February 29, 1972
includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, Celebration Day, Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, That's the Way, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed and Confused, What Is and What Should Never Be, Moby Dick, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Let That Boy Boogie, The Wanderer, Hello Mary Lou, Let's Have a Party, Going Down Slow).
Press Review: Stomping Room Only at Festival Hall
The only seats vacant were in the line of view behind heaped boxes of sound equipment and loudspeaker units.
Almost 6,000 people crowded in for the single performance by the Led Zeppelin.
The capacity crowd, one of the biggest Festival Hall has seen since the Beatles and Elton John, spilled into the streets.
Seventeen forged admission tickets were used by fans to see the British pop group. Promoters found the tickets when counting the night’s takings, and notified police.
The sound from the group’s 11,000 lb of gear and amplifying equipment was deafening. Despite the numbers, the audience was well-behaved after a warning by the lead singer, Robert Plant, that the group would not compete with noises off stage.
The show was close to three hours of non-stop music. One of the most popular sequences was the 15 minutes John Bonham spent solo on the drums.
Led Zeppelin’s technical skill is irrefutable, but one was left with the feeling it would have been nice to hear some more of the lyrics above the constantly loud backing. [S. Ivimey – 3/1/72]