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Phoenix (Dodge Theatre)

15 July 2005 2,320 views No Comment

No Quarter, Shine it All Around, Black Dog, Morning Dew, Takamba, That’s the Way, Hey Hey What Can I Do, Tin Pan Valley, Four Sticks, Mighty Rearranger, Gallows Pole, When the Levee Breaks
Encore: The Enchanter, Whole Lotta Love w/ King Bee intro

This from Franchise H
No Quarter – sorry, not a fan of this mightily rearranged version. Prefer Train Fare Home, or actually, one of my favs off the new album: Another Tribe!!!!.
Shine It All Around – wonderful
Black Dog – like this version, great audience call and response
Takamba – thank you Robert! My favorite track off the new album! Absolutely great!
Morning Dew – great. Better than Darkness Darkness!
That’s The Way – great song, but a little heavy on the keyboards guys. Too much!
Hey Hey What Can I Do – Wow! Great version! Robert’s intro: a song written about the breakup of the Small Faces (????)
Tin Pan Valley – Good
Four Sticks – Like the arrangement! However, 3rd time for this in his last 4 tours
Mighty Rearranger – great song, great harmonica solo by the man!
Gallows Pole – so-so.This one’s over played the past 10 years
When The Levee Breaks – killer version, great arrangement, great song!!!
The Enchanter – really like this song off the new album. Fits well as an encore
Whole Lotta Love – Strong closer.

Robert was in great spirits last night too! Lots of stories between songs. Robert still has the powerful voice, and this band is great live too, BUT: I thought this show was too short (1 hour, 40 minutes). The band really should have delivered a couple more songs.

Second, the set list. Dave Linwood hit the nail on the head in reviewing the April 27 BBC show with his comment: “Eight numbers are played from the new album, I suspect there will be a few collectors items (i.e. rarely played again live in the future) amongst them.” How right you’ve been Dave, and frankly, it’s a shame. No Another Tribe, no Freedom Fries, would love to have heard a first airing of Dancing in Heaven. Oh well.

Third, too much of the same Zep songs in this show, considering his whole catalog. Gallows Pole was great in 95, 98, but now I’m bored with it. I find it funny that Robert distances himself from the 1976-1985 period of his career too. Despite all the personal tragedies, there’s some wonderful material that needs to be revisited again someday. Slow Dancer really fits in this set list. Given the sort of bluesy feel (at times) to Mighty Rearranger, latter day tongue in cheek Zep like Candy Store Rock or South Bound Saurez would be fun to hear on stage too.

But, having seen him 15 or so times over the years, he still puts on a great show. Thanks Robert! See you in LA at the Greek next week!

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