it was booze and girls and piano's catching on fire and Bonham trying to ride their pigs and that was that.

    Think, Chad Smith was the first person to record there since LZ, pretty cool.
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    Cool article. Chad went into full fanboy mode.lol. Looking forward to the Circles version of WTLB, would also love to hear Chads swing on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    It's been a personal residence since 1969 per the article. Seems like the owners were a little tired of LZ's increasing level of rowdiness. First it was just the guys, then it was booze and girls and piano's catching on fire and Bonham trying to ride their pigs and that was that.

    Think, Chad Smith was the first person to record there since LZ, pretty cool.
    Yeah, somebody that could convince them they weren't gonna act like that.
    Chad got it done, cool indeed!

 

 

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