From the S&S archives:Zeppelin gets the Led out
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FOR an audience that had to wait four months to hear the Led Zeppelin, the crowd at Frankfurt's huge Festival Hall was surprisingly well-behaved.
Nearly 5,000 rock fans, about 40 per cent of them apparently from the U.S. military community, turned out to hear the group last weekend.
The group, sometimes rated the second most popular rock outfit extant, was originally scheduled to appear in Frankfurt last March. That concert was canceled, however, after rowdy fans started to break up the Jahrhunderthalle during a performance by the Jethro Tull group.
The only thing broken Saturday night at the Led Zeppelin concert, however, was the narcotics law. By mid-performance the air had become dense with the sickly-sweet smell of marijuana.
The audience was mostly made up of the under-30 set, who came appropriately dressed for the occasion. They were uniform in headbands, vests, bellbottoms, minis and maxis, bleached jeans and t-shirts, knitted ponchos and colorful love beads.
Led by former Yardbird Jimmy Page, the quartet rocked in a blues groove with some really fine musicianship and pleasing rock elements.
Guitarist Page and his crew storm-trooped through a number of their hits dating to early last year, when they first exploded on the record-buying public.
Fans applauded loudly as they recognized established hits such as "Communication Breakdown" and "I Can't Quit You Baby."
It would be hard to pinpoint the actual highlight of the twohour concert but the nearly 15-minute drum solo by Bonham on "Moby Dick," won a standing ovation from the excited fans.
"This is a song for you," shouted Plant. And appearing somewhat feminine with his long, curly, blond locks and slim torso, the lead singer then burst into a throat-tearing vocal of "Whole Lotta Love," that received wild cheers from the crowd.