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  1. This book is peoples memories of seeing Zeppelin live, and yes sure, as time has passed the memory can get a little fuzzy, but that's what makes these books interesting. Its peoples memories from that moment in time. Most are not Zeppelin fanatics and might have a few facts incorrect regarding set lists but these are that persons memories of that time. Not all the accounts are just about the gigs, but what they were doing in their life at that time. Example here: OAKLAND COLISEUM 2 SEPTEMBER 1970, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA I WAS THERE: THERESA PARSON It was one of those nice summer nights that the San Francisco Bay Area is blessed with every year. Myself and my hippie tribe - Joey, Dave, Robin, Bill and Stephanie - were doing what we did every Friday night, sitting in Tom Lutz’s blacklight, lit with back to back neon posters, swilling cheap warm Olympia beer and passing around a joint. The room was so thick with cigarette smoke that my eyes were watering. We inherited this room every week when Tom’s mom would go spend the weekend with her boyfriend. After playing Led Zeppelin’s self-titled first album through two times, we turned the radio to KSAN, the FM alternative station. This station was like the Holy Grail to its listeners. It played the latest rock albums from both the US and the UK from beginning to end. Every band that came through San Francisco stopped at KSAN for an in depth, call-in interview. The lights on the switchboard lit up like Christmas lights and it was nearly impossible to get on. But if you did, you could find yourself chatting with the likes of Mick Jagger, Jerry Garcia or Bonnie Bramlett. KSAN was always the first to hear about any new concerts that were coming to town. So imagine our stoned and slightly excitement when the deejay announced that Led Zeppelin were coming to the Oakland Coliseum. We whooped and hollered, played the album again and made plans to buy our tickets the next day. When 9am rolled around, we pulled up to Al’s Records and joined the line waiting for the store to open. Our town was so condensed everyone knew everyone in that line! The wait seemed eternal, but finally September 2nd arrived. Us girls spent the day pin curling our long hair and then sat under our mothers’ hair dryers to achieve that curly singlet look. We worked diligently to put together our lace and velvet vintage style dresses, exchanging accessories until we were satisfied with our look. The guys picked us up at 5.30pm. We stopped at Jack in the Box for dinner and lurked outside the liquor store till we found someone willing to buy us beer and cigarettes. Lutz had already secured the weed so we were ready to rock! When we got to the Coliseum, the parking lot looked like a huge tailgate party, so we got out our provisions, cranked up the radio, which was playing nearly non-stop Zeppelin, climbed into the car and joined the fun. We knew we’d never get the beer into the venue so we made sure we drank every drop before we went to line up. The roving drug dealers worked the line, and soon there were joints being passed in every direction. Finally, they opened the door and everybody rushed in looking for their seats. Ours weren’t the best, but we could pretty clearly see whatever was about to go on onstage. As for the PA, we weren’t even worried about that. The band sauntered onto the stage and the place shook with stomping and applause. We were on our feet. We weren’t going to miss a thing! There was Plant with his long wavy blond hair and jeans so tight you could see a perfect outline of his package. And then there was the beautiful Jimmy Page, decked out in a velvet coat that hung over velvet pants and a striking white shirt with an ascot at the neck and ruffled sleeves. The music started as they barrelled through ‘Dazed and Confused’, ‘Immigrant Song’, ‘What is and What Should Never Be’, ‘Good Times Bad Times’, ‘Communication Breakdown’ and ‘I’m Movin On’’ before hitting some covers like ‘Blueberry Hill’ and ‘Long Tall Sally’. Each song was met with wild appreciation and, aside from Jimmy Page, there were hundreds of air guitarists backing him up. John Bonham was a whirling dervish. It was like his sticks were a part of his hands. Running between the bass and keyboard, and playing both flawlessly, John Paul Jones never missed a beat. And Plant. That voice, screaming and growling, then dropping down until he was hardly heard and then throwing his head back and letting go of a guttural primal scream. It was like riding a vocal rollercoaster. By this time we had managed to move a few aisles down. Our goal was to get to the floor, even though it was already blanketed in assigned seated metal chairs. All too soon the show was over and the band filed off the stage. They had brought us to a musical peak so high we couldn’t see down, and we wanted one more ride. In unison we screamed, banged chairs in the floor, lit our lighters and refused to give up. The crowd on the floor had tossed aside the folding chairs. There wasn’t enough security to stop us, so everyone streamed down from their seats and inched closer to the stage. For their encore they did ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and that’s when holy hell broke loose. Hundreds stormed the stage, knocking each other over and crawling over each other’s backs. It could have turned into a tragedy, but fortunately it didn’t. On the way home we put on the Led Zeppelin 8-track. The guys talked about every note, fret and whatever other technical thing that went into the show. They marvelled over the brands of the equipment that the band used. It was all Greek to me. Us girls? What did we talk about? The size of Plant’s package of course! I saw Led Zeppelin again at the all day festival, Day On The Green, in Oakland. The place was packed and the sound excellent, but it couldn’t compare to the first show. I think concerts are like losing your virginity - the first time is always the best!
