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The photo of Page was taken on the sidewalk next to the Activity Center. Does anyone know who the other two guys are?

I think that is Phil Carlo (Jimmy's tour manager) in the Arizona State shirt, and though Jimmy's boots may have been on the '77 tour...Phil Carlo wasn't. Regardless, the photo was taken during the December 1983 ARMS tour, probably in Los Angeles but possibly in San Francisco. I'm posting photos from the same (or recent) night of Jimmy at what is believed to be The Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip. I've also posted a shot of him in the same coat arriving or departing from what seems to be the Sunset Marquis Hotel.

Not the first time the photo has been incorrectly identified as Tempe '77. ;)

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I think that is Phil Carlo (Jimmy's tour manager) in the Arizona State shirt, and though Jimmy's boots may have been on the '77 tour...Phil Carlo wasn't. Regardless, the photo was taken during the December 1983 ARMS tour, probably in Los Angeles but possibly in San Francisco. I'm posting photos from the same (or recent) night of Jimmy at what is believed to be The Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip. I've also posted a shot of him in the same coat arriving or departing from what seems to be the Sunset Marquis Hotel.

Not the first time the photo has been incorrectly identified as Tempe '77. ;)

Oops. Someone at Tempe must have given him the shirt. Thanks!

In The Light since 1972.

Trampled Under Foot. My life with Led Zeppelin.

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I can't believe Earls Court is being demolished... one of the best arenas out there.

Err....No it is'nt. It's an echoy ancient cavenous eysore dump, that's well had it's day. Nostalgia be damned.
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Fed up with police action, Mumbai's 1st gay bar shuts its doors

Iconic bar Voodoo ” where Led Zeppelin gave an impromptu performance in 1972 ” has been closed for the past 2 months after a police raid.

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Fed up with police action, Mumbai's 1st gay bar shuts its doors

Iconic bar Voodoo where Led Zeppelin gave an impromptu performance in 1972 has been closed for the past 2 months after a police raid.

June 09, 2012

Mumbai

Varun Singh

The name Voodoo has been synonymous with modern Mumbai, a city that had accepted and embraced the word ‘gay’ even before the Delhi High Court read down Section 377 of the IPC to decriminalise homosexual acts between consenting adults. But since March 30, the iconic nightclub where the famous rock band Led Zeppelin once gave an impromptu performance has not opened its doors for the public. The Colaba watering hole and discotheque, which stood as a symbol of the composite culture of a city that does not practice discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, has not opened since a police raid on it in March. The police claimed after the raid that they had busted a prostitution racket at Voodoo. Now, patrons of Voodoo from the LGBT community fear the nightclub might never open its doors again.

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Voodoo in Colaba was raided by cops on March 30. Pic/Bipin Kokate

Despite the rumours about the pub not opening again, every Saturday people from the LGBT community make their way to the landmark joint in the hope of finding it open, but so far they have been disappointed — their old uncle is not around to welcome them in anymore. Sources from within the LGBT community squarely blame the raid on Voodoo for the setback their nightlife has received.

We’ll be back

Confirming the pub is currently shut, a spokesperson for Voodoo said there was no way anybody was going to kill the spirit of Mumbai and the pub was determined to be back in business soon. “We won’t let Mumbai’s happiness be suppressed by anyone,” the spokesperson said. “We will soon open the doors, we have shut it down for renovation. After the raid, we decided that we should renovate the pub as we have got the time to do it now. We haven’t renovated the place for 10 years now.”

Many people have fond memories of the iconic nightclub, and one of them is Sidharth Bhatia, a renowned author who remembers Voodoo as a place that opened its doors for any and every body. “In the early 70s, they had an entry fee of Rs 5 and anyone could enter. Earlier, they played recorded music, but soon they started live music and it was the place for the youngster to be,” Bhatia said. “I hope it (Voodoo) doesn’t shut down. For that matter, in the current policing scenario, I just hope that no nightclub shuts,” he said. According to the LGBT community, in the early 90s, Voodoo opened its doors for them when many other places were keeping them out. They say the discotheque in the recent past lost its glory with the advent of new places for the LGBT community to enjoy.

