Monday, December 10, 2007

Fourth report from fans in London

(Photo from yesterday's soundcheck taken by Ross Halfin)

The concert is underway, and Led Zeppelin is about to start. Stay tuned!

Update: Songs played will appear in the comments section of this post!
Looks like the lineup was a bunch of Erteg√ľn favorites. This according to New Musical Express:
The Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert is now well underway at London's O2 Arena.
The concert started with a supergroup of Emerson, Lake and Palmer's Keith Emerson, joined by Alan White and Chris Squire from 60's prog rock group Yes, and Bad Company's Simon Kirke, performing 'Fanfare Of The Common Man'.
The group were then swiftly followed with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings taking to the stage, who are to be the night's house band.
Singer Maggie Bell, rock'n' roller Alvin Lee and Mike Sanchez then took to the stage to perform a succession of 50s soul ballads.
Paul Rodgers came on next performing his classic riff track 'All Right Now' followed by Bad Company's 'Seagull'.
Foreigner then took to the stage with their biggest hit 'Do You Want To Know What Love Is', the band were accompanied by a children's choir for the huge sing-along chorus.
The stage is now being cleared for what presumably will be Led Zeppelin.

37 comments:

  1. First song was "Good Times Bad Times"

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  2. Gonna toss a credit out to the source of the "Good Times Bad Times" info: http://www.nme.com/blog/index.php?blog=10

    The site appears to be getting a lot of attention. Mine isn't. Any info I can glean there I will pass on here. So keep checking here!

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  3. "Good Times Bad Times" -- great opening number. First full version of the song too. Then they did "Ramble On," both played at yesterday's soundcheck. Third is "Black Dog" and Plant's first utterance of "Hey hey mama!" Fourth is "In My Time of Dying." Wowwie!

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  4. Keep it coming steve ...great job..omg i wish i was there...nme.com and ledzeppeli.com sites are way to slow or crash....thanks Vance Chicago IL USA

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  5. I'm getting my live info on the concert from a few Web sites, but they're all crashing! This just demonstrates the power of Led Zeppelin.

    Gotta wonder how long this "In My Time of Dying" is lasting...

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  6. I feel like I am dying not being able to be there.....

    The Power and Fury of Led Zeppelin!! love it...omg my head would blow up if I heard Page's solo on "in my time..."
    those lucky 20,000 bastards!!!

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  7. Now the NME page I cited appears to have been hacked! It keeps trying to get me to install some performance optimization software that I suspect is malicious. I'd advise not going to that page... just stay right here where it's nice and safe. Pull up a chair.

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  8. This from http://www.nme.com/news/led-zeppelin/33075

    'Good Times Bad Times'

    Set started with a clip from 'The Song Remains The Same' DVD with an American news clip telling of they broke The Beatles' attendance record for a gig in 1973 in California [sic]. Simple stage set, video screen behind the band.

    HAHAHA. California? I do believe it was Tampa.

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  9. OK, back to the set list. Off of the album Presence, "For Your Life" made its live debut today after that long "In My Time of Dying." Then back to Physical Graffiti again for "Trampled Under Foot."

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  10. On the home page of BBC.co.uk, one of the most popular terms users are searching their site for right now is "dinosaurs." Glad to see Led Zeppelin is alive and well in merry ol' England!

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  11. Looks like "Custard Pie" is next. I remember Jason saying this was one they practiced early on back in June!

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  12. I am here till 5pm Chicago time..then a mad dash home...will be non stop Zep tonight!

    Cant fing the word...FOR YOUR LIFE ...OMG

    Please do your best to update! and thanks...I could responded all night ..but I wont anymore sorry didnt mean to take up the space.

    thanks...

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  13. As rehearsed yesterday, next up is "Nobody's Fault but Mine." I can't wait to hear about the new segments they improvised. Apparently, Jason was the brainchild of it!

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  14. There was an apparently erroneous report from NME saying "The Lemon Song" was after "Tramped Under Foot." That's now been removed from their posting.

    Looks like it's moved to this page so it's in news story form: http://www.nme.com/news/led-zeppelin/33075

    Apparently news story form is supposed to be better? I don't know, it's still slow to load, but at least it hasn't been hacked with viruses!

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  15. Also as rehearsed yesterday, "No Quarter." So that's everything that was played at yesterday's soundcheck already.

    There was a questionable report yesterday that said "D'yer Mak'er" and "Communication Breakdown" were also rehearsed yesterday. We'll see if they're played.

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  16. Photos of Harvey Goldsmith and the other acts on the bill -- does anybody remember Bill Wyman -- are appearing at http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=78302354#1

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  17. Alan Woodhouse over at NME has just written this: "The crowd is going wild inside the O2. People are hugging strangers, some are crying, some are punching the air with joy. This must be the rock n roll equivalent of winning the world cup."

