Thursday, June 27, 2013

Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin) @ Shrine Auditorium - 6/26/13

Well, I must say last night was damn near perfect :) :) After enjoying a scrumptiously unique dinner of sushi, lobster bisque, cold & hot sake, beer & ambrosia-flavored HOOKAH at Lotus on Flower Street (only 0.6 miles from the venue), I was lucky enough to be treated by a far too generous friend to an orchestra seat at Shrine Auditorium where I saw Robert Plant (the lead singer of Led Zeppelin) for my very 1st time. And, at 62, the man can still wail as well as he did 40+ years ago! It was AMAZING.

About 1/2 of the 15 songs in Robert's set were
classic, fabulous Led Zeppelin tracks to which everyone in the audience pretty much lost their minds. The other 1/2 were songs from Robert's solo albums that all completely captivated me despite not recognizing most of them initially. Check out the set list below for more details.

The only bummer of the evening was security making me check my camera at the coat check when I was stupid enough to ask if was OK for me to bring it in :-/ BUT I like to think it was a blessing in disguise because, since I no longer had my camera to mess around with & because my iPhone's zoom-less video & photo quality just sucks, I was able to focus 110% of my attention on Robert Plant whose voice & stage presence transcend generations. He's a LIVING LEGEND indeed.

One of my favorite moments of the night (captured by someone also sitting in the orchestra section but slightly closer to the stage than me) was when Robert sang the
Led Zeppelin hit Going to California. Of course, since the show was taking place IN California, the crowd LOVED it:

Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You (Joan Baez cover)
In the Mood
Tin Pan Valley
Spoonful (Howlin’ Wolf cover)
Black Dog (Led Zeppelin song)
Another Tribe
Going to California
(Led Zeppelin song)
The Enchanter
Please Read the Letter (Jimmy Page & Robert Plant cover)
Friends (Led Zeppelin song)
Funny in My Mind (I Believe I'm Fixin' to Die)
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (Led Zeppelin song)
Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin song) ("Who Do You Love" snippet)

Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down (Uncle Tupelo cover)
Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin song)

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