Average: 4.7 (47 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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I was there and it was a

I was there and it was a fantastic show- there is a live recording to show how good it was. I got my ticket on the phone, but by time to leave it had not come in the mail yet, I was just sooo bummed out that I wasn't gonna get to see them, I told my friends that I was going with to just go on, I was soo bummed, then my Mom said why don't you call Mobile,and I did and they were holdin' my ticket ! but now I was freaked because I told my friends to go on,,and just about that time,I heard the car horn outside, they had came to get me anyway ! good friends ! we had a great time, will never forget it ! wish I could have found a poster from this show ! a couple years later I met a guy that had some fantastic photos from this show, I got fours shots of Jimmy and one of Robert, was gonna get more and then lost contact with him. Wish I could find him again,they were some of the best photos I'd seen of zeppelin ever...