February 16, 1975
St. Louis, MO 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, Heartbreaker.
Re-scheduled date from Jan. 27th.
Press Review: Led Zeppelin Group Performs at Arena
A vintage British rock ‘n’ roll group, four man Led Zepplin (sp), put on a mind-shattering show at the Arena last night that may have caused bad dreams later on for many who attended. Backed by a light show extravaganza and many special effects, the group thundered, screamed and did everything but spew fire for over three hours in a way that made one think it was inspired by You-Know-Who.
While rehearsed pandemonium reigned on stage for much of the evening, the sell-out crowd was well behaved although singer Robert Plant had to tell them ‘shut up’ at one point. Later, when guitarist Jimmy Page tore into a long solo, he held his arms out to the crowd as if to bless them. The group has to be one of the loudest ever to play in St. Louis but also one of the most professional.
The concert was well thought out and gave all the instrumentalists plenty of solo time. Page, reputed to be one of the fastest guitarists around today, held the crowd spellbound during a solo where he played his guitar by bowing it. It was like a thousand amplified violins tuning up at once. He held his guitar on his thigh, like a low-slung machine gun. On several tunes, Page’s guitar was mimicked by Plant’s voice and vice-versa, a real Led Zepplin (sp) trade-mark. By using an echo effect, Plant’s voice became an unearthly wail on one of their early hits, Dazed & Confused.
The flashy drumming of John Bonham was very syncopated, punctuated by his cannon-like bass drum beat and rhythmic thrusts by Plant. During an overly long solo, he showed himself to be quite a technician. For a while, he played the drums with his hands and fingers and even hit a gong behind him. Ouch!
Bass player John Paul Jones did a credible job on keyboards which he played for half of the evening, while playing bass pedals with his feet. For one number, he used a synthesizer to simulate an entire string section. “Saves hiring an orchestra”, said Plant. Not that they couldn’t afford one. [-J. Cullinane / 2-17-75]