Average: 3.2 (208 votes)

March 6, 1971

Dublin, IE

National Boxing Stadium

Setlist:

Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, Dazed and Confused, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Suzy Q, Some Other Guy, Honey Bee, That's Alright Mama), Communication Breakdown, C'mon Everbody, Rock and Roll.

Notes:

Review: Zeppelin Get a Whole Lotta Love

The visit of a band of the stature of Led Zeppelin is rare in Dublin, so it was not surprising that last week the National Stadium, normally a venue for amateur boxing tournaments, was packed with 3,000 Irish progressive music fans.

Led Zeppelin were playing the second concert of their current British tour after a three month lay-off for recording work and having played a sensational concert the night before in Belfast, came south and proceeded to whip up the Dublin fans into a cheering, stamping, throbbing mass. The standing ovation started long before the show was over, and at the end Zeppelin had to come back for several encores before they could get away.

Zeppelin are the heaviest and loudest group yet heard in Dublin, and the huge banks of amplifiers and speakers pushed out a fantastic wrap-around volume.

Their performance comprised of material from their previous three albums. There was a bit of confusion at the start over what they were going to play. “We had a list on a piece of toilet paper”, explained Robert Plant, “But I think it’s been used.”

However, once under way Led Zeppelin cruised through the evening without much trouble. Jimmy Page played some excellent guitar throughout; including a clever piece of work with a violin bow during Dazed and Confused, and John Bonham own huge applause for his drum solo during Moby Dick.

The place really erupted when Zeppelin went into Whole Lotta Love, which had been shouted for from the start of the show and many of the fans were standing on their seats waving their arms and cheering for the duration of the number.

Stairway to Heaven was one of the new numbers which starts off in a relaxed way and builds up into heavy rock. Page switched to a twin-necked guitar with six and twelve strings and featured some nice finger style work in the introduction.

Another new number from the upcoming fourth album was Going to California, with John Paul Jones on mandolin and Page on acoustic guitar. With Plant on vocals, which provided an ear-resting contrast to the remainder of the programme.

“California” showed an influence that may come from Robin Williamson and Mike Heron, and on their next album this could well be known as Led Zeppelin’s “Incredible” string band.

The last part of the concert was given over to a mixture of old and new rock with items like Suzie Q, Sugar Mama, Lemon Song, That’s Alight Mama and C’mon Everybody – all following in quick succession.
It raised the excitement to fever pitch and the short-haired, grey-suited officials of the National Stadium gave up trying to make the people sit down and instead arranged themselves along the front of the stage in case of a possible riot. However, it all finished peaceably and 3,000 fans went off into the night more than satisfied with this tremendous concert. (T. Wilson, March 1971)

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Dublin 6-march-1971.

I was a skinny 17 year old and along with a bunch of mates we all headed for the Stadium.The national boxing Stadium to be exact.It was the only venue for any sort of rock happening at the time.We had been playing Led Zeppelin on our record players for the previous two years and this was one concert we were not going to miss. I had bunked off school to get my ticket and at 2 pounds and 50 pence each they were well worth it.We had to buy a ticket for a Mark Bolan concert to get a Led Zep ticket.What a gip.When Peter Grant and co hear about this they threaten to pull out and we got our money back .No offense to Mark Bolan but at the time he was considered teeney bopper material. The stadium was packed and at about 8.30 the boys filled on to the stage.With no great build they launched into their set.We tried to get to our feet when things got hot but the bouncers kept pushing us back down.After about an hour or so they gave up and we stayed on our feet for the rest of the show.The show was notable as it featured songs from the forth album and was only the second time that they played Stairway to Heaven live.Near to 11 o'clock Robert Plant said it was time to catch the last bus home.Needless to said this advice was ignored and the lads played a vintage rock and roll set till 11.30.I have never forgotten that night and remained a life long fan.Hats off to the reunion.