Average: 4.2 (54 votes)

June 10, 1972

Buffalo, NY US

Buffalo Memorial Auditorium


Includes: Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Black Dog, Since I've Been Loving You, 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, Running Bear), Communication Breakdown


Earlier this day, members of Led Zeppelin, Peter Grant and Richard Cole attend Elvis Presley's afternoon concert at Madison Square Garden.

Press Review: Crowd Doesn’t Hamper Zeppelin’s Good Sounds

The last of the 16,500 Led Zeppelin fans were migrating toward Memorial Auditorium and the bitter chill of that June 10 evening didn’t seem to bother the anxious crowd a bit. It is the night of my birth and I am feeling fine. So fine, in fact, that my lack of press pass and ticket didn’t worry me in the least. This was the first concert I had ever photographed and even though I had no credentials, I figured the promoters to be reasonable men. There were and I was inside the concert in two minutes.

I was escorted to the stage area by a huge offensive tackle disguised as a security guard and within minutes, was shooting away.  The Aud was sold out and the stage area was mobbed with spaced out teenyboppers, struggling to reach the flashing purple pants of lead singer Robert Plant. Zeppelin was in the middle of Communication Breakdown and the superb sound system generated the mammoth Zeppelin sound with studio accuracy.

Plant’s vocals were strong and clear as willowy Jimmy Page scooted about, his six string screaming the familiar Zeppelin rhythms. John Paul Jones was distinctly heavy on bass and John Bonham’s pounding drums highlighted one of the tightest concert performances I have ever witnessed. Led Zeppelin is exactly as its name implies; heavy – yet at times, smooth and flowing. While they have been written off by many rock critics as “loud and repetitious”, on this they were very powerful and creative and they had only begun a set that was to last nearly three hours. Even a typically violent, immature element, seemingly present at most major concerts nowadays, couldn’t bring Led Zeppelin down.

Lead vocalist Robert Plant displayed excellent style and a great deal of patience in dealing with the wild Zeppelin crowd. Some idiots were throwing strings of firecrackers down toward the stage area, along with sparkler flares, packs of burning matches and assorted debris. Being in the stage area was comparable to an urban riot; security and ushers were shielding that stage with their bodies, while packs of crazed freaks, often using a comrade as a battering ram, charged the line, crushing toward the stage. Plant broke out of a vocal, paternally scolded, “Stop that, children”, and the conflict halted briefly.

Plant was looking slick in purple embroidered bells and a black top, prancing around and when a second freak leaped on stage and hug-tackled him, Plant kept on singing and pleaded “easy… easy” as the stage security dragged the happy teenybopper off stage. It seemed as though the object of the stage area violence was to get to mess up Robert’s hair or perhaps throw some debris at Jimmy Page.

Zeppelin rested a while as Plant, Page and Jones sat down for a few acoustic numbers.Then they launched into the last hour of the set that really got the crowd going. The crowd went wild as they broke into Whole Lotta Love, clear and booming.

Zeppelin was really hot and even when they switched into an electric version of Running Bear (vintage 1955) no one seemed to mind. Page did one of his violin bow solos, long but listenable and John Bonham’s (introduced as Moby Dick) lengthy drum solo (seemed like ten minutes) couldn’t bring the Zeppelin fans down.

They tried to end the set and or course, all 16,500 fans went wild and stomped and screamed until Zeppelin reappeared with a balloon which they proceeded to kick around like a soccer ball. They jammed, loud and clear to cap a long happy concert and even the firecrackers and stage area street fighting couldn’t  ruin the beautiful vibrations created by a mature, polished hard rock group.

I left the concert feeling nice, unaffected by the bitter cold and thoroughly convinced that Led Zeppelin, despite their criticisms and stereotyping the group’s image suffers, played good stage presence.

I may not see them again in a professional capacity and a photographer should be given hazard pay to work in such violence, but I’ll check them out again, because good live hard rock music is a worthy experience for anyone. [RJ Hill / Spectrum/6-1972]

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Led Zepplin Buffalo 1972

The way I remember the show is: The best concert I have ever attended. I was right hand side of the Aud. in the Blue level. Not a bad seat. Zepplin took the stage around 8:00. They opened with The Immigrant Song. As usual, the house lights were off, The stage lights flashed on and simultaneously Plant was doing that scream that starts the song. The sound was astounding. Super loud and unbelievably clear. They performed their songs so close to perfection that it was hard to believe a band doing a live show could get their sound so close to their recordings. But at the same time, the sheer volume, with their intentional improvising, created a powerful sound like none other. The whole house was literally shaking. They played just about everything off their first ,second and third album.

About half way thru the show, some jerk in the upper level started throwing M80's or cherry bombs at the stage. A couple of them blew off 30 or 40 feet up in the air. The Band played through the stupid attack of M80's. Until one exploded about 3 feet above the stage, about 5 feet from Page. That stopped the band. They walked off the stage. The house lights came back on. They were gone backstage for quite awhile. I was afraid they weren't going to come back on. Finally, they came back out. Plant told the audience that for everybody that wasen't throwing fireworks at them, they were cool. But, whoever it is that is throwing them, they better stop or they would leave. I figured that would stop them. After they started playing again, to our disbelief, the Jerk started throwing the M80's again. Then, some dude jumped up on stage and hugged Plant right in the middle of a song. Security pulled him off plant and threw him back into the crowd. Believe it or not, the same guy jumped up on the stage again a short time later. This time, security dragged him off back stage. He wasen't seen again.

Plant told the audience they wanted to play some songs off their new album. They played Misty Mountain Hop(?), Black Dog and When the Levee Breaks(?). Then they and sat down and did an acoustic set that included Going to California and Stairway to Heaven. They left the stage and then came back for two encores. Whole Lotta Love etc..One thing that sticks out in my mind is: The last song they played was that old song by Johnny Preston, Running Bear. Too Cool. Plant was up on top of a stack of Amps singing the song. All in All, they played until 1:00 A. M. !! 5 hours!! It was so loud, it was so loud, when I walked out, I couldn't hear what my friends were saying!!shot.