Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
July 29, 1988
CBG Classic Master Video Series Vol.42
video angle #1: (CBG) Ricoh R-600 (same specs as Sony CCD-V5) 8mm camcorder (w/ 2X teleconverter lens) master 8mm analog tape; NTSC, 4:3 PAR, 29.97 fps; transferred to harddrive via a firewire using a Sony TRV-330 8mm digital camera w/ Time Base Correction; video capture done with Sony Vegas Pro 13
video angle #2: audience recording of unknown lineage; VHS tape; NTSC, 4:3 PAR, 29.97 fps; captured using a JVC S-VHS HR-S8007UM VCR connected to a Canopus ADVC-110 via an S-Video cable; connected to the computer via firewire; video capture done with Sony Vegas Pro 13
Video editing, and 2-pass VBR encoding done with Sony Vegas Pro 13 at 6.6K max, 6.5K avg, 1K min; authored to DVD in Sony DVD Architect Pro 6.
audio option #1: audience recording of unknown lineage; LPCM 1536 bit
audio option #2: Aiwa-CM30A mic into the Ricoh R-600's external mic in jack; captured with the video from the master 8mm analog tape; LPCM 1536 bit
All video editing, audio synching and DVD authoring by Silver Stallion (guitard on Dime).
running time 1hr 39mins (full show)
***Converted to MP3 audio using Any Audio Convertor***
disc 1 (50 mins)
1. Helen Of Troy
2. Other Arms
3. Billy's Revenge
4. In The Evening
5. In The Mood
6. Black Country Woman
7. Ship Of Fools
disc 2 (49 mins)
9. Trampled Under Foot
10. Heaven Knows
11. Misty Mountain Hop
12. Big Log
13. Tall Cool One
14. Communication Breakdown
Note: the tail end of "In The Mood" and all of "Black Country Woman" are missing from the alternate audio source and were replaced with camera audio.
Robert Plant - vocals
Charlie Jones - bass
Chris Blackwell - drums
Phil Johnstone - keys
Doug Boyle - guitar
I only have one request, that you don't take these files and post them on other torrent sites. I have many shows to upload. I will upload, let them get seeded by others and after a majority have downloaded the files completely, remove my files so I can seed something new. I prefer to manage my own shows on DIME and The Traders Den. I will upload to other sites when I wish to for select shows. Thanks for honoring my wishes in advance.
This is “CBG Classic Master Video Series Vol.42”.
On Monday night, I was in Providence, Rhode Island to film Robert Plant. I went to several shows on this tour so I thought why not try in Providence to film for the first time. I had never filmed there before. I was able to get the camcorder in as this was not a metal show, so the security was not up our butts like they were for Iron Maiden the week before. I went to a spot on the right side of the stage a couple sections out in the lower level. I was probably 40 minutes into the show filming and there was this tall guy that was in the row in front of me to the right one seat in the line of sight on the angle towards the stage in the direction that I was filming. So I decide to move a little more to the left one seat and switch with someone to be able to shoot around him towards the stage and I think that opened up more of a view to me from the stage and floor (barricade security) than when he was sort of blocking the view of me from below. I don't know what possessed me to film on the first level the first time I get a camcorder into this place, but I had done several shows by then and I thought what not go for a close one. Heck, it felt like I was on tour with Robert Plant by now. Back then, I used to film with no shirt over the camera too. I know, stupid me, but I was learning. In a matter of minutes after I moved to the left, three security guys were there to take me away. I should have just stayed content where I was with that tall guy sort of blocking me, but I moved. That guy was blocking for me and I decided to slip to the left more to avoid him and it did me in. Oh well. This was the first time that I was caught. It happened so quick.
