Average: 4.8 (170 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 Showground Led Zeppelin Concert

I was 17 years old when I attended this concert and it was probably the first concert where I saw an 'overseas' act. The kids of today would squirm with the knowledge that I had only just started employment so the ticket price of $4 for seeing these legends play for 3 hours would put ticket prices today of hundreds of dollars with concerts generally limited to 2 hours or less in true perspective for the rip-off that they are. I have a strong memory of a huge police presence as there were 28000 fans there and Robert Plant cynically dedicating the song 'Black Dog" to the police ringing the stadium. Unlike Bob's post here I seem to remember the opening song was 'Black Dog', followed by "Rock and Roll" but I could be mistaken.

I remember a lone security guard trying to prevent the fans from charging the stage which they did after the first number and being engulfed by the swarm never to surface again. The sound was amazing and it sounded as good as being performed in a studio. I have been to many concerts since seeing some of the greatest bands of all time (nothing since early 90's as it is a complete rip off now) and this concert was the best I have ever seen.

There will never be another band like Led Zeppelin. When they played their last benefit in London and a million people were trying to get tickets that shows you the pulling power of this legendary band. I hope that Robert can hook up with Jimmy again and bring the band down under. I would pay just about any price to see these icons again!