Average: 4.9 (250 votes)

April 17, 1977

Indianapolis, IN US

Market Square Arena

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, Rock and Roll, Trampled Underfoot.

Notes:

77 programme

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Press Review: Led Zeppelin Keeps Audience in Frenzy

If a Led Zeppelin concert is nothing else, it’s a physical assault on the human mind and body.

The British hard rock group, one of the world’s top 10 concert drawing powers, “assaulted” a frenzied Markey Square Arena crowd of 18,000 last night for two hours and 45 minutes with a cranked-up sound and a dazzling light show.

The audience, mostly those in their teens and early 20s, was socked with damaging decibels, flying Frisbees, firecrackers and whisky bottles, eye-burning smoke and eye-popping flash pots and laser beams. One big headache.

But you know what? The crowd loved it!

That’s what Led Zep is all about. The group must have a certain hypnotic effect on its followers. Why else would anybody stand for hours in line to get a show at a stage front festival-seating spot only to be crushed by sweaty, smelly bods the rest of the night?

Perhaps lead singer Robert Plant, 29, is the wicked weaver of the spell with his curly hair, sturdy frame, suggestive body motion and wailing voice.

The best part of the concert wasn’t the audio portion (much of the sound was over amplified and distorted), as much as it was the visual. The stage was flooded with bank lights, some of them pulsating to the drum beat of John “Bonzo” Bonham.

Laser lights made their first appearance during John Paul Jones’ relentlessly long “No Quarter”. The lights shot to the arena ceiling (unfortunately the hall’s catwalk interfered with a portion of the beams) and oscillated with Jones’ keyboard frequency.

The lasers reappeared again during 19-minutes Achilles Last Stand, featuring lead guitarist Jimmy Page. The green beams formed a pyramid around Page as yellow beams jetted out into the arena. When the base of the pyramid rotated around the imprisoned Page, the crowd gasped in amazement.

And then there was Bonham’s drum solo. Didn’t drum solos go out with The Cream? But this was not your ordinary “let the other guys rest while the drummer works his tail off” drum solo. With the help of his own personal moving stage, another splendid lighting effect and some amazing electronics at the soundboard, the talented Bonham had the audience standing for his 14-minute, 8-second bang-bang boogie.

Plant could have offered the hall double its money back to leave without hearing his classical Stairway to Heaven and no one would have left. Even the non-Zep fans must admit Stairway is one of rock’s music top ten all-time greats.

Although the number was altered slightly from its studio version, the crowd did not disappoint. Engulfed in rolling bits of colored light bouncing off a rotating mirrored ball, the audience jumped up for 5 minutes, demanding an encore.

The group returned for another number, Rock & Roll, but much to the crowd’s dismay that was the last song of the night. Left unplayed were some of those old Led Zep biggies such as Whole Lotta Love and when the house lights went up a few boos rose with them.

By Z. Dunkin, Indianapolis News 1977

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This was the first concert

This was the first concert I'd ever been to. I was 12 years old and went with a friend and his dad who drove us to the concert in his '71 Camaro (think it had a 454 in it but don't think it was the original engine). I had no idea what to expect and remember a few things like it being loud as hell... (little did I know that was how it was supposed to be!).. laughing at the guy next to us who'd borrowed our binoculars and had said, "Wow.. we are really far away..." he was so stoned he was looking through them backwards... before the show started, a guy with a sheep skin flask was walking up the stairs and he stopped next to my friends dad who was on the aisle and said, "You want some man?" and with out missing a beat my friends dad said, "No thanks, got my own." (He didn't, but to a couple of 12 year olds, it sounded cool)...firecrackers going off (I think during Stairway)... Frisbees flying all over and florescent light sticks... buying a poster of Zep after the show - the only thing I've got from the concert as my ticket was stolen long ago... if anyone has one from this concert and would want to part with it...