Average: 4.9 (765 votes)

June 21, 1977

Inglewood, CA US

The Forum


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, Heartbreaker, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love ~ Rock and Roll.


77 programme

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Led Zeppelin painted a mural of musical abstractions for 18,000 screaming fans, who buried the first five minutes of the show in continuous applause.

Zeppelin, acknowledged as the world's hottest rock group, finally made it to the Inglewood Forum Tuesday night in the most touted Southland concert since the Rolling Stones. They opened a six-concert stand and will play to 108,000 people - a Forum record.

The British quartet liberally dipped an artistic paint brush into a tasty serving of music which spanned the group's 10-year history. The sight of lead singer Robert Plant, his body absorbing the driving tempo of John Bonham's drum rhythms, brought the crowd to its feet. Plant clearly has made it back after a near-fatal automobile accident which almost ended his career and forced the group into a two-year layoff. He strutted around the stage, blond mane shaking; in crazy tempos, hand on hip and bristling with energy.

They opened with "The Song Remains the Same," the title cut from their latest album for Swan Song. At one point, Plant threw back his head, thrust the microphone against his mouth and yelled. "We finally made it. Last time we were here (the Forum) we played with Bad Company. Tonight — no beating around the bush, we're gonna play 'cause that's what we're here for." And that's exactly what they did for a marathon three-hour set.

Lead guitarist Jimmy Page sizzled. He moved as if he were a puppet on a string, egging the audience on as he wound around the stage like a rubber snake held up by strings. The versatile Page was bathed in laser lights during a rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner," a la Jimi Hendrix, but with the staccato phrasing that typifies the Zeppelin style.

Earlier, Page displayed his musical flexibility by playing mandolin in an acoustic portion of the show which saw John Paul Jones etch out some interesting work on a three-neck guitar. Jones, opening on bass, was cool and unassuming, but got down to fast action for a portion of his keyboard solo.

It took a mere 40 minutes to sell out the tickets for five nights at the Forum. Another night was added later. It too sold out within minutes. (The Telegram - June 1977)

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06-21-77 Show

I went to the opening night show with my neighbor, Shane, and his buddy, Scott, after skipping the '75 show at Long Beach; I wasn't the fan then that I would become, just two years later.

I'd like to thank the gentleman who exchanged CD copies of this performance for blank CD's (it was a 3 hour show, so the the boot contains 3 CD's, and this gentleman merely asked that I give him 2 blank CD's for each one he used - a VERY fair deal). Thanks to Scott, our driver that night, we missed the first two songs of the set, before finally entering the building during the middle of "Nobody's Fault But Mine." Scott insisted that the 605 freeway would take us to the Forum, and didn't accept our argument until we were several miles north of the 91 freeway. We parked in the former Inglewood Public Golf Course and could hear the band ripping into "The Song Remains the Same" as we sprinted across the fairway, ducking balls along the way. We could hear the band tearing up "Sick Again" from the Forum parking lot, and finally came into the arena behind the stage, just as Robert Plant started blowing on his harp in the middle of "Nobody's Fault But Mine." Thanks to the gentleman with the boots, I now get to enjoy the entire set, including the two opening numbers.

The show itself was great - one of the 3 best concerts I've ever attended (U2's 6-19-83 show at the LA Sports Arena and the Who's Forum show in 1980 (can't recall the date of that one), are the other 2 greatest concerts I've witnessed. I do wish the set list contained gems like "For Your Life," "Candy Store Rock," "Boogie With Stu,""Houses of the Holy" "and Custard Pie," but it was absolutely fantastic. The one truly regretful missing component, though, was the lack of the medley they frequently inserted in "Whole Lotta Love" (or "Bring It On Home," before that) during live shows; nobody plays 50's rock 'n roll better than Zeppelin!