Average: 4.6 (30 votes)

July 6, 1973

Chicago, IL US

Chicago Stadium

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), Communication Breakdown.

Notes:

Review: Friday and Saturday, Led Zeppelin landed at the Chicago Stadium, with nearly 20,000 turning out for each night’s show. Apparently anticipating possible problems, someone had seen to it that the place was crawling with security as well. Friday night, at least, things were peaceful enough – in fact, by current concert standards, the whole evening proceeded according to script.

For a band that attracts such an eager-for-action audience, Led Zeppelin is curiously controlled. They are not the type to urge the audience to surge forward; in fact, they play with barricades in front of the stage and Plant expressed distaste more than once for the pushing confrontations going on practically at his feet.

For a band that once relied so much on sheer musicianship, augmented by the stage sexuality of lead singer and vocal gymnast Plant, Led Zep’s picked up a lot of theatrical trappings since their last tour. A stage setting with complete lighting system, mirrored panels and silver balls, plus puffs of smoke and enveloping fogs, represents some borrowings from Pink Floyd, though it works well with Zeppelin’s style too. So does the weird electronic music of the theremin which guitarist Jimmy Page doubled on during Whole Lotta Love.

Page took a couple of solos with some flashy guitar work, and drummer John Bonham managed to make a 15 minute or so drum solo in Moby Dick, not only powerful but incredibly engrossing.  (ChicagoTribune, July 1973)

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Chicago Stadium, July 6, 1973

I remember Bonham's booming opening to Rock & Roll to start the show and the feeling of excitement that ran through my body that wow, they were actually here, Led Zeppelin! If I remember correctly the opening drum beats from Bonham on Rock & Roll were in total darkness until Page & Jones kicked in.

That's when the lights were turned on and we saw the group in all their glory on-stage. It was worth the sleepover on the sidewalk outside of the Flip-Side Record store on Foster Avenue with a couple of friends the day tickets went on-sale. I was 15 years old at the time. 

Our seats were in the 1st balcony on the left side of the stage about 3/4 way back. About halfway through the show we decided to see if we could get a better view and wound up on the tv camera perch that was on the opposite side of us hanging off the 1st balcony. Nobody bothered us so we stayed there and enjoyed the rest of the show. I remember Over the Hills and Far Away. I love that song. 

Houses of the Holy had been released 3-4 months before the show. No Quarter with all the smoke around John Paul Jones on the Melotron was awesome and I remember Stairway to Heaven and Robert asking the audiance "do you remember laughter?". What an experience!

So glad I saw Zeppelin and would love to see them again with Jason. Nobody made music like Zeppelin and nobody will ever come close to their brilliance again.