Tuesday, October 13, 2015

On This Day 13 October

Hit me baby...
1995 13 October Page & Plant in Chicago
  • 1967 The Yardbirds - Tampa, FL at University of Tampa
  • 1995 Page & Plant Unledded Tour - Chicago, IL at United Center
  • 1999 Jimmy Page with The Black Crowes - New York, NY at Roseland Ballroom (day 2)

1995:
It's difficult to read the text for this On This Day, so here it is:
One of the high points of the Unledded tour was that we would combine with an orchestra in each major city and at this concert we had members from the Chicago Symphony, considered to be the best classical orchestra at that time. There was an alternative setlist available for this night, which wasn't used. I thought this would be interesting to include for people to see how we were thinking at that time.
Setlist
Alternate
1. Egyptian Intro/Immigrant Song/The Wanton Song 1. Thank You
2. Bring It On Home 2. Bring It On Home
3. Over The Hills and Far Away 3. Ramble On
4. Thank You 4. Shake My Tree
5. No Quarter 5. Lullaby
6. That's The Way 6. No Quarter
7. Hurdy Gurdy solo 7. Gallows Pole
8. Gallows Pole 8. Levee Breaks
9. Since I've Been Loving You 9. Hey Hey
10. The Song Remains The Same 10. Song Remains
11. Going To California 11. Since I've Been Loving You
12. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You 12. Friends
13. Four Sticks 13. Calling To You
14. Whole Lotta Love/Spoonful/Break On Through/Dazed and Confused 14. Four Sticks
15. In The Evening 15. In The Evening
16. Black Dog 16. Black Dog
17. Kashmir 17. Kashmir

In my (not so) humble opinion the orchestra, good as it is, is not necessary. In fact, I've had a hard time with the Page & Plant collaborations all along because so much of feels overblown, filling all the space, bludgeoning with quantity instead of stabbing with quality. The resulting reduction in contrast means there's little chance for the light/dark that Jimmy Page has always used so well.

Jimmy Page, October 1988 Guitar World



♪  Since I've Been Loving You (Page & Plant, Chicago 1995) YouTube
♪  Full set (Page & Plant, Chicago 1995) YouTube
♪  Since I've Been Loving You (Page, Plant, Jones, Jason Bonham, O2 2007) YouTube

2 comments:

  1. I agree that the orchestra does not work. I'm not a fan of many bands symphonic tours with the possible exception of ELP. The orchestra makes it softer and more mainstream which Robert likes. I'm fairly certain he is the one who wanted the orchestra as it makes his role more central.

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    1. At risk of my seeming overly critical (or being seen as a Percy-basher), it seems to me that Jimmy Page deferred overly much to Robert Plant through their Page & Plant projects, to the detriment of the music. Unless, of course, a person likes mainstream music. In which case, that person should be listening to Robert and not Jimmy.

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