Tuesday, August 11, 2015

On This Day 11 August

The more things change...
1979 11 August On This Day Led Zeppelin at Knebworth
  • 1967 The Yardbirds - Salem, NH at Canobie Lake Park Ballroom
  • 1969 Led Zeppelin - Las Vegas, NV at Ice Palace 
  • 1979 Led Zeppelin -  Knebworth  
While on tour, Jimmy Page flew cross country to New York City for work on Led Zeppelin II at A&R Recording, a studio recording company founded in 1958 by Jack Arnold and Phil Ramone.

"The sustained roar that greeted Led Zeppelin as they trooped onto the massive Knebworth stage at twenty to ten last Saturday said it all."
~ Hugh Fielder, Sounds

The release of In Through the Out Door was to have occurred at this point but that didn't happen till 15 August 1979, and Robert Plant groused about it during the Knebworth show.

According to Dave Lewis, in Led Zeppelin: Celebration II: The 'Tight But Loose' Files, the album was named to describe its recent struggles amidst the death of Robert Plant's son Karac in 1977, and the taxation exile the band took from the UK. The exile resulted in the band being unable to tour on British soil for over two years, and trying to get back into the public mind was therefore like "trying to get in through the 'out' door."

Recorded at Polar Studios, the album was mixed at Jimmy Page's Plumpton Placestudio.  The album went to No. 1 on Billboard's chart in its second week on the chart and stayed there for seven weeks. The remaster that was released not quite two weeks ago is in the Billboard top ten again.

1979 Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin Knebworth

1979 Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin Knebworth

1979 Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin Knebworth

♪  Audience footage 8mm (Led Zeppelin, Knebworth 11 August 1979) YouTube
♪  Full show (Led Zeppelin, Knebworth 11 August 1979) YouTube

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