Average: 4.7 (44 votes)

May 13, 1973

Mobile, AL US

Municipal Auditorium (AL)

Setlist:

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: Led Zeppelin Concert Too Heavy For Three Hours

One thing you can say about England’s Led Zeppelin… they definitely give an audience its money’s worth. The band’s concert at the Municipal Auditorium Sunday night drew a crowd of Rolling Stones proportions – eleven thousand or more people, requiring heavy security.

Well, the Zep came on at six p.m. and played straight through with nary a break for three hours or so. This reviewer left half an hour early due to extreme sonic indigestion… the band just isn’t inventive enough or varied enough, to warrant three hours.

Zeppelin has been exploiting the same tired musical concepts for four or five years, venturing gingerly now and then into acoustic material, but it always ends with crashing cymbals and hot lead guitar.

So-called “heavy” music is, hopefully, a dying animal – by nature, it’s a limited field. Led Zeppelin is one of the last of that breed. And strangely enough, the band is more popular than ever.

The first ninety minutes of Zep’s show were, um, dull. They hit a peak with Stairway to Heaven, a reasonably complex, very lovely piece. Zep received a well-deserved round of applause.

Then the band went into the drummer’s showcase number, Moby Dick. There is no excuse in a civilized society for rock and roll drum solos… invariably they are dull, gratuitous and more than a little silly.

Still, Robert Plant is a fine vocalist, and the rest of the band is more than competent. Lighting was fantastix – excellent staging in all aspects. The show as at the very least, nice to look at. [–L.Moore / Mobile Register, May 1973]

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Concert of a life time!!!

I was there...Box seats stage left, end of stage. I could see both the stage front and back stage. The stage was double high to keep fan off it. There was cops all across the stage front. Robert later told the crowd "These cops were there by their personal invitation and to listen and respect them". I was impressed.

To start the concert.. all was black, a voice came out of the darkness, stated that he was the manager of LZ, and said " You may have noticed that no warm up band or comedian was on the bill. That's because LZ believes when you go to see LZ that's who you should see. So ladies and gentalmen...... I give you LED ZEPPELIN !!! "  

Out of the darkness, the red stand by lights on the amps begain to pop on one by one, the lights came up, and there they were, then we were off to the best concert Mobile, Al had ever seen before or to this day.

They played non stop from 8:00 to almost 1:00. Well, they did take breaks by letting each one do a solo and the others would leave and go back stage. I was able to watch them back stage "relaxing" for a while.

My best memory? On "Stairway" a huge mirrored ball was lowered to just above the crowd on the floor. All spot lights turned purple and were aimed at the ball. On the stage the fog machine was cranking out so much fog it covered the whole floor. Every now and then a head would pop up out of it as the people tried to see the stage. Looked weird. The sound......the best music ever.   

2nd best? When John Bonham did a 20 min (?) drum solo. Unforgetable!!!

I have seen MANY "big name" concerts over the many years that have passed. BUT NONE have come even close to that night.

I was fortunate to see "Page And Plant" in Pensacola, Fl several years ago. It was GREAT! but not the same.

I wanted to go to London to see "Celebration Day" live. But tickets were impossiable to get. So I have to settle for the DVD. It was like a trip back in time. Jason Bonham was fantastic, just like his dad. I thought they might start a Celebration tour in the states so I could see them one more time again.

But.......not to be. One can still hope.