a Zeppelin gig, the air hung heavy with joint smoke, danger and just
a whiff of witchcraft. Eyes shone bright with amphetamines, willing
victims flocked, sometimes from homes thousands of miles off, to pour
out their adorations.
Everything was huge: the PAs and light shows were the biggest
and brightest that had ever been made. Standing structures shuddered
with the violent shock of the music. The fees the band could demand
were unprecedented; every gig was a sell out and their album sales
broke all known records. At one time in 1975, Led Zeppelin had nine
albums in the American charts. Their sixth album Physical Graffiti
had advanced orders of $15 million.