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In the Evening” is the first song on English rock band Led Zeppelin’s final studio album, In Through the Out Door, released in 1979. The track is the most straightforward rock song on the album, yet at the same time introduces the more synthesizer driven sound characteristic of the album.
The track features an extended distorted introductory section led by Jimmy Page’s guitar. Page used a violin bow to create the droning effect in the beginning of the song, although it is possible he also used a Gizmotron, however Page would play an very similair section to the intro of “In The Evening” during “Dazed and Confused” using a violin bow (As can be heard at their 1973 Tampa Concert). The introduction was taken from a soundtrack Page was working on for Kenneth Anger’s film Lucifer Rising. After Page had a falling out with Anger, the soundtrack for the film ended up being provided by Bobby Beausoleil, a member of the Manson Family.
The creation of this song can be traced largely to Led Zeppelin bassist and keyboardist, John Paul Jones. When the band was recording this album, Page and drummer John Bonham would usually show up at the studio very late and work through the night. In their absence, “In The Evening” started out with just drums and keyboards created by John Paul Jones, who had a new drum machine to work with.
Robert Plant’s lyrics are about how the rich and famous are still exposed to pain and suffering, just in different ways.
The song was performed live at Led Zeppelin concerts during 1979 and 1980. During the 1979 performances, this song would be played directly after Page’s guitar distortion solo. One live version, from Led Zeppelin’s performance at Knebworth in 1979, can be seen on the Led Zeppelin DVD.
A cover version of “In the Evening” was recorded by Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, and released on his 1997 album In the Name of My Father – The Zepset