Mark Madden

Mark Madden

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Yesterday, I gave you Led Zeppelin at their worst. Today, watch Led Zeppelin at their best: May 25, 1975 at Earl's Court, London.

It was the last of five consecutive shows at the venue. Over 85,000 tickets were sold total. Led Zeppelin killed it.

This show lasted an amazing three hours, 43 minutes and 50 seconds. A few songs are excised from this video because they’re on Led Zeppelin’s official DVD from 2003.

Wrote Led Zeppelin historian Dave Lewis: “When Led Zeppelin undertook the series of five shows at London's Earl's Court Arena in May of 1975 they were at the very peak of their creative powers. Spurred on by the critical and commercial success of their sixth album, the double set 'Physical Graffiti', each show they played took on event-like proportions. The 17,000 capacity Earl's Court afforded them the luxury to showcase in the best possible setting the sheer enormity of their stage act.

“Over five nights of May '75 Zeppelin delivered perhaps the most impressive series of shows of their entire career. Photographic images from the shows still light up the pages of countless Zep features and books, bootleg performances are eagerly snapped up, and the official video footage of the gigs projects the sheer magnitude and power of Led Zeppelin in full flight more than any other surviving film of the group.”

So, it was pretty good.

Thumbnail courtesy of Getty Images.

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