Average: 5 (1124 votes)

June 7, 1977

New York, NY US

Madison Square Garden

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.

Notes:

77 programme

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Review: Some rock bands have fans, others have admirers and still others have followers. But Led Zeppelin is the last great rock band who’s minions can be considered true believers.

Believing in Led Zeppelin makes its audience a unified community, which is rare in rock these days. The decline of rock as a social phenomenon and its development as big business has made the likelihood  of such sentiment obsolete. Led Zeppelin is the only exception. The nearly 20,000 believers who filled Madison Square Garden light night (June 7th) for the first of six sold-out shows were part of rock’s largest fraternity. A passion for Led Zeppelin is enough to establish communications, if not necessarily friendship, among a large segment of today’s teenagers.

The audience displayed restraint that bordered on saintliness during the one-hour delay before the concert started. No announcement or explanation was offered. But a substantial number of people did show stupidity bordering on sadism in greeting the band with an assault of fireworks that made the Garden seem like Da Nang, The explosions faded after a few songs when singer Robert Plant exerted his moral authority by requesting that those offenders “cool the firecrackers – no more of those exploding things.”

After that, most of the explosions were from the stage, where Led Zeppelin proved that it was worthy of the adoration bestowed upon it. The 8-year old band virtually invented what has become known as heavy-metal rock, an English combination of blues structures and ear-splitting volume. But the band has grown with the times. Rather than relying on its earlier style of rock-to-break-your-kneecaps-with once represented by songs like Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin performed a nearly three-hour set notable for its variety, sophistication and depth.

Each member of this quartet added something special to the band’s sound. Singer Robert Plant, a tall, muscular, golden-haired man whose unbutton shirt proudly revealed the best developed pectoral muscles in rock, sand with his usually effective rasp. He maintained pitch and melody well and exuded by a gregariousness and intensity. Lead guitarist Jimmy Page is one of rock’s legends. His playing was busy, wiry, sometimes scattershot. On In My Time of Dying, he continually shifted the emphasis of the dynamics until he built to an attention-riveting, machine gun-like finish.

No Quarter was the vehicle for versatile John Paul Jones. On that tune, he performed on keyboards, alternating between spacey abstraction and kinetic surges of energy. His performance blended the styles of Keith Jarrett, Huey Smith, Beethoven, and B. Bumble and the Stingers. Drummer John Bonham, meanwhile, played with deceptive subtlety. His cannonball approach made use of empty space on In My Time of Dying, that propelled the other musicians without overpowering them.

So while many in the audience enjoyed the show simply because being there conferred status on the high school ladder, Zeppelin pleased its older fans by playing with both complexity and poignance. (D. Marsh, Newsday- June 1977)

 

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June 7, 1977 NYC

I was first exposed to Led Zeppelin through my older brother, Greg. He had the albums and the stereo and after a day at high school, years 1975-79, I usually would come home put on Black Dog, Bring in on Home, You Shook Me, (you get the picture), and blast out the the music on his Kenwood stereo and JBL speakers; that is until my parents came home and yelled at me to turn off "that noise". No other band had the energy, interesting lyrics, diversity of sounds, musicianship or guitar virtuosity then Led Zeppelin.

When my brother won the lottery for 6 tickets for the 6/7/77 show I was estatic. That is until he told me I wasn't going because he was going to scalp 2 of the tickets because the demand was going to be high and he would make a killing. I was extremely pissed off and told him in no uncertain terms that he was no longer my brother if he didn't let me go. Finally 2 seconds before he and his friends got into my fathers blue dodge fury station wagon did he say that if I wanted to go I better get my ass downstairs. I literally jumped in the air, pumped my fists screaming, YES, I realized I was going to experience something incredible. It also happened to be my first concert and first time in NYC without the family.

I just turned 16 and my brother and his friends were 18. They were experienced at partying and I was just being exposed to it. By the time we got into Manhattan I was in a fog and didn't even know where the car was parked. It was a fairly humid day and sun was sinking on the west side of Manhattan.

The six of us got seperated in front of the Garden, me and Chris Farrelly, went up to the green seats, Greg and 3 of his friends went to the yellow seats at the side of the stage. I think he traded his tickets with some drunken, wasted fool, who didn't know that the yellow seats were two sections closer to the stage than the green seats.

Waiting for the show to start was quite the adventure. The smell of pot permeated the garden and there was a gray haze throughout the building. It was also unbelievably hot. Wearing dungarees and a concert tee shirt over a another shirt I thought I was going to die. Everyone was smoking and drinking. We had our own stash of liquor in a suede leather pouch. Seeing one guy with an knife that looked to be 8 inches long as he cut a rope to hang a banner made me a little uneasy.

The crowd went ballistic when the stage lights went on and Jimmy Page started the Song Remains the Same. Unbelievable!. No introduction, just run on stage and play. The concert started out with fast cranking songs and settled into a mellow mood with No Quarter. The tempo picked up again with Kashmir. Page's solo with Achilles Last Stand was incredible and for added affect a green laser created a pyramid around him.

When Plant was singing Stairway to Heaven there was an expectation that he would repeat the line he used in the Concert Film: The Song Remains the Same, when he said "Does anyone remember laughter?", after the words, "and the forests will echo with laughter". Instead he said "Does anyone remember forests?"

The concert ended with Whole Lotta Love and afterwards the crowd again went ballastic for 20 minutes waiting for an encore. They came out with Rock and Roll. You knew the concert was over and there was not going to be another encore when the garden lights came on. No matter how long the lighters glowed, they weren't coming back. No one wanted it to end.

Me and Chris Farrelly wondered around the city for 2 hours looking for the street level garage where we parked. We had no clue where it was. We found out later it was at 29th and 9th Ave. Somehow we made our way up to the Port Authority, borrowed some money and made a phone call home. I woke up my father who drove down from Rockland County and picked us up as we were standing next to some hookers and pimps near the Port Authroity entrance.

What an adventure!.

Still have the ticket stub and now turning on my 14 year old son to Led Zeppelin!