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Denver Post
by Thomas MacCluskey
Rocky Mountain News Music Critic

Barry Fey did it again - a GREAT rock concert at the Auditorium Arena Thursday night, with the Vanilla Fudge, Spirit and Led Zeppelin in colourful living sound!

And Feyline has nearly solved the sound fidelity problem - even on the main floor - with stationary speakers systems on the floor augmenting the group's systems on the rotating circular stage.

One hitch occurred - tangled cables underneath the bandstand pulled the plug on the Fudge and almost melted their entire performance. When repairs were completed, the clock had punched my deadline. Thus - catch the Fudge review in Saturday's Rocky Mountain News.

Spirit - quintessima strong - MUSICAL!

Everything especially interesting because of a non-ending, high varied rhythmic continuum structured by Ed Cassidy, pile-driven by bassist Mark Andes, girded by conga drummer-vocalist Jay Ferguson and filgreed by pianist John Locke and guitarist Randy California.

A further dimension especially welcome was the group's friendliness to the audience and humour.

The concert was cranked off by another heavy, Led Zeppelin, a British group making its first U.S. tour.

Blues-oriented (although not a blues band) hyped-electric, the full routine in mainstream rock - done powerfully, gutsily, unifiedly, inventively and swingingly (by the end of their set.)

Singer Robert Plant - a cut about the average in style, but no special appeal in sound. Guitarist Jimmy Page, of Yardbirds fame - exceptionally fine. Used a violin bow on the guitar strings in a couple of tunes with resultant interesting, well integrated effects.

Bassist John Paul Jones - solid, involved, contributing. John Bonham - a very, effective group drummer, but uninventive, unsubtle and unclimactic in an uneventful solo.

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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