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Madison Square Garden - June 7, 1977

  • The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love ~ Rock and Roll.
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June 7, 1977
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Setlist: 

The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountain Side, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love ~ Rock and Roll.

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77 programme

Click here to view the US '77 Tour Programme (flipbook)

Press Reviews: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NYC [6/7/77]- The cheers and fireworks were deafening as Led Zeppelin's sold-out six-concert engagement got off to an explosive start here.  Newer "heavy metal" rock bands have been racking up impressive attendances and grosses in recent years, but few in operation today can match the crowd impact of these nine-year veterans of the large scale concert tour. Zeppelin's main strength is still the skill of its individual musicians, notably lead guitarist and mentor Jimmy Page. His versatility was demonstrated by facile fingerpicking on the twelve-stringed electric for "The Song Remains The Same," as well as tasteful acoustic backing of Robert Plant's lead vocal on "Going To California," part of an acoustical set that included the very unusual "Battle of Evermore" from the band's [fourth] album.

John Paul Jones is a jack of all trades, playing a solid, reserved bass in addition to various keyboards, strings and bass pedals. His feature of the evening was the dreamy "No Quarter," for which he played synthesized piano in the midst of the effective dry-ice fog.

The concert's major energy contributor was drummer John Bonham, who specialized in imaginative embellishment and occasional telepathic explosions of rhythmic chaos with Page. 

Special lighting effects included a pyramid of green lasers surrounding 'a solitary Page, and directed spots which gave Plant the look of a blue elf with flaming I golden hair at the outset of the three-hour set's close, "Stairway To Heaven." The show was not without its weak points, however. The sound was completely unbalanced for the first twenty minutes, creating a very disturbing distortion at high volume. Once the mix was clear, there were additional slow spots, especially lengthy, self-indulgent solos by Page and Bonham.

The group sometimes seemed to be going through its paces rather than giving itself to the audience. Led Zeppelin is bent on becoming one of the world's longest-lived rock groups. However, they conspicuously avoided older material, in even leaving out the classic "Dazed And Confused." Sticking to the current albums will keep Zeppelin fresh with the younger crowd, even at the risk of losing the "grandparents," as Plant  humorously referred to us. [by p. dumauro, 6/77]

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Press Review: Some rock bands have fans, others have admirers and still others have followers. But Led Zeppelin is the last great rock band who’s minions can be considered true believers.

Believing in Led Zeppelin makes its audience a unified community, which is rare in rock these days. The decline of rock as a social phenomenon and its development as big business has made the likelihood  of such sentiment obsolete. Led Zeppelin is the only exception. The nearly 20,000 believers who filled Madison Square Garden light night (June 7th) for the first of six sold-out shows were part of rock’s largest fraternity. A passion for Led Zeppelin is enough to establish communications, if not necessarily friendship, among a large segment of today’s teenagers.

The audience displayed restraint that bordered on saintliness during the one-hour delay before the concert started. No announcement or explanation was offered. But a substantial number of people did show stupidity bordering on sadism in greeting the band with an assault of fireworks that made the Garden seem like Da Nang, The explosions faded after a few songs when singer Robert Plant exerted his moral authority by requesting that those offenders “cool the firecrackers – no more of those exploding things.”

After that, most of the explosions were from the stage, where Led Zeppelin proved that it was worthy of the adoration bestowed upon it. The 8-year old band virtually invented what has become known as heavy-metal rock, an English combination of blues structures and ear-splitting volume. But the band has grown with the times. Rather than relying on its earlier style of rock-to-break-your-kneecaps-with once represented by songs like Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin performed a nearly three-hour set notable for its variety, sophistication and depth.

Each member of this quartet added something special to the band’s sound. Singer Robert Plant, a tall, muscular, golden-haired man whose unbutton shirt proudly revealed the best developed pectoral muscles in rock, sand with his usually effective rasp. He maintained pitch and melody well and exuded by a gregariousness and intensity. Lead guitarist Jimmy Page is one of rock’s legends. His playing was busy, wiry, sometimes scattershot. On In My Time of Dying, he continually shifted the emphasis of the dynamics until he built to an attention-riveting, machine gun-like finish.

