Average: 4.8 (11 votes)

March 19, 1971

Manchester, UK

Manchester University

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:

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Led Zeppelin Manchester University

I was talking recently with my daughter about great bands and great concerts; her favourites and mine. We both agreed that Led Zeppelin were up there among the gods of music – any music. She felt they were up there for their recorded music as she loves the albums. I felt the same and with the added bonus of knowing how good they were in concert.

I saw them at Manchester University on March 19th 1971. I was in sixth form at the time but a few of us were able to get in using a dodge that involved reversing and copying the luminous stamp that was imprinted on the hand of people as a “pass out” from the building. Such innocent times! Having evaded the doormen (and possibly Peter Grant) it was upstairs to a hot dark crowded bouncing hall with Robert Plant reigning over the stage and Jimmy Page playing supernatural guitar and weaving spells over an odd box with an antenna coming out of the top of it.

John Paul Jones and John Bonham were exceptional too. No stage effects – just great musicianship, brilliant songs and mastery of the crowd. We were shocked, rocked, enthralled and ensnared by Led Zeppelin that night. Not even the siren call of last orders and a final Newcastle Brown Ale could lure us away. I lingered in the hall after the concert and it was akin to a small war zone as those who were at the front wandered around dazed (and confused). I still remember one character desperately picking clumps of paper from out of his ears with a Bic biro.