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DavidZoso

Knebworth-Stage Set-Up and Soundcheck 1979

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I found a few shots of the soundcheck at Knebworth before the first show that I hadn't seen before and decided to post them. The soundcheck took place on Thursday August 2nd 1979. I am still working on my webpage with all the tours etc and specific shows with unseen and rare photos but until then I decided to do a small photo thread of this. Like I said I had seen some of this pics in the Celebration 2 book by Dave Lewis but some I had not seen. Kinda neat to see Robert playing guitar with shorts on. I have also included a shot of all of them wearing shorts while rehearsing at Bray Studios in 1979 which was right before these photos were taken. While posting this I came across a website after doing a google search and it has first hand reports from road crew etc -here is the link with most of these photos posted there as well. http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/79-Kneb-festival-reviews.html

Songs played at soundcheck included.

Robert-acapella-"Take good care of my Baby" ,the Bobby Vinton song

Rock and Roll

Trampled Underfoot with Jason Bonham on drums

Hot Dog

In the Evening

and I have read before that they rehearsed Sick Again as well.

Enjoy

Rehearsing Achilles Last Stand at Bray Studios 1979

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Setting up stage.

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Setting up stage.

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Setting up the PA speakers with a total of 110,000 watts.

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Nice view of the stage lights.

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Stage Crew

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Robert was the first to arrive.

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Testing out John Paul Jones-Yamaha GX1 synthesizer.

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Possibly rehearsing In the Evening.

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Soundcheck-Rock and Roll

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Pic is blurry but I think that is Jason Bonham behind the drums- I know his dad did walk out front of the stage while they rehearsed Trampled Underfoot with Jason on the drums but this looks like they are just messing around here.

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Another rare shot.

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That was great! Loved John Harrison's bit about Bonzo:

Bonham started hitting the drums - noisy bastard i was in front of a bank of speakers it nearly took my head off .

:nuke:

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LOVE that last rare shot....oh yes.

Cool to see your pics in order here again David, always love them.

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1979-08-xx_RP_Knebworth_backstage.jpg

Robert washing car windows... to pick up an extra quid ... :D

or

It shows that even Robert parks cars ! :drumz:

Edited by The Rover

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Wish there was some audio of trampled with Jason on drums.

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Pic is blurry but I think that is Jason Bonham behind the drums- I know his dad did walk out front of the stage while they rehearsed Trampled Underfoot with Jason on the drums but this looks like they are just messing around here.

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I showed him the photo, it is Jason on drums.

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In the pic with Jason on drums it looks as though Robert is playing around with Jimmy's Gibson RD Artist guitar used on Misty Mountain Hop during the second show. A strange & great pic all around.

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Thanks for posting these photographs. I am the person

'Testing out John Paul Jones-Yamaha GX1 synthesizer.'

and also on the extreme right in the crew photo. Does anybody have more images of the band crew from around this time?

Thanks Andy

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