No Quarter was the vehicle for versatile John Paul Jones. On that tune, he performed on keyboards, alternating between spacey abstraction and kinetic surges of energy. His performance blended the styles of Keith Jarrett, Huey Smith, Beethoven, and B. Bumble and the Stingers. Drummer John Bonham, meanwhile, played with deceptive subtlety. His cannonball approach made use of empty space on In My Time of Dying, that propelled the other musicians without overpowering them.

So while many in the audience enjoyed the show simply because being there conferred status on the high school ladder, Zeppelin pleased its older fans by playing with both complexity and poignance. (D. Marsh, Newsday- June 1977)

 

Notes: 
77 programme

Click here to view the US '77 Tour Programme (flipbook)

Press Reviews: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NYC [6/7/77]- The cheers and fireworks were deafening as Led Zeppelin's sold-out six-concert engagement got off to an explosive start here.  Newer "heavy metal" rock bands have been racking up impressive attendances and grosses in recent years, but few in operation today can match the crowd impact of these nine-year veterans of the large scale concert tour. Zeppelin's main strength is still the skill of its individual musicians, notably lead guitarist and mentor Jimmy Page. His versatility was demonstrated by facile fingerpicking on the twelve-stringed electric for "The Song Remains The Same," as well as tasteful acoustic backing of Robert Plant's lead vocal on "Going To California," part of an acoustical set that included the very unusual "Battle of Evermore" from the band's [fourth] album.

John Paul Jones is a jack of all trades, playing a solid, reserved bass in addition to various keyboards, strings and bass pedals. His feature of the evening was the dreamy "No Quarter," for which he played synthesized piano in the midst of the effective dry-ice fog.

The concert's major energy contributor was drummer John Bonham, who specialized in imaginative embellishment and occasional telepathic explosions of rhythmic chaos with Page. 

Special lighting effects included a pyramid of green lasers surrounding 'a solitary Page, and directed spots which gave Plant the look of a blue elf with flaming I golden hair at the outset of the three-hour set's close, "Stairway To Heaven." The show was not without its weak points, however. The sound was completely unbalanced for the first twenty minutes, creating a very disturbing distortion at high volume. Once the mix was clear, there were additional slow spots, especially lengthy, self-indulgent solos by Page and Bonham.

The group sometimes seemed to be going through its paces rather than giving itself to the audience. Led Zeppelin is bent on becoming one of the world's longest-lived rock groups. However, they conspicuously avoided older material, in even leaving out the classic "Dazed And Confused." Sticking to the current albums will keep Zeppelin fresh with the younger crowd, even at the risk of losing the "grandparents," as Plant  humorously referred to us. [by p. dumauro, 6/77]

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Press Review (2): Some rock bands have fans, others have admirers and still others have followers. But Led Zeppelin is the last great rock band who’s minions can be considered true believers.

Believing in Led Zeppelin makes its audience a unified community, which is rare in rock these days. The decline of rock as a social phenomenon and its development as big business has made the likelihood  of such sentiment obsolete. Led Zeppelin is the only exception. The nearly 20,000 believers who filled Madison Square Garden light night (June 7th) for the first of six sold-out shows were part of rock’s largest fraternity. A passion for Led Zeppelin is enough to establish communications, if not necessarily friendship, among a large segment of today’s teenagers.

The audience displayed restraint that bordered on saintliness during the one-hour delay before the concert started. No announcement or explanation was offered. But a substantial number of people did show stupidity bordering on sadism in greeting the band with an assault of fireworks that made the Garden seem like Da Nang, The explosions faded after a few songs when singer Robert Plant exerted his moral authority by requesting that those offenders “cool the firecrackers – no more of those exploding things.”

After that, most of the explosions were from the stage, where Led Zeppelin proved that it was worthy of the adoration bestowed upon it. The 8-year old band virtually invented what has become known as heavy-metal rock, an English combination of blues structures and ear-splitting volume. But the band has grown with the times. Rather than relying on its earlier style of rock-to-break-your-kneecaps-with once represented by songs like Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin performed a nearly three-hour set notable for its variety, sophistication and depth.

Each member of this quartet added something special to the band’s sound. Singer Robert Plant, a tall, muscular, golden-haired man whose unbutton shirt proudly revealed the best developed pectoral muscles in rock, sand with his usually effective rasp. He maintained pitch and melody well and exuded by a gregariousness and intensity. Lead guitarist Jimmy Page is one of rock’s legends. His playing was busy, wiry, sometimes scattershot. On In My Time of Dying, he continually shifted the emphasis of the dynamics until he built to an attention-riveting, machine gun-like finish.

