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The Top 6 Led Zeppelin Bootlegs

on October 27, 2014, 12:00am
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6. Listen to This, Eddie

The Forum, Los Angeles, June 21, 1977

Considered by many to be one of Led Zeppelin’s best performances, Listen to This, Eddie was a bootleg from the first of six nights at The Forum in L.A. when the concert lasted over three hours. The “Eddie” in the title allegedly refers to Eddie Van Halen, who criticized Jimmy Page in an interview around this time saying, “As a player, [Page is] very good in the studio [but] I never saw him play well live. He’s very sloppy. He plays like he’s got a broken hand and he’s two years old.”

Another great bootleg from the 1977 run of L.A. shows was For Badgeholders Only. “Badgeholder” was a slang term for a groupie, and on the record you can hear Plant asking if anyone can “find us a badgeholder?” For Badgeholders Only is also a great bootleg because that concert featured multiple sit-ins by The Who’s drummer, Keith Moon.

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