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Led Zeppelin Flying High with New Concert Discs
Reuters (via Yahoo) ^ | 05/28/03 | Dean Goodman

Posted on 05/28/2003 1:00:57 PM PDT by Drew68

Led Zeppelin Flying High with New Concert Discs

Wed May 28, 2003

By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In the words of one of their songs, Dancing Days are here again for fans of Led Zeppelin.

Defunct for almost 23 years, the pioneering English band behind such hard rock classics as "Stairway to Heaven" and "Kashmir (news - web sites)" has cleaned out its vaults to issue eight hours of previously unreleased live material on DVD and CD.

The "Led Zeppelin DVD" contains footage from four tours spanning 1970 to 1979; the CD "How The West Was Won" combines two Los Angeles shows from 1972 to replicate a single concert.

Remarkably, the band's leader and guitarist, Jimmy Page (news), who compiled the releases, says he remembers all the concerts as if they were yesterday.

"To actually go through it bit by bit and hear sections of it, you go, 'Yeah, yeah, that's really good' or 'I played really well there' or 'My God, that's embarrassing, that bit I played then,"' Page, 58, said in an interview.

Both the DVD and CD were released this week with Page, singer Robert Plant (news), 53, and keyboardist/bassist John Paul Jones (news), 56, embarking on a publicity blitz. Ironically, Led Zeppelin shunned such chores during its 12-year reign, preferring to let the music speak for itself.

But rumors that the trio would play together came to naught. The band has reunited only twice since breaking up after the 1980 alcohol-related death of drummer John Bonham (news). Page and Plant toured and recorded together in the 1990s, to Jones' initial chagrin. These days, the threesome's relationship is more business than social, Page says.

"MAGICAL ELEMENT"

"There were four very different personalities anyway in Led Zeppelin, very different personalities," Page said. "But when they bonded musically, the four elements joined together, took on a fifth element -- a thing which is totally intangible and it can't be charted, which was that magical element."

Led Zeppelin's members fused folk and blues influences to create a genre known as heavy metal. The group's catalog, highlighted by their untitled 1971 album and 1975's "Physical Graffiti" has sold about 200 million copies worldwide.

But their strength was arguably live performances. They toured incessantly, setting new standards for ticket sales. Songs from the albums were radically reworked on stage.

The new CD boasts a 25-minute version of "Dazed and Confused," while Bonham drums relentlessly during the 19-minute "Moby Dick." Spontaneity was the key, which is why the band decided to call it a day rather than try to feign improvisation with a new drummer.

"You had to be totally, totally involved. It's like a sacrifice you were there for," Page said.

The DVD features songs from London's Royal Albert Hall (1970) and Earl's Court (1975), New York's Madison Square Garden (1973) and England's Knebworth Festival (1979). And that's it as far as live footage is concerned, Page says.

"We didn't have a documentary crew going round with us all the time. What would we do it for? We weren't a television band," Page said.

"A BIT OF A LAUGH"

Similarly, the only other audio footage in the vaults was from a university gig, which was done "for a bit of a laugh." Page vows it will never see the light of day because the band made so many mistakes. (Page did use some computer tricks to fix a few wrong chords on the newly released material.)

These days, Page divides his time between a historic London townhouse and a mansion in nearby Windsor. His post-Zeppelin career has been patchy, with highlights including a tour with the Black Crowes and recording a rap version of "Kashmir" with rapper Sean Combs. He says he's working on something "quite surprising" but declined to go into detail.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jimmypage; johnbonham; johnpauljones; ledzeppelin; natasteewsym; roacandroll; robertplant
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I went down to Best Buy this morning naively thinking I'd purchase the DVD. WRONG!!! Sold out since yesterday morning at 9:15 am.

So I went to Circut City. WRONG AGAIN!!! Also sold out

Media Play --Sold out!

Tower Records --Sold out!

I didn't think there were that many Zep fans left! I am happily suprised to find that I am wrong.

1 posted on 05/28/2003 1:00:58 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68
It's a testament to how much today's music sucks compared to the stuff back then.
2 posted on 05/28/2003 1:05:18 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
That's for sure!
3 posted on 05/28/2003 1:06:20 PM PDT by Sinful Male
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To: dfwgator
It's a testament to how much today's music sucks compared to the stuff back then.

