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Rock Concert Is Real Groovy, Dec. 29, 1968

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

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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