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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My First Concert

I hope the statute of limitations is up by now... I was 14 years old. Myself and 5 guys took the bus downtown from South Buffalo. We were going to see if we could buy some tickets. Or maybe break into the auditorium. We use to go to the hockey games and look for places to hide. Since they were remodeling and putting in a new section, the orange seats, there was plenty of places. To make a long, long story short we broke into the auditorium and got caught four or five times. We finally found a good spot underneath the floor where there was a lot of people up above us walking around and talking. We all got separated except for me in a friend who will remain unnamed. There was about 100 people there with us under the floor.It was packed! We were there for about 45 minutes when we heard someone playing the guitar. My friend said let's go check it out, if we get caught we'll get back in. So we crawled out from under the floor and hopped down each section over the railings until we were on the floor. We walked up to the center about 10 rows from the stage, and set down. Jimmy was up there programming his guitar army. There was people
walking around setting up chairs. Nobody seemed to care about us. We sat there for about five minutes when somebody came up behind us and grab the both of us on the shoulders and Jimmy stop playing and said " Leave them alone! They have their seats! They got balls". He then started playing again, for about another ten minutes.We sat there for the rest of the time until people started coming in and the concert started. We sat there for the first two songs and then went to find our other friends. That's how I got to see my first concert. Led zeppelin