July 7, 1975
Oakland 1975 Announcement - Press Release
Swan Song Inc. Official Press Release - July 7, 1975
LED ZEPPELIN TO RETURN TO U.S.A. IN AUGUST.
OAKLAND STADIUM CONCERTS AUGUST 23-24 ARE FIRST TO BE ANNOUNCED
Led Zeppelin, who sold out 33 concerts at the beginning of the year, and who hold attendance records in most major cities, are returning to the United States to play in areas of the country that their Winter tour missed.
The first dates to be announced are Saturday and Sunday, August 23-24 at Oakland Stadium. 55,000 seats will be sold to each of the two concerts at $10.00, making a $1.1 million gross potential for the two days. The concerts will be in the afternoon, and The Pretty Things (who record for Zeppelin's Swan Song label) and Joe Walsh will also be on the bill.
Bill Graham is the promoter of the concerts at the Oakland Stadium, which is normally used as the baseball field for the World Champion Oakland A's.
Further Led Zeppelin concerts will be announced shortly, according to Zeppelin attorney Steve Weiss.
Led Zeppelin, for the past several years, has been the biggest grossing and top record selling rock act in the world. Recently they had all six of their albums on the Billboard chart at the same time -- an unprecedented feat. All of their albums have been "platinum", signifying more than a million units sold and the highest accolade the record industry can bestow.
Their most recent "Physical Graffiti" is still on all charts after more than five months, and has retailed more than $13 million!
Led Zeppelin consists of Robert Plant, lead vocalist, Jimmy Page, lead guitarist, John Paul Jones, bass and keyboards, and John Bonham, drums.
Zeppelin is managed by Peter Grant and in partnership with him, they have their own record label, Swan Song. In one year of existence, Swan Song has released five albums, including three gold albums. All five have been on the charts, and total sales have been more than $27 million. This is by far the most successful label ever started by a rock group. Besides Led Zeppelin, Swan Song's roster includes Bad Company, Maggie Bell and the Pretty Things.