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New Barbarians at Knebworth 1979
Posted by: LOGIE ()
Date: December 6, 2007 01:45

The very last time Led Zep played in the UK was 11th August 1979, with the New Barbarians as the main support act.

This is Nick Kent's account of their performance from the following week's NME:





(continued in extreme left column under picture...)



Re: New Barbarians at Knebworth 1979
Posted by: Rockman ()
Date: December 6, 2007 01:47

Fanks heaps LOGIE....



ROCKMAN

Re: New Barbarians at Knebworth 1979
Posted by: Erik_Snow ()
Date: December 6, 2007 01:54

"...there's a spirit to it - a gut-level kick that won't quit."

Well put! And thanks, Logie!

Re: New Barbarians at Knebworth 1979
Posted by: LieB ()
Date: December 6, 2007 02:34

I've read a lot of criticism on Nick Kent and his Stones stories, but this was very well written and interesting. Spot on when it comes to describing the Barbarians' and Led Zep's styles of music. Funny how Led Zep by that time were considered bombastic "museum pieces" with "nothing to say" while the Barbarians were doing "good ol' rock 'n' roll dance music". Even funnier how all the celebrity punks backstage wanted to hang with Keith -- ever the punk -- and sneered over Led Zep.

Today the punks are museum pieces too, and everybody admires yet sneers toward both the Stones and a reuniting Led Zep. If the latter have anything to say is everyone's decision, but I'm guessing that it still holds true that they smoke the Stones in pure musical terms, when in the end all that matters is the good ol' dance music. Only rock 'n' roll but we like it all.

Re: New Barbarians at Knebworth 1979
Posted by: with sssoul ()
Date: December 6, 2007 07:18

thank you Logie!
Nick Kent's accuracy is wobbly as usual, but at least he gets the gut-level kick

Re: New Barbarians at Knebworth 1979
Posted by: marcovandereijk ()
Date: December 6, 2007 10:02

Great! Thank you very much for posting this. Reading it felt like almost being there.

Re: New Barbarians at Knebworth 1979
Posted by: LA FORUM ()
Date: December 6, 2007 11:47

Thanks! Great article.
"Trouble is, real inspired rock roll is never only anything..."

Re: New Barbarians at Knebworth 1979
Posted by: rooster ()
Date: December 6, 2007 12:55

Thanks Logie that was a nice read

Re: New Barbarians at Knebworth 1979
Posted by: Gazza ()
Date: December 6, 2007 15:01

Many thanks...back to the days when a gig review in the music press actually did what it says on the tin.

Two hour delay before the Barbarians went on? What is it about Keith and that venue!

Re: New Barbarians at Knebworth 1979
Posted by: Rocky Dijon ()
Date: December 6, 2007 16:17

Kent did err in listing Keef as vocalist for "Rock Me, Baby" however.
It was Woody without a doubt.

Re: New Barbarians at Knebworth 1979
Posted by: Gazza ()
Date: December 6, 2007 18:48

well, look on the bright side,..at least he didnt claim Keith punched Woody in the face....

Re: New Barbarians at Knebworth 1979
Posted by: midnrambler ()
Date: December 6, 2007 19:58

Is there a recording of their performance?

Re: New Barbarians at Knebworth 1979
Posted by: Rank Stranger ()
Date: December 6, 2007 20:08

>>Is there a recording of their performance?
Yes



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