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Led Zeppelin — That's the Way (live)
Album: BBC Sessions
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Released: 1971
Length: 5:38
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I don't know how I'm gonna tell you, I can't play with you no more,
I don't know how I'm gonna do what mama told me, My friend, the boy next door.
I can't believe what people saying, You're gonna let your hair hang down,
I'm satisfied to sit here working all day long, You're in the darker side of town.

And when I'm out I see you walking, Why don't your eyes see me,
Could it be you've found another game to play, What did mama say to me.

*That's The Way, Oh, That's The Way it ought to be,
Yeah, yeah, mama say That's The Way it ought to stay.

And yesterday I saw you standing by the river,
And weren't those tears that filled your eyes,
And all the fish that lay in dirty water dying,
Had they got you hypnotized?

And yesterday I saw you kissing tiny flowers,
But all that lives is born to die.
And so I say to you that nothing really matters,
And all you do is stand and cry.

I don't know what to say about it,
When all you ears have turned away,
But now's the time to look and look again at what you see,
Is that the way it ought to stay?

That's the way... That's the way it oughtta be
Oh don't you know now, Mama said.. that's the way it's gonna stay, yeah.
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Boring!
What's great about RP is that I never, in a million years, would think of adding Led Zeppelin to a "Mellow Mix"! Bravo!
 MrStatenIsle wrote:

It's from a time and place when one was content just watching and listening, respectfully, without the awkward need to inject a "woooohuuuuu,"to show their coolness during a performance.
 

I think "entranced" might be a better word.
 tonyjory wrote:
My problem with Led Zepp is that they don't 'FLOW'.
Am I alone?
 
There appear to be a fair number of Zep h8rs on these boards so, no, you are not alone.  Although, I'm not sure what you mean by 'FLOW'.  They've always had a great 'GROOVE', IMO.
 westslope wrote:

No.  You are just very brave.  Like somebody who walks out into 6 lanes of traffic moving at over 80 km/h.  
 

LOL LOL LOL
 MrStatenIsle wrote:

It's from a time and place when one was content just watching and listening, respectfully, without the awkward need to inject a "woooohuuuuu,"to show their coolness during a performance.
 
Would love to have experienced such a time.  It must've ended before the 70's did.
Brilliant. Just brilliant.
I've never heard this!  Love my Zep!
 tonyjory wrote:
My problem with Led Zepp is that they don't 'FLOW'.
Am I alone?
 
No.  You are just very brave.  Like somebody who walks out into 6 lanes of traffic moving at over 80 km/h.  
 MrStatenIsle wrote:

It's from a time and place when one was content just watching and listening, respectfully, without the awkward need to inject a "woooohuuuuu,"to show their coolness during a performance.
 
let alone spend most of the time absorbed in phone antics.
I remember the first time I saw Bob Dylan in '78. In a crowd of 20,000 you could hear a pin drop. Our attention spans have taken a very deep dive. 
 MrStatenIsle wrote:

It's from a time and place when one was content just watching and listening, respectfully, without the awkward need to inject a "woooohuuuuu,"to show their coolness during a performance.
 

Or just hold up their fucking devices to make a really poor quality recording for later, instead of actually being present.
 tonyjory wrote:
My problem with Led Zepp is that they don't 'FLOW'.
Am I alone?
 

My problem with Led Zepp is that they don't 'FLOW'.
Am I alone?
 eveliko wrote:
The crowd was listening so religiously that the claps in the end almost sound like they have been added.
 
It's from a time and place when one was content just watching and listening, respectfully, without the awkward need to inject a "woooohuuuuu,"to show their coolness during a performance.
John Paul Jones playing mandolin on this is just awesome. They're all so talented
Hey hey what can I do?
Thank you for this one, made my day! : )
The crowd was listening so religiously that the claps in the end almost sound like they have been added.
meh
 drucev wrote:
 LOL - yeah, it's partly how strong the rest of the band was, I just think his live voice and stage presence was electrifying the first few years but was almost over the top on the studio albums… then his voice kind of mellowed and was kind of average. It's definitely possible his writing and chemistry with Page made it a greater-than-the-sum-of-the-parts kind of thing. His solo career is solid but I wouldn't say groundbreaking.

dragon1952 wrote:

Good grief....are you freakin' serious? You do realize that Plant was the bands poet and is still producing groundbreaking lyrics and music at age 67.

