Average: 4.9 (13 votes)

November 11, 1971

Newcastle, UK

City Hall (Newcastle)

Setlist:

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Rock and Roll, Stairway to Heaven, That's the Way, Going to California, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Celebration Day, Whole Lotta Love (medley), Communication Breakdown.

Notes:

Press Review: Zeppelin – Good, Bad or Indifferent?

The months of frustration and impatient waiting were over – Led Zeppelin were back at Newcastle City Hall last Thursday. And the group that has brought the rock back to rock and roll were, for me at least, awful.

A young audience cried for more after their two and a quarter hour performance. They got it to the tune of a lengthy encore.

They gave us “Immigration Song”, Heartbreaker, and Robert Plant immediately sank to rock bottom in my estimation. Maybe it was the hall, maybe it was the mike…

The tragedy of it all was this band can play and Plant can sing to rival any group in the world. They proved this with one track from the new LP – Stairway to Heaven.

But Alas, the euphoria was not to last. The mediocrity of the rest of the gig could easily be seen in the band’s performance of Celebration Day.

I tried desperately to think back to Zeppelin’s first mind-shattering explosion on the British music scene and to convince myself that it WAS the notorious City Hall acoustics that daunted Plant.

I’ve hardly mentioned Jimmy Page, you say? True enough he did some amazing things with that guitar. But only spasmodically.

This is the start of the great Zeppelin British tour. They should make sure they get a bigger hall and better presentation than a packed City Hall got last Thursday night. [-S. Bennett / Disc, Nov. 1971]

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1971 - Newcastle City

There I was 16 years old. I had got up at some unearthly hour to queue for my ticket with my mate Rob and now here I was in the City Hall Newcastle, ready to rock. I seem to remember the house being very bright and then being suddenly plunged in to darkness and a spot light picking out Robert Plant who simply said: "Good evening" and then straight in to the pulsating beat of the Immigrant Song --- "A haa haaaaaa ha" and we were off, ear drums bleeding!

John Bonham was driving things along, John Paul Jones did his usual invisible man but supplied that incredible texture and Jimmy Page was, well, Jimmy Page. The way he played guitar I wouldn't be at all surprised if had sold his soul.

The evening before I was in the Five Bridges Hotel Gateshead, where they had a strict dress code ... not drinking alcohol, honest (only 16). I was standing at the bar next to this guy who was dressed head to toe in denim with cowboy boots and mane of hair. "Who the heck is that" I thought. Yup, it was Robert Plant. He nodded at me I nodded back and I rushed back to tell my girlfriend I'd just met Robert Plant! She turned round and of course he was gone. I've told that story many a time, like the time I met Ray Davies of the Kinks fame, in the Green Man in Finchley...but that's a tale for a different web site.