Average: 4.7 (56 votes)

July 15, 1973

Buffalo, NY US

Buffalo Memorial Auditorium

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), The Ocean.

Notes:

Review: Led Zeppelin Kneads Crowd to Silly Putty

Led Zeppelin doesn’t give concerts, they perform physical transformations. They kneaded the full-house crowd in Memorial Auditorium into silly putty Sunday night with two hours and 50 minutes of massive sensory massage.

The sheer enormity of the sound did it (though the full moon may have helped), an enormity that resonates into your paleolithic pith, the cry of the dinosaur summoning out that primitive quickening in the face of monstrosity.

Whatever isn’t touched by the earthquake rumble of John Paul Jones’ bass, John Bonham’s gunshot cracks on the drums or Robert Plant’s echoey heart-of-darkness voice is left quivering by the swooping electronic slices of guitarist Jimmy Page, especially his solo on the theremin.

Their relatively simple brooding themes are blown larger than life, like skyscraping office buildings, and they lay on thick embellishments and broad dramatic resolutions that mean more en masse than as individual items.

The four of them approached it all with unexpected good humor. John and Bonham lay back blithely amongst the folding backdrop of mirrors that run the length of the stage.

Page in black with a rhinestone-studded rose on his open jacket, prancing around like a cocky midlands soccer player in a pub, and Plant in tight jeans and a short jacket with rhinestones and puffed sleeves strutting back his curly blond mane.

The band took no breaks, despite the heat. Applause followed a few Page guitar solos but the youngish crowd didn’t really erupt until the start of Stairway to Heaven and again when the spinning mirrored ball went on as it closed.

The heavy drumbeat of Moby Dick brought a rush on the stage and most of the hall stayed on its feet for that last hour, including a long Bonham drum solo with special synthesizer effects.

An 8-minute ovation brought them back for an encore after their boogieing final number. “Thank you Buffalo,” Plant said when they finished. “Take care until we see you again.” (D. Anderson, Buffalo News / July 1973)

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zep 73 I was there!

My group showed up at the Aud. in my buddy Darrells' hippy van. Ah the smell of it-smokey! As we walked from the parking lot many people were trying to buy extra(?) tickets. I was personally offered $100.00 US for my $6.00 ticket. No sale!
I do not recall any opening act but i cleary remember when Zep took the stage. The stage was completly dark and the crowd was growing restless and quite noisy. Visually all I could see was the red pilot lights for the amps and they were interupted by someone sneeking on to the stage. Suddenly the drums started pounding out the famillar intro to Rock N Roll. Almost instantly the lights flashed on with Jimmy Page doing that Chuck Berry shuffel across the stage. While this was happening Robert Plant danced his way across the stage spinning like a top. "Been a long time since I walked in the moonlight" Wow what an opening!
If anyone saw the movie "The song remains the same" the stage set up was the same with the mirrors for the backdrop.
This performance was mared by fireworks like their previous performance in Buffalo. This time as Plant introduced stairway to heaven he said " this song is about woman on a trip" and right when he said trip a M-80 went off about 10' away from him. Starteled he jumped about 3 feet in the air and said to the crowd "that person must not be on the same trip we are on" everybody cheered approvingly. No more fireworks the rest of the night.
I also remember Plants voice was road weary and he sipped tea and honey all night.( At least that what he said was in the cup.) He could not hit any high notes sometimes he was actually talking some of the lyrics. You couldn't miss Plant, Page and Bonham on stage but John Paul Jones seemed to be invisable. I found myself looking for him throughout the night.
I was there and this is how I remember it Waddashow!