Tuesday, December 11, 2007

DOES THIS QUALIFY AS A MIRACLE?

I don't know about the rest of you, but hearing that Led Zeppelin was going to perform a 16-song reunion set sounded to me like a miracle, and hearing some clips of them playing on TV this morning was even better... it actually happened! With the help of the late John Bonham's son Jason on drums, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones delighted fans worldwide by getting back together, even if it is only momentary.

However, there are rumors of a world tour. If there is even a remote chance they will be coming to the Pacific Northwest, which would probably mean Seattle, you can rest assured I will be doing whatever I can to get a ticket to their show.

I fervently hope they are enjoying their playing together again, enough so that some new music and a new CD might come from it. They had been practicing for this week's show since June, which to me suggests they are getting along.

Here is a question for you... If you could hear a reunited Led Zeppelin play a 15-song set with two encores, which songs would you request? Here are some of mine. There are too many songs I like by them, but I'll toss out 15 + 2.

Communication Breakdown
Celebration Day
Nobody's Fault But Mine
In The Evening
Kashmir
Trampled Under Foot
In My Time of Dying
Over the Hills and Far Away
Good Times, Bad Times
Out on the Tiles
Misty Mountain Hop
The Song Remains the Same
The Immigrant Song
Black Dog
When the Levee Breaks

encores:
Whole Lotta Love
Rock and Roll

19 Comments:

Blogger Candace said...

Well, stranger things have happened. Remember the Hell Froze Over tour by The Eagles?

And all the "final" tours of The Who?

It was good to see these guys on the tube today.

2:59 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

My list would pretty much match yours, Snave, except I'd replace "Out on the Tiles" and "When the Levee Breaks" with "The Rover" and "The Rain Song".

6:47 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

Just No Quarter and The Lemon Song

one two three four

7:06 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

J.... What!? You'd replace "When the Levee Breaks"!!??

Just kidding! I love the two songs you mention, too!

The guys from my old college band and I have agreed that if there is a world tour and Zeppelin should come to the NW, we are going to go as a group. Wanna come with? 8-)>

I liked the videos I saw from the Eagles tour you mention, Candace. J. and I saw a Who show a few years back at The Gorge... great stuff.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Splotchy said...

I'd love "Out On The Tiles", one of my favorite songs off my favorite Zeppelin album.

I'd also vote for "Tangerine" and "That's The Way", although for the latter I don't know if Plant could still hit the high notes.

I'd nix "Song Remains The Same" for "Dancing Days".

And I'd love to see them try to pull off "The Crunge" but not because I like it :).

7:29 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

You bet, Snave. Count me in.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Somewhere I'd toss in "10 Years Gone." I still remember the disappointment when my friends excluded me from the Zep show in Oakland so long ago. I just wasn't "cool" enough to go. This is the first I've ever mentioned it. I'd give a nut to be able to see them.

9:40 PM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

I heard them on the tv yesterday too. They sounded great! I don't care what they sing, just sing! :)

5:31 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Oh man, please fucking tour. I was too much of a wee lad to see them the last time they hit the Richfield Coliseum.

Set list? Ouch. I dig yours a lot - hard to fuck up with Zeppelin - but I'll give it a shot:

Communication Breakdown
Dancing Days
What Is And What Should Never Be
The Rain Song
Kashmir
Trampled Under Foot
When the Levee Breaks
Over the Hills and Far Away
Good Times, Bad Times
Gallows Pole
Dazed and Confused
Stairway to Heaven
The Immigrant Song
Black Dog
In My Time of Dying

encores:
Whole Lotta Love
Rock and Roll

5:53 AM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Here's my list, but I can't remember 15 of the songs...I'm getting old, the mind is starting to go.

Wearing and Tearing
Stairway to Heaven (a lot of good memories with that son!)
In My Time of Dying
Going to California
Night Flight
Dazed and Confused
Communication Breakdown
Black Dog
Good Times, Bad Times

Now I'm in the mood for Led Zeppelin...where the hell is my IPod?

7:24 AM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

Very cool.

Your set list works for me! : )

8:51 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

I agree with Splotchy. Those first 3 songs he mentions are from Led Zeppelin III. That album totally fell through the cracks but they had some dynamite songs on it. "Since I've Been Lovin' You" and "Hats Off to Roy Harper" are from that same album.

I'm probably a heretic, but to me they lost that raw, primal quality after their 4th album. Uh oh, I'm not banned am I?

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3:23 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

I agree Tom after IV I think they were tailoring the music for sales.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Dave Splash said...

They have too many great songs to narrow it down so much.

9:15 AM  
Blogger T&A said...

Achilles Last Stand
Immigrant Song
Ten Years Gone
Kashmir
When the Levee Breaks
Ramble On
How Many More Times
In the Evening
The Ocean
D'yer Mak'er
Black Dog
Hots On For Nowhere
Custard Pie
Out On the Tiles
+
Ramble On
Stairway to Heaven

12:04 PM  
Blogger T&A said...

Oops I posted Ramble on twice!

12:05 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Nothing wrong with putting Ramble On in there twice, TA... it's a truly great song.

I have the 4-CD Zeppelin box set and the 2-disc afterthought set with the rest of what wasn't included in the box set... and it's great to have all 6 discs in the changer and just set it on shuffle play. Vary rarely does a clinker come up!

Favorite Zeppelin albums? I have a soft spot for II because it was my introduction to the band. I like the various things they did on III. I and IV were good. Houses of the Holy caused me to raise my eyebrows a bit, but I liked it. My all-time favorite is Physical Graffiti. Presence had a few good tracks, but overall I didn't care for it as much as earlier albums. In Through The Out Door represented something of a resurgence IMO. Coda was nice as a final gesture for fans.

HEre is my list of Zeppelin albums in order of which is my favorite (but I do like them ALL!)

1. Physical Graffiti
2. III
3. II
4. IV
5. Houses of the Holy
6. In Through The Out Door
7. I
8. Presence
9. Coda

1:55 PM  
Blogger Vamp said...

I was lucky enough to see Led Zeppelin in '76 when I was 16. Oh man, close up and personal.

My favorite of all time:

Hey Hey what can I do...THE B SIDE ON THE 45.

Anything, I would listen to ANY song, just to in the presence of greatness. I would bow at their feet AND chant, I'm not worthy.

Lately my CD holder in the car has been Zep. I too have been listening, in particular, to Ten Years Gone...over and over, I've totally rediscovered this song.

Goin' to Calif. was a big one for me when I lived IN Chicago....funny, I live IN CA now...hahaha....

I've seen the Who, but never the Eagles, dadgumit. See my profile for the FULL list of bands I HAVE SEEN.

ROCK N ROLL PEOPLE...ROCK ON...I'll be in the "Home" rockin' on...WooooooooT...

8:43 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

I thought of two more Zeppelin songs that weren't on anybody's list:

Heartbreaker (Page's wickedest guitar solo ever) and Battle of Evermore.

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3:32 PM  

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