Average: 4.6 (93 votes)

March 5, 1971

Belfast, IE

Ulster Hall

Setlist:

Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Bottle Up and Go, Long Distance Call), Communication Breakdown, Rock and Roll, Bring it On Home.

Notes:

The band debut a number of songs from their upcoming "Fourth Album", including the first public performance of Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California and Rock and Roll.

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Led Zeppelin concert Belfast Ulster Hall 5th March 1971

In 1971 I was 16 and "fond" of Simon and Garfunkel and West Coast bands such as Crosby Stills, I had never been to a rock concert the previous highlight having been The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem with my aunt two years previously! There wasn't alot happening in Belfast around that time as the "troubles" were kicking in big time. I'd just bought Zeppelin 2 a month prior to the concert, I didn't get a ticket but went down to the Ulster Hall with a friend who had, and outside I manged to get one at face value (25 shillings or £1.25 in todays money!) from a guy whose girlfriend didn't turn up.
The band walked on stage with no warm up act and went straight into the Immigrant Song followed by Heartbreaker. I simply don't have words to aedquately describe the impact that first fifteen minutes had on me and on those that were there. It changed things for me. I, as did everyboy stood in disbelief in the face of the pure wall of energy, raw talent and passion, images and sound are etched in my memory and still are as vibrant 36 years later. I discovered what rock was all about that night (and alot else besides). I remember looking down from the balcony and seeing friends and the excitement on their faces. That was just the start it got better! It was the first time they played "Stairway" live,I remember Plant saying "this is a thing off the fourth album, I hope you like it". We did.
As I left the Ulster Hall around midnight I remember clearly looking up fully expecting to see cracks in the ceiling, such was the energy we all expended that night.
From time to time I meet people who were there, old friends and some new ones, we nod approvingly, smile with an understanding that knows we were lucky enough to have experienced something magical and life altering. We rarely try to describe it to the "others", those that didn't make it, because we know we can't do it justice.
Thank you.