The Movie: The Song Remains the Same (1976)
What Is It?: Led Zeppelin’s concert film is packaged in all the pretentiousness and bloat one could hope for from one of the most over-the-top Rock & Roll bands of the seventies. The guys reveal themselves in their absurd fantasy sequences. Jimmy Page scales a mountain to retrieve a mystical sword. John Paul Jones attends a lavish, medieval banquet. Robert Plant swash buckles to rescue a damsel in distress. And John Bonham? Well, he races cars. The musical performances are actually much better than the film’s rep suggests, and I for one love all seventeen hours of “Dazed and Confused”. However, Bonham’s track skills are the only thing that might prevent you from fast-forwarding through his year-long drum solo.
Why Today?: On this day in 1973, the filming begins.