Average: 4.5 (55 votes)

April 15, 1977

St. Louis, MO US

Arena (St. Louis)

Setlist:

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. (no encore)

Notes:

77 programme

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Press Review: St Louis: “we aren’t going to mess around – we’re just going to play,” a serious Robert Plant promised the capacity house who’d gathered in the 20,000 seat arena to witness the phoenix-like return of Led Zeppelin to the stage from what Plant euphemized as their “physical interlude” – the forced hiatus that resulted from the critical injuries he suffered in an auto accident during the summer of 1975.

It was obvious from his comment, made two songs into the programme, that Zeppelin weren’t interested in tea and sympathy, but rather in defending their supergroup status which, as they well knew, was sorely in need of it in St Louis after their sorry past performances in this city.

Indeed, while they had been, as usual, nearly an hour late in starting, the openers, The Song Remains the Same and a tough, angry version of Sick Again, had offered considerable proof that they meant to keep their lead singer’s word. And as if to further confirm it, there already a broken string hanging down from Jimmy Page’s tortured double-neck.

But it was not until they were successfully done with the metallic blues of their next song, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, that Plant himself (whose stint on harmonica had been Fault’s special treat) seemed fully satisfied they would live up to his commitment.

“It looks like it’s going to be a good one, he righty, if cautiously surmised, and they quickly moved ahead to In My Time of Dying – It’s challenging breaks, and Page’s bottleneck leads and Plant’s woeful wails all most impressively executed. But should there happen to have been any yet-remaining doubts in anyone’s mind as to Zeppelin’s fitness, the soul wrenching dealt by Since I’ve Been Loving You could not help but have dispelled them completely.

Plant’s purgative, bleeding cries – so reminiscent of Janis Joplin – and the taunting, almost brutal exchange between his voice and the instruments brought the concert to its first of several climaxes. That there had been a deep-down change in this group was now impossible not to recognize; one could only presume the vicarious effects of Plant’s ordeal had served to turn Led Zeppelin inside out. More than making statements, their music was asking questions, to such an extent that most of the songs sounded as if they were ended on the interrogative (as opposed to carelessly open ended).

There was absolutely nothing to deny their purposefulness – no smugness, no sloppiness, and no more holding back. Just an apparent all-out effort on the part of each man to make Led Zeppelin the best and most significant rock band in the world. (MM/ P. Dewing | April 1977)

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Still remember clearly

I can't even explain what it was like to be there. There aren't words to describe it only those that were there and not drunk or stoned can remember or know what I mean.

There was no encore with good reason. At the very beginning of the show someone shot a bottle rocket out of the crowd and it hit Jimmy Page in the chest and as usual he was bare chested. He was so mad he left the stage and refused to play. Shortly after the rest of the band left the stage. The crowd was so upset that a riot almost ensued. He finally came back out and cussed into the crowd mostly directing his comments to whoever had shot the bottle rocket. I don't remember word for word exactly what he said but I remember he called them MF's and said he was there to entertain and the crowd didn't deserve to hear him play if thats how they were going to treat the band after coming all the way there to do a concert & he wasn't going to play for them. It took awhile for him to calm down after walking off the stage again a couple of times but, they finally played. Security took away whoever shot the bottle rocket out of the crowd.

It was a great concert, one I won't forget. If Jimmy was wasted as other comments say it sure didn't effect his ability to play that night. The only thing that didn't happen was an encore because the band didn't feel like the crowd deserved one after the rocky start of the concert.

I feel lucky that they even played for the crowd with what happened. If they wouldn't have played though someone or lots of someones may have been hurt or worse even died as the crowd was getting out of control. I don't think there would have been enough security to keep them all calm if they wouldn't have come back on stage to do the show. This is also why the concert started later than scheduled.

Our seats were in the middle lower section of the auditorium. We were definitely seated before any of the band took the stage & able to see what happened first hand. We loved the band and felt that no encore was the price we all paid due to one stupid & obviously stoned concert goer that didn't have a clue and didn't get to see the concert at all. I just hope they got the right guy as it was kind of a crazy situation at the time. All Led Zeppelin wanted was a little respect in return for a great concert. They did everyone a favor by coming back out and doing the show in order to keep people from getting hurt & or effecting the future of rock concerts around the country.

I still hear the songs on the radio and it takes me back many years. To see & hear them play can't be explained by words. Unless you have seen them in concert you can't begin to know what their songs really sound like when they play them on the radio.