 

 

Over the top on the studio recordings? Try "in his prime".

Yes his voice has mellowed but age levels the playing field... ask Roger Daltrey how many high notes he can hit these days. FYI I would much rather hear '18 Plant than '18 Daltrey any day if for no other reason that Plant continues to create a wealth of strong original new material. Daltrey?... not so much.
11
Your doctor can subscribe something for that...
 

eliaspace wrote:
quiet music makes me nervous. And this is another "1".

 


Wow. Now that's some 'organic' acoustic sh*t. Never heard it before. Glad I did today.
 LOL - yeah, it's partly how strong the rest of the band was, I just think his live voice and stage presence was electrifying the first few years but was almost over the top on the studio albums… then his voice kind of mellowed and was kind of average. It's definitely possible his writing and chemistry with Page made it a greater-than-the-sum-of-the-parts kind of thing. His solo career is solid but I wouldn't say groundbreaking.

dragon1952 wrote:

Good grief....are you freakin' serious? You do realize that Plant was the bands poet and is still producing groundbreaking lyrics and music at age 67.

 


quiet music makes me nervous. And this is another "1".

The BBC archive is one of our finest national treasures.

Willie


no matter what the parameters, my faves. can't do 5. 

Kashmir

That’s the way

Night flight

Battle of Evermore

Hey hey what can I do

In the light

Going to CA

Ramble on

What is and never should be

Rain song

Fool in the rain

 
 drucev wrote:
Led Zeppelin was a great band but Robert Plant was kind of the weakest link. Interesting and distinctive style though, and in the early live performances he could really generate incredible energy. I just don't think he would have been a superstar on his own.

 
WTF?!  Are you by chance the music critic from AARP Magazine?

{#Doh} 
 drucev wrote:
Led Zeppelin was a great band but Robert Plant was kind of the weakest link. Interesting and distinctive style though, and in the early live performances he could really generate incredible energy. I just don't think he would have been a superstar on his own.

 
Good grief....are you freakin' serious? You do realize that Plant was the bands poet and is still producing groundbreaking lyrics and music at age 67.
 drucev wrote:
Led Zeppelin was a great band but Robert Plant was kind of the weakest link. Interesting and distinctive style though, and in the early live performances he could really generate incredible energy. I just don't think he would have been a superstar on his own.
 
I wouldn't be so sure.  Plant was who Page & Jones were after; Bonham was an unexpected bonus.
 treatment_bound wrote:

This took some thought, as I've heard these songs pretty much non-stop for about 40-45 years without really trying to (I don't own any Zep albums, but my older brother had II, III & IV when I was a kid).  And there was a period of my life when I really didn't listen to any of their music (1978-1991), as I pretty much stayed away from all "classic rock" during those years.

But since there will be no escaping it for the rest of my life, I'm (mostly) back on board, so here goes—-originals only (no covers or "belated crediting" songs) which eliminates Bring It On Home, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, When the Levee Breaks, and potentially Stairway to Heaven (all are great) if the lawyers representing former Spirit leader Randy California win their lawsuit:

5) Ramble On
4) Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
3) Good Times Bad Times
2) Rock and Roll
1) D'yer Maker (yeah, I'm a sucker for reggae!!)  
 
 
This is what comes to mind at the moment & is subject to change without notice:

5) Travelling Riverside Blues
4) Nobody's Fault But Mine
3) That's The Way
2) The Rain Song
1) The Lemon Song
 
 agd3 wrote:

Top 5 Zep songs:

5.  That's the way
4.  Communication Breakdown...Black Mtn Side
3.  Ten Years Gone
2.  Going to CA
1.  Ramble On 

What are yours? 

 
This took some thought, as I've heard these songs pretty much non-stop for about 40-45 years without really trying to (I don't own any Zep albums, but my older brother had II, III & IV when I was a kid).  And there was a period of my life when I really didn't listen to any of their music (1978-1991), as I pretty much stayed away from all "classic rock" during those years.

