Average: 5 (290 votes)

June 14, 1977

New York, NY US

Madison Square Garden


The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, 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.


77 programme

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Press Review: Led Zeppelin's British rock quartet shows sell-out at Madison Square Gardens

NEW YORK — Even though millions of young people have  managed to acquire it, Led Zeppelin remains an acquired taste. The British rock quartet, which this week opened a run of six long-since sold- out shows at Madison Square Gardens, makes a monstrously loud, deliberately abrasive kind of music far removed not only from the sweet rustlings of classical music, jazz and Tin Pan Alley, but even from the tuneful, rhythmically enlivening rock songs of the 1960s.

That said, this was the best Led Zeppelin show this observer has ever heard, and that includes the sound track from the group's recent concert film. It was certainly superior to the 1975 Garden shows, the last the band had given in New York. That time the guitarist, Jimmy Page, had an injured finger. Since then Led Zeppelin has been off the road, waiting for the singer, Robert Plant, to recover from first an auto accident and then a throat infection.

This tour amounts to a re-assertion of the band's preeminence in the fickle youth market of America, and on its own terms the opening show was certainly a triumphant reassertion. It lasted three hours and  included some 18  songs, depending on how you count — a Led Zeppelin "song" is often an excuse for a meandering instrumental that sucks in all sorts of extraneous material as it goes along and sometimes segues subtly into something altogether different.

The repertory included  much that was predictable, from "The Song Remains the Same" to "Stairway to Heaven" by way of "In My Time of Dying" (dedicated somewhat wickedly to Queen Elizabeth n and her Silver Jubilee): "The Battle of Evermore" (was also dedicated to the British monarch). "No Quarter," "Kashmir," "Achilles Last Stand" and others, But there was also an acoustic set that lightened the heavy-metal load.

The mood of the Garden concert, offstage and on, seemed fresher and less hostile than some Led Zeppelin concerts and crowds of yore. The audience waited more or less docilely for 70 minutes past the scheduled starting time before the band appeared. When it did so, the mood of the musicians was good-natured and almost puckish. And Plant laudably and earnestly attempted to discourage the hurling of firecrackers and cherry bombs.

Quite apart from its sheer massiveness and its mood, this was a first-class Led Zeppelin performance on several objective criteria. Plant's voice sounded fresh throughout, but especially during the acoustic portion, in "Going to California." And it was aided by a whole battery of echo and filter effects.  

Similarly Page's guitar playing, always concerned with coloristic exploration was positively kaleidoscopic in that respect. And his work along with everybody else's was projected forcefully and clearly by the sound system. The other two held up their ends, too. (J. Rockwell, 7.2.77)

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Return to Heaven or Last Zep in New York

Well I had Possibly The hardest time getting to this show and almost did not go even though I had a ticket Well I get a letter from My Uncle Darrell telling Me he got Me a ticket to this show I had just came off Two weeks Leave and had been to school for six weeks before that.I had not took any leave in all of 76 and the second half of 75 so I had a good bit on the books but I had took two weeks before going to school back in January 77 and then again in May to visit family and see Led Zeppelin in Baton Rouge and Frt Worth . Well it took a lot of sucking up to convince my Chief who I secretly called Big Asshole. I was scheduled to Change commands in a few weeks being assigned to a ship on the West Coast a Tender which was really good duty as we stood a lot less duty than the Tin Can's and Frigates more time off. He informed Me that because I was changing commands He could approve leave for Me since I had it on the books We get 30 days paid leave per year the trick is getting permission to take it.Most guys visit family I go see Rock Bands so I am a little insane .I only took 7 days as I was already planning how I could get to just one more show. Was not sure which one or how I would get a ticket but I just had to. I got to My Uncles and found out Teresa had broke up with her 3rd or 4th boyfriend since my visit in 75 and had been asking about Me .Life just got better by the way I never saw her again after this trip so if you read this you better look me up Girl.I am Alwizard on the Forum. Well Me and Teresa and Uncle Darrell made our last trip together to the Garden what a sweet goodbye the show was great Teresa was good too!! There was another idiot throwing stuff actually several latley there has to be a few at every show .all in all a good show my final farewell to the Garden never made it back there as my Uncle moved in 79 or 80.
Went back to Louisiana and as I mentioned in a Earlier review has passed away.Highlights to me were the solos and of course Kashmir also Jimmy's playing on Since I have been Loving You.