After I had gotten the news that the much anticipated concert date had been set, I painstakingly managed to save seventy five dollars out of my wages from a baby-sitting job. It was a lot of money at the time but I wanted the best seat I could manage to pay for. No nose bleed section for me. I wanted to see the faces of my rock idols.
The concert was predicted to be a sellout on that first day of sales, which I supposed was why the tickets were to be sold through one location only. (At least, that was my understanding.)
Now, I must say that the details of the day are fuzzy at best. My friend, Tammy, and I had actually cut school and taken a bus from the valley to the downtown LA Ticket Tron location. Between the ride up and back, and the line at the Ticket Tron that extended for blocks in the seedy and (what I perceived to be) dangerous location, it ended up becoming an all day affair. But we survived unmolested to return home with primo tickets to see the greatest band of all time, Led Zeppelin.
Sadly, the concert date was canceled due to the death of the lead singer’s son and so too my chance to ever see them perform live.
Jumping forward to this last summer, the subject of that missed concert came up it conversation. It turned out that a friend had read about a cover band led by Zeppelin drummer’s son, Jason Bonham. They were to perform at the Greek Theater.
I have to state for the record that I was not quite as excited as I had been the first go around. After all, 35 years had passed mellowing my enthusiasm. Besides, it was only a cover band, how good could they possibly be without Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones? It wasn’t until I read the british reviews that raved about this band that I began to feel the spark of enthusiasm for my long lost idols. I bought a ticket.
Now, irony can be a funny thing. As I was rushing to leave my place of employment, to make the mad dash to the Greek, I heard the words that would revisit upon me the deep and utter disappointment I had experienced years earlier.
“Oh, that concert’s been canceled.”
It was spewed, very matter of factly, from the mouth of the girl who had just come on shift.
“What!” I looked at her in shock before deciding she must be kidding. I knew this couldn’t possible be happening again.
No doubt she saw the look of skepticism on my face. She reiterated.
“No, really. I just heard it on the radio, on my way here. The concert has been canceled.”
Well, needless to say, I rushed home, got on-line and discovered she had indeed been telling me the truth. Now, I definitely felt the universe was bound and determined that I should never fulfill this one desire.
Thankfully, a few days later and to my great relief, the concert had been rescheduled for the fall.
So it was, that on Friday, October 14th in the year 2011, I sat in section B at the Greek Theater and finally got to hear, performed live, the music of the greatest rock band in history. The Led Zeppelin Experience was just as I had hoped it would be and more as I enjoyed the added treat of Jason’s personal experiences with his rock star dad. John Bonham was brought to life in home movies and concert videos playing on three separate screens.
No, I didn’t expect that I would be experiencing the original band, though, for me, the music could have been louder. I would have liked to feel the vibration of every chord humming through my body. But their renditions of history making classics were true to the original scores and when I closed my eyes, I could envision Jimmy Page playing that guitar and Robert Plant singing the lyrics to Cashmere. And, as I stood in the audience, singing along to “Stairway To Heaven”, I though, “Finally”.
Rock On, K.L. Parry ~ Author of “The Pirate’s Daughter and a King’s Ransom”
- Week in Rock History: Led Zeppelin and the World Mourn John Bonham (rollingstone.com)
- Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience Fall Tour (jambase.com)
- Robert Plant Turns 63 (wncx.radio.com)
- All That Glitters: Led Zeppelin – “Black Dog” (Sound Affects) (popmatters.com)
- Jimmy Page [Photos] (wncx.radio.com)
- LED ZEPPELIN – Join John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant For Special London Screening Of Celebration Day (bravewords.com)
- Led Zeppelin spectacular hits the screen (bigpondnews.com)
- Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience (xplorela.com)