Led Zeppelin: Live in Joe’s Mind

Here’s the challenge: Shortly before John Bonham died in 1980, Led Zeppelin got some much needed rest.  Now, they’re geared up for a monstrous new tour that will rock as hard as any tour they’d ever done.  You have gone back in time and time-napped them and brought them to present day.

Rather than being perturbed by this rather strange event, the four victims of your multi-time-jurisdictional felony are extremely grateful for getting to bypass the 80s, and want to thank you by putting on a show.  Their entire catalogue is fair game.  The show, including encore, is composed of exactly 20 songs, no more or less.

Flash-forward to the end of the show.  It was better than you could have imagined.  The question is, what was the set list?

Here’s mine:

Good Times, Bad Times

Celebration Day

Sick Again

Black Dog

Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You

Fool in the Rain

Dazed and Confused

You Shook Me

In My Time of Dying

Hey, Hey What Can I Do? (acoustic)

Gallows Pole (acoustic)

Battle of Evermore (acoustic)

Nobody’s Fault But Mine (acoustic)

No Quarter


Over the Hills and Far Away

Rock and Roll

When the Levee Breaks


Whole Lotta Love**


OK, my reasoning/notes:

– I did not treat this like a 20-song Led Zeppelin greatest hits.  A good concert set list is something different than that.  It needs some surprises.

– I treated the set like a three-act play.  The first act goes through “Dazed and Confused,” the second through “Nobody’s Fault But Mine,” and the third through the end including the encore.

– The four-song acoustic set in the middle was inspired by their similar set on the Led Zeppelin DVD.  Page & Plant pulled off a killer acoustic version of “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” on their No Quarter album.

– No Stairway??  Denied!  I had to sacrifice it because I couldn’t think of a spot for it.  It’d be hard to put anything after Stairway, leaving the last song as the only logical spot.  But I prefer my concerts end with a rocker.  So, it had to go.


(Image source: http://www.last.fm/music/Led+Zeppelin/+images/59770575)


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