Friday, September 09, 2005

Somebody Please Pinch Me ~ On Stage with Led Zeppelin

See previous posting for continuing storyline.

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In these previously unpublished photographs shot onstage, a shirtless Robert Plant twists his torso sideways while guitarist Jimmy Page, donning a rarely worn top hat, focuses-in on the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.

A shirtless, barefooted and razor-thin Robert Plant jumps into the air in sequence with Led Zeppelin's edge-of-mayhem stage performance. Page in the background sends a scorching guitar break filled with distortion and feed-back beyond any one's imagination. Somehow it blended so perfectly with the electronic sculpturte of their sound. Trust me, they wrote the book on Rock.

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. Posted by Picasa


Blogger Chris Nystrom said...

Yes, I am sure they were something. Hopefully they all found good homes.

2:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...
In 1987 I had a brief visit to WKU where I would meet a fellow student Doug and some form of spelling of your last name. (Sorry, Doug, but time and memory have allowed me to forget many last names.)

I also can't recall where Doug was from, but he kept talking about this "Stevie Ray Vaughn" character. Now I was, and still am, a big fan of music. I don’t play, I’m not in the business…but I listen. SRV was no mystery to me, but oddly enough at the time, I just wasn’t into him.

So Doug, if you’re out there somewhere thank you for my eventual appreciation of SRV. Next time though? Be more insistent that a friend catches someone in concert that you’re so passionate about. I missed my chance, but I still have my CDs I suppose.

I missed Zep live too, but I’ve managed to see so many others.

5:27 AM

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Armil@broadway shows new said...

The show was totally a rock thing! based on the article. I think I'll be looking for the show for this just to see what is it really.

Thanks for sharing!

12:17 AM  

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