Average: 4.7 (175 votes)

June 2, 1973

San Francisco, CA US

Kezar Stadium


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), Communication Breakdown, The Ocean.


KRON-TV & CBS News film news reports from the show.

News Report: 50,000 See Led Zeppelin in Bay City

The British rock group Led Zeppelin drew 50,000 rock fans who paid $320,000 at Kezar Stadium last weekend. Although the 2 ½ hour show Saturday was 6,000 short of capacity, listeners blanketed the football field and stands. Hundreds of others heard the music for free from rooftops in the surrounding neighborhood.

A month ago, Led Zeppelin grossed $309,000 to shatter the Beatles’ mark in 1965. Organizers said the group netted better than $1,000 per minute during the show here. It was the second large rock concert in a week at Kezar. The only casualties reported were some bad drug trips, a broken leg and a security guard accidentally wounded with his own revolver.

More than 250 cars were towed away from illegal parking areas around the stadium, police reported.

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Kezar 6-2-73

Two friends and I left for the concert at 7 in the morning, since it was all festival seating. The gates, as I recall, opened early, something like 8 am and we rushed in and literally ran to the center of the field, mabe thirty or forty yards away from the stage, almost dead center. The concert started at about 11 am with The Tubes, whose big hit, at least locally, was "White Punks on Dope." They were a novelty act, much of which was lost on the crowd. It was entertaining, but I recall that the sound wasn't good for the opening acts. The Tubes were followed by Lee Michaels, another local product, who had a hit in 1971, "Do You Know What I Mean." I only remember his hit being played, as it was probably the only song I recognized in his set. Then, as I recall, Roy Harper (Hats Off to Roy Harper), played, though I really have no recollection of that part of the show. Again, the sound for the opeing acts was not good. Then, a long, long wait for Led Zeppelin, so long that I went up on the wooden bleacher seats behind and to the left of the stage as you face it and laid down in the sun for a nap. I awoke just as the band was getting on the stage, which had to be at about 2:30 or 3 pm, and surprisingly, I looked out on the crowd and unbelievably, sighted my two friends amidst the 50,000 or so attendees. I remember seeing Page in his white outfit backstage, which was pretty thrilling. I made my way back through the crowded grass area as Rock and Roll started. I remember how good it sounded, especially compared to the weak sound systems for the other acts. The concert was mesmerizing and about as perfect a set list as one could hope for. We stood for the entire set, with the possible exception of No Quarter. Houses of the Holy had been released in either late March or early April and most of us had played it incessantly between the release date and the concert. To hear the newer songs, including Over the Hills and Far Away, No Quarter, the Rain Song and the Ocean was a thrill. Seeing Page play with his double neck Gibson SG was something you can never forget.

It was a beautiful San Francisco day and a memory that will always be indelibly etched in my mind. The funniest thing that happened is that after two and one-half hours plus, and one or two encores, we thought the show was over after Communication Breakdown. As we were walking up the old concrete stadium steps on the south side of Kezar, heading towards the exit, out the comes the band, again, to play The Ocean. We sat down. It was brilliant. When it ended, it was approaching 6 pm and the sun was low in the sky, heading towards dusk. I was struck with how quiet it was as we were leaving. You left feeling like you had experienced something that could never be duplicated. It was like leaving a church, it was so quiet. It is hard to appreciate that it is now 36 years later. To be transported back to that day would be heaven.

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