No Quarter was the vehicle for versatile John Paul Jones. On that tune, he performed on keyboards, alternating between spacey abstraction and kinetic surges of energy. His performance blended the styles of Keith Jarrett, Huey Smith, Beethoven, and B. Bumble and the Stingers. Drummer John Bonham, meanwhile, played with deceptive subtlety. His cannonball approach made use of empty space on In My Time of Dying, that propelled the other musicians without overpowering them.

So while many in the audience enjoyed the show simply because being there conferred status on the high school ladder, Zeppelin pleased its older fans by playing with both complexity and poignance. (D. Marsh, Newsday- June 1977)

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Press Review (3): New York Times: EVEN THOUGH millions of young people have managed to acquire it, Led Zeppelin remains an acquired taste. The British rock quartet, which opened a run of six long‐since‐sold‐out shows at Madison Square Garden last night. makes a monstrously loud, deliberately abrasive kind of music far removed not only from the sweet rustlings of classical music, jazz and Tin Pan Alley, but even from the tuneful, rhythmicaliy en?vening rock songs of the 1960's.

That said, last night's was the best Led Zeppelin show this observer has ever heard, and that includes the sound track from the group's recent concert film. It was certainly superior to the 1975 Garden shows, the last the ?and had given in New York. That time the guitarist, Jimmy Page, had an injured finger. Since then Led Zeppelin has been off the road, waiting for the singer, Robert Plant, to recover from first an auto accident and then a throat infection.

This tour amounts to a reassertion of the band's pre‐eminence in the fickle youth market of America, and on its own terms last night's show was certainly a triumphant reassertion. It lasted three hours and included some 18 songs, depending on how you count —a Led Zeppelin “song” is often an excuse for a meandering instrumental that sucks in all sorts of extraneous material as it goes along, and some‐ times segues subtly into something altogether different.

The repertory last night included much that was predictable, from “The Song Remains the Same” to “Stairway to Heaven” by way of “In My Time of Dying” (dedicated somewhat wickedly to Queen Elizabeth II and her Silver Jubilee; “The Battle of Evermore” was also dedicated to the British monarch), “No Quarter,” “Kashmir,” “Achilles Last Stand” and others. But there was also an acoustic set that lightened the heavy‐metal load.

The mood of last night's concert offstage and on seemed fresher and less hostile than some Led Zeppelin concerts and crowds of yore. The audience waited more or less docilely for 70 minutes past the scheduled starting time before the band appeared. When it did so, the mood of the musicians was good‐natured and almost puckish. And Mr. Plant laudably and earnestly attempted to discourage the hurling of firecrackers and cherry bombs.

Quite apart from its sheer massiveness and its mood, this was a first‐class Led Zeppelin performance on several objective criteria. Mr. Plant's voice sounded fresh throughout, but especially during the acoustic portion, in “Going to California.” And it was aided by a whole battery of echo and filter effects.

Similarly Mr. Page's guitar playing, always concerned with coloristic exploration, was positively kaleidoscopic in that respect last night. And his work along with everybody else's was projected forcefully and clearly by the sound system.

The other two held up their ends, too. John Paul Jones may not he the most riveting instrumentalist in rock, but he is a skillful, versatile bass player, keyboard player and guitarist. And while John Bonham's drumming was hardly subtle or clever, it had at least the virtues of powerhouse energy. His 20‐minute solo was certainly too long, but it had its moments, particularly in a flashy synthesized‐drum effect toward the end.

And there was a fair bit of flash in the visuals, too, although not as much as one might have expected or hoped for from a band of Led Zeppelin's reputation. There were two laser displays, the second in particular (a pyramid or tent‐like structure around Mr. Page as he sawed away on his guitar with a how) worth seeing. But neither erased memories of the best laser shows in rock, and the remaining assortment of movable drum stands, smoke and flash combs, mirror‐balls and the like were nothing special.

For all its excellences on its own terms, this was not an event that would have persuaded someone hostile to Led Zeppelin to think otherwise. There was much needless excess; there was surely too much reliance on superficial effects over solid musical substance; for all the quite extraordinary range of musical styles there was a curious, persistent sameness to the results. Despite the fervor of the fans, this is simply not one of the very greatest bands of rock‐and‐roll—at least not yet.

