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Led Zeppelin at Earls Court 1975 – Pic of the Week

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The vintage black and white photo above of Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page may now seem like ancient history, but it is a history that bears remembrance in the sprawling annals of rock ‘n’ roll.

Taken during their multi-show run dubbed “Earls Court 1975″ in London, Led Zeppelin sold out three shows in a matter of hours before two additional shows were added. This made for five straight nights of Led Zeppelin, with each show clocking in at over three hours, setting the gold standard for a down and dirty rock show. The set list reads like a classic rocker’s dream, kicking off with ‘Rock and Roll,’ with the proper set ending with ‘Stairway to Heaven’ before an encore of ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and ‘Black Dog.’

The successful shows capped off the band’s 1975 American tour for ‘Physical Graffiti,’ a particularly fruitful time in Led Zeppelin history. To this day the Earls Court shows are often reflected on in the band’s history as some of their best ever live performances. For fans hoping to relive the experience, it wasn’t possible for the longest time, but in 2003 when the monster double DVD set ‘Led Zeppelin’ was released, six tracks from Earls Court made the cut via versions of ‘Going to California’ and ‘Trampled Under Foot.’

So while a live recreation of the photo above may still seem like wishful thinking, fans can immerse themselves in the live footage of Earls Court 1975 and be transported back to a time when Led Zeppelin was duking it out with the likes of The Who and the Rolling Stones for the title of the world’s best rock and roll band.

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