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Upper Darby, Pa. (Tower Theatre)

21 June 2005 2,388 views No Comment

No Quarter, Shine It All Around, Black Dog, Freedom Fries, Morning Dew, , Heartbreaker, Tin Pan Valley, That’s the Way, Gallows Pole, Mighty Rearranger, When the , Levee Breaks
Encore: The Enchanter, Whole Lotta Love

This from John Marker
Tower Theatre..what a great venue!! Sound was great, maybe a tad soft if anything…and to think I was going to bring earplugs! The encore was louder, thankfully.
I am trying really hard not to be negative about this show…I purchased the new CD recently, and I have to admit I think it is RP’s best effort in years.

I love ZEP and Plant solo sooooo much…but I left tonight somewhat disappointed. First of all, the show was too short in my (and other fans’) opinion..1:40 total. I have seen Plant solo a total of 3 times now, and have seen Page and Plant 2x. I would have to rank this show toward the bottom of the list, despite the excellent setting and acoustics!!!! What a mix of ages and people we saw!! Does Plant still entertain the old groupies, or does he demand their offspring now?

Their best material seemed to be at the very end (encore) of the show, at which point seemed to be only the ‘warmup’…where’s the beef? There were many points in the concert where the band could have solidified their presence, and in most cases they chose to sit back and wait for Robert to lead them ahead…I think American audiences are going to want a lot more for their money. It was too ‘Restrained’. Based on reviews I have read here, I expected quite a bit seemed soooooo restrained.

Robert sounded excellent!!!! Excellent voice, I dont think anyone doubted that he is in excellent form. But aside from that, I think most expected more..not only in terms of Zep catalog, but also of the backing band..please dont get me wrong-they were very good..but they seemed to lack a lot of the energy that most expect of a show associated with the likes of RP. The show was very safe.

I am not too keen of the re-worked Zep tunes..I mean, if you are going to go to the trouble of playing the songs, why not play them like we want to hear them? I like new things, but I thought tonights effort fell short of what I saw on the P/P effort of ’95…and P/P ’98 absolutely blew tonights show into the weeds.

That said, it was an entertaining show, just not up to what I saw in ’98 with Page/Plant, but I guess this is not the same group…I will have to remind myself of that frequently! Having J.P. on stage next to RP seems to bring a LOT more energy than what I saw tonight. But then again, maybe I am asking too much….I did not have the Zeppelin DVD to watch and How The West Was Won to listen too before I saw Page/Plant in Philly in ’98, so maybe my perspective has changed since then.

BUT I KNOW what I saw in 1998 was light years ahead (or maybe behind??) of what I saw tonight.

I still love Robert, and most of his new music…but I still yearn for the days of old.


This from Bill Dougherty
The band came on a little after 9PM. Robert looked to be in good form and his voice was strong the whole evening. The venue was small, sold out with about 2000 people in attendance. The set list was sprinkled with about six Zeppelin numbers which were the highlight for most of the audience. The place jumped as people came to there feet once recognizing these songs. Shine It All Around went over well but the rest of the non-Zep songs were not as well received. Robert teased the crowd at one point saying “What will it be? Misty or Four Sticks? Misty or Four Sticks? Misty or Four Sticks?” as he spoke back and forth to each side of the venue. Neither was played as he then proceeded into That’s the Way, which was excellent. New arrangements were made for every Zep song except That’s the Way and Whole Lotta Love. I guess that’s Robert’s way of keeping the material fresh – changing the riff but keeping the vocals that same. Not a bad idea considering the original “riff man” is not with him. Case in point – all Zep song guitar solos were conspicuously absent. If you’re a fan of a solo Robert Plant, you would love the concert. If you are big Zep fan and a casual observer of Robert’s solo career, you would like the concert. If you are an average Zep fan and have little interest in Robert’s solo work, this concert is not for you. Unfortunately, there are lots of people in the latter description attending his concerts. It seems to me that the time might be right for him to give these fans what they want. Live 8 is right around the corner and the Philly lineup is not as strong as London. He doesn’t have a date scheduled for 7/2 and will be on the east coast of the US. Logistically, it looks very similar to what was going on in 1985. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a rung up some old friends and gave the fans what they really long for?

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