Average: 4.8 (159 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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Feb '72 Sydney Showground Led Zeppelin Concert

I had the pleasure of attending this concert with co-workers Phil Grieg and Paul Quanchie. None of us had ever seen a PA system that big before. The show started with the Imigrant Song and the memory of that riff and Page's scream through that PA still gives me goosebumps today 27 years later.
Although the mix wasn't the best for about 24 bars, when it kicked in, it was like listening to a brand new Zeppelin album through a brand new stereo.
The musicianship of all four was amazing. We'd waited for what seemed like an enternity to see them live, after becoming Zep fans from the first album. They'd just released album 4 and were at the height of their powers. Robert Plant was still very toned in the stomach (unlike the later movie which showed quite a paunch) but Jimmy Page looked quite frail/pale. Still it didn't stop him playing like the virtuoso that he is.
To this day, still the best concert I've ever attended.
Cheers
Bob "Lefty" Townsend