But since there will be no escaping it for the rest of my life, I'm (mostly) back on board, so here goes—-originals only (no covers or "belated crediting" songs) which eliminates Bring It On Home, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, When the Levee Breaks, and potentially Stairway to Heaven (all are great) if the lawyers representing former Spirit leader Randy California win their lawsuit:

5) Ramble On
4) Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
3) Good Times Bad Times
2) Rock and Roll
1) D'yer Maker (yeah, I'm a sucker for reggae!!)  
 
Led Zeppelin was a great band but Robert Plant was kind of the weakest link. Interesting and distinctive style though, and in the early live performances he could really generate incredible energy. I just don't think he would have been a superstar on his own.
buddy wrote:
Led Zeppelin, San Diego Sports Arena, 1974.  After stunning us with an hour of raw power and creativity, Page, Plant, and Jones sat at the edge of the stage for an acoustic set, Jones on mandolin.  You could hear a pin drop and feel the collective goose bumps (and I still do, every time I hear this).  Undoubtedly one of the top three shows I ever experienced.


Philly, 1970 at The Spectrum in support of III.  Dumbfounded was I as they came out and Page sat down in a chair and started playing.  Wasn't expecting that at all.  The album was new and hadn't had much airplay yet.  The second half of the show was much livelier with stuff from the first two albums.  Didn't appreciate it properly back then, but it was a treat non the less.
 agd3 wrote:

No kidding this is unbelievable.  Top 5 Zep songs:

5.  That's the way
4.  Communication Breakdown...Black Mtn Side
3.  Ten Years Gone
2.  Going to CA
1.  Ramble On 

What are yours? 

 
Good list. I'd put Hey, Hey What Can I Do in there, but not sure which I would replace. 
A saturday night and two break-up songs in a row....

Three!  Madrugada Majesty follows.

Four - Hooverphonic - 2 Wicky

Then a turn to the sun... 

Good thing back to happy songs before the Alien Space Crash kills a mushrooming multiple.  
 Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song, including this live version...  our nipples get hard when we hear it...

 
No kidding this is unbelievable.  Top 5 Zep songs:

5.  That's the way
4.  Communication Breakdown...Black Mtn Side
3.  Ten Years Gone
2.  Going to CA
1.  Ramble On 

What are yours? 
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song, including this live version...  our nipples get hard when we hear it...
 helgigermany wrote:
Robert Plant is as good as, maybe better than Mick Jagger!

 
Maybe?!
 Sasha2001 wrote:

I would hate to have to choose between one or the other. Can't we just call it a draw?
 
Nope.  Plant by a landslide.
 helgigermany wrote:
Robert Plant is as good as, maybe better than Mick Jagger!

 
Water is wet!
Stones and Zep equal in their stature in my rankings. I was one of the earliest Stones fans when they played at Eel Pie Island and Windsor and Reading and a little later a girl, well i was only a young man, hooked me up to Led Zep. As one observer says they are not affected by the passing of time. so lovely to hear this track as i do not have the LP. in one day of moving i sold loads of Vinyls to make space. A sad, bad move. Pink Floyd up there as well.
Lovely station Bill but sadly i never to get to listen very often.
 helgigermany wrote:
Robert Plant is as good as, maybe better than Mick Jagger!

 
I would hate to have to choose between one or the other. Can't we just call it a draw?
I like RP's "B..B..B..B..B" during one of the spaces that usually (on the album at least) has no lyrics. I assume he is asking for the next bit to change key to "B"?  Any music experts know more details?
Not their best, but i like the voice of RP!
Zeppelin is utterly immune to the passage of time.
Immortal awesomeness.

And hey Bill, thanks for these less-frequently heard versions - bravo.
This song's always a favorite - like this version.
tickled my happy bones.

Nice.


{#Yell}  Ahhhahahaaa...
 bhallmark wrote:
Oh, JIMMY.  Why haven't you called yet?

 
I'm waiting for that call too....
Oh, JIMMY.  Why haven't you called yet?


Any version of this song is automatically my current all time favorite Led Zeppelin song


This song is soooo good my nipples get hard when I hear it...

 

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song, including this live version...


 
 helgigermany wrote:
Robert Plant is as good as, maybe better than Mick Jagger!
 

No Doubt!
Robert Plant is as good as, maybe better than Mick Jagger!
Live Zeppelin is simply amazing !

 buddy wrote:
Anyone who doesn't give this a 10 is a chump or 15 years old.
 

