Average: 4.9 (75 votes)

July 9, 1973

St. Paul, MN US

Civic Center (St. Paul)

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:

Press: Led Zeppelin Concert – The Long Wait To Be First In Line

The first of an anticipated 18,500 rock music fans showed up at the St. Paul Civic Center at 2 a.m. Sunday for a Led Zeppelin concert at 8pm tonight.

“There should be 3,000 to 4,000 people here by noon,” said Jim Crabbe, 20 from the lake Minnetonka area. “Everybody is going to be smashed up against the doors by the time the doors open at 6 pm”.

Crabbe is one of five youths, four other young men and a girl, all of the Lake Minnetonka area who have been camped in front of the west entrance to the Civic Center since 2am Sunday.

The reason the group arrived to early is to be assured front row seats. Tickets to the concert are being sold on a first come, first served basis. No reservations have been taken for the $5.50 seats.

“That’s the only way to see a concert”, said Peter Sours, 20. “You have to be right down in front”.

What have they been doing camped on Civic Center concrete for 30 hours?

“Having a good time,” said Crabbe. “We have our music and there’s no hassle so far”.

The group was playing contemporary rock blues on an assortment of instruments ranging from a harmonica to guitars, clarinet and violin.

None of those waiting expected any trouble during the concert. “It won’t be like the Stones concert last year”, said Crabbe. “People charged the concert then, they had to use tear gas and it was cut short. But that was the Stones. [-M. Sweeny, 7/73]

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Concert description

This show starts off very slow and sluggish. The band is more loose than tight and Robert's voice is incredibly raspy and in poor shape, much like the Chicago shows from three days earlier. However, by Dazed And Confused, his voice is strong and his singing is amazing. Dazed is very long and very loose but exciting and Jimmy's solo in Stairway To Heaven is sheer beauty. The final three songs rock very hard and the improvisations are very spontaneous, loose, and thrilling to hear! A great recovery! What very exciting, Page plays an opening intro to Dancing Days just before Misty Mountain Hop and the Laurel and Hardy theme just before Dazed. John Bonham was announced as the one who "comes to you courtesy of the makers of Quaaludes".