Neighbours are prone to the odd disagreement, but it usually centres around overgrown shrubs and other trivial matters.
When you’re a rockstar, though, or Robbie Williams, the idea of talking things out and reaching an amicable agreement is not on the cards.
In what can only be described as a truly odd showdown, involving two men with obviously inflated egos, Robbie is currently tormenting Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page by blasting rival Black Sabbath’s music from his house next door.
Yes, these are grown men, fighting over a home extension row that’s been running for a while now.
The BBC reports:
The Take That singer won a five-year battle when he was granted conditional approval last year to build a basement swimming pool at his London home.
Page fears excavation work will damage his 1875 Grade-I listed mansion. Williams is also said to be imitating Page’s former bandmate Robert Plant.
A letter to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea states that as well as Sabbath, the singer has been playing Pink Floyd and Deep Purple songs at high volume, as “he knows this upsets” the 75-year-old Led Zeppelin guitarist, who has lived at Tower House for more than 46 years.
The two stars live next door to each other in Holland Park – Williams’s Grade II-listed home used to belong to film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner…
The correspondent adds that Williams has also dressed up to imitate Plant by “wearing a long hair wig, and stuffing a pillow under his shirt in an attempt to mock or imitate Mr Robert Plant’s beer belly that he has acquired in his older age”.
This is “embarrassing”, the letter continues, because “Mr Plant was remembered for performing with his shirt open on stage, and obviously he cannot perform in his current condition as it would be very embarrassing”.
Williams has denied the complaints, which was filed with the pair’s local council.
Tower House is actually quite a beaut, so you can see where Page is coming from. A few snaps from a Guardian piece:
Page in the drawing room where William Burges, who designed the house, entertained his arty friends in the 1870s.
The library with its ornate fireplace. Page only ever plays acoustic guitar in the house to protect the historic interior from vibrations.
The zodiac table in the dining room.
If only there was something that Robbie and Jimmy had in common, like a shared passion or vocation, that could help them thrash out an agreement that was satisfactory to both parties.
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