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posted by December 12 at 10:16 AMon
The Zeppelin update you’ve been waiting for.
Yesterday in Greenwich, London at the O2 Arena, Led Zeppelin headlined for the first time in 27 years. Robert Plant – 59, John Paul Jones – 61, Jimmy Page – 63, and Jason Bohham – 41, drumming for his late father, John.
The internets have been scoured to bring you video and song by song commentary on the show from OpenFanSite. (The commenter gives no name.)
I know FITS is especially dying to know what the set list was. He didn’t sleep last night worrying about what the set list was. I regret there are no details on how Zeppelin smelled. And I’m not sure if they played any Van Halen songs.
The set. Crack an Icehouse and turn the heat up:
** Update: All Zeppelin videos from this show have been removed from YouTube due to a “copyright claim by Warner Music Group.” What a crock. There are rumors a DVD will be released.
1) 9:02 p.m. – “Good Times Bad Times” - The first song from their first album. Page is playing a Classic Sunburst Les Paul.
2) 9:05 – “Ramble On” - Plant seems to be singing a little lower on this one.
3) 9:10 – “Black Dog” - They’re already bringing out the big guns. Bonham is doing a fine job filling in. Page is tearing it up. The crowd is singing along with the “ah, ah, ah, ah, ahhhhhhhhh” refrain.
4) 9:17 – “In My Time of Dying” - Page has switched to a hollow-body electric and pulled out the slide for this epic workout from Physical Graffiti.
5) 9:30 – “For Your Life” - Before the concert, Page said the band rehearsed this buried treasure from Presence, which they never performed live before last night.
Here is Report from Radio 1:
And a BBC Breakfast TV interview with Jimmy Page about the concert and his broken hand.
6) 9:37 – “Trampled Under Foot” - Jones has put down his bass and moved to the keyboard for this funky number.
7) 9:43 – “Nobody’s Fault but Mine” - Another slow-burning epic, this time from Presence. Plant says this one came from the staples singers and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Plant plays a pretty wicked harmonica solo.
8) 9:51 – “No Quarter” - Jones’ trademark keyboard spotlight lasts 10 minutes, which is about half the length of the epic versions the band used to play back in the day.
9) 10:01 – “Since I’ve Been Loving You” - Apparently, they’re sticking with the slower groove for a while:
10) 10:09 – “Dazed and Confused” - “I don’t know how many songs we recorded together,” says Plant, explaining that when they put together their set list, there were some songs that “had to be” included. “This is one of them.”:
11) 10:13 - The bow is out! Page launches into his solo in the middle of a laser pyramid. Exactly as he did on the band’s ’77 tour.
12) 10:21 – “Stairway to FITS, I mean Heaven” - What more is there to say? Stairway to fucking Heaven. (Live on your very own internets):
13) 10:30 – “The Song Remains the Same” - Page has pulled out the double-neck SG. This one seems a little slower than the studio version. But hey, they have been on for 90 minutes. And they are senior citizens:
14) 10:37 – “Misty Mountain Hop” - Again, the energy on this one seems to be flagging just a bit. Plant even sounds a little winded. Maybe they should have kept it to 90 minutes.
15) 10:42 – “Kashmir” - That thing we said about keeping it to 90 minutes? Nevermind. They redeem themselves with this slowly thundering version. “There are people here from 50 countries,” Plant says. “This is the 51st country.” Jones is on keyboards, but Page does a pretty fair job of bringing the guitar army to life:
16) 10:55 - “Whole Lotta Love” (encore) - This one is also a little slower than the studio version too — but in this case, it only makes it sound heavier and more aggressive. Plant tops it off with one last scream that’s probably still echoing over the Thames.
17) 11:05 – “Rock and Roll” (2nd encore) - They couldn’t have closed with anything else. And they couldn’t have played it any better than this. Like racers heading for the finish line, they saved one last burst of speed for the end of the race.
18) 11:11 – “Daft Punk is Playing at My House” (3rd encore) – Just kidding. I kid. LedCD Soundsystem.
News Report from ‘BBC Breakfast TV’ the morning after - here.
Thank you to:
backpackdave, Neurus1, Dooseydo, and LordHagan.