Vaduz, Liechtenstein – The Darks of Doom are howling…

Liechtenstein

Just below this nice view the „Little Big One“ festival took place. Here we had the opportunity to see the sound check of the band with a brilliant Jimmy Page playing just for the two of us!

Setlist:
Soundcheck: Blues song, Wanton Song, Bring it on home, Heartbreaker

Concert: Wanton Song, Bring it on home, Heartbreaker, Ramble on, Walking into Clarksdale, No Quarter, Shining in the light, Gallows Pole, Heart in your hand, Babe I am gonna leave you, Most High, How many more times (cut short), Down by the seaside(excerpt) leading into..Whole lotta love Encore: Rock ’n‘ Roll

Reviews: This was a very small Festival. There were maybe 5000 people. Page and Plant entered the stage at a quarter past nine and they played for one and a half hour. In my opinion the fun that could be seen on the US gigs was missing a little bit, but it was still a very good concert. It was raining all the time and Jimmy had some technical problems during Whole lotta love. The Theramin did not work well and afterwards the pedals for his guitar did not work, so that he kicked them away. The bow solo in HMMT was shortened but very good. In the afternoon we went to the concert area to take a look at the stage and when we just went to leave Jimmy Page entered the stage. He had Michael Lee, Charlie Jones and Phil Andrews with him. Only Robert was missing.He took of his jacket and they started to play a very heavy blues song and afterwords Wanton Song, Bring it on home and Heartbreaker. Jimmy had a lot of fun and moved a lot across the stage. That was much better than in the evening. He played with the Theramin too and it worked pretty well. So I think it was the rain that caused the problems during the evening show. It was really a great experience to see and hear Jimmy play with just 10 people in front of the stage.

Review from PeterPeischl

As already mentioned by Jens, we had the chance to witness the souncdheck in the afternoon. The music was only instrumental because robert was missing. At first the band started a blus jam which reminded me at a more heavier version of Since Ive been loving you. Phil Andrews added some nice piano parts to this blues. The main part of this blues was Jimmy playing a long solo against the background of Charlie Jones/Michael Lee with, as already mentioned, Phil Andrews providing nice piano parts. While soloing, Jimmy was really stomping his left foot on the stage. There were about 10 people watching this soundcheck and I was worrying, that somebody would come and ask to leave. Happily, this did not happen; only when somebody wanted to take some photos, the assistant tour manager, Richard Davies, got nervous and asked us, not to take photos. We accepted his wish.After some discussion, the band provided us with the first three songs of the set. The sound was wonderful this afternoon. Much better than in the evening.Jimmy looked really happy, playing this 3 songs, because he moved around the stage, just like if he is playing before a crowd of 10.000 and not only 10 people. I was hoping, that he would perform his solo during Heartbreaker, but this was left out. After Heartbreaker, the band put aside their instruments and Jimmy was testing if his Theramin is working correct, assisted by Clive Brinkworth, his roadie. The „testing“ took about 5 minutes and it was a fascinating thing to see in detail, how a Theramin is working and what Jimmy has to do with his hands and body to achieve a certain sound from this instrument. Just let me tell you, that this show was part of a 3 day festival in Vaduz, with Alan Parsons Project headlining on Saturday and Jethro Tull on Sunday. The concert site was in the midst of Vaduz, which is an old town within a valley. On one side of the town, there are big mountains rising up with an old castle in the middle, the castle just looking down on the town and right on the festival site.So adding an romantic environment to the whole site. After finishing his Theramin Check, somebody ( maybe the promoter ) was introduced to Jimmy, who was explaining to him the outlook in the valley and the old castle. I had the impression, that Jimmy liked the place. After some more checking with the Theramin, he put on his leather jacket and left the stage. So now, something about the evening show. As Jens already mentioned, the fun of the soundcheck was not present at the show. After being present at the first 4 concerts of the american tour ( Pensacola, Tampa, Miami & Jacksonville ) I think, I am able to make some comparisons. First, the set was cut down an bit. Going to C, Tangerine and a second encore were missing. I suppose, that they had to cut down the whole thing for curfew reasons. We were very near at front of the stage, maybe 4th row standing. Here the sound was partially not as good as experienced in the USA. I also had the impressions, that the band were a bit rusty, because you could notice some mistakes in the playing. Maybe the reason for all this was Robert Plant, who seemed a bit lacklustre, especially in the songs, where he has to work a bit more than usual, e.g. Baby Im gonna leave you & How Many More Times. Compared to the states, where his voice was really strong in these songs, he provided us here only with „standard singing“. But now to the positive things from the show. The inclusion of „Shining in the light“ is a positive move. But personally, I really miss „Burning Up“, which is a favourite of the new album. Maybe they should use this song an an opener, because in my opinion, „Wanton Song“ is not the ideal number to start. I was also a good idea, to move „Most High“ a bit earlier in the set, because this number works better „before“ instead of „after“ HMMT.