Average: 4.8 (18 votes)

December 8, 1972

Manchester, UK

Hard Rock

Setlist:

Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Everybody Needs Someone To Love, It's Your Thing, Bottle Up and Go, Let That Boy Boogie, Say Mama, Let's Have a Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow), Heartbreaker, Immigrant Song, Communication Breakdown.

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Zeppelin at the Hardrock

When tickets went on sale for this tour, my mate and me had a cunning plan.
On the morning of sale we both got a train to Liverpool, (from St.Helens) to queue at the Empire.

Our plan was simple but doomed to failure.
After getting tickets for Liverpool we would then get the train from Lime Street (Liverpool) to Manchester.

We would then go to the Hardrock (bearing in mind that we didn't have a clue where it was) and get tickets for this show.

No chance - but this is what actually happened.

Once we were in the Liverpool Empire queue I went to the train station to get 2 train tickets from Liverpool to Manchester.

Back in the queue we got talking to others and explained our plan.
The box office was only opening at 10am and one of the other people said he was going into Liverpool town centre - to the ticket office (Whitworths I think but not sure) to get some tickets for Rory Gallagher.

This would be open at 9am so at this time he left, we kept his place.

Shortly after he returned and said to us "If you are after tickets for Zeppelin at Manchester they are selling them at the record shop"

Quickly grabbing my mates cash I run the fastest I've ever run in my life and got to the record shop - no one around / no queues.

Inside the shop was empty - very strange - I went to the counter and asked the lady "have you got tickets for Led Zeppelin at the Manchester Hardrock?"

She replied "Yes - how many would you like"

I couldn't believe my ears - I bought just two and had to pay an extra 25p per ticket 'booking fee' - I think price was £2.25 each.

I then walked back to the Empire - could not believe what had happened - was I dreaming?

At 10am the box office opened and soon after we both had tickets for Liverpool.

How cool were we - tickets for both shows.

The hardest part was trying to get our money back for the 2 train tickets to Manchester that we now no longer needed.

We did get our money back and when the date for the show in Manchester came we both went really early because we didn't know where the Hardrock was.

This show remains the best that I have ever seen Zep play live.

From the opening Rock and Roll they were brilliant - all the songs fantastic including new ones from the yet un-released 5th album.

I thought Dancing Days was so good - the only accoustic number was Tangerine.

Plant, Jones and Bonham were the same as on the previous tour (i.e excellent) but Page was better - no beard, curly hair, strutting around he reminded me of Marc Bolan.

The stage was quite wide and Jimmy must have covered every square inch of it - he never stopped moving all night.

Not sure if the last number before the encores was Whole Lotta Love or Stairway - they did two encores and were on fire - the best show ever.

Not got my ticket from the show (you got half back) because I sent it off for a free gift - this turned out to be a cardboard fold out.
Inside there are four windows, each containing a photo of each band member. Four windows on a house (Houses of the Holy?).
I still have this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After the show we went into another part of the building were there was a disco!!
We stayed untill 2am in the morning when it closed and were kicked out.
It was freezing cold - no buses and no money for taxis. Walked back to city centre but got moved on by police.

Ended up on Victoria Station - in a train drivers hut on one of the platforms. There were no trains to St.Helens untill morning, so we stayed in the hut all night - there was a 3 bar electric fire but we couldn't sleep - so excited by the concert.