Led Zeppelin is an amazing band. How can you not like Led Zeppelin?
Since May, they've about edged out The White Stripes as my 3rd favorite band (#1 The Beatles, #2 The Rolling Stones). Jimmy Page is my favorite guitarist. In his playing there was such emotion, power, beauty, inventiveness, sexuality, playfulness even. Sure he could be sloppy live sometimes but he got where he was going. I like Robert Plant's voice, but I totally understand why some might not. John Bonham was fucking amazing. There will never be another drummer like Bonzo. I agree that John Paul Jones is very underrated. Sometimes I'll listen just to what he's playing on a track or in a show and it's so great. Their music was so multi-faceted, like different "colors" Prince once said. I can pretty much forgive their ripping off other music, too. Look what they did with it! My favorite Led Zeppelin album is probably Led Zeppelin III
. Led Zeppelin II
, Physical Graffiti
, it's a tough choice...
Having been a fan of Led Zeppelin since I first got into music, I bought their live DVD and How the West Was Won
upon release last year. Then they sat on the shelf until very early one morning this May, when I got a whim to watch the DVD. I put in disc 2 first. "Immigrant Song," "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop"--rocking my ass off! It was too early in the morning. I had to restrain myself from screaming & hollering like a mad groupie. And then, ahhh--the amazing point at the end of "Misty Mountain Hop" where Jimmy Page solos into "Since I've Been Loving You." I just about spontaneously combusted! I was a changed woman. I played their albums (almost) ceaselessly. I read the excellent bio Hammer of the Gods
right away, plus whatever 1970s interviews I could find (like this one
and this one
). Most of all the DVD set me off on a quest to hear more live Led Zeppelin. If you don't have it, buy the DVD! Fuck The Song Remains the Same
! DVD is the shit.
After a couple months wasted downloading mp3 versions of bootlegs on Soulseek, I discovered bit torrent and the goldmine of live Led Zeppelin that is the Presence Server Tracker.
I've acquired nearly 200 shows since then. Joy! Each year from 1969-73, 1975 & 1977 has amazing shows. In case you're interested, some essential shows are, IMO: 1969-04-27 Fillmore San Francisco; 1969.11.07 San Francisco; 1970-03-07 Casino de Montreux; 1970.09.04 LA Forum, Inglewood (known as Live on Blueberry Hill); the newly discovered 1970.09.19 evening show at Madison Square Garden, NYC; 1971.08.31 Orlando; 1971.09.09 Hampton, VA; their 1971 tour of Japan; Los Angeles-area shows in June 1972; all the shows played in March 1973 in Germany & Austria; 1973.05.31 LA Forum, Inglewood (Bonzo's Birthday Party); 1973.06.02 San Francisco; 1973.07.17 Seattle; 1975.02.12 NYC; the LA Forum March 1975 "Deep Throat" shows; the Earl's Court 1975 shows; 1977.04.27 Cleveland; 1977.06.21 LA Forum, Inglewood (known as Listen to This Eddie). Ehh, there's too damn many! Anyway... check out their live stuff. I've always got it when I'm on the Hub.