Led Zeppelin History – Oct 2

Today (and tomorrow) in 1972 Led Zeppelin again played the Budokan in Tokyo. This was the opening night of their second and final Japanese tour; the first was in Sept 1971.

Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love medley (incl. Let That Boy Boogie, My Baby Left Me, Lemon Song, I Can’t Quit You Baby), Heartbreaker, Immigrant Song, Communication Breakdown.

Press Conf – Tokyo, 10-1-72: “We don’t feel that our music can really be categorized or labeled because it encompasses a number of styles and types of music,” said the members of Led Zeppelin. “Music falls into a certain category because people judge it the wrong way,” explained the group. “There’s as great a variety in the music we play as there is in what we each like. As a group we have to draw influences from everywhere in the music field to get a well-rounded idea of what areas there are to explore and expand on,” said Jimmy Page, guitarist and group leader. “We’ve received platinum discs for each of the four albums we’ve recorded since 1968,” he said.

“When you start recording, you find that what it is you want your song to say takes time and a variety of styles to actually put it into music. I think that is the main reason we’ve only had album releases,” explained Robert Plant, vocalist for the group. “We think alike and our tastes are all basically the same. We enjoy putting our music together and are generally pleased with the results,” Page explained. While speaking out on controversial issues of the day seems to comprise a majority of the songs on the record charts today, Zeppelin is satisfied to express simply what they feel, “we’re musicians not politicians,” said Page.


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