Average: 4.9 (102 votes)

April 20, 1977

Cincinnati, OH US

Riverfront Coliseum


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 Reports: ‘Brilliance, confusion’ mark Zeppelin show

 As Led Zeppelin neared the end of its three-hour set Wednesday night, lead vocalist Robert Plant dedicated a song to “the atmosphere we’ve reached here tonight.” He was referring to the fact that no plate glass windows had been smashed and only ,one firecracker had exploded up to that point at the Coliseum concert.

All too often, the same fans that come to hear Plant and Zeppelin sing about lovely ladies with flowers in their hair and the pleasures of a walk down a country lane, end up throwing rocks at windows and policemen and tossing bottles and fireworks among their “brothers” in the audience. But Wednesday’s capacity crowd was fairly well-behaved and appreciative of this English band that is approaching a decade in existence. It even allowed the Zep to sit down and perform a tasteful acoustic set, unmolested by the usual burnt-out screams of “rock n’ roll!!” and “play ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ man!!”

Jimmy Page, master of any instrument that has strings on it, donned a mandolin; John Paul Jones handled acoustic guitar, John Bonham banged on a tambourine; and Plant, whose voice is a formidable instrument in itself, sang with a piercing clarity and confidence reminiscent of years gone by.

The acoustic set included admirable versions of “Going to California,” “Black Country Woman,” “The Battle of Evermore” and “Bron-y-aur Stomp.” In the midst of it all, Plant remarked, “This is beginning to feel good, man.”
This veteran of four Led Zeppelin tours was glad to see the group abandon the greatest hits concert format of 1973 and 1975, in favor of a well-rounded display of both commercially successful and fairly obscure selections.
Plant told the-audience, “We’ve been looking at some of the stuff that we didn’t feel we could do on stage in the past and have decided to have a go at it this time.”

Unfortunately, a muddy, blaring sound system ruined many of the electric rockers of the evening. The band opened the concert with a perfectly dreadful version of “The Song Remains the Same,” which was sabotaged by a distorted mechanical delivery.

Zeppelin later beat “Achilles Last Stand,” a driving piece from “Presence,” into the ground. However a powerful rendition of “Kashmire,” perhaps the best executed song of the night, and Page’s masterful slide on “In My Time of Dying” balanced the band’s performance.
Other rockers that stood out where “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” and “Sick Again,” which featured some classic Plant sexual gyrations and lusting vocals about “L.A. queens” and 16-year-olds with “lips like cherries...locked up in the hotel room every night.”  

Later, as an eerie cloudlike fog encompassed the stage, “No Quarter” showcased the keyboard and synthesizer expertise of Jones. The laser show which featured during “No Quarter” proved to be one of the more advanced displays on the rock stage today.

“Bonzo” Bonham also delivered a driving freight train type of drum solo, running his skins and tympanies through a synthesizer. It climaxed with an attack on a gong standing behind Bonham’s drooglike body. Overall, Zeppelin’s performance alternated between periods of brillance and confusion. The group’s unique concert format did illustrate that the Zep epitomizes a dying breed in the world of rock n’ roll for large audiences— a band that can sit down and play sweet acoustic music and then stand up to hit you in the face with blistering rock n’ roll.  [By L.RODGERS / Stater]


Zeppelin fans cause 2nd Cincy riot
For the second time in three days police had to battle fans of the British rock group "Led Zeppelin," but police doubled their manpower and kept trouble at a minimum here yesterday.

An 18-year-old Dayton fan plunged 20 feet to a concrete ramp while trying to scale a wall, police said. Stanley Blair was reported in fair condition at Cincinnati hospital. Asst City Manager Henry Sandman told the Cincinnati City Council that 80 police officers, paid for by the Cincinnati Coliseum, will be used hereafter to prevent outbreaks of trouble. (The Telegram, April 21, 1977)

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"The Last Hurrah"

420, this concert was "AWESOME"... I just turned 18, just got married, and worked by day at Don Kremer Lincoln/Mercury in Dayton and a student at night and lived in nearby Kettering at 820 Big Hill Road. My wife and her family were wealthy and I had to BEG her for us to attend this concert!!! Since her family owned the local ROCK & ROLL radio station, we were able to attend the front row posing as "MEDIA" for the station, which was all arranged in advance. At 5:00pm we were off to the concert in the family limosine with 2 "BODYGUARDS" in tow, as we knew it would be PANDEMONIUM at the colliseum with a small RIOT there the previous night, as well as a Reds/Dodger game at the stadium next-door. After dinner across the Ohio River in Covington Ky, we arrived at the concert at 7:20 and was able to get special access to the colliseum before the general public. We could see local Cincy cops dressed in full "RIOT GEAR", with helmets, shields, and batons READY for ANYTHING to happen. After getting some refreshments before heading to our seats, we saw them open the doors for the general public, after doing so, we could see people CRAWLING on top of people standing in line to get in!!! We, with bodybodyguards in tow, quickly headed to our seats just off to the right-side of center-stage. As soon as the concert started off with "The Song Remains The Same" and the lights went out, the colliseum reaked of Marijuana, Hashish, and Thai-Stick... Luckily, we did smoke at a young age, or we would have had NO other choice but to INHALE the SMOKE and get HIGH anyway. Plant's vocals were INCREDABLE, Bonzo played the drums soo fast with his "BARE HANDS" that it was all a BLUR, Jone's on the keyboards was "FANTASTIC", Page playing the double-neck was simply "AMAZING", but his playing was NOT flawless, as we ALL know he was experimenting with "HEROIN" at the time and it showed!!! Little did we know that this would be the LAST ZEP tour in the U.S.A. and fortunately for us we were part of it. It was on this night, that we realized Led Zeppelin was and will ALWAYS be NUMERO UNO (#1) in the world of Rock & Roll!!! They were just given Kennedy Center HONOR AWARDS the other night in Washington D.C., along with Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, and David Letterman, which was long overdue!!! HAIL to the KINGS of Rock & Roll 4-EVER!!! This evening was 1 of the BEST-TIMES of my LIFE and I will CHERISH that 3-hours 4-ever!!! I suffered a HEARING LOSS that NIGHT and am still partially DEAF in 1 ear, but I don't REGRET it 1 bit and would do it again at 55-yrs old!!! I am NO longer married, but I will NEVER forget this CONCERT and have told THOUSANDS of PEOPLE about this concert my WHOLE-LIFE!!!