Disappointed

Vikram Phukan, former editor, Bombay Dost, claims that while Voodoo would have to find a mention when writing the history of the queer community, it has now lost its glory. “Voodoo at one point of time was the place for the LGBT community, but now things have changed. There are many options available for the queer community. However, no night club should be shut and, definitely, Voodoo shouldn’t be shut,” he said. Another gay, who is a regular at the club, said, “Every time I pass the Radio Club road and see the shutters of Voodoo down, it reminds of the killing of Mumbai’s nightlife. I remember the place as a pub where I and my friends used to go regularly. I have made many friends here; during the early years when I was exploring my sexuality, I realised I do have many others like me to be with.”

One evening in 1972

Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were in Mumbai in 1972 and one day visited Voodoo (then called Slip Disc), reportedly to see if it could offer some excitement after other discotheques had left them disappointed.

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Rock on: Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. File Pic/Getty Images

Walking in with their manager Richard Cole, they must have been moved deeply by what they saw and heard at Slip Disc, which was once described as the only real discotheque east of the Suez, for they decided to give an impromptu performance with the local musicians present. The well-known Nandu Bhende, an aspiring rocker at the time, was among those present, having rushed to Colaba upon learning of the visit by the members of the famous British rock band.

The raid that did it in

ACP Vasant Dhoble, an officer who has earned the sobriquet of Bar Raider because of his habit of turning up unannounced at late-night hot spots and sending everybody present into spasms of fear, led a team of the Social Service branch of the police in a raid on Voodoo on March 30. The police claimed they busted a prostitution racket at Voodoo and said they rescued eight women from the flesh trade. They said four of the women were Germans. The nightclub hotly contested the claim, saying the German women were just customers. The police ended up booking the cashier, bouncer and waiter on the premises under various sections of Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act. Voodoo never recovered from the setback, and remains shut to this day.

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I think that is Phil Carlo (Jimmy's tour manager) in the Arizona State shirt, and though Jimmy's boots may have been on the '77 tour...Phil Carlo wasn't. Regardless, the photo was taken during the December 1983 ARMS tour, probably in Los Angeles but possibly in San Francisco. I'm posting photos from the same (or recent) night of Jimmy at what is believed to be The Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip. I've also posted a shot of him in the same coat arriving or departing from what seems to be the Sunset Marquis Hotel.

Not the first time the photo has been incorrectly identified as Tempe '77. ;)

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Metropolitan Sports Arena

Bloomington, MN

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The Met Center was an indoor arena that formerly stood in Bloomington, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The arena, which was completed in 1967, seated 15,000. It was home to the Minnesota North Stars of the NHL from 1967-1993 and ABAs Minnesota Muskies. The Muskies played just one season, before moving to Miami. They were replaced by the Minnesota Pipers, who also played only one season. The MISL Minnesota Strikers played indoor soccer at the Met Center from 1984-1988. The Boys High School Hockey Tournament was also held there. For its first 15 years, it was known as the Metropolitan Sports Center; the shorter name was adopted in 1982.

The Met Center was considered to be one of the finest arenas in the NHL for many years, both for its sightlines, and its ice surface. Among NHL players, the Met was known for fast ice, the best lighting, great locker rooms and training facilities. The Met never boasted fancy amenities, and by comparison to modern arenas it had cramped concourses, no luxury suites, and very few frills. As a sports facility, it could best be described as utilitarian, a theme which repeats itself in most Minnesota sports facilities built before 1988 (such as the Metrodome).

The Met Center was demolished in 1994 after the North Stars moved to Dallas, Texas, becoming the Dallas Stars. Three attempts were made to undertake a controlled implosion of the building, but none was sufficient to bring it down. As a result, the arena had to be demolished using the usual heavy equipment.

For several years after the arena was demolished, the property served as an overflow lot for the Mall of America. In 2004, an IKEA store opened on the west end of the property, and the new American Boulevard was rerouted through the east end of the property. The remainder of the site is planned long-term to become the site of Mall of America Phase II, of which the IKEA would be an anchor store.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met_Center

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boston_garden.jpg The Boston Garden Boston, Massachusetts .

The Boston Garden was a famous arena built in 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts. Designed by boxing promoter Tex Rickard, who also built the third incarnation of New York's Madison Square Garden, the arena was originally called the "Boston Madison Square Garden", but eventually got clipped to the Boston Garden.

