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  1. I was there in person and then I got a recording of it a couple of years later. While sitting at home and listening to it, the flaws of the performance are very obvious. Being there in the moment, it was spectacular. The energy that swept through the crowd when PP&J came on stage and blasted into Rock 'n' Roll outstripped anything else that day, IMO. I flew from L.A. to Philadelphia just for Live-Aid, and I was not disappointed (except that Zep didn't play longer).
  2. I have them scanned in a Photobucket album, but it doesn't look like they'll display here. If I can figure out a way to show them, I'll put them all up.
  3. There are 6 covers for ITTOD, A - F. I have them all and I think one or two were less common than the others but it was so long ago I can't remember which.
  4. I was there too, and it was indeed special, in spite of a couple of mis-steps in the lyrics. It sounded great to me.
  5. Before the concert: 1.) I didn't win the passcode lottery. That was apparent within a few hours of the congratulatory emailing for the lucky winners. I immediately went on ebay to see what I could find. A lot of auctions for passcodes with BIN's had already ended, some for big money. The cheapest one I saw was $389. I have no idea why the seller chose that particular price, but after contacting him directly, I pulled the trigger and bought the code. He was true to his word and sent it within a minute after I PayPal'd for it. A tense sojourn into Ticketmaster UK led to a single "standing" ticket for the arena floor (My wife declined to go, but cheered me on. I love her.) 2.) The excrement hit the propeller, with Harvey Goldsmith threatening to cancel all the tickets of those who got their password from their spouse, sibling, best friend's third cousin, or, well......a scalper. Many righteous Zep fans on the different forums were also outraged, calling the passcode buyers a bunch of cheaters. I fully expected to see villagers with torches storming my house, ready to cast me down into the fires of damnation. Yep, I bought a passcode. I don't apologize. 3.) In spite of HG's blustering, I made my plans. I cashed in enough travel points to completely cover the airfare and hotel, so the concert ticket and beer money would be the major expenses. 4.) AARGGH!! The show was postponed to Dec. 10. Everyone had to change their travel plans. It seemed like this whole thing was cursed. Still, I would not be thwarted. I was told that it would cost $$ to change everything, and I got a different figure (anywhere from $1100 to $1500, depending on which agent I happened to get on the phone at any time). I have to say, the male travel agents were largely unsympathetic, mostly having an attitude of "Gee, that's too bad. I guess you'll just have to suck it up because there's nothing I can do." The female agents were a lot more helpful. I finally said to one "You work in the travel industry so you must know the right things to say to the airline and hotel managers. Pretend you're doing this for yourself and then just say those things to them." The cost for changing my air and hotel went from $1500 to......$0. Nothing. I don't remember that agent's name now, but I hope someone close to her gave her a really nice Christmas present. She was great. 5.) Hurrah! All of us slimy passcode buyers were granted amnesty. I left work from San Diego on Friday, drove to Los Angeles in rush hour traffic but made the flight on time. All of sudden I was in England. That seemed like one of the fastest overseas flights I had ever been on. 6.) Waited a few hours in the longest part of the alphabet on Sunday to get my ticket and wristband, then another hour or so in the merchandise line (Did I say the concert ticket and beer were the only major expenses?). I figured I would get all the stuff that everybody back home asked for and a shirt for myself right then and not carry it around on the night of the show. 7.) Went to a couple of pre-concert fan club parties on Sunday night, one at the Swan and the other that was hosted by Sharon at the subterranean place of which I can't recall the name. They were both a lot of fun. It was a blast meeting other fans. In the basement bar, we got to watch a bunch of Led Zeppelin bootleg videos. I told my wife it was sort of like going to the San Diego Comic Convention. Same single-minded passion, just a different outlet. The concert: Yep, finally got there. No pre-concert beer, I wanted to be able to hold my position for several hours without having to hold my bladder. I worked my way up about 30 feet from the stage, dead center. It was packed pretty tight right where I was, which made it difficult to play air guitar. I had to keep the air guitar down low. I look pretty stupid playing air guitar anyway, so it's just as well. It was such a rush to see Led Zeppelin take the stage and play the first notes of Good Times Bad Times. The sound mix was kind of screwed up for the first couple of songs, but then all was well. I was ecstatic. I had seen the reunions at Live-Aid and the Atlantic 40th in person, but this was no half-hour under-rehearsed set. It was a full-length kick-ass show. Sure, there were songs I wanted to hear that didn't get played, but it was great just the same. I regretted not sneaking my camera in. I figured I would be the one guy that security made an example of and get tossed out, but as I looked around at the sea of cell phones and minicams, I wished I could have taken one picture. After the concert: I went back to the hotel for a nightcap. I would have liked to ride the concert buzz longer but I had an early flight back the next morning. Actually, I rode the concert buzz for a long time and I rekindle it every time I pop in the umm....unofficial audio CD or DVD. The trip home went without a hitch. This event started out with heavy negativity hanging over it in the weeks leading up to it, but when the day came to actually make the trip, everything fell into place. It was absolutely tremendous and special. Epilogue I'm a high school teacher and I skipped two days of work to make the trip. One student, who often wears rock band t-shirts, noted on Monday December 10 that Led Zeppelin was playing in London and his math teacher, who is never sick, was mysteriously absent. When I came back to school on Wednesday, lots of students were saying "Oh my God! Did you really go see them? That is so awesome!" I may be a nerdy math teacher but I gained a lot of street-cred that day. Then my principal pulled me aside........ She said "The kids are saying you went to see Led Zeppelin in London." I kind of hemmed and hawed, and said I didn't know how those crazy rumors got started, then I felt like kind of a jerk and started to tell her. She said "Stop. I don't need to know. I know you're a dedicated teacher but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. I just thought it was kind of cute." So, that's my long story. If you had the patience to read it, I hope you found at least some of it interesting. If not, well, you're a good sport. Thanks for reading.
