Average: 4.9 (525 votes)

August 4, 1979

Stevenage, UK

Knebworth Festival

Setlist:

The Song Remains the Same, Celebration Day, (Out On the Tiles intro) Black Dog, Nobody's Fault But Mine, Over the Hills and Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Hot Dog, Rain Song, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, Sick Again, Achilles Last Stand, Jimmy Page solo, In The Evening, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker.

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Knebworth 1: The sound quality

The day had been great, a bunch of us had travelled down from the Midlands. As 'zero hour' approached I made my way to get closer to the stage, although we had not set up camp that far away in the first place. I soon found a spot with some guys from the USA, who seemed well up for it and some Punk Rockers from London who looked completely out of place, but seeing as I was playing bass in a punk band at that time it was no great surprise, to me at least, that they were there: they obviously had great taste and a sense of history: this was the 'first' LZ re-union gig on British soil.

As the set started the most abiding impression on me was that somebody had just tuned an additional PA system on: not only was the volume notably louder, but the clarity was amazing.
The Musical High-spots were the transition into Kashmir from the Dane-electro solo, because it was flawless in its intensity and power, and Achilles Last Stand, because it was my favourite Zep track at that time.

However, my most personal 'memory' was that as Robert Plant made his intros: my impression was that not only was he initially more than a bit nervous, which was frankly surprising, but it became evident as the night went on that the band were getting off on us, the audience. as much as we were getting off on them. I have been to more gigs than I can remember, but at few of them have I felt such a connection between band and audience, and none on such a scale. How much of this was down to the nature of the gig, the vibe, or the strange drink that my new friends from the capital were handing around, I do not know.

What I do know is that this was a special night for all of us who were there. I had work committments and could not stay down for the second gig. Then, I later missed a show in Munich because the guys I was travelling with were not interested in the band and I, wrongly as it turned out, thought that there would be other opportunities to see the band. The only tickets available were to the rear of the stage and I thought there would probably not be much to see!

God, was I thick, or what?

I am sad that I will not be at the Dome in December, but hope that this time around there will be other nights: that this will not be a one-off show and more will follow; preferably in the north of England. But above all, to those of you who will be there, enjoy what I am sure will be an amazing night's entertainment. You will be taking part in a piece of musical history!