Average: 4.7 (134 votes)

May 30, 1977

Landover, MD US

Capital Centre


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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May 30th 1977 concert

This was the one time I had the fortune to see Led Zeppelin! My favorite band of all time and my idols since I was a teen. I am now 50. I am entering this at 930 pm est on December 4th 2007. It has been 30 years since I got to see Led Zeppelin. I did get to see Plant and Page on their own later. I am in Rochester NY. I traveled to Landover MD in 77 to see them because that is the only chance I would ever have to get tickets. I called a local radio station (WCMF in Rochester NY) after an announcement that this guy would trade Led Zeppelin tickets for excellant Elvis Presley tickets. You see Elvis was to play in Rochester around the same time and it would be the last time he was ever here. I had no Elvis tickets but took my chances and called the guy. He said he had tickets for Madison Square Garden and would not part with them. After begging and saying I would pay anything to see Led Zeppelin he told me he had 2 tickets behind the stage in DC that he would sell me for $35 each. I met him the next day at the catholic school I attended until grade 8. He pulled up in the parking lot in a yellow corvette and sold me the tickets and took off. I would never see him again but consider him now an angel sent from heaven. I had a friend who I havent seen in over 25 yrs that was to go to the concert with me. We took a Greyhound bus, 12 hr ride to DC against the wishes of our parents. I was 20 yrs old then. When we were blocks from the white house a group of about 5 black youths pulled up to us in a car and told us to give us our money or they would kill us. They drove us to the Capital Centre. I felt it was better to give them the money and did and they dropped us off without incident. Had they found my Zeppelin tickets I had a canopener in my right hand that I planned on sticking in the neck of one of them next to me but they didnt give us trouble. In fact they figured we were there to see Zeppeliin but had no interest in the concert themselves. Little did they realize what the tickets would have been worth. We slept ouside behind a church walking distance from the Cap Centre; The next day, day of the concert we went to a local mall to clean up. My friend luckily had a twenty stuffed in his sock. We met these two girls from Pa in the parking lot and spent the day waiting for the event of a lifetime. One of the girls had a crush on Plant and Ian Anderson of Yes. They had no tickets and I kind of felt sorry for them. We managed to bum a couple of joints, I stuffed one into the embroidered chianti jug replica I had on my shirt and got in after being frisked head to toe undetected. When the lights went out Ill never forget the sight of seeing the four members walk single file onto the stage. After Page hit the first few notes of The Song Remains the Same, some dumb ass through a smoke bomb on stage. It clearly pissed off Robert but they played on. I was scared they wouldl walk off. The concert was incredible. I vividly remember the blue lazor lights during Kashmir. I was behind the stage with speakers facinig us too and in fact we were only 20-25 feet from the band. I could have jumped on the stage I remember and it crossed my mind. Also crossing my mind was having my ass beat and locked up and never getting to see the concert so I chose to be a good boy. I had tried to sneak to other seats during Bonzo's solo but decided against it after finding bounders at every exit. I dont think there was one of them that was less than 300 lbs. Where did they dig up these freakin animals I thought. Went back to my seat and my friend, who I found out later in life had come out of the closet, was smoking hash wiith 2 hot chicks. I paid them no mind as I pinched myself and and said "am I really here?" "Is that really Led Zeppelin 20 feet in front of me?" I said I will remember this for the rest of my life. And here it is 30 years later and Im still here to tell the story.