Average: 4.6 (14 votes)

December 12, 1972

Cardiff, UK

Capitol Theatre

Setlist:

includes: 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. Let's Have a Party, Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You, Going Down Slow), Immigrant Song, Heartbreaker, Mellotron solo ~ Than You.

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Cardiff Capitol December 12th 1972

I went to this gig with my friend Howard Coughlin. We were both fifteen. It is still the best gig I have attended. We got to the gig early and hung around backstage. There was no security. We were able to get to the side of the stage and "worship" the equipment. We didn't set foot on the stage, too much respect (how times have changed). Eventually a man, much taller than us (we were only kids) arrived carrying four cases of beer. He was very friendly. We kept asking if he was a roadie, a journalist, or, just a friend of the band. He was really good humoured and eventually said "let's put it this way - wherever they go, I go". We told him how lucky he was before he said that we shouldn't really be there and should leave before a jobsworth arrived. We thanked him and hung around at the stage door. I don't remember JPG arriving but eventually Page and Plant drew up in an ancient American car. Robert Plant joked "how does he do it?" as he manoeuvred the cumbersome car into a corner.
As they walked the short distance to the door I tried to touch Jimmy Page's shoulder (he was wearing a plain brown suit and looked like a teacher). From nowhere, a giant appeared, warning me to "mind the quality".
Later, during the gig (Page had changed into a white show-suit with black shirt and lace tie), everyone cleared out of the way for the drum solo. Then we realised. The big, friendly guy from the afternoon was John Bonham. We didn't recognize him because his hair looked dark in the photographs we had seen. We now know that the group had spent time, earlier that year, in Australia and Japan, hence the effect of the sun. We still talk about it. I don't remember them singing old McDonald had a farm, but it was so exciting. They did play the Ocean though.
At the end, just before the encore (Thank You) Robert Plant said - "Cardiff, it's three years since we last came to play for you; I promise it won't be three years before we see you again". He spoke the truth. It's been thirty seven years and still counting. I hope they don't leave it too long.