June 26, 1977
Inglewood, CA US
The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, That's Alright Mama, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, It'll Be Me.
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Press Review: Led Scales Rock Pinnacle Again
Led Zeppelin is without a doubt the best, most popular and powerful rock group in the world. Its performance Wednesday at The Forum in Los Angeles, despite the technical problems with the sound system and Jimmy Page’s guitar strings, proved that the group is masterful at metal rock.
It’s difficult to describe in words the tremendous amount of energy which emanates from the stage when Zep is performing. It’s like an explosion which is so intense that one can barely stand it – so powerful that one is overwhelmed by it.
Led Zeppelin performed for more than three hours Wednesday.
Zeppelin, which is comprised of Robert Plant on vocals, Jimmy Page on guitars, John Paul Jones on bass and keyboards and John Bonham on drums opens the show with a bang, a rush of metal thunder.
The group wails through a selection of material ranging from its early work, to later Presence music. Everyone had a ball, no matter how sloppy the music got, this was due to the sound system breaking down a few times and Page’s guitar strings which were more out of tune than in. But it’s only rock ‘n’ roll.
Plant, Page, Bonham and Jones and the audience feed off each other and give back as much as they get.
The solos were a bit lengthy, but it shouldn’t be any other way.
Page’s guitar work, as usual, was mind-boggling. He is one of the world’s best. Throughout the evening, his searing guitar work created a storm of noise… a kind of joyous fury, directed at an audience who couldn’t get enough of it.
The gimmicks that were planted throughout the show were tasteful and well-executed. Lasers, smoke machines, explosions and the best lighting system in the world all added to Zeppelin’s show.
Plant is still the kind of the primal scream. He proved that he is still capable of pouring it on. He is exciting, high, colorful and the epitome of a true rock star.
Plant had gone from the initial exuberant early states to a kind of middle-aged slump, and now he is back in full force. The jarring difference between his vocal ability 2 ½ years ago and now is confidence and power.
Zep included an acoustic portion to its show (something which hasn’t been seen for more than six years). It performed early numbers like “Sleep” and a cut from its third album. Even the light tunes avoided cliché and convention. The group captured the audience and held them spellbound.
Zeppelin can’t ever be overlooked, because it is the best band in the rock scene. It is not musically versatile but it has something which every rock band wants… dynamic energy. [-M. Jensen / StarNews / June 1977]