Average: 4.7 (48 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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Greatest Show On Earth

Some of my friends were part of the 56K in Tampa prior to Mobile....but I didn't get to go. But I will be always grateful that it was the Mobile concert that I did attend. It was a small venue for them which made it up close.....and I was at the stage edge down front too. I could see Jimmy's sweat run across the front of his Gibson. I wish Robert knew that he even made a comment to one of the guys I was there with during the show. If you listen to the "bootleg Goin Mobile".....you'll here Plant say..."he must be some kind of nut".....he was referring to one my crew that was having too good of time I guess. Like the other comment from the guy from Biloxi....I well remember that they purposely dimmed the lights for about the last hour(from 5 till 6) and it was almost totally darrk in the auditorium except the exit lights when it was showtime. When John Bonham started it off and then every stage light came on when Page came in....it almost cut me like a knife.....won't ever forget it. I lost my ticket stub somehow to this show...but I still have the full ticket to what would have been my second time and probably the the "largest" show......the cancelled show at the Superdome July 30, 1977. I basically have a room in my home dedicated to them....if there's a fan that loves them more than me.....I'd like to meet them......