March 27, 1973

[Republican Lorrain –  1 April 1973] For those who have a look optimistic, they were 6000 for the other there was an indefinite mass of young people. In the hostile coldness Exhibition Nancy, they came to see and compliment the golden roaring monster «Led Zeppelin», or if you prefer greatest quartets Hard Rock anglais.L appearance of «airship» is provided midday Tuesday, the organizers had to require early, transfer to another pens, 2,000 sheep crowded the hall D. So at noon one LED can ask its cargo safely slush funds, a hundred large, small and even one hundred percent cash boxes giant hat.

The «sound», lighting and instruments were arranged in a scrupulous pattern on a podium 20 meters long.Finally, behind the scenes, the ultimate requirement of «wild», had already brought the meal: 8 juice bottles of Chablis, 24 bottles of beer, 4 large bottles of orange juice, 12 large bottles of Coke, 30 sandwiches, fruit for 17 people, lemons, honey – lots of liquid honey – finally ice cubes.

At 21 hours, the podium began smoking as an apotheosis of lit cigarettes. Half an hour later, the Zeppelin had died (table) inadvertently was literally thrown out of his hotel by impatient organizers. Finally, at 21:45, the supreme moment the airship hall D could fulfill its mission, that is to say smolder under the fingers of four wizards hard rock. Four devils who blew two hours each in turn on the fire they had lit in which they trampled, and burned everything except them.

Scattered everywhere, projectors, such poli-ic tubes [sic] a dust covered the entire emerald studded podium colonnades amid which flamed light cascades. Through the concentric waves projectors, condensations colorful married vaguely outlines musicians who seemed to walk on a sapphire powder. There were also rumors that taking visual forms. So much for the pleasure of the eye.

But Led Zeppelin is especially a great swing machine, a machine sometimes below its reputation last Tuesday, but at times sweeping everything in its path. Supported by a seamless rhythm, made ​​by John Paul Jones on bass and John Bontam on drums, Robert Plant, the man with the voice without limit could unleash his rage, while Jimmy Page’s fingers roamed the Double handle the «Gibson» red at breakneck speed. Stunning.

He must have seen the two men meet in a duo of incredible precision. I think the memorable moment it became impossible to distinguish the human voice sounds so electric they mingled. Meanwhile in the room, the public was demonstrating the explosive pop had no value. Unlike the famous «pure» rock’n roll period where the public broke all the pops would rather be asleep, mechanized. They want to «hover», «fly», and that’s all.Impressive, disturbing, intriguing sometimes pops are by a desire for differentiation. But ultimately, it is not they who are afraid but the potential they represent. Among these fanatics crackers, that’s for sure, the dropouts (1) undoubtedly «good young men» surely, and high school, many students. Long hair in any case, dividing the country in two generations. Their music and their mindset is creating the most beautiful confusion of the times. Confusion where neither Lenin nor Mao nor Ginsberg nor nobody could recognize his … [Google Translation]


Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I’ve Been Loving You, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Everybody Needs Someone To Love, Let That Boy Boogie, (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care, Let’s Have a Party, I Can’t Quit You Baby).