It is sad that you are correct.

Back in the 1970's (1968 for you know-it-all's) a quartet of 20-something Englishmen put together a rock band. Thirty years later, their music not only stands the test of time but kicks the living shit out of it!

4 posted on 05/28/2003 1:10:06 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: dfwgator
It's a testament to how much today's music sucks compared to the stuff back then.

Nevermind "today's" music, how about comparing Zep to the hairbands of the 70s....Yikes!

BTW, it's hard to think of these guys as being in their fifties.

5 posted on 05/28/2003 1:11:08 PM PDT by Petronski (I"m not always cranky.)
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To: dfwgator
There is plenty of good music around. You just have to dig for it. And you're not likely to hear it on the radio.
6 posted on 05/28/2003 1:11:54 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Petronski
Ach! I mean the hairbands of the 80s.
7 posted on 05/28/2003 1:12:01 PM PDT by Petronski (I"m not always cranky.)
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To: Drew68
Remarkably, the band's leader and guitarist, Jimmy Page (news), who compiled the releases, says he remembers all the concerts as if they were yesterday.

it is amazing how the mnd absorbs the details of a good performance. You could take any of the handful of great piano concerts I've been to in the past few years and walk through the score with me and I could tell you exactly what the performer was doing, most of the time. I have no idea why I retain such detail in those particular moments.

8 posted on 05/28/2003 1:14:24 PM PDT by PianoMan (Liberate the Axis of Evil)
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To: Petronski
Ach! I mean the hairbands of the 80s.

We knew what you meant. ;-P

Thanks for bumping the thread bump!

9 posted on 05/28/2003 1:14:28 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68
"It's a testament to how much today's music sucks compared to the stuff back then. It is sad that you are correct."

I have a 21 year old who has STOLEN all of my Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd record and CD collections. Amazing. I would have never stolen one of my parents Dino or Frank's records.

Actually, she asked, but when I say STOLEN, it gets a rise out of her. ;)

10 posted on 05/28/2003 1:15:46 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: Drew68
Ironic that Led Zeppelin got their name from a quote from someone (was it Ringo?) who thought that the band would go over like a "lead zeppelin."
11 posted on 05/28/2003 1:15:59 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Drew68
It's a generational thing. If you had been born 10 years earlier, you'd be getting down with Frankie Avalon now!
And dude, Paul Anka rocks!
12 posted on 05/28/2003 1:17:17 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the conspiracy of inanimate objects!)
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To: dfwgator
It's a testament to how much today's music sucks compared to the stuff back then.

DING! DING! DING! WE HAVE A WINNER!

13 posted on 05/28/2003 1:18:33 PM PDT by Pistolshot
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To: dfwgator
(was it Ringo?)

I've read it was Ringo. I've also read it was possibly Keith Moon or John Entwhistle.

Whoever it truly was will likely be a mystery.

14 posted on 05/28/2003 1:21:05 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: meowmeow; Constitution Day; 4mycountry; Poohbah; Grampa Dave; an amused spectator; dighton; ...
The Cult of the Viking Kitties honors Led Zeppelin - our muse and inspiration for the Immigrant Song.

Valhalla, I am coming!


15 posted on 05/28/2003 1:21:21 PM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: Sinful Male
It's amazing how much quality went into the music of Zep eventhough, I think it was totally a coincidence.

I agree with JP when he said, "Spontaneity was the key, which is why the band decided to call it a day rather than try to feign improvisation with a new drummer."

What was totally amazing was the improv ability of the four of them that would constantly, totally cliq.

The dvd should be quite interesting.

16 posted on 05/28/2003 1:21:36 PM PDT by sirchtruth
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To: habs4ever
ping :-)
17 posted on 05/28/2003 1:23:02 PM PDT by Kathleen
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To: Drew68; dfwgator
Whofacts

In 1968, Entwistle and Moonie were thinking about leaving the Who and forming a group with Jimmy Page. Entwistle gloomily sugessted that the projected supergroup would go over like a "lead balloon". It went over as a Led Zeppelin, without he and Moonie.

18 posted on 05/28/2003 1:24:52 PM PDT by dirtboy (someone kidnapped dirtboy and replaced him with an exact replica)
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To: dfwgator
Ironic that Led Zeppelin got their name from a quote from someone (was it Ringo?) who thought that the band would go over like a "lead zeppelin."

