Thursday, November 27, 2008

Day 258: 6/24/1980 Hannover, Germany

6/24/1980 Hannover, 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

Train Kept a Rollin' is a chaotic explosion of energy. Page tears through the song at top speed as the band races to keep up with his ferocious attack. Plant's voice starts off a bit rough, unable to handle the strain at times during Black Dog. Page blazes through a stick-fingered guitar solo. As the song ends, Plant announces "nice echo in here... many people play here today, or is this just part of the torture?" adding off-mic "fuckin' horrible place." The band hammers through an excellent In the Evening. Bonzo plays the opening snare pattern of Moby Dick as The Rain Song comes to a close. Plant dedicates Hot Dog to "our sound crew, who come from Dallas." Page shreds wildly through a blistering guitar solo during Trampled Underfoot. Bonzo and Jones drop out of the mix momentarily toward the end of the song. The band pummels the crowd with an aggressive Achilles Last Stand. Plant delivers another powerful performance during a thunderous Kashmir, following a somewhat lackluster White Summer/Black Mountain Side. Page blazes through an outstanding guitar solo during Stairway to Heaven. Plant hints at Money before the show-closing Communication Breakdown, which begins with a slow, choppy intro from Page.

The tape is another excellent soundboard recording, briefly augmented by a distant audience source.

3 comments:

dragonspirit said...

Bonzo's drumming on Achilles Last Stand is very lackluster! The poor guy's health was terrible in 1980 compared to previous tours. Jimmy's STH solo didn't impress me that much. I basically agree with everything else you said though. :)

Jon Anderson said...

Many great guitar moments here, Jimmy is on fire! Percy is not so good....

James Vitale said...

The absolute worst show of the tour. Plant is grumpy and halfway out the door.
Jimmy is in a world of his own going of on tangents. He does shred but he is off time all night.
White Summer should have been dropped and Jimmy removed to the nearest hospital after that mess.
Bonzo was weak as puppy.
Europe 80 has some great shows but this is the worst.