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ZepHead315

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  1. Off the top of my head... Train Kept a Rollin' - 1/26/69 Pat's Delight - 1/26/69 Out on the Tiles - 9/19/70 Immigrant Song - 9/23/71 Dazed and Confused - 3/21/73 Rock and Roll - 3/12/75 TSRTS - 6/21/77 Achilles Last Stand - 6/21/77 Whole Lotta Love - 7/7/80
  2. Offenburg is indeed a fantastic performance from Page and probably the best overall show of the tour. That being said, I really like Dazed (especially the "Machine Gun" tease before the bow solo), but it's not quite as good as the other two. The band skips the Mars: Bringer of War section, and it feels somewhat hurried and rushed (even though Page in particular is playing his ass off). Vienna and Hamburg have that little something extra, the "X factor" if you will. But Offenburg is a great rendition as well, just a 9 or 9.5 out of 10 rather than a 10 out of 10.
  3. It's a close tie for me between Vienna 3/16/73 and Hamburg 3/21/73. Those versions are both absolutely amazing. The Page/Bonham interplay was never better than it was on this Euro tour, and these two versions capture it at it's peak imo. It's as if the stage has become a battleground, a war zone if you will. The jams are just explosive from beginning to end. Imagine being in the front row hearing that in person! I keep going back and forth between them and I honestly can't decide. Vienna has Page slightly more "on" while Hamburg has Bonham slightly more "on". Vienna has better sound throughout, but Hamburg has a bigger portion of the song in soundboard. Vienna has that incredible interplay prior to the bow solo, while Hamburg has that jaw-dropping outro jam. Vienna has that fantastic moment where Page shreds acapella, while Hamburg has Plant singing "got a cold sweat!" while Bonham throws in mind-melting fills, and then has him doing those Tarzan wails. Well, regardless, these two for me are the greatest live songs that Zeppelin ever did. Dazed would never be bettered (as a whole anyway) than it was here imo.
  4. I'd have to go with 6/23/77. Yes, TSRTS version is legendary, but it's edited and, while tight, only hints at what the band would do with the song in the future. While Page's solo here doesn't compare with TSRTS, I really feel like the band as a whole nailed what they were trying to do with this song live. There are no wasted notes, no moments that drag on for too long, no points where I lose interest. Every section flows and, at 30 minutes, it manages to fly by. Plus, listen to that climax! "The dogs of doom are howling more" indeed!
  5. Today marks the 40th anniversary of the start of Led Zeppelin's last tour of America in 1977. On this night 40 years ago, they were playing the first show of the tour at the Dallas Memorial Auditorium (which we sadly do not have a recording of). I've always been fascinated by this tour, as it marks the end of an era for a lot of things: It was the last time Zeppelin would perform on an "epic" scale (long tours in sold-out arenas and stadiums, shows that were 3+ hours long, long jams in the middle of songs), the last time they would perform an acoustic set, and the last time Plant seemed to really be into it. I really think Karac's death made him lose a lot of enthusiasm for playing in the band. In spite of its well-known problems, I've always really liked this tour and it's one of my favorites. A good reason for this is probably that the first complete Zeppelin bootleg I ever heard was Listen to This Eddie. I can still remember when I played it for the first time: That sense of building anticipation, the crowd roaring, the soundcheck. And then The Song Remains the Same started...and my jaw dropped on the floor! I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Bonzo was going absolutely nuts, seeming to be on the verge of destroying his drum kit. Page's tone was downright nasty and heavy. Jones was racing along on bass. And Plant was singing with enthusiasm and passion. I was floored. This was a MILLION times better than the studio version which I had grown accustomed to. Over the course of the next couple of days I listened to the remainder of the show whenever I had free time. When I finished, I was never the same. That was the moment when I got into Zeppelin bootlegs. That was the moment when Zeppelin became my all-time favorite live band. Nothing will ever come close to that feeling I had. I suppose because of this, whenever I think of this tour, I think of those LA shows, even though the entire tour was not up to that level. For me, these are my favorite concerts by anyone. Sure, on a technical level each member of the band may have had a superior night elsewhere (with maybe the exception of Bonzo), but I just love how locked in to one another they sound. I love the setlist (even though the drum solo and noise solo can wear thin), which perfectly sums up most of their career. I love the enthusiasm and the clear joy they have in playing in their "home away from home". I love all the references to badgeholders. Most of all, I love the sound. We are truly lucky that Mr. Mike Millard was there for four of those six glorious nights and was able to capture those shows in fantastic sound quality. I could go on and on about why I really like this tour, but I think Strider did a great job of summing up the feelings of fellow '77 fans in another thread. If I may quote him: Basically, this thread is for any and all discussion of the '77 tour. Favorite concerts, songs, moments, etc. Feel free to post any concert memories as well if you were one of the lucky ones to see Zeppelin in person on this tour!
