Average: 4.5 (62 votes)

May 28, 1977

Landover, MD US

Capital Centre

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, Whole Lotta Love ~ Rock and Roll.

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Funny, but sad, story about this show.

I was only seven years old in 1977 and therefore did attend any of these Capital Centre shows. However, my ex-father in-law, Pete, told me a great, but sad, story about this Led Zeppelin concert at which he was in attendance.

In 1977, Pete was a 26 year old, newly separated, Viet Nam War veteran who still had a little growing up to do. Pete liked Led Zeppelin but he was more a fan of the bluesy rock of Janis Joplin, Allman Brothers, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Pete’s buddy (I’ll call him Scotty) was a guy a little younger than Pete and he loved Led Zeppelin. Scotty bought three tickets to the show and so Pete, Scotty, and a third fella I’ll call Peabody drove and hour and a half to the Capital Centre form Martinsburg, West Virginia.

During the ride down, and later in the parking lot of the Cap Centre the three friends enjoyed themselves with an ounce of pot, a bottle of Jack Daniels, and a case of Budweiser to wash it all down. Later, while anxiously waiting in their floor seats for the notoriously late Led Zeppelin to take the stage, Scotty fell “asleep” in his chair.

Finally, the mighty Zep took emerged. Fans stood on their chairs and in the aisles to catch a better glimpse of the ban as they blistered though “The Song Remains the Same.” On fan, however, Scotty remained passed out through the opening numbers even as his buddies—and 20,000 others for that matter—tried in vain to awaken him.

Throughout the night, particularly, during staple numbers such as Kashmir and Stairway to Heaven, Pete and Peabody tried to wake up Scotty and save him from missing an awesome performance of his favorite band. It was no use, he was OUT. Finally, as Led Zep concluded their final encore and the house lights immediately turn on, Scotty awoke! Quickly realizing that he had missed the entire show, Scotty was devastated. He began cursing himself and even his friends—whom he thought may not have tried hard enough to awaken him from his stupor.

Other fans who had been seated around Pete and his friends and had witnessed Scotty sleeping through the show offered Scotty their earnest condolences and tried to convince that it was “alright man, you’ll see them next time.” There would not be a next time for any of the friends, or me, to see Led Zep due to John Bonham’s untimely passing in 1980.

I was lucky enough to see Page/Plant in this same building in 1996 and it was great! The first four songs were Good Times, Bad Times, Bring it on Home, Ramble On, and Dancing Daze. Everyone was standing on his or her chairs, screaming, as if the Beatles had come back (with Lennon and Harrison)!

In some ways the 1996 may have sounded better than those back in the day because of the second guitarist, the orchestra from Cairo, and Nigel with his hurdy-gurdy; for whom we gave “a warm United States’ welcome,” at the request of Robert Plant. Great show, looking back, I think that I should have brought Pete and Scotty with me.