Saturday, September 27, 2014

Led Zeppelin - 1975-03-04 - Dallas

Led Zeppelin
Memorial Auditorium
Dallas TX

101. Rock And Roll
102. Sick Again
103. Over The Hills And Far Away
104. In My Time Of Dying
105. The Song Remains The Same
106. The Rain Song
107. Kashmir

201. No Quarter
202. Trampled Underfoot
203. Moby Dick

301. Dazed And Confused
302. Stairway To Heaven
303. Whole Lotta Love
304. Black Dog
305. Heartbreaker

Press Review Excerpt: Led Zeppelin Flies High, Heavy, Loud

So now, the history-making Led Zeppelin concert series has thundered through Dallas-Fort Worth, breaking gate records here as has been the case of previous stops of the English group's current and chaotic U.S. tour, which surely will bring more attendance marks before the March 27 conclusion in Los Angeles.

At three straight sold-out performances in Fort Worth (Monday night) and in Dallas (Tuesday and Wednesday nights) the world renowned 4-man rock band attracted 34,000 fans, which according to show promoters Concerts West, is an all-time gate record for an indoor rock show in this area.

But still, even as some of that history continues to ring in the ears, the critic's task remains the same, despite the record shattering crowds, or the extended applause for contrived encores of even the overwhelming satisfaction among throngs of loyal Zeppelin fans.

ANYONE assuming such apparent signs of success would sway the critic need only refer to an interview with Zeppelin's famed guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant published in the March 13 issue of Rolling Stone.

The text points out that although the group five albums have each sold in excess of one million units and their current U.S. tour (the first in 18 months) is expected to be the largest grossing undertaking in rock history, "the band has been continually kicked, shoved, pummeled and kneed in the groin by critics of all stripes."

To be sure, audience excitement and anticipation was greater than usual just before the group's concert debut in Dallas on Tuesday night.

Zeppelin opened strong and immediately established the well-expected pattern of Page sharing the fronting role with Plant's shrill, penetrating vocals. On "Lady," (Over the Hills and Far Away) Plant joined Page's non-stop guitar runs in a crisp duo that was well executed, although the group's musical emphasis often seems to lack a relation to the legitimate, impulsive expression of feeling.

Page's style appears uncontrolled, very aggressive and almost always at a high level of unvarying intensity. His guitar and Plant's scorching vocal tones embody the Zeppelin sound. When back-grounded by John Paul Jones' bottom- heavy bass and drummer John (Bonzo) Bonham's booming licks, that group sound is thunderous, jagged, over bearing.

And, of course, the crowd loved it. With a continually superb light snow and stage presentation, Zeppelin raged hours through the evening only rarely straying from the high-stress attack, whether on older tunes ("Black Dog," "No Quarter," "Dazed and Confused") or on cuts from their latest album.

"Physical Graffiti," Kashmir," "In My Dying." Finally, their finest work of all, "Stairway To Heaven," brought out the very best from Zeppelin and proved to some extent the group can exert musical expression with subtle finesse, rather than the usual total assault approach. (by C.BATES - Dallas Morning News, March 1975)

This is a pretty good show but not tops although this is one of the best if not the best recording board as for the sound. It reaches the same peak level as the official releases! Robert's voice is in pretty bad shape, but the instrumental machine is playing fine. Jones and Bonham in particular are wonderful, with Bonham reaching a peak of playing in Sick Again and In My Time Of Dying that is staggering. Well presented mellotron has been introduced tonight: "John Paul Jones played mellotron, a very cheap form of orchestration ... and he doesn't cost that much to rent either!" No Quarter could be a fine version but is cut. Trampled Underfoot is outstanding and vocal lyrics near the end are awesome. Also the audience was rather dull so Plant was trying to inject the life to the crowd: "Why don't you wake up, c'mon!"

As the tape begins, Bonzo can be heard shouting at the sound man to make the snare drum louder before Rock and Roll crashes into motion. Following Sick Again, Plant asks "Dallas, are you receiving us?... cause if you ain't, we're gonna make sure that you will," promising "some old stuff, some new stuff, and some pretty good stuff." The Song Remains the Same is explosive, despite Page's somewhat sticky fingers. Plant continues to struggle with his voice, unable to keep it under control. Page's playing during The Rain Song is beautiful. The band seems a bit sluggish, plodding through a lackluster Kashmir. As the song ends, a rather obnoxious Plant shouts "why don't you wake up?!" at the unresponsive crowd.

There is a cut in the tape at the beginning of Jones's piano solo during No Quarter which leaves us near the end of the instrumental section. Trampled Underfoot is terribly sloppy, Page's fingers are perpetually entangled in the strings of his guitar. Moby Dick is cut after twelve minutes. Plant introduces Dazed and Confused as "the first thing we really got off on together... apart from chicks." Page shreds erratically through the guitar solo/workout section. Plant jokingly announces "the American return of Fabian" as the band returns to the stage to close the show with Heartbreaker. A rather lazy, uninspired performance.

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Zen Archer said...