Average: 4.5 (48 votes)

January 18, 1975

Bloomington, MN US

Met Center

Setlist:

includes: Rock and Roll, Sick Again, Over the Hills & Far Away, When the Levee Breaks, The Song Remains the Same, Rain Song, Kashmir, No Quarter, Trampled Underfoot, Moby Dick, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog.

Notes:

'75 North American Tour Programme

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Newspaper review: Led Zeppelin descended upon Minneapolis this past weekend and proved to a jam-packed crowd of more than 20,000 devotees that it is still the world's premiere heavy-metal rock and roll band.

The concert, which kicked off the band's 1975 North American tour in fine fashion, marked Led Zeppelin's first appearance on this side of the Atlantic Ocean in almost 18 months. Few groups are capable of approaching the energy level that Jimmy Page and company maintained from start to finish during the Zep's 2 1/2-hour performance. Still intact after almost seven years together as a tight, cohesive musical unit, Led Zeppelin has evolved from its beginnings as a heavy blues outfit, which specialized in long meandering hams into a sophisticated professional high energy rock band, capable of selling out one 50,000-seat football stadium after another all by itself, without the benefit of a warm-up act.

The group appeared onstage almost precisely at its scheduled 8 p.m. starting time to a thunderous roar from the crowd and broke right into Rock and Roll, led by Jimmy Page's hard, slashing guitar lines. With the exception of Moby Dick, the band's standard showcase for drummer John Bonham, and a brief, 30-second excerpt from Whole Lotta Love during the encore, the group confined its attention to its most recent albums, Led Zeppelin 4 and Houses Of The Holy, along with a number of selections from its coming Physical Grafitti LP. The new material was a particular highlight, most notably Kashmir, an ominously moody number featuring some intrigiung synthesizer work from John Paul Jones and Trampled Underfoot, a surging rocker whose title is most self-explanitory. A tremendous A tremendous version of Stairway To Heaven, sparked by Robert Plant's emotion-charged vocals, elicited the most enthusiastic reception of the evening.

It was the group's dynamic stage presence which impressed me above all else. These guys are totally in charge of the situation at all times, with Plant's rousing vocal histrionics and lanky, blond-maned frame (extremely sexy, according to most of the young ladies I spoke with before and after the show) commanding the attention of all. Page has developed into an energetic, exciting performer, prancing about and exchanging knowing smiles with Plant while he tosses out a succession of stupendous solos, each more incredible than the one before.

Other goodies for the evening included overwhelmingly powerful arrangements of When The Levee Breaks and The Song Remains The Same, which, along with the Physical Graffiti material were being performed for the first time, according to Plant. Near the end, Plant apologized to the crowd for the band being "rusty." He needn't have bothered — if Led Zeppelin was operating at only half-speed, I would be hard-pressed to imagine how sensational this band would be on a good night!

During its long tenure at the top of the heavy-metal rock pile, Led Zeppelin has met and defeated the challenges of untold numbers of pretenders to its throne, and if this past Saturday's performance is any indication of what's to come, I seriously doubt whether a band exists capable of equalling, much less surpassing, what Led Zeppelin could do in its sleep. The group's superb sound system and colorful lighting effects, which bathed the performers in a Avide variety of intense colors; added considerably to the over-all effect. In this highly inflationary age, Led Zeppelin gives its fans their money's worth and then more. Five years ago I willingly paid $10 for an 18th row ticket to the group's show in the same Bloomington Sports Centre (1970), the home of the Minnesota North Stars hockey club, yet this past week my 11th row seat cost just $8.50, a paltry sum for what this group delivers.

I would have liked to see the group play longer, and I doubt if there were more than a handful of people who would have left the building if the group played 15 encores into the small hours of the morning. - Free Press, Jan. 23, 1975.

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January 18, 1975 Minneapolis concert

I recall it was a cold night and we didn't know what to expect as the acoustics weren't great out at the old Met Sports Center (which used to sit where the Mall of America sits now). Even though chilly we were plenty toasty (!) as we entered. I'd picked up tickets for myself and three friends (Stoner, Scotty and Kolb) and the best I could get was section 225 (way up in the nosebleed seats, about ten rows from the top) but it sure beat not going! Our tickets were right on the aisle.

"Sims security company" wasn't checking anyone at the gates so we snuck in a few cans of beer and a bottle of Jack Daniels, and I was amazed at what other concert goers managed to bring in (one guy had a whole case of beer and another had a gallon jug of wine!)

Back in those days we could barely afford the tickets, with no money for souvenir tee-shirts or programs, so we found our seats and waited for the show. I still kick myself for not at least buying a program at this concert, and would have liked a tee-shirt too.

I recall there was supposed to be a laser light show on this tour, and it was heavily advertised as lasers were new back in 1975 and none of us had ever seen anything like this. Unfortunately, the laser show apparently broke down as it never happened. However, there was a stray beam of green laser light that came right up past our seats and we "played" with it throughout the concert.

I remember hearing new songs from Physical Graffiti (not yet released at the time of this concert) and my favorite of these being Kashmir.....we were all blown away!. Zep did Stairway to Heaven and it was probably the best version I can ever recall. When the Levee Breaks, Whole Lotta Love and Black Dog were all awesome too! As it turned out, the acoustics were just fine, even way up at the top of the arena!

The last song ignited a sea of about 15,000 Bic lighters awaiting an encore. Someone on the floor was lighting an aerosol can of something that was throwing flames a few feet, then it blew up and I think paramedics removed that person on a stretcher! I can't recall too clearly but I think Zep gave two encores....wish my memory of this was better, and I wish that I could get a recording of this concert for my own enjoyment. I also wish I had some of my hearing back....too many of these concerts in my youth have taken their toll, but they were worth every decibel! (Thanks, Zep, Foghat, Black Oak, Stones, Nuge, Aerosmith, the Dead and others....I appreciated you including Minnesota in your tours!)

Now all I really want is for Zep to decide to put on another US tour and, regardless of ticket prices, I'm there!

John