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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