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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1st of a KILLER 6 night stand!

Great start to my favorite all-time Zeppelin set of shows. Although 1977 was not the tightest of tours (Jimmy would occasionally get his fingers stuck in the strings), the energy level and improvisation are unparalled. LA was Zeps favorite US city and these shows prove it.

SRTS starts off at a frantic pace.....just listen to Bonzo's fills for the first couple of minutes. Sick Again is a little off as Jimmy's guitar gets unplugged for a few seconds. This song has one of my favorite solos at the end (AHHH AHHH AHHH.....AHHH AHHH AHHH). A short intro from Plant and Nobody's Fault explodes! The phasing effect on Page's guitar is so on as Plant sings "Oh Jimmy". Over the Hills usually alternated with In My Time of Dying on this 2nd leg of the tour and this version explains why they named this bootleg "Listen to this Eddie (VH)".......Great echo effect by Jimmy with lightning fast leads. The staple of this tour, Since Ive Been Loving You, was always a great example of guitarist/vocalist interplay. English Blues at it's finest. No Quarter follows and by this stage of the tour the song is averaging 40min. Short piano solo by Jones and then here come Jimmy! Look out as he runs the gamut of emotions with great solos left and right! Bonham and Jones support this improv as Plant stays out of the way until the final "Dogs of Doom are howling more". Jimmy's wah-wah finishes this marathon jam session. Gotta love it!

Ten Years Gone is the transistion into the acoustic set. Jimmy dons the Danalectro for this gem as Jones breaks out his triple-neck. A truly great song in my book. Battle of Evermore is a song I thought could never be duplicated live, but Plant's singing really makes the live version shine. Of course Going to CA is very well received and well played. BC Woman & Bron Y Aur Stomp follow as Jones uses the stand-up for the latter. A rather long Black/White follow and then as Jimmy kicks his chair away, can you say KASHMIR!!!! A masterpiece in the making, this song was created for the live stage. "All I see turns to brown" and "This wasted, wasted land" are some of Plant's greatest lyrics. Very powerful indeed! Moby Dick is another exercise in longevity......my Cd cuts out after about 25min so I don't know exactly how long Bonham plays. Thankfully a rare Heartbreaker (for this tour) follows. Jimmy really tears it up during the bridge section.

The highlight of any Zep show for me is Achilles. Throw in a tremendous Theramin/Guitar solo before it and you have 30min of ZEP heaven. Others may disagree, but Jimmy's guitar playing is so unique during the various sections, especially at the end where the echoplex rings into the opening chords of Achilles. Of course Stairway closes the show and this version does not dissapoint. An encore of WLL>R& R finishes 3.75 hrs of one of the best concerts these guys ever played. Of course this review is just my opionion and I look forward to reading other reviews.