  2. They are all new accounts from fans around the world.
  3. Just wanted to tell you about a new book coming out on June 16. Led Zeppelin - The Day I Was There. A collection of over 500 eyewitness accounts of seeing Led Zeppelin live. With fans recalling memories of the earliest Yardbirds and Zeppelin shows at UK and European clubs right through until the O2 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in 2007. The book contains personal photographs, memorabilia, anecdotes, and fan stories that have never been published before. More info here: https://thisdayinmusicbooks.com/books/led-zeppelin-the-day-i-was-there/
  4. Four part Radio documentary here with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant talking about formation and the history of Led Zeppelin, along with Noddy Holder from Slade and former Melody Maker editor Chris Charlesworth, and Dave Lewis from Tight But Loose. http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/led_zeppelin_story
  5. Part III of this interview with Jimmy Page is now here: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/led_zeppelin_story
  6. Radio documentary here with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant talking about formation and the history of Led Zeppelin, along with Noddy Holder from Slade and former Melody Maker editor Chris Charlesworth. http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/led_zeppelin_story
  7. This book is out now: https://www.amazon.co.uk/No-Quarter-Three-Lives-Jimmy/dp/1783058218/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477467190&sr=8-1&keywords=the+3+lives+of+Jimmy+pAGE
  8. Intersing blog here from the forthcoming book No Quarter: The Three Lives of Jimmy Page: http://justbackdated.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/jimmy-page-day-jimmy-met-robert.html
  9. 8th Oct 1971, Led Zeppelin II was enjoying its 100th week on the UK album charts. It was the band's first album to hit No.1 in the US, knocking The Beatles' Abbey Road twice from the top spot, where it remained for seven weeks. When first released the album had advance orders of 400,000 copies in the USA, (the advertising campaign was built around the slogan Led Zeppelin II Now Flying). In 1999, it was certified 12 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 12 million copies. More here: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/led_zeppelin_ii
  10. 7th July 1980, Led Zeppelin played their last-ever concert when they appeared at Eissporthalle, West Berlin at the end of a European tour. The set included: 'Black Dog', 'The Rain Song', 'Hot Dog', 'All My Love', 'Trampled Under Foot', 'Since I’ve Been Loving You', 'Kashmir', 'Stairway To Heaven' and 'Rock And Roll'. They finished the show with a 17-minute version of 'Whole Lotta Love'. More on John Bonham here: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/john_bonham
  11. 22nd June 1970, Led Zeppelin appeared at Laugardalsholl Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland on the group's one and only visit to Iceland. It is suggested that Robert Plant was inspired to write the lyrics to 'Immigrant Song' during this trip." More here : http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/hammer_of_the_gods
  12. 22nd Oct 1969, Led Zeppelin II was released on Atlantic Records in the UK. The Jimmy Page-produced album which was recorded over six months between four European and three American tours, peaked at No.1 in both the UK and US, going on to sell over 12 million copies in the US alone, (and spending 138 weeks on the UK chart). The album is now recognised by writers and music critics as one of the greatest and most influential rock albums ever recorded. http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/led_zeppelin_ii
  13. 11th Aug 1979, Led Zeppelin played their last ever UK show when they appeared at Knebworth House, England. The set list included: all the zeppelin classics including The Song Remains The Same, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Stairway To Heaven, Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love and Communication Breakdown. https://audioboo.fm/boos/1543269-this-day-in-music-11th-aug
  14. 31st May 1948, Born on this day, John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin, who had the 1969 US No.4 single Whole Lotta Love. The bands fourth album released in 1971 featuring the rock classic Stairway To Heaven, has sold over 37 million copies. Bonham died on September 25th 1980 after choking on his own vomit. http://www.rocksquare.com/community/musicnews/2528
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