The Boston Garden was demolished in 1997, a few years after the completion of its new successor arena, the FleetCenter, now called TD Banknorth Garden. (Wikipedia) ,

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Led Zeppelin: “Dazed And Confused” 1969

Boston Garden

Setlist:

includes: Good Times Bad Times (intro) ~ Communication Breakdown, I Can't Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, White Summer / Black Mountainside, Moby Dick, How Many More Times (medley incl. Lemon Song, Kansas City).

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Press Review: "Naragansett's "Tribal Love-Rock Festival" of the twenty fifth attracted a typical Boston Tea Party crowd, with a hardly subtle difference in order of magnitude. The Led Zeppelin propelled itself onto the Boston Garden stage to confront sixteen thousand colourfully-attired high school and college aboriginals - a total of thirty-two thousand dilated pupils, all eagerly trained upon the massive loth-fronted bank of amplifiers that was 'to produce the capper of an evening of northern-fried schmaltz rock and mini-riots.

They sped rather rapidly through their early material in group effort, combining "Communication Breakdown" and "Good Times, Bad Times" into a medley. At this point, group feeling began to flag, and the spotlight turned mainly to Page, although towards the end of the performance Plant (lead vocal) began to play vocal catch with Page's riffs.

The Zeppelin performance really had two climaxes, one of them faultless. The first was Page's rendition of "White Summer", a very lengthy medley of both Zeppelin and (Johnny) Winters-like patterns, connected at times rather faultily with semi-classical phrases.

The second climax was the well-deserved solo of Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, who contrived to enrapture the audience with rythm while entirely avoiding any imitation of Baker's "Toad", which is no small feat of willpower." - G.Berk, October 1969

Boston, Massachusetts .

The Boston Garden was a famous arena built in 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts. Designed by boxing promoter Tex Rickard, who also built the third incarnation of New York's Madison Square Garden, the arena was originally called the "Boston Madison Square Garden", but eventually got clipped to the Boston Garden.

The Boston Garden was demolished in 1997, a few years after the completion of its new successor arena, the FleetCenter, now called TD Banknorth Garden. (Wikipedia)

September 9, 1970

Boston, MA US

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Setlist:

Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Dazed and Confused, Bring It On Home, That's Way, Bron-Yr-Aur, Since I've Been Loving You, Organ solo / Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl.: Let That Boy Boogie, Ramble On, For What It's Worth, Some Other Guy, Honey Bee), Communication Breakdown.

Notes:

Originally scheduled for two shows, as a makeup date for the Eagle Rock Festival. Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant: "(The group) didn't complete their Sunday night concert in Honolulu until well into early Monday morning. In addition, being English, we were not aware of the Labor Day holiday which did not allow for air freight shipments and also our sound system had to come from Dallas, Texas". (Boston Globe, 9/10/70)

September 7, 1971

Boston, MA US

Boston Garden

Setlist:

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That's the Way, Going To California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley), Communication Breakdown, Organ solo / Thank You, Rock and Roll.

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Led Zeppelin at the Boston Garden 1973

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In 1973, the legendary group Led Zeppelin played at The Boston Garden as part of their North American Tour.

The tour took place just after the popular release of the band’s fifth album, Houses of the Holy, which topped the charts immediately. The album includes hit songs such as The Rain Song, Over the Hills and Far Away, No Quarter and The Ocean. The subsequent tour broke records for attendance as the band routinely sold out huge venues. Their concert in Tampa Bay, Florida was in front of a crowd of 56,800 fans.

The band has sold over 111.5 million records in the US alone, making them the second highest selling artists of all-time. They released six No. 1 albums and had three others to break the top 10. Led Zeppelin is often referred to as one of the most influential bands of their time and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even compared their influence in the 1970s to that of The Beatles in the 1960s.

While there is no video available from the concert that night, here is an audio clip of the band playing their hit, The Rain Song, from that night.

Were you at The Garden for this show? Leave us a comment with your favorite story or memory!

Setlist:

Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, (Bring It On Home intro) Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Let That Boy Boogie).

Jan 6, 1975:

Two thousand Led Zeppelin fans trash the Boston Garden

On January 6, 1975, a crowd of 2,000-plus lines up outside Boston Garden to buy tickets to the rock band Led Zeppelin. Some in the crowd then broke in to the near-empty arena, and caused thousands of dollars in damage.