But finally it is by no means as simple as that, for it is Led, Zeppelin itself that confounds any easy judgment that it is a second‐rate ensemble. If it is only that, how do you explain the obvious first‐rate songs that crop up with steady regularity in the midst of the dross? Last night, “Kashmir” was especially powerful—this observer had to leave before “Stairway to Heaven,” which inevitably makes a strong impact. Any rock‐and‐roll band that can produce a song like “Kashmir,” with its hypnotic, “Bolero”‐like ostinato, its intimations of the exotic and its cumulative energy, can hardly be called second‐rate. [published 6/8/77]


Press Review excerpt (4): ZEPPELIN LATE BUT GREAT

After too many years of lackluster concerts and spotty albums Led Zeppelin landed in Madison Square Garden last night for a concert that saw the band at its roaring, pounding best. The first of six New York performances, last night's show may very well stand as he finest concert the group has ever given in th city - at least until tonight.

In the first break from the music, lead vocalist Robert Plant made a brief speech about how it had been a long time since the last New York show, seemingly made longer by the possibility that the current show might never have been (an allusion to Plant's serious car crash in 1975). He ended on an  optimistic note: "We owe you a good one, don t we?" The crowd was more than happy to go along with that proposition.

What followed was a good one, to be sure. Guitarist Jimmy Page was nothing short of brilliant, his work showing a, sparkle and flash that has been almost completely missing in recent years. He moved from one guitar style to another with ease, and excelled in all. His stage movements, which are present even on bad nights, seemed much more natural and interesting, with Page playing like one possessed.

Drummer John Bonham played extremely well throughout, which is nothing unusual. He also played an excellent drum solo, which is nothing short of a miracle. Until last night, Bonham was always a good drummer for Led Zeppelin, but his solo spots were shoddy and, for the rnost part, quite boring. Last night changed it all. Whether Bonham has been practicing or was just inspired by tne overall quality of the show is not known. Whatever the reason, the result was good. The last 10 minutes (the solo lasted almost 25) were taken up with a drum-actuated synthesizer. Bonham provided the percussion the synthesizer provided appropriate whoops and swooshes, and the combination of the light show and a superb stereo sound system added the finishing touches.

Bassist John Paul Jones had his chance to shine in "Ten Years Gone," a song the band never has included before this tour. While Page handled lead gμitar chores, Jones added a solid background using a triple-neck guitar. While he lacked a real guitar solo, Jones's work was more than respectable.
 
One of the brightest moments came when the band opened an acoustic set with "The Battle of Evermore." In his introduction of the set, Plant mentioned that Led Zeppelin had not done an acoustic set in New York since playing at Fillmore East, and he added," which you grandparents in the audience may remember."

The one really shocking thing about last night's show was the total lack of anything that could be called security. After last Fridays riot in Tampa, Fla., it was announced that garden security forces would be strengthened. The security people were in the building, but they did nothing. Even normal tasks such as preventing people from less expensive seats from flooding the main floor were disregarded. At some times it felt as if the audience was in control of the hall instead of garden
personnel.

Despite the uncomfortable moments, the fans were there for a good show, and they were not to be denied. They were also not to be disappointed. One departing fan summed it up very nicely when he turned to his companion and said, " When they play that well, it makes up for an awful lot of their past." [-R. Atkinson/June 1977]

Setlists: 

The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love ~ Rock and Roll.

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Kevin McGinley's picture

Awesome! First night at MSG. Being a guitar player in 8th grade and a huge Zep fan, I knew I couldn't miss this show. It was my first concert and no other band has lived up to it since.
Thanks for all the great memories!

PAT's picture

CONCERT TICKET STUB COLLECTION FOR SALE
INCLUDING 1977 LED ZEP TICKET STUB
AND THE WPLJ BUTTON THEY GAVE OUT THE NITE OF THE CONCERT

Bob K's picture

I was on the 15th row cemter stage on the floor. Then saw Pink Floyd, Bad Company and Yes later that summer. Best touring year in rock history.

Thom H's picture

Memorable concert! Buddy sold me tickets he couldn't go because had summer school. To this day he still talks about regrets/envy. 2nd Promenade Sec 332 Row M Seat 8 (girlfriend 7 or 10). Left side of stage - Jimmies side!