  6. I agree. In spite of flubbed lyrics and other problems, it was a galvanizing moment to be there in person.
  7. It's not an issue at all with me. I was only commenting that he just turned 64, not 65.
  8. It was also on the B-side of the 'Big Log' single in the US.
  9. I thought he turned 64 this past January.
  10. Wow! You're right. Time flies. I was there, and Live-Aid too. The Atlantic 40th was definitely better. I was pretty ecstatic at both of those events, though, just seeing a Zep reunion, even if they were 20 and 30 minutes, respectively. The Atlantic set had its problems but was far superior to the Live-Aid set.
  11. Mine actually came loose and fell off in the elevator as I was checking out of the hotel the morning after the show. I saved it and it's with my ticket.
  12. I remember hearing it on a Los Angeles radio station, either KMET or KLOS, around '78-'79 in my dorm room one night. I didn't have a blank cassette handy to record it, but not too long after that I found a bootleg recording of it on vinyl. It was definitely the same show(s) as the BBC Sessions CD.
  13. I heard the LZ BBC shows on the radio back then, and that might be what you're thinking of.
  14. I'm not an expert on Pink Floyd's history but I think Wright's status officially changed from full partner to salaried session musician either during or after Animals, definitely before The Wall. I wasn't considering his legal status with the group during the Momentary Lapse and Division Bell tours, only that he was playing with them and therefore 3/4 of the line-up was present. I agree that the majority of the reunion tours are done for money and a "Pink Floyd" concert will sell more tickets than a "David Gilmour" or "Roger Waters" concert. I didn't have a problem with Gilmour, Mason, and Wright calling themselves Pink Floyd or Page, Plant, Jones, and Jason Bonham calling themselves Led Zeppelin, but I have felt ripped off when I've bought a ticket to see some classic band only to find that there's just a single original member, maybe the drummer or bass player who kept the rights to the name. Still, those are usually acts that are playing in small clubs now and I can't say I blame them for making a living. Nowadays with the magic of Google I'll go look at a band's website to see their current line-up before I buy a ticket.
  15. When did David Gilmour call his solo band Pink Floyd? The last two Pink Floyd tours featured Gilmour, Mason, & Wright. I might bring on the wrath of fans who insist that Pink Floyd doesn't exist without Roger Waters, but I think having 3/4 of the line-up is reasonable for using the name.
  16. I ordered a hard-bound copy of the souvenir book and it arrived from Belgium. I didn't save the package with the return address.
  17. Yes, in spite of all the talk about getting tickets into the hands of true fans, a large number of tickets were allotted for people with connections and $$. I'll admit I was one of those scoundrels who bought a passcode immediately after the 1st ballot ended, and I despise scalpers as much as anybody, but my desire to see this show trumped my loathing for ticket scalping. When I went to the Ticketmaster link, there were two choices: Reserved seats in the highest levels and Standing on the floor (I chose Standing). The entire mid-level section wasn't even offered as a choice, and I think that's where all the VIP's were. I think it's great that some of the other rock royalty were there to see the show, but I suspect some of the other people in those sections were there because it was the hip place to be that night. So, it looks like Harvey held back a tremendous quantity of tickets instead of offering them to the fans that he claimed to be supporting.
  18. I had a standing ticket, and it was pretty densely packed where I was, although I heard there were places on the floor with gaps between people. The absence of personal space made it very difficult for me to play air guitar along with Jimmy. Probably just as well. I really regret not sneaking in a camera. I figured I would be the one guy that gets caught and thrown out, but everyone around me had there cellphones and cameras out.
  19. I ordered the hard-bound program and picked it up at my PO box Thursday 1/3. It might have been sitting there for awhile, but I don't know. I ordered it online because I didn't want to buy it at the concert and carry it around, but then it turned out that they were selling all the merchandise the day before the show anyway, so I bought other stuff and took it back to the hotel.
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