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Zep Hed

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  1. Gotcha, Strider! The pandemic's not cleared just yet. Making good use of the down time. What a trip it is to go chronologically. Very educational! It's a damn shame more of this show isn't available. They seemed in a playful mood this night. Seattle's next!
  2. What a short strange trip it's been. Fantastic tour!
  3. Shame the recording quality; Robert's voice sounds pretty damn strong for the time period.
  4. Many factors at play. One was song popularity, of course. They didn't completely dismiss what the audience was expecting in favor of their own preferences. WLL wasn't in the set until late 69, after it hit as a single. They certainly knew they had something big in STH, even before LZ IV was released. But it wasn't placed in a featured spot in the set (Japan 72) until it became obvious it was becoming a monster. Even then, audiences were still screaming for WLL well into 72. Once they started recording LZ III, they started adding preferred tracks to the set once they were ready regardless of when the resulting album might be released. Recall they held back performing LZ II material (for the most part) through the Summer tour. Then consideration was given to what the band thought certain audiences were receptive to at given times. Examples, I think they dropped the acoustic set in 72 because they were a bit fed up with audience impatience. The medley largely went away in 73 because they felt the oldies had largely run their course with the American audience imo. Plus, their own material was filling up more and more of the set (pretty much all of it). As for song order, the start was designed to bash the audience over the head with a 2 or 3 song hammer. Then there was Jimmy's concept of light and shade, shifts in mood during a show. This could be accomplished via song order and within a longer number. Extended solos were spaced to give other band members a bit of a break. Also, in the later years there were keyboard numbers strung together to accommodate JPJ. By 73, the stage presentation became elaborate enough that the set list had to become a bit "static." The crew - stage, sound, lights, effects - had to know what was coming in order to choreograph the show. It's amazing it all came together so seamlessly. None of those Spinal Tap "follies" came from a Zeppelin show.
  5. Dave Lewis questioned a Professor Chibnall 3 years ago about the status of the Whitehead film. "There’s 20 to 30 minutes and a lot of it is backstage. I’ve only seen the footage, I haven’t seen it with sound...when Led Zeppelin played, they played in the dark and there was insufficient stage lighting for (Whitehead's) cameras. So he reckoned that the footage, the live footage, was not usable. It is usable because, I mean, it can be, it can be restored now. So you can raise those lighting levels, you can see more digitally...I think it would be a really good project for 2020." Gotcha!
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