Still got some photos somewhere - can't believe you could bring in cameras back then. "Security" nothing like it is today.

Only "clear" memories are of Moby Dick, Kashmir and what's called "Jimmy Page Solo". Wasn't it Dazed and Confused"?

Jim Fabio's picture

I was first exposed to Led Zeppelin through my older brother, Greg. He had the albums and the stereo and after a day at high school, years 1975-79, I usually would come home put on Black Dog, Bring in on Home, You Shook Me, (you get the picture), and blast out the the music on his Kenwood stereo and JBL speakers; that is until my parents came home and yelled at me to turn off "that noise". No other band had the energy, interesting lyrics, diversity of sounds, musicianship or guitar virtuosity then Led Zeppelin.

When my brother won the lottery for 6 tickets for the 6/7/77 show I was estatic. That is until he told me I wasn't going because he was going to scalp 2 of the tickets because the demand was going to be high and he would make a killing. I was extremely pissed off and told him in no uncertain terms that he was no longer my brother if he didn't let me go. Finally 2 seconds before he and his friends got into my fathers blue dodge fury station wagon did he say that if I wanted to go I better get my ass downstairs. I literally jumped in the air, pumped my fists screaming, YES, I realized I was going to experience something incredible. It also happened to be my first concert and first time in NYC without the family.

I just turned 16 and my brother and his friends were 18. They were experienced at partying and I was just being exposed to it. By the time we got into Manhattan I was in a fog and didn't even know where the car was parked. It was a fairly humid day and sun was sinking on the west side of Manhattan.

The six of us got seperated in front of the Garden, me and Chris Farrelly, went up to the green seats, Greg and 3 of his friends went to the yellow seats at the side of the stage. I think he traded his tickets with some drunken, wasted fool, who didn't know that the yellow seats were two sections closer to the stage than the green seats.

Waiting for the show to start was quite the adventure. The smell of pot permeated the garden and there was a gray haze throughout the building. It was also unbelievably hot. Wearing dungarees and a concert tee shirt over a another shirt I thought I was going to die. Everyone was smoking and drinking. We had our own stash of liquor in a suede leather pouch. Seeing one guy with an knife that looked to be 8 inches long as he cut a rope to hang a banner made me a little uneasy.

The crowd went ballistic when the stage lights went on and Jimmy Page started the Song Remains the Same. Unbelievable!. No introduction, just run on stage and play. The concert started out with fast cranking songs and settled into a mellow mood with No Quarter. The tempo picked up again with Kashmir. Page's solo with Achilles Last Stand was incredible and for added affect a green laser created a pyramid around him.

When Plant was singing Stairway to Heaven there was an expectation that he would repeat the line he used in the Concert Film: The Song Remains the Same, when he said "Does anyone remember laughter?", after the words, "and the forests will echo with laughter". Instead he said "Does anyone remember forests?"

The concert ended with Whole Lotta Love and afterwards the crowd again went ballastic for 20 minutes waiting for an encore. They came out with Rock and Roll. You knew the concert was over and there was not going to be another encore when the garden lights came on. No matter how long the lighters glowed, they weren't coming back. No one wanted it to end.

Me and Chris Farrelly wondered around the city for 2 hours looking for the street level garage where we parked. We had no clue where it was. We found out later it was at 29th and 9th Ave. Somehow we made our way up to the Port Authority, borrowed some money and made a phone call home. I woke up my father who drove down from Rockland County and picked us up as we were standing next to some hookers and pimps near the Port Authroity entrance.

What an adventure!.

Still have the ticket stub and now turning on my 14 year old son to Led Zeppelin!

Alan  Zee's picture

This was my very first "real" rock n roll concert. I was 14 and a few days before the event, my friend asked if I wanted to go, he had an extra ticket.

I remember the one hour delay and then the lights went out and we waited what seemed forever for them to start.

I can remember it like it was yesterday. I even remember exactly where I sat and can find that seat today (2008). I also remember asking my friends afterwards if all concerts were like that? They laughed and said....no......nothing compares to Led Zeppelin in concert and years later I fully understood where they were coming from.

This concert is the reason why I became a guitar player and played professionally for many years while pursuing my daytime career.

