Average: 5 (99 votes)

April 23, 1977

Atlanta, GA US

The Omni

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.

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I worked that concert

In college, students had the privilege of free admission at the Omni if we volunteered to usher...always in the upper level.  When my favorite band of all time came to Atlanta, it sold out before we could buy tickets.  So ushering was our only way inside.  I did this about a dozen times over 3 years, and the Zeppelin concert is a highlight of my life, along with children's births and marriage.  In 1977, they were at the height of their powers, and we all remarked later how the set list was exactly what we would have chosen, and excluded the few things we didn't want to hear.

This was also the rowdiest concert I ever had to work.  At one point, I had to stop a dude from climbing over the balcony to drop 20 feet to the lower level.  He would not have made it intact.

What is NOT generally known is how close they came to stopping the show after the first 30 minutes.  There was a huge thunderstorm that night, and rain was leaking onto stage left.  When management learned about it, they tried to stop the show.  Jimmy Page REFUSED to quit.  A roadie was dispatched with a mop & bucket, and after a brief delay, the show went on.  Apparently, Robert Plant can be heard on a bootleg commenting on the "rain" on the stage.  

The acoustic part of the show was beautifully stripped-down, just 4 guys sitting on stools up front, no light tricks.  The rest of the show was standard A-list 70's rock performance, with expensive lasers and cool light tricks.  Jimmy had great fun with the Theramin.  His ability to produce great live versions of studio songs-without their extensive backing and harmony tracks-is just extraordinary.  John Paul Jones may have been the "quiet" one, but the man clearly loves to perform and shines on stage.

4 virtuosos.  Live.  Highlight of my life.