When fans went to see Led Zeppelin in concert, they weren't always fussed about which songs they played. Audiences were happy to see the band perform; any song on their setlist was welcome. However, fans have not forgotten over the years that the rock band never played some of their best tunes live. Guitarist Jimmy Page will never perform one in particular, though his reason is a little muddled.
The Led Zeppelin song Jimmy Page will never perform live
In 1969, Led Zeppelin hastily recorded their second studio album, Led Zeppelin II. Most of the record, which features some of their most famous songs, including "Whole Lotta Love," was written while the band was on tour. They recorded it in various places, affecting the album's sound, especially in "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)."
According to Rock Celebrities, Page thinks the track, which immediately comes in after "Heartbreaker," is a throwaway. According to Song Facts, the band wrote the song about a groupie who wouldn't leave them alone on tour. Page has stated that he hates the song, but it's unclear whether that's because he thinks of it as pointless.
Whatever Page's reasons are for hating the song, Led Zeppelin never performed it live. The guitarist will likely never perform it, either. Although, frontman Robert Plant played it during his 1990 solo tour.
Plenty of artists hate their songs. So, it's not exactly unusual that Page hates "Living Loving Maid." The band's drummer, John Bonham, hated "D'yer Ma'ker," so they didn't play that either. "Living Loving Maid" isn't the only Zeppelin song that was permanently left out of setlists.
The other Led Zeppelin songs that fans never got to hear live
Loudwire researched Led Zeppelin's setlists and found 19 songs that were never performed. Here's the list, which includes "Living Loving Maid" and "D'yer Ma'ker": "Hats off to (Roy) Harper," "La La," "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do," "The Rover," "Houses of the Holy," "In the Light," "Down by the Seaside," "Night Flight," "Boogie With Stu," "Royal Orleans," "Candy Store Rock," "Hots on for Nowhere," "Tea for One," "South Bound Suarez," "Fool in the Rain," "Carouselambra," and "I'm Gonna Crawl."
They also found that "Dazed and Confused" was the band's most performed song, with 425 times. "Moby Dick" was second on the list.
While some of the tracks on the list of unplayed songs are surprising, we're glad that Led Zeppelin made it their priority to play "Dazed and Confused" and others like "Whole Lotta Love" and "Kashmir." Those are the epic tunes that shot them to fame. If those songs were on the setlist, fans went home satisfied.
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