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The longest, though not the best Stairway to Heaven ever.

And no, I don't think vodka is the appropriate drink to honour John...go with Ballantine's beer instead.

Rather than dwell on the end, though, I prefer to celebrate July 7, 1968...the BEGINNING of Led Zeppelin.

And perhaps also listen to the July 7, 1973 Chicago show.

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I prefer to celebrate July 7, 1968...the BEGINNING of Led Zeppelin.

Definitely the end of the Yardbirds but not the beginning of Zeppelin. That would probably have been mid August 1968 in Gerrard Street.

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The longest, though not the best Stairway to Heaven ever.

And no, I don't think vodka is the appropriate drink to honour John...go with Ballantine's beer instead.

Rather than dwell on the end, though, I prefer to celebrate July 7, 1968...the BEGINNING of Led Zeppelin.

And perhaps also listen to the July 7, 1973 Chicago show.

Definitely Strider. Vodka wouldn't be a good idea and also in bad taste!

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Well, even though it's (reportedly) what killed him,

it's tough to argue that Vodka was a drink Bonzo was fond of.

The last Stairway....

It kind of starts sounding like they are turning into a jam-band.

Page sounds (to me) more like Jerry Garcia (who I also like) than

what we're used to hearing from Jimmy.

It's searching, but also noisy,

like some of the experimental punk music happening at the time.

Page's sound is more like sonic textures than notes

for a lot of the 1980 tour, and especially on this song.

It's been a while since I've had this track on,

but it basically becomes a piano song, does it not?

Page is barely audible until the guitar solo and the piano takes the lead.

Again, it's not what you'd expect, but I find it a very unique performance....

not entirely without merit,

albeit, sad, knowing that it would turn out to be the last.

The clock rolled over into the 8th quite a while ago here, but I'll have a listen anyway.

(EDIT)

Wow, Page's playing sounds as frail as he looks in most of the photos from the 1980 tour. Still, I stand by my claim that this performance is not without merit. Quite... mellow.... for lack of a better word, but certainly unique in character.

I like how Jones gives Bonzo one of the fill cues that Page sort-of faintly

made reference to during the solo without actually playing the signature part.

I suppose, though, as Jimmy's playing evolved from the 60s

through the 70s it isn't unreasonable for him to continue in

some sort of "evolution" (devolution some may choose to say)

into the 80s... which was evident in The Firm. It would be a bit

untrue to keep rehashing the same stuff... but

I guess I'm an apologetic fan boy, but if technical ability were my

primary concern, I wouldn't be a Led Zeppelin fan in the first place.

I'd like someone like Alan Holdsworth, or Buckethead...

amazing musicians, of course.

Back on topic, I discovered that neither release of this show in my possession

contains Whole Lotta Love...

Looks like I have more gaps to fill than I'd thought.

"We're just about toured out" - Robert Plant

Ok, back to the top, starting over with Train Kept A Rollin'.

(/EDIT)

@Strider

7th of July 1973 seems to have slipped past me.

(OFF-TOPIC)

I've just got the sound-check from the 6th.

I'm not the completist I should be. :P:)

I haven't heard that St. Paul show in a while, though. Sounds like a plan for Saturday.

(/OFF-TOPIC)

@DavidZoso

Super pics!!! those are beautiful.

Thanks for sharing.

@ledzepfilm

No doubt!

Hard to see how anyone who can afford them doesn't use them.

(EDIT)

Actually, the Trampled Underfoot from this show is pretty hot, but

then again, they usually are B)

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They went out in style with that stunning version of Whole Lotta Love. I also get a little choked up every time I see the picture of Robert and Jimmy walking off stage together at the end of the show.

I really like this version of WLL. Nice how they brought back the "Let That Boy Boogie" and "Boogie Chillun" part for this show.

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