Average: 4.9 (90 votes)

July 21, 1973

Providence, RI US

Civic Center (Providence)


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.

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I was at The July 21, 1973 Led Zep Concert

By Far one of the best Concerts I have ever seen and I'm so lucky to have been there. The Tickets came out on a Sunday I believe and they sold out in 1/2 a day. I paid with my ticket with 700 pennies, it was 6.50 with a .50 cent surcharge. I was in Section 232, and had a killer view. We had tele cameras and 10x50 Binoculars which were worth their weight in gold. At the beginning of the show when the band first went on the stage people were throwing 100's of Joints, Shirts, Bras, you name it. But one person threw a huge 1/4 lb. Joint that was wrapped in a Cheech & Chong Big Bambu rolling paper, Robert picked it up the crowd went nuts and he whipped it at a Security Guards Head. it was so funny.
Robert had about a dozen 44 gallon Rubbermaid Garbage Ice Filled Barrels with Bud & Heineken Beer. Robert would take a swig of a beer and then turn around and whip it at the cement wall in back of the stage and it would explode. One drink, Smash. One drink, smash. They had huge fans to cool off the stage and the largest dry ice (Smoke Show) I have ever seen in my life. When the Dry Ice (Cold Smoke) rolled off the stage it curled up like a wave off a waterfall and they turned the fans on and when the smoke reached us the temp dropped 30 degrees or more. It was like instant air conditioning. I will never forget it because it was so hot in there. They got on stage at exactly 8:00PM and played until about 11:30PM NON-STOP. No Warm Up Band, Just Led Zep. Some of the Concert was used in The Song Remains the Same Movie as they filmed it also. Near the end of the Concert the people outside busted the doors open and a small riot happened in the hallway that circles the arena. The State Cops were throwing out everyone in the hallway even if they had a ticket. because so many other people got in, it was well over crowded a major fire hazard. We saw State Cops Clubbing people and dragging them out. I went up to take a Leak and when I got to the stairs people told me not to go. So we all Pissed in the stairwell. I noticed dozens of spent needles, roaches everywhere on the stairs. It was one of the Best Shows I have ever seen, and I have seen over 100 Shows. The Light Show was great, when they were wearing the White Outfits and the Black Lighting would show patterns on the clothing, it was trippy.

I was 14 years old, my mom & dad said I could not go to the show. I went anyway, I took a bus for one hour and went to the Show. I was not going to miss this show. I kept my ticket under my rug for several months it seemed. I kept looking at it because I could not believe I had one. This was the hottest ticket in 1973. I saw several people waiting in line get best-up for the tickets. When someone asked me if I had a ticket I said, "No I don't do you have one for sale"? And they went away. The lines were 100 deep to get in.

Anyway, I wanted to share my memories so others that went may remember some of these details also.

In memory of my Friend Steven Benisch who bought the ticket for me, RIP Steven 1954-2009.