Led Zeppelin Pontiac Silverdome 1977

led zeppelin troy hilton 1977Pontiac, Michigan. It was an unseasonable record breaking 80 degree day on April 30, 1977. Over 77,000 Led Zeppelin fans packed the Pontiac Silverdome (the largest indoor concert ever). The show was scheduled to start at 8:30pm but Led Zeppelin didn’t arrive until almost 8:00pm at Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus, Michigan. The band flew their private jet from their Chicago hub (The Ambassador East Hotel). Anxious fans heard the announcement that the mighty Zeppelin had landed. Locals grew anxious knowing Metro Airport was over 50 miles away and it would be a while before they took the stage. The band was was offered a helicopter ride but chose to ride a bus to the venue. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham finally arrived at the Pontiac Silverdome at 9:20pm and the concert went from 10:00pm until 1:00am. After the show they partied at the Troy Hilton and boarded Caesars Chariot for England early the next morning.

Setlist included:
1. The Song Remains the Same
2. Sick Again
3. Nobody’s Faults but Mine
4. In My Time of Dying
5. Since I’ve Been loving you
6. No Quarter
7. Ten Years Gone
8. The Battle of Evermore
9. Going to California
10. Black Country Woman
11. Bron-y-aur Stomp
12. White Summer-Black Mountain Side
13. Kashmir
14. Over the hills and far away
15. Jimmy Page Guitar solo
16. Achilles Last Stand
17. Stairway to Heaven
18. Rock and Roll
19. Trampled Underfoot.

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Robert Plant Solo Career Retrospective On Dual Album Anniversaries

Robert Plant Hamburg GermanyDallas, TX – April 2, 2015. North American syndicated Rock radio show website www.inthestudio.net celebrates Robert Plant, one of rock’s premiere voices, in a special solo career retrospective.

Quite coincidentally, two of Robert Plant’s post-Led Zeppelin solo albums, Spring 1985‘s Shaken’n’Stirred and March 1990‘s Manic Nirvana, are each marking significant anniversaries, so no better time to examine them via the impressive Nine Lives box set which chronicles Plant’s prolific solo output.

It was Robert’s second solo album, 1983’s The Principle of Moments, which convinced us that Plant could sustain a viable solo career outside of the legendary Led Zeppelin, with whom he fronted for twelve fabled years. Angular extended songs “In the Mood” and the cryptic “Big Log” became rock radio staples in the States, followed by “Little by Little” from Shaken and Stirred in 1985.

Not until 1988’s Now and Zen, however, did Plant shed the self-conscious shadow of Zeppelin by exorcising his ghosts with the song “Tall Cool One”, brilliantly sampling the “thunder of the gods” iconic Led licks and employing Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page on guitar. “Heaven Knows” and “Ship of Fools” made Now and Zen a blockbuster, with “Hurting Kind” in 1990 from Manic Nirvana twenty-five years ago and the tender heartfelt “29 Palms” on Fate of Nations.

Robert shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard how Plant views himself and how he continues to evolve as an artist.

“I can’t really stand in middle ground and be showered with confetti and compliments. The most important thing to me is to expand what I’m doing and take people with me… or not.” – Robert Plan

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Jimmy Page Stokes Fire For Led Zeppelin On Fortieth Anniversary Of Physical Graffiti

Physical GraffitiDallas, TX – February 24, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands goes one on one with Led Zeppelin founder, guitarist, producer and songwriter Jimmy Page on the 40th anniversary of Physical Graffiti.

Led Zeppelin’s sixth release had completed a fundamental change in the popular music and media equation that began with their fourth album back in 1971. With the song “Stairway to Heaven” , Led Zeppelin had proven that the album format had matured to the point that a hit single for Top 40 radio release was no longer a necessity for big album sales.

Before Led Zeppelin the conventional wisdom of A&R (record label) types was to focus on one sound or style to be successful. But Zeppelin’s international success resulted in more extensive concert tours taking them to the four corners of the world, which only stoked their creative flame such that epic songs on Physical Graffiti like “Kashmir” became musical bonfires, “Ten Years Gone” glowing embers, and “Custard Pie”, “Trampled Under Foot” and “In My Time of Dying” outright sonic blow torches.

One of the enduring legacies of Physical Graffiti was Led Zeppelin’s uncanny ability to seduce the ears while also pummeling the listener with a sonic slam which knew no peer, often in the same song. Jimmy Page shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard how he made the conscious decision to innovate and not be derivative.

“I was really careful not to listen to too much other music… I wasn’t following what everyone else was doing in the same sort of category as us, that’s for sure. I was trying to do things that were really different.”  – Jimmy Page 

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Jimmy Page, Robert Plant Climb “Stairway…” To Rock History With Led Zeppelin InTheStudio

jimmy page 2015Oct 28, 2014, Dallas, TX – North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands host Jimmy Page and Robert Plant on the release of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of the Holy in new deluxe editions.

Anyone assuming that Led Zeppelin’s allure was limited to the decade of the Seventies, or even the 20th century, simply has not been paying attention: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction 1995; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 2005; one-off 2007 London O2 Arena performance that had over six million ticket requests; and recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012 awarded by U.S. President Barack Obama, proving that the Led Zeppelin legacy and their music has certainly not diminished.

With the second installment of new Led Zeppelin Deluxe Editions, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page share with InTheStudio host Redbeard the efforts of the band to continue to evolve after three monumental years (1968 -71) together.

“We just did whatever… whenever it was most appropriate, with amplifiers , without amplifiers, in a desert, on top of a Welsh mountain, wherever it was which could be indicative and show what we were all about.” – Robert Plant

“ I wanted to make music that people would respect… I knew it was good, but I hadn’t got the faintest idea that it was ever going to become as big as it did… I wanted to do something that could stand the test of time.” – Jimmy Page

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Jimmy Page talks about Stairway to Heaven

jimmy page 2015Led Zeppelin guitarist and producer Jimmy Page talks about how the iconic song Stairway to Heaven came about. Collaborating with John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, and John Bonham, the band wrote and recorded Stairway to Heaven at Headley Grange (a farmhouse located in Headley, Hampshire, England, UK). Page discusses how his vision for the composition was to create layers of acoustic and electric guitars. Over the past 45 years Stairway to Heaven has been played over 3 million times on the radio. Guitar World has voted the guitar solo “The greatest guitar solo” ever written.

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