Posted by: Bill Jones | March 1, 2008

Led Zeppelin Go Out For Sushi

So, Led Zeppelin‘s 1972 Japanese Tour was the second and final concert tour of Japan by the iconic band from across the pond. This particular tour started on October 2 and concluded on October 10, 1972. At this point Zep was Rock n’ Roll; they were at the pinnacle of there stardom and this tour in particular had some interesting things going on.

japan1972.jpgThe 1972 Japanese Tour place shortly following the recording of the band’s fifth album, Houses of the Holy. Two of the tracks off said album were played live for first time, namely “The Song Remains the Same” and “The Rain Song“. For these tracks, Jimmy Page used his Gibson EDS-1275 double-neck guitar which became a symbol of both himself and Led Zeppelin. Other songs from the album were also played, but these had already been debuted on previous concert tours.

This tour also had John Paul Jones playing his mellotron for the first time(among the early Mellotron owners were Princess Margaret, Peter Sellers, King Hussein of Jordan and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard). He used it for the tracks “Stairway to Heaven“, “The Rain Song” and “Thank You“. He also introduced an arco stand-up bass, which he played during “Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp.”

Some haters have said that on this particular tour Robert Plant’s vocals were starting to wain and show signs of damage. Apparently he started to lose the extremely high-pitched wail which was evident on previous concert tours and album releases. Nevertheless-great word-this is most definitely a must have for Rock n’ Roll fans of all ilk.

Led Zeppelin October 10th, 1972 Kyoto, Japan
“The Old Capital” Osaka Festival Hall

Disc 1
1. Rock And Roll
2. Black Dog
3. Misty Mountain Hop
4. Since I’ve Been Loving You
5. The Song Remains The Same
6. The Rain Song
7. Dazed And Confused
Disk 2
1. Stairway To Heaven
2. Over The Hills And Far Away
3. Whole Lotta Love
4. Immigrant Song
Here are your files part1 part2

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