Friday, November 21, 2008

Day 254: 6/18/1980 Cologne, Germany

6/18/1980 Cologne, Germany Live Omega
Train Kept a Rollin', Nobody's Fault But Mine, Black Dog, In the Evening, The Rain Song, Hot Dog, All My Love, Trampled Underfoot, Since I've Been Loving You, Achilles Last Stand, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Communication Breakdown

The tape begins with a brief soundcheck as Plant greets the crowd with a gravelly "good evenin'!" Train Kept a Rollin' is a chaotic explosion of energy. Page's fingers are like razor blades as he slashes and shreds through the guitar solo. Black Dog is once again introduced as "schwarzhund" by a suddenly talkative Page. The band gets a bit lost at times during Trampled Underfoot, unsure of the changes. Page shreds wildly through an erratic guitar solo. Since I've Been Loving You is a mess. Page's playing is sloppy and out of tune throughout. The crowd can be heard chanting "Rock and Roll!" as the song comes to a close. The band hammers through an urgent Kashmir. Bonzo pummels the crowd with his thunderous fills. As the song ends, Plant jokes "there's quite a lot to be said for dinosaurs." The band races through a riotous Rock and Roll before closing the show with a violently aggressive Communication Breakdown, played at lightning speed. An explosive finale to a somewhat lackluster performance.

The tape is a matrix of another bare bones soundboard recording and a noisy audience source.


Anonymous said...

i totally disagree with the comment, trampled underfoot is very nice, and they know exactly where they are going ! (i'm ok with sibly ), a lackluster performance ? i'm sure the person who wrote the comment is one of those frustated fans who think that the 1980 gigs are all fails. I'm ok it's just less explosive than the 1973 gigs but it is more melodious, there's some fail, like the sibly of this show, but StH is just incredible, Black Dog- Rock'n'Roll- Trampled- ALS- are played at the lightning speed, which sound more aggressive. You can also say that in All my love plant missed the lyrics, he repeats two times the same verse but it sounds nice. The Raing song is introduced as the song talking about the "holy time", it's the first time Robert is talking in that way about this song, and it's also a nice performance.
It's the comment which is incomplete, not talking about all the songs, and only taking the littel mistakes they did. (Btw, i never heard about the fail during the OTHAFA on the seattle 1973 show while there's one...)

(and page is not so talkative , he just introduced his song in 10sec, he didn't interrupt his Black mountain side- white summer for telling people to be less noisy, and he didn't introduced them (he did it on the Berlin final Show) )

So thank you for disgusting people for those 1980 show

dragonspirit said...

My feelings on this show are in between FRX's and the above commenter's. Overall, I agree that STH is really good, but Jimmy makes some mistakes in the solo and the end part is a bit weak. I only hear one small misstep in TU. SIBLY is not that bad, given Page's out-of-tune guitar. They make up for it well, IMO. I would call this an "OK" show. The band generally seems "into it". On some other 1980 shows, I hear way more apathy.