Average: 4.7 (45 votes)

February 19, 1972

Adelaide, AU

Memorial Drive

Setlist:

includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Hello Mary Lou, Let's Have a Party, That's Alright Mama, Going Down Slow).

Notes:

Press Reports:

'Led Zeppelin Show Off Until Tonight'
The Advertiser, Saturday, 19 February 1972, p.3.

A buckled stage and damp amplifying equipment forced last night the postponement of the UK rock group Led Zeppelin's appearance at Memorial Drive until tonight.

The promoter said rain yesterday had caused the stage to buckle and water had posed a hazard to the groups using its electrical equipment. The Led Zeppelin had brought to Adelaide about 11 800lb of stage equipment to produce what was expected to be the loudest rock sounds heard here. 5AD, which was co-sponserong the show with Channel 7, had continually broadcast the postponement and only about 200 of 7000 people who had booked for the show arrived at Memorial Drive. The postponement until 8:15 tonight means that Led Zeppelin will appear on the same night as the second Adelaide concert of the US rock trio Creedence Clearwater Revival. In Burra rain continues to hamper the re-construction of an old chimney being moved from the Samin mines to a site near the main road.


Led Zeppelin Is Shattering Rock Experience
by Richard Mitchell
from The Advertiser, 21 February 1972, p. 24.

The Led Zeppelin concert at Memorial Drive on Saturday was a shattering experience of some of the world's heaviest, wildest rock.

The controlled violence with which the UK group produced many of its sounds, hurled out of two giant banks of speakers at the 8000-strong crowd, has never been seen here.

From the start, all eyes were on brilliant lead guitarist Jimmy Page. He used six and twelve-string acoustic guitars with the ease that many had flocked to see. His electric guitar work was extraordinary. At one stage, using a bow, he smashed out a string of piercing notes only to end with a run of delicate sitar-sounding music. Thunderous applause followed all his work.

Drummer John Bonham's steady beat that at times sounded like a hammer striking steel included many feats that other drummers would find impossible. A magnificent solo in which he used his fists as well as sticks topped his performance.

Singer Robin Plant [sic] overcame an "Australian bug" in his throat and broke into his own in "Black Dog", "Stairway To The Stars" [sic] and "Let's Have A Party". At times he merged screaming enjoyed notes with Page's guitar work.

The other big rock show in town, Creedence Clearwater Revival played more to the audience and enjoyed better involvement, but Zeppelin came back for an encore. The most successful twin rock shows to appear here on the weekend, they were sponsored in Adelaide by station 5AD and Channel Seven.


 

 

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I was 15 at the time and

I was 15 at the time and this was only the second concert I had been to. Elton John was the first also at Memorial Drive. Adelaide had a reputation of being a sleepy kind of town but it was well and truly shaken awake that night. The concert was loud and fantastic. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were mesmerising. There was a crowd of 8,000 inside the tennis stadium and several thousand outside. Towads the end of the concert the crowd outside pushed down the fence and many hundreds of fans pushed their way inside. It was and remains one of the best concerts that I have ever been to.