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Personal Moments

Being at the Laser Light Show when I was still kinda new to Zeppelin and at the ending of the Battle Of Evermore when Robby goes, "Bring it bring it bring it - AAUUuaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuugghh" - Right there I think I had some sort of out of body experience and I was instantly addicted to Zeppelin.

In Dazed and Confused off of TSRTS, the last 5 minutes or so are just so intense. My senior year, we used to play that part over and over again in the senior lounge, getting a little louder each time until the faculty came and made us turn it down or lose the stereo.

From the third row at Anaheim Convention Center, 8/9/69, when the microphone lost power during How Many More Times, and I could still hear Percy.

The blast of sound that hits you during Over the Hills and Far Away right before Robert sings, "Many times I've loved/Many times been bitten." One of the best Page/Plant tour moments for me was in Chicago when I had the privilege of being hit by the blast! Long Beach, CA, 1975 is another of my favorite Over the Hills.

A hot August night in 1969 as we waited for over 1 1/2 hours at the Old Rockpile in Toronto. Woodstock was going on the same day, but I was much happier sweating it out with my fellow Torontonians waiting to see Jimmy Page et al. After they got over their contract squabbles backstage (Thanks, Peter Grant), they ripped into We're Gonna Groove. But really the top moment of the night for me was when they played Dazed and Confused and Robert Plant screamed "Judy! Judy! Judy!" during one of many anti climaxes. She must've been wonderful. I was a confirmed fan from then till today.

Front row center in front of Jimmy's amps at the L.A. Forum on June 3, 1973, More commonly referred to as Three Days After (after Bonzo's Birthday, where I sat 5th row. Amazing concert.

Front row at L.A. Forum on June 23, 1977, and a) Percy looking at me during Sick Again while singing "Do I look the same?" and b) seeing Keith Moon join Bonzo for Moby Dick and the enclores.

Jeff Beck just finished his session of the ARMS tour and waved good-by and bowed. The lights were still on and the audience were going crazy. Bunch of minutes later Eric Clapton came up to the microphone and said: "Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Jimmy Page! Jimmy Page!" JP confidently strolled on smoking a Marlboro, with his conductor black velvet coat. Took a bow took off the coat, proceeded to remove the rings, strapped on the Tele, counted to three, and the next hour was a blur! Yeaks!!

In the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of college I dated this girl who lived on the other side of the city. Every Saturday night when we were heading back to her place to drop her off at about 2:30 or so, Stairway came on this one radio station. It was every weekend too at the same time. Every time I listen to the end of Stairway, I think of that summer and it brings smiles to my face.

Philadelphia, 10/30/88, Outrider Tour. Encore--Page coming out on stage and playing Stairway to Heaven with the audience singing Plant's lyrics. Very emotional moment for me and I'm sure for the rest of the audience.

10/15/90 I got to meet Robert after his solo show in Greensboro, N.C.(my home town) and got him to sign my first pressing copy of Led Zep one. Still quite a thrill after almost six years!

At 1995 Memorial Day's P/P show at the Gorge Ampitheatre in George,WA:

  • The long version of Kashmir (with the Egyptian band and the Seattle Symphony).
  • Gallows Pole.
  • Before the show, while everyone was waiting to get in, it was like a big party. Almost every car had Physical Graffiti playing.

    My top personal moment was Chicago, 10/13/95, for all practical purposes, the entire concert. But very special were Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, my all-time favorite Zep song, and the moment toward the end of the concert when I caught Robert's eye (I was in the second row), threw him a kiss, and he acknowledged it with a nod and a smile.

    Page and Plant in Rio, 1/27/96, the part where Robert makes up a new line for Black Dog: "I got soul, I got soul, I lost the words and I don't know." I nearly fell out of my chair laughing when I saw that!

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