"For years and years, we had people line up overnight to wait for tickets," recalls Steven Rosenblatt, the ticket-office manager at Boston Garden on that January night, "but we never had anything like this." Someone pried open the Garden's locked doors around midnight, and soon hundreds of beer-drinking, bottle-throwing Led Zeppelin fans had the run of Boston Garden. "You couldn't have this kind of crowd running around un-tethered inside the building," says Rosenblatt, "so we decided to open the ticket windows." The near-riot was calmed by around 2:30 a.m., when the Garden staff began selling tickets hours ahead of schedule. By 6:00 a.m., all 9,000 seats were sold out and the crowd had dispersed, but not before causing upwards of $50,000 to the Garden and infuriating the Boston's mayor, Kevin H. White.

No one could accuse Mayor White of failing to understand the power of rock and roll. Back in 1972, he had personally intervened to free the Rolling Stones from a Warwick, Rhode Island, jail rather than risk a riot by angry Stones fans if a scheduled concert in Boston that night were cancelled. White came down hard on the Led Zeppelin rioters. Not only did he cancel the concert scheduled for February 4, but he also announced that the band would not be allowed to perform in Boston for the next five years. In fact, Led Zeppelin would never perform there again. Banned in Beantown, the group moved on to the next stop on their 1975 North American tour and bypassed Boston on their next one in 1977. That tour would be Led Zeppelin's last in the United States, as the group disbanded following the death of drummer John Bonham on September 25, 1980.

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Its a shame the storied Boston Garden had to be torn down,it was rich in history. Led Zeppelin performed there January 23,24,25,26,1969 . Then on September 9th,1970,September 7th,1971 and their last visit to the Garden was July 20th 1973 and that would be it.The Boston Celtics won many Championships there, The Boston Bruins also played there.

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Its a shame the storied Boston Garden had to be torn down,it was rich in history. Led Zeppelin performed there January 23,24,25,26,1969 It was called the Boston Tea Party. Then on September 9th,1970,September 7th,1971 and their last visit to the Garden was July 20th 1973 and that would be it.The Boston Celtics won many Championships there, The Boston Bruins also played there.

Sorry, the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Garden were two separate venues.

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34-01.jpg The Boston Tea Party was a concert venue located on 53 Berkeley Street (later relocated to 15 Lansdowne Street in the former site of competitor, The Ark) in Boston, Massachusetts. It operated from 1967 and closed in early 1971, due partly to the increasing popularity of large outdoor festivals and arena rock concerts

Led Zeppelin landed in Boston, Thursday Jan. 22, and for four consecutive evenings virtually blew an overflow Boston Tea Party crowd clear into the Charles River. Playing long sets, well over an hour in length, the Zeppelin lived up to its advance billing as a group of exceptional power and drive. What also emerged, however, is that the Led Zeppelin possesses extraordinary complexity as well.

Both the official publicity on the band, and the unofficial rumor mill, told of a blues rock unit built around the guitar genius of Jimmy Page. (Jimmy Page is the last of the three exceptional lead guitarists produced by England’s amazing Yardbirds. The other two are Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.) This description just scratches the surface. The Led Zeppelin is launched from a blues-rock base but is no means limited by it. Furthermore, the L.Z. is truly a talented and diversified unit, not just a backup group for Jimmy Page.

In concert, the L.Z. went through most of the material on their first album (Atlantic 8216) plus some newer, unrecorded songs. The titles and lyrics may be basic blues, but the approach and performance is of a much wider scope. Perhaps the most outstanding feature of the Zeppelin is that they employ three or four major instrumental concepts in almost every song. The impression, to say the least, is staggering! Indeed the L.Z.’s only fault is a tendency to compress too much into a short space of time.

Rhythm changes abruptly, time patterns change abruptly, volume levels change abruptly, yet melodic line and chord skeletons manage to merge kaleidoscopically as each member of the band feeds one another and in turn plays off the idea thrown out. The entire approach is very loose and very improvisational. The result is a surprising intricacy developed out of a form that is usually considered to be quite simple. Yet the basic power is never lost. In one sense, the Led Zeppelin represents the best of two worlds.

A few things that particularly got me: 1) At various times during “You Shook Me” Robert Plant (vocals) and Jimmy Page (lead) play riffs off against each other with Plant’s voice frequently acquiring the electrical qualities indistinguishable from Page’s guitar. 2) A 5-minute drum solo by John Bonham that includes some fantastic and hysterical hand drumming but really defies description. 3) The Frequent quiet passages in “Black Mountain Side” by Jimmy Page, which approach the best of pure mountain music.

