Led Zeppelin History – Feb 29

I realize today is not Feb 29, but I didn’t want to have to wait four years to post this. Today in 1988 Robert Plant released his 4th post-Zeppelin solo album, Now and Zen. The tracks “Heaven Knows” and “Tall Cool One” feature Jimmy Page on guitar (in the liner notes, Page’s participation on the songs is noted with his “Zoso” symbol). With prominent guitar sounds and an exotic feel to some of the songs, the album has more of the sound that had previously defined Plant in Led Zeppelin. It was a huge success, peaking at #10 in the UK and #6 in the US, and having five singles from it make the charts. “Tall Cool One” made it to #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock chart, and contains sampling of the Led Zeppelin tracks “Black Dog”, “Whole Lotta Love”, “Dazed and Confused”, “The Ocean” and “Custard Pie”.

I saw one of Robert Plant’s 1988 performances in support of this album (the Non Stop Go tour), at the state fairgrounds in Tampa, FL in July of that year. It was a great mix of Plant and Zeppelin material, and, at the time, the closest you were ever going to get to Led Zeppelin again. Great show…

Setlist: Helen of Troy, Other Arms, Billy’s Revenge, In The Evening, In The Mood, Black Country Woman, Ship of Fools, Dimples, Trampled Underfoot, Heaven Knows, Misty Mountain Hop, Big Log, Tall Cool One, Communication Breakdown.


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