It changed my life and the very next day, I begged my dad to buy me as many Led Zeppelin albums as he would allow. We also went to Sam Ash in the city and I traded my acoustic guitar in for a Gibson L6 copy and started to learn how to play rock n roll.

I didn't want a job when I got older. I wanted to be a rock star........I wanted to be like Jimmy Page.

I have to say it was probably one of the absolute best, if not THE best concert I ever went to in my life (and I have gone to 100's over the years).

Thank You Led Zeppelin......you provided me a life changing experience that I will never ever forget.

Peace To The World

Name Steve Heik's picture

Yes I was there. Steve Heik

Steven Abbate's picture

I was there opening night nine rows back in orchestra. Their music sounded exactly the way it was on the album. At the time I was 16 and my older brother had tickets for all six nights. I was in my glory.

jeff g's picture

i was at this show on 6/7/77 i was 16 and on a first date with a really hot girl, we got to our nosebleed seats and i told her lets sneak down to better seats, she looked at me and said no way, i looked at her and said SEE YA!!! I snuck all the way down right in front of the stage by jimmy! it was phenomenal, a religious experience! it definitely changed my life! that girl never talked to me again, there have been many girls since that night and many concerts, but only one LED ZEPPELIN!!!!

Argenteum Astrum's picture

This is the first of a six-night stand in New York and a really good show at that. In My Time Of Dying was dedicated to the British Queen. "Tonight is the beginning of the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee, and that's heavy thing for us, so we'll do this one for Liz!" said Plant to the noisy audience. Kashmir is a little sloppy but the whole show is really powerful and Jimmy is on fire in Achilles Last Stand. The drumming is very sloppy in Stairway To Heaven and everyone chases each other through Rock And Roll, which makes for a very bizarre arrangement.

steven w's picture

this was my 1st concert. still have my sec 426 stub. and the newsday iron on, and two wplj buttons, and the great memories.

steven's picture

does anyone still have the wplj led zepelin buttons that were handed out?

Kyle's picture

Was at this 6/7/77 show as my 1st and Best show ever. I can still remember all the M80's going off and thinking the show might not happen. Was there with 3 friends in the Blue nose-bleed section and before the show we saw so many people jumping down in one corner to the next lower section (green I think), it looked like a waterfall of people. Well we weren't stupid, we did the same. Ended up in the red section sitting on the floor in front of some cool people that let us stay there. Great memories of a great show! They were without a doubt the best!

Gwyn's picture

Best night of my life

JohnnyD's picture

I remember this one like it was yesterday! My brother was a huge Zeppelin fan and hadn't missed any of their area appearances since 1970...Never forget the NY Daily News clip mentioning the MSG run in 1977..."Wham Bam,Led Zep's back in town!"...Anyway,no tickets! Went to Garden early in afternoon and scored 2 section 314 seats right next to stage.Band came out an hour late,crowd bordered on dangerous crazy! Too many M80's and firecrackers to mention...FINALLY after 9PM Zep hits the stage...Have to be unbiased here.Although it was great to see them,sound in cavernous Garden was just wall of noise.SOOO loud,SOOO Distorted.Page sloppy like a bar band guitarist playing his first gig.uggghhhhh...What happened to this great player? Sad thing is this run was one of the better ones of the 1977 tour..(see Tempe and Seattle for proof)....Fast forward 33 years to 2010....A soundboard finally surfaced of this show.Now I remember why I thought their playing was lousy...I was right.

Larry Love's picture

THIS WAS MY 1ST LED ZEPPELIN CONCERT! I HAVE THE TICKET STUB FRAMED,AS WELL AS THE JUNE 13TH TICKET STUB. MORE PEOPLE AROUND THE GARDEN THIS NIGHT THAN IVE EVER SEEN BEFORE! AND SINCE! I LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY MY WHOLE LIFE. THIS WAS THE LAST US TOUR,UNFORTUNATLY. THEY WILL ALWAYS BE THE GREATEST FOR MANY REASONS.

David's picture

Yes, I still have my button. I was 16 years old, and this was my 1st concert. I feel very luck to have seen them. Still one of my favorite bands of all time.

