Average: 4.6 (28 votes)

March 17, 1975

Seattle, WA US

Seattle Center Coliseum

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 (incl. The Crunge), Black Dog.

Notes:

'75 North American Tour Programme

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Press Review: Squeeze all the air out of a three-hour Led Zeppelin concert at the Coliseum and you might have an hour of music and visual effects worth your attention.

Nevertheless, a sellout crowd that broke four plate-glass doors and brought a two-feet-deep stack of counterfeit tickets gust to get into the place, sat spellbound, despite the fact that ushers and police relieved them of the equivalent of a green garbage dumpster full of booze.
Led Zeppelin's appeal might be explained by the fact that they're known in the trade as a "street band," meaning that their following precedes critical attention by about two years.

Credit for such audience appeal belongs in large part to the band's singer, Robert Plant. Plant's ability to sing and play with, rather than to, a crowd is rare in this business.

Several years ago, when it was the custom to have chairs at rock concerts, people at the rear of the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, B.C., began chanting "Please sit down!" to those blocking their view. Plant picked up on the chant, the band improvised a song, and a perennial concert hassle was thus resolved.

Supporting Plant's howling vocal S were lead guitarist Jimmy Page, on Les Paul and double-necked 12-and-six-stringed guitars, John Paul Jones on bass guitar, mellotron, and piano, and John Bonham on drums.

The band introduced four songs from its new double album, titled "Physical Graffiti". These included "Sick Again," a rocker, "In My Time of Dying," a spooky tune called "Kashmir" and the album's new single "Trampled Underfoot"

A better chunk of the hour that makes LZ worth the price of admission was occupied by "Dazed and Confused," one of the band's earliest songs, and the rock classic "Stairway to Heaven."

In between these two was a medley rendition of "Woodstock" which featured Page playing his guitar with a violin bow and dynamic visual effects capped by three laser beams emanating from the stage and, terminating high above the opposite end of the Coliseum.

As the band went onto its encore, Plant remarked to the audience, "You were fantastic, so were we". (BY D. P. BOND, March 1975)

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In Through the Out Door

My two friends and I showed up first in line early in the AM. The Coliseum had two entrances that were opened at about 6 PM. By the time they were about to open all three of us had been pushed back from the doors, which were made of glass, and at times my feet did not touch the ground as the crowd violently pushed forward. All at once the glass shattered a few feet in front of us and several people fell through the doors. The police went nuts trying to stop the crowd but succeeded. All we could do is watch in shock as all the people poured in from the other entrance. By the time we got inside the floor was packed (none of this reserved seating crap as nowadays) so we ended up sitting on the opposite end of the venue from the stage but it turned out great because it sounded perfect. For some strange reason that concert we were smokeless but I am glad now as I can remember it very well. Unbelievable especially Dazed and Confused and the encore Whole Lotta Love. The rumor was Page had hurt his finger the night before and was playing with 3 fingers but no matter. What a showman in his black snake pants, vest and bottle of Jack Daniels Black Label. I wish I could do it all over again.