Listen And Relive Led Zeppelin In Osaka Back In 1971
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Led Zeppelin’s Japanese Tour
In 1971, Led Zeppelin embarked on a Japanese Tour which kicked off on September 23 at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo and wrapped up on September 29 at the Festival Hall in Osaka. Japanese bootleg label Empress Valley released the soundboard recording for the band’s September 28 show. There are a few songs missing including an entire encore.
Speaking about the Tokyo stop, guitarist Jimmy Page recalled: “It was the first time I’d been to such a sort of overpopulated place… It was a city with such a new vision towards the future. The technology boom was really going on, even then… It seems odd now with Nikon everywhere, but at the time they were just really breaking the market, and you could get cameras over here really, really inexpensively, and hi-fi and little cine cameras… We came here and went away loaded with cameras and I started documenting the rest of my travels with Led Zeppelin for a bit.”
The typical setlist kicked off with “Immigrant Song” followed by “Heartbreaker”. For the audio below, it starts off with just half of “Heartbreaker” followed by some of their classic hits – “Since I’ve Been Loving You,” “Black Dog,” “Dazed and Confused,” and “Stairway to Heaven.”
Check it out below.