DavidZoso Posted March 24, 2011 Share Posted March 24, 2011 We all know Jimmy Page had some of the most cool stage wear of any rock star out there. One of his masterpieces was the Black Dragon suit. Most people think he only wore it at the 5 earls Court shows in 1975- but he also wore it at some shows in 1977 as well. The very first appearance was not the full outfit but just the pants with a different jacket. The other jacket worn with the pants was the one worn on most of the concert dates in 1972-1973 and in the movie-'The Song Remains the Same.' Maybe someone else knows why he didn't wear the jacket the first time- maybe the person who made it for him hadn't finished it yet. That first appearance of the pants was at the last US show in 1975. The 3rd and last night at the Los Angeles Forum March 27, 1975. Then of course he wore the full jacket and pants at the 5 Earls Court shows in May 1975. I would have more pics from these shows but most are misdated etc and I only like to post what I know to be 100% correct date and venue. Most of you have seen the footage on the official DVD -2003 and that footage was taken from the 4th and 5th nights- 5-24 & 25-1975. One lil bit of trivia-they all wore the same oufits for all 5 shows except on the 3rd night- Robert Plant wore a different blouse. The one he wore alot on the US tour '75- the blouse I like to call the Red Cherry blouse. The other 4 nights was the dark blue blouse. Then the Black Dragon suit didn't make another appearance until the 1977 tour and the first time was at the Largo 5-28-77 show(3rd night out of 3). he wore the full outfit along with a white scarf. The next appearance was at the Los Angeles Forum -secong night out of six. June 22, 1977. The interesting thing about this show is he wore the full outfit again with white scarf(scarf taken off after first couple of numbers) but after he came back fro the ending of the Over the Top/Moby Dick segment he was wearing the full White Dragon suit. I know this because I know the guy who took some of these pics I am posting and that is what his roll of film shows and what he remembers he did- I will have a full photo thread of this show soon. Also I have had the silent video footage of this show for years but because it was silent- just thought it was another LA show out of the six nights but now with these guys who again I say hats off to- have synched up the sound to all the silent footage- I now know it is all from one night. The proof being the late playing of Over the Hills and Far Away on that footage while all the other shows when they played it was 4th song in the set. Next appearance was at Tempe , Arizona 7-20-77 and no photos have surfaced yet but one review says Jimmy wore the Black Dragon suit pants with a plain black t-shirt and a white scarf. Hopefully someday pics will appear. The last appearance of the Black Dragon suit was the first of two outdoor shows played in Oakland on 7-23-77. This was the next to last US show Zeppelin ever played. He wore the full Black Dragon suit with a plain black t-shirt-no white scarf this time. 3-27-75/ Los Angeles Forum- Black Dragon pants only-different jacket. 5-17-75 Earls Court -Full Black Dragon suit 5-18-75 Earls Court -Full Black Dragon suit 5-23-75 Earls Court -Full Black Dragon suit 5-24-75 Earls Court -Full Black Dragon suit 5-25-75 Earls Court -Full Black Dragon suit 5-28-77 Largo, Maryland- Full Black Dragon suit with white scarf 6-22-77 Los Angeles Forum -Full Black Dragon suit with white scarf 7-20-77 Tempe, Arizona - Black Dragon pants- plain black t-shirt with white scarf 7-23-77 Oakland, CA - Full Black Dragon suit with plain black t-shirt Los Angeles Forum 3-27-75 LA Forum 3-27-75 Kashmir- LA Forum 3-27-75 Whole Lotta Love- LA Forum 3-27-75 Earls Court 5-17-75 In My Time of Dying-Earls Court-5-18-75 Dazed and Confused-Earls Court 5-18-75 Stairway to Heaven-Earls Court 5-18-75 Whole Lotta Love- Earls Court 5-18-75 Kashmir- Earls Court 5-23-75 Kashmir-Earls Court 5-23-75 No Quarter-Earls Court 5-23-75 (rare use of his lake placid blue stratocaster) Tangerine-Earls Court 5-23-75 In my Time of Dying- Earls Court 5-24-75 Heartbreaker- Earls Court- 5-25-75 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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