Average: 5 (240 votes)

June 14, 1977

New York, NY US

Madison Square Garden

Setlist:

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.

Notes:

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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DO agree with set list

i was at this show , and although i did smoke a lot of pot back then when i was 14 , i deliberately Stopped smoking shortly after we got off the train at penn station ! i knew that this was a magical perhaps once in a lifetime event and i wanted to be somewhat clearheaded to witness my musical heroes .
the show was scheduled for 8pm and i remember the band taking the stage at around 9:20.
i do remember a 3 hour plus show - in fact the last train back to jersey back then was at 1230 a.m. - and they actually HELD the train until the concert let out. (ahh... the power of zeppelin!)

anyway , i'm positive that they didn't play "when the levee breaks" or "black dog" .

you have to remember the drum solo alone at this point in their career had grown to 25 minutes or more . bonzo's kit at one point would move downstage on it's platform and his drumkit with the clear shells were wired with lights inside them . his solo happened in stages and was a mini concert in it self - moving from playing with sticks to hands then the whole "treated " drum sound bit with the flanging and phasing effects on them .

then there was page's 2 extended solo bits . jonsey's no quarter was good for 15 minutes at least .

one can definitely account for the 3 hours without those 2 songs in question . i know it was 30 years ago , but i've run this set in my mind many times over the years and now seeing it in print here it really resonates with me .

thanks to all of you for sharing your thoughts . peace