Live On Stage
12/20/03 Ruckus Pizza, Raleigh,
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The best-selling live Led Zeppelin DVD and CD releases have
energized The Levee, and we're ready to put on
some fantastic shows. We've learned a lot of great new songs, and
we hope you can
join us soon to hear the results of all the fun we've been having.
Keep an eye on our site as we announce
new developments and additional live appearances in 2003 and into 2004.
Thanks for visiting!
The Rain Song
Legend has it that this song was composed
in response to a conversation that John Bonham had with George Harrison,
who was a big fan of Led Zeppelin. Harrison's only negative
comment was that Bonham's band never wrote any ballads. One of
Robert Plant's more sensitive lyrics, this is another fine example of
the "light and shade" approach that provides so much texture
across the Zeppelin catalog. An early application of the Mellotron
provided the synthesized string sounds on stage, and some dramatic work
by Bonham is often the highlight of the live versions. Page worked
out the melody in his Plumpton studio, and an early outtake exists of
Page playing just the melody on an acoustic guitar. In the studio
Page played a Danelectro guitar, but on stage he wielded his famous
doubleneck to perform this one, usually after "The Song Remains the
Same", as on the album. "The Rain Song" was first
performed on the Japan tour of 1972, and was performed steadily until
the end of the 1975 tours. It reappeared again in 1979 and was
performed until the end of Led Zeppelin's performing career.
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