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Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, NY

31 August 2002 304 views No Comment

This from Ramon:
I went out to Jones Beach with my wife last night to see Robert opening up for the Who. It was a rather blustery night, especially for those of use up in the second level. The band came out at around 7:45 PM and played a short intro to “If I Ever Get Lucky”. The place was half empty (especially on the floor) when Robert finally came out to a feeble cheer from some of the audience.
This first song was a little too mellow of an opener in my opinion. Not enough punch to get the crowd going. Robert was wearing a blue long sleeve shirt and his silvery tight satin pants. The “Celebration Day” that followed was a bit more charged and got the crowd more into the show. I think Robert’s voice sounds good enough if you allow the fact that he basically lost it’s original power and range 30 years ago at the end of 1972.
“Morning Dew” followed. This faster-paced version was a good jam and the crowd seemed to enjoy it. My wife was especially surprised being a long-time Deadhead (the Grateful Dead made this song famous here in the USA). After
this, I start losing my memory. “Going to California” was played at a slower pace than in Zep days but Robert’s voice was good and he did hit a few high notes. This song was dedicated to the ladies. Another song from Dreamland
was played which I did not recognize. Then, Robert dedicated the next song to Roger and Pete (Daltrey and Townsend). To my surprise, they did an amazing version of “Hey Hey What can I Do?” with Robert hitting the high key on the verse “and I gotta a little woman and she wo’nt be true”. This was a shock to me as I did not see this in any of the other setlists on TBL. The crowd reacted well to this. “Tall Cool One” was dedicated to the guys.
“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” finished up the set. This was a really nice version with excellent Spanish guitar work and powerful vocals from Robert. The band left the stage to a nice ovation (nothing like what the Who would get later). The encore was an interesting version of “Whole Lotta Love” which was dedicated to Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Willie Dixon. Overall, I enjoyed the show a lot and my wife says that Robert was great.
The Who put on a blistering two hour plus show featuring all the hits. Pete and Roger were quite energetic and they got a great reception from the crowd. I was happy to get away with seeing a version of “Hey Hey What can I Do”
which has to be one of my favorite-ever Zep songs.

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