They took me to Robert Plant’s tour manager way back stage. The tour manager brought me back into the offices area back in the corridors of the arena and told me to wait there while he went into one office for a minute with my camcorder. Then he came out and asked me to turn on the camcorder. I guess he couldn't figure it out. He then took it from me and filmed me with my camcorder on the tape still inside it. It still had the 2x magnification lens on it too! Then he told me to take the tape out of it and give it to him. So I did and I handed it to him. He then told me to wait there against the wall and he went into his office with the camcorder and tape. Then he came out with a little book. It had the album cover picture on it and it was a little Now and Zen tour notebook. He then asked me for my license or identification but luckily I never brought that stuff in with me. I told him I didn’t have it with me and he asked me how I drove there and I told him I walked and I lived in Providence (which I didn't). So he asked me for my name and address. I then gave him a fake name made up of two friends names and fake address and he wrote it in that book. Thank god he didn’t check the zip code because I didn’t know Providence zip codes. Neither did he I guess. I told him I only tried this one other time. If he only knew I shot several shows already on this Now and Zen tour and many other bands, he would have been livid I think. He then told me if he ever caught me again he would have me arrested. I think he was trying to scare me, because there are only rules against filming in arenas. If there were laws against filming, I wouldn’t do it. There are not laws. But at that time it was sort of frightening. So then he went into the office and came out with my camcorder and handed it back to me. He the escorted me out of the place through some side doors where I walked to my car dejected and drove home. I finally get the camcorder into the Providence Civic Center after not getting it in a week earlier for Iron Maiden, and now I get caught! For the first time ever. And it felt like my fault because I really went close on the side only like 12 rows up on the 1st level to go for a real close video and I moved into view of the floor security and I am nabbed instantly after moving into view. That was a lonely ride home and it had me contemplating not filming any more Robert Plant shows.
Well, the last show of the Robert Plant tour was at Madison Square Garden that Friday night at the end of the week. I was just caught in Providence on Monday night. All those words from that tour manager were going through my head. I had already filmed Robert Plant's band at Madison Square Garden for the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary party and also filmed Led Zeppelin at the end of that show back in May. I considered everything and decided to drive down to NYC and attempt the show but not go right up close to film. I was pretty nervous for this one as it was MSG and it was NYC and just four nights earlier I met that tour manager. So if I was caught here at the Garden, I am sure he would remember me and who knows what would happen. I ended up filming the whole show and the mission was accomplished. As it turns out, this was only the last show of the first leg of the tour. The tour was so successful that they added a second leg in the fall and Robert came around again, as alot of bands did.
After all these years too, I found that someone else filmed the show parallel to the stage on the left side. There are obstructions in that angle, but guitard is good with extracting the good parts and making a mix with a show like that. So we ended up editing the show into a 2 camera mix. Before this endeavor of releasing shows on DIME and TheTradersDen, and before guitard started producing my shows for me onto DVD, I had zero multicam mixes of the Robert Plant Now and Zen Tour (Other than the Radio Shack A/B edited mix the NYBG and I made back in 1988 that had picture rolls in it every time you went between source A to B and vice versa). Now (and Zen) I have three different multicam mixes of Robert Plant shows on this tour, a 2cam of opening night in Quebec City (already posted), a 3cam mix of Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ (already posted), and now a 2cam of Madison Square Garden. There are really no mixes of shows from 1988 anyway (we also did Scorpions and Van Halen from Giants Stadium in 1988) because it was rare to have two cameras in an arena at the same show back then or the technology to even mix them if you did. That is now a reality for all of us to enjoy in the 21st Century where people are so expectant of seeing multicam mixes and hundreds of Youtube videos instantly after the shows. Not back in 1988, we used lighters instead of cell phones, and we hoped a couple of people got films of tours when they went to certain cities like Montreal, Quebec City, Detroit, Cleveland and New York City. Now you get everything with instant gratification. So now you can go back in time and enjoy a show were you hoped someone filmed it. On this night, luckily, two people did. I'm glad I had the balls to go for it after the Monday mishap. Enjoy the last show of the first leg of Robert Plant’s Now and Zen tour at Madison Square Garden! My third time filming Robert in the World's Most Famous Arena in two months. CBG5150 Posted to TTD 2016-08-06.