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In Brasilia, DF, Plant visited a temple called “Templo da Boa Vontade”, before the gig, that had the same setlist of the second and last night in São Paulo – a journalist made a mistake and said that he played “Four Sticks” for the first time in Brasilia, but he already played this song the previous concert. The attendance at Nilson Nelson Gimnasium was about 10 thousand people and again the crowd was more receptive to the Zeppelin tunes than the Plant solo ones.

The most intimate concert of the year was last Saturday at Teatro Guaíra, in Curitiba, capital of Paraná state. There were a lot of complaints when tickets went to sale because they were the most expensive tickets of the tour – and maybe one of the most expensive of all times of Zep related acts. The best seats coasted R$ 840 or £ 257. The second best sector was R$ 640 or £ 196 and the cheapest sector was R$ 460 or £ 141. Many managed to pay half price as students but even this way it`s really expensive. And even this way was not easy to get a seat in this beautiful theater with only 2.167 places where I saw Emerson, Lake & Palmer in august of 1997.

Robert made 2 important changes in the set list: “All The King`s Horses” replaced “Song To The Siren” and in the end of the set “Freedom Fries” was played replacing “Fixing To Die”. Up until now this year, these two songs were played only in this gig. “Spoonful” was the only song that was not from the Zeppelin era or “Mighty Rearrenger” album.

Last night, at Gigantinho gimnasium, in Porto Alegre, capital of Rio Grande do Sul state, “Song To The Siren” and “Fixing To Die” returned to the set list. Once again about ten thousand people almost sold out the venue. Renato Borghetti, a typical and traditional musician from Rio Grande do Sul, made a mix of folk and Brazilian music as openingact. It was the first time that a Zep member was playing in Porto Alegre, probably the third “force” in Brazilian rock market. Sometimes the second – Jack Bruce, for instance, played only São Paulo and Porto Alegre. By the reports, I think the public understood better that was a Plant show, not a Led Zeppelin one.

So the Brazilan leg ended with big success. Seven shows, one sold out, five almost sold out and the first one at a 18.000 capacity venue with more than a half of it crowded. Something between 55.000 and 60.000 people in seven concerts, including one for only a little more than 2.000 people. It´s true that some fans didn`t like the Black Dog version and wanted a more Zep directed sound. I only say that if Robert wants this kind of stuff he could only simply play with JP, JPJ and Jason again… He said “See you soon” many times during this visit but I believe that it will be very difficult see him again here…

While Mr. Plant flys to Buenos Aires to do two shows in the end of the week, the greatest Led Zeppelin month in the history to Brazilian fans will be ended in a huge way. Tonight the wait will be over. At 21:00, Celebration Day will be finally screaned here. 26 cities of 22 states. Second and last call will be next Saturday. I will see it again in another cinema, another district. As you always say Dave, “keep listen, keep celebrating !”

Curitiba set list:

Tin Pan Valley Another Tribe Friends Spoonful Somebody Knocking Black Dog All The King’s Horses Bron-Y-Aur Stomp Enchanter Four Sticks Ramble On Freedom Fries Whole Lotta Love

Encore: Going to California, Rock And Roll

Andre Cruz for TBL

Until next time…

Happy Halloween…

keep reading – keep listening…

Dave Lewis/Gary Foy

October 31st, 2012

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  • Olivia said:

    Andre – Your reporting is really great. You were so lucky to be there seeing Robert at his best and the crowds were just amazing. Everything just seem to click and it was great to see so much excitement and Robert really rocking out again. So much love for Robert. BTW I’ve been to Rio for Carnival and it was absolutely the best time of my life. Wish I could have made it back for these concerts but maybe some day when he comes back I will too. Lots of love to you.

  • Mark Harrison said:

    Yes Andre and I THANK YOU!! Your report was very interesting!

  • gary w said:

    Andre many thanks for your reports, you put us British to shame with your command of English.To be a Zep fan can be a test of anybody’s patience but living in Brazil? Thank god for the internet and TBL.

  • André Cruz said:

    Sorry TBL friends, I made a mistake: the Curitiba show was sold out as the first night in São Paulo, so actually two shows were sold out not one. Last night Celebration Day premiered in Brazil and it was nice see many people with Zep t-shirts waiting to see the movie here in Rio de Janeiro. Need to say that zep official website not worked very well because when they sent a warning of the beginning of the sales, the tickets were already sold out. I got a C row ticket and experienced the concert with my wife in high definition.

    The sound was good but after “Good Times, Bad Times” some people screamed asking to put the volume up. In the end, a person synthesized all the people feeling: “Start over again!” the dude screamed. Here will be impossible to see two sessions in a row but another screening will happen next Saturday night.

    Make this movie using only concert footage was a great idea, mainly because they were criticised with those “fantasy” sequences in “The Song Remains The Same”. My rate is 10 out of ten but as a collector, huge zep fan and TV editor, I got some observations and points of view to share with you pals.

    The director Dick Carruthers made a great work mixing close ups and sharing the emotion that the musicians were feeling that special night. The movie is a dream to Jimmy Page fans that want to see his fabulous techniques, as me. But in my humble opinion he could had used more takes showing the 4 musicians together with that outstanding screen above Jason – I got the boot “4 eyes” and the movie didn`t show it in the proper way, maybe only during “Misty Mountain Hop” and “Kashmir”. We usually call this camera 1, as happen in football, the one that got the “number 1” vision.

    The audience takes were mere close ups so why use them instead of a pro shot take ? I was thinking that this few audience takes were to express the emotion of the 18.000 people that were lucky or blessed enough to be there. Other feeling that some may share is the very fast changing of takes – I liked it, the cuts are perfect and dynamic, but I believe that some people would prefer a more slow change of camera takes.

    And joking with the lyrics, “I really don`t know” why they decided to remove Jason singing “I Can`t Quit You Baby” before “Misty Mountain Hop” – mainly because they kept all the Plant`s explanation about Bonzo and Jason singing just before this Jason funny part. Another cut that it`s hard to explain is the “plantation” before “Kashmir”, when Plant explains that people from 50 countries were there. It´s just to think about it, I really loved the movie. Just to explain, I got every official zep and related material released and will see “Celebration Again” not only this Saturday but countless times at my living room during the rest of my life.

    I got all Zep vinyls (US or UK editions only), the 2 remasters CD box sets and also the entire collection in mini LP sleeves, Japanese edition. It will be very nice get a new box of every album with outtakes and unreleased material but I really prefer if Jimmy concentrates his forces and talent in doing a new album and get a band to do some shows…

  • Klaus Stocker said:

    Andre, your reports “from the other side of the planet” were really interesting, informative, and kept me wondering which drawing power Plant has over there. Thanks very much and enjoy “A Celebration”!

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