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I've been looking for some pro video of Page & Plant at Reading 28/8/98

I know it exists as it was shown on iTV at the festivals, also there may be some film from the big screens

It was an amazing concert, I've been looking for 12 years and found not a lot, I have very limited amount of audience footage and some audio, so if anyone can help, I'd be most humbly grateful

http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/606956

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I've been looking for some pro video of Page & Plant at Reading 28/8/98. I know it exists as it was shown on iTV at the festivals, also there may be some film from the big screens It was an amazing concert, I've been looking for 12 years and found not a lot, I have very limited amount of audience footage and some audio, so if anyone can help, I'd be most humbly grateful.

Conneyfogle, I was there that night. I sourced the complete concert filmed from back near the soundboard. I've also got the complete audience audio recording sources. The Britannia cover art for the trading community was done by my friend Ingo after I'd given him a first generation copy of several of my recordings when we met in Koln, Germany in January 2000. Having said all that, I don't recall ever seeing the pro-shot iTV footage in circulation, nor the feed to the screens. I'd actually like to get them both myself.

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Time Out (London), August 26-September 2, 1998

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Kerrang! September 12, 1998

Articles courtesy Steve A. Jones Archive

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Thanx for the info Steve, I remember when it was broadcast on TV, but I was out, normally ITV would repeat the broadcasts but this time they didn't, I was sure it was screened a day or so after the concert, but alas I have not had much luck finding anything about it, a fantastic concert it had to be said!

Still Looking.. I think Westcountry broadcast it in my area

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Subject: REVIEWED: PAGE/PLANT AT READING FESTIVAL

From: Jones Steve A. <Steve.Jones@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998

Steve A. Jones files this report for FBO:

Reading is promoted as the last festival of the summer for those of

us in good old Blighty. It is a Bank Holiday weekend meaning everyone is

expected to be somewhere or do something fun. Leave it to my friend to not

only forget about the festival but fail to get a "kitchen pass" from his

wife so as to attend.

I made my drive to Reading, taking in the nicer parts of London's M25,

the world's largest circular parking lot. I arrived at 7:30pm but parking is

surprisingly not a problem and shockingly it is free. I duly collect my

pre-paid tickets from the Box Office and venture towards the entrance. Touts

out front are "buying and selling" but their business is not brisk. I don't even

bother trying to sell off my spare.

Evidently approaching the festival site from downwind one was hit

by the stench of unwashed bodies and fields full of pup tents. No mud,

no chimps in the wire, and few hippies about but it is a three-day-festival

so give 'em time. Perhaps today their busy working for the Man!

To proceed into the main performance and market area you have to

exchange your full, unused ticket for an orange wristband. I protest

that I want to keep my stub but to no avail. Perhaps it's just as well

that Kitchen Pass couldn't make it tonight as I'm able to keep that spare

intact for the archive.

There are three performance stages and also two market areas

consisting of stalls selling sundry junk from such as paper lamps,

disposable cameras, and tapestries of distorted faces or something.

There's a beer tent and a cinema tent. Food selection is so abysmal I

elect to go hungry.

Page/Plant aren't due to hit the Main Stage until 9:45 pm! It is general

admission and the crowd for Britpop band Ash reaches all the way back

to the soundboard. I'd guess about 10,000 in attendance. I'm not an

Ash fan so I'll simply say they were off at 21:15 which was followed by

the world premier of their new video on the two screens on either side

of the Main Stage.

Page/Plant take the stage on time to a warm reception. Jimmy wore

THE shiny blue shirt from Knebworth Festival 1979 (kidding!)..he was

dressed all in black.

Alloted just an hour and forty five to deliver the goods our hardy

Ex-Zeppers threw the acoustic set overboard and played just pure

electric.

The set list stood like a standing stone; no surprises for this

Traveling Led Head but I've long since reached the point of being

spoiled, as have many of you.

Particular performance notes would have to include Michael Lee's

opening salvo to kick-off the show. I swear his opening drum sound

sounded like fabric being ripped. Very peculiar and very cool. Robert's

vocals wailed, he was in very fine form indeed. Jimmy soloed

confidently, yet having to pull up short - particularly within the

theremin solo - to fit the truncated format. Appropriate really, as this

whole English summer had been rather like a promise you meant to keep

but couldn't. One had the ability to see one's breath after the final

notes rang out. Robert had sung the summer sun down for good.

By the way, Melody Maker was a Festival promoter and in their August

29th issue a member of a band playing in the same time slot as Page/Plant

was shooting his mouth off about how boring a band Led Zeppelin were.

Further, that his band would start a sonic war by turning their quadraphonic

sound system on them. Melody Maker commented it was a battle his group

would win, "no sweat". If there's any Melody Maker editors scanning this list,

make sure you derisive lot get this much down: we only heard your pissant

group - and just barely - during our sustained wild applause that brought

two legends out for their encore.

--Steve A. Jones

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i'd like to see that too, i've never heard that it was shown on tv. i'd also like a cd of it. i know that someone on this forum has a cd of the gig, but i cant remember who it was. i had hoped to get it off them but it never materialised

i was there and thought it the best performance i'd seen from jimmy in the 5 times i saw page / plant 95/98

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i'd like to see that too, i've never heard that it was shown on tv. i'd also like a cd of it. i know that someone on this forum has a cd of the gig, but i cant remember who it was. i had hoped to get it off them but it never materialised

i was there and thought it the best performance i'd seen from jimmy in the 5 times i saw page / plant 95/98

Myself and Steve have copies of this concert (see Steve's post)

PM me for more details

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My reply from ITV

Re: Page & Plant Video Reading Festival

Dear Conneyfogle

Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately the programme in question has not been released commercially. You can contact our viewers request department on blah blah blah to enquire about the possibility of a copy, but you would have to provide a transmission date! I must make you aware that if it were possible to provide a copy, there would be a cost involved, approx £90.00 to £100.00 per half hour recording.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to contact us here at ITV.

Regards

ITV VIEWER SERVICES - PR

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My reply from ITV

Re: Page & Plant Video Reading Festival

Dear Conneyfogle

Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately the programme in question has not been released commercially. You can contact our viewers request department on blah blah blah to enquire about the possibility of a copy, but you would have to provide a transmission date! I must make you aware that if it were possible to provide a copy, there would be a cost involved, approx £90.00 to £100.00 per half hour recording.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to contact us here at ITV.

Regards

ITV VIEWER SERVICES - PR

It's a start. I'll get to work on confirmation of the original broadcast date.

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