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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Awesome Show

Saw many great shows in the 1970s, but this one towered above the rest. Arrived several hours early to get a good position for the general seating rush toward the stage, ended up 6th row center. : D

Yeah, I was high and drunk, but I will never forget the awe in the crowd. We all knew then that we were seeing the best of the rock and roll, blues era.

My buddy got too wasted from drink and smoke as we were waiting for the gates to open. He ended up passed-out in the car and missed the entire show. I felt so bad for him.

I saw War, Santana, Styx, Yes, Aerosmith, Blue Oyster Cult, McCartney, and many others. Nothing came close to Zeppelin. There are always a few Zeppelin tunes in my current playlist.

Thanks Guys. R.I.P John Bonham.