Average: 4.8 (184 votes)

April 3, 1977

Oklahoma City, OK US

The Myriad


The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Trampled Underfoot.


77 programme

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Press Review: Hit-Packed Zeppelin Throbs at Myriad

Led Zeppelin throbbed with a vengeance Sunday night at the Myriad Convention center.
Britain’s notorious heavy-metal virtuosos masterfully assaulted the capacity crowd with a hit-packed program accentuated with lengthy and frequent solos.
Zeppelin hasn’t been on the road in two years. Oklahoma City was, however, their second date on a current US tour.

The group is remarkably tight musically and appears in as good form as ever, searing and thunderously loud. It’s brutal, aggressive and embodies a paganistic rawness. That “aura” surrounds them completely.

Zeppelin fans know what the group is capable of and demand it Sunday with almost masochistic pleasure.
The first hour and a half of the program began as a warm-up for the deafening, spontaneous musical offerings to come.
Lead singer Robert Plant from his recent bout of tonsillitis, brought forth the Rain Song (?) with driving power.

He showed no signs of difficulty with other pulsating selections from the group’s Physical Graffiti album. Plant acted the bona fide super star. With shirt torn to the navel, he sashayed across the stage like a prize winning rooster.

But lead guitarist and the group’s founder, Jimmy Page, had his moment to prove why he is considered one of the best musicians in rock.
A spectacular stage show came with No Quarter, which featured keyboardist John Paul Jones engulfed in a multicolored fog which rolled over the stage and into the audience.

Green fluorescent lasers all the while flashed oscillating oval forms on the ceiling.  The crowd cheered as it had done almost continuously since the start of the concert.

Zeppelin continued with Ten Years Gone and went into a second half program which spotlighted solos by Page and Jones.
Drummer John Bonham performed an exhausting but stupendous solo. He provides the “heavy” to the “metal”.

The spirit of Led Zeppelin is, musically, “to let it all out”. It gave all three hours worth to a well-pleased audience Sunday.  [P.Upton / Daily Oklahoman/4/4/77]

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Led Zeppelin in Oklahoma City 1977 - A Great Show!

The Led Zeppelin concert at the Myriad in Oklahoma City in 1977 was a memorable event from beginning to end.  This is the only Led Zeppelin concert I attended in person and I consider myself quite fortunate to have had the opportunity to hear the greatest rock band in the world, even if it was only a single time. 

The day the tickets went on sale I waited in line with some friends for hours in 20 degree weather.  The concert sold out before we were able to reach the ticket window so we were forced to buy tickets from scalpers at the (then) outrageous price of $20 for each ticket. (The face value was $7.50). 

On the day of the concert we traveled to Oklahoma City and arrived at the Myriad with our scalper-bought tickets. As it turned out, my particular seat was behind the stage, and I had to watch the concert through an opening in the black curtain which hung at the back and on the sides of the stage. This might sound like a bad thing (and really, it was), but on the positive side of things, I was very close to the stage, and was able to see Jimmy Page very clearly most of the time. Before the concert I was able to get a snapshot of Jimmy's doubleneck guitar case from behind the stage. 

As for the concert itself, it was quite impressive. Having previously listened closely to hours of bootleg concert albums, I thought I knew what to expect. However, even the best bootleg albums and concert films paled in comparison to the power and charisma of the band in real life.

In my opinion, Jimmy Page stole the show. Though he is often criticized for being sloppy in his live playing, especially where the 1977 tour is concerned, I found his playing to be powerful and expressive. I, for one, am glad that Led Zeppelin didn't try to reproduce a note-for-note rendition of the album versions of their songs. Led Zeppelin was one of the greatest jam-bands ever, and this Oklahoma City concert was no exception.

On a trivial note, I noticed that Jimmy Page was sipping on a bottle of Heineken throughout the concert. When he finished it, he knocked the empty bottle off the back of his amp.  Sitting near the stage as I was, I was able to spot the bottle after the house lights came up and shouted at a roadie who threw the bottle up to me.  I know this may seem silly to some, but I kept that bottle for many years as a token and reminder of the concert. 

Quite apart from the musical quality of the concert in comparison with their other tours and other performances, this show made a tremendous psychic impression on me which is hard to explain or articulate other than to borrow an expression which comes up often in the various Led Zeppelin biographies which have appeared in recent years: the was an undefinable, but very real magic at work with this band. All I can say is that I'm glad I was there and that I will never forget it!