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Soft music may, like everyone's saying, be the current rage. But someone forgot to tell all those hard-rock fans that times have changed. Unless Led Zeppelin is a soft-rock group.

Led Zeppelin is in the middle of a North American tour. Last weekend's stop was Vancouver, the Canadian west coast city which seems to specialize in hippie-police wars. The show was held in the city's hockey arena, a concession to the commercial appeal of the quartet. Even the massive arena with 13,000 seats couldn't accommodate everyone, however, and by show time there were some 3,000 people without tickets, but set on seeing the Zeppelin.

The inevitable happened, of course. The locked-out fans and the police engaged in a brief but spirited battle. The decision went to the police and the fans withdrew to regroup for another day.

Inside there was lots of action too. And most of it was in the audience. A group of anti-pollution scientists had set up equipment to measure the noise level during the concert. Someone mistook the equipment for recording machinery and decided that a bootleg album was in the making! The scientists escaped with assorted bruises but the equipment fared less happily, with doubts whether the expensive machine can ever be repaired. There were no noise measurements made, either!

At last word, police were looking for Led Zeppelin's manager for questioning about the incident.

Led Zeppelin returns to Canada next week for an appearance at Toronto's massive Maple Leaf Gardens. Strangely, the concert is being billed as Led Zeppelin's "only Canadian appearance" British Columbia always did consider itself separate from the rest of the country! Tickets are selling briskly and all indications are that an 18,000 seat sell-out is imminent. No noise pollution tests are planned!

None of the soft music people have attracted that type of attention. Rock may have its problems but it certainly isn't dying in this town.

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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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