Average: 4.4 (20 votes)

December 20, 1972

Brighton, UK

Brighton Dome


includes: Rock and Roll, Over the Hills and Far Away, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Everybody Needs Someone To Love, Let That Boy Boogie, Let's Have a Party, Mystery Train, Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow), Heartbreaker.


UK '72 / '73 Programme

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Press Review: A Night with the Heavies

Led Zeppelin started their career by thrashing out tired old blues riffs at maximum volume. They’re still the heaviest thing on eight legs and judging by last night’s sold-out performance at the Brighton Dome, their fans are still happiest with the same old stuff.

The first half of their maxi-length two-hour set was disappointing. They were too loud and distorted, and at times messy. Robert Plant’s sensual, throaty vocals were often drowned out by the louder numbers and Jimmy page’s incredibly fast guitar runs tended to fuse into one discordant twang.
But the second half was a different story. They warmed up, got into the easier stomping rockers and suddenly everything gelled.

At first, they concentrated on their fourth album, with numbers like Rock and Roll, Black Dog and Misty Mountain Hop, which are undoubtedly their best. But the audience were yelling for older material – notably from their second and best-selling LP. They finished with a medley of these, including Heartbreaker and their theme-song, Whole Lotta Love, with some old 1950’s rock and rollers thrown in. The crowd loved it.

No doubt Zep could return next week and again have no trouble filling the house. [-N. Hough, Argus, 12/21/72]

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brighton dome 1972

I had the day off from work for the gig and being a rabid Zepp fan, I thought i'd pop along to the dome in the afternoon just to see if I could catch the band arriving. Some lorries started to turn up and parked up outside the Dome. One of the drivers got out and came over to myself and my mate ( I can't remember his name.) and asked if we would like to help unload the trucks. What!!..are you kidding? Three hours later I was absolutely knackered. Suddenly the stage door opened and in walked Page and Plant closely followed by JPJ straight to the dressing room. No sign off Bonzo. I seem to remember that they were late because of fog and couldn't do a sound check.
Showtime came and my friend and I were allowed to stand side stage to watch the gig. I can distinctly remember Bonzo kicking several shades of shit out of his bass drum during Song remains the same and Pagey playing his guitar over his head during Heartbreaker. It was awesome!
After the show had finished we were helping to pack the gear away when BP fallon came up to us and asked if we would like to meet Page and Plant. OH MY GOD!!! We sat and talked to them for about 30 minutes and they were so down to earth and friendly not at all like you think your idols are going to be.
But my overiding memory is of Bonzo after the gig. He had suddenly turned into Long John Silver and crashed through the stage door shouting "shiver my timbers!" The next thing I know he has driven one of the lorries on to the Dome lawns leaving a massive skid. He then got out of the truck and climbed on top of it still shouting "shiver my timbers" before running of into the night like a monkey on speed. I kid you not.
All in all a great night