For my taste, the Led Zeppelin really gets it all together on “How Many More Times,” with which they like to close an evening. This ten-or-more-minute master-piece has one of the most infections rhythmic cores I ever heard. If you don’t want to jump, dance, and smile after hearing this, you must be dead. This core, which involves everybody, provides the departure point for extended individual solos by each member of the band. The technically impressive pile driving bass of John Paul Jones is a spiritual gift. Plant’s amazing vocal power is at its best. Jimmy Page’s virtuosity runs the gamut from explorations into abstract electronics to down-home funk. “How Many More Times” is one of those rare rock developments that could literally never end. The wild, screaming reception accorded The Led Zeppelin certainly bears this feeling out.

I expect the Led Zeppelin to be flying high for some time. They and the Jeff Beck Group are to rock what Formula One cars are to road racing. Their raw power is compelling and hypnotic while their complexity makes repeated exposure a pleasure. The L.Z. vary the arrangements of the same song on successive nights quite widely. As Jimmy Page who has little sympathy with complicated studio effects said to me: “If we can’t do it live, we won’t do it.” That idea hits me just right, as does the entire Led Zeppelin from stem to stern. (Boston Phoenix)

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January 23,24,25 and 26,1969

Boston, MA US

Boston Tea Party

Setlist: January 23,1969

1st set includes: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, As Long As I Have You (incl. Fresh Garbage), Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me

Setlist January 24,1969

Train Kept A-Rollin'

(Tiny Bradshaw cover)

I Can't Quit You Baby

(Otis Rush cover)

Dazed and Confused

As Long As I Have You

(Garnet Mimms cover)

Killing Floor

(Howlin' Wolf cover)

White Summer/Black Mountain Side

Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You

(Joan Baez cover)

You Shook Me

(Earl Hooker cover)

How Many More Times

Communication Breakdown

Pat's Delight(Drum Solo)

Setlist for January 25 1969

I Can't Quit You Baby

(Otis Rush cover)

Dazed and Confused

As Long As I Have You

(Garnet Mimms cover)

Killing Floor

(Howlin' Wolf cover)

White Summer/Black Mountain Side

Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You

(Joan Baez cover)

You Shook Me

(Earl Hooker cover)

How Many More Times

Communication Breakdown

Pat's Delight

Setlist One January 26,1969

1.Train Kept A Rollin'

2.i Can't Quit You Baby

3.Killing Floor

4.Dazed And Confused(incl. Shapes Of Things)

5.You Shook Me

6.Communication Breakdown

Setlist Two

1.White Summer/Black Mountainside

2.Babe I'm Gonna Leave You

3Pat's Delight

4.How Many More Times(incl. For Your Love,Over Under Sideways Down)

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The Shiei Taikukan Hall (Prefectural Gymnasium) in Hiroshima, Japan hosted a Led Zeppelin concert on September 27, 1971 but there doesn't seem to be any exterior photographs of it in the official timeline nor anywhere else on the net for that matter. According to the link below it may have been demolished or renovated for the 1994 Asian Games. Can anyone in Japan confirm the older structure in the link is the venue which hosted Led Zeppelin? If it isn't does anyone in Japan have a photo of the venue that did? I'm visiting Hiroshima in about two weeks but won't have time to dig through the local archives.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroshima_Prefectural_Gymnasium

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Hi Deborah, and you very welcome....

Here is look at the interior view of Savoy Hotel /Press Office '69 through British Pathe Film ...Led Zeppelin awarded Gold Disc Awards at the Savoy Dec'69

http://www.ledzeppelin.com/photos/memorabilia/general/savoy-hotel-12-69

Savoy Hotel Interior 1969

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/special-noel-cowards-70th-birthday/query/savoy+hotel+press+office

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The last time I photographed The Forum was in June 2004, and it was owned and operated by a church at the time. So far as I know it no longer hosts any rock concerts or professional sports events. Perhaps I'll post a nice retrospective on The Forum to this thread unless some beats me to it.

The Forum in Los Angeles is now well on the way to being back and better than ever in 2014!

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-forum-renovation-20130730-dto,0,7822933.htmlstory

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