I guess I'm a chump then.  The studio version of this song on Zep III is one of my all-time favorite LZ songs, but Plant's orgasmic moanings and cutesy, coy ad-libbing ("doncha even think about it!") on this cut irritate the hell out of me.  It's a shame really, since Page's musicianship is exquisite, as always.


the music this morning is downright awesome!
Most Amazing......you CAN hear a pin drop and they just NAILED IT!!!!  Thanks guys for being what you are......

 xtalman wrote:

 

That is an amazing flick.  I saw just recently and my 3 1/2 year old was playing air guitar during.

 



 
Best part of the movie is when Page plays "Whole Lotta Love".  Jack White and The Edge stand there with their jaws dropped.  Goes to show, no matter how big the celebrity, you gotta stop and watch what Jimmy Page is doing!

 vandal wrote:

Listening to this live version of "That's the Way" puts me in mind of a strange but sort of wonderful movie-documentary made a couple of years ago called, "It Might Get Loud."  It's sort of a three-way interview and collaborative with individual vignettes from Jimmy Page, Jack White, and The Edge (Dave Evans). 

The Jimmy Page portions were a revelation to me. 

As a long time Zeppelin fan, I guess I never really paid much attention to Jimmy's background and early history, outside of his general "studio musician" and Yardbirds stints.  "It Might Get Loud" opened my eyes to a whole side of Jimmy that I knew nothing about.  I never realized the degree of his sensitivity, intelligence, and insight. 

Check it out, you won't regret it.

Additionally, the other two guys were pretty amazing too; I don't mean to disrespect either of them (both are favorites of mine) - its just that this comment board is about Led Zeppelin. . .

{#Meditate}

Google: It Might Get Loud

 

That is an amazing flick.  I saw just recently and my 3 1/2 year old was playing air guitar during.

 



 buddy wrote:
Led Zeppelin, San Diego Sports Arena, 1974.  After stunning us with an hour of raw power and creativity, Page, Plant, and Jones sat at the edge of the stage for an acoustic set, Jones on mandolin.  You could hear a pin drop and feel the collective goose bumps (and I still do, every time I hear this).  Undoubtedly one of the top three shows I ever experienced.

...they got me hypnotized, indeed...
 

I hate you.
Jimmy Page at the Boston Tea Party Jimmy Page at the Boston Tea Party

 

"I can tell you when I knew we'd broken through, which was at San Francisco. There were other gigs, like the Boston Tea Party and the Kinetic Circus in Chicago which have unfortunately disappeared as venues, where the response was so incredible we knew we'd made our impression—but after the San Francisco gig it was just—bang!"

Jimmy Page quoted from CREEM Magazine May 1974 .

John Paul Jones recalls the show:
   As far as I'm concerned, the key Led Zeppelin gig - the one that put everything into focus – was one that we played on our first American tour at The Boston Tea Party. We'd played our usual one-hour set, using all the material from our first album and Page's ‘White Summer' guitar piece and, by the end, the audience just wouldn't let us off the stage.
   It was in such a state that we had to start throwing ideas around – just thinking of songs that we all might know or some of us knew a part of, and work it from there. So we'' go back on and play things like ‘I Saw her Standing There' and ‘Please Please Me' – old Beatles favorites. I mean, just anything that would come into our head, and the response was quite amazing.
   There were kids actually banging their heads against the stage – I've never seen that at a gig before or since, and when we finally left the stage we'd played for four and a half hours. Peter (Peter Grant – Zep's manager) was absolutely ecstatic. He was crying and hugging us all. You know… with this huge grizzly bear hug. I suppose it was then that we realized just what Led Zeppelin was going to become.””

 

More info from a Led Zeppelin website...... https://www.ledzeppelin.com/venue/boston-tea-party
Best Led CD !!!{#Yes} Every track is a ten.

Transition doesn't get much smoother than that. Go Bill!


