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The Led Zeppelin song so difficult that they refused to play it live

Far Out Magazine | April 1, 2024
The Led Zeppelin song so difficult that they refused to play it live

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  1. @TooSkinnyKenny

    April 1, 2024 at 2:18 pm

    we saw Zep twice and they sucked both times. Their records have a ton of overdubs on them and that's why the records sound good. But their live sound was weak as water. When Page switched from rhythm to lead and Jones moved from bass to keyboards it left big holes in the sound. I hope they don't reunite now. I'd go see the Macarena guys before I'd ever see Zep again. I know that will upset their fans but that's what my experience with them was like in their heyday.

  2. @kubhlaikhan2015

    April 1, 2024 at 2:18 pm

    I saw them back in 71. To be honest the gig was pretty atrocious, the sound was unbalanced, loads of echo and thousands of fluffed notes. They were great when they played Chuck Berry but they weren't so great playing their own material outside the studio. I think the sheer volume fooled a lot of people into having a good time (because they were probably deaf).

  3. @BiWesCrew

    April 1, 2024 at 2:18 pm

    The days you needed to be a Jazz musician to play rock'n'roll. Instead of just fuck off when the jetset Lifestyle contradicts anything that ever made you play that rebellious music in the first place.

  4. @1Uncle43

    April 1, 2024 at 2:18 pm

    Narration in direct contradiction to the video title. What are you doing? Folks just gonna’ 👎, report, block. As well they should not help you monetize. Do you understand?

  5. @aschule5684

    April 1, 2024 at 2:18 pm

    I absolutely love Four Sticks and has long been one of my favorite Zep somgs. I don't get it and when I heard about this the first time I couldn't believe it. Maybe because I liked the song so much but I've played this song for years and have never had a problem doing it right every time and I'm no musical genius, it must be the drums that are difficult idk? I'm just really baffled that this song was such a problem for them to recreate live……. I would have thought it to be one of the easier songs to do. What do I know???

  6. @chiscoughlan5221

    April 1, 2024 at 2:18 pm

    if i remember correctly 4 sticks was a b-side to a 7inch single on a juke box back in sutton coldfield around about 1977!! i think the a.-side was either black dog or heartbreaker!!!

  7. @martinstent5339

    April 1, 2024 at 2:18 pm

    I saw Led Zeppelin in 1970/71 and I noticed that Bonham lost the beat a few times and then, after a short pause, picked it up again from the guitarist. I always thought he was just stoned (as might have been the case), but now I wonder if it was just too complicated for him!??

  8. @orionoutdoorsandworkshop5617

    April 1, 2024 at 2:18 pm

    these guys were alright. there studio work had so much over-dubbing they couldnt reproduce it live. i dont know if some people believe louder is better but any live work i have heard from them sounded like a lot of really loud noise. bonham had a difficult time finding a band that wanted him as a member. sorry i do not agree with many of you.
    im 63 and have heard many bands from this time period that i feel were leaps and bounds better live than zep. i do appreciate their studio music and recording abilities. even though the drums are not as technical i put the band wishbone ash (and other bands) over zep in a live performance. at the least the guitar sounds and licks were more like their studio work.
    plant would follow small faces around and kind of steal the sound of steve marriot. the song whole lotta love sounds like one previously done from small faces and they had some issues with copying other bands as well.

  9. @user-kb3bf8bf9g

    April 1, 2024 at 2:18 pm

    Little Richard said i alone invented and rock an roll nobody helped me he said in a interview whooo hooo!👑😁😵‍💫 Good golly miss molly unless u want to count mr Boon dont get me wrong i luv letters in the sand Pat holds his own 😗

  10. @alisterzarkar7163

    April 1, 2024 at 2:18 pm

    They played " For Your Life " live for the first time at the O2 Arena reunion with Jason Bonham on drums. Recently, a live performance has surfaced, including the living loving maid, so I think you may not have gotten that one right.

  11. @christopher19894

    April 1, 2024 at 2:18 pm

    When I was a kid the first Zeppelin album I got was #4, and I just assumed it was a greatest hits compilation. It still blows my mind, because it has even less filler than the top Beatles albums.

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