Average: 4.8 (169 votes)

February 27, 1972

Sydney, AU

Showground

Setlist:

Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Tangerine, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, Hello Mary Lou, Let's Have a Party, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Going Down Slow), Communication Breakdown, Organ solo ~ Thank You.

Notes:

While in town, the band attends a press party and conducts interviews for radio and television. Footage from this concert and the press party is featured on the official dvd, released in 2003.

Sound System:
Showco Sound System
Jands (Additional) System
2 x RCA W Bin c/w 2 x JBL K140
2 x JBL 4550 c/w 2 x JBL K130
2 x JBL 2350 Horn + 2480 Driver
2 x JBL 2355 Horn + 2440 Driver
2 x JBL 2356 Horn + 2480 Driver
8 x JBL 2402
12 x Jands 150w Power Amplifiers


Press Report: The Led Zeppelin concert at the showgrounds last Sunday must rate as one of the best ever held in Sydney - but, if the crowd had not stormed the fences, it could have been the worst.

The official attendence figure was 27,000 but senior police officers at the concert estimated the crowd at "at least 30,000". According to showground officials the three stands used last Sunday have a maximum capacity of 25,000 - so whatever way you look at it the ground was dangerously overcrowded.

Despite the fact that there were no seats left at mid-day and no standing room by 1.30pm., people were still coming through the gates at 2.30pm. The overcrowding that existed before the fences were stormed must never be allowed to occur again because next time someone could be killed in the crush. Once capacity is reached the gates should be closed. David D. Bryant The Sun-Herald, 5 March 1972, p. 109.

 

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Sydney concert

I was there as a 17 yo and can remember being excited as the time drew near and the cars then appeared through the gates at the other side of the arena. I had been there all day in the heat and rain in turn. I remember one guy behind me passing out after drinking a bottle of red wine and being passed over the crowd to the ambos on the track. I'd bet he's regretted it since. I don't recall rain during the performance (as someone else has mentioned) but it may have happened. I was against the wall of the track and remember being in the first wave "out of the trenches" as it were. The fear and excitement as I bolted through the line of cops (I think they were AFP, not NSW) and was chased across the grass was a real rush. By the time I got to the stage there were so many others coming that the police just gave up!

Can't see myself in that grainy footage on the DVD. I recall gazing up and Jimmy was looking me right in the eye as he played. Some guys from my school were actually sitting in the front of some of the big speaker cabinets. I was half deaf for the rest of the day so I don't know how they went. It was a great concert and a fantastic experience for a young fan...