Average: 4.9 (91 votes)

March 16, 1973

Vienna, AT

Wiener Stadthalle

Setlist:

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, I Can't Quit You Baby), Heartbreaker.

Notes:

Press Review: The historic city of Vienna, normally bulging at the seams with Strauss and grand operas, played host on Friday night to Led Zeppelin at the enormous Wiener Stadhalle.

Introduced as the “Rock sensation of the year”, the group took the stage and went straight into a deafening version of “Good Times Bad Times” [note:  error in the review, the show opened with “Rock and Roll”]. Robert Plant strode around with chest barred and hair flailing, thrusting his pelvic grind at the audience, while Jimmy Page, wearing his Les Paul low-strung , crushed out well amplified chords. “Black Dog” and “Misty Mountain Hop” followed, and both songs included some dynamic drumming from John Bonham, who hammered the skins for all his was worth.
Things quieted down in Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, their only acoustic number. Page then brought out his double-necked Gibson for The Song Remains the Same, from the new album and John Paul Jones who it was announced was suffering from a stomach complaint, provided some superb orchestral effects on the mellotron.

The opening bars of Stairway to Heaven were greeted with a huge roar, and when the band finally broke into Whole Lotta Love, that was the cue for a general stampede towards the front of the sage. [by  D. Hopkins, Melody Maker, 3-31-73]

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Vienna

The Led Poisoning Show; Devastating version of DAC with Page and Bonham just feeding off one another. Bonham just keeps pushing Jimmy harder and harder. Jones is in usual great form but these recordings don't capture his sound very well. Plant is a little hoarse and plays at a different register. This was a very important time for Led Zeppelin but unfortunately this was not a largely publicized part of the 1973 tour. They were at their musical peak. I personally have never heard the Zeppelin machine working so tightly in all my years of listening. These string of European shows captures Page at his technical best. He is flying all over the guitar in a flurry of notes at lightning speed changing tempos while working off Jones and Bonham. Plant on the other hand is singing at lower register but does capture some magical moments. The reason why I say this is an important time for the band is because the band changed it's live structure after this. The American shows were played,i feel, at a slower more lumbering manner. Listen to Page coming in for the intro after the violen bow section. He keeps on ''calling'' to Bonzo but Bonzo won't budge. Finally Bonham comes in and the next 14 minutes is like nothing I've ever heard a live band (not to mention the biggest band in the world) do. After DAC, Plant sings "Happiness is a warm gun" obviously pleased with the lads. Great show.