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Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same (1976)
"The Song Remains the Same" (original title)

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A Led Zeppelin concert filmed in Madison Square Garden, New York.

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Cast

Credited cast:
John Bonham ...
Himself - Drummer (as Led Zeppelin)
John Paul Jones ...
Himself - Bassist & Keyboardist (as Led Zeppelin)
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Himself - Guitarist (as Led Zeppelin)
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Himself - Lead Singer (as Led Zeppelin)
Peter Grant ...
Himself - Band Manager
Richard Cole ...
Himself
Derek Skilton ...
Himself
Colin Rigdon ...
Himself
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Storyline

The members of Led Zeppelin are called back from vacation by manager Peter Grant to play Madison Square Garden. The film is enhanced by each of the band member's personal fantasies (hallucinations?), such as the opening scene (which is awfully confusing the first time around) in which Peter Grant, dressed in a 1930s black gangster suit drives a 1930s black Ford to a house and blasts everyone with a machine gun. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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In Concert And Beyond

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Release Date:

20 October 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La canción es la misma  »

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(magnetic prints)| (with Dolby noise reduction)|

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(Eastmancolor)|

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the footage that was shot but never used was eventually released on the 'Led Zeppelin DVD'. This includes performances of "Misty Mountain Hop" and "The Ocean" (later also to appear on the 2007 re-issue of this film) and alternate takes of "Black Dog" and "Since I've Been Loving You". See more »

Goofs

Right at the end of Whole Lotta Love, there is a camera shot from above the band, over the stage looking down. John Paul Jones can be seen removing his bass guitar and putting it on a horizontal surface. Then the camera cuts to a front shot, as seen from the audience and Jones still has his bass guitar around his neck. See more »

Quotes

Himself - Lead Singer: [prior to singing "Stairway to Heaven"] I think this is a song of hope.
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Crazy Credits

"Stairway to Heaven" is played in its entirely, resulting in several minutes of blackness after the credits have finished rolling as the music continues See more »

Connections

References A Warm December (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Since I've Been Loving You
Written by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones
Performed by Led Zeppelin
Music Published by Superhype Music, Inc.
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3 words... "Living F---ing Legends"
7 July 2001 | by (Detroit) – See all my reviews

My subject is more of a commentary on the band, not the movie. I'm not really a "Led Head". I didn't discover them until the late 80's. I just wish I was born 10 years earlier so I could have experienced them (and other great 70's bands) first hand.

I was 6 when this movie was released and didn't get into the concert scene until rock was in "spin-off mode" (The Firm, Plant, Dio, Ozzy, etc.). But still... This movie is a PERFECT snap shot of the 70's concert scene... Jimmy (Page) with his cosmic pants and girls with neon blue eye shadow.

The movie isn't that great if you're looking at it as a technical piece (direction, cinematography, etc.). But it excels at helping us remember what that period was like. Again, a 14 year old Britany fan will NEVER understand it. It's for those of us who were a part of that dynasty. It's "Classic Rock Video". You watch it... and remember what it was like in the "good old days".

I'm still amazed at how these guys were gods in the music industry. Talk about leaving your mark. They defined a generation and changed the lives of millions, just as The Beatles did a decade before. This kind of fame will never happen again (in corporate America). Do InSync fan's think the same way as we thought about The Beatles and Led Zeppelin? :)

Again, this movie wasn't great (technically), but if you were even remotely a part of this era, it's a must see. I gave it a 7/10 just because I get chills thinking about how these guys were living legends and it seemed like they knew how to handle it.


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