Anthony Lattanzio's picture

I was there on 2 of those nights in june and i was a truly an extraordinary experience that i will never forget. i remember scalping tickets for about $30.00 for 10 rows back of stage. and sneaking in all the booze and pot that you wanted too.The cops never bother you about it. Thanks for making me relive that night.

jeff g's picture

yes indeed!!! i was at that show too, i snuck down from nosebleed seats to right in front of the stage, i was 16 and it was the best summer of my life! i got to see floyd and yes too,weren't we lucky to be around back then? kids today have no clue how great it was back in the 70s!!!

Dave's picture

Yes! I was there on opening night in 1977 and got the button at the door. I was 16, and it was my 1st concert. People are blown away when I show them the button.

MIke in NYC's picture

I was 13 years old. I was suppossed to be punished (not allowed to go to the show but my parents never took the ticket away). So I didnt came home from school that day (in the Bronx) and instead, jumped on the 6 and headed straight for MSG to see, what was then, only my second concert (Bad Company was the first).

Ive seen hundreds of shows since Zeppelin in June of 77. While many were amazing, none compared to that night. It was absolutely fucking incredible. We had 18th row orchestra seats through a friend of my Dad's who worked at MSG at the time. I can even still remember my ears ringing the whole next day which was great because my Dad was PISSED I didnt come home until 1am and went to the show without permission. But it was well worth it!

That concert is one of the best and most vivid memories of my entire life! I lament the fact I only got to see Zep once. Had I known what the future held, I would have found some way see all six NYC shows!

Never another band like them -- period!

Name's picture

yes....i wore it to all the Plant, Page and Plant/Page shows i attended (about two dozen)...if fact right around 1998 or so, when Page/Plant were touring for Walking Into Clarksdale, 104.3FM was doing a big thing outside Meadowlands Arena and i saw Carol Miller...i walked up to her and said, "hey Carol- do you remember this?" and showed her my pin...she was floored and she made sure to mention it the next day on the air...the guy from the station was a bit of a wise ass and said "Tony (my name) you must be a hoarder"..I replied, "no- just a huge Zeppelin fan!!"....also have the ticket stub from the show, 6/7/77 above me in a frame- 10th row center!!!

Dr D's picture

Yes.... I still have the WPLJ buttons that were handed out ... along with my ticket stubs for all 6 nights.

Joshua 's picture

I am looking for a ticket stub from 1977 in tampa. My father in law was at the concert and refunded his ticket... now he will trade anything to get it back... can anyone help me?

larry love's picture

I HAVE MINE! AS WELL AS MY TICKET STUBS FROM JUNE7 N 13(FRAMED)THAT FIRST NIGHT WAS INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE 5TH NIGHT(JUNE 13) THEY PLAYED HEARTBREAKER!!!!!! REARE ON THAT TOUR! JIMMY KNEW I WAS THERE(LOL)

Amy's picture

Yes! I just found mine!

Gord Peters's picture

I was a 17-year-old visiting New York from WInnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  The six nights of shows were sold out, but I bravely hung out outside MSG (by myself) and was amazed to see scalpers openly selling tickets in front of the arena, right in front of the cops on horseback.  I bought one (can't remember how much I paid, but I would have paid practically anything).  Not knowing the place, I was just hoping I wasn't getting ripped off.  Turns out I was on the first promendade, section 128, row F, seat 5.  Incredible seat!  

 

The show was super loud, but amazing.  Highlight for me was Kashmir, and Page playing guitar with a violin bow inside a laser pyramid-thingy.  Funny story, the guy next to me was so wasted that he passed out before the show started and slept through the whole 3 hours!

Ray's picture

Yes saw the show,row13 dead center,saw Lisa Robinson in the first row,after the opening number,ZEP walked off the stage so the roadies could sweep the stage ( thats how much crap the fans were throwing) you name it ,& it was their. Some ugly chick was brought up on stage as a prank by Richard Cole during the opening moments of stairway.this distracted jimmy and it showed during the solo otherwise one of the best shows of the entire tour. Cleveland & L.A were phenomenol as well. Others were clinkers

Cheryl's picture

Madison Square Garden - June 7, 1977. It was the first concert of my life and the best concert of my life.  Phenominal ... I can still see it and hear it in my mind ... most of my friends had tickets for the concert at the Spectrum and that concert was cancelled. I am VERY thankful to have had that experience. A concert of legends ... there never has been or ever will be ANYONE who can come close to the talant of that band. Their music lives on in my heart for always!!!!!!!!!

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