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The Song Remains The Same

The Song Remains The Same
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Led Zeppelin was no stranger to the camera. In March 1969, they were in front of the camera no less than 3 times. In January 1970, they funded the Royal Albert Hall performance to be filmed. Although nothing came out of it at the time but a bootleg video, the footage was included in 2003's DVD. Other filming was done in 1971 and 1972 in Australia.

In May 1973, Joe Massot approached Peter Grant about filming the band. Grant turned him down but took him back up on the offer mid-July 1973. Two band was filing on and off the stage from July 23 through July 29, 1973. Additional filming was set for 1975/1976 but Robert Plant's accident prevented that.

The Song Remains The Same premiered in US theaters on October 21, 1976 and British theaters on November 5, 1976. Many theaters were packed thereafter with midnight showings. It was released in the UK on VHS in 1984 and followed by the US in 1991.

In 1999, the long-awaited DVD was released in the US. It, however, didnt contain any additional footage, so the release wasn't extremely noteworthy.

A re-release, dubbed "Remastered/Expanded" was released on November 19 (UK) and November 20 (US), 2007. It includes more than 40 minutes of added bonus material, including never-before-released performance footage of Over the Hills and Far Away and Celebration Day, plus performances of Misty Mountain Hop and The Ocean, a rare 1976 BBC interview with Robert Plant and Peter Grant, vintage TV footage from the Drake Hotel robbery during the New York concert stand, and a Cameron Crowe radio show.
Statistics

Released:
Jul. 1, 1991 (VHS-US)
c. 1984 (UK)
Dec. 31, 1999 (DVD-US)
June 5, 2000 (DVD-UK)
November 19, 2007 (DVD Re-release UK)
November 20, 2007 (DVD Re-release US)

Length:
138 mins. (US) 132 mins. (UK)

Tracks

1. Mob Rubout
2. Big Apple Credits
3. Country Life (Autumn Lake)
4. New York (Bron-Yr-Aur)
5. Rock And Roll
6. Black Dog
7. Since I've Been Loving You
8. No Quarter
9. Who's Responsible?
10. The Song Remains The Same
11. The Rain Song Begins
12. Fire And Sword
13. Capturing The Castle
14. Not-Quit-Backstage Pass
15. Dazed And Confused Begins
16. Strung Out
17. Magic In The Night
18. Dazed And Confused Continues
19. Gate Crasher
20. Dazed And Confused Concludes
21. No Comment
22. Stairway To Heaven
23. Moby Dick; Country Squire Bonham
24. Heartbreaker; Grand Theft
25. Whole Lotta Love
26. End Credits And Exit Music
Quick Fact

Although the bulk of the movie was filmed on July 27-29, 1973, filming began four days earlier in Baltimore, MD. The section where Peter Grant blasts the promoter for selling pirated posters was filmed that night.
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England
February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.
February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.
February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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