Posted: 1:57 pm Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
By Pete Rizzo
It’s often been called a rite of passage for bands at their commercial peak to make a concert movie. And if you were Led Zeppelin selling out three nights at Madison Square Garden back in 1973, it would be tough to deny that you were at your zenith. Enter “The Song Remains the Same”.
Led Zeppelin’s concert film premiered at Cinema I in New York on October 20, 1976, in which the band was in attendance for.
Known as being one of the pre-eminent concert films of all time, the making of the movie wasn’t without its troubles or its share of critics once it was released. But it did reasonably well at the box office and became a late night movie staple.
As for my favorite concert movie, I may have to go with Pink Floyd’s ‘Live at Pompeii’ for numerous reasons.
–For one, the spectacle of performing at this outdoor theater;
–Two, the sheer audacity of shooting a live movie with no audience;
–Three, the economical length of it. At only an hour it made Zep’s foray into concert movies seem bloated and self-indulgent by comparison;
–But above all, Floyd may never have sounded better as a band than during this movie.
How about you? What’s your favorite concert movie?
About the Author
Hi, I'm Pete Rizzo, early morning elixir for your weekends. I love music and I love talking about it. I grew up listening to bands like Rush (best band on the planet!), Van Halen (Diamond Dave all the way), AC/DC (Bon rules!) and Genesis (the Gabriel years). But my true love is progressive rock and heavy metal. The louder, crunchier, more bombastic and self-indulgent, the better! When I’m not on the air, I’m either training in martial arts, deciding which tattoo I should get next, reading a good book (I still enjoy turning actual pages), or my wife and I are planning our next big travel excursion. I’m on every Saturday and Sunday morning. You can also follow me on on Twitter @PeteRizzoWBAB. I’d love to hear from you.