February 3, 1975
New York, NY US
Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills and Far Away, In My Time of Dying, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Dazed and Confused (incl. San Francisco), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Communication Breakdown.
Led Zep Shows Why They’re One of the Great Ones
It’s been a long time since we rock and rolled, bellowed Robert Plant as Led Zeppelin stepped on stage at Madison Square Garden last night, for the first of six shows (three at the Garden, three at Nassau Coliseum), over the next two weeks. It’s actually been a year and a half since Led Zep’s last appearance. In the meantime, their cult has become so enormous that this is the longest and largest stand and rock group has ever done locally.
What’s up for grabs is the title of world’s greatest rock and roll band. There are only two other serious challengers, Rolling Stones and the Who. The Who have not made a major album in three years. In the last five years, the Stones have made four great ones, but only three of their six releases have sold 1,000,000 copies or more. Led Zeppelin have only made five albums – with a sixth shortly to be released – and all of them have sold more than a million copies. One of them, their fourth, sold over 2,000,000. The Stones may have the rep, but Led Zep have the numbers. (D. Marsh, NY Newsday Feb. 75)
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, N.Y.
Led Zeppelin, atop the rock heap these days, gave an exciting concert Monday (3), the first of six dates in the New York City area, three each at Madison Square Garden and Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, L.I. The total haul for the Jerry Weintraub promotions here will near $950,000.
None of the rowdyness and damage caused by prospective ticket purchasers and those denied entry at other locations was in evidence at the Garden, where the youthful crowd was in better order than at many other local rock shows. Security was tip top, also.
Auditors were rewarded by the tour's first performance of an expanded version of the oldie, "Dazed and Confused," which had not been done previously because of a pre-tour injury to Jimmy Page's fingers. They seemed okay in Monday's tour de force as Page reinforced his rep as one of rock's premier guitarists, a rep dating back to his days with the Yardbirds.
Although plagued with a sore throat, Robert Plant was dynamic as lead singer-sex symbol. Bass guitarist John Paul Jones excelled on a variety of keyboard in several numbers from the Britishers' upcoming album, the first on their own Swan Song label.
Even John Bonham's 18-minute drum solo had more inventive twists than heretofore. But it was still too long. Writing was a big production plus. [-Kirb. | Published 2-5-75]