I've NEVER heard this song live - I loved it on vinyl, and on CD, but wow... Cranking it up, and to hell with the neighbors! {#Dancingbanana_2}
{#Clap}  Digging this one for sure
i couldn't agree more—all the songs from my high school years still sound great ~40 yrs later. were we lucky? yup.

 
gjeeg wrote:
Funny how we grew up with This Greatness, this Legendary Music - as it has become - but that at the time it was just the music of our day that we dug. we never knew. I was 17 in 1971.
We couldn't have known nor would have appreciazted it if we'd been told how many decades on the music would still thrill and offer meaning.
 

Ahhhh...10

Listening to this live version of "That's the Way" puts me in mind of a strange but sort of wonderful movie-documentary made a couple of years ago called, "It Might Get Loud."  It's sort of a three-way interview and collaborative with individual vignettes from Jimmy Page, Jack White, and The Edge (Dave Evans). 

The Jimmy Page portions were a revelation to me. 

As a long time Zeppelin fan, I guess I never really paid much attention to Jimmy's background and early history, outside of his general "studio musician" and Yardbirds stints.  "It Might Get Loud" opened my eyes to a whole side of Jimmy that I knew nothing about.  I never realized the degree of his sensitivity, intelligence, and insight. 

Check it out, you won't regret it.

Additionally, the other two guys were pretty amazing too; I don't mean to disrespect either of them (both are favorites of mine) - its just that this comment board is about Led Zeppelin. . .

{#Meditate}

Google: It Might Get Loud


 Atombender wrote:
Goosebumps. I just can't get enough of Zep.
I'm 31 now and heard them the first time with 15... since then im really addicted :D

Any cure? :)
 
It's a virus; sorry, no known cure.
Collect bootlegs and call me in the morning.

Loved this in "Almost Famous". To me, a perfect fit for a soundtrack highlighting the rock experience of the early 70's...
The studio version on Zep III is one of my favorite songs of all time.  Unfortunately, Plant really stinks this one up.

 gjeeg wrote:
Funny how we grew up with This Greatness, this Legendary Music - as it has become - but that at the time it was just the music of our day that we dug. we never knew. I was 17 in 1971.
We couldn't have known nor would have appreciazted it if we'd been told how many decades on the music would still thrill and offer meaning.
 
I was born in 1980 - I often wonder what music will live on from when I was 17 or thereabouts.  

Funny how we grew up with This Greatness, this Legendary Music - as it has become - but that at the time it was just the music of our day that we dug. we never knew. I was 17 in 1971.
We couldn't have known nor would have appreciazted it if we'd been told how many decades on the music would still thrill and offer meaning.
 gjeeg wrote:
Year on this ??
  recorded April 1, 1971 in London at the Paris Theatre

What's the "55 million" referencing?
My, My, My.... how time does fly!
{#Guitarist}{#Bananajam}
 gopre wrote:


I saw 'em in Buffalo 1975, the day after seeing The Who. Unbelievable.
 

I saw 'em in their movie (does that count?) when I was a most-likely tipsy at a midnight showing at the Skyway Theater in Mpls. around 1978.  I think I fell asleep about 5 minutes into Bonzo's hot rod ride.

{#Drunk}

"Does Anybody Remember Pomposity"?

P.S.-Time has been kind.  I find I like their stuff now way better than I did in the 80's & 90's.

Misterfixit wrote:
If you don't at least have a tear in your eye when this song plays, you have no soul.

Either that, or you just can't stand that voice.


 acupunk wrote:
Wow, this takes me back. The funny thing is I wasn't a big fan of Zep back in their prime. The older I get the more I appreciate their genius.
 
Huh.  I was a big fan back in their prime (Led Zep IV and previous).  But this leaves me cold.

Year on this ??
 Nick_Danger wrote:
Timeless. Absolutely timeless.
 

Eternal. Absolutely eternal.
 aarrgho wrote:
who's playing mandolin??...is it dave Pegg?...anyone know?

 
I just checked wikipedia....turns out it's Jones on mandolin....guess I didn't notice the lack of bass on that track

Wow, this takes me back. The funny thing is I wasn't a big fan of Zep back in their prime. The older I get the more I appreciate their genius.
who's playing mandolin??...is it dave Pegg?...anyone know?
Much prefer the studio version.  Plant's improv just irritates me, and doesn't really suit the poignancy of the song's message.

