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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1969-1977

I FIRST SAW THE ZEP AT THE ATLANTA POP 1969. I LAST THEM IN OAKLAND TWO DAYS IN 1977. I WENT WITH CLOVER FROM BERKLEY AND NUTMEG HER GIRLFRIEND AND I BROUGHT ANOTHER GIRL WITH ME FROM LAKE TAHOE ( I TOLD HER I WAS IN LOVE WITH CLOVER (LITA LAWSON) THE FOUR OF US SNORTED COCAINE AND SMOKED OPIUM FROM LEB.ANON. I WAS BACKSTAGE IN CHICAGO AROUND THE 4TH OF JULY AND THE CROWD STARTED SHOOTING POP BOTTLE ROCKETS AT THE STAGE ALOST LIKE A RIOT. I MET ROBERT PLANT AT THE DEJA VU NIGHTCLUB IN NEW ORLEANS I SAT AT THE BAR AND TALKED TO ROBERT FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES. I ASK HIM IF HE WANTED SOME OF THE FRESH MUSHROOMS I PICKED IN HAMMOND, LA. HE NO NOT ON TOUR BUT HE WAS GOING TO TAKE A BREAK IN AUSTRALIA AND DO SOME THERE. I GAVE HIM SOME OF MY SCRIBBLINGS ROLLED IN A HEADREST COVER I STOLE OFF THE TRAIN IN FLORIDA " THE SUNSHINE EXPRESS". JIMMY WAS UPSTAIRS PLAYING VIDIO GAMES. THEY WERE STAYING AT THE ROYAL SONESTA HOTEL ON BOURBON STREET. I TOOK 4 BIG MUSHROOMS AND GAVE MY FRIEND 3. I WAS IN HEAVON THAT NIGHT. I SAW THE ZEP IN BERKLEY IN 1971, I WAS LIVING IN SAN FRANCISCO AT THE TIME, OUT BY THE COW PALACE. I HOPE CLOVER READS THIS WAS WOMAN I LOVED THE MOST IN ALL THE WORLD. I SAW ROBERT IN OKLAHOMA CITY WHEN HE WAS SOLO AND I MET JASON LATTER AT BRICKTOWN BREWERY ON A DIFFERANT IN OKLAHOMA CITY. I WAS AT WINTERLAND IN SAN FRANCISCO TO SEE BAD COMPANY ON TOUR. I HAD SEEN THE EARLIER WHEN THEY WERE THE WARM-UP FOR JO JO GUN THEY BLEW THEM AWAY FIRST BEFORE JO JO PLAY PLAYEDTHEIR SET