Average: 4.7 (95 votes)

April 19, 1977

Cincinnati, OH US

Riverfront Coliseum

Setlist:

The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, 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, Black Dog

Notes:

77 programme

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News Reports:  LED ZEPPELIN FLIES HIGH IN CONCERT: Sensational! Spectacular! Superb!

All these adjectives aptly describe the brilliant concerts given by the legendary Led Zeppelin Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum.

The barons of hard rock, without peer, Led Zeppelin dazzled 36,600 fans with two of the most .memorable concerts in recent years. The Tuesday concert, which I attended, illustrates rather graphically the unparalleled success Zep has seen since its inception in 1968. Truly, Zep is a mysterious group about which little is known, specially since they shy away from press. There are always rumors about the group fluttering around, ranging from bizarre tales of drugs to stories of violence.  Nonetheless, this cloak of mystery which surrounds the British group seems tote the trigger in their success.

While the tough, metallic sounds of the Sixties have almost faded from the rock scene, with a few holdovers like Black Sabbath and a few newcomers like Kiss, Led Zeppelin still flies high on its own brand of helium—a heavy avalanche of  sounds engulfing audiences with dominating raw energy, the basic roots of primitive rock power. Yet, Zep always shows their diversity—and thereby their genius in the rock music field—by playing songs from which their roots began to grow.

Tuesday, starting with "The Song Remains the Same" and ending with "Black Dog," Zep completed a repertoire ranging from their greatest hits like "Stairway to Heaven" to little known English and American folk songs. The wide range proved that collectively the Zep is a brilliantly talented group, the leading exponents of hard rock then and now and maybe for years to come, and that individually the Zep members are among the finest rock has to offer.

Jimmy Page, the guiding genius behind the Zep, composer, collaborator, creator, leader and lead guitarist, is perhaps the best in the business. His range on the lead guitar can go from classical to acoustical to extraterrestrial. And his solo number was simply out of this world, accented by a sensational laser show, which held him in a green box, a yellow pyramid and engulfed him in a glowing red fog cloud.

Equally stunning was the solo by drummer John Bonham, who had the crowd giving a standing ovation at its completion. The solo by John Paul Jones on keyboards paled in contrast to Bonham and Page's performances.

The most effective song of the night was "Stairway to Heaven," that masterpiece created by Page. It concluded the regular set with singer Robert Plant, who was dynamic as always, thrusting his arms upwards at the end of his last high note, reaching for the rainbow created by multi-colored lights, which became reflected off a giant mirrored ball that tossed thousands of brilliantly colored beams of lights all through the audience. It was a breathtaking, spiritual and emotional way to climax one of the best concerts I've ever attended.

It was simply stunning, sensational, spectacular and superb! (K.WILLIAMS/April 1977/News Journal)


ZEPPELIN MELEE - CINCINNATI (UPI) — Police reported today about 70 persons were arrested Tuesday night m a melee caused by would-be gate-crashers at a Led Zeppelin rock concert. Several windows were broken and several doors smashed at Riverfront Coliseum, where several hundred persons without tickets milled about, hoping to get into the already sold-out concert. Several persons were hit by rocks and bottles, but no serious injuries were reported.

Inside the coliseum, the concert went on as scheduled. (The Journal, April 1977)

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Concert description

This is all that is known to exist from this very enjoyable 1977 show. The playing is slick and there is nary a mistake throughout this concert. Kashmir is very powerful and the opening blast into Sick Again is quite powerful. Robert gets upset at the constant barrage of firecrackers, which are clearly audible on this tape. A rather rowdy audience gets out of control in some point that caused Plant to comment: "It's very difficult to play when you see crowds of people swaying. Keep it cool. Stand still. We don't want to see anybody get hurt."