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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Adelaide 1972.02.19

These are the recollections of my brother-in-law Chris Rice:
I remember when the concert was first announced around November 1971 because it was during exams. Had a lean Christmas saving for it, $4 was a lot of dough for broke student. Was recovering from a heavy 1971, (saw Deep Purple with Free in early 1971 (my first concert), and Black Sabbath in the middle of 1971, both at theApollo), and had really started to buy a lot of albums, (possibly as many as 30 that year at $5-$6 a pop). Doesn't sound a lot of cash but it was back then. Do remember wondering about Memorial Drive as a venue because others I had been to had been indoors, The Apollo (Stadium) for overseas acts, Town Hall's or dreaded disco's for local acts, Daddy Cool, Thorpie, La De Das, etc. Anyway, my music type friends and I at the time, (I was 17), were all into the Heavy riff type British Blues, (in fact 2 of them were British and wouldn't listen to anything that wasn't), so yes we would defintely go and tickets would be bought from Allans by one of the guys mothers who worked at David Jones or Myers, ( I forget), and who knew someone who worked at Allans so we wouldn't have to wait in line. I think you could also get tickets from 5AD. Tickets in our hot sweaty hands, (it was summer), and we would once again conquer the world.
Then came Saturday and I was playing tennis on the back courts at the Memorial Drive when all of a sudden there was this booming noise echoing off the hill behind Adelaide Oval. We all sort of thought what the hell, it sounded like a 44 Gallon drum rolling down the road. Ahh, brain engages, it was the roadies tuning up Bonham's kit. My doubles partner and I lost our set as quick as we could and hopped the fence. A few other like souls joined us and we sat in the western stand, in our tennis whites, (sports nerds hey, but with long hair), and were treated to the full tune up by the roadies and then sound check by Zep themselves. Then followed the ultimate version of Whole Lotta Love, echoing off the empty northern and southern stands with an audience of 8 or 9 guys in tennis whites.
That night I drove all of us, parked down on the river behind Adealide Uni, got in early as the lawns was unreserved so first in best spot. We camped about 10 yards in front of the mixer desk area so I guess we were 40 yards from the stage. Memorial Drive had 2 centre courts facing North/South. This lawned area was enclosed on the North side, (Jewellery section), by the main stand, (comfy seats and tin roofed, probably holds 1500), on the Southern side by the "I want Jewellery but can't afford it stand", (reasonable seats but no roof, probably held about 1500), and on the Western " I think about jewellery sometimes" side a temporary stand that was just hard boards on risers, probably only held about 600. The stage was at the Eastern end. So in the middle on the lawns, ( approx 50 yards wide and 100 yards deep), was the "what's Jewellery?, are they the support act" section of the crowd, ( that's us). Guess it fitted about 4000 comfortably in this area. We had another section of crowd this night, the "I can't even spell Jewellery" section that lined the fence outside the southern stand, a portion of which, called the " but I'll steal some if you want", broke, actually no, demolished, the aforementioned fence, allowing many hundreds of " I can't even spell Jewellery" types in who immediately offended the southern stand patrons, ( who remember would like jewellery), so the officers of the Law, resplendent in Jewellery came in their multitudes to restore proper order, (but not the fence). Back to the concert itself. Don't remember there being a support act, so their either wasn't or they were very forgettable. Do remember the sound being very clear, (Purple and Sabbath had been quite murky however thats proably just Apollo acoustics although I remember Free particulary Koss sounding superb) Can't remember what songs they did, (other than the obvious ones Whole Lotta Love, Stairway, Immigrant, Moby Dick, Since I've Been Loving You, Black Dog and they opened with Immigrant song), however I do know it was from Zep 1 through 4. The Drive was the best venue for Heavy bands, Zep, Sab, Heep, Doobies, Purple, Bad Co., but I reckon Whole Lotta Love sounded better in the afternoon when the stands were empty.
I do remember being surprised at Plant's vocal power and do remember appreciating the way Bonham's kit was miked. Do remember a white Telecaster being used for a couple of numbers and do remember Marshalls and the Lovely Les Paul. Don't remember Jimmy being bearded however the cover of the CD shows one. Don't remember it being overly loud however I am comparing this to Purple and Sabbath indoors so guess it's relative. Do remember the vibe on the Lawn area which was very "cool and communal". The "heavy scenes man" under the Southern stand was, as mentioned last email , 50 yards off to my right and I didn't even notice it, (until we were leaving and saw the demolished fence).
I'm a bit vague on this next bit but I reckon I remember the papers next morning saying there was as many people outside on the road and car park as there were inside and I think for concerts the Drive holds about 8000 so was a big night. I think the figure of 200 police/security guards was also mentioned. Also think it may have been this concert that resulted in the 11pm curfew for concerts at the Drive, (because the sound travelled all the way down to Henley Beach so 20% of Adelaide couldn't sleep until concert finished which I reckon was after midnight. I still don't remember it being overly loud? Really was a good show at a time when I think we were just beginning to be spoilt with international acts.