Saturday, September 27, 2014

Led Zeppelin - 1975-01-25 - Indianapolis

Led Zeppelin
Market Square Arena
Indianapolis, IN

01. Rock and Roll
02. Sick Again
03. Over the Hills and Far Away,
04. The Song Remains the Same
05. The Rain Song
06. Kashmir
07. The Wanton Song
08. No Quarter
09. Trampled Underfoot
10. Moby Dick
11. How Many More Times
12. Stairway to Heaven
13. Whole Lotta Love > Black Dog

Press Review: Led Zeppelin Metal Destroys Indianapolis

Indy will never be the same. The metal munchers, Led Zeppelin, saturated Market Square Arena’s 17,000 plus crowd last Saturday night with high-powered music and vocals.

It’s been 18 months since this supreme band of raunch has toured. Leader Jimmy Page’s searing lead guitar and hairy-chested Robert Plant’s wailing voice dominated.

Led Zeppelin’s tour is pushing a new album, Physical Graffiti, which will be released in early February by their own label, Swan Song.

At times, Robert Plant showed the vocal fatigue brought on by a touch of the flu. His usual high-pitched voice has steady, but obviously lower. Nothing though could slow down Plant’s St. Vitrus prance.

Arriving at 8:30 pm from Chicago, the group barely had time to catch their breaths before hitting the stage. Among other backstage memories, the sight of little Jimmy Page sucking back on a quart of Jack Daniels black label whiskey stands out.

Security was tight. Even the five or six silk-clad groupies had a difficult time getting close to their favorite band member.

Three black limousines poised backstage for a quick exit. A driver said the limos’ rent starts at $45 for starting the engine, with a maximum of three hours. After that, the cost is $15 per hour.

With the crowd in a near frenzy, the lights dimmed and the Led Zep quartet bolted for the stage. One notices little things. The lads were holed up in the locker room for visiting hockey teams. Visions of pep talks, psyching up, etc.

What followed was two and-a-half hours of sheer volcanic intensity. With Page switching back and forth from a double-necked guitar to a regular guitar, Led Zeppelin proved that heavy metal leaves no one in the middle ground. Either you love it or flee in terror.

The lads played a few songs from the new album. “In The Light” may turn into an international sensation.

No Quarter from Houses of the Holy, gave straight-looking John Paul Jones a chance to deliver on the keyboards. He was flawless. Even through the tons of towering speakers, Jonesy was in command.

Drummer John Bonham was a driving maniac as usual. With the help of Pink Floyd-like electronic gadgetry, Bonham excelled in his two drum solos. Although a bit self-indulgent, the solos didn’t slow the group’s momentum.

Among songs performed were Whole Lotta Love as the encore, and the classic Stairway to Heaven. The good crowd turnout may entice other major groups to a rock-hungry Indianapolis. (R. Scott/Indianapolis Star/January 1975)

Someone near the taper can be heard saying "this is gonna be so good" just before Rock and Roll crashes into motion. Plant has completely lost his voice. Unable to sing a single note, he literally growls his way through the opening numbers. A cut during The Song Remains the Same leaves us at the end of the first verse of The Rain Song. The song is plagued by feedback problems. Following Kashmir, Plant tells the crowd "we're havin' a little bit of trouble here with the monitor system... I think there's some crushed window pane stuck in the speaker." He improvises an entirely new melody during the final performance of The Wanton Song to accommodate his painfully weak voice.

Jones is introduced as "the man in constant darkness" before No Quarter. A few slight cuts detract from an otherwise fantastic instrumental section. Unfortunately, Page's guitar solo is cut near the end. Little more than the intro and outro of Moby Dick survives. How Many More Times is introduced as "a very, very, very, very old one." Unfortunately, a cut in the tape during the lead-in to the bow solo leaves us at the final "gun!", skipping the majority of the song. Page's intro to Stairway to Heaven is missing from the tape. His fingers get a bit sticky during the guitar solo. As the band returns to the stage, Plant tells the crowd "we're gonna try and go out with a bit of style." Page shreds through an extended guitar solo during the show-closing Black Dog.

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