It was Keith Moon late drummer of the Who, who I think said, "would sink like a Lead Zepplin." (see: Kid's Are Alright)

19 posted on 05/28/2003 1:26:35 PM PDT by sirchtruth
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To: Drew68
a rap version of "Kashmir"

The horror, the horror...

20 posted on 05/28/2003 1:26:41 PM PDT by A Navy Vet
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To: dfwgator
That was John Entwistle's quip.
21 posted on 05/28/2003 1:27:18 PM PDT by habs4ever
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To: dfwgator
I think that was Keith Moon
22 posted on 05/28/2003 1:27:57 PM PDT by rlwinston
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To: dirtboy
I stand corrected.
23 posted on 05/28/2003 1:28:02 PM PDT by sirchtruth
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To: Kathleen
Ping...back...lol

Has your DVD arrived yet?
24 posted on 05/28/2003 1:28:14 PM PDT by habs4ever
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To: bigfootbob
Same thing happened to me. My kid's 27 and has all my old vinyl.
25 posted on 05/28/2003 1:29:28 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: sirchtruth
It's amazing how much quality went into the music of Zep eventhough, I think it was totally a coincidence.

It was not coincidence. It was calculated.

Jimmy understood his deficiencies as a guitar player (don't get me wrong, he was smokin'-good!)

To add depth to the music in his head, Page decided to sit in the producer's chair and amplify Bonzo's drum playing.

In doing this, Jimmy Page inadvertantly created Heavy-Metal music.

26 posted on 05/28/2003 1:30:42 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Petronski
I agree. I remember seeing The Song Remains the Same being advertised as a kid and walking past it thinking it would be soooooooooooooo cool if I could see that movie in the theater (a few years later I did just that at a midnight movie) and now all I can think of is that I had hair and a waistline then.

The playing is awesome and the songs all just rock. I miss the days when bands lasted for more than 2 years, wrote their own tunes and actually knew how to play their own instruments.

I miss guitar solos too.

Most of all I'm forced to acknowledge the passing of time when I read that Jimmy Page is 59 years old!!!!
27 posted on 05/28/2003 1:30:55 PM PDT by TheStickman
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To: sirchtruth
Zepplin comes from an era in music when Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth. We are now left with proto-mammal bands as presented on MTV.

Long live Jurassic Rock.

28 posted on 05/28/2003 1:31:56 PM PDT by Helms (Dems Find Smoking Gun: 45-55 Loss in Senate, Bush Wins 2nd Term)
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To: dfwgator
Finally, a lucid and concise statement! Succinct too.

29 posted on 05/28/2003 1:32:09 PM PDT by John Frum
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To: Drew68
Sorry, but I'm burned out by thirty years of Led Zep...now that live DVD of Deep Puple with the London Philarmonic from 1969 that just came out...I'm there, dude!
30 posted on 05/28/2003 1:33:13 PM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (where is Count Petofi when we need him most?)
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To: dfwgator
Ya know I'm not an expert or anything like that, but have you checked out "Third Eye Blind"...Those guys aren't too bad IMO.
31 posted on 05/28/2003 1:33:37 PM PDT by sirchtruth
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To: Drew68
""To actually go through it bit by bit and hear sections of it, you go, 'Yeah, yeah, that's really good' or 'I played really well there' or 'My God, that's embarrassing, that bit I played then,"' Page, 58, said in an interview. "

I think every musician who ever hears a recording of themselves thinks the same thing!
32 posted on 05/28/2003 1:33:43 PM PDT by Rebelbase (........The bartender yells, "hey get out of here, we don't serve breakfast!")
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To: Drew68
He says he's working on something "quite surprising" but declined to go into detail.

Hopefully it's not a "Firm" reunion.

33 posted on 05/28/2003 1:34:31 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
...and another thing is that when Robert Plant started they say he totally sucked!!! No way he was ever going to sing for anyone.
34 posted on 05/28/2003 1:36:42 PM PDT by sirchtruth
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To: Drew68
Jimmy understood his deficiencies as a guitar player (don't get me wrong, he was smokin'-good!)

Jimmy Page has deficiencies as a guitar player?

