Average: 4.5 (47 votes)

January 24, 1975

Richfield, OH US

Richfield Coliseum

Setlist:

Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, The Wanton Song, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Communication Breakdown.

Notes:

'75 North American Tour Programme

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Press Review: Zeppelin: Slow to Start, but Hot!

RICHFIELD - Led Zeppelin spent their first hour on stage at the Coliseum Friday night playing music that was howlingly loud, but soggy and spiritless.

It may have been the effects of guitarist Jimmy Page's intermittent slugs on a Jack Daniel's whisky bottle, or they might just have needed to get some adrenalin moving, but after that first hour the band caught fire and soared through the rest of the concert.

In their seven years together, the members of Led Zeppelin have perfected a raucous, straight-ahead form of rock and roll steeped in blues and heavy metal overtones.

THE HEAVIEST musical weight falls on the shoulders of Page, whose incomparable guitar work overshadowed the efforts of his three cohorts.
Rail-thin, with a frazzled mop of black hair, Page dominated the evening with solos and fills that alternately screamed in intricate anguish or roared through dense, monstrous chordings.

Strutting and stalking across the stage, he directed most of his intensity toward his Gibson, slung almost knee-level. Simply, he proved he is one of the premier rock guitarists.

Initially, a disappointment was vocalist Robert Plant who demonstrated his vocal pipes are almost shot from years of abused singing in the alto range. After an hour of rasping and shouting his way through several songs, though, Plant showed the audience he can still sing like a banshee.

DRUMMER John Bonham and bassist-keyboardist John Paul Jones filled in the bottom of Zeppelin's sound. Bonham delivered a 15-minute version of the drum Solo, during which he abused his drum kit with sticks, palms and fists, all at a thundering volume. Jones demonstrated unexpected keyboard work with some neat, electric piano solos.

And, yes, they were loud. Pushing their music through a quadrophonic sound system that carries an estimated 8,000 watts, the band produced a sound that bypassed the ears, settling in the chest cavity and exploding into the cerebral cortex of a listener.

Their offerings from the yet unreleased album were greeted politely by crowd members, most of who roared in frenzied appreciation as they recognized the opening phrases of a familiar song.

IN QUICK succession, they blasted out their well-known numbers: "The Song Remains the Same," "How Many More Times,", "Whole Lotta Love" - gathering strength and momentum with each.

The last number of their prepared set was "Stairway to Heaven," a piece that has become almost a litany to rabid Zeppelin listeners. They shouted for it, then quietly sang the words with Plant. It began quietly, gently and gathered force through its 10 minutes until it peaked amid a din of bellowing listeners who had shot to their feet even before the song had ended.

The audience demanded and got two encores. And watching the dazed exhausted listeners leave the hall, it was obvious the band had succeeded. [By B.VON STERNBERG | Beacon Journal. Jan 1975]
 

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I was at this concert. Pickup Truck through a window...

First, this was at a location no one had seen a concert at before. We drove in from Toldeo, and were lost for a while, along with a lot of other folks. The seats and carpeting(!) were all new, as were the blazers on all the ushers/security, who spent most of the concert trying to keep everyone from smoking, whether dope or just cigarettes. The concert was a little slow at first but kicked in after a few numbers (music, not doobs.) First time I'd ever seen an electric drum set in full replacement of skins. Hall stayed clear, and pretty cool (temp-wise) all night, even with all the smoking. (The security just gave up.) We found out why so cold on our way out. Pickup truck through a window next to the doors we'd come in through. I remember it as glass block, but I could be wrong. Seem to recall that was the last concert there for quite a while. I left Ohio the following year.