Average: 4.9 (68 votes)

May 10, 1973

Tuscaloosa, AL US

Memorial Coliseum (U. of AL)

Setlist:

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)

Notes:

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]

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Saw my wife for the first time there

The 70's was the greatest of times for concerts and this was one of the best, particularly for me as I saw my wife for the first time at this concert. She was on the Program Council that was partly responsible for lining up Zeppelin to stop in Tuscaloosa. It was before the lights went off and people were still filing in, I looked down toward the stage and standing in front of it there she was. Hip hugger blue jeans (remember those?), black bikini top, long blonde hair.....WOW! We've been married now for 35 years. It just makes this awesome concert that much more meaningful for me. Led Zeppelin was THE greatest band of all time with songs that still give the goose bumps when played. I wish I had had the technology we have today to have a good video of some of that concert but my memory (and my marriage) will last forever!