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  18. Thanks to Steve "The Lime" Jacobetz and Chris "The Orange" Finley for keeping me apprised of the set list from their homes.

    "Since I've Been Loving You" was up next after "No Quarter."

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  19. I swear I'm not making this up. "Dazed and Confused" is next. I'm beginning to doubt there will be an acoustic set. Just like on Mothership.

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  20. I heard Jimmy's been practicing "Dazed and Confused" since April -- and probably with the band since their first rehearsals in June. This ought to be good. Ross Halfin took a nice pic of him in the laser light with the violin bow; you can now see this at Getty Images. http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=78302346#

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  21. They must be coming to the end. "Stairway to Heaven."

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  22. The BBC has aired a portion of "Black Dog" in a report on an evening news program. This is good news because not only does that mean there's footage available, but it also means media outlets have access to it!

    This morning, the folks at Good Morning America had a worthless discussion about aging rockers, using Led Zeppelin as a starting point. Can they still rock hard was the question they asked. It would be great to follow up that story tomorrow with some footage proving they can.

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  23. Wow, "Stairway to Heaven" was sandwiched between "Dazed and Confused" and "The Song Remains the Same."

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  24. NME reports "Misty Mountain Hop" followed "The Song Remains the Same":

    "Plant kicked this one off by praising the job drummer Jason Bonham has been doing, stepping into his late father's shoes tonight."

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  25. Shout-out to my band World Peace Party, which has been doing a fine job of covering "Misty Mountain Hop." We started practicing it together two weeks ago.

    From "The Song Remains the Same" to "Misty Mountain Hop" is not a bad segue, if they did it seamlessly. (Well, Jonesy would likely have to switch from bass to keys, but imagine if he's playing keys with a bass strapped around him, with a wireless hookup.) But I mean, in terms of keys. Assuming they're doing them in the same keys they always did them live, "The Song Remains the Same" ends on a D minor 7, and "Misty Mountain Hop" is in A. Any musician can tell you that's a fine blend.

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  26. OK, following "Misty Mountain Hop" is "Kashmir." Wow.

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  27. I'm now listening to the ending of "Whole Lotta Love" over the phone. Thanks, Chris!

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  28. To describe what I heard, there was a lot of interplay between Page and Plant, and also between the band and the audience, culminating in "you need" [long pause with cheers] "looooooooooooooooooooooooove!" Robert raised his voice in a mighty glissando for that.

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  29. Robert's doing some talking, but I can't tell what he's saying. But whatever he's saying, the audience sure likes it!

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  30. Opening notes of "Rock and Roll" now!

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  31. From what I can hear over the phone, sounds like "Rock and Roll" is in the key of G.

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  32. Which, for the uninitiated, means they're playing it one whole step lower than usual. As has been mentioned here before, they've been talking about lower keys.

    http://lemonsqueezings.blogspot.com/2007/10/led-zeppelin-rehearsing-reunion-concert.html

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  33. End of the song: Been a long time, been a long time, been a long lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely, extra lonelys, several of them. And Bonham comes in with the final drum fill and Plant sings a long, drawn-out "time" over it.

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  34. That is probably it. There's a picture of Ahmet Ertegun on the screen, says my buddy Chris. He says Jeff Beck is two rows in front of him and "does not look happy." He says there are a lot of celebs in the place and mentioned member(s) of Megadeth is/are there.

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  35. Yep, that's it for the show! The house music came on, signalling that's it. My friends Chris and Brian were a row behind former Led Zeppelin tour manager Richard Cole, so they said hi. Dave Mustaine is the Megadeth member Chris said was there.

    Just a few more thoughts from my buddy Chris, who was amazed at Led Zeppelin's set list. Keith Emerson played some of Bach's "Tocatta and Fugue in D minor" during the concert-opening "Fanfare for the Common Man."

    "Foreigner was a huge disappointment," Chris added, because of their song selection; "I wanna know what love is" was apparently their chorus of choice rather than "To be a jukebox hero with stars in his eyes." Weird; that's a Lou Gramm solo song (and happens to be my roommate's favorite!).

    Don't forget Jason Bonham was drumming for Foreigner too.

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  36. I wasn't there, but had communication the entire time with Rhythm King, Mike Sanchez. I've posted my opinions on the show (including that of what I heard via mobile phone) on our MySpace blog, located at:
    http://www.myspace.com/doopinmusic

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  37. Thanks for the comment!

    Lou Gramm solo song? It would be news to the other members of Foreigner. Removing foot from mouth now.

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