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Festa Di Liberazione, Mazda Palace, Milan, Italy

11 July 2003 2,284 views No Comment

If I Ever Get Lucky/Four Sticks/Morning Dew/7 And 7 Is/Going To California/Girl From The North Country/Gallow’s Pole/Hey Joe/What Is And What Should Never Be/A House Is Not A Motel/Ramble On/Tall Cool One
Encore: Darkness Darkness/Whole Lotta Love
Thanks ZepWolf

This from Manlio Benigni
Festa di Liberazione (i.e. the annual festival of Liberazione, the houseorgan of the Italian Communist Party.
Approximate concert time: 95 minutes.

A hot evening, very steamy. No air conditioneer inside the Mazda Palace, and you could see Percy and the band suffering from it. In the audience, sightings of polite English zepheads alongside quiet families and many stoned fans who tried the pogo even during Going To California and Darkness, Darkness! The concert was accordingly tighter, rockier and more nervous than that in the sweet atmosphere of Conegliano: check out the fantastic Four Sticks (one of the great underrated Zep songs) and What Is And What Should Never Be, or the garage punk of Loves Seven And Seven Is and A House Is Not A Motel for evidence.
During If I Ever Get Lucky Percy sings lines from Elvis Thats Allright. This, and the fact that
Robert performs no songs after 1971 (his favorite covers plus material from the first four Zep albums), except for a great rocknroll rendition of 1988s Tall Cool One, all hint at a sort of back to the roots tour. Robert introduces Dylans Girl From The North Country as a song from the king of
troubadours, and for Whole Lotta Love suggests to go searching the blues deep down in the South of
Mississippi. Not a difficult task, given the temperature and the voracious mosquitos waiting outside the Palace! Great as usual the softest side of the gig, with the tender Morning Dew and Going To California, and the unique light and shade of Gallows Pole, ‘Ramble On, and the unbelievably spine-chilling Hey Joe.
An instrumental version of Celebration Day was performed during the soundcheck. Hey, and there are rumours inside the band of a Best of Roberts solo work, and of a new album of Plant and
Strange Sensation!

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