Average: 4.9 (167 votes)

February 28, 1975

Baton Rouge, LA US

LSU Assembly Center

Setlist:

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. Woodstock), Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog.

Notes:

'75 North American Tour Programme

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Press Review: Metallic Sounds Highlight Led Zeppelin's LSU Concert

Rock 'n' roll's heaviest metal magicians, Led Zeppelin, blended their past and present for a multi-sensational experience at last night's LSU Assembly Center concert.

As lead singer Robert Plant told a packed audience early in the concert, it's "a cross-section of musical color we've managed to get together in the last six years . . . so hang on to your heads."

"Hang on to your heads "was good advice as lead guitarist Jimmy Page sent wave after wave of hundred-decibel metallic sounds surging through a huge bank of amplifiers.

With his guitar at crotch level and chest arched ceiling ward, Page seemingly has no bones — his body flows just as the music he orchestrates does.
The three-hour concert, unmarred by intermissions and boring backup bands, predictably climaxed with the classic "Stairway to Heaven."

The tall, wild-haired Plant stood spotlighted in gold as he temporarily tamed his screaming vocal cords to lead softly into the 1971 hit that remains their most requested song.

But the tempo and intensity of "Stairway to Heaven" quickly climbed to a crescendo, only to soften, then build, then soften again.
The concert itself was alternately but continually hard and soft, punctuated by smoke and swirling light.

All of the group's six albums, including the recently released "Physical Graffiti," were touched upon. Led Zeppelin blended many of their songs together in long, somewhat new interpretations. "Over the Hills and Far Away" became "Misty Mountain Hop" and then "Over the Hills" again. "Dazed and Confused" drifted into a surprise rendering of "Woodstock."

Bassist John Paul Jones was featured on the piano and organ in "No Quarter" amid rising blue and green smoke and swirling specks of green, yellow and red light.

And drummer John Henry Bonham had the stage to himself for an extended (perhaps a little too long) drum solo of "Moby Dick."
But throughout most of the show, it is Page and Plant who are front and center, setting the tempo, pace and mood.

The Led Zeppelin show is a draining experience for both performers and audience. The pulsating, twanging, metallic rhythms, coupled with bursts of light and smoke, marked by screaming heights one minute, temporarily gentled tones the next, is an odyssey in itself. [By C. WEATHERSBY]

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An Evening With Led Zeppelin

I don't know where to begin. Led Zeppelin had always played in New Orleans when they came to the area, so having them come to Baton Rouge instead was a big event, to say the least. People had come from all around and camped out for days in a rare snowfall in the hope of getting tickets. I can't remember if the concert sold out in a matter of
hours or a matter of days, but it broke Elvis Presley's record for this venue, and I would guess that Led Zeppelin still holds the record here. Luckily, my aunt worked at LSU and I was able to get "festival style seating" on the floor before tickets even went on sale to the general public. Since Zeppelin also played here two years later, during the Presence tour, it is hard to remember anything particular about either show, except that at the beginning of each we were packed like sardines up against the barricade, and the security guys were pulling people over who were apparently being crushed. It would calm down after "Rock and Roll", but there would inevitably be another rush for the stage for songs like "The Song Remains The Same" or "Whole Lotta Love". The thing I remember the most about both shows is being totally awestruck. For this particular show, I had not yet completely absorbed all the songs on Physical Graffiti, but I was keenly aware that previous Led Zeppelin albums that had disappointed me to some extent were just different than the mostly blues-based stuff on the first two albums. Physical Graffiti later became my favorite Led Zeppelin album, although it is hard for me to say which was their best. My only "regret" is that Led Zeppelin did not videotape every show they did for posterity. I guess that would have been too cost-prohibitive, even for them, or maybe they didn't think people would care several decades later. My memories are fading now, but it goes without saying that "an evening with Led Zeppelin" was an evening well-spent.