January 25, 1975
Indianapolis, IN US
Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, 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.
Press Review: Led Zeppelin Metal Destroys Indianapolis
Indy will never be the same. The metal munchers, Led Zeppelin, saturated Market Square Arena’s 17,000 plus crowd last Saturday night with high-powered music and vocals.
It’s been 18 months since this supreme band of raunch has toured. Leader Jimmy Page’s searing lead guitar and hairy-chested Robert Plant’s wailing voice dominated.
Led Zeppelin’s tour is pushing a new album, Physical Graffiti, which will be released in early February by their own label, Swan Song.
At times, Robert Plant showed the vocal fatigue brought on by a touch of the flu. His usual high-pitched voice has steady, but obviously lower. Nothing though could slow down Plant’s St. Vitrus prance.
Arriving at 8:30 pm from Chicago, the group barely had time to catch their breaths before hitting the stage. Among other backstage memories, the sight of little Jimmy Page sucking back on a quart of Jack Daniels black label whiskey stands out.
Security was tight. Even the five or six silk-clad groupies had a difficult time getting close to their favorite band member.
Three black limousines poised backstage for a quick exit. A driver said the limos’ rent starts at $45 for starting the engine, with a maximum of three hours. After that, the cost is $15 per hour.
With the crowd in a near frenzy, the lights dimmed and the Led Zep quartet bolted for the stage. One notices little things. The lads were holed up in the locker room for visiting hockey teams. Visions of pep talks, psyching up, etc.
What followed was two and-a-half hours of sheer volcanic intensity. With Page switching back and forth from a double-necked guitar to a regular guitar, Led Zeppelin proved that heavy metal leaves no one in the middle ground. Either you love it or flee in terror.
The lads played a few songs from the new album. “In The Light” may turn into an international sensation.
No Quarter from Houses of the Holy, gave straight-looking John Paul Jones a chance to deliver on the keyboards. He was flawless. Even through the tons of towering speakers, Jonesy was in command.
Drummer John Bonham was a driving maniac as usual. With the help of Pink Floyd-like electronic gadgetry, Bonham excelled in his two drum solos. Although a bit self-indulgent, the solos didn’t slow the group’s momentum.
Among songs performed were Whole Lotta Love as the encore, and the classic Stairway to Heaven. The good crowd turnout may entice other major groups to a rock-hungry Indianapolis. (R. Scott/Indianapolis Star/January 1975)