Monday, February 2, 2009
Page & Plant Civic Arena 95'
Dream come true... imagine being able to watch your all time favorite band (minus the late great Bonham) for 2 months... I went out to the first row every night I could.
Both Plant and Page were good guys, Robert was exceptionally cool and helpful.
When we got this gig, it was on very short notice so most of the advertising had already been put out without our name on it. So when the lights would go down each night 20,000 people thought Led Zeppelin was coming out... you should have seen the looks on some of the faces when they saw it wasn't them.. but Rusted Root.
We had 25 minutes every night to win over a potentially hostile crowd. Luckily for us, we were used to playing 2+ hour shows, so we just condensed all of our energy into a shorter time.... Doing this tour was just the thing we needed to break our career wide open.
The icing on the cake was during the show the night this shot was taken, Robert Plant dedicated "The Song Remains the Same" to RR.... I had tears and chills. Then during the encore Jimmy Page came out wearing a RR tee shirt... I wish I had a photo of that...
It all seems like a dream now... a very good one....