Average: 4.8 (118 votes)

September 3, 1971

New York, NY US

Madison Square Garden


Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Celebration Day, That's the Way, Going to California, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, My Baby Left Me, Mess of Blues, You Shook Me), Communication Breakdown, Organ solo / Thank You, Rock and Roll.


Press Review: Led Zeppelin, British blues-rock combo in its first US tour in about a year, packed Madison Square Garden while many of the more than 19,000 (at $7.50) crowded towards the stage, the group especially lead singer Robert Plant kept things under control with remarks to the crowd.

The group was generally overpowering musically without much variation, despite a welcome acoustic bit. Jimmy Page, one of the premier rock guitarists in the world, was in top form, a flashy musician flashed by the group.

Drummer John Bonham had a strong well-received number in “Moby Dick”, which John Paul Jones generally in the background, was steady at bass guitar. Plant besides singing well, especially in bluesy tunes, strutted gyrated and otherwise was the picture of a rock vocalist.

Many of the numbers were from “Led Zeppelin IV”, the group’s next Atlantic album. Included were: “Black Dog”, Going to California” and “Stairway to Heaven”. Led Zeppelin still is a super group in crowd pleasing power. [Kirb, Variety / 9-71]

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I was on that stage

The stage was actually very high so the only way to see the concert if you were next to it was to climb up the layers of scaffolding that made up the stage. I spent about half the concert sitting directly in the middle of the stage with my legs inside the scaffolding watching the concert. It was incredible. I was where a kind of small cowboy hat with a nice head band around the rim. I thru it up on stage and of course it sailed all the way out of sight. When one of the stage hands pick it up to through it in the back with all the other crap, John Bonham grabbed it from him and wore it for a few songs. Afterwards one of the hands happened to be close to the front of the stage and I ask him if he would get my hat back. He grabbed it and scaled it across the stage and some girl a few feet away grabbed it. Needless to say she didn't have it for very long. I had that hat for ever.
Towards the end of the concert so many people were climbing onto the stage that it was getting crazy. I saw a friend of mine that looked like he had taken a lot too much of something and when he saw me he ask for help. Well I grabbed him and we started for the seats. We just got up to the 2 second level when the stage let loose. It really did happen in slow motion. A couple of Pages guitars were on stands and when the stage tipped they started sliding toward the crowd. One of the hands made the best sliding catch you could ever imagine just in time to save that guitar. Plant jump up on the piano and all the lights came on in the garden. The whole thing came to a stop. Everyone was just waiting to see what would happen. Then Plant just said something like, " wholly shit I never saw anything like that before." With all the lights on they started playing and finished the concert with the whole front of the stage missing. It was without a doubt the best show I ever saw.
During the whole acoustic session in the middle when Page, Plant and Jones were sitting on stools right at the center of the stage I was sitting directly in front of them along 5 feet away. I was a 16 year old drummer and that was the without a doubt one of the best time of my life.
I'm 53 now and can remember it like it was yesterday.