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Showco Head of Lighting

His friend and colleague from the previous 1977 U.S. tour, Showco lighting technician Gary Carnes recalls: "Knebworth was always the kind of show where you'd think, it can't get any bigger than this. But when Ted was killed so suddenly, our moods went from being jubilant to depressing.

"We were handed a big problem and had to re-assemble the lighting crew and programme a new design in a very short period of time."

Carnes, who also worked at Syncrolite for several years and is now at Texas-based Entertainment Technologies Group, Inc., adds: "Kirby Wyatt became the driving force for this new team, consisting of Tom Littrell operating the console, with Larry Sizemore and I cueing the 15 [Gladiator & Super Trouper] spotlights.

"After many days and late nights spent fine-tuning the effects in rehearsals at Bray Film Studios, we all felt we had a production that would work — one we could be proud of."

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"I am sure we all felt a little invincible on this tour," explains Gary Carnes, head of the lighting crew. "By being associated with Led Zeppelin, it seemed impossible not to have a false sense of power. I am sure the band felt that way and I know everyone on the road crew had a feeling of being invulnerable."

Gary Carnes, Showco's lighting chief, had a bird's eye view of every show. Sitting on stage about ten feet in front of the guitarist, he heard conversations, sotto voce, between Page and Plant.

"I could hear what they were saying. Quite often Robert would announce a song and Jimmy would go, 'Robert, how does that song go?' And Robert would sort of turn around and hum it to him. And Jimmy would go, 'Oh yeah, oh yeah, I got it, I got it.' Or Robert would announce a song and Jimmy would go into the wrong song. And the times when Jimmy couldn't remember how a song went, it was just very, very rare but it did happen."

"I will never forget the final words I heard Robert Plant say," sums up lighting director, Gary Carnes. "It would be my final show with them, my 59th show with them. I was on stage and this was the second show at Knebworth. The band had just finished playing 'Stairway To Heaven.' Robert stood there just looking out over a sea of screaming fans with cigarette lighters. There were about 350,000 people in the audience. It was a magical, mystical moment. He then walked to the edge of the downstage portion of the stage with the microphone. And again, just stood there looking. And then he said, 'It is very, very hard to say ..... Goodnight.' It was an enchanting thing to witness. I will never forget that moment."

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