Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Led Zeppelin - 1980-06-21 - Rotterdam

Led Zeppelin
June 21, 1980
Ahoy
Rotterdam





01. Train Kept a Rollin'
02. Nobody's Fault But Mine
03. Black Dog
04. In the Evening
05. The Rain Song
06. Hot Dog
07. All My Love
08. Trampled Underfoot
09. Since I've Been Loving You
10. Achilles Last Stand
11. White Summer / Black Mountainside
12. Kashmir
13. Stairway to Heaven
14. Rock and Roll
15. Heartbreaker




The tape begins with a brief soundcheck before Page tears into the opening chords of Train Kept a Rollin'. Plant barks aggressively through Nobody's Fault But Mine. Page blazes through an excellent guitar solo. The band pummels the crowd with a devastatingly heavy Black Dog. Page shreds through a frenzied guitar solo near the end of In the Evening. As the song ends, Plant announces "thank you most kindly," joking "the main group will be on shortly." Someone in the crowd can be heard shouting "Moby Dick!" following The Rain Song, to which Plant responds "Bonzo can't do that anymore.

Trampled Underfoot is a brutal assault. Page shreds wildly through a blistering guitar solo. An outstanding performance, one of the best in recent memory. Since I've Been Loving You features a violently emotional guitar solo. Page achieves some particularly beautiful passages during an occasionally sticky-fingered White Summer/Black Mountain Side. Plant delivers a strong performance during Kashmir, belting out each line with power and conviction. The crowd erupts as Stairway to Heaven begins. Plant sings "I keep changin' and changin' and changin'... but I keep comin' back!" following the fifth verse. Page's fingers are a bit sticky as he blazes through an echo-heavy guitar solo. His guitar cuts out briefly during the second verse of Rock and Roll. The band closes the show with a frenzied Heartbreaker. Plant pushes his voice to the limit during the final verse. Another excellent performance.

The tape is a combination of two sources. The first, used through the first few bars of The Rain Song, is a fairly clear audience recording. The second, used for the remainder of the show, is another fantastic soundboard recording.

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