On This Date in History

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On this date in history, 6/3/1988, one night after seeing an awesome Joe Satriani show, I traveled back to Indianapolis to my familiar concert home away from home, MSA.

This was a special one for me, as I was going to see one quarter of the mighty Led Zeppelin, the golden god himself…the one and only Robert Plant.

Robert had forged a successful solo career in the wake of Zeppelin’s demise following the death of John Bonham in 1980.

Now And Zen was his fourth and current album at that time and it contained several of the highlight tunes of the concert, like “Heaven Knows”, “Tall Cool One”, and “Ship Of Fools.”

Plant was in great voice and truly charming in his various song introductions.

Several times during the show, the band would tease us with a bit of a Zeppelin riff, but they stuck to the solo material exclusively, probably disappointing more than a few fans, but I personally thought it was a wise move. Not to mention the fact that Plant’s solo material was consistently top notch.

The Mission U.K. opened the show with a good set of English goth rock that was a nice fit with Plant’s style.

Sadly, I never saw Zeppelin, but seeing their singer on a great night was a pretty sweet consolation prize.

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

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