Average: 4.5 (50 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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Zep at the top of their "game!"

A lazy, Sunday morning on my dorm floor at UNI in Cedar Falls, IA...I stumble down to the student lounge to get a copy of the Minneapolis Tribune and there it was...an ad for Led Zeppelin soon to be at the Met Stadium in Bloomington (Minneapolis)!!! The same place I had seen them in 1970! I could not believe it and immediatley set about making plans with my 3 college buddies to make the show.

On a very cold, snowy, Saturday afternoon in January, my room mate, Keith, and our good friends, Mike O'brien and "Chumley" started out in my 1969 Datsun stationwagon for the 4- hour drive to Minneapolis. We braved snow and ice covered roads, at times heavy snow and an engine breakdown and somehow made the show with only 20-minutes to spare. This time around, I had great seats on the right side of the stage (the Jimmy Page side) and about the time I was thinking how cool it was to be back at the Met to see Zep, the house lights went down and suddenly, the stage lit up with blinding, rapid fire strobe lights as Bonham did the fast paced drum intro to "Rock and Roll" and when John Paul and Page hit their first guitar chord of the song, the colored stage lights came on and there they were...John Paul, John Henry, Robert and Page!!! My God, I couldn't believe it...the best rock band in the world strutting their stuff just 40-feet from where I sat!

Man...I can't remember the 1970 show all that well, but go figure, I remember this one like it was yesterday. I remember thinking how accomplished and masterful each band member was. Since the show in 1970, Zep had matured, improved as musicians, each having developed their own unique style and they took the stage in total confidence. Looking back they were clearly at the top of their careers as musicians. Each song was flawless with a sound system that made you feel you were sitting in front of the world's best home stereo only with a much larger sound. The deep "thud" of Bonham's bass drum as it hit my chest with each note...lord...it had to have registered on seismographs 2-states away! Page's guitar work was note for note dead on...perfect and incredibly fast especially on "The Song Remains the Same...WOW! His guitar progression on "No Quarter" was incredible...cool jazz chords!

Plant's voice never sounded so good...clear, clean and he hit the high notes without any effort, (Stairway and Kashmir.) With regards to Bonham...what more can I say about the best, most powerful and stylelistic rock drummer who has ever lived? Lord...he was simply amazing on each and every song! John Paul's excellent bass work anchored each song and he added such a masterful touch with his keyboards on "No Quarter" and "Kashmir." I remember when Plant introduced "Kashmir" to the audiance, he simply said, "This is from our new album (pause)...Kashmir..." and just that fast, the band hit the opening note and proceeded to blow the place away! "Kashmir"...truely a defining Zep song if there ever was one!

I could go on and on but for the sake of space, I will close by saying how thankful and lucky I am to have seen this concert. It will always be my favorite and from a "wow factor" point of view, no doubt the VERY BEST of all the dozens of big name rock bands I have seen over the last 40 plus years. I truely believe Led Zeppelin to have been the world's greatest rock band. Their style, sound, showmanship and their music was ground breaking to say the very least. Their music has endured for decades and will likely continue. Here's to Zep...thanks to each of you, John Paul, John Henry, Robert and Jimmy. You guys changed the world...