Average: 4.9 (196 votes)

January 15, 1973

Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Trentham Gardens

Setlist:

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 (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (medley incl. Everybody Needs Someone To Love, Let That Boy Boogie, (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have a Party).

Notes:

UK '72 / '73 Programme

Click here to view the tour programme.
(flipbook)

John Bonham's brother Mick recalled the night in his book 'My Brother John':

"I mused on the thought of putting a heavy rock band on stage in a venue such as Trentham Gardens. Set in 1000 acres of woodlands and beautiful gardens... John kick-started the kit into life, making it sound like a pneumatic hammer pounding the snare. The audience knew it was time to rock and Jacko (father) and I stood proudly watching as the boys yet again gave their all in a show that moulded talent with sheer magic."

 

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Trentham Gardens

I have no recollection of there being a programme on sale but you did get a really naff "poster" (a small, cardboardy thing) if you sent away for it - you probably had to send the ticket or something like that.

Anyway, this was the first of three times I saw the band, who were, of course stunning. Rock'n'Roll started with the usual implosion of noise as the 70s pa buckled under the sonic demands being made upon it. The Rain Song was a standout and would never sound as good again until Earl's Court - the album version just doesn't have either the muscle or the delicacy that Page got on stage. The opening notes of Stairway raised that crowd noise that became a cliche and a millstone round Robert's neck - but this was just the first time and ... well, we knew he would. We got right up front for the Whole Lotta Love medley which was as it should be: life never did get any better than this, even when Forest won the championship. Earl's Court is the one I'll go back to when they perfect the tardis technology, because musically it was as close to perfection as God and his three man backing band is ever likely to get, but Trentham Gardens was more visceral, more fun. A bit like the Priory of Brion at Whitley Bay.

OK: so who's going to hand over an O2 ticket then - you know you don't deserve it.