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Trouble In Vancouver, Aug. 23, 1971

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

April 24, 1969 - 2nd US Tour begins (1st as headliners) at the Fillmore West
April xx, 1970 - Robert comments about the violence in the audience near the end of the fifth tour
April 04, 1970 - Jimmy Page performs White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the Julie Felix BBC show
April 16, 1970 - Whole Lotta Love was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK, Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a "no-singles" approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK and he halted the release.
April xx, 1971 - Untitled is rumored to be released this month
April xx, 1972 - Recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy at Stargroves and Olympic studios
April xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin rehearse their new stage show in preparation for their huge 1973 US Tour
April xx, 1974 - Swan Song concentrates its efforts on signing new acts
April xx, 1975 - Jimmy does some mixing at Electric Lady studios for TSRTS soundtrack
April 19, 1975 - 51,000 tickets sell in two hours for three nights at Earls Court, two added dates see another 34,000 tickets sold
April xx, 1976 - The band decide they will release their film to theaters
April 30, 1977 - Led Zeppelin breaks the record for the largest attendance for a single-act show in the Pontiac Silverdome with 76,229 in attendance
April xx, 1978 - The band hold a meeting, this time with Robert, to discuss Zeppelin’s future
April 03, 1979 - Page, Bonham and Plant jam with Bad Company again in Birmingham
April 27, 1980 - The band rehearses at Rainbow Theater for an upcoming European tour
April 26, 1988 - James Patrick Page III’s birthday. He is named after his father is the only son of Jimmy and Patricia Ecker. Jimmy spoke of his son saying: "He is wonderful. He has made a big difference to my life."
April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.
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