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The filming took place during the summer ofduring three nights of concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with additional footage shot at Electro Rhythm 30 - Ron Geesin - Electrosound (Volume 2) Studios.
The DVD of the film was released on 31 December For the first time the world has a front row seat on Led Zeppelin. Since lateLed Zeppelin had been planning on filming one of their live performances for a projected movie documentary of the band. The group's manager, Peter Grantbelieved that they would be better served by the big screen than by television, because he regarded the sound quality of the latter as unsatisfactory.
The first attempt was the filming by Peter Whitehead and Stanley Dorfman of Led Zeppelin's Royal Albert Hall performance on 9 Januarybut the band thought they appeared dated when they viewed the edited footage several months later, and the film was shelved this footage was later remastered and featured on the release Led Zeppelin DVD. Massot was already known to Grant as he and his wife had moved into a house in Berkshire inwhere they made friends with their neighbours, Led The Song Remains The Same - Led Zeppelin - Madison Square Garden 1975 1st Night guitarist Jimmy Page and his girlfriend Charlotte Martin.
As Grant recalled:. It all started in the Sheraton Hotel, Boston. It was all very quickly arranged. Massot hurriedly assembled a crew in time for Led Zeppelin's last leg of the tour starting on 23 Julyin Baltimore. He subsequently filmed the group's three concert performances at Madison Square Garden on Alcatrazz - Dangerous Games nights of 27, 28, and 29 July The film was entirely financed by the band and shot on 35mm with a track quadraphonic sound recording.
The plans to film the shows at Madison Square Garden were threatened when the local trades union tried to block the British film crew from working. After the band's attorneys negotiated with the union, the crew was allowed to film the concerts.
The footage of the band arriving at the airport in their private jet airliner, The Starshipand travelling in the motor cavalcade to the concert was filmed in Pittsburgh, before their show at Three Rivers Stadium on 24 July For the band's three New York performances, two band members, Robert Plant and John Bonhamwore exactly the same clothes to facilitate seamless editing of the film, but John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page wore different sets of attire on some of the nights, which created continuity problems.
Page is seen wearing a different dragon suit in " Rock and Roll " and the " Celebration Day " remaster. In an interview fromJones said that the reason he didn't wear the same stage clothes was that he asked the crew if they would be filming on those nights and was told no. Then what would happen The Song Remains The Same - Led Zeppelin - Madison Square Garden 1975 1st Night that I'd get onstage and see the cameras ready to roll. As Led Zeppelin's popularity soared throughout the s, Peter Grant became increasingly notorious for being brutally protective of his band and their finances; The Song Remains the Same captures one such exchange between him and a concert promoter.
When Warner Bros. Clifton took the optical print and removed the Open Your Heart (Extended Version) - Madonna - Open Your Heart, and the film was given an appropriate rating.
However, on every other print, the words were retained and were fully audible. In the scene where Peter Grant is driven to the police station to be questioned about the theft from the safe deposit box at the Drake Hotelhe has his arm outside the police car. According to an interview conducted inhe explained the reason he wasn't handcuffed was that the policeman driving the car used to be a drummer in a semi-professional band which had supported the Yardbirds on one of its US college tours in the lates.
Grant had at the time been manager of the Yardbirds. Scenes of young fans attempting to buy tickets, an unruly fan being ejected by security, and Grant berating the promoter for receiving kickbacks were all shot at the Baltimore Civic Center on 23 July To Figari Ine Kokkino La Lune Rousse - Nana Mouskouri - Mes Plus Belles Chansons Grecques Grant purportedly recommended the "Dazed and Confused" sequence Syracuse - Valérie Graschaire Trio - Once Upon A Town the camera zooms into Page's eyes and cuts to the scene.
Some unused backstage shots filmed at Baltimore and at Pittsburgh later found their way into the promotional video for " Travelling Riverside Blues ", released in Dissatisfied with the progress of the film, Grant had Massot removed from the project and Australian director Peter Clifton was hired in his place in early Massot was offered a few thousand pounds in compensation. Peter Grant later sent someone to Massot's house to collect the film. However, Massot had hidden the film elsewhere and so instead an expensive editing machine owned by Massot was taken as collateral.
Massot served a writ, leading to a period of stalemate which was finally broken when Grant and Led Zeppelin's lawyer Steve Weiss agreed to pay Massot the money he was owed, after which he delivered the film to the band. Clifton, realising that there were crucial holes in the concert footage, suggested that the entire show be recreated at Shepperton Studios in Auguston a mock-up of the Madison Square Garden stage.
Close-ups and distance footage of the band members could then be slipped into the live sequences, which made up the bulk of the concert footage seen in the film. When it was agreed that the band would meet at Shepperton Studios for filming, Jones had recently had his hair cut short, so he had to wear a wig. In the May issue of Uncut MagazinePage recalled the events surrounding the shooting of additional footage at Shepperton Studios:. I'm sort of miming at Shepperton to what I'd played at Madison Square Garden, but of course, although I've got a rough approximation of what I was playing from night to night, it's not exact.
So the film that came out in the '70s is a bit warts-and-all. A plan to shoot additional footage on the band's Autumn U. The Song Remains the Same was finally completed by early18 months behind schedule and over-budget. Peter Grant later quipped "It was How Id Love To Love You - Nat King Cole - L-O-V-E most expensive home movie ever made".
For the West Coast premieres, no such audio boosting was employed. These premieres, along with the London premiere, were attended by the members of the band. The band were thus unable to promote themselves at home, leaving them out of the public spotlight.
However, amongst fans the film has retained its popularity. It became a cult favourite at late-night movie houses,  and its subsequent release on video and then DVD has ensured a growing base of fans.
Some members of the band regard the performances filmed at Madison Square Garden as merely average for the time, coming as they did at the end of a long and exhausting tour, but nonetheless representative of the generally high standard of the band's live performances during this era. The Song Remains The Same is not a great film, but there's no point in making excuses. It's just a reasonably honest statement of where we were at that particular time. It's very difficult for me to watch it now, but I'd like to see it in a year's time just to see how it stands up.
Page made good on his promise. When reviewing material for Led Zeppelin DVD inhe decided to include footage from this same series of concerts. However, other members of the band were less charitable, with Jones later admitting that the film was "a massive compromise" and Plant denouncing it as "a load of bollocks. For all of its technical faults, many today view the film as an interesting historical document that captured the band at a particular point in time when its popularity was at around its peak, and, on a more general level, as an accurate representation of the excesses of the music and show-business industries in the s.
The good news is that Jimmy Page and fellow production wunderkind Kevin Shirley have been meticulous as regards quality control. The Song Remains The Same - Led Zeppelin - Madison Square Garden 1975 1st Night three-night, July stint at Madison square garden that fuelled the film's original soundtrack has been plundered afresh In truth, 's DVD package houses better live performances, but if you want to catch Zeppelin in all their preposterous, 'because we can' glory, The Song Remains This coincided with the reissue of the accompanying soundtrack to the film, available on CD.
The DVD features newly remixed and fully remastered sound, 5. A Collector's Edition box set including a T-shirt with the original album cover, placards from the New York shows, and several glossy photographs was released as well. Due to legal complications, the band decided not to change the video portion of the original movie for the rerelease.
One difference is that the songs included on the CDs that were not featured in the original movie are included as bonus tracks on the DVD. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Song Remains the Same Theatrical release poster. Take May : Retrieved James Encyclopedia of Popular CultureVolume 3.
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