Average: 5 (677 votes)

June 11, 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, Heartbreaker.

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Awesome Concert -- Description

I was a Junior in High School when Led Zeppelin booked the Garden for a week of concerts in June of 1977. I wasn't planning to go, but a buddy at school said he was putting in for the lottery so I said I'd pay for one. To our great surprise we received seats in the first tier of the Garden right next to the stage (the left side of the stage as you look at it from the audience).

I shot Tri-X, Kodacolor II, and Panatomic-X. A whopping three rolls of film! Today I would easily snap off a thousand shots today at a concert. Boy, how times have changed.

I had a 50mm and 200mm lens and my Dad's Pentax body. Looking back at the photos now, I'm crushed to see blurred shots and the graininess of the film. I kept the negatives in plastics sheets, but they still had tons of scratches and dirt on them.

The first black & white photo of Jimmy Page was just as the show opened with "The Song Remains The Same" playing his famed double-neck Gibson guitar and sporting nice, blown-dry hair (that didn't last long). The color picture was taken during his extended guitar solo towards the end of the show. You can't see it, but he is wielding his bow above his head.

One the strongest memories from the show was the band's unique use of lasers. These were very expensive back then, so not many acts incorporated them into their light show. What was cool was during Jimmy Page's guitar solo, he touched the laser beam that was passing over his head with his bow. This scattered the laser all over the arena. They also drew a pyramid around Jimmy and then spun it around him. Very cool, elegent effect. I always wondered why lasers weren't used in this fashion more often.

I know people might find this hard to believe, but I found the concert to be both one of the best shows I ever saw while also having the distinction of being the most boring at times (during the extended keyboard and drum solos). I think I would have appreciated those moments more now. Back then I was probably more interested in just hearing what I was familiar with from the albums. With age I've come to appreciate and enjoy the improvisation more.

I remember at the end of the show that the lights came up in the arena and no one left. The crowd continued to scream loud and unabated. After what seemed a VERY long time, the lights cut out and Jimmy started playing those great notes from the opening of "Heartbreaker." In looking at the play lists for all the shows during the week at the Garden, they didn't play this song every night, so I think it was quite special to see them perform it. Great way to finish a Led Zeppelin concert.

I have some more photos from the concert at my website:

http://www.renderedgemedia.com/blog

Enjoy!