Jimmy Page is 71 years old today. To honor this rock ‘n roll holiday, let’s look at some of Led Zeppelin’s best live performances. From their inception in 1967, to their 1980 disbanding after the death of drummer John Bonham, they were one of the greatest forces in rock ‘n roll, and it certainly shows in these great clips.
“Since I’ve Been Loving You” – (1973)
The bluesy “Since I’ve Been Loving You” is one of the more epic songs in the Zeppelin catalog, and this 8-minute version from The Song Remains The Same is as fine a version of the song as you’ll ever here. Page’s subtle playing, combined with the ominous keyboard riff give the song a desperate, mysterious vibe. A well-deserved Zeppelin classic.
“Kashmir” (2007 – Celebration Day)
When Led Zeppelin briefly reunited in 2007 for a one-off gig at O2 Arena (with Jason Bonham on drums), they proved that even after nearly 30 years, their skills were not diminished in the slightest. Plant could still wail like a banshee, and Page was still unmatched on guitar. This is best exemplified by this fantastic version of “Kashmir,” which spares none of the glorious bombast that made the song so beloved in the first place.
“Dazed And Confused” – (1969)
Here we see Zeppelin right at the beginning of their career, performing what would become one of their most beloved songs. It’s always fascinating to look at an immortal band when they were young and hungry, and in this case, we can clearly see the genius that would lead to Zeppelin being loved by so many. Particularly enjoyable here is how Plant’s vocals can go from smooth to bordering-on-violent in the blink of an eye.