Average: 4.3 (22 votes)

March 11, 1971

Southampton, UK

Southampton University (The Old Refectory, Student Union Building)

Setlist:

includes: 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), Communication Breakdown.

Notes:

Press Review: Playing to a packed audience, Led Zeppelin proved to be the most exciting group to have played in the University this year. Although they seemed a bit unsure at the beginning of the set, they got themselves more together after the few opening numbers to eventually do a brilliant version of “Living Lovin Maid” (note: reviewer likely meant Whole Lotta Love), after which the audience reacted more positively towards them and the group again responded in return.

Much of Led Zeppelin’s live performance depends on the overwhelming stage presence of Robert Plant. It’s this which makes them more than just a band of competent rock musicians. In fact, the group complement him with a brand of hard driving music which is aimed more towards the body than towards the brain.

During their long three-hour set, they performed three new numbers, which were previously unrecorded and this might possibly be on their fourth album. They were: Going to California, Black Dog and Stairway to Heaven, the latter being exceptional. A number which I didn’t really expect was a slow 12-bar blues with John Paul Jones providing an organ backing for some really beautiful guitar from Jimmy Page.

After two hours without a really total response from the audience, Led Zeppelin walked off the stage only to be brought back on after a standing ovation from an ecstatic audience, to play hard rock and roll for another hour of repeated encores until Zeppelin finished an extremely satisfying set. (Dennis Robbins / University of Southampton / Wessex Scene)

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I'll never forget it

One lunchtime, probably in early March 1971, I went to the Uni events office and heard the news that Led Zeppelin were coming on the Thursday to give a free concert for us.

At the time they were the greatest touring band in the world and they wanted to say thanks to their UK fans in the sort of venues where they first made their name. It was amazing news and quite out of the blue - there was no negotiation, it was just this is the day we're coming! I remember the only requirement was a list of stuff they wanted us to provide, which was mainly large quantities of booze and food.

On the day I was bowled over by the cars they each arrived in individually, because most bands we could afford came in a minibus. One had an AC Frua Convertible, I think, another a Roller.

I was on the 'Door Committee' of the Union events dept, which meant I was part of the team which policed the door and checked tickets. It was great because as a result I went to all events for free. The demand for the tickets was enormous and the Old Refectory was a funny shape and pretty small, so it was going to be a squeeze. When the doors were closed and I got in it was absolutely packed and I spent the entire concert standing on a chair with a girl I knew, next to one of the big pillars in the room.

When the band came on it was pretty obvious the guys were pretty high on dope and drink (see review about the unsure start). The thing I really remember was when Robert Plant was at full belt and he walked forward and stepped right off the stage unintentionally. Fortunately he got up and got on with the show.

Overall it was just one of those amazing experiences in your life that you will never forget.