Saturday, September 27, 2014

Led Zeppelin - 1975-02-08 - Philadelphia

Led Zeppelin
The Spectrum
Philadelphia, PA

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. Dazed And Confused
12. Stairway To Heaven
13. Whole Lotta Love
14. Black Dog
15. Heartbreaker

Press Review:Led Zeppelin Bring on the Light and Sound

LED ZEPPELIN brought its unprecedented sound-light spectacle to the Spectrum Saturday night, overwhelming a sell-out audience of some 20,000, with close to three hours of "heavy-metal" rock'n’roll.

The four-man British band - in the midst of an Ameri¬can tour, which will reportedly gross in excess of $5 million – has been preeminent among rock’s high-energy supergroups for almost six years. Now, augmented by a system of lighting and amplification higher in wattage than any mounted previously. Led Zeppelin seems to have outdone itself in sheer mind-zapping gut-wrenching intensity.

The keystone of that intensity – and of Zeppelin’s music in general - has always been the protean guitar playing and consummate blues-rock songwriting of leader Jimmy Page. Apparently recovered from an injury sustained before leaving Britain, when a train compartment door slammed on his left ring finger, Page is extraordinary as ever, and Saturday night he pulled off his virtuoso repertoire of searing, pinpointed licks, and apocalyptic chordings and classic guitar-hero postures with undaunted elan.

Lead singer Robert Plant, he of the sensual swagger and honey-blond charisma, provides the visual and musical offset to Page’s dominance. As usual, his singing – a trademark blend of shriekwail and heartbroken crooning – grew more commending as the night progressed (and in his customary note-for-note sparrings with Page’s guitar), while the steady throb-and-pound of drummer John Bonham and bassist – occasional keyboardist – John Paul Jones anchored the music’s unsettling modulations.

Performing a cross-section of new, recent and old material, Zeppelin assaulted its audience with such destructo-anthems as Dazed and Confused, Rock and Roll, the softly lyrical set-ups and explosive resolutions of Stairway to Heaven and No Quarter, the unfamiliar yet engaging dynamism of several songs from their upcoming Physical Graffiti LP. A highlight of the concert was Bonham’s masterly fifteen minute drum solo – worthy of the standing ovation it received – with its other-worldly synthesizer effects.

As for the unprecedented staging, the mammoth sound system, as promised, provided superb separation, mitigating the nitro-volume with compelling clarity, the lighting – an awesome network of stagebound and remote spots – evoked startling, vividly hued, richly varied visual atmospheres, although the much-heralded laser beam played (from where we sat) an indeterminate role. (M. Damsker / The Bulletin)

Plant's voice has pretty much healed while Page's finger has definitely healed! The performance doesn't crawl like other 1975 shows, it runs! Trampled Underfoot is proof of this. Plant adds a few new lyrics to The Song Remains The Same and at the start of The Rain Song. Page enters late for the bow section in Dazed And Confused but ends the song with a new riff. Whole Lotta Love is an abbreviated version without the middle section. It goes straight into Black Dog with Plant singing most of its original lyrics. This show is also the one where rowdy audience made its appearance that caused Robert comments: "Can we advocate that people stay in their seats? It's not very pleasant to see situations like that right under your nose, so can we all keep cool!"

A cut in the tape during the first verse of Rock and Roll leaves us near the beginning of the guitar solo as the tapers fumbles with his equipment. In My Time of Dying is incredibly powerful. Plant's voice is finally showing signs of improvement. The crowd erupts as Page blazes through The Song Remains the Same, prompting Plant to exclaim "take it easy!" Following The Rain Song, he asks the rowdy crowd "can we advocate that people please stay in the seats?" No Quarter is fantastic. The instrumental section is an epic journey. Page shreds wildly through the guitar solo during Trampled Underfoot.

Before Moby Dick, Plant announces "we come to the point in the show where we bring you sheer musicianship, sheer craftsmanship... from the man with only two cavities... Mr. Ultraviolence... John Bonham!" Someone near the taper can be heard discussing a missing friend during the initial verse of Dazed and Confused. The band is out of control during the guitar solo/workout section. Page's fingers race across the fretboard in a violent cascade of notes. The return of the main riff is utterly devastating. Page solos wildly during the thunderous, pulsating outro. As the song ends, Plant tells the crowd "we really enjoyed that, we're glad you were here as well." Stairway to Heaven features another outstanding guitar solo from Page. The band closes the show with an explosive Heartbreaker. An excellent performance, the band finally seems to be warming up.

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