Average: 4.9 (603 votes)

August 4, 1979

Stevenage, UK

Knebworth Festival


The Song Remains the Same, Celebration Day, (Out On the Tiles intro) Black Dog, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Hot Dog, Rain Song, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Sick Again, Achilles Last Stand, Jimmy Page solo, In The Evening, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker.

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Kebworth the 4th

In honor of the big reunion show in the UK, I thought I'd look back at the last 2 shows they played in England........KNEBWORTH 1979. Go to the 11th for a review for that show if interested.

The setlist of the 4 shows they performed in 1979 (they also played 2 nights in Copenhagen 2 weeks earlier) are my favorite of any tour. 22 songs that spanned over 3hrs was any Zep fans dream. The shows even included a couple new numbers from In Through the Outdoor that hadn't been released yet (a slight delay!).

Song Remains the Same opens the show and it's even more abbreviated than the '77 version (which was shortened from the '73 &'75 tours). Celebration Day is also rushed and it appears the boys are a bit nervous. I guess a crowd of 175,000 can do that to you. Black Dog is better and the crowd is into it. Nobody's Fault is also an improvement as Page is starting to find his groove. Bonham's playing is tight..........listen to some of his fills on this song. Over the Hills has Jimmy dabbling in his new delay/echo set-up and I LOVE it! Blistering leads with a little delay never hurt anybody. Many critics complained about Page's playing in the last 2 yrs of Zep, but I think Jimmy just trimmed things down a bit and tonight was a great example. No song was over 20 min and I think that made him more focused, but what do I know.

Misty Mt Hop and Since I've Been Loving You are played independently. This allows Jimmy to swap back to the Les Paul as he plays a Gibson RD Artist hollow-body for the first time on Misty. No Quarter is the "extended piece" tonight and it's completely revamped from the '77 tour. Clocking in at 18 min, this is the new Zep like it or not. Jones plays his little piano solo and Jimmy gets right to the point, HMMMM. Ten Years Gone is next and it's a liitle sloppy. Sorry, but I'll take a bad '77 version over this anyday. Hot Dog is Hot Dog and finally a little magic appears with the Rain Song. Left off the their last tour, tonight this version sparkles and I just love the reverb off the 12 string. A relatively short White/Black leads into yet another powerful Kashmir. This song has really grown on me and probably has some of Robert's finest lyrics ("Let me take you there"). Although a small chant of In My Time falls on deaf ears, Trampled ain't a bad choice. Again Robert's lyrics for this tune are very appropriate ("Grease me down, good electric") and Jimmy's solo is actually quite good. A personal favorite, Sick Again, is solid but it can't touch '77. Perhaps my favorite photo of all-time is Jimmy playing this song on the double-neck from Cincinatti 1977. Achilles is respectable as this song live has seen it's better days. A pretty cool Guitar & Drum sequence follows and I like the tympani intro into In the Evening. Great rock song from Zep's new album and it's a shame they don't make 'em like this anymore. Oh well. A LONG dedication prefaces Stairway to Heaven and again, this song has seen better (check out Earls Court '75 on the DVD).

The encore selections are perfect........a simple Rock N Roll and then a TOTALLY new Whole Lotta Love. This reworked version is solid and there's a reason Zep put this out on the DVD. Check it out. Heartbreaker is very weak. Jimmy really struggles and the show is over. Considering the extended layoff, I would consider tonight a success. The 11th would be a different story.