  6. In the wake of the release of "Deus Ex Machina", I thought it might be fun to do a live compilation of the 1975 soundboards. 75 is personally one of my least favorite live years, but I think a killer compilation/live album could be assembled using these soundboard recordings. In terms of soundboards, this is the most documented Zeppelin tour of all, and the soundboards themselves sound amazing. Here's what my compilation would look like: Rock and Roll - 3/21 Sick Again - 3/21 OTHAFA - 3/4 IMTOD - 3/14 TSRTS - 3/20 The Rain Song - 2/12 Kashmir - 3/17 No Quarter - 2/28 SIBLY - 3/21 TUF - 3/21 Moby Dick - 2/28 D&C - 3/21 Stairway to Heaven - 3/21 Whole Lotta Love - 3/11 Black Dog - 3/21 Communication Breakdown - 3/21 Heartbreaker - 3/21 So what would your 75 soundboard compilation be?
  7. Which song are you referring to here?
  8. What happened with this, btw? I know the sample came out months ago and there seems to be no update on it. I know EVSD doesn't exactly have a stellar reputation, but it seems odd for them to tease this out and then have nothing afterwards.
  9. I agree with Strider. The only two post-January shows from 75 that I'm at all interested in are 3/12 Long Beach and 3/27 LA (yes, the Millard tape does the job, but it would potentially make for a good matrix IMO. Plus, it'd be great to hear Dazed and TUF from this show in soundboard form). If we're following the pattern of EVSD releases (ie. mostly 75 and 77), I'd love to hear the two non-Millard recorded LA shows (6/22 and 6/26) in soundboard form. Would also love Pontiac, anything more from the New York run, or anything we haven't heard at all yet (St. Paul, Baton Rouge, Greensboro, etc.). For 73, the top two on my list are 7/23 Baltimore (God, Plant sounds so great! And them playing Dazed out of order?! Hell yes!) and 6/3 LA (would be nice to hear the complete show without all those damn tape issues). My all time top 2 (as in a Holy Grail that probably won't happen for decades if at all) are forever 6/19/72 and 9/19/70 (evening show). If I had to pick one that has a snowball's chance in hell of coming out? 6/22/77, though I know EVSD is going to be hoarding the shit out of that until the well is truly dry, assuming they even have it at all.
  10. Listening to Dazed now. By God, are they ever on fire! Love hearing Bonzo say "Again!" when they're jamming on a killer break. Easily the best Dazed of '75, and the only one that can even compete with versions from earlier years IMO.
  11. Well said Strider as always! The 77 tour may not have been the band's most consistent tour ever, but it isn't the disaster that some make it out to be. The only truly awful performances I've heard from this tour are Tempe, San Diego (and even then it's only Bonzo that's the culprit), and a couple of the Landover gigs. And even those shows aren't all bad. Hell, I think Jimmy's Stairway solo at Tempe is actually fairly decent. Besides, even if I could only attend one of these shows, I'd still happily do it. It's Zeppelin after all, and who knows? It probably sounded way better anyway due to the loud amplification as well as all the substances floating around. I'm curious what you think would have happened had Karac not died. Of course, it's pure speculation, but I've always wondered how much/how quickly the band would have recovered. My guess is that by the end of the tour their performances would have become quite solid, if not at the spectacular highs of the LA and NY runs. And who knows what would have happened afterward? Were the band planning any other shows after the US tour? I've heard talk that there were rumblings about touring South America. That certainly would have been interesting! You're probably right, IpMan. That being said I'd still love to hear the show. If nothing else, no recording currently circulates, and it was their second consecutive show. One thing I've noticed is that Jimmy always seemed to play better if the band were playing consecutive shows, at least from 1975 onwards (ex. 3/21/75, 4/28/77, 6/22 and 6/23/77, 7/24/79). Grant could very well be wrong, but it'd still be an interesting show to hear regardless. That's an interesting theory about Page. I hadn't considered that, but it actually makes sense. By the way, I'm curious Nutrocker, what do you think happened with Page that made him so good for the Copenhagen 79 gigs? I know it's slightly off-topic, but I've always wondered what happened there given how the band was usually quite rusty after a long break. Did he perhaps go clean (temporarily) in order to prepare for Knebworth? Did he get some really good drugs? Is it just pure luck?
  12. The most amazing news blooper I've seen in quite a while!
  13. This site is invaluable for just this sort of question. CTRL + F "Eddie Cochran", then click the song links for a list of when each song was performed.
  14. I'm guessing you heard the soundboard? If so, I recommend Winston's "Seattle Matrix". They matrixed the soundboard and audience tape and it sounds great. Awesome balance of clarity and atmosphere imo! That gig is indeed a great one. Probably my personal favorite version of The Rain Song.
  15. I think I read somewhere on this site that Page showed up for the third leg looking completely out of it. He was in such bad shape that he had to be carried/helped along, and Peter Grant had to slap him awake for the gig. I may have the details wrong but I distinctly remember reading something to this effect (can't remember which thread I read it in). It would certainly explain a lot. If true, that might mean that Page was only dabbling in heroin for the first two legs. Sure once in a while he almost certainly OD'd or came close (4/9 comes to mind, as does a couple of the Landover gigs), but for the most part he may have kept it under (relative) control. But between the 2nd and 3rd leg, he overindulged and couldn't kick the habit, hence his at times abysmal playing. With regard to Plant, I think he caught another cold. You can hear him coughing during the Seattle gig at various points. Shame the tour was tragically cut short. Wonder how much he would have recovered. Combine both of those with some rustiness (which probably also explains the vast difference in performance between, say, LA 6/3/73 and Chicago 7/6/73) and...well...it ain't pretty! If I could get one soundboard from the first leg, it'd be St. Paul. Didn't Peter Grant claim that was the best gig of the tour?
  16. Here's a link that lists every single known performance of Hello Mary Lou: http://www.ledzeppelin-reference.com/geekbaseweb/Songpage.aspx?Songid=146&sort=0
  17. Bumping this thread since we're a few days away from start of the ill-fated third leg of the tour: Seattle. I've sampled the audience source a bit, and it doesn't sound too bad. It also seems to mask some of the flaws that the video brings out. I think I'll listen to that for the 40th anniversary of the show. Question: has anyone ever synced the audience source with the video?
  18. I'm in awe! Strider, I can't thank you enough for sharing your memories with us. You are such a great writer and I concur with others that you should write a book sometime (not just of Zeppelin but of memories of seeing other artists as well). Your memories are truly a major highlight of this site. Thank you so very much!
  19. Here's a playlist of the 26th. It's missing Nobody's Fault But Mine, but otherwise appears to be complete. Welcome to the forum, btw!
  20. To clarify: I'm not asking for your favorite opening song overall (ie. Immigrant Song vs. Rock & Roll vs. TSRTS). Rather, I'm curious as to what your favorite opening songs are to a particular concert/bootleg. One that makes you think "This is gonna be epic!" Here's a few of mine: Train Kept a Rollin' - Boston 1/26/69 - Oh man, that wah-wah intro! Just a gigantic wall of sound that builds and builds before the band comes thundering out of the gate. Just explosive from beginning to end. Immigrant Song - NY 9/19/70 (evening) - The first time I heard this, Robert's voice was so good that it actually sounded scary to me! Just insanely powerful! And this was before Led Zep III came out, so I can only imagine what it must have been like to have heard this for the first time! Immigrant Song - Tokyo 9/23/71 - The opening salvo to the amazing 1971 Japan tour. You can tell immediately the band has a "take no prisoners" attitude. TSRTS - LA 6/21/77 - Do I really need to explain? John Henry Bonham. That is all.
  21. Ok. I simply HAVE to know more about the photo below. All I could find was a caption that says "Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin performing on stage in 1972 wearing a joke mask and holding up a cutout of Homepride Fred. January 01, 1972" I'm pretty sure the date is wrong. Does anyone know when/where this was specifically taken? And what's the story behind him wearing the mask? Or the cutout for that matter?
  22. Personally, I'd recommend the Texas International Pop Festival - August 31, 1969. The performance is short enough (only 1 hour) that casual fans can get into it. The sound quality is also good enough that people won't be turned off (since with quite a few bootlegs, you'll find you'll need "bootleg ears" to enjoy them). The band itself is also putting on a great show.