Thursday, September 25, 2014

Led Zeppelin - 1977-05-30 - Landover

Led Zeppelin
May 30, 1977
Capitol Centre
Landover, MD

01 The Song Remains The Same
02 The Rover/Sick Again
03 Nobody's Fault But Mine
04 In My Time Of Dying
05 Since I've Been Loving You
06 No Quarter
07 Ten Years Gone
08 The Battle Of Evermore
09 Going To California
10 Black Country Woman/Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp
11 White Summer/Black Mountain Side
12 Kashmir
13 Moby Dick
14 Page's Solo
15 Achille's Last Stand
16 Stairway To Heaven
17 Whole Lotta Love
18 Rock And Roll

The fourth and last night at this venue, this show is one of the best from 1977! Jimmy's playing is amazing, especially in In My Time Of Dying, No Quarter, Achilles Last Stand, and his awesome Stairway To Heaven solo. Ten Years Gone is simply beautiful and epic in scope. Sick Again starts sloppily but after that, this show develops into one of the best from the tour, with each member firing on all cylinders.

The fourth and final night at the Capital Centre begins with a brief soundcheck before the band launches into The Song Remains the Same. The tape is terribly noisy and distorted. Fortunately, the sound clears up a bit as an incredibly heavy Sick Again begins. As the song ends, Plant reminds the crowd that this is the band's final show in the area, saying "you know what last nights in a town are... at least, I do." Page shreds wildly through the guitar solo during Nobody's Fault But Mine. Bonzo has some trouble keeping the beat during In My Time of Dying. Plant is in top form, belting out each line with power and intensity. Since I've Been Loving You is absolutely fantastic. Page erupts is a furious cascade of notes during the blistering guitar solo.

Jones's dramatic piano solo in No Quarter develops into a frantic hard rock improvisation as Page and Bonzo join in. Page leads the band on an epic journey as he tears through an outstanding guitar solo. An amazing performance, one of the best in recent memory. Plant tells the crowd "at this point, John leaves the keyboards... and he makes his way quite casually while drinking wine behind the amplifiers" before Ten Years Gone, joking "that's the trouble with doin' three hours or more onstage, y'know, some of them can't keep the pace." Page blazes through the guitar solos with incredible fluency and precision. One of the best performances thus far.

Bonzo again assists Jones with the backing vocals during The Battle of Evermore. Plant sings a couple lines of Surrender before dedicating Black Country Woman to "Janeane's mom," adding "wherever you are mom, you got a wonderful daughter." Kashmir is incredibly powerful. Plant's aggressive howls echo through the arena and into infinity. Bonzo is introduced as "the man who once drank with Scott McKenzie" before Over the Top. Page has perfected his rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner within the experimental guitar solo. The band hammers frantically through a thunderous Achilles Last Stand. The brutal sonic assault is almost too much for the taper's equipment to handle. An unbelievably explosive performance, the best thus far.

Plant introduces Stairway to Heaven as "one that tracks down the history of modern day laughter." Page delivers an absolutely amazing guitar solo, one of the best yet. A truly outstanding performance. The crowd erupts as Whole Lotta Love begins. The band closes the show* with a riotous Rock and Roll. Plant unleashes a series of spine-chilling screeches during the explosive finale. A phenomenal performance. Must hear.

1 comment:

Zen Archer said...