Average: 4.9 (111 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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Police motorcycle thrown over the railing onto the highway below

I was there that night and saw a group of people pick up a police motorcycle and throw it over the side of the walkway onto the highway below. It was a three wheeler that had been left unattended. I also saw someone climbing up a downspout on the side of the Collisium building. He fell 20 feet or so and was injured.
I went to the concert with a friend and we got there only 20 minutes before the scheduled opening of the Collisium doors. I noticed as we walked closer to the stadium that the crowd outside was enormous and I thought there was no way that many people could to fit inside. As it turned out the timing of our arrival was perfect. As we walked towards the building I could see attendants and security people gathering just inside the glass doors. We were only about 100 feet away when the doors were opened and the crowd began funneling through several pairs of glass doors. The crowd was pushing us towards the entrances and it was so tight it was uncomfortable trying to breathe. After we made it past security we ran down the corridor to the right hoping to find a less crowded set of stairs down to the arena floor. I heard breaking glass ahead and saw several security guards rush to stop someone from coming in through the smashed glass in a door not intended as an entrance that night. The guards pulled out their clubs and stood beside the broken glass door. As someone tried to duck inside under the door's push bar they were greeted with whacks from the security guards' clubs. The guards grabbed two people and drug them off while other security guards stood sentry at the broken door. They placed a trash barrel in front of the door as an obstacle to anyone else trying to get in. Several tried but they were repelled by the guards and their clubs. All his transpired in but a few seconds as we rushed down the corridor to find our way into the concert hall.

The concert itself was the best I've ever been to. From the opening number it was such a sight and sound feast. When they first started to play they couldn't be seen in the dry ice fog. The first person that appeared through the fog was Bonzo with his entire drum kit moving on a pod. As the fog dispersed the others in the band appeared. The set could not have been better. Everything they played that night brought the house down. Their stage presense was beyond superlatives. The lasar lights writing Zeppelin on the ceiling, the grand piano, the violin bow, the moving drum pod. And pot smoking was everywhere and everyone shared and passed joints along.