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Jimmy Page photo, drinking Jack Daniels, backstage, Indianapolis, Indiana, January 25, 1975.
Day 181: 1/25/1975 Indianapolis, IN.
"Communication Breakdown," "Rock and Roll," "Sick Again," "Over the Hills and Far Away," "The Song Remains the Same," "The Rain Song," "Kashmir," "The Wanton Song," "No Quarter," "Trampled Underfoot," "Moby Dick," "How Many More Times," "Stairway to Heaven," "Black Dog."
Someone near the taper can be heard saying "this is gonna be so good" just before Rock and Roll crashes into motion. Plant has completely lost his voice. Unable to sing a single note, he literally growls his way through the opening numbers. A cut during "The Song Remains the Same" leaves us at the end of the first verse of "The Rain Song." The song is plagued by feedback problems. Following "Kashmir," Plant tells the crowd "we're havin' a little bit of trouble here with the monitor system... I think there's some crushed window pane stuck in the speaker." He improvises an entirely new melody during the final performance of "The Wanton Song" to accommodate his painfully weak voice.
Jones is introduced as "the man in constant darkness" before "No Quarter." A few slight cuts detract from an otherwise fantastic instrumental section. Unfortunately, Page's guitar solo is cut near the end. Little more than the intro and outro of "Moby Dick" survives. "How Many More Times" is introduced as "a very, very, very, very old one." Unfortunately, a cut in the tape during the lead-in to the bow solo leaves us at the final "gun!", skipping the majority of the song. Page's intro to "Stairway to Heaven" is missing from the tape. His fingers get a bit sticky during the guitar solo. As the band returns to the stage, Plant tells the crowd "we're gonna try and go out with a bit of style." Page shreds through an extended guitar solo during the show-closing "Black Dog." -- The Year of Led Zeppelin