Average: 4.9 (534 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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I was there - Knebworth Aug 4th

Where do I start? Went with a couple of mates from school in my Mini Clubman Estate. I was 17 and had only passed my test a few months before. It was my first ever concert.

We pitched our tent and then started to queue outside the gates. Some guy asked me if I had any blues - "No, sorry, mate" - hadn't a clue what he was on about.

I think some barriers were knocked over and I remember running across the fields towards the arena at some early hour of the morning. There then followed a massive crush outside the gates and it was difficult to keep your footing, so at some point, I just lifted my feet off the ground and let the crowd carry me along.

Unfortunately I got separated from my mates and because we had divided our provisions, I ended up with the cushions and the melon. Makes me smile just to remember our ludicrous that all was. So there I was, completely alone amongst a crowd of 200,000, just me and the cushions. Still, at least it meant I got a few hours sleep early on.

The support acts eventually came and went without much excitement and then the time was almost upon us... Usual tuning up noises, a few lights flashing and then showtime...

I can't remember whether I heard it on a bootleg recording or it actually happened, but someone shouted, "There's a screen, they've got a screen." The opening chord of the TSRTS and then my life just passed into another dimension.

I already knew the music so well but the visceral reality was beyond anything I had experienced before or since. If I'd have taken those blues the guy was after, I don't think I could have been any higher. I have never experienced anything so beyond the realm of my comprehension as those 3 hours.

One recollection was off Plant leaping right across the stage during one of the encores but even that was probably just an hallucination I was so out it. I guess the warm warm weather and the melon-only diet might have contributed to the effect. Who cared, certainly not me.

Reading the comments here, it seems like it was the first concert for many and although the boys were probably not at their best, it seems the show was indeed quite literally mind-blowing.

I remember finally trooping back to the tent, crashing and then queueing for about 4 hours just to get out of the car park on the Sunday.

Was gutted to miss the 2007 concert but was screaming out loud happy earlier this evening to discover they are releasing the DVD and CD of the event.

The age of rock/pop music is gone. There will never be another Elvis, there will never be another Beatles and there will definitely never be another Zeppelin... Unless of course Robert consents to hit the road again (PLEASE!!).

PS And if Calvin happens to read this, find me on Facebook and remind who the other guy was that we went with. Was it Winters?