May 11, 1973
St. Louis, MO US
Songs performed during this tour include: 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: Unusual, Maddening Performance by the Led Zeppelin at Arena
The Gates of Hell flew open and from it came thousands of rabid, screaming bats. At least, it seemed like thousands as Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin used a bow on the strings of his electric guitar. The effect was interesting, unique and maddening.
But then much of what Led Zeppelin played before a capacity house at the Arena last night fit into that category, especially the maddening part.
Page is an exceptionally talented, self-indulgent performer who carries his guitar low like a gunslinger, and like a gunslinger he wants everyone to know how handy he is.
The guitar was played on the side, in front, from a crouching position, overhead and one handed. He alternated between a regular guitar and a double instrument that resembled an over-and-under double barreled shotgun.
He can play and there was some real music mixed in with his attempts at unusual sounds that often made it difficult to tell when he was playing and when a listener was hearing feedback.
Zeppelin is a four-piece English rock band, but the show was mostly Page and drummer John Bonham. Singer Robert Plant spent most of his time foppishly shaking his hair and wriggling his hips. John Paul Jones on bass and keyboard was seldom in the spotlight. When he was – on Stairway to Heaven – he was effective. The piano was connected to a reverberator and the sound was unusual.
Bonham, surrounded by all kinds of percussion instruments was never in the background musically. He was always there, forceful and loud on every number. But that wasn’t enough. He had a solo that started out in a tedious fashion and ended in a flurry of bare hands rapping on everything in sight. Long, Loud and Super.
At the end of the 2 ½ hour musical marathon, the crowd stood and cheered for four minutes to bring the group back for an encore. The ovation was well deserved. If nothing else, the four are energetic showmen. [by D.Richmond, SLPD, May 1973]