MD

35 posted on 05/28/2003 1:37:15 PM PDT by MikeD (Why yes, I AM a rocket scientist!)
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To: sirchtruth
The thing is, that back then bands like Led Zeppelin were innovators, charting new ground. Nowadays everything is just a rehash of stuff that has all been done before. Imagine back when an album like "Dark Side of the Moon" came out, how sonically advanced it was compared to anything else out there.
36 posted on 05/28/2003 1:37:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: habs4ever
Hopefully I'll have it tomorrow, I look forward to cranking it up.

The article fails to mention Page's post-Zep "Outrider" album.
37 posted on 05/28/2003 1:38:45 PM PDT by Kathleen
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To: bigfootbob
You, too. I can't find my Pink Floyd CD's anywhere. Son took them. The Zeppelin stuff is albums. I still have them.
38 posted on 05/28/2003 1:38:56 PM PDT by freedom4ever
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To: dfwgator
Hopefully it's not a "Firm" reunion.

LOL!

That would be a Bad Company venture, don'tcha think?

Yuk, yuk!

39 posted on 05/28/2003 1:40:03 PM PDT by sirchtruth
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To: freedom4ever
That's a good excuse to get the remastered CDs. I've had the old & new versions of The Wall -- no comparison. My only complaint is that we don't get the long version of "Empty Spaces" anywhere...

MD
40 posted on 05/28/2003 1:40:30 PM PDT by MikeD (Why yes, I AM a rocket scientist!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
"Same thing happened to me. My kid's 27 and has all my old vinyl."


Some jerkwad broke into my car in 73 and jacked all my 8 tracks. Man what I'd give to have them back. But, I'd have to find a player too. They also got my Pioneer 4+4 player as well.
41 posted on 05/28/2003 1:41:12 PM PDT by showme_the_Glory (No more rhyming, and I mean it! ..Anybody got a peanut.....)
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To: John Frum
50 years from now, noone will remember Nirvana, Pearl Jam or for that matter any bands from the 80's on. But the Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd will still be played on radio.
42 posted on 05/28/2003 1:41:26 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan
now that live DVD of Deep Puple with the London Philarmonic from 1969 that just came out...I'm there, dude!

Clapton is great. Hendrix is great, SRV is great.

But Blackmore is truly the King of the Stratocaster.

43 posted on 05/28/2003 1:43:01 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: dfwgator
"Nowadays everything is just a rehash of stuff that has all been done before. Imagine back when an album like "Dark Side of the Moon" came out, how sonically advanced it was compared to anything else out there"

I miss those days of anticipating a new album coming out and heading over to the house of whoever bought it first to listen to both sides back to back.
44 posted on 05/28/2003 1:43:06 PM PDT by Rebelbase (........The bartender yells, "hey get out of here, we don't serve breakfast!")
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To: Helms
Long live Jurassic Rock.

Ah yes, give me those glorious days of double-LP concept albums.

45 posted on 05/28/2003 1:43:48 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
The thing is, that back then bands like Led Zeppelin were innovators, charting new ground.

Boy that statement is totally spot on!

My favorite band is RUSH and they still surprise me even today, but something is missing and I think you nailed a word here that says it all.

Innovative...I would just add tastefully infront of that.

46 posted on 05/28/2003 1:44:07 PM PDT by sirchtruth
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To: showme_the_Glory
Some jerkwad broke into my car in 73 and jacked all my 8 tracks. Man what I'd give to have them back. But, I'd have to find a player too. They also got my Pioneer 4+4 player as well.

Sorry dude! I hate to laugh at your personal misfortune from many moons ago but THAT is the funniest post I've read all day!

47 posted on 05/28/2003 1:44:55 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68
If you like watching The Song Remains the Same, yer probably going to love this!

LED ZEPPELIN ROCKS!

48 posted on 05/28/2003 1:45:27 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (There be no shelter here; the front line is everywhere!)
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To: Drew68
I wish I had back all the hours I wasted trying to figure out "The Rain Song" in standard tuning as a kid, until someone told me it was D-G-D-G-C-D.

Very cool sounding...

49 posted on 05/28/2003 1:46:16 PM PDT by Senator Pardek
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To: Drew68
My favorite pastime now is going to the local "Half Price Books" and looking at all the old LPs, man does that bring back memories.
50 posted on 05/28/2003 1:46:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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