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  1. Here's my take....... Jimmy was rehearsing new versions of the old songs and was finally going to show the world the peak of his creativity starting August 23rd 1975. He practiced all summer after Earl's Court like a man possessed pushing himself beyond normal human limits. When word came about Robert's accident it was like a rug was pulled out from under him. He couldn't understand how at the pinnacle of success life could deliver a death blow. It was a downward spiral from then on and only his work on Presence and the Song Remains the Same kept him from totally losing it.
  2. On August 4, 1975, Robert Plant rode in the passenger seat with his wife Maureen at the wheel when the car veered off the road and slammed into a tree. Plant shattered his right leg in addition to breaking his right elbow and ankle, while everyone else also suffered serious injuries. Doctors told him he’d have six months before he could walk without aid, according to LZ-’75: The Lost Chronicles of Led Zeppelin’s 1975 North American Tour. Jimmy Pagesaid in an interview with the U.K. music magazine Sounds: “There’s a lot of urgency about it…There’s a lot of attack to the music.” Plant told Rolling Stone in 1976 he continued to work through his injury because he didn’t have much of a choice:
  3. Who books a concert hall and forgets to measure the dimensions of the lighting equipment? Two hours late starting the show? I'm surprised the fans didn't walk out.
  4. I prefer the 1976 album version over the new version of the song. The new version may be cleaned up sound and timing wise but all that tampering mutes the concert feel of the song. Jimmy in early 1976 had it correct in the editing of the original album warts and all.
  5. No mention of the little tool shed. Oh well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ-xZzI2-Y4
  6. I spent July 13th, 1985 working at a small store waiting for the band to come on. I didn't have the lineup shedule or a T.V. only the radio. My boss ask why I was glued to the radio and I said for the Led Zeppelin reunion. He said "Those queers in tight pants prancing around?". All day from morining to 5 pm and only stupid music. I raced home after work (1/2 hour) with the radio on. I turned on the T.V. when I got there. Finally around 8pm I could see them playing but with some commentators talking and then a Mick Jagger-Tina Turner video. Then finally someone announces "And now we join Stairway to Heaven in progress". I thought it was a good performance. The whole day in anticipation and all I got was a 5 minutes. Yes it was worth it.
  7. According to Phil Collins: "It was a disaster, really. Robert wasn't match-fit with his voice and Jimmy was out of it, dribbling. It wasn't my fault it was crap. If I could have walked off, I would have. But then we'd all be talking about why Phil Collins walked off Live Aid — so I just stuck it out."
  8. "It was horrendous," Robert Plant told Rolling Stone in 1988. " "My main memories, really, were of total panic," Jimmy Page
  9. The boy was taking down a poster when Graham's man told him to stop because there was a concert the next day. The boy then probably said "My father owns you, Graham, and the popcorn seller while were here in the building". Graham's man then grabbed the boy's arm again telling him to stop. The boy then hurled insults at the man which Graham's man found hard to take and pulled the boy away maybe giving him a shove. The boy ran off and told his dad and the rest is history. How Bonham got involved I can't figure out.
  10. By 1977 Peter Grant and the band thought they were invincible. Grant's son's act of taking down a concert poster and being struck by Graham's staff had to be avenged by the Gods of rock and there manager. How dare anyone even dare to put a finger on us or our siblings. Hitler had the same reaction when someone in Yugoslavia in 1941 spit on the Foreign Ministers Mercedes car during a demonstration. He then declared war on Yugoslavia. Maybe drugs also had something to do with it too. Just a theory.
  11. By 1977 Peter Grant and the band thought they were invincible. Grant's son's act of taking down a concert poster and being struck by Graham's staff had to be avenged by the Gods of rock and there manager. How dare anyone even dare to put a finger on us or our siblings. Hitler had the same reaction when someone in Yugoslavia in 1941 spit on the Foreign Ministers Mercedes car during a demonstration. He then declared war on Yugoslavia. Maybe drugs also had something to do with it too. Just a theory.
  12. If John Bonham was arrested and deported the tour would be cancelled. In Jimmy's fragile state he must have been at his wits end not knowing what to do with the police breathing down his neck. Peter Grant must have been very emotional and scared begging Jimmy what to do. JPJ must have rolled his eyes and saying to himself "I must get away from these people".
  13. The band was petrified and playing in a manic state at the second show. Jimmy I'm sure was being harassed and confronted by the police. Continual calls from the lawyer Steve Weiss about WTF just happened backstage. Ambulance attendants all over the place patching up the wounded and carrying them off to hospital. Booze and drugs giving out free for the asking just to calm everyone down. Peter Grant chewing everyone out and trying not to have the damn whole lot of them arrested and deported. Yes the second show was played the same as the album Presence was recorded.....in a state of panic.
  14. How can anything beat the May 24th 1975 version? No contest except for Robert forgetting the words after Jimmy's solo 6 miniutes in.