Average: 4.9 (117 votes)

April 13, 1977

St. Paul, MN US

Civic Center (St. Paul)


Includes: 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 Mountain side, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Black Dog (?), Trampled Under Foot.


77 programme

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Press Review: The Song Remains In Flux - Minnesota 1977

First of all, they should drop that opening theme song. It’s a misnomer. Any Zeppy who’s held control of their ears and brain over the past seven years knows that the song hasn’t been the same since Zeppelin II. Live, the British bombardiers, themselves, revealed the title to be a lie during their two vastly different performances last week in the Twin Cities. If anything, they proved that the song remains in flux, from phase to phase, album to album or even night to night.

In the long run, this constant change has preserved vitality in their music which the blues R&R stagnation wished on them by their reactionary legions would have sapped. In the short run, from night to night, however, it meant the difference between the adrenaline explosion of their Civic Centre performance and the monotonous thud of the previous night’s show at the Met Sports Center.

Both of these sold-out concerts (that’s about 33,000 bodies paying a gross of $278,000) followed essentially the same program, opening with the aforementioned Song Remains the Same, and closing over  three hours later with the encore, Rock & Roll. In between there were, of course, three 20-minute solos – guitar, drums and piano – and the musical emphasis for this tour seems to be on their 1975 album Physical Graffiti.
The main difference between the two shows was the group’s energy levels (not to be confused with the volume level), which always remained at the same D-day.

Indicative of the Met show was Jimmy Page sloppily playing a grind-‘em-til-you-find-‘em guitar solo while slouching on a kitchen stool borrowed from Andy Williams. The next night he played the same solo, tightened up tremendously, accenting it with a twisting shuffle, smiles and a rock and roll leap. He had instant audience rapport, playing with and off the crowd rather than in spite of it.

The Met’s slack-happy performance can be partially attributed to their weather-delayed departure from Chicago (their permanent shuttle home-base for this part of the tour.) They were detained at O’Hare Airport until 7:40; arrived in Bloomington at 8:35; made the Met at 8:50 and hit the stage at 9:10. By encore time, 12:15, their stamina reserves were obviously wasted, as evidenced by their shaky stage sauntering and pallid expressions.
The tour photographer, Neal Preston, gave a succinct after-show critique, remarking: “Well, it was probably the worst Led Zeppelin concert I’d ever seen”. (He’s travelled with the group since 1973).

But even this “worst performance ever” held some musical surprises for the less frequent spectator. Keyboardist John Paul Jones’ extended, meaty-chord solo provided a moody bridge between No Quarter and Ten Years Gone. Page, taking most of the leads, led the group through an acoustic half hour. Their offering of English folk-style songs – Black Country Woman, Bron-y-aur Stomp, and Going to California – transformed these champions of heavy metal into a sort of Chieftains gone Haight-Ashbury. They played their wooden instruments proudly and expertly.

However, any momentum that could have been built during this section of obvious band conviction was quickly defeated when some peabrain threw a South Dakota stink-bomb special onto the stage.

The whole group, especially Robert Plant, seemed pissed off about the onslaught of fireworks that’s been greeting them on this tour. On both nights he requested that the crowd keep the fireworks until the fourth. The week before in Chicago, he had reportedly threatened to leave the stage. At St Paul, he reached back to the past for a hippie attempt at communication. “How are we supposed to sing about flowers and love when you’re all packing bombs? It’s silly, isn’t it?”

Led Zeppelin’s music is itself built on distortion and flash, but they stand head and shoulders over their minor-league, bomb popping competition because they continue to connect it all into a purposeful extremely forceful musical whole. Basically, they are better musicians than they are schlock mongers. Although they do dabble self-indulgently in lasers, dry-ice clouds and white noise generators, they have enough integrity to keep them in their proper perspective. On both nights, most effects were followed instantaneously by an ensemble surge or more often by a tight-paced, dexterous guitar break from Page.

John Bonham, the most steady component both nights, drummed a heavy bottom, a tom-tom, and bass driven funk dance. The usually stoic John Paul Jones filled out the bottom doing a booty shaker bump off Page all the while.

Their St Paul finale of Stairway to Heaven was something that I wished those who’d sat through the show the night before or even in 1973 or January 1975 could have witnessed. They finally did this war horse right, with none of the rough draft doodling or uninspired mess that I’d come to expect from the song. They did it vinyl perfect, true to the record but with musical fire and spunk. Page augmented his usual break with a fierce fingered solo that it probably took countless performances to reach and as is the group’s nature, will probably take as many more to hit again. Such is the life of a band in flux. [T.Carr-Live Licks | April 1977]


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My first concert also

I don't remember a lot about the 1977 Led Zeppelin concert at the St. Paul Civics Center. A friend told me he was going to get some tickets and wanted to know if I wanted to go. I said YES! I didn't know a lot about Led Zeppelin at the time. I was 20 years old and in to softer rock, but did know a few of their songs and liked them. I also wanted to take this certain girl there. She had seen them about 3 other times so I knew she'd love to go.
I had just quit my job of over 4 years so I broke down and sold my car stereo so I could afford to take this girl out. I believe the tickets were about $8.50 each. Wow! what a difference from todays insanity.
The concert was on a Tuesday. A couple days earlier, I got a call from a company I was trying to get a job at. They wanted to have me start Tuesday evening. Second shift of all things! The starting pay was good. But I asked if I could start the following day because I had plans for that night. They said no, but would I like to wait for another opening. I said yes. Probably not the smartest thing I ever did in my life. Not even close. They never did call me again. But, I got to go to the concert. Everytime a song would come on, I'd think, I know this one. It surprised me how many I actually knew.
I was so nervous about taking this girl out I don't remember a lot about the concert. I do remember people smashing bear bottles in the parking ramp and my date saying this was the rowdies concert she ever went to. And she had been to a lot. I also remember Robert Plants "Big Hair" I thought, "That looks like a rock star"!
When the concer was over my date discovered she lost her car keys. We took her 72 Chevelle since my 70 Challenger R/T had a bad tire. Didn't want to risk a flat on a date. LOL
We ended up taking a bus back to MPLS. and getting my car. Then we went to her old boyfriends house to get a second set of keys for her car. I never did get a flat!
It was an evenful night. I may have lost the chance a good job, but I saw Led Zeppelin. You can't take that away from me!
A few of my friends were at the Alice Cooper concert that was tear gassed. I guess it ended right then. It took me another 30 years to see Alice.