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LZ-'75: The Lost Chronicles of Led Zeppelin's 1975 American Tour

By Published: May 21, 2011
How, eventually, the relatively reclusive Page got his senior statesman due in the film It Might Get Loud; Jones' 2009 resurgence alongside younger guns Dave Grohl and Josh Homme in Them Crooked Vultures; or Plant's unlikely acoustic, roots based journey back to the top of the charts, including his refusal to participate in proposed reunions; all would have all provided valuable hindsight and the built-in irony that distinguishes the best of biographical projects.

Page, Plant, Jones and countless heavy metal nuts and bolts will always be judged in comparison to the dancing days of the late Bonzo Bonham and the immortal LZ balloon. Thus, to a lesser extent, Davis faces constant comparison to Hammer.

This volume is a must for Zeppelin devotees and a maybe for students of classic rock. Davis concludes with the observation that to really appreciate the scenes he describes, you'd need first hand observation. True enough, but the point of such memoirs is to enhance such sightings, and LZ-'75 doesn't always offer a feeling of being there. Overall, it's an interesting footprint along a rare journey where giants once trod.

You won't find yourself stopping to re-read many passages of LZ-'75 for their poetic flow or sensational situations. You will find yourself turning page after Jimmy Page for a solid reflection of life on the stairway to heaven, during good times, bad times; ten years gone. Perhaps hard rock history is best as light reading subject matter, anyway.

Light as a Led Zeppelin maybe.

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Peter Simon

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