Led Zeppelin History – March 22

Today in 1975 Led Zeppelin started a six-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Physical Graffiti, the group’s fourth U.S. #1 album. On its first day of release in the U.S., the album shipped a million copies – no other album in the history of Atlantic records had generated so many sales. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for U.S. sales in excess of 16 million copies.



Led Zeppelin History – March 20

Today in 2012, Jimmy Page released Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks. It was released on vinyl only, and exclusively through his website.

The album consists of the title music for the Kenneth Anger film Lucifer Rising, which in 1972 Anger had asked Page to compose. Later that year, Anger publicly revealed in an interview with Variety magazine that Page was to provide the soundtrack, and erroneously claiming the film was near completion. Page and Anger eventually had a falling out in 1976,  and Page left the project without delivering any music. Why he didn’t compose anything in the four years in-between is not known; maybe he was busy being Led Zeppelin.

“The title music, along with other musical pieces recorded at my home studio in the early seventies, have been revisited, remixed and released for the first time. This is a musical diary of avant-garde compositions and experiments, one of which was to appear on the film Lucifer Rising. The collection has been exhumed and is now ready for public release” – Jimmy Page

Led Zeppelin History – March 13

Today in 1975 Led Zeppelin made their first appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine (issue #182). Rolling Stone music critics had largely panned Zeppelin throughout most of the 1970s, and Zeppelin really hated the magazine as a result. The March 15, 1969 review of their debut album stated “Jimmy Page is a very limited producer and a writer of weak, unimaginative songs, and the Zeppelin album suffers from his having both produced it and written most of it”. So in 1975 it took some serious convincing by a young (16 yrs old, actually) Rolling Stone writer named Cameron Crowe to talk the Zeppelin into doing the magazine cover.

rolling stone #182

Led Zeppelin History – March 11

Today in 1975, Led Zeppelin played the first of two sold-out nights at the Long Beach Arena in CA, on their 10th U.S. Tour. The show was a bit marred by equipment problems, but the band pulled through. But, oddly enough, the crowd just didn’t seem to be into it.

Setlist: Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Dazed and Confused (incl. Woodstock), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (incl. The Crunge), Black Dog.

Review, by Argenteum Astrum: The playing and singing are great here, but in some spots the band seems a little slow. This is probably due to the fact that this is one of the worst crowds ever! The audience is dull, bored and seems half-asleep. “We must apologize for the slight delay, be we couldn’t get into the building and we hadn’t got any tickets! It’s a fact. We saw a well-known scalper, but we blew it!” stated Plant after Sick Again. This show has some amazing playing but the crowd seems more interested in sleeping than the crushing music. This seems unbelievable, to be lucky enough to see Led Zeppelin and to react in this way. Robert slams the crowd for their reactions, but in reality, this show is great. He’s also dedicated The Song Remains The Same to the bootleggers: “For the benefit of anyone who was making a bootleg then – the 12-string was out of tune!” After the last encore, Plant added spontaneously: “Ladies and gentlemen of Long Beach … sleep well! Half a Quaalude with water.”

Bootleg titles for this show: ACME, Bootleg License, Long Beach Arena 1975, Long Beach Arena Complete, Long Beach 1975, Long Beach 1975 parts 1&2&3, Long Beach Continuous Performances, Zeppelin L.

Led Zeppelin History – March 9

Today in 1970, Led Zeppelin played the Vienna Konzert Haus in Austria. The show was a bit marred by some guitar problems.

Setlist: We’re Gonna Groove, I Can’t Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer, Black Mountain Side, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Organ solo, Thank You, Moby Dick, How Many More Times medley (including Boogie Chillun’, Bottle Up ‘n Go, Lemon Song).

Review, by Argenteum Astrum: A step down during this show. While the playing is still powerful, Pagey seems to be a bit out of tune and this caused a lack of energy that is present on all other shows from this tour. Rather surprisingly, a short snippet of Willie Dixon’s “Woman You Need Love,” from which the band adapted the melody and lyrics of “Whole Lotta Love,” is playing in the middle of “How Many More Times.” Some troubles with the equipment during “Dazed and Confused” were blamed on the road manager.

Bootleg titles for this show: High Flyin’ Zep, Vienna 1970.

Led Zeppelin History – March 7

Today in 1970, Led Zeppelin played the Montreux Casino in Switzerland, during their first full European tour. This is the same facility that burned down in December of the following year, an event immortalized in the Deep Purple song “Smoke on the Water.” Note: This show was never part of the Montreux Jazz Festival (which took place in June of that year), as it is sometimes erroneously attributed.

Setlist: We’re Gonna Groove, I Can’t Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, White Summer, Black Mountain Side, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Organ solo, Thank You, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, How Many More Times medley (including Boogie Chillun’, Bottle Up ‘n Go, My Baby Left Me, Jenny Jenny, Lemon Song), Whole Lotta Love, Communication Breakdown.

Bootleg titles for this show: Charisma, Feel All Right–Live in Montreux, The Great Beast 666, Intimidate, Led Zeppelin at Montreux.

Led Zeppelin History – March 6

Today in 1975 Physical Graffiti went gold (500,000 units sold) in the U.S. Led Zeppelin’s sixth studio album, it was released only two weeks prior (Feb 24). The double album was Zeppelin’s inaugural release on their new Swan Song label.

“Trampled Under Foot” was the promo and radio single released for the album. The lyrics are based on Robert Johnson’s 1936 “Terraplane Blues”, in the sense that they use the vocabulary of motor cars as a sexual metaphor. The promo (white label) had the stereo and mono versions of the song, while the radio version had “Black Country Woman” as the B-side.