Average: 5 (21 votes)

November 29, 1971

Liverpool, UK

Liverpool Stadium


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


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First time seeing zep

Because the tickets were unreserved, turned up really early (with my girlfriend) to be first in queue - to get good seats.
There were already 5 or 6 people there, by about 10am a few more had turned up and GUESS WHAT - the roadies opened the doors to let us in!!!!!!!!
It was freezing cold and inside they had gas heaters - we were asked to help with blowing up these massive weather balloons, which went at top / back of stage. I asked a roadie what they were for - "just a bit of nonsense" apparently (U2 eat your hearts out).

The stage was built on the seats at the other side of the wrestling ring, the ring had been removed - so in front of stage was empty - bare concrete / no seats. This remains the only concert were this happened at the Stadium - seen loads of bands and every one of them had their stage on the wrestling ring.

At lunch time the roadies gave us passes to get back in - we all went out, over the road to the Cross Keys pub for something to eat and a few beers.

Everyone then sold their tickets to people outside who did not have any - I never because, in those days, you handed your ticket in and it was gone. I kept my ticket - in fact I still have it to this day.
Back inside we stood around the heaters to keep warm and me and some others helped to put some chairs at the back of the stage (so the band could sit down during the accoustic set).

We were told that the show would start at 7.30pm and the band would be arriving early to do a sound check, but they never showed - no sound check so we didn't get to meet them - never mind.
As well as the ticket, my only other memento was a poster (on sale in the foyer but we got them for free) - still got that as well.

We went out again at about 5pm to get something to eat and drink from the pub and back inside for 6
Doors opened soon after and the Stadium quickly filled up - we had front row seats but not at front of stage because of the space in front where the ring used to be - this quickly filled up.

The lights finally went down at 20 past 8 but stage lights still on - about 20 hells angels / rockers appeared on stage and sat on edge of stage, all around. They were the security and they then jumped down onto floor - standing all around stage.

At about 8.30pm (1 hour late) the stage lights went off - seconds later the place exploded - stage lights on and Zeppelin banging out Immigrant Song - very loud.
Page had long curly hair and a beard, wearing a red shirt and red loons, Plant was wearing tight denim jeans and a girls blouse and Jonesy was wearing a brown smock and brown tights (he looked like an extra from Robin Hood).

Couldn't see Bonzo but you could hear him - The first 2 songs were a medley and then Plant spoke to us all "GOOD EVENING - WHAT'S HAPPENING" the crowd were going beserk.
We were all standing but we all the sat down (it WAS the early 70's)
except for the people who were stood on the bare concrete between us and the stage. We were all shouting "sit down" - Page and Plant smiled at each other and promptly sat down, cross-legged on the stage.
They got up and Plant TOLD the standing people to sit down, which they did.

I do remember one couple standing up and waltzing together during Stairway, despite people throwing things at them.
Another thing I remember was the strangeness of the atmosphere during Dazed and Confused, Jimmy using his bow - fantastic.
Also what a great talker Plant was (still is) - he really communicates with his audience.

The songs I remember are on the set list but they definately played Rock and Roll, just before Whole Lotta Love at the end.
AND they did NOT play Tangerine - they played that one on their next tour (saw them twice on that one - Manchester Hardrock and Liverpool Empire).

I remember so much but cannot remember the encores - it was mad.
I loved the Runes / Symbols on the stage - Bonzos on the bass drum, Jimmys on his amp, Plants were on the PA speakers either side of the stage, Jones was on a white sheet on the side of his organ.

I have another story about how I first got the tickets - but not got room here - I also had the opportunity to see them earlier in the year at the University - Montford Hall - but couldn't get tickets.
Fabulous memories - I was hooked on these guys for life.
At least I got to be a roadie for Led Zeppelin (for one day anyway).