Saturday, September 27, 2014

Led Zeppelin - 1975-01-31 - Detroit

Led Zeppelin
Olympia Stadium
Detroit, MI 

01. Rock And Roll
02. Sick Again
03. Over The Hills And Far Away
04. In My Time Of Dying
05. The Song Remains The Same
06. The Rain Song
07. Kashmir
08. No Quarter
09. Trampled Underfoot
10. Moby Dick
11. How Many More Times
12. Stairway To Heaven
13. Whole Lotta Love
14. Black Dog

A very good show although clearly not a return to form. Robert's voice is still very rough and Jimmy's finger is still hindering his playing. It caused of Plant's joke: "The bone on his wedding ring finger is bust and that's a real drag because if he was to get married now, he couldn't get a ring on." The rhythm section is as strong as always ... they never have a bad show despite Page and Plant's problems. No Quarter is very good, though, and How Many More Times is not a bad version, and interesting considering they mix the Dazed And Confused sections in ... it hadn't been played for five years.

Plant continues to have trouble with his voice, struggling to retain some sense of melody during the opening numbers. Page begins to warm up during the guitar solo at the end of Sick Again. As the song ends, Plant tells the crowd "it's our great pleasure to be just about back." Page and Jones lose each other for a moment at the end of the guitar solo during Over the Hills and Far Away. In My Time of Dying is introduced as "what you might call... traditional." Page's fingers fly across the fretboard during The Song Remains the Same. No Quarter is absolutely fantastic. The instrumental section is an epic journey.

Bonzo is introduced as "the man who made Led Zeppelin a legend" before Moby Dick. While introducing what will prove to be the final appearance of How Many More Times, Plant tells the crowd "we decided about a week ago that we should start doin' this again, cause we haven't done it for about six years... it's called jerkin' off." The band seems lost in the arrangement, unsure about what comes next. Unfortunately, the song is cut just before the final "gun!" Page's fingers become hopelessly entangled in the strings during the show-closing Black Dog

1 comment:

Zen Archer said...