Average: 4.6 (100 votes)

July 23, 1977

Oakland, CA US

Alameda County Coliseum

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, Trampled Underfoot, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love ~ Rock and Roll, Black Dog.

Notes:

77 programme

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News Report: Zeppelin Soars to New Heights

“It feels great to be back”, a self-assured Robert Plant addressed the Saturday “Day On the Green” sellout crowd at the Oakland Coliseum. “I must personally apologize for the two-year delay.”

The lead singer and resident sex symbol of Led Zeppelin was alluding to a 1975 automobile accident he suffered which prevented the British hard-rock combo from fulfilling extensive tour obligations that year.

Their long absence from the Bay Area prompted a sellout within five hours after tickets went on sale earlier this month – a feat not uncommon to any affair involving Led Zeppelin.

The four man congregation which many critics fancy as the embodiment of heavy metal rock, had just finished bludgeoning the packed house of 54,000 with the thunderous power-chording of “Sick Again”, a relatively subdued piece from the 1975 double-album, “Physical Graffiti”.

Those in attendance at the Bill Graham-promoted Days on the Green last weekend were treated to vintage Led Zeppelin.

Providing a musical counterpoint to Plant’s shrieking and teasingly androgynous posturing, Jimmy Page’s sledge-hammer guitar style led Zeppelin through many of their classics, including: Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore and Trampled Underfoot.

But the musical highlight for many of the sun-drenched crowd that paid $11.50 per ticket came during the extended jams. All the Zeppelin touches were there – Page coaxing eerie sounds out of his axe using an array of electronic devices, and at one point using a violin bow on his strings; John Bonham rifling popgun drum rolls; bassist John Paul Jones looking unperturbed and confident behind the overt sexuality of Plant’s pelvic thrusts. The crowd ate it up. (G. Estrada, Oakland Tribune, July 1977)

 

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July 23,1977 Oakland Coliseum

I had just turned 16 on the 4th of July and bought my ticket from the Navy Exchange ticket outlet for $ 11.50 the tickets and advertising was for Rick Derringer and Led Zeppelin. the scene in the parking lot was unreal. people with cardboard signs stating what they were selling. everything was available and people were messed up, passed out lying in their puke and you name it, it was going on hours before they opened the gates for the mad rush to the green. once inside it was a huge party.the Stonehenge back drop and the Zeppelin that was raised behind the stage when Zeppelin came on was far out man. i just got goose bumps as i typed that.me and my buddy were 20 yards front and center of the stage when Bill Graham came out to intro Judas Priest saying it was their first American concert the crowd was pissed. we didn't know who they were. the crowd was asking each other who did he say,Judas what ? Priest who ? we were pissed and giving the finger to Bill Graham while yelling angrily. but when JP came out they rocked big time and earned 3 encores ! they were on fire and we rewarded them for it. Derringer comes out and gives JP a good compliment and then he and his band rock. Derringer and the rhythm guitarist were throwing their guitars back and forth pretty high and far apart. Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo lit the crowd up. then the dreaded 4 hour wait was brutal. people were dropping like flies passed out. Bill Graham made numerous announcements to get anybody out of it, to the first and third base dugouts to the red cross volunteers. the volunteers were also cruising the green looking for people too partied out. when Led Zep finally took the stage they pulled up bar stools for an acoustic set that pissed us off. people were yelling stuff like whats this we wait 4 hours for this,give me my money back and all sorts of angry comments. Plant realizes the crowd is not happy and gets off the stool and says you wanna rock we're gonna rock your ass off and they did big big time. Jimmy was really messed up but pretty much caught fire and ripped it other than a solo he got lost on. i have an original poster from that day and man o man i will never forget that day.