Seeing Plant and Page performing together is about as close as you can get to seeing Led Zeppelin without actually seeing Zep. This tour was booked after the rock gods appeared on MTV Unplugged. When they booked a show at the Miami Arena, I immediately got tickets for my wife and I to go. And not surprising, a good number of my friends also got tickets.
The Miami Arena was fairly small as far as arenas go, so getting to see Plant and Page here was great. We had seats straight back in the lower section, but could still see really well, and the sound was good.
Rusted Root was the opening act for this show. At the time, I had not heard of them, but I was immediately impressed by their music and stage presence. They totally had the place rockin’ and did not draw any wrath from the usually intolerant South Florida music crazies.
After a break, Plant and Page took the stage. It was awesome! They totally kicked ass from the first crushing notes to the very end. They had a solid band backing them up, which included Porl Thompson from The Cure.
- Porl Thompson — guitar, banjo
- Nigel Eaton — hurdy-gurdy
- Charlie Jones — bass, percussion
- Michael Lee — drums, percussion
- Ed Shearmur — orchestral arrangements, organ
- Jim Sutherland — mandolin, bodhran
What can I say about seeing Plant and Page together on stage? The image was so iconic, like they stepped right out of a poster from my teenage wall and exploded into reality. The energy was tangible, and I think half the crowd was hoarse by the end of the night. They played a great mix of hard-rockin’ Zep tunes, some acoustic stuff, and even a couple covers. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to choose songs from such an amazing catalog of music. If you think about it, there is no such thing as a bad Zeppelin song. Everything that they wrote was amazing.
It’s impossible for me to pick out high points from this show. It was all one big high point. That said, “Song Remains the Same” with Page on the double-neck guitar was amazing, and “Kashmir” to end the night was perfect. Here’s the full setlist, forged from the Hammer of the Gods.
- Tales of Bron
- The Wanton Song
- Bring It On Home
- Celebration Day
- Thank You
- Dancing Days
- Shake My Tree
- Lullaby (The Cure cover)
- No Quarter
- Wonderful One
- Hey Hey What Can I Do
- Gallows Pole
- Hurdy-Gurdy Solo
- Nobody’s Fault but Mine
- The Song Remains the Same
- Since I’ve Been Loving You
- Calling to You (w Dazed And Confused / The Hunter excerpts)
- Four Sticks
- In the Evening
- Black Dog