Average: 4.6 (33 votes)

March 19, 1975

Vancouver, BC CA

Pacific 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

Click here to view the North American '75 Tour Programme (flipbook)

The two concerts in Vancouver are almost cancelled, due to a strike by radio station CKLG-FM. 3-18-75: "CUPE local 1004 (Canadian Union of Public Employees) at the PNE and two other unions involved would have boycotted the concert if CUPE local 686, representing the CKLG strikers, had so wished. But CUPE spokesman Ole Johnson said the concert is “definitely on. We felt it was in the best public interest to allow the concert to be held," he said, “We aren’t intertested in hurting the over 20,000 people who have already bought tickets."

PRESS REVIEW: The familiar strains of Rock and Roll cut through the acrid Coliseum air and Led Zeppelin’s sixth Vancouver appearance is underway. Zeppelin’s current tour is proving the most successful in rock history and the drama of a rock event hangs heavy. A $250,000 light show complete with laser beaming to the far reaches of the Coliseum makes it even more difficult to separate the music from the spectacle.

Between songs, Robert Plant amuses with an apology for the band’s abortive performance the last time they were in town. A line of that fine white powder turned out to contain LSD and he found himself “admiring the wonderful light show and trying to remember the name of the band”. The result was an uncharacteristically short 70 minute performance. He dedicates Kashmir to this state of mind.

Plant’s patter ranges from surreal to pure tongue-in-cheek: “tonight we shall cleave from the musical limb…” This was his way of explaining that the format of the concert was to give a taste of the band’s history – material from all six albums was featured.
The amplification factor was the highest ever experienced in the Coliseum – the level hovering just below the pain threshold and it was a testament to the remarkable defense mechanisms of the human system that one because accustomed to.

Halfway through the set, Plant announces it’s time to go backstage for a “blow job” and Bonham takes the cue for his perfunctory drum solo. Bonham’s rendition of Moby Dick has no doubt been lambasted in every publication on the continent and unfortunately I have no choice but to add to the criticism. Twenty-five minute drum solos by anyone – and there are certainly greater drum talents – simply don’t work, even with all the special electronic effects in the world at his disposal. To put it simply, it wasn’t very musical.

The band’s tour de force, Dazed and Confused, was built into a 25 minute jam – even incorporating verses from Joni Mitchell’s Woodstock. Page’s stinging guitar complemented Plant’s primal blues to perfection.

As expected, Stairway to Heaven, Zeppelin’s masterpiece, drew the biggest response and Plant, his voice no longer quite what it once was, responded with a philosophical delivery. He obviously understands the significance his audience places in the often obscure lyrics and he plays with the phrasing for effect.

Other memorable additions to the Zeppelin repertoire from Physical Graffiti included In My Time of Dying, featuring some space flavoured slide by Page.

Page’s guitar was up to its usual exemplary standards – he leans a bit more heavily on various electronics (fuzz, echo, etc.) for various effects these days but always manages to maintain a tasteful balance. He has always been an innovator going back to his Yardbird days and enjoys skirting the peripheries of accepted sounds and forms. (-CMS, March 1975)

 

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March 19, 1975 Concert

I was pretty young at the time around 15 but already a huge Zeppelin fan and what I remember most was the non-stop wall of sound that came at you. I mean these guys played real hard and if I remember correctly for just about 2.5 hours non-stop! I had never seen anything like it nor have I since and I have been to a lot of concerts over the years. Page, Plant and Jones took a break off the stage when Bonzo went into Moby Dick for 10 minutes then it was Bonham's turn to take five when Page was playing with the violin bow on his guitar during Dazed and Confused. I was blown away by what they did and how they changed the songs a bit from the album cuts I was used to hearing and the songs sounded even better!

I remember the ticket price of $8.00 which was a lot at the time but was it ever worth it. I did try to get a tickets for next night because the previous night was so good but it was sold out and everyone wanted to see these guys so there was no scalper tickets to be had. At least not what I could find.

I have been a huge fan since then and still listen to their music all the time. My kids are all Zeppelin fans because of my insistance they listen to the music especialy since there is not a lot of good new music out there now in my opinion. I usually get some Zeppelin item for a Christmas gift from one of my kids and this year should be no exception. I can't wait until they tour again with Jason on the skins. I will take my kids to the show for sure.