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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Concert description

Plant laid down some ground rules: "Now listen! We've already come across the one problem we were told about. Now, there's been a lot of mistakes about this thing, but we don';t want to make any mistakes and neither do you, alright? So don't come past this barrier, otherwise ythere's gonna be some shit. And why don't you sit down ... and if it rains, we're gonna have to stop. That's a fact, it'll blow up! Take a seat!" Black Dog is played with fury and impact and is one of the greatest versions I've ever heard. The bowing solo in Dazed And Confused, warmly received, is a delightful novelty to the provincial punters and this is another great version of this song. Rock And Roll is delivered with swaggering fury. Plant reaches the notes the ear expects. Whole Lotta Love and its rock medley, including a fully-realized, instrumental version of The Rover, heard years before its official release, is a truly awesome!