Immigrant Song peaked at no 16 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 6 March 1971.
The film footage in this clip was taken from the band’s performance at the Sydney Showgrounds in February 1972, while the music is from a show at Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles in mid 1972.
“Immigrant Song” was written during Led Zeppelin’s tour of Iceland, Bath and Germany in the summer of 1970. The opening date of this tour took place in Reykjavík, Iceland, which inspired Plant to write the lyrics. He explained in an interview:
We weren’t being pompous … We did come from the land of the ice and snow. We were guests of the Icelandic Government on a cultural mission. We were invited to play a concert in Reykjavik and the day before we arrived all the civil servants went on strike and the gig was going to be cancelled. The university prepared a concert hall for us and it was phenomenal. The response from the kids was remarkable and we had a great time.
Read More: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigrant_Song
Robert Plant’s love of history played into the lyric, as he was thinking about explorers like Marco Polo and how they must have felt in their travels. Just as he felt pressure to top the previous album, he wondered if these explorers felt pressure to find even better lands after a big discovery.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/led-zeppelin/immigrant-song
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