On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The unprecedented rock tours by Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Alice Cooper—and the albums that inspired them—changed the landscape of rock and roll in 1973.Michael Walker talks about how these superstar bands changed the rock concert experience and redefined superstardom for our modern times. He describes how in What You Want Is in the Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born.


Michael Walker

Comments [8]

Chris from CA

Would have been a great interview if only Mr Borowitz had refrained from stating his personal tastes. Music tastes just like colors and food preferences are highly subjective. Stick to the facts. It's radio. I do not care what your preferences are. In fact, by stating them you detract from what could have been interesting and refreshing.

Jul. 18 2013 12:19 PM
Ciaran from LI

@SJM from Bronx : Only 300 people came out to see The Who at a college in '71? Sorry, but I find that hard to believe.

Jul. 17 2013 02:15 PM
gene from NYC

Yes, a turning point, about the time I finally stopped following what had become known as "rock"--the rise of gimmicks and guitar thrashing and makeup and, as you say, limos and coke. It was the death of the true revolution--the individuality and astounding creativity of the rock n roll of 50s and 60s.

That's ok, I went on to discover Reggae, the rich pop and country music of the 20s-40s. And of course, jazz.

Jul. 17 2013 01:00 PM
SJM from Bronx

To support the guest's premise: In 1968 the Yardbirds played my high school prom and in 1971 or so I saw the Who with 300 other people in a college student center

Jul. 17 2013 12:58 PM

um, Black Sabbath, who just put out a number 1 LP in US and UK and other countries, doesnt even get a mention? The genre, Heavy Metal and all its subgenres still exist today and one could argue Black Sabbath is even more influential than all of these bands, Zep, Who AC, today.

Jul. 17 2013 12:50 PM

aaahhhh, the 70's when bands really played and sang live on stage...Long Live Rock.
PS - Led Z best band ever.

Jul. 17 2013 12:49 PM
Eddy from Chicago, IL

1973 was a nodal point for rock aesthetics because of the first Roxy Music album: punk, new wave, noise, sleek self-conscious pop collage all shimmer into view. "Remake/Remodel" (first track, first album) is both black hole and supernova, knows it, and embodies the whole painful process.

Jul. 17 2013 12:48 PM
Ed from Larchmont

1973 was the year abortion became legal and there were resulting cultural and political upheavals in the U.S., and the definitive ending of the wonderful 60's. The postwar economic expansion is generally seen as ending in 1973, and there were gas shortages and price controls and eventually the resignation of a president and then near bankcruptcy in NYC. The music of 1973 most probably also shows this distress.

Jul. 17 2013 05:50 AM

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