Timeless. Absolutely timeless.
I'm chilled and living in Holland, and listening to Bill playing this outta California. kewl..loving this
Yesterday I saw you kissing tiny flowers, But all that lives is born to die. And so I say to you that nothing really matters, And all you do is stand and cry.
I love them more and more as time goes on.
strange_brew00 wrote:
let yer hair hang dowwwwwn, and announce a tour please. we'll be waiting. gotta love this tune. :war:
It has just been announced, Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin will be touring the US this year.
let yer hair hang dowwwwwn, and announce a tour please. we'll be waiting. gotta love this tune. :war:
Love you Robert!!
passsion8 wrote:
When one clicks on the album art to see the tracks, this one isn't highlighted!!! ???
OH NO!!! CONSPIRACY!!! CALL THE FEDS!!!!!!
Misterfixit wrote:
If you don't at least have a tear in your eye when this song plays, you have no soul.
Does a good feelin' in my heart and a bobbing toe count?
If you don't at least have a tear in your eye when this song plays, you have no soul.
When one clicks on the album art to see the tracks, this one isn't highlighted!!! ???
Near perfect.....
Nice. Way nice.
Led Zeppelin donneras un concert bientÎt à Londres 27 ans aprÚs s'être séparer.20 000 billets seront vendus. Déja 20 000 000 de demande de place. Les 20 000 places seront tirées au sort. Bye
Fans and Fans to be,BUY THIS 2XCD and the rest of your life will ROCK! :drummer:
gopre wrote:
I saw 'em in Buffalo 1975, the day after seeing The Who. Unbelievable.
You could see em again - They're playing in London in November.
gopre wrote:
I saw 'em in Buffalo 1975, the day after seeing The Who. Unbelievable.
To be are born after 1945 is called 'mercy of the late birth' in Germany. I guess the background is obvious... But in the case mentioned above in the quote this mercy is a pale one...., born in 1969 means to be too young for those live-experiences. :cry: I should have had more progressive parents. :cheesygrin:
rtkmusic wrote:
We need a rating system for Bill's seques!! Led Zeppelin - That's the Way (live) Leo Kottke - A Child Should Be A Fish Chick Corea & Bela Fleck - Mountain This rates a 9... Thanks, Bill! :cheers:
Bill's DJ skills are a consistent 10 in my book!
We need a rating system for Bill's seques!! Led Zeppelin - That's the Way (live) Leo Kottke - A Child Should Be A Fish Chick Corea & Bela Fleck - Mountain This rates a 9... Thanks, Bill! :cheers:
gopre wrote:
I saw 'em in Buffalo 1975, the day after seeing The Who. Unbelievable.
LUCKY BASTID.....
It's about time for a Classic rock dose....
This is a great version, but I have to say that the live version from \"How The West Was Won\" has an incredible vibe that beats this. I think it\'s the size of the stadium in which they\'re playing. Just awesome.
WrknL8 wrote:
I saw them in Dallas in '73. Unbelievable!!
I saw 'em in Buffalo 1975, the day after seeing The Who. Unbelievable.
Did I only give it an 8 last time? 9 today... SOOOO GOOOD
AWESOME!!!
Goosebumps. I just can't get enough of Zep. I'm 31 now and heard them the first time with 15... since then im really addicted :D Any cure? :)
I love it when Zep slows it down, some of their best work. The live version is great, but I miss JPJ's bass riff from the studio version. If I could go back in time and pick one band to see live it would be them.
I like LZ when they play rock n' roll. I like them when they play 'Rock and Roll'. And I really, really like them when they play this. I think every lead rock guitarist should be required to record a tune on a mandolin, so we can see how well they measure up to this. I'd bet good money that Mr. Page relegates them all to second place. alanthecowboy wrote:
Agreed, as long as it's not the song 'Rock and Roll'.
Every fan of Zep should own this cd(s).
Artgoddessmama wrote:
I saw them once, in 1977 in Oakland/San Francisco. One of there last big shows. They were great! We had to wait over an hour before they started but it was worth it. :roflol:
On that tour they played in Tampa stadium.I almost went but I had made other arrangments.They played for about an hour or so, it started to rain and thunder like it does a lot in central Florida.The rest of the show was canceled. There was a riot, bottles flying and people got hurt. There was no concerts in the stadium after that for almost a year.That is one concert that I'm glad I missed!