Somebody Please Pinch Me ~ On Stage with Led Zeppelin
Copyrighted photos (c) by Phillip Rauls. Unlawful duplication prohibited.
In these previously unpublished photographs shot onstage, a shirtless Robert Plant twists his torso sideways while guitarist Jimmy Page, donning a rarely worn top hat, focuses-in on the rhythm section for a punctuating cord change. The band sent a supersonic trance into the audience with a slaying effect. As a Memphis-boy, I'd grown-up during an era of music legends and not easily impressed. My hometown produced several generations of Rock & Soul icons and I thought I'd seen just about everything. But on the evening of this event, I think I died and went to heaven.
If only I'd kept all of those concert posters that covered my walls and filled the closet. From Otis Redding, The Gentrys, The Box Tops to Yes, Led Zeppelin and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Somehow I let them slip through my fingers and into collectors hands.