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The Song Remains The Same

The Song Remains The Same
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Led Zeppelin was no stranger to the camera. In March 1969, they were in front of the camera no less than 3 times. In January 1970, they funded the Royal Albert Hall performance to be filmed. Although nothing came out of it at the time but a bootleg video, the footage was included in 2003's DVD. Other filming was done in 1971 and 1972 in Australia.

In May 1973, Joe Massot approached Peter Grant about filming the band. Grant turned him down but took him back up on the offer mid-July 1973. Two band was filing on and off the stage from July 23 through July 29, 1973. Additional filming was set for 1975/1976 but Robert Plant's accident prevented that.

The Song Remains The Same premiered in US theaters on October 21, 1976 and British theaters on November 5, 1976. Many theaters were packed thereafter with midnight showings. It was released in the UK on VHS in 1984 and followed by the US in 1991.

In 1999, the long-awaited DVD was released in the US. It, however, didnt contain any additional footage, so the release wasn't extremely noteworthy.

A re-release, dubbed "Remastered/Expanded" was released on November 19 (UK) and November 20 (US), 2007. It includes more than 40 minutes of added bonus material, including never-before-released performance footage of Over the Hills and Far Away and Celebration Day, plus performances of Misty Mountain Hop and The Ocean, a rare 1976 BBC interview with Robert Plant and Peter Grant, vintage TV footage from the Drake Hotel robbery during the New York concert stand, and a Cameron Crowe radio show.
Statistics

Released:
Jul. 1, 1991 (VHS-US)
c. 1984 (UK)
Dec. 31, 1999 (DVD-US)
June 5, 2000 (DVD-UK)
November 19, 2007 (DVD Re-release UK)
November 20, 2007 (DVD Re-release US)

Length:
138 mins. (US) 132 mins. (UK)

Tracks

1. Mob Rubout
2. Big Apple Credits
3. Country Life (Autumn Lake)
4. New York (Bron-Yr-Aur)
5. Rock And Roll
6. Black Dog
7. Since I've Been Loving You
8. No Quarter
9. Who's Responsible?
10. The Song Remains The Same
11. The Rain Song Begins
12. Fire And Sword
13. Capturing The Castle
14. Not-Quit-Backstage Pass
15. Dazed And Confused Begins
16. Strung Out
17. Magic In The Night
18. Dazed And Confused Continues
19. Gate Crasher
20. Dazed And Confused Concludes
21. No Comment
22. Stairway To Heaven
23. Moby Dick; Country Squire Bonham
24. Heartbreaker; Grand Theft
25. Whole Lotta Love
26. End Credits And Exit Music
Quick Fact

Although the bulk of the movie was filmed on July 27-29, 1973, filming began four days earlier in Baltimore, MD. The section where Peter Grant blasts the promoter for selling pirated posters was filmed that night.
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October xx, 1968 - Led Zeppelin is recorded
October 19, 1968 - Final performance as the New Yardbirds
October 31, 1969 - Led Zeppelin II is released in the US
October 17, 1969 - Bonham is thrilled to play Carnegie Hall where Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa have performed
October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
October xx, 1970 - The press lash out at the band over the Led Zeppelin III acoustic content
October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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