May 10, 1973
Tuscaloosa, AL US
includes: Rock and Roll, Celebration Day, (Bring It On Home intro) Black Dog, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love (incl. Let That Boy Boogie)
Press Review: Thursday night’s Led Zeppelin concert at Memorial Coliseum was not a University of Alabama activity. For one thing, most university students have gone home. For another, university students are older than teenie boppers.
The place was packed, though, with 15,000 or 16,000 kids who loved Led Zeppelin. They had to. Inside the Coliseum it must have been 100 degrees, with so much moisture that it was practically raining.
How did I sit through all of that? I didn’t. I couldn’t have even if I wanted to. Unless you were a diehard and hot there early (I’m not and I didn’t), there were no seats where the show could be seen.
It was however, a good show. Led Zeppelin brought, I’m told, everything the Stones carried on their famous tour except it was all bigger, better brighter and louder.
The sound system was incredible, the lighting creative. There were even global prisms to surprise everybody at the end of Stairway to Heaven, the new Zeppelin hit.
Otherwise, it was all very depressing to me. I saw too many kids who were going to get into too much trouble, too early, at too great a cost.
Since the concert was obviously not a service to university students (though I did see a handful there), the whole thing raises two questions. Who makes the money? And is it worth the price? [J. Salem / 5-11-73]