Average: 4.7 (87 votes)

April 27, 1977

Richfield, OH US

Richfield Coliseum

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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Review: LED ZEPPELIN – The Coliseum – April 27

It took those over two years to do it, but Led Zeppelin finally reached a Cleveland area stage once again last Wednesday night at the Coliseum. This show in particular, as well as their current tour in general, is nothing less than a re-assertion of their status among the Rolling Stones, Who and any other acknowledged deities of rock. It presents a challenge – as well as a set of standards to equal – to new wave heroes such as Aerosmith, Frampton and Blue Oyster Cult.

Zeppelin’s three-hour set passed with flying colors my personal shorthand estimation of a concert’s quality. It didn’t seem that long. The amount of material played, the musicianship involved, and the internal and external (special effects) manifestations of their music merged into an impressive, at time awe-inspiring, whole. The width of styles, moods and atmosphere, paired with consistent authenticity, crossed one of the widest spectrums of which any current combo seems capable.

Zeppelin’s show,  considerably revamped since their ’75 appearance in the same arena, was in general an effective mix of blues-ended structures such as In My Time of Dying, Nobody’s Fault But Mine and Since I’ve Been Loving You. The maximum amount of instrumental stretching-out however came on No Quarter. Working from both electric and acoustic pianos, John Paul Jones again impressed with his general versatility. Jimmy Page later joined in for what to me was his apogee of an evening’s worth of standout soloing. It was one of the best rock jams I’ve ever witnessed.

About midway through, Zep revived something they haven’t done in concert since the early 70s – an acoustic set. The founders and main perpetrators of the heavy metal music form sat themselves down and ran through delightful versions of Battle of Evermore, Going to California and Black Country Woman, even reviving the rockabilly Bron-Y-Aur Stomp from Led Zeppelin III (with Jones on stand-up bass).

Some more electrically oriented playing led into the visual highlight of the evening; a rotating, smoke-filled laser light cone surrounded Page as he spun out his famed violin bow work, with lasers behind him shooting arrow-straight beams at the ceiling at well-timed intervals. The show wound up with more conventional crowd-pleasers such as Kashmir and the Zeppelin signature song, Stairway to Heaven (with the biggest mirrored ball in rockdom used to wind it up.

John Bonham consistently kicked ass on drums, Robert Plant was 100 percent improved in voice and stage demeanor  since their last time here, and a warm, lucid in-group chemistry projected even across the Coliseum’s vast terrains. A surprisingly sedate and mature crowd did their part to create something I had previously thought was unique to small-hall presentations – a general warmness and intimacy of feeling emanating from the band and its reception by the listeners. It’s an attitude much more difficult to project over 20,000 seats than it is over 3,000. Such was the strength of Led Zeppelin’s performance, an in-person proof of why they still rank as one of the top viewing experiences in rock.

(C. Michalski / Scene April 1977)

 

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Cleveland Press Review

Zeppelin Thrills Packed House

More than 20,000 hysterical fans in the Coliseum last night were transported into rock music ecstasy by the Led Zeppelin.
A handful of the 20,000, however, were transported to jail. The Summit County sheriff’s department reported 37 arrests for assorted offenses including disorderly conduct, drug possession and possession of knives.

Living up to its name, the super quartet played heavy (Led) and light (Zeppelin) music for three hours.

It was a musical trip that obviously was loved by everyone.
Although the band was 45 minutes late in starting, the easy-to-forgive fans stood and gave them a roaring ovation when they walked onstage.
The fans remained on their feet and cheered even louder when the Zep opened with “The Song Remains the Same.” Each of the next 12 songs received similar tribute.

Led Zeppelin’s last song in the regular act was the one everyone was waiting for – Stairway to Heaven. The thunderous applause following this classic number lasted almost 10 minutes.

Then Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, vocalist Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham – did two incredible encores.

Some bands have spectacular light shows. Others display the musicianship. Other groups are known for outstanding theatrics and stage savvy, Led Zeppelin has all these attributes and more.
Page, voted the top rock guitarist in the world, was uncanny. On many of the numbers, his fingers moved so fast that they became a blur. Wearing a white silk jump suit and chain smoking cigarettes, Page did everything but sell popcorn.

Plant, the No. 1 rock vocalist moved with the grace of a ballet star. He whirled, twirled and strutted from one side of the stage to the other without ever missing a note.

Bonham and Jones could do no wrong in helping to create the never-ending string of imaginative and arresting melodies.
Stage effects such as laser beams, fog and exploding devices were tastefully added. It was a near-perfect show.

What spoiled it were some unruly fans who threw fireworks and Gestapo-like tactics by some of the security forces.
Lt. E.R. Conti of the sheriff’s department seemed only mildly concerned about the 37 arrests, which included about a dozen juveniles.

“Thank God there wasn’t any trouble,” said Conti. “We expected much worse. You’ve got to give the kids credit – they really behaved themselves.

Conti said security at last night’s concert was the strongest of any event ever held in the Coliseum.

The reason? Two years ago Led Zeppelin fans who were shut out of the sold-out concert tried to rush in without tickets, and caused more then $30,000 in damages to the Coliseum.
Last night’s show and tonight’s Led Zeppelin show in the Coliseum were sold out through mail order more than six weeks ago. Fans without tickets last night were not permitted on the Coliseum grounds, and the same rule will be in effect tonight.

(Cleveland Press, B. Borino, 4.28.77)