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If you’ve ever been to a concert, you know that they’re loud. In fact, some concerts have a decibel level of 130 decibels or more. Did you know that the music from AC/DC and Led Zeppelin reached that level? Those two bands played at venues like Wembley Stadium and Western Springs.
Led Zeppelin’s music reached a decibel level of 130 dB
If you are a fan of Led Zeppelin, you know that the band’s music reaches incredible volumes. During a concert, the music can reach over 130 dB, making it almost impossible to hear the lyrics. The band is famous for playing music loudly, and it is not surprising that the music was sometimes described as an earthquake of sound by music critics. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association even measured one of their concerts at 130 dB, which is twice the normal level for rock concerts.
While Led Zeppelin’s music reaches a high decibel level, their style of playing was never overly edgy. The songs on “In the Evening” are among their loudest. The song takes over a minute to kick in and features crashing guitars and drums. It’s a powerful song, and one of the most powerful Zeppelin albums.
In 1968, Led Zeppelin embarked on their sixth tour of the United States. During the first leg of this tour, the band recorded “The Lemon Song” in a studio in Los Angeles. Bonham admired big band drummers and had his own style.
AC/DC’s music reached 130 dB
The band’s early material was often criticized as being “anthemic”, while their late period was characterized by boring overblown excesses. Back In Black, however, is an altogether better album. The lyrics, too, have improved over the years. While there are still plenty of dirty jokes and ‘unrighteous life portraying’ lyrics, they are more socially conscious and better-written.
The band’s early work featured some boogie-influenced songs. However, the band’s songs were also a bit baffling, with retro boogie tracks and an unusual blend of speed metal. As a result, the band stayed away from the pitfalls of their early work and made each subsequent record better.
The band’s sound is similar to Status Quo. It has the same “comic” qualities, but the difference is that it takes rock’n’roll to ridiculous levels. Fans of the band should exercise caution when letting their passion blind them to reality. The song “Pukoid Substance” from Space Quest V is a good example of this. It paralyses its victims and changes their brain.
Led Zeppelin’s music was played at Wembley
Led Zeppelin played two shows at London’s Wembley Arena in 1971, drawing good reviews. The band incorporated four mysterious symbols into their stage set, and Jimmy Page wore a hand-made sweater. In addition to the music, the band entertained the crowd with circus acts.
The band toured the United Kingdom and Europe for several years, but never returned to the London arena. The group reunited for a concert on Celebration Day in 2007, but Robert Plant balked at the idea of a long-term tour. The band eventually decided to pack it in and retire.
While rumours about a partial reunion had swirled around this week, it was finally confirmed when the band’s members resurfaced at the stadium. Jimmy Page joined Foo Fighters for a show at Wembley Stadium in 2008 and hinted that the seeds for Them Crooked Vultures were planted that night.
AC/DC’s music played at Western Springs
If you’ve ever been to a rock concert, then you know how loud AC/DC’s music can be. The band’s recent performance at the Western Springs in Auckland was so loud that you could hear it across the entire city. The concert was part of their Rock or Bust world tour, and while their previous show in Wellington was plagued by technical difficulties, their Auckland show was a great success. Even people living in Devonport, near the venue, reported hearing AC/DC’s music.
The music played at Western Springs Stadium attracted more than 30,000 fans. The concert was so loud that sound vibrations were picked up by seismographs – the same technology used to measure earthquakes. The sound levels were so high that the council received 27 noise complaints from nearby communities.
The band’s performance was so loud that it was impossible to hear the music of other bands in the vicinity. Even the band’s fans were affected, and noise ordinances were violated. The music from AC/DC’s concert could be heard in Unterhaching, a suburb of Munich 12 miles away.