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Strider

STRIDER'S 1977 TOUR THREAD

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Very much enjoyed reading your recollections Strider! :thumbsup:

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So well done Strider and you know how to grab the reader and take them on one fantastic voyage and journey! :thumbsup:  I enjoyed reading about these experiences of the 1977 LA Forum run.  Must have been quite something.  With the way you write so well I almost feel I've been transported to the Forum, but unfortunately no!  Too bad I never got to see Zeppelin and you are one lucky man!

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I am crunching some numbers and gathering my thoughts for a final post wrapping up the 1977 Forum shows and the 1977 tour in general. In the meantime, someone asked me to rank the Forum shows from top to bottom. I hadn't thought of doing that...it's kind of like ranking your children. You love them all and each has a particular trait that endears them to you in equal measure.

It's one thing to rank the bootlegs from the Forum shows...those are cold, hard documents with criteria such as recording quality that can be objectively determined. But to ask me which night at the Forum was "best" is really a subjective flip-of-the-coin...with one exception.

All things being equal, the appearance of Keith Moon juiced the show on June 23 just enough to make it a clear #1. But I am a man who loves a challenge. So I sat down and charted the five concerts (since I did not see the June 22 show, I am not including it in my rankings) I saw, ranking each song of the set and taking into account any special additions to the set. 

Two things to remember.

1. The difference between the rankings are infinitesimal. Even the lowest-ranked performance could still be considered "great". If I was going to take the easy way out, I would just proclaim everything in a five-way tie for first.

2. This list is highly subjective, relying more on my personal notes and feelings than what you might hear on the bootlegs, although they are helpful in breaking ties.

I will list each song of the set, starting with the normal setlist and then adding other songs performed during the week. Songs that were performed than once will have the Forum dates listed in order of performance ranking, from #1 to #5. Again, the entire week at the Forum was explosive...there is no shame in finishing #5. If the last-ranked show had been the only concert I saw that week, it would still be one of the greatest shows I ever saw.

The Song Remains the Same

1. 6.21

2. 6.23

3. 6.27

4. 6.26

5. 6.25

The Rover/Sick Again

1. 6.23

2. 6.27

3. 6.26

4. 6.21

5. 6.25

Nobody's Fault But Mine

1. 6.23

2. 6.21 

3. 6.27

4. 6.26

5. 6.25

Over the Hills and Far Away

1. 6.26

2. 6.27

3. 6.23

4. 6.21

Since I've Been Loving You

1. 6.25

2. 6.23

3. 6.26

4. 6.27

5. 6.21

No Quarter

1. 6.23

2. 6.26

3. 6.27

4. 6.21

5. 6.25

Ten Years Gone

1. 6.21

2. 6.26

3. 6.27

4. 6.23

5. 6.25

Battle of Evermore

1. 6.26

2. 6.21

3. 6.23

4. 6.27

5. 6.25

Going to California

1. 6.26

2. 6.23

3. 6.21

4. 6.27

5. 6.25

Black Country Woman

1. 6.23

2. 6.21

3. 6.26

4. 6.27

5. 6.25

Bron-Y-Aur Stomp

1. 6.23

2. 6.26

3. 6.27

4. 6.21

5. 6.25

White Summer/Black Mountain Side

1. 6.23

2. 6.21

3. 6.26

4. 6.25

5. 6.27

Kashmir

1. 6.21

2. 6.25

3. 6.26

4. 6.27

5. 6.23

Drum solo

1. 6.23

2. 6.21

3. 6.27

4. 6.26

5. 6.25

Guitar noise/bow solo

1. 6.23

2. 6.25

3. 6.26

4. 6.21

5. 6.27

Achilles Last Stand

1. 6.23

2. 6.27

3. 6.21

4. 6.25

5. 6.26

Stairway to Heaven

1. 6.21

2. 6.23

3. 6.26

4. 6.27

5. 6.25

Encore: Whole Lotta Love/Rock and Roll

1. 6.23

2. 6.21

3. 6.27

Trampled Under Foot

1. 6.27

2. 6.23

3. 6.25

Concerts with setlist changes:

6.21: Heartbreaker

6.25: In My Time of Dying; Communication Breakdown

6.26: That's Alright, Mama; It'll Be Me

6.27: Just Can't Be Satisfied; Dancing Days

6.21: 4 #1s, 7 #2s, 2 #3s

6.23: 10 #1s, 5 #2s, 2 #3s

6.25: 1 #1, 2 #2s, 1 #3

6.26: 3 #1s, 3 #2s, 7 #3s

6.27: 1 #1, 3 #2s, 7 #3s

And so...the five 1977 Forum shows I saw ranked from top to bottom:

1. 6.23

2. 6.21

3. 6.26

4. 6.27

5. 6.25

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On ‎06‎/‎07‎/‎2017 at 2:37 AM, porgie66 said:

 These are the most vivid, moving, enthralling detailed accounts of being at a Zep concert that I've ever read.  

This!

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