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Photos of Stage Setup?

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Are there any photos of Led Zeppelin's later stage setup that are not concert shots?

For example, there is a clean picture of The Who's stage set up but I can't seem to find something similar for Zeppelin.

 

 

 

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I'd love to see the miniature stage set-up for the planned October/November 1980 U.S. tour that Dave Lewis was shown by Jimmy Page himself whilst visiting the Swan Song office just a week before Bonzo's fatal bender... was there any photos taken of it, or has anyone ever asked Dave Lewis to draw it from memory?

Apparently they were working with Iggy Knight again (who designed the lighting for the 1973 tour)... would just love to see how the stage set-up would have looked had that tour actually taken place, alas...

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On 8/4/2019 at 10:20 AM, The Old Hermit said:

I'd love to see the miniature stage set-up for the planned October/November 1980 U.S. tour that Dave Lewis was shown by Jimmy Page himself whilst visiting the Swan Song office just a week before Bonzo's fatal bender... was there any photos taken of it, or has anyone ever asked Dave Lewis to draw it from memory?

Apparently they were working with Iggy Knight again (who designed the lighting for the 1973 tour)... would just love to see how the stage set-up would have looked had that tour actually taken place, alas...

Be interesting to know if Showco have any formal archives where the drawings for such might be. And did any Swan Song employees take anything as a keepsake when the office was shut in 1983 or thereabouts? Still feel there's (a little )stuff of that nature out there...

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Having seen/HEARD Zeppelin twice, I never noticed a huge bank of amplifiers like I did seeing other bands (Skynyrd, Purple, Aerosmith, Sabbath, Foghat Ramones, etc.) yet Zep's loudness was overwhelming. Where did all this electricity/decibels come from? These pictures don't show an AC/DC wall of Marshall's or even a Grateful Dead PA system.

2nd row Deep Purple @Radio City(Tommy Bolin tour) and Lynyrd Skynyrd, also 2nd row, but @Beacon Theater were the 2 shows as loud. Zeppelin @MSG upper upper deck/nose bleeds still had my ears ringing for 5 days, at least, no exaggeration. Any acoustic experts, or Zeppelin sound system afficianado's out there willing to explain?

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That wall of back line amps and speakers as per ACDC and many metal bands -is purely for show and are not even on-just standby lights. The real volume comes from one amp per instrument that is then sent via the mixing desk to the out front PA speakers, the ones that are forward of the band -otherwise their hearing would be completely shot within 20 mins. The real volume depends on how powerful this system is and has no relationship to number of “dummy” amps/speakers on stage.

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4 hours ago, bishlap said:

so it's all about the "Hall/room's" PA system?

It's all about the PA the band brings with them.

In the Beatles' day (Shea stadium for example), they'd use the 'house' PA, which was generally a piece of shit used for announcements.  But that didn't last long.
After that, for a while anyway, big amps were used, with the vocalist having a PA and the drummer having to bash the shit out of his kit.
Then, finally, everything went through the PA, and that's where we are today.

There are generally two PA's in use at a gig - the front of house that blasts the audience, and the monitoring/foldback/sidefill system that the band get to hear, with their own separate mix.

Nowadays most guitarists will play big gigs with (relatively) small amps or combos (even if they've got a wall of, usually dummy, amps), and rely on their foldback sound so they don't have to stay close to their amp to hear themselves properly.  It also means there are less completely deaf guitarists nowadays!

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