Average: 4.7 (31 votes)

July 21, 1973

Providence, RI US

Civic Center (Providence)

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.

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Led Zeppelin concert in Providence (July 1973)

The July 21, 1973 Led Zeppelin concert at the Providence Civic Center (now the Dunkin Donuts Center) was the second and last time I attended one of their shows. The concert was near the end of their famous "Houses of the Holy" tour that had propelled the band to new heights, both financially and artistically. Their performance this night was certainly different from the one I witnessed a few years earlier in Boston (Sept. 1971). They weren't "up and comers" anymore but established stars. In other words, they had a lot more swagger in their collective attitudes and it translated itself in their performance. The show opened with the band charging on stage and ripping into an energetic version of "Rock and Roll." They followed that with "Black Dog" and "Misty Mountain Hop" and then opted to play most of the songs from their newly released album, "Houses of the Holy." One after the other, all the songs from that album (with the exception of "D'yer M'ker" and "The Crunge") were given their due. "No Quarter", "The Rain Song" and "The Song Remains the Same" were all played pretty much note-for-note perfect. "Over the Hills and Far Away" was given a more perfunctory rendition and the band didn't seem to have much enthusiasm for it. As usual, Robert Plant did all the talking and wondered aloud if the band had ever been in Providence before. They hadn't, although they had previously performed in Newport, Rhode Island during the 1969 Jazz Festival.
A long extended version of "Dazed and Confused" was a highlight of the second half of the show. There was no real intermission either although a few fans took a break during John Bonham's "Moby Dick" drum solo---which was actually quite good. "Whole Lotta Love" included the "Let That Boy Boogie" middle section and gave Jimmy Page a chance to show off his 1950's-style guitar licks. The band returned to the stage for a lively encore rendition of "The Ocean" and then left for good. All in all, it was a solid performance from the band expecially considering they were nearing the end of a lengthy and exhaustive tour. The show clocked